23 Sep 2010

Change

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This week, we were lucky to host a simulcast of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s TEDxChange. The New York-based conference coincided with the gathering of the UN to review the Millennium Development Goals. The eight MDGs were established in 2000 as a way to move towards eliminating global poverty, and are:

At the TEDxSMU / World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth simulcast, we had about 120 Dallasites at SMU to watch the simulcast and hear a response from Dallas native Bob Freling, the Executive Director of the Solar Electric Light Fund. As soon as we can, we’ll post Bob’s compelling talk on why electricity is key to achieving the UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

In the meantime, the stream from TEDxChange is up on The Gates Foundation’s website, and I encourage everyone interested in global issues to watch the four talks from the day. Hans Rosling does the numbers like no one else, Melinda Gates talks about how Coca-Cola could be a great model for global aid, Mechai Viravaidya shares why wide-spread condom distribution has been so successful at curbing the spread of AIDS in Thailand, and Graca Machel makes the argument for why women and children are key to change. Watch here.

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