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Theme: The Big Picture

This event occurred on
April 7, 2012
1:00pm - 5:45pm +08
(UTC +8hrs)

This was TEDxSingapore's 16th idea event, and second TEDxChange event in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED

TEDxChange 2012 is a global TEDx event convened by Melinda French Gates and hosted by Chris Anderson, Over 200 cities and countries including us in Singapore are participating with our own parallel events themed The Big Picture.

The current economic climate has drawn our focus to immediate needs closest to home. But now, more than ever, it's critical to keep site of the fact that we are part of interdependent, global community. And too many within that community cannot meet their most basic needs: food, clean water, life-saving medical treatment and vaccines.

We can't proceed with business as usual.

In this TEDxChange, we took a step back and look at the big picture: Why should we, as a society, continue to invest in global health and development? How can we work across borders and political boundaries to make positive change? And what returns can we expect on our investments?

Featuring talks by some of the world's most inspired thinkers and doers, we looked at what changes have taken place around the planet, and what more needs to be done to ensure the health and well-being of future generations.

TEDxChange type events are TEDx events hosted around webcast of TEDxChange. Our event was one of the over 200 TEDx events around the globe that expanded on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange 2010. This TEDx event focused on development issues, NGOs, non-profits, social entrepreneurship and innovation.


Screening of 5 brand new TEDxChange Talks, Live Q&A IDEO Singapore, TED Prize expressions, and Global Imagine Cup.

Connections and Conversations break with the dynamic TED Community in Singapore.

Ideas Worth Doing segment and brainstorming session designed and facilitated by IDEO, all focussed on bringing ideas to action to help a local social enterprise.

About TEDxSingapore; We bring people together to seek a deeper understanding of ourselves and our world, and to inspire ideas and action for a better future for us all. Founded in April 2009, we are 100% Community-Created. Email:

Microsoft Auditorium
1 Marina Boulevard
21st Floor (lift entrance near TCC Cafe)
Singapore, 018989
Event type:
TEDxChange Simulcast (What is this?)
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Organizing team


Melbourne, Australia
  • The Curatorial Team TEDxSingapore
    ~for passion, for people, for purpose
  • Partner: The Hub, Singapore
  • Partner: IDEO (Singapore)
    Ideas Worth Doing session contributor
  • Partner: Eden Strategy Institute
    Ideas Worth Doing session contributor
  • Partner: Singapore international Foundation
    Ideas Worth Doing session contributor
  • Partner: Buy1Give1 social enterprise
    Ideas Worth Doing session contributor
  • Partner: Humaneity
    Ideas Worth Doing session contributor
  • Venue host and sponsor Microsoft SIngapore
  • Partner: Microsoft SIngapore
    Ideas Worth Doing session contributor
  • Partner: Humaneity
    Ideas Worth Doing session contributor
  • Partner: BBC