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Theme: The Big Picture: Climate, health and food

This event occurred on
April 5, 2012
11:00am - 2:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Port-au-Prince, OU

The current economic climate has drawn our focus to immediate needs closest to home. But now, more than ever, it's critical to keep sight 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?

Join us for 5 live video presentations by 5 global experts on the challenges of health, food, weather, population and family this Thursday April 5, 2012 from 10am to 1pm.

The conferences will be preceded by a conversation in real-time among the public and guest experts at TEDxSantoDomingoChange and TEDxPortauPrinceChange about the challenges we share as an island.

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. Our event is called TEDxPortauPrinceChange, and is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe on April 5th that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange 2010.

Ecole Supériore d'Infotronique d'Haïti (ESIH)
29, deuxième ruelle Nazon
Port-au-Prince, OU, 99999
Event type:
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Julianne Wurm

Julianne Wurm is joining us in person in Port-au-Prince as a guest speaker. Julianne is an American writer with a doctorate from Columbia University. She is best known for her work in education. Her first book was based on 3 years of research in the Italian schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Wurm conducted qualitative research on their practices and has worked over the last decade to unpack these concepts for other educators. She is currently conducting research about how ideas spread. Julianne has 2 books coming out in 2012 and works with educators to innovate ways we teach and learn. Wurm is also the founder of TEDxEast in NYC. Her best-selling book, Working in the Reggio Way: a Beginner's Guide for American Teachers is based on three years of living in Italy along with original research which was conducted in the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates serves as co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She helps shape and approve foundation strategies, review results, advocate for foundation issues, and set the overall direction of the organization. She received a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1986 and a master’s degree in business administration from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business in 1987. Since retiring from Microsoft in 1996, she has dedicated her energy toward the nonprofit world.

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, speaking out on issues of globalization, ecology, and tax policy. He devoted over 15 years to voluntary work in the youth environmental movement, and today is a representative of Friends of the Earth Germany. He holds a University degree in Adults Education, Policy and Economics in Lüneburg, Bremen and Birmingham and a Master’s degree in Economic Policy and Economic Development at the University of Birmingham (UK).

Jeff Chapin

Jeff Chapin uses design as a means to address longstanding social and environmental issues that exist in developing countries and in his homeland of the United States. He strongly believes in a user-led approach to design, engaging local communities in the research, ideation and testing that leads to new products and services. He currently leads an array of projects at IDEO and frequently collaborates with iDE (International Development Enterprises). Jeff strongly believes in the market as a means to address social issues and applies the lens of design across all aspects of supply and demand.

Theo Sowa

Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, specialising in international social development with a particular emphasis on children’s rights and protection issues, especially in conflict situations. She is currently the Interim CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund, a pan African women’s grant making organisation. Born in Ghana, she has lived and worked in many countries in Africa, as well as the UK, Europe, and the USA. Her work includes advisory roles to African and other international women and children’s rights activists and leaders, plus policy development and advocacy with a variety of international agencies and organisations.

Baaba Maal

Baaba Maal is a Senegalese singer and guitarist born in Podor, on the Senegal River. Baaba sings primarily in Pulaar and is the foremost promoter of the traditions of the Pulaar-speaking peoples. He has released several albums. In July 2003, Baaba was made a UNDP Youth Emissary. In March 2012 he visited Mauritania with Oxfam to call attention to the humanitarian need resulting from the food crisis in the Sahel. Also an Ambassador for Nelson Mandela’s 46664 campaign, he has become an increasingly vocal champion for the rights of women and girls.

Organizing team

Miranda Levy

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Port Au Prince, Haiti
  • Laura Diaz
    General Coordinator