TMS Ruge decided to start an event that would be back at his home, emulating the TED style, and try to find ways to allow people to speak for themselves and show their own capability. One section I particularly liked was a group of boys who presented on how they disassembled broken stereo speakers and constructed their own using jerrycans to house and amplify the sound.
Stories of these kinds of innovations are only now starting to be told. I have raved about Makeshift magazine as a place that is accessing the stories, DAWNS hopes to also do so through citizen storytelling, but VIA brings this to life through a live event.
The 2012 edition will take place January 14 in Kikuube Village, Uganda. If you missed VIA 2010, you are in luck. Check out this 90 minute video of the day-long event.