TEDMED Themes: Nine Parts of Imagination

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 9.38.20 PMAs TEDMED convenes its first ever dual-location event September 10-12, speakers will lead Delegates in exploring nine overarching themes with the ultimate goal of unlocking imagination, both individually and collectively, to address the toughest conundrums and most exciting innovations happening today.

Session One: Turn It Upside Down

What lies beneath the obvious? What could we be doing better, if only we looked more closely or from a completely different angle? Speakers will address insights that flip beliefs and question standard operating procedures in health and medicine.

Speaking and performing for this session will be:

Erica Frank, Professor and Canada Research Chair in the School of Population and Public Health, and the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia

Farah Siraj, Jordanian singer and songwriter

Elliot Swart, co-founder and CTO of 3Derm Systems

Jared Heyman, founder of CrowdMed

Sonia Shah, investigative science journalist and historian

NANDA, acrobaticalists

Ted Kaptchuk, Director of Harvard Medical School’s Program in Placebo Studies and Therapeutic Encounter

E. Bimla Schwarz, women’s health expert and scholar of evidence-based data

Danielle Ofri, attending physician at Bellevue Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine

Thomas Goetz, health journalist, science writer, and entrepreneur

Heather Raffo, actress, playwright, and librettist

Session Two: We Just Don’t Know

This session celebrates science’s eternal quest to understand as much as we can about the workings of the universe, while realizing that the more we know, the more we realize we don’t know. The speakers in this session illuminate the thrill of even incremental discoveries and the wonder of exploring new terrain.  They are:

Daniel Webster, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research

Rosie King, Emmy Award-winning spokesperson and educator

Elizabeth Nabel, President of Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Ben Folds, leader of the rock band Ben Folds Five

Gary Conkright, CEO of PhysIQ

Amy McGuire, Associate Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and Director of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Baylor College of Medicine

Tig Notaro, stand-up comic

Jeffrey Iliff, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University

Applications are open to join TEDMED 2014 in San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC. To apply, click here.

TEDMED 2014 Program Announced: Speakers & Session Themes

unnamed-1It’s official – today TEDMED is sharing the first release of speakers who will take the stage during our first-ever, bi-coastal gathering. This unified program will take place simultaneously in San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC from Sept. 10-12.

Our speakers will appear in 9 sessions over the three days, each with its own individual theme. Our team has carefully selected each speaker and session theme to reflect the overarching message of TEDMED 2014: “Unlocking Imagination in Service of Health and Medicine.”

As you may have noticed, we’re pretty big on imagination around here. Our Chairman Jay Walker explained why.

“We at TEDMED believe the world urgently needs to transform its current trajectory, where our rapidly aging global population is colliding with skyrocketing rates of disease,” said Jay. “To create a better tomorrow in health and medicine for our planet’s seven billion people will require a multi-disciplinary approach, intellectual openness and above all, imagination.”

“Scientific rigor and evidence-based standards produce the raw material for discovery, breakthroughs and progress,” Jay said. “After that, it is imagination – the courage to ask big questions, and the willingness to dream of possibilities that never existed before – that will enable us to conceive the new solutions, embrace new thinking and implement the new approaches we need.”

“Accordingly, TEDMED is focused on ‘unlocking imagination’ because, quite simply, imagination is the turbocharger for everything else,” he said.

We’re very excited about the speakers who will help us “unlock imagination” at TEDMED 2014. They include some of the most respected names in science, journalism, education, business and technology. On the TEDMED stage they will tackle some of the most controversial issues in American life and health – explore amazing new scientific insights and medical approaches – demonstrate impressive new technology – wrestle with some of the toughest conundrums in health and medicine – and explore some of the most awe-inspiring phenomenon in both human nature and the natural environment, as well as the cross-influences of the two.

TEDMED has some additional exciting news today.

In collaboration with Imagine Science Films, we are releasing nine short avant-garde films inspired by the themes of the nine stage sessions at TEDMED’s September gathering.

