Here at the Gates Foundation, we embrace risk.
We do so because testing big ideas is how we find solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems.
I know firsthand that taking these risks can sometimes stir up controversy.
Last year, in my TEDxChange talk, I argued that providing information about and access to contraceptives should not be controversial, because they empower women and girls to plan their families and offer their children a better future. My talk evoked strong reactions, but I believe it was a necessary disruption.
This idea -- disruption -- is often unwelcome. But some disruption can be a positive -- even vital -- catalyst for change. It can challenge old assumptions and uncover new possibilities.
That is why I am so thrilled about this year's TEDxChange theme of "positive disruption." Speakers from around the world will talk about how they and others have positively disrupted society, agriculture, technology, and communities in ways that make our world a better place.
I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to our global webcast on April 3 so that they can hear firsthand from our impressive lineup of speakers.
For the past three years, the Gates Foundation has collaborated with TEDx to bring you TEDxChange, and together we've tried to share ideas worth spreading in the areas of global health and development. One of my favorite things about the TEDxChange experience is the fascinating conversