TEDxChange, happening this Wednesday, April 3, is a global conversation on some of the most pressing and intractable health and equity issues in our world today — like access to clean water, to schools, to medicine, to technology and to information. Overall, the event will deliver inspiration to those who have the courage to believe that change is possible.
Why should you be one of the many people watching TEDxChange live?
The theme: Positive Disruption. We all want our world to be a better place to live in. But most of us know that sometimes that’s easier said than done. Sometimes, it takes a shake-up to our assumptions, our traditions, our schedules, our values and our communities to get us to spring to action and make real change happen. This is where TEDxChange comes in. It’s that (positive) disruption to your regularly-scheduled program. RSVP to watch »
You won’t be alone. More than 200 TEDxChange events will be bring together folks around the world in their schools, homes and businesses as they watch the TEDxChange livestream and discuss the ideas they hear in it. Find an event near you »
The speakers. Melinda Gates has traveled the world seeking out great speakers with bold ideas for change. Here is the speaker lineup:
- Julie Dixon, director of Georgetown University’s Center for Social Impact Communication
- Spoken-word poet David Fasanya
- Halimatu Hima, Niger’s first Youth Parliament president
- M. Cathleen Kaveny, a professor of law and of theology at the University of Notre Dame
- Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra, 15-year-olds working to eradicate polio from their communities
- Roger Thurow, author of the book Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty
TEDxChange, taking place this Wednesday and hosted by Melinda Gates, will focus on the power of “Positive Disruption” to activate change in the world — the small (or big) disruptions to our everyday lives that force us to look at the world we live in and the problems we face in new and interesting ways.
And while TEDxChange takes over Seattle, people all over the world will be gathering in schools, homes, community centers, and auditoriums to watch TEDxChange live at TEDx livestreaming events -- and you should be one of them.
204 TEDxChange events in 65 countries will be participating, and if you still need a reason to drive, walk, run or ride to one of them, we asked some TEDxChange organizers to finish the sentence: “Why my TEDxChange event will be great…” Here are their answers:
Why my TEDxChange event will be great:
“TEDxYerevanChange, the first TEDxChange event in Armenia, will take place at a retreat center nestled in the picturesque slopes of Mt. Ararat. The center grows much of the food they serve and a garden fresh lunch will be served on a scenic terrace, overlooking Mt. Ararat and its plain.”
—Gohar Khachatryan, TEDxYerevanChange, Armenia. Learn more about this event.
“We will be hosting TEDxGuatavitaChange at a rural school in the central mountains of Colombia, South America. We aim at providing TEDx inspiration to populations that normally don’t have access to this kind of events. Inspiration with a powerful platform, as the one provided by TEDx can generate meaningful transformation of this region.”
—Felipe Spath, TEDxGuatavitaChange, Colombia. Learn more about this event.
“Our event will be a cozy gathering at my home watching the event live and having an open debate after it.”
—Patricia Zougheib, TEDxSKEChange, Lebanon. Learn more about this event.
“Our event is going to be great because our island just went through a sort of uprising. We see this event as an opportunity to expound on exactly what a “Positive Disruption” means to our island.”
—Brent Norris, TEDxHiloChange, Hawaii, US. Learn more about this event.
“Our event will be great because it will be fully centered on Melinda and her speakers. All the attention will go there. And then the audience in the room will take the control, and attendees will be free to discuss what they have just seen with the help of a great moderator, Gonzalo Fanjul. He is a journalist and global health researcher, and author of a very famous blog, 3500 Millones, where he posts every day a disruptive solution against poverty…But most importantly, it will be great because the audience will include 300 committed NGO, foundation, and development experts and citizens who’d love to see a better word and want their voices to be heard.”
—Antonella Broglia, TEDxMadridChange, Spain. Learn more about this event.
- 55 events in North America
- 42 events in Europe
- 46 events in Asia/Australia/New Zealand
- 21 events in Central America/Latin America
- 36 events in the Middle East/Africa
On April 3rd, TEDxChange will begin at 9 am (PDT) at the Gates Foundation Campus in Seattle and will stream live online at TED.com and TEDxChange.org. The program will run for 90 minutes.
Find a TEDxChange livestreaming event near you here.
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:
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.