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Theme: TEDxChange 2013 "Positive Disruption"

This event occurred on
April 4, 2013
3:30pm - 7:00pm +07
(UTC +7hrs)
Chiang Mai

TEDxChange 2013 explores "Positive Disruption" and how it incites change and progress: TEDxChange type events are TEDx events hosted around the live webcast of TEDxChange, and also feature local speakers. Our event is called TEDxThapaeGateChange, and is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe on April 3rd (or within the next days or so) that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange 2012. Due to the time difference, our event will be on the 4th.

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 the world, we need positive disruption. It is the path to true progress.

PS: This event does not feature LIVE TEDx speakers (but we will have discussions).

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. Our event is one of many TEDx events happening around the globe on April 3rd (or in some cases the 4th due to the time difference) that will expand on the ideas brought up at TEDxChange.

Speakers - Note there are no live speaker, but we will have local discussions around the TEDxChange talk and other things such as the next TEDx event in Chiang Mai.

Melinda Gates: Host
Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Melinda will host TEDxChange from the Gates Foundation campus in Seattle, Washington.

Cathleen Kaveny: Religion, tradition, and modernity
Cathleen Kaveny is an American legal scholar and theologian. She is a John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Theology at Notre Dame Law School, and is currently a visiting professor at Princeton University.

Halimatou Hima: Investing in girls
Halimatou Hima is a Masters in Public Policy candidate at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Following an internship in the Women & Population Division at the United Nations Foundation, she worked in the Child Protection Division at the United Nations in her home country of Niger (UNICEF).

Roger Thurow: Shifts in agriculture
Roger Thurow joined the Chicago Council in January 2010 after three decades at the Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he was a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa.

Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra: Vaccine advocates
We will show a trailer from the feature film Revolutionary Optimists, about how children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta. We will then invite Salim and Sikha, two of the children featured prominently in the film, to join onstage for Q&A.

The Meeting Room Art Cafe
89 Charoen Rat Road
Wat Gate
Chiang Mai, 50000
Event type:
TEDxChange Simulcast (What is this?)
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Organizing team


Chiang Mai, Thailand


Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Nicolas Luna
    Core Team Member
  • Chaidarun Tippawan
    2nd Co-Organizer
  • Jirawan Wongdokmai
    Key Coordinator