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TEDxDharavi is an independently organized TED event operated under the license from TED. Like all TEDx events, this event also focuses on bringing people together on a common platform, make connections and share knowledge on the relevant topic of discussion.
The main idea behind TEDxDharavi is to take inspiration from Dharavi to explore innovation under constraints.
At TEDxDharavi, we will have innovators and speakers, from different walks of life, uncovering their amazing ideas, impact and their inspirational journey.
Why Attend TEDxDharavi?
Take a look at our speakers
DIVYANSHU GANATRA & AVI MALIK
Redefine Your Possibile
Come find out how you can give wings to your own dreams with Divyanshu and Avi (Founder, Temple Pilots). In 2014, Divyanshu Ganatra became the first visually impaired Indian to paraglide in with the help of his mentor Avi. That was just the start of the journey for them. Sounds unbelievable right?
PROJECT KHEL - AKSHAI ABRAHAM
Taking Education Beyond The Classroom
Akshai Abraham and his team are redefining the boundaries of education. Project Khel is innovating on the playground, to teach underprivileged adolescents much needed life-skills through the power of play. Listen to him on how they are building awareness on issues such as child sexual abuse, menstrual hygiene management and puberty through games!
Don’t Be Yourself, Please!!
Harsh Valechha has done it all. From working with Big 4's to helping create tropical forests in India and Haiti; from successfully conducting a global experiment on unconditional giving to starting a fully off-grid self-sustainable farm. And at the same time, Harsh claims to have done nothing. Come hear him speak about this paradox only at TEDxDharavi.
AABID SURTI - DROP DEAD FOUNDATION (MUMBAI)
A Drop In The Ocean
This 81-year-old National Award winning author, besides being an artist, cartoonist, journalist, screenwriter and environmentalist, is all-out to save every drop of water in and across Mumbai. Over the years, his foundation has saved more than 1.5 million litres of water from being wasted, just by searching and fixing leaky taps, plugged absolutely free of charge. Aabid, will take you through his journey of saving each drop.
The Potential Of The Slums
Founder of the National Slum Dwellers Federation (NSDF)
President of Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)
Nobel Peace Prize nominee
Ramon Magsaysay award winner for Peace and International Understanding
Also lovingly known as Jockin-sir by thousands of former and present slum and pavement dwellers in Mumbai.
Padma Shri Arputham has long been an inspirational figure within an alliance of organisations helping slum and shack residents to stand up for their rights, find new homes, and plot a way out of urban poverty. He has been instrumental in partnering with the government to address issues in Dharavi and the other slums in Mumbai. He shares his journey of discovering the immense potential in these communities with us only at TedxDharavi.
THE YOUTH PROJECT (TYP)- EASHAN THAKRAR
Re-imagining the Unlimited Possibilities Of Youth
The power of youth is unstoppable if directed & harnessed correctly. Eashan, a young enthusiast who established The Youth Foundation and now has over 1500 volunteers in 14 different countries, all working on various projects to make the world a better place and to empower all sorts of young people from different backgrounds. All this at the age of 16!
Capturing The Stars
"If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently." - Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes. Ajay Talwar has been looking at the skies for over 25 years and capturing its elegance against iconic structures in India. No wonder his thoughts are alluring & captivating.
Join Ajay Talwar as he takes a walk under the stars at TedxDharavi!
What Binds The People Of Dharavi Together?
An ardent social activist at heart and founding member of an inspiring peace initiative – The Mohalla Committee. Lend an ear to this visionary as he narrates his experiences of bringing people together from various communities and driving communal harmony in Dharavi in the aftermath of the tragic 1992-93 riots.
DR. R. VASUDEVAN
Putting Bad Waste To Good Use
Also known as the 'Plastic Man', meet our very own Walter White! This chemistry professor is transforming discarded plastic waste into paved streets in India.
Meet the man as he discusses his inspiration behind this exciting and simple innovation.
The Art Of Spirituality
A contemporary teacher and a trained Bharatanatyam choreographer, this charismatic personality believes that dance is sacred and the essence of his dance is deepened by spirituality and respect for its tradition and aesthetics.
And trust us when we say this, he is not the typical Bharatnatyam dancer! He will also be showcasing his amazing skill for our audience at TEDxDharavi.
Channelising Dharavi's Young Energy
They hate being labelled. They love breaking stereotypes. They prefer calling themselves the Slum Gods. Witness their raw energy as Aakash and his team weave magic and share their incredible journey. They will also perform an amazing hip hop piece for the audience at TEDxDharavi
Topic - Building a ‘Green’ Dharavi
Manhattan-based architect by profession and a planner specialising in designing Smart Cities, this scholar has been working in and across Dharavi for more than two decades. He has helped in building the very first mass self-help housing projects, community toilets and various other planning projects for the betterment of the Dharavi people.
Come, listen to him as he shares a blueprint of the future of Dharavi.
Food & Beverages
Networking & High Tea session in the morning
Lunch (Veg - Buffet)
Networking & High Tea session in the evening
Venue Details & Dress Code
TEDxDharavi would take place at the auditorium at Maharashtra Nature’s Park.
Although February has relatively pleasant weather, please wear comfortable-breathable clothes so you can make the most of the event. Business casuals are most preferable.
Most importantly, be you, as you’ll want interactions with other attendees to be authentic.
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