A livecast of TEDxChange 2013 (Seattle, Washington). The event is free to attend. No live speakers. TEDxChange TEDxChange is an event created out of a partnership between the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the TEDx program. It is an initiative devoted to ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development. The TEDxChange team works with TEDx organizers around the world to help facilitate meaningful discussions on topics including vaccines, polio, malaria, HIV/AIDS, maternal and newborn child health and agricultural development. The TEDxChange initiative also includes a global signature event convened by Melinda Gates and broadcast across the TEDx community. TEDxChange talks from the past events: Melinda Gates: Let's put birth control back on the agenda Jeff Chapin: Design as a tool for better conversations Sven Giegold: We need a green new deal Theo Sowa: We need the voices of African women Mechai Viravaidya: How Mr. Condom made Thailand a better place Melinda Gates: What nonprofits can learn from Coca-Cola Graça Michael: Mobilizing to fill our goals Melinda Gates: TEDxChange@TEDxKibera Hans Rosling: The good news of the decade? Melinda Gates: TEDxChange@TEDxDelhi TEDxChange 2013 Convened by Melinda French Gates. Theme: Positive Disruption Disruption is usually unwelcome. It represents conflict, chaos, and potential danger. We discourage disruptive behavior in our homes and our societies, often favoring passivity and compliance. But disruption can be a positive – sometimes vital – catalyst for change. It can challenge old assumptions, ignite conversations, activate authorities and expose new possibilities. Disruption can shed a unique light on difficult issues, giving a fresh urgency and perspective to the challenges of our global community. To solve the most intractable challenges in health and development, we need positive disruption. It is the path to true progress. 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 We will show a trailer from the feature film Revolutionary Optimists, about how children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta. We will then invite Salim and Sikha, two of the children featured prominently in the film, to join onstage for Q&A.