x = independently organized TED event

Theme: The Big Picture

This event occurred on
April 5, 2012
7:00pm - 9:00pm PDT
(UTC -7hrs)
Ojai, CA
United States

TEDxOjaiChange is a FREE simulcast event of the TEDxChange conference held in Berlin on April 5, 2012, which is broadcasted live around the world in 40 countries and is also independently organized, streamed and hosted by Darina Stoyanova in SoulCentered, Ojai, CA from 7-9 pm PST.
Convened by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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 the speakers from TEDxChange, and will also feature live local speakers. Our TEDxOjaiChange event is one of 188 TEDx events happening around the globe on April 5th that will expand on the theme of “The Big Picture” and will focus on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. This event is FREE. Open to the public. First come, first seated. Join us for an amazing way of spreading ideas worth sharing & putting them in action in our communities!
For more details contact Darina Stoyanova at darina@tedxojai.com or call 805 272 5277.

Our AMAZING LIVE TEDxOjaiChange speakers are:

Inspirational speaker, Certified personal and professional development coach - Linda Murphrey, Consciousness coach, Corporate shaman & founder of PRICELESS, Laura Fredrickson, and Emmy Award winning Comedian & Founder of the Laughter Heals Foundation - Craig Shoemaker.

Here's the TEDxOjaiChange video playlist:

Key event speakers include:

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.

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.

Theo Sowa: Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, specializing 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 organization. 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 organizations.

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.

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Laura Fredrickson

Laura Fredrickson is a transformational leader, empowerment specialist and founder of PRICELESS, whose mission is to empower humanity and restore a sense of self worth beyond net worth. Laura has successfully enriched & inspired the experience of individuals, foundations, corporations and evolutionary leaders for the past decade. She is noted for her ability to support her clients to realize their deepest purpose, activate their highest potential and manifest their heart’s desires to promote a world that works for everyone. Initiated by empowering and effective elements in the realms of interaction, collaboration and execution you will land right at the heart of the matter. Laura’s potent communication will motivate you and your organization to the highest levels of clarity, confidence and commitment. Laura's website is MyLifeisPriceless.com

Linda Murphrey

Linda Murphrey is a popular inspirational speaker and expert in human behavior as a Certified Personal and Professional Development Coach, a Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming and student of interpersonal dynamics for over twenty-five years. She has been educating, speaking and mentoring people on how to reach their dreams, thrive in the midst of change and fulfill their highest destiny - both professionally and personally. A seasoned sales and business development expert, business owner, speaker and inner success coach, Linda offers a vast breadth of experience and expertise. She has served as a consultant to individuals and numerous corporations by instructing and impassioning executive management, sales professionals and entrepreneurs to realize their goals and dreams.

Craig Shoemaker

Craig Shoemaker is a modern day Renaissance man. Best known for his engaging, relatable standup and iconic baritone-voiced character, The Lovemaster, Craig is far more than the jokes he tells on stage. He has shot multiple stand-up specials for TV, starred in numerous films and television shows, written two children’s books, performed for four U.S. Presidents, has a doctorate degree and is even an ordained minister. His comedy stylings have earned him numerous awards throughout his extensive career, including Comedian of the Year at ABC's American Comedy Awards and two Emmy Awards. Dr. Shoemaker is passionate about using his celebrity to help those in need. In 2003, he founded the Laughter Heals Foundation, a nonprofit group dedicated to raising awareness of the healing powers of laughter. Currently, Craig is producing and writing a feature documentary called Live to Laugh along with Mark Harris and Dr. Michael Beckwith.

Organizing team


Ojai, CA, United States


Ojai, CA, United States
  • Jodi Womack