Bumping into people at TED

I just ran into Bruno Giussani, whose blog is the one I consider the authoritative account of TED. He’s posted a list of some of the likely bloggers attending the conference – looking forward to reading everyone’s accounts when I’m not typing my own…

I just had my “TED moment”. I saw The Last King of Scotland a few weeks ago and offered my review here. After digesting the film for a bit, I realized I really wanted to thank Forest Whitaker for making the film in Uganda – he helped demonstrate that Africa is open for the cinema business as well as other forms of business, and seeing the shots actually done in the streets of Kampala was deeply moving for people who know that city.

So I just bumped into him in the lobby and thanked him. That’s TED for you. What a nice guy. He’s following Ugandan politics closely and pointed out that Uganda’s suffering continues – “Kony’s still out in the forest and children are still on the run.” I guess I’m not surprised that a man who evoked Amin so well would be following the situation in that complicated nation so closely, but I’m very glad he is, and glad I got the chance to shake his hand…

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