Tickets are now available for the TEDxLilongwe conference that will be held on 21 st May 2016 at the Crossroads Auditorium and shall have live screening in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba and Mzuzu. The theme for this year’s event is “Demand”. This year’s main TED conference was held in Vancouver, Canada under the theme “Dream”. Malawians may be dreaming in colour, but we want to turn these dreams into reality. TEDxLilongwe are demanding that ideas grow into something tangible. TEDxLilongwe have a demand for ideas that can ultimately transcend into sustainable solutions. Recently the hashtag #DemandABetterMalawi appeared on social media, this hashtag was basically encouraging people to take more action towards the betterment of Malawi. Demand can be described as an insistent and peremptory request made as if by right. What do you demand for? What should we demand for as a nation? TEDxLilongwe want to hear talks of demand; demand more, demand less, demand results, demand answers. Chris Christie, an American attorney and politician said “Today, the biggest challenge we must meet is the one we present to ourselves. To not become a nation that places entitlement ahead of accomplishment. To not become a country that places comfortable lies ahead of difficult truths. To not become a people that thinks so little of ourselves that we demand no sacrifice from each other.” The TEDxLilongwe talks will stimulate debate around 4 potential thematic areas such as Economy, Youth, Culture and Innovation. The economy needs for citizens to demand for a vibrant economy free from corruption. The youth are a young generation that can take responsibility in shaping the policies of the country to respond to their needs. We have a culture that can be sustained as a heritage. We need to expose innovative minds that can spearhead growth. There is a great need for change throughout the world; because of this demand the United Nations adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 25 September 2015. These are broken down into 17 categories and every country is to select the categories that need most work in their country. These goals were developed to make a promise to end poverty and provide a life a life of dignity for all on a healthy planet within a generation. Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident representative made a speech on the SDGs during the 2015 UN Day celebrations. She said SDGs are about 4Ps and a DJ: Planet, Prosperity, Partnership and Dignity plus Justice. “I believe that if we can work together put our differences aside, transformative change is possible and not just elsewhere, but also here, in Malawi” said Mia during her speech. TEDxLilongwe is looking to hear of transformative change, whether it be in yourself, your community, your area, your associations, your city, your district, your region, your country or your planet. Before you started thinking that TEDxLilongwe is a political and developmental conference, it is not. TED describes itself as a conference about ideas worth spreading. TEDxLilongwe is looking for diverse, inspiring and moving talks. Talks in the past have ranged from philosophy, psychology, mathematics, hospitality, addiction, education, self-help, global issues, love, feminism and so many more. Any idea is welcome in the TEDxLilongwe community. “We’re looking at the audience as much as we’re looking at the speakers. We want people in the room to be able to listen to and engage with our content, and to actively promote those kinds of conversations on a regular basis even after the event.” Says Ms. Emma Katengeza, one of the organizers of the TEDxLilongwe event. Tickets for the conference at Crossroads are going at MWK 8,000; they are available in Lilongwe at Koko Bean Café, mHub, Papaya, Steers (City Centre) and Crossroads Hotel. There shall be live streaming events of the TEDxLilongwe conference at Mzuzu University (Mzuzu), Golden Peacock Hotel (Lilongwe), College of Medicine (Blantyre) and Chancellor College (Zomba).