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Reference : V-P-CH-E-00809
Date : 27/11/2011
Caption : Geneva, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices. The event organised by TEDx and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (TEDxRC2). Patrick Chappatte.
Photographer : GASSMANN, Thierry
Person appearing :
CHAPPATTE, Patrick (-)
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : ICRC website 28-11-2011

TEDxRC2: nine figures to multiply the power of humanity

More than 550 people attended the first TEDx event organized by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement on Sunday 27 November in Geneva. Nine speakers stressed the importance of personal commitment in humanitarian action and the opportunities offered by new technologies in response to crises.


TED is a non-profit organization that stages events and makes them available as webcasts in order to share ideas with the power to bring about peaceful global change. In addition to two major gatherings organized each year, in Long Beach, California and Edinburgh, Scotland, hundreds of TEDx events are held worldwide. On the eve of its 31st International Conference, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement opted for this kind of communication for the first time as a means to reflect on the future of humanitarian action.


On stage, boxes bearing the Red Cross emblem and wooden pallets symbolize the work of the Movement. Against this backdrop that brings home the precarious conditions of life humanitarian crises can create, editorial cartoonist Patrick Chappatte points out how other means of communication, such as editorial cartoons, can make people aware of humanitarian issues. "Sometimes we have trouble finding meaning in the profusion of images. Editorial cartoons can help us focus," he believes. Chapatte has produced 20 illustrated reports about situations ranging from the Gaza Strip to the slums of Nairobi, and made an animated film about cluster munitions in conjunction with the ICRC in South Lebanon.


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