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Theme: It's time for change Adelaide!

This event occurred on
April 4, 2013
5:30pm - 8:30pm ACDT
(UTC +10.5hrs)
Adelaide, South Australia

TEDxAdelaide team brought to you TEDxChange 2013: Positive Disruption, an event created in cooperation with the Gates Foundation.

TEDxChange hosted by Melinda Gates looked at ways to have a positive impact on society, through advances in agriculture and technology, as well as the power of communities in creating change.

Live speakers:

Tara Fatehi: Advocate for the Kurdish community

Tara comes from one of the oldest living civilizations and indigenous people in the world, which today is under constant oppression and war, her ultimate goal is to make sure the Kurdish people don't forget themselves so the world never forgets the Kurdish people.

Chris Hooper: Business owner disrupts traditional business rules

Chris decided to revolutionise the accounting industry. His accounting firm disrupts the traditional way of doing business while bringing practices from agile start-ups to life.

Carolyn Curtis: Creating change through co-design

Are people the experts in their own lives? If they are then engaging them to design new solutions to enable great living is vital. Today I will argue that a co-design approach is a positive step in creating meaningful, sustainable change for people, neighborhoods and communities.

Bryan Harrell: Writer and storyteller

Bryan is terrible at writing normally. But he excels in making people think just that little bit differently about the world, through quirky, funny and deep stories. He may trouble you, excite you, or make you feel warm. We’re not sure which.

Vinh Giang: Enter the world of magic

Vinh will show us how the natural curiosity, innovation and wonder of magic can stimulate your imagination and a heightened state of thought where the impossible becomes possible.

Global TEDxChange speakers:

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.

Julie Dixon: Social change

Julie Dixon is the Deputy Director of Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication (CSIC), an academic initiative that examines the critical role of communication in fostering engagement in social change.

David Fasanya: Youth poet
David Fasanya is a Nigerian-American performance artist and award-winning youth poet residing in Brooklyn, NY.

Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra: Vaccine advocates

Two Children, Salim and Sikha, featured prominently in the film Revolutionary Optimists joined Melinda on stage for Q&A.

Flinders University
182 Victoria Square
Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
Event type:
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Organizing team


Adelaide Sa, Australia
  • Kate Hanlon
  • Vishal Jodhani
  • Rakshet Sachdev
    Event management
  • Kristin Alford
    Social media: Live-tweeting
  • Deb Shaw
    Audiovisual and photo