The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is a strategic partner of the TEDx program, and together we teamed up for a very special project called TEDxChange -- an initiative devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development. The TEDxChange team works with TEDx organizers around the world to help facilitate meaningful discussions on topics such as vaccines, polio, malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal and newborn child health, and agricultural development. The TEDxChange initiative also includes a global signature event convened by Melinda Gates and broadcast across the TEDx community.

About this event

Disruption is usually unwelcome. It represents conflict, chaos, and potential danger. We discourage disruptive behavior in our homes and our societies, often favoring passivity and compliance.

But disruption can be a positive – sometimes vital – catalyst for change. It can challenge old assumptions, ignite conversations, activate authorities and expose new possibilities. Disruption can shed a unique light on difficult issues, giving a fresh urgency and perspective to the challenges of our global community.

To solve the most intractable challenges in health and development, we need positive disruption. It is the path to true progress.

Host: Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Melinda will host TEDxChange from the Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, Washington.


Theme: Positive Disruption

Preview the Speakers:

JulieJulie Dixon is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), an academic initiative that examines the critical role of communication in fostering engagement in social change.

DavidDavid Fasanya is a Nigerian-American performance artist and award-winning youth poet residing in Brooklyn, NY.

Halimatou Halimatou Hima is a Masters in Public Policy candidate at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Following an internship in the Women & Population Division at the United Nations Foundation, she worked in the Child Protection Division at the United Nations in her home country of Niger (UNICEF).

Cathleen Cathleen Kaveny is an American legal scholar and theologian. She is currently John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology at Norte Dame Law School, where she has been on the faculty since 1995.

Salim_SikhaSalim Shekh is 15 year old boy who lives in a polluted slum in East Kolkata. Sikha Patra is a 15 year old girl who lives in a slum called Neheru Colony. This dynamic duo is engaged to eradicate polio from their communities by developing community maps to share with a global audience - making their invisible communities visible.

RogerRoger Thurow joined the Chicago Council in January 2010 after three decades at the Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa.

Venue and Details:

Casa de Cultura a Tineretului George Enescu, EDU+, Laboratorul Urban de Idei al FCR
Strada Republicii nr. 2 Reghin
Reghin, 545300

April 3rd, 2013 
19:00 (GMT 2hrs)
Price: 9 lei

Event Type (what is this?)TED2012 Simulcast (TEDxChange)

This event is invite-only.

Organizer: Sorin Suciu

Tel.: 0747-076.338


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