TEDxExeter talk helps launch campaign for Fairtrade mobiles

Bandi Mbubi spoke at TEDxExeter 2012 about how our mobile phones, computers and game consoles have a bloody past — tied to tantalum mining, which funds the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Drawing on his personal story, activist and refugee he gave a stirring call to action. So stirring, that his talk was one of the few chosen each month to be featured on TED.com. As of September this year, there had been 19,900 TEDxTalks, of which only 196 talks had been featured on TED.com. Moreover, the talk was highlighted on September’s State of the X blog. It has been viewed on TED.com nearly 175,000 times.

Since April, there has been much enthusiasm and interest in working towards fairtrade phones and clean mineral campaigns. A very real human momentum has built up in response to Bandi’s talk, resulting in the launch of the Congo Calling campaign. Bandi has spoken on conflict minerals at Campus Party, the international technology conference held in Berlin, and participated in the Centre for African Development and Security/SOAS Round table on Conflict Minerals. He is supporting student groups, including Exeter University, in their campaigns for conflict mineral free campuses.

At TEDxExeter, Bandi had only 9 minutes to share his message. But he is returning to Exeter on 29 November to speak in more depth about the DR Congo and the campaign. It will be a great opportunity to learn about the issues and what actions we can take, and discuss our response. Tickets are £5 only, and can be booked on the Eventbrite website.

Bandi Mbubi
Conflict-free Congo: The Paradox of our New Technologies
29 November at 7.30pm
St Stephen’s Church, Exeter

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We have gathered another group of outstanding innovators, activists and performers who are changing the world through their ground breaking work and ideas.

We will explore how to live the important questions facing us in all areas of life, including money, business, prosperity, sustainability, the environment, childhood and old age, community, society, science.

Join us on 12 April 2013 to hear from Jonathon Porritt, Kirsty Schneeberger, Patrick Holden, Pam Warhurst, Peter Owen-Jones, and many more.

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