About Steve


I love working with amazing people to solve complex, high impact problems.

My wide range of interests includes history, cultural anthropology, social and economic development, emerging markets, technology advancements and applications, and designing and implementing solutions that meet real needs.

I have lived in three different countries, and have focused primarily on co-creation with emerging economies and the developing world. My teams have worked to design creative technology solutions in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Morocco, Hungary, Romania, Slovenia, Argentina, India, China, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

My current focus is on driving growth by improving organizational culture and employee engagement using the power of TEDTalks. After establishing TEDxPSU at Penn State University, I have now built a team that is pioneering the first global TEDx program of its kind at Johnson & Johnson. We are bringing associates together across functions, sectors, regions, and levels to share ideas in a very powerful, genuine way.

TED Conferences

TED2016, TEDGlobal 2014, TEDActive 2014, TEDGlobal 2013, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011


Penn State University

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My TED story

TED Fan since 2006
Founding Curator, TEDxPSU 2010
Founding Curator, TEDxJNJ 2012

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Steve Garguilo
Posted over 4 years ago
What can a sustainable telemedicine business model look like, and how do we get buy-in from those with the resources to make it happen?
Nassim - thank you so much for the valuable feedback. Your point about community healthcare workers and auxiliary workers is especially true. In our work in Kenya and Tanzania, it proved valuable where these workers played a key role as the operator of the device, either in remote locations expanding the radius of the doctor's practice and using the device when necessary to communicate with the doctor, or at a doctor's office so that this triage could happen before a patient needed to see a doctor. This unburdened the doctor so that he/she is only seeing more critical matters. Great idea surrounding connecting doctors to other doctors, definitely an area I need to research more as I'm sure there may be some programs like this that I can look at. Perhaps a better question to be asking is one that is more broad and not device/solution-specific: What role can you see an organization like J&J playing in helping to solve this challenge? Given that a device alone certainly won't solve the challenges, what would be the best model of partnership with NGO/MOH or projects that we can execute that would help? So many organizations separately want to tackle this problem, but I wonder what truly is an effective way to contribute to the solution? Thank you again for providing your expertise and guidance.