Originally posted on TED Blog:
As curator Chris Anderson says, politicians don’t generally turn up on the TED stage. This year, there are two in a row, as Alex Salmond is followed by Malte Spitz, a member of the Green Party in Germany. ”A mobile phone can change your life and give you individual freedom,” says Spitz. “With a mobile phone you can shoot a crime against humanity in Syria. With a mobile phone you can tweet a message and start a protest in Egypt. And with a mobile phone you can record a song, load it up to Soundcloud and become famous.”
Born in 1984, Spitz is from Berlin. He shows us an amazing picture of the city in 1989, as thousands of people stood up to protest for change and in doing so brought down the Berlin Wall. Spitz asks us to imagine that each of these people had a mobile phone. After all, that’s the case for most of us a few decades later. And then, he says, he wants to tell us his own story.