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09
Sep

Sarah Hillware on Harnessing the Power of Girls

Meet Sarah Hillware, a dynamic and philanthropic young woman with a passion for healthy living and education. After a year as America’s Miss District of Columbia, she has become an outspoken advocate for many causes, including health education and the empowerment of women and girls. Sarah founded Girls Health Ed., a research-based health education program for elementary and high school girls in the Washington DC area and one of her core missions in life is to make a positive impact on the ...

08
Sep

This year’s TEDxUNPlaza event would not be possible without contributions from a handful of vested partners and sponsors committed to both TED’s vision of “Ideas Worth Spreading” along with TEDxUNPlaza’s own theme of “BRAVE: United in Action”. Our partners are innovators in their field, philanthropists and game-changers, all of whom are working to build a brighter future for our world. TEDxUNPlaza has partnered with world-renowned management consultancy firm McKinsey & ...

07
Sep

There’s always a bit of speculation about the most important movement of a generation, though it’s only in retrospect that the defining moral battle of a time distinguishes itself. In a time of heady and emotional fights for women, workers worldwide and marriage equality it’s easy to relegate the long-standing environmental movement to a less urgent status.   Kay Kelly Arnold would disagree. In her packed resume is a common thread of environmental ...

03
Sep

Dr. Jess Ghannam: We Have a Global Health Crisis

While Dr. Jess Ghannam might be known for his work in global health, his definition of what makes up the most pressing issues might surprise you. As Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCSF, his research areas include everything from evaluating the long-term health consequences of war on displaced communities and the psychological and psychiatric effects of armed conflict on children to the negative health impact that technology can have on people, particularly ...

30
Aug

"It took us 250 thousand years to reach a population of one billion people on planet Earth. And this was in the early 1800s. It took us another 125 years before we reached two billion people. And less than one hundred years later, we stand as a planet of more than seven billion individuals. How will our planet, with its limited space and resources, support so many people? This is just one ...

30
Aug

The ECOSOC chamber will be home to the upcoming TEDxUNPlaza event on September 16th , 2013. Though the chamber is well known to be an integral part of United Nations’ functionality, few know the artistic and diplomatic history of the chamber, and the role that it currently plays in forwarding the post-2015 development agenda. As such, in order to understand the relevance of the venue to the TEDxUNPlaza theme of “Brave – United ...

28
Aug

At the fresh age of fourteen, Dr. Jess Ghannam – Clinical Professor at UCSF - took a language immersion trip to Mexico City. What he would eventually see and experience - miles upon miles of slums housing hundreds of thousands of people living in abject poverty – would leave an impression on him that has yet to dissipate, even decades later. “To see that [poverty] on such a grand scale, even ...

26
Aug

How does a person become a Story Artist at Disney, Pixar, or Lucasfilm?  How does a woman become a director?  Brenda Chapman is a writer, animation story artist, and director.  She is a natural storyteller; when you hear her speak, you stop.  You stop to listen because what she has to say is unique.  In 1998, Brenda became the first woman to direct an animated feature for a major studio, ...

11
Aug

Interview with mr. Harry Kraemer

It has been just over a decade since Harry M. Jansen Kraemer Jr., then CEO of Baxter International, made headlines for something that is often overlooked in today’s corporate culture, he did the right thing. It all began in August 2001, when Baxter International – a global healthcare conglomerate- had a major crisis on the rise, hospital patients in Spain were dying. At first glance, nothing seemed ...

06
Aug

The Future is Ours to Create

The TEDxUNPlaza team is made up of TEDx organizers from around the world. Many of us have been working for years to create positive change. Our vision for TEDxUNPlaza is to introduce "Ideas Worth Spreading" and turn them into measurable real-world action. We are inspired by Michael Marantz’s video, The Future is Ours, which reminds us that “The future does not belong to the faint hearted, it belongs to the brave.” With Brave: United in Action, our goal is to ...