Thought Leaders, Technologists and Academics Re-Imagine Global Health

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He lives in you (3)I’m a huge supporter of TEDx events given their goal to make the world a better place and because I know how much time and effort goes into each one since I’m a co-curator myself of the annual TEDxBerkeley  event.

Organizers need all the help they can get since the success is based on the work, effort and love from volunteers…in other words, everyone works around the clock without getting paid.

TEDxSF (San Francisco) recently had their event in conjunction with UCSF, around health, a critical topic on everyone’s mind in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Their theme was 7 Billion Well: Re-imagining Global Health.”

They brought together thought leaders and emerging pioneers in academia and technology to discuss the latest multidisciplinary ideas around the most pressing health issues of our world today.

Christine Mason McCaull, Kunal Sood and their team did a smashing job with an incredible line-up of speakers, which included more women across the board than any other event I can think of outside of BlogHer. Hear hear. It’s also Christine’s last year curating the event, a huge loss for the TEDxSF team.

Speaker’s topics included the Bay Area as a Global Health Hub by Jaime Sepulveda, issues around bleeding from Suellen Miller, embracing your children from Dr. Shefali Tsabary, investing in health markets from Yasmina Zaidman and corporate games for change from Adam Bosworth. (below) 

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Dean Ornish (below) always has such a wonderful presence on stage. He shared his take on Dis-Ease and how lifestyle, diet and mental attitude is critical to avoiding disease and reversing problematic issues in order to bring the body back to its natural state.

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Jess Ghanamm addressed global health psychology and David Ewing Duncan (below) gave an amusing talk on aging. It may not surprise you but not everyone wants to live for another hundred years. 

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Ankur Jain and Vinod Khosla took on investing to expand health globally, Sam Hamner talked about 1000 knees, Piya Sorcar addressed the tough issues around HIV education, and Patrick Lee explored primary care and what the U.S. can learn from Liberia. Yes, Liberia.

Then there was Kumaré, a film which also played at the recent SAND Conference (nonduality – where spiritualty and science meet) which I attended recently.

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Director Vikram Gandhi (above), who grew up consuming equal parts ancient Indian mythology and American movies, was incredibly amusing on stage as he uses satire to talk about his journey as a ‘false prophet’ to shoot the movie.

We then dove into the mobile world with Sandeep SoodMontana CherneyMichael Blum and Jeff Tangney and heard from David Bolinsky, an all time favorite, who never falls short of presenting beautiful information in a way that is both compelling and moving. (below)

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Fang “Jenni” FangMichelle Goodwin and Priyanka Jain spoke up for women, their stories tearfully inspiring. 

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Then there was a treat…a very special treat. Lebohang “Levo M” Morake from South Africa flew over to sing a song he arranged for the infamous Lion King: He Lives in Me.


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This song is not a favorite of mine, but for anyone who has lost someone in their life, the words will resonate with the pain you felt when you first realized the moment that you called upon your deceased loved one for guidance and comfort.

In other words, the spirits of our ancestors watch over us, protect and guide us on our life journey.  Did I cry? Yes. It was truly beautiful as was meeting Lebo after his performance.

See the videos I shot of the performance (Part I) and (Part II). Follow insights, passions and event info on @magicsaucemedia and @weblogtheworld. All photo credits: Renee Blodgett.