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SAIS Gender and Development Forum

Friday, April 6, 2012 from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)


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During TEDxChange: The Big Picture we'll explore the following:
In the current economic climate, our focus has shifted to needs closest to home. But still too many in our global, interdependent community cannot meet their most basic needs: food, clean water, life-saving medicines.

We cannot proceed with business as usual.

At TEDxChange, we’ll take a step back and look at the big picture: Why should we continue to invest in global health and development? And how can we work across borders and boundaries to make positive change?

Convened by Melinda French Gates.



Melinda Gates serves as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She helps to shape and approve foundation strategies, review results, advocate for the foundation’s issues, and help set the overall direction of the organization. Melinda will discuss family planning and how the ability to plan can change the lives of women and their families and improve whole societies.

Chris Anderson is the curator of the TED Conference, a conference that explores the power of ideas to make a difference in the world. Under his stewardship, over 1000 TED talks have been released free online to a global audience and the TEDx program has allowed hundreds of independently organized TED-like events to be held around the world.

Jeff Chapin is a mechanical engineer and product designer for IDEO. He specializes in designing sanitation solutions for the developing world, and has conducted projects in both Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Jeff will challenge traditional perceptions of ‘design’ by emphasizing the importance of sustainable, market-based systems for developing societies.

Sven Giegold is a Member of the European Parliament and one of the founding members of Attac Germany. Sven has dedicated much of his career towards green industry issues. He will talk about the power of collective action, and how the actions of individuals, communities and progressive business can lead to critical changes at a national and international level.

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMassAveChange, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxMassAveChange event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Have questions about TEDxMassAveChange? Contact SAIS Gender and Development Forum

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