As the Director of the Global X-perience department at the Crossroads Foundation, and a spokesman for the organisation, David James Begbie is the perfect example of how addressing just a simple need in the world can make a big difference. Otherwise known as "That Crossroads Guy", David passionately raises awareness of the conditions of those in need. Alongside facilitating simulations in English and Mandarin for corporate, service and educational groups, his role sees David providing strategic leadership in the development of a new initiative: an experiential Global Village, showcasing global needs, and solutions.
The Global X-perience simulations in Crossroads' latest development have seen more than 100,000 participants from corporate, educational and social sectors since 2005. Receiving the recognition of the Hong Kong Red Cross Humanity Award (2007) and worldwide respect for his devotion to being a "voice for the voiceless", David Begbie has given speeches in different nations, addressing business people, students and many others.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)