TEDx Skoll Conversations

As the COVID-19 crisis gripped the globe, Skoll Foundation + TED teamed up to support 17 independent TEDx teams in countries affected by the pandemic to help elevate local voices and innovations. Four TEDx teams produced virtual TEDx events directly responding to the pandemic. Kicking off in November 2020, TEDx Skoll Conversations invited a global audience to hear from speakers in Brazil and India (consequential COVID-19 epicenters) and then later, South Africa and Nigeria (important centers of social innovation on the African continent).


Watch the playlist of TEDx talks

Talks included in the playlist are from all virtual events supported by TEDx Skoll Conversations. Share an idea that inspires you using #TEDxSkollConversations.


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On the frontline of COVID-19

Frontline workers, healthcare providers, and community leaders from around the world share their experience + ideas on the current global health crisis.

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Folakemi Ezenwanne
TEDxLagos
My journey as a COVID-19 frontline worker in Nigeria

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Trudy Larson
TEDxReno
COVID-19 through the lens of my experience with the HIV/AIDS pandemic

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Jaqueline Góes de Jesus
TEDxLacador
What I learned from sequencing the COVID-19 genome in 48 hours

talkKatendi Changula
TEDxLusaka
A new way to fight infectious diseases and predict outbreaks

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Julie Shah
TEDxMIT
Behind the scenes of a contact tracing story

Pandemics + public health on the ground

Healthcare workers, scientists, and community leaders offer solutions and ideas on public health challenges and innovations.

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Fatima AlZahra'a Alatraktchi
TEDxArhaus
To detect diseases earlier, let’s speak bacteria’s secret language

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Rebecca Love
TEDxBeaconStreet
How nurses can help drive healthcare innovation

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Ofer Levy
TEDxBeaconStreet
The new science of personalized vaccines

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Nina Federoff
TEDxMidAtlantic
A secret weapon against Zika and other airborne illnesses

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Christer Mjåset
TEDxOslo
4 questions you should always ask your doctor

Caring for community in times of crisis

This moment is about more than public health. Pandemics implore communities to come together to solve a ripple effect of challenges.

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Nora Flanagan
TEDxWrigleyville
How Schools Should Respond to COVID-19

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Janah Ncube
TEDxLagos
Why we must harness the power of collective power

talkSiddhartha Roy
TEDxVirginaTech
Science in service to the public good

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Bart Weetjens
TEDxMünchen
Why inner well-being inspires well-doing

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Alex Edmans
TEDxLondonBusinessSchool
What to trust in a post-truth world

Discover insights from TEDx communities

Read more about the virtual events and discussions led by TEDx communities in Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa, and India that showcase ideas related to the pandemic.

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About our partnership

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TED + The Skoll Foundation partnership
Skoll Foundation is a global supporter of the TEDx network of curators and conveners who are strengthening community and civic discourse across the globe. To learn more about past TEDx Skoll Conversations series, hear directly from TEDx communities they’ve supported.

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About The Skoll Foundation
The Skoll Foundation seeks to catalyze transformational social change by investing in, connecting, and championing social entrepreneurs and innovators who together advance equitable solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

For questions about the Skoll Foundation TEDx global partnership, email tedxpartnerships@ted.com.