x = independently organized TED event

Theme: The Big Picture

This event occurred on
April 5, 2012
8:00am - 10:30am PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Seattle, WA
United States

TEDxChange 2012 – April 5, 2012, live from Berlin

Convened by Melinda French Gates. Hosted by Chris Anderson.

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.

On April 5, 2012, 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?

University of Washington
Foster School of Business, Douglas Forum
Chelan Ln
Seattle, WA, 98105
United States
Event type:
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Jeff Chapin

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

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.


Alias is a graffiti artist whose creative and thought-provoking work is visible across Berlin, as well as other major cities of the world. His talk will focus on the role of public art and its ability to transcend boundaries and will feature examples of his unconventional installments. The TEDxChange event will be the first time that Alias has spoken publicly about his art.

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates serves as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She helps set the overall direction of the foundation, shaping strategies, reviewing results, and advocating for the foundation’s issues. Melinda will discuss family planning and how the power to plan changes the lives of women and their families and improves whole societies.

Organizing team


New York, NY, United States


Bellevue, WA, United States
  • Michael Kim
  • Behzod Sirjani
    Design Chair
  • Chris Matthews
    Technology Chair