It happens to every conference organizer– no matter the plans, there will always be last minute speaker changes. Still, it’s hard to let people go. We were disappointed to learn that Greg Mortenson will not be able to join us after all. (Not that we don’t have a great lineup, though!)
Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea book has inspired millions of people to care about girls’ schooling in Central Asia, as have his subsequent books, Pennies for Peace program, and speeches. Unfortunately, he had a late scheduling conflict, and cancelled his appearance with us. You may be wondering whether this had anything to do with the recent controversy about his facts and finances. It was not part of our discussion with Greg. The controversy does bring up some important issues about how to do good in the world –well worth discussing– but we’re not going to take a side. Instead, we’ll leave you with a few resources to help your own thinking and discussion with friends, family, and colleagues:
- The 60 Minutes investigation http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7363068n
- The much fuller description by Krakauer at http://byliner.com/ (pdf download)
- Mortenson’s very recent interview with Outside magazine http://outsideonline.com/adventure/travel-ga-greg-mortenson-interview-sidwcmdev_155690.html and
Please be assured that our lineup is still going to be great. Keep an eye on the website http://tedxgoldengateed.org/presenters/ for updates.
We’re excited to announce that Jeff Duncan-Andrade will be joining our great speaker lineup. He’s a professor at San Francisco State University, but somehow finds time to teach high school in East Oakland. He will bring a powerful, not naive, message of hope for urban youth. Definitely someone with “ideas worth spreading.” Check out his work growing Roses in Concrete.
Mark your calendar now for TEDxGoldenGateED — June 11, 2011.