Une playlist de TEDx en français: 4 TEDx Talks in French

Welcome to this week’s playlist en français! We have scoured the Francophone world to bring you exciting talks ranging from Bordeaux beats to child language acquisition and more.

TEDxement vôtre- enjoy!

TEACHERS: Did you know it’s possible to create a virtual lesson from a TEDx Talk? At TED-Ed you can quickly flip any of these talks. Check out these questions we whipped up for Claire Nouvian’s talk and find out more about how to make your own TED-Ed lessons.

BEATBOX: Beasty at TEDxBordeaux
Move over Tom Thumb, Beasty’s in town! Watch this awe-inspiring beatboxing display at TEDxBordeaux that has already had nearly 150,000 views.

Laisse la place Tom Thumb, Beasty est là ! Regardez cette démonstration époustoufflante à TEDxBordeaux qui a déjà été vue 150 000 fois.

Cumul des mandats: Hamou Bouakkaz at TEDxAlsace
In this laugh out loud talk at TEDxAlsace, Algeria-native Hamou Bouakkaz describes his trajectory into politics, despite the prejudices he faced in his community for being both blind and Arab.

Dans cette intervention désopilante à TEDxAlsace, Hamou Bouakkaz, natif d’Algérie, décrit son parcours en politique, en dépit des préjugés auxquels il a été confronté dans sa communauté, du fait d’être à la fois arabe et aveugle.

Mais comment font-ils pour apprendre une langue? Sharon Peperkamp at TEDxVaugirardRoad 2013
Did you know that babies begin to recognize their own names from as early as 4 or 5 months old? Learn about the fascinating field of child language acquisition and other linguistic wonders in Sharon Peperkamp’s talk at TEDxVaugirardRoad.

Saviez-vous que les bébés commencent à renconnaître leur nom dès l’âge de 4 ou 5 mois ? Découvrez le domaine fascinant de l’acquisition du langage chez l’enfant et d’autres merveilles linguistiques dans l’intervention de Sharon Peperkamp à TEDxVaugirardRoad.

Les eaux cachées: Joseph Lukawski at TEDxRabat
At TEDxRabat, Fulbright scholar Joseph Lukawski uses clips from his visually stunning documentary to discuss the state of the water system in Fes, Morocco.

À TEDxRabat, Joseph Lukawski, titulaire d’une bourse Fulbright, utilise des extraits de son documentaire visuellement stupéfiant pour discuter de l’état du réseau hydrographique à Fès au Maroc.

Hacking Morocco: Sahara Labs brings the very first hackerspace to Morocco

Enter the doors of the airmail museum in Tarfaya, Morocco on a certain Friday this past February, and you would have seen something far from airmail
— Moroccans of all ages working together on DIY engineering projects — or, as it was also known as — the first meeting of Sahara Labs: Tarfaya’s first hackerspace.

Still in its infancy, Sahara Labs has already been named one of the 8 hackerspaces changing the Arab world by Wamda.

"Sahara Labs — Tarfaya Hackerspace — is for everyone," they say on their Facebook page, "and everyone is invited to all of our events and meetings.

[We provide] hacking tools such as 3D printer[s], Arduino, electronics, and other awesome things…

Anyone can become a member of Sahara Labs - Tarfaya Hackerspace and start making their own workshops, use our tools or do whatever they want to do. The sky is the limit.”

Sahara Labs was founded by TEDxTarfaya organizer El Wali El Alaoui Mohamed El Mostapha. “In Tarfaya,” he said, “there is only one school, one high school, and no other place to get knowledge. People here are creative — especially kids, youth and women — so this is why we built our space.” Sahara Labs is like TEDx, he said, because “TEDxTarfaya shares the ideas worth spreading and Sahara Labs makes and builds ideas worth spreading.”

What did the folks at Sahara Lab build for their inaugural meeting, you may ask?
littleBits! And what are littleBits? The design of TED Fellow Ayah Bdeir, littleBits are tiny circuit boards that snap together with magnets to allow even the smallest kid to create projects complete with motors, lights, sounds, buttons, and sensors.

