GIBS hosts the first TEDxJohannesburgSalon themed, The Disruptors

Author: Luleka Mtongana
Source: GIBS News

​​The Gordon Business Institute of Science (GIBS) will be hosting the inaugural TEDxJohannesburgSalon themed The Disruptors at the GIBS campus in Illovo, Johannesburg on 18th August 2016, from 10:00am – 2:30pm.

TEDxSalon is an extension of TEDx that affords communities the opportunity to engage outside of the flagship TEDx event. TEDxSalons focus on specific themes or issues of interest, providing a platform and opportunity to spark robust discussions. Because the audiences are smaller compared to standard TEDx events, there are more chances to engage and exchange ideas at a TEDxSalon.

TEDxJohannesburgSalon: The Disruptors will focus on the growth of the social enterprise and profile social entrepreneurs who are challenging and redefining the way business is done in South Africa.'We are very excited to be hosting our first TEDxSalon in Johannesburg. Our theme is a nod to the book, The Disruptors, which is a collection of stories that profile social entrepreneurs in South Africa. The TEDxJohannesburgSalon will expand the ongoing discussion on the importance of social entrepreneurship in engendering social and economic change in South Africa," said Kelo Kubu, convenor of TEDxJohannesburg.

"TEDxJohannesburgSalon: The Disruptors is really the book, The Disruptors, coming alive. Through this platform, we are reaching out to business and corporate leaders and engaging them on the crucial role of the social enterprise in addressing inequalities in our society today. We are looking forward to a lively discussion on and by mavericks who have succeeded in doing good business, while doing good for society," said Kerryn Krige, co-author of The Disruptors and Head of the Network for Social Entrepreneurship at GIBS.

Speakers at the TEDxJohannesburgSalon are a number of social entrepreneurs who are running successful social enterprises in South Africa. The line-up includes Yusuf Randera-Rees, co-founder and CEO of Awethu; Pat Pillai, founder and CEO of LifeCo UnLtd SA; Greg Maqoma, founder and MD of Vuyani Dance Theatre; Fikile Moeti, radio host and philanthropist; and Kumi Naidoo, human rights activist and former International Executive Director of Greenpeace.

TEDxJohannesburgSalon is an independently organized TEDx event and is operated under license from TED.

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