In her TED x Berlin talk, Mallence Bart-Williams shared a truth that not only deeply resonated with people across the globe, but many felt compelled to share.
Her TED x was independently translated into more than 5 languages and became a social media phenomena that was shared over 20 million times via various social media platforms, raising global awareness via a sensational grass -roots movement.
Today Mallence's TED Talk has become an integral part of academic curricula of universities and high schools in African, Europe, Asian and the Americas as a timeless piece of essential truth that will be recognized by generations to come, when analyzing the global economic imbalances of our present times.
Mallence Bart-Williams is a Sierra Leonean - German multi-facetted social entrepreneur: Publishing, film, fashion, Ayurveda, writing and philanthropy are among her professional repertoire.
Mallence pursued her studies in economics and finance in Paris, Singapore and Great Britain.
Today she lives across the globe, produces a holistic natural body care line in Asia, and is the founder and creative director of the Freetown-based creative collective FOLORUNSHO, a ‘SHARITY’ that she initiated with street kids in Sierra Leone.
Due to her cross-cultural roots she perceives herself as a bridge connecting two vastly different worlds.
Her diverse background enables her to see creative solutions to common problems.
Her Freetown based collective has taken homeless children off the streets into school via pure creativity without donations.
Through her work with FOLORUNSHO and various other social enterprises in different parts of Africa, she connects cultural contrast, enabling unique synergies that yield action driven results.
CHANGE YOUR CHANNEL not only served as an eye opener, but also opened the space for discussions that encourage perspectives many were formerly reluctant to express.
Her lecture raised the bar of the widespread status quo in regards to Africa's representation and its perception globally. Ever since independent research and reports have been published that enforce Mallence's statement.
Diversity in the Workplace
Mallence founded the FEMAL E INNOVATION LAB in August 2017 to provide young women who lost their homes and families in the Freetown mudslide with skills, that enable them to generate an income to kick start a new life.
The young women are taught by young Sierra Leonean innovators such as Mohamed Kamara and Master Sabi, how to build solar powered mobile phone charging stations, made from scrap materials such as cigarette lighters from old cars. They can operate the stations commercially in remote villages, as they are solar powered and can charge between 50-100 phones.