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Theme: Common Ground

This event occurred on
June 15, 2021
n/a, Appenzell Innerrhoden (de)

TED is all about spreading ideas, and the belief that one idea can change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. And because we know that there’s no such thing as organizational change, only personal change, TEDx is the perfect platform to surface ideas from within Novartis that have the power to open our minds, spark action and positively impact our culture and the value we bring to the world around us. We launched TEDxNovartis in 2020, hosting two wildly successful and inspirational weeks of events. In 2021, we plan to hold two TEDxNovartis event series June 15 to 17 and December 7 to 9. The theme for event in June 2021 is “Common Ground”, as we believe there is more that unites us than divides us. Regardless of who we are, where we come from, or what we believe in, we are all connected and intertwined as a human species and can always find common ground to connect on.

n/a, Appenzell Innerrhoden (de), n/a
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Julian Talbot-Brady

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Atlanta, GA, United States


Basel, Switzerland