“The creation of this ambitious film program reflects TEDMED’s tradition of emphasizing the complementary nature of science and art,” said TEDMED Partner and COO/CMO Shirley Bergin. “The scientific worldview and the aesthetic perspective can each open an invaluable window on the other.”

Our Director of Stage Content Nassim Assefi added: “These thought-provoking films, like the presence of artists and performers in every session of our stage program, are designed both to communicate science to the public, and to inspire the scientific imagination of the TEDMED community.”

TEDMED 2014’s integrated stage program will be organized around the identical nine session themes in both venues: the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. These themes and speakers within each include:

“Turn It Upside Down.” We’ll explore surprising insights that flip beliefs, question standard operating procedures, discard some closely held assumptions and lead to fresh insights about health and medicine.

“We Just Don’t Know.” Presenters will highlight the liberation that can take place when we recognize the limits of our knowledge – those transformational moments when we realize that the more we know, the more we realize how little we know.

“Flat Out Amazing.” This session focuses on imagination at the far edge of possibility, featuring stories of the seemingly impossible acts, facts or events that should inspire and dazzle even the most cynical or sophisticated listener.

“Stealing Smart.” Some of the best solutions to problems in health and medicine come from other worlds than the domain where the problem originated or is usually addressed.

“Don’t You Dare Talk About This.” Our speakers will ask difficult questions and boldly tackle controversial issues in health and medicine that many people are reluctant to discuss publicly, or even acknowledge as problems.

“Play Is Not a Waste of Time.” We’ll reveal the many ways that imagination rewards us, specifically how health and medicine are enhanced through the extraordinary power of play.

“Human Nature Inside and Out.” Speakers will share new views and unusual perspectives that reveal who we are as human beings and the impact of our environment on our health.

“Weird and Wonderful.” A joyful survey of surprising combinations and remarkable results. Speakers will discuss science and health trends that came out of left field, defied expectations or simply seemed completely off the wall — in a good way.

“I Was Just Thinking Too Small.” Sometimes we need encouragement to step back and see the full picture, realizing that a narrow focus can be as limiting as it is productive.

This promises to be the most exciting TEDMED gathering yet. Get ready to unlock your imagination! And stay tuned as we make additional speaker announcements and share further event details in the coming weeks.


TEDMED will offer live streaming of 2014 event; apply today to join global community in health and medicine

TEDMED Live Streaming brings the TEDMED experience to the world.

Through web stream, powerful messages from our stage program travel to the far reaches of the health and medical innovation eco system. Last year, there were 1,500 delegates at the conference, but more than 200,000 people watched worldwide via TEDMED Live.

A variety of groups influence healthcare. Students, patients, nurses, government officials, researchers, advocacy groups, and entrepreneurs are making big changes. TEDMED Live Streaming members receive access to the entire TEDMED stage program with an opportunity to share ideas and build new connections via a virtual discussion board. The simulcast program allows centers of healthcare innovation such as medical schools, research institutions, and teaching hospitals to pause and take a step back to look at the larger healthcare picture and hear novel perspectives that can inspire new approaches and a forward-thinking mindset.

TEDMED Live 2013 at the Medical University of Warsaw
TEDMED Live 2013 at the Medical University of Warsaw

In 2013, more than 2,700 organizations leveraged TEDMED Live Streaming in ways that best fit their goals. Some universities brought their community together in lecture halls, adding to the TEDMED program with local subject matter experts that speak directly to TEDMED’s curated topics. Others chose to stream the select talks that aligned best with group schedules, and more still convened to watch the entire conference live.

TEDMED Live Streaming hosts saw transformations taking place in their organizations. Participants made new connections, floated creative ideas and held thoughtful discussions. One participant commented that the experience was “Inspiring! Not just for the great content, but for the way we leveraged TEDMED to move our organization to collaborate and begin to think differently about the challenges we face.”

