Patrick Chappatte is not your ordinary cartoonist. Instead the 2010 TED presenter is tasked with reporting on global events through his creation of cartoons. A journalist and global traveler, he generates conversation with cartoons.
Patrick has seen cartoons used as weapons and for wellbeing, to depict wealth and poverty, to illustrate love and hate. He himself leverages humor and the impact of images to address serious issues.
At a time of extreme conflict in the Ivory Coast, Patrick brought together cartoonists from all sides over three days. He was effective in having them tell the story in their own cartoons regardless of what side they were on.
On day one, many were shouting at each another. But their common ground of being cartoonists unified in their mission to illustrate the issues, created an opportunity for understanding, if not actual reconciliation. Patrick has repeated this process in Lebanon, West Africa, and Gaza.
Humor illuminates the opportunity to take a fresh look at old issues and opens a window of understanding.
Watch Patrick’s illuminating TED Talk from July 2010 about how connection happens through laughter.
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