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Theme: Positive Disruption

This event occurred on
April 3, 2013
10:30am - 1:30pm CDT
(UTC -5hrs)
Houston, Texas
United States

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's the path to true progress.

TEDxChange 2013 is a TEDx event co-organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and TED. Convened by Melinda French Gates and hosted by Chris Anderson, TEDxChange will focus on issues surrounding global health and development. TEDxChange type events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDxChange, and also feature local speakers. Our event is called TEDxHoustonChange, and is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe on April 3rd that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange 2013.

Bauer College of Business, UH
4744 Calhoun Road
University of Houston Classroom and Business Building
Houston, Texas, 77004
United States
Event type:
TEDxChange Simulcast (What is this?)
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Organizing team


Houston, TX, United States
  • Javier Fadul
  • Tim deSilva
  • Kara Gray
  • Shawna Forney
    Organizing Team
  • Katy Holton
    Organizing Team
  • Erma Miller
    Organizing Team
  • Gibson Hall
    Organizing Team
  • Hesam Panahi
    UH - Clinical Assistant Professor