TEDxChange 2013 has begun! On Wednesday, April 3, Melinda Gates started a global conversation on some of the most pressing and intractable health and equity issues the world faces. Access to clean water, to schools, to medicine, to technology and to information were prominent themes in today’s global broadcast from the Gates Foundation Campus in Seattle, Washington.
If you missed it, you can catch it again this Friday at TEDxDupontCircle. JSI joins FHI360 in hosting one of 200 official satellite TEDxChange events. Why stream it if you could be getting involved in the conversation instead? Positively disrupt your Friday. Use promo code WorthSharing for $5 off the registration fee ($15 general, $7 students).
The first TEDxChange, held in March 2012, started a conversation about access to contraceptives. You might recall the #NoControversy campaign. TEDxChange elevated conversations in concern for 200 million women with an unmet need for access to contraception. Because of these conversations, gatherings, videos, and tweets… many people around the world questioned what they previously thought. 20,000 people raised their voice to support the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation at the London Family Planning Summit last year. At the summit, a goal was set to provide contraceptive access to all in need by 2020 and 4.3 billion dollars was committed to family planning funding.
In our work with JSI’s International Division, we are reminded of the importance of public-private partnerships in solving global health issues. Join a global conversation about global health and development.
What’s up with this year’s theme, Positive Disruption? Listen to what some of the folks participating in TEDx say about positive disruption. or check out the JSI examples of positive disruption mentioned in Amanda Makulec’s blog. TEDizens strive for a better world and know well that sometimes that’s easier said than done. Sometimes, it takes a shake-up to our assumptions, traditions, schedules, values, and communities to get us to spring to action and make real change happen. This is where TEDxChange comes in. The TEDxChange talks and TEDxDupontCircle local speakers have ideas worth sharing about global health and development. Ranging from nutrition and vaccine advocacy to social networks and God, TEDxChange 2013 will launch conversations previously marginalized or unimagined.
The global speakers are:
- 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
The local speakers are:
- Ally Sosna, founder of Microgreens
- William Eggers, author of [Positive Disruption book]
- Jonas Singer, founder of Union Kitchen
- Malika Bilal, Co-Host of Al Jazeera’s The Stream