For our 2014 event, TEDMED will again offer the entire program, streaming in high-definition, live and on-demand to everyone with an interest in the future of humanity’s health. Thanks to our generous partners, we are able to offer it free to teaching hospitals, medical schools, government agencies and approved non-profits.

As TEDMED begins to add global host cities to its worldwide stage —TEDMED Live Streaming also plans to expand by streaming to 100+ countries.  By creating this vast health and medicine network, we can define problems more easily and expedite knowledge transfer. The world, from a healthcare perspective, is flattened. This is what TEDMED represents, and this is what TEDMED Live provides.

To take part in this vast network, individuals, groups and organizations need only to apply today. We will walk you through the simple and streamlined access, so that all you need to do is invite your community to experience TEDMED Live Streaming 2014, September 10-14, 2014, and be a part of a growing global community dedicated to sharing knowledge in health and medicine.

TEDMED moves annual gathering to September; University of California, San Francisco will partner for unified event in two cities

It has long been TEDMED’s mission to encourage broad-scale, multi-disciplinary, collaborative thinking; to reach across borders to find fresh inspiration; and to bring leaders face-to-face so they can gain insight from other passionate thinkers and doers.

That’s why TEDMED is transforming its annual event, starting this year.

Instead of gathering in April, we will produce our first live, digitally linked, dual-stage event on September 10-12, 2014. In addition to our home at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, TEDMED’s annual event will also take place simultaneously in San Francisco. One event, one program, two stages – with speakers and Hive entrepreneurs at each venue, and an opportunity for Delegates from each host city to personally share the experience.

shutterstock_95855803We’re thrilled to announce that the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) will be our ongoing institutional partner in the San Francisco Bay Area. UCSF is one of the world’s top medical research institutions and supports the work of many of the most innovative and transformative minds in the health sciences today. Their participation is an exciting part of this year’s event and a boon to our long-term, year-round goals.

Because research and innovation in health and medicine are global enterprises, in 2015 TEDMED will convene the only simultaneous, worldwide, multi-disciplinary gathering focused on the future of health and medicine. TEDMED will partner with leading medical research institutions and financial supporters in other host cities in China, Japan, the Middle East and Western Europe, which will be announced at a future date.

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“We are seeing a revolution in health from the ground up, as technology pushes patient engagement and encourages a new culture of active wellness,” says TEDMED’s Jay Walker. “A growing wave of health information will transform health delivery at every level.”

Sharing TEDMED’s mission to advance health worldwide, UCSF is a natural first institutional partner. The university is both a leader in biomedical research – it’s first among public institutions in research support from the National Institutes of Health – and in translating science to serve the public through its professional schools and medical center.

Outgoing UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, who spoke at TEDMED 2013, played a key role in bringing our new partnership to life. During her tenure, Desmond-Hellmann has worked to establish UCSF as a force for transformation and innovation, including hosting the first OME Precision Medicine Summit in May of 2013. She has recently been named CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Our expanded event will still be uniquely TEDMED.  We’ll have an equal number of brilliant speakers in both venues, delivering insights that challenge the status quo, inspire progress in health and medicine, tap into our imaginations and help drive new discovery.  (The Hive, our innovation showcase, will be equally prominent in both cities, too.)

“We will digitally share live content between Washington and San Francisco, creating a single unified program in two co-equal host cities. Creativity, imagination and innovation are languages spoken on both coasts,” says Shirley Bergin, TEDMED’s COO/CMO.

“This transformation is about exploring new ways to convene a global community that addresses issues critical to all humanity.  Today’s complex challenges in health and medicine demand our best thinkers from every discipline. Our health at all levels – personal, family, community, organization, nation, and planet – continues to move to center stage as we recognize the vital connection between health and everything we care about. We invite those passionate about creating a healthier future to join us in this mission,” she adds.

Click here to register for TEDMED 2014. We’ll be releasing further details, including information about our program and speakers, in the coming weeks.