TEDWomen documentary "Shape What's to Come"


Katie Spotz rows solo from Darfur to Guyana for safe drinking water. Photo by Lucian Bartosik

TED launches TEDWomen, its latest in a series of global gatherings, this Tuesday and Wednesday, December 7-8, in Washington, D.C. The inaugural event, called "Reshaping the Future," will bring together the world's female farmers, economists and roboticists to examine how women are championing innovative ideas. Attendees include Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, musician Angelique Kidjo, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and China's "Oprah," Yang Lan. Filmmaker Chiara Clemente will also present her film, Shape What's to Come, featuring eight 20-something female shapers and movers from around the worth with game-changing ideas.

Filmmaker Chiara Clemente on "Shape What's to Come." Photo by Alexandra Wyman / Wireimage

At the preview of the film's trailer in the Levi's showroom in Los Angeles, the evening showcased Levi's "Shape What's To Come" project with Clemente on hand and one of the participants, Katie Spotz, who rowed solo across the Atlantic to raise awareness-and $100,000--to promote safe drinking water around the planet.

The project involved 50 millennial women from the US, UK and Japan changing the future by taking "non-linear paths to success and making a difference in the world." Clemente's documentary short selected eight whose collaborations ranged from youth advocacy and entrepreneurship to upcycled vintage fashion. They included:

Emily Cummins, 23, from the UK, a student inventor who designed a remarkably revolutionary and practical appliance--a sustainable refrigerator, powered by dirty water to keep the contents dry, hygienic and cool without electricity. See how her solar-driven cylindrical fridge works through a simple evaporation process.

Priya Lakhani, 27, gave up her job as a libel lawyer in London to found a project that provides a meal per day for India's homeless, funded by each jar of Masala Masala Indian sauce sold in the UK.

Katie Spotz, 23, of Mentor, Ohio, rowed alone for three months from Darfur to Guyana earlier this year on behalf of Blue Planet Run, a nonprofit that funds 214 water projects in 18 countries.

The youngest to achieve this marathon, Spotz explained how her intrigue turned into an obsession as she tripled her goal. She continues her adventures, swimming, hiking and cycling -- not just for the sake of record-breaking but for her cause, making her compelling point clear: "There are 1.2 billion people around the world without potable water. Only $30 supplies someone with a lifetime of safe drinking water."

All the young women's hand-bound journals, chronicling their impressive efforts and others' inspiring projects, can be accessed online at the "Shape What's To Come" community where the like-minded interact. The film will be posted on the website after the conference and TEDWomen can also be accessed online live.

More on Levi's sustainable efforts:
New Levi's Waterless Jeans Save 16 Million Liters of H2O
Levi's Care to Air Design Competition Finalists Find New Ways to Dry Clothes Without a Dryer
Sweatshop-Free? New Report Grades Levi's, Gap, and Wal-Mart's

Tags: Activism | Concepts & Prototypes | Documentaries | Drinking Water

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