Thought-provoking content and debate engages Dubai community
25 February 2012, Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre was the centre of dynamic open dialogue yesterday (Saturday) as BOLDtalks/2012 hosted a series of acclaimed BOLD speakers from around the world. Engaging with a diverse and enthusiastic audience on topics as far ranging as child slavery in the cocoa industry to the birth of the Berlin Wall, the annual event proved its undisputed place in the community as a movement to get people engaged and talking.
The 2012 event programme was opened by award-winning journalist Miki Mistrati, whose latest documentary exposing the child labour exploitation in Africa’s cocoa growing industry has drawn both accolades from the film world and animosity from the world’s chocolate companies.
This was followed by an insightful talk on cultural diplomacy by former US Ambassador and a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University, Dr.Cynthia Schneider, who encouraged heated debate on the true efficacy and influence of diplomacy in the context of the Arab Spring.
Rudiger Gamm, a mental trainer widely known as the Human Calculator, stunned the BOLDtalks audience with his super-human capacity to compute complex mathematical calculations instantaneously, before highlighting opportunities to maximize our brain potential.
The day’s inspirational line-up concluded with former US soldier Vern Pike, the first officer in charge of the Berlin Wall’s historic Checkpoint Charlie during the Cold War.
The brainchild of Tamer Nahas, event director of BOLDtalks said: “The fundamental aim of BOLDtalks is to open minds and hearts to new ideas and new ways of thinking, and we are delighted to have delivered on this once again. The response to this year’s speakers and the forthright debate enjoyed with the audience was exceptional.”
With social responsibility a fundamental element in the BOLDtalks ethos since its establishment in 2010, the event remains a carbon neutral event. In addition, the annual BOLDtalks Awards recognise an individual’s or organisation’s contribution to the community or the planet. This year’s winners included the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions and Aqua Initiative, a charitable event organizer that distributes funds to NGOs around the world. BOLDtalks also presented an award of special recognition to sponsor ENOC for its role in inspiring people to engage, develop and build healthier, more educated and more socially-responsible communities.
A graphic finale of the day’s events was the unveiling of two artworks created by artists Amartey Golding and Leila Almasri, who drew on their artistic talent to interpret the day’s programme on canvas. Both artworks will be donated to the Palestinian Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF).
The feedback from audience members was unanimously positive. PCRF representative Danielle O’Reilly said, “It was very kind of BOLDtalks to support PCRF in this very creative way. It was just another demonstration of the diversity of this event. We heard from speakers from all over the world and learnt about many different perspectives. I’ll definitely be thinking twice about the chocolate I buy.”
British national and Dubai resident of two years Mohammed Shah said: “It was my first time at BOLDtalks. It is a fantastic initiative for sharing ideas and experiences and building the community. I’m really looking forward to the next one.”
Belgian Artist and Dubai resident of 10 years Sara Sillis echoed one of the underlying themes of the day: “Empowerment should come from within each individual. Let’s take responsibility for our world,” she said.
For anyone who missed this year’s BOLDtalks be sure to catch the video presentations at http://www.boldtalks.com/en/section/video-talks.
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BOLDtalks is a series of events that host a selection of acclaimed international speakers who present on a range of diversified topics. There isn’t a single theme that the events focus on. Rather, through a careful curation process, we identify topics and speakers from numerous fields that are likely to relate to you, your community and the world in which you live (strictly non-political and non-religious). BOLDtalks is here to start a movement. We facilitate shared exploration towards greater understanding, connection, or possibility. We want to carry us all into new, deeper levels of understanding none of us could have foreseen. It’s all about finding those people who crave knowledge, in the pursuit of positive change.
BOLDtalks™/ 2012 is brought to the community with the support of the following sponsors: Thomson Reuters, ENOC, Emirates Airlines, Arjaan Rotana, Flip Media, Mojo PR, Ranson, blank, Ecobility and Souq.com