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Farm Radio International’s Blythe McKay tells her story

Blythe McKay is Manager of the Resources for Broadcasters Program at Farm Radio International. She was recently invited to tell the story of how a major disappointment in her life turned into a dream job. She gave the talk for a TEDx audience in Hamilton, Canada. (TEDx talks are designed to give communities, organizations and individuals an opportunity to stimulate dialogue about great ideas.)

Blythe’s story goes like this: After she failed physics in her first year of university, her life-long dream of becoming a veterinarian was crushed. Initially, she was devastated. But she turned that failure into a challenge by enrolling in a new program at the University of British Columbia. The program combined agriculture with culture, and led her to Sweden for a year-long exchange program. In Sweden, she first learned about participatory development methods. She then travelled to Ghana, where she conducted field research for her master’s degree, focusing on the role that Radio Ada (a FRI broadcasting partner) played in the lives and livelihoods of a fishing village in Ghana.

This long and exciting journey led her to the “dream job” she now enjoys at Farm Radio international. Blythe says she couldn’t be happier because she’s “working with some amazing broadcasters who are committed to their communities and who are very talented.”

To hear her entire story and see her complete TEDx talk, go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztJ7MmVuhFA

You can find out more about TEDx talks at http://tedxtalks.ted.com. To find out if a TEDx talk is being organized in your area, go to: http://ted.com/tedx.

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