TEDx Skoll Conversations

As the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the globe, pressuring public health systems and disrupting daily life, it has magnified inequities and exposed deep structural injustices. In this time of profound and prolonged uncertainty, how are local communities responding? How are innovators and social entrepreneurs rising to the challenge? TED + Skoll Foundation invite you to join a series of local conversations hosted by TEDx communities focusing on urgent ideas related to the pandemic.

Welcome to your digital hub for #TEDxSkollConversations. Here you’ll find regularly updated, curated TEDx Talk playlists and upcoming virtual TEDx events you can register for to hear community insights from local leaders addressing immediate and systemic impacts of the pandemic.

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Join a virtual TEDx event

This November and December, register for virtual events and discussions led by TEDx communities in Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa, and India that will spotlight ideas related to the pandemic. Together, let’s explore approaches to crisis response and the care of our communities.

Event Date Virtual Event Country What to expect + how to register
Nov 7 TEDxSãoPaulo Brazil You're invited to a virtual TEDxSãoPaulo on well-being + physical health during COVID-19. The event will feature TEDx talks in Portugese with English & Spanish translation. Free + open to the public. Register to join
Nov 13 TEDxBangalore India An online conversation asking, what does the pandemic mean for our children? TEDxBangalore believes children are our future, and will examine the state of children in India. They'll unpack the effects of COVID-19 and our adult choices in terms of health, nutrition, education, and more. Free + open to the public. Register to join
Nov 20 TEDxBangalore India An online conversation recognizing that there are more than a billion people living with a fragile critical mental healthcare ecosystem. This may be India's Achilles heel as it grapples with COVID-19. Join TEDxBangalore to understand the multiple realities playing out in India, and what we can possibly do about it on a personal and systemic level. Free + open to the public. Register to join
Dec 3 TEDxJohannesburg South Africa Join TEDxJohannesburg for a virtual salon on "Surviving Pandemics." Many African countries were inadequately equipped to withstand the shock of the coronavirus pandemic. While the continent was not unique in this regard, COVID-19 has exposed an apparent need for the people of Africa to strengthen the capacity to collect data, innovate appropriate solutions, and support programs that address the shortcomings. These issues will be explored together. Free + open to the public. Register to join
Dec 5 TEDxPortHarcourt Nigeria Under the hopeful theme, “Light Bearers“, TEDxPortHarcourt will explore the ideas and trends that are being accelerated by the impact of the COVID-19 and social unrest, particularly in the global digital economy. Our talks will explore the Nigerian response + experience of these uncertain times. Free + open to the public. Register to join
Dec 12 TEDxSãoPaulo Brazil You're invited to a virtual TEDxSãoPaulo on well-being + mental health during COVID-19. The event will feature TEDx talks in Portugese with English + Spanish translation. Free + open to the public. Register to join

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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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Erez Yoeli
TEDxCambridge
How to motivate others to do good

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Bill Bernat
TEDxSnolsleLibraries
How to connect with depressed friends

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Siddhartha Roy
TEDxVirginaTech
Science in service to the public good

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


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.