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Theme: It's time for change Adelaide!

Adelaide, Australia
April 4th, 2013

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About this event

TEDxAdelaide team brought to you TEDxChange 2013: Positive Disruption, an event created in cooperation with the Gates Foundation.

TEDxChange hosted by Melinda Gates looked at ways to have a positive impact on society, through advances in agriculture and technology, as well as the power of communities in creating change.

Live speakers:

Tara Fatehi: Advocate for the Kurdish community

Tara comes from one of the oldest living civilizations and indigenous people in the world, which today is under constant oppression and war, her ultimate goal is to make sure the Kurdish people don't forget themselves so the world never forgets the Kurdish people.

Chris Hooper: Business owner disrupts traditional business rules

Chris decided to revolutionise the accounting industry. His accounting firm disrupts the traditional way of doing business while bringing practices from agile start-ups to life.

Carolyn Curtis: Creating change through co-design

Are people the experts in their own lives? If they are then engaging them to design new solutions to enable great living is vital. Today I will argue that a co-design approach is a positive step in creating meaningful, sustainable change for people, neighborhoods and communities.

Bryan Harrell: Writer and storyteller

Bryan is terrible at writing normally. But he excels in making people think just that little bit differently about the world, through quirky, funny and deep stories. He may trouble you, excite you, or make you feel warm. We’re not sure which.

Vinh Giang: Enter the world of magic

Vinh will show us how the natural curiosity, innovation and wonder of magic can stimulate your imagination and a heightened state of thought where the impossible becomes possible.

Global TEDxChange speakers:

Melinda Gates: Host

Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Melinda will host TEDxChange from the Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, Washington.

Cathleen Kaveny: Religion, tradition, and modernity

Cathleen Kaveny is an American legal scholar and theologian. She is a John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology at Notre Dame Law School, and is currently a visiting professor at Princeton University.

Halimatou Hima: Investing in girls

Halimatou Hima is a Masters in Public Policy candidate at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Following an internship in the Women & Population Division at the United Nations Foundation, she worked in the Child Protection Division at the United Nations in her home country of Niger (UNICEF).

Roger Thurow: Shifts in agriculture

Roger Thurow joined the Chicago Council in January 2010 after three decades at the Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa.

Julie Dixon: Social change

Julie Dixon is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), an academic initiative that examines the critical role of communication in fostering engagement in social change.

David Fasanya: Youth poet
David Fasanya is a Nigerian-American performance artist and award-winning youth poet residing in Brooklyn, NY.

Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra: Vaccine advocates

Two Children, Salim and Sikha, featured prominently in the film Revolutionary Optimists joined Melinda on stage for Q&A.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Tara Fatehi
    As a young Kurdish refugee in Australia Tara’ biggest goal was to one day fit in as an Australian, until she learnt that being Australian meant staying Kurdish. Coming from one of the oldest living civilizations and indigenous people in the world, which today is under constant oppression and war, her ultimate goal is to make sure the Kurdish people don’t forget themselves so the world never forgets the Kurdish people.
  • Chris Hooper
    Chris is currently running his own accounting practice Cirillo Hooper & Company, which is bringing an innovative approach to the traditional accounting model. Chris is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has previously held an honorary board position on The South Australian Council of Social Services: Youth Business Roundtable committee. He was one of the co-founders of The Startup Club and he now donates his time mentoring business students from UniSA and Flinders University where he also tutors Financial Accounting Processes.
  • Carolyn Curtis
    Carolyn is currently the CEO of The Australian Centre for Social Innovation and the Director of Family by Family, the first social start up to come out of TACSI’s Co-design methodology. Carolyn's strong drive to achieve social justice saw her pursue a career in social work. Before TACSI, Carolyn spent over a decade working for South Australia's child protection system, Families SA. As someone that thrives on challenging the status quo, Carolyn left a senior management position to join the Radical Redesign Team at TACSI. Having made the challenging, yet rewarding transition from public sector management to social innovation, Carolyn now understands first hand the benefits of a co-design approach in social problem solving. As co-lead in the design and prototype of Family by Family, Carolyn commenced as Director of the program in January 2011. Having built programs both inside and outside government, Carolyn is ideally placed to lead and demonstrate the value of social innovation in Australia.
  • Bryan Harrell
    Bryan is writing until his arms drop off. From fiction to social commentary, he brings a different, quirky view to most topics. He has published several short stories, together with opinion pieces in the Advertiser, and regularly helps businesses with improving their website’s copy. He sees the world in a strange way, sometimes satirical, sometimes fanciful, mostly techy and often geeky. Humour and pop culture references abound.
  • Vinh Giang
    Vinh is the Co-founder of the successful online business Encyclopedia of Magic. As a speaker he uses magic to give audiences insights into the psychology behind this wonderful art form, insights which help open your mind to what’s possible and to see things from a different perspective. Through magic he also relays powerful messages about positive thinking and how an individual reacts to different situations. He will show you how the natural curiosity, innovation and wonder of magic can stimulate your imagination and a heightened state of thought where the impossible becomes possible.

Venue and Details

Flinders University
182 Victoria Square
Adelaide, 5000
Australia

Event Type (what is this?) TEDxChange Simulcast (TEDxLive)

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Petra Dzurovcinova
Adelaide Sa, Australia

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Team

Kate Hanlon
Host
Vishal Jodhani
Host
Rakshet Sachdev
Event management
Kristin Alford
Social media: Live-tweeting
Deb Shaw
Audiovisual and photo