TEDxSunnyvaleChange – this Wednesday, April 3rd


The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is holding TEDxChange on Wednesday morning April 3, in Seattle, Washington.

We’re holding TEDxSunnyvaleChange here in the South Bay to share the livestream of TEDxChange from Seattle. To enable people with daytime commitments to watch and participate, we’ve chosen to time-shift this to the early evening.

In our own TEDxSunnyvale style, we’ll take time to discuss each speaker before watching the next.

There is no charge to attend. Space is limited – please register so we can plan accordingly. If you register, we will hold one of our limited spaces for you.

Themed Positive Disruption, TEDxChange 2013 speakers will challenge preconceived ideas, spark discussion, engage leaders and shed light on new perspectives.

Convened by Melinda French Gates.

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 is the path to true progress.


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
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.

Get involved

Overcoming global challenges takes global involvement; the conversation needs your voice!

TEDxSunnyvaleChange will be held in the Conference Room at TechShop San Jose, 300 South 2nd Street, San Jose, CA 95113

Limited free parking is available in the TechShop parking lot. When that’s full, there are several pay lots and garages nearby.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Registration opens at 6 p.m.
The program starts at 7 p.m. and runs approximately 90 minutes.

There is no charge to attend.

You are welcome to bring your own “brown bag” food to eat. Also there are several great
local take-out places within two blocks, including Pizza My Heart pizzas, Indian dosas and curries,
a taqueria, and burgers. We expect to have free coffee.


Email them to info@tedxsunnyvale.com