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TEDx Playlist: A Primer on Positive Disruption

March 19, 2013

I have to admit, I'm a bit obsessed with watching TED talks. 

I’ve had the great pleasure of attending several TEDx events and there’s really nothing like the energy you feel when witnessing a truly remarkable idea debuting on the world stage. 

This is one of the reasons I love the foundation’s continuing partnership with TEDx to host global TEDxChange events. It is a joy to bring this experience to more people, particularly since we’re able to shine a spotlight on some incredible voices and ideas working to create a better world.

Our next TEDxChange: Positive Disruption event is this upcoming Wednesday, April 3. More than 150 local “Positive Disruption” events will be hosted around the world and I couldn’t be more excited.

Below are a few talks I’ve enjoyed recently that have got me thinking about how disruption can be used as a catalyst for positive change. Please join us April 3 to take part in this global conversation. (You can learn more about our great speaker lineup here and RSVP here on Facebook).

Alec Ross: What I Learned in 1,298 Days Working Under Hillary Clinton

Alec Ross recently left his post as Senior Innovation Advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. His talk offers fascinating insights into the future of diplomacy and how technology can be used in practical ways to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems.

Kakenya Ntaiya: A Girl Who Demanded School

Kakenya Ntaiya’s story sounds a lot like the story of Malala Yousafzai – a great reminder that there are so many brave young women out there acting as champions to help other women and girls reach their full potential. Kakenya’s personal quest for education wound up improving her whole community.

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

It was great to see Sugata Mitra named as this year’s TED Prize winner. I’ve seen his past talks about empowering children in India to learn how to use computers on their own and the amazing results that can come from simply providing access to the internet. His TED Prize wish is to build the “School in the Cloud” to give more children in India greater access to information and the power to lift themselves out of poverty.

Bono: The Good News on Poverty (Yes, There’s Good News)

Bill and I pride ourselves on 1) being optimistic about the progress being made to reduce poverty and save lives in the developing world, and 2) ensuring our work is evidence-based and driven by the data. We’re so glad to count our friend Bono amongst the strongest champions of this work. He’s a true impatient optimist in this talk by embracing his “inner nerd” and showing that the end of extreme poverty is in sight if we can continue the momentum.

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