x = independently organized TED event


This event occurred on
April 6, 2012
8:30am - 2:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Washington, DC, DC
United States

TEDxChange 2012 is a TEDx event co-organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED. Convened by Melinda French Gates and hosted by Chris Anderson, TEDxChange will focus on issues surrounding global health and development. TEDxChange type events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDxChange, and also feature local speakers. TEDxDupontCircle is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange 2010.

Theme: TEDxChange 2012: THE BIG PICTURE
The current economic climate has drawn our focus to immediate needs closest to home.But now, more than ever, it's critical to keep site of the fact that we are part of interdependent, global community. And too many within that community cannot meet their most basic needs: food, clean water, life-saving medical treatment and vaccines. We can't proceed with business as usual.

In this TEDxChange, we'll take a step back and look at the big picture: Why should we, as a society, continue to invest in global health and development? How can we work across borders and political boundaries to make positive change? And what returns can we expect on our investments?

FHI 360 Academy Hall
1825 Connecticut Ave, NW
Academy Hall - 8th floor
Washington, DC, DC, 20009
United States
Event type:
TEDxChange Simulcast (What is this?)
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Joe Callahan and Kira Wisniewski

Talked about their work at 826DC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Their services are structured around our understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success.

Colby Gottert

An award-winning filmmaker who produces films that inform, educate and promote specific social, environmental and public health messages. Colby co-founded Digital Development Communications in Antananarivo, Madagascar in 2003. The company employs Malagasy producers, directors and editors who manage domestic and international projects. Colby will talk about the challenges and opportunities to starting a company abroad and using video to disseminate development innovations.

Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman, Nathaniel Ru

Founders of sweetgreen, a sustainable fast-casual restaurant concept, as seniors at Georgetown University in 2007. Their mission extends beyond simply providing healthy food at affordable prices: the sweetlife brand promotes a lifestyle at the intersection of health, fun and sustainability. Sweetgreen’s founders will outline the challenges of scaling local and organic food and discuss how “farm-to-table fast food” addresses many of today’s most pressing health issues.

Rachel Levitin

A blues guitar playing, singer-songwriter who’s been penning songs to paper for over a decade. Known for her soulful vocal melodies, stop-and-go strum style, and ability to improvise a completely rockin’ whistle solo, this 4 foot 9 & 1/2 inch powerhouse is a musical force to be reckoned with. She spent her teenage years studying all things music including voice leading, chromatic theory, music history, and performance.

Organizing team


New York, NY, United States
  • Liza Morris
  • Christina Yugai