A littleBits racecar (Photo: littleBits)

At TED2012, Ayah explained the educational potential behind littleBits:

"Instead of having to program, to wire, to solder, littleBits allow you to program using very simple intuitive gestures," she said in her talk. “The nicest thing is how [kids] start to understand the electronics around them from everyday that they don’t learn at schools,”  For example, how a nightlight works, or why an elevator door stays open, or how an iPod responds to touch.”

At Sahara Labs’s first meeting, El Wali and his partner, Bilal Ghalib, invited kids from ages 6-16 to experiment with littleBits and make their own projects. Adults worked to help kids on their way. Ayah’s talk was projected onto the wall and kids and adults fiddled with their circuits.

"Everyone got the opportunity to understand the fundamentals of electronics and create their personalized circuits," El Wali said, "…achieving their goals by themselves."

"By the end of the event, he said, "happiness was present on each face of participants, both in trainees and trainers. Kids and teenagers asked to take LittleBits kits back home. [We] distributed half of kits among them and kept another half for future events.

"It was just great. No better way to start a project based on shared values."

John Toutain is the curator of TEDxCasablanca in Morocco and one of the leaders of the TEDx Activators program in the country.

The TEDx Activators Program — in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation — offers a mentorship exchange between seasoned TEDx organizers and potential TEDx organizers in developing communities.

The TEDx Activators Program is modeled after an initiative launched in Kibera, Kenya, in 2010. Organized by Acumen fellow Suraj Sudhakar, TEDxKibera took place in one of Africa’s largest slums. The passion of the organizers and attendees was astonishing.

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, we launched an experimental mentorship program: Suraj trained locals in his community to host TEDx events. Since then, several events have been held in slum communities throughout Nairobi — many of which were organized by Kibera resident Kevin Otieno.

John is currently mentoring El Wali El Alaoui Mohamed El Mostapha,  organizer of TEDxTarfaya in Tarfaya, Morocco.El Wali is completely a fan of TED,” he said, “and it’s been four months that I’ve been giving him a hand in organizing his event.”

"Every Wednesday evening we meet on Skype - he in Tarfaya and I in Casablanca - and discuss his event: the speakers, the timing, and all those questions you can have as a newbie TEDx organizer. It is teamwork imagined by TEDx.”

Two weeks before TEDxTarfaya took place, John traveled to Tarfaya to meet El Wali face to face.Tarfaya is a city of 5.600 inhabitants in southern Morocco on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean,” he said in a diary of the trip. “I know two things about Tarfaya. First, it is far away. Damn far. To get there from Casablanca, it takes four hours by train to get to Marrakech, then a two hours connection. And, finally, a bus ride of 12 hours from Marrakech to Tarfaya. Second, that it is the town of Saint-Exupery. A city of sand, sea and scenery that inspired the famous aviator’s tale The Little Prince.”

John spent several days with El Wali preparing for TEDxTarfaya’s big day. They prepped speakers; toured Tarfaya; and even celebrated El Wali’s son’s 4th birthday.

"First thing we - El Wali and I - did when I arrived in Tarfaya was to meet each speaker and rehearse their talks," John said. "Rehearsing talks is important, but can be a hard task. Speakers are sometimes skeptical … or have fear. They feel vulnerable and don’t want to show their flaws or be judged. Well, truth is that they reacted exceptionally well. I learned this day that behind talks rehearsal there is first a question of trust. And that if people give you their trust you can efficiently help them to improve.”

A few days into his trip, something magical happened, John said. Being a TEDx Activator became more than just advising a TEDx organizer on how to host a great event, it became a way to connect with a person in a place miles away from his home, to learn more about a community he’d never encountered before.

"After a few days in Tarfaya," John said, "El Wali showed me a magical place outside the city.
Facing the ocean, on a long sandy beach, he built  a wooden hut. It is made of piece of wood he collected on the beach and plastic tarp he recycled after a festival.

With nobody around — just the sound of the ocean and maybe one or two desert foxes — we discussed everything and put the world to right. We spent one night there: we brought mattresses, pillows, tea, beet juice, octopus with spices, tomatoes and salad.

"In a way," John said, "this night had exactly the same poetry as the desert day we spent in Doha for the 2012 TEDxSummit:
sea, sand, a campfire and inspired people willing to change the world.”

To read John’s travel diary in French, visit his blog here.
To see pictures from TEDxTarfaya, visit their Flickr here.