About 6 weeks ago I decided that I had to go to Pakistan and find a way of trying to help the flood victims. 2 weeks ago I got an email from a friend of mine Chris Anderson the curator of TED.com. He and his wife Jacqueline Novogratz, the founder of the Acumen Fund, wanted to find a way to help as well. I met them both last year at TED09 in Oxford where I had the great privilege and honor of speaking. For those of you who are interested it is here:- http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/michael_pritchard_invents_a_water_filter.html
We went back and forth a bit and to my complete astonishment they offered to donate a considerable sum of money to help get my LIFESAVER jerrycans out to Pakistan. Now for those who want to see Chris and Jaqualine's experiences whilst they were in Pakistan please visit here, TEDchris.posterous.com....
So in modern parlance a 'BIG UP' to Chris and Jacqueline for making my trip possible and giving 10's of 1000's of Pakistani's the ability to provide their own clean sterile water....
So......... After knowing that I was going to Pakistan sooner than planned I knew I would have all of the experiences I needed to put my talk together.
On the PIA flight back from Karachi I busily set about preparing my speech.
Standing in the wings waiting to deliver my 5 min speech; let’s just say the schedule was extending well beyond the allotted time, I was just about to go up when it was quietly whispered in my ear "if I could just talk for 2 1/2 minutes that would be great". GREAT!, GREAT!, I thought. I just missed out on 5 hours sleep on a plane back from Karachi to be told I could not give my prepared talk. As I approached the stage I was actually thinking sod that I am going to give it anyway. However as I looked out over the lectern and saw the expressions on the audience's faces...I decided to throw my prepared speech aside and just talk about Pakistan and my experience there.
My Wife, unknown to me decided to video it. Being at the back with a little camera; it is not BBC broadcast quality but you can just about make out what I was saying. I apologise now as at some points I was rambling a bit but I think I was able to get a message across. The UK Minister of Industry the Honourable Jim Prentice was there and I think that we managed to get him thinking. The whole experience was a bit emotional but I was glad I did it this way in the end.