It is difficult to imagine any one else's birthday that could have led to the celebration around the world last week, as was the case for Nelson Mandela. No doubt we live in extremely privileged times, to share a small part of his era. Our friends at TEDxJohannesburg, with whom we started the TED journey together in Arusha in 2007 were part of an amazing project; the "Mandela Poster Project", collecting 95 exceptional posters from around the world, honouring Madiba's lifelong contribution to humanity. In 60 days more than 700 posters were submitted by designers from more than 70 countries. The collection was curated and 95 posters (representing 95 years of Madiba's life) are being exhibited at the University of Pretoria, and other venues around the world and the posters will eventually be auctioned by the Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital Trust to raise funds. The collective echoes the sentiments of South Africa's beloved former president when he said;
"a good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination."
|One of the 95 posters by Aviwe Njokweni (South Africa)|
|With some of the TEDxJohannesburg team, Kelo and Thati|
|Thati Mokgoro in front of the exhibition|
We hope we can bring the exhibition to TEDxEuston this year! If you are in the SA axis - don't miss TEDxJohannesburg holding on the 15th of August.
See all the amazing posters HERE.
Follow the Mandela Poster Project on Facebook HERE.
Read A CNN story on the Mandela Poster Project HERE.