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TEDxJohannesburg – Richard Turere – a peace treaty with the lions

A  while ago I attended TEDxJohannesburg and a few of the presenters really stood out for me in a big way.

If you haven’t heard of the TED (technology, entertainment & design) conferences before (or maybe like me, you have, but didn’t quite know what it’s about), they started in 1984 as a non-profit to bring together & spread ideas of these 3 worlds. Today there are TED events in dozens of cities around the world and the premise is quite inclusive in that practically anyone can apply for a license and host a TED event.

At a time when everyone is trying to cash in on the next big idea, 13-year-old Richard Turere, a Maasai boy from Kenya was just trying to deal with the task ahead of him – herding his father’s cattle.

Where they live boarded a national park filled to the brim with predators leaving him exasperated as to how to stop the onslaught. He dreamed up the beautifully simple idea of “lion lights” and has since been featured on CNN.

I’ll let Richard tell his story, as he did at the TED conference in California earlier this year…

“One year ago I was just a boy in the savannah grassland, herding my father’s cows. And I used to see planes flying over & I told myself one day I’ll be there inside. And here I am today. I got a chance to come by plane for the 1st time for TED… I used to hate lions, but now my invention is saving my father’s cows and the lions. We are able to stay with the lions without any conflict.”

Richard Turere’s dream is to be an aircraft engineer & pilot. I’d say he’s well on track…


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