Three TEDxChange events to look out for:


TEDxChange is happening on April 3rd. 200 events around the world will be livestreaming the main TEDxChange event in Seattle as part of the annual collaboration between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TEDx — furthering the discussion of global health and development started at the very first TEDxChange in 2010.

Here are three events to check out this year:

TEDxDubaiChange; Dubai, UAE. TEDxDubai will be livestreaming TEDxChange at the Dubai International Financial Centre in Dubai. Local speakers include Dr. Shiblu Shamsudeen, one of the co-founders and former president of the Emirates Medical Students’ Society, and a leader in improving public and reproductive health programs in India, the UAE and the USA. Shiblu is also one of the 100 Young Leaders with Women Deliver 2013 working towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals and towards the empowerment of women worldwide. Learn more about this event here.

To prepare for TEDxChange 2013, the team behind TEDxDubai asked leaders to describe what “positive disruption” means to them.
Below, Jeff Singer, CEO of DIFC, on crowdfunding, his favorite positive disruption:

Jeff Singer - CEO DIFC AUTHORITY | TEDxDubaiChange 2013 from Giorgio Ungania on Vimeo.

TEDxFukuokaChange; Fukuoka, Japan. Organizers Joe Okubo and Eriko Tsukamoto are banding together to bring TEDxChange to the masses in Japanese. On April 3rd, TEDx will send the English archive of the main event in Seattle to Joe and Eriko in Fukuoka, and they will use their amazing mastery of language to translate all of the talks into Japanese to share with their audience at TEDxFukuokaChange the very next day — April 4! Learn more about this event here.

TEDxButtePublicLibraryChange; Butte, Montana, United States. If you didn’t already believe libraries could change the world, you definitely will now. In Montana, Butte Public Library will be putting aside story time for a special, completely free showing of TEDxChange. If you’re anywhere near Butte on the 3rd, make sure to stop by. Learn more about this event here.

Want to attend a TEDxChange event? There are 200 TEDxChange events happening in 65 countries. Find one near you.

I think people don’t accept imperfection that well. They gawk at it; they stare at it — because it’s curious to them. It’s a shame because there’s so much beauty out there besides beauty.

— One of the subjects of photographer Matt Hoyle’s portraits shares his thoughts on beauty during the photographer’s talk at TEDxDubai.

Above: A selection of portraits from TEDxDubai speaker Matt Hoyles collection, Winter Swimmers. In his talk, "Perfect imperfection," Matt describes his fascination with presenting the subjects of his portraits as they really are — flawed, interesting, imperfect — rather than trying to obtain the perfect ideal of beauty that we search for when choosing our Facebook profile pictures.