x = independently organized TED event

Theme: The Big Picture: Global challenges

This event occurred on
April 5, 2012
10:00am - 1:00pm AST
(UTC -4hrs)
Santo Domingo, 01
Dominican Republic

El clima económico nos ha hecho enfocar en las necesidades inmediatas más cercanas a casa. Pero ahora más que nunca, es fundamental no perder de vista que somos parte de una comunidad global e interdependiente, y que muchos de los pertenecientes en esta comunidad no pueden satisfacer sus necesidades más básicas: alimentos, agua potable, tratamientos médicos y vacunas.

No podemos pensar en seguir procediendo como de costumbre.

Este 05 de abril del 2012, daremos un paso atrás y miraremos el veremos el panorama completo: ¿por qué debemos, como sociedad, seguir invirtiendo en salud global y el desarrollo?

Asiste en vivo a las conferencias de 5 expertos globales sobre los retos de salud, alimentación, clima y población este jueves 5 de abril de 10:30am a 1:00pm.

Las conferencias estarán precedidas por un conversatorio en tiempo real entre los asistentes de TEDxSantoDomingoChange y TEDxPortauPrinceChange sobre los retos que compartimos como isla.

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 TEDxSantoDomingoChange, 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.

Casa de Teatro
Arzobispo Meriño 110
Zona Colonial
Santo Domingo, 01
Dominican Republic
Event type:
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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


Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Miranda Levy

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Nahomi Sánchez Santana
  • Amaurys De los Santos