Sex, Slacktivism, and How Not to Change the World

idea by LaraCrampe
Sex, Slacktivism, and How Not to Change the World

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Family Planning is a touchy subject here in the US. Imagine how difficult it is to talk about in Ethiopia where girls in their early teens are married off to older men and begin having children, while any talk of contraceptives or sex is strictly taboo. Through a short video and discussion, I will tell the stories of an amazing group of women AND men who wanted to change their communities from the inside out. They led their friends and neighbors in self-discovery to determine the roots of poverty in their community and came to the realization that over-population was a burden they could no longer bear. Join me to hear their personal stories and to learn why community change is most effective when led and managed from the inside.

Why do you want to share your idea with TEDxUChicago in 2013?

Most nonprofits and aid organizations subscribe to the idea that community-led development is important, sustainable, and necessary...on paper. However, when it comes time to make a change in the world, we too often resort to heavy-handed, large-scale development efforts run from offices far away, and far removed , rather than empowering locals to address their own problems. I want to talk about how community-led development is the most effective and sustainable way to fight poverty; and as an added benefit, it costs less to implement. In the wake of KONY:2012, I believe the time has come for a frank discussion about locals changing their own lots in life.

How will you share your idea in a creative way?


I will share an engaging video, tell personal stories from the women and men in the affected communities, and use a few key slides of data to illustrate my discussion.

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I think family size can have a great impact on poverty, and I think this a great way to raise the issue of family planning in an unconventional way. I also like that this talk will incorporate the input of the men in the community so they can feel included and their community's development. What a great idea!

by bjp200fly2012
almost 3 years ago | Reply

I'd love to see and support this talk! I've worked with over 300 grassroots organizations in east and southern Africa over the past decade, focusing on organizational development and learning. Today I work to place community-driven development initiatives, which can be more genuinely responsive to local needs, at the forefront of international aid. My blogsite, how-matters.org, is aimed at just that.

by howmatters
about 3 years ago | Reply

This sounds like a really great concept! I think this idea can have a great impact in other rural communities and help them understand their own potential to alleviate poverty. You've got my vote!

by brianna.plaza
about 3 years ago | Reply

Empowering others to create the change in their own lives- such an easy concept that so many of us forget when we try to help others. I'd love to hear your ideas on this wonderful topic.

by keelee.wrenn
about 3 years ago | Reply

I would like to hear about this. Bill Kizorek, Two Parrot Productions

by bill@twoparrot.com
about 3 years ago | Reply

Speaking Engagement at TEDxUChicago 2013
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Sunday, April 29

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Monday, June 04
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