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Think of Africa and what images spring to mind? Starvation and poverty? Subsistence farming and political corruption? Violence and war? Few would realise it’s a hotbed of scientific genius and mathematical prowess.
Young Africans were once exceptionally lucky to receive a basic education, and far too many are still left out of the loop. Those that are able to pursue an academic path often disappear to Europe or North America, leaving their continent as intellectually impoverished as it’s ever been.
Now, thanks to the vision of a Cambridge Professor and the generosity of a little known international group, all this is about to undergo a dramatic change for the better.
For over twenty years a group of some of the most powerful people on the planet has shaped and changes our lives and the lifestyles we follow.
This is no semi-mythical group nor is it a gathering of the rich or the powerful. Its proceedings are in the public domain and videos of its proceedings are freely available under the Creative Commons Licence.
This is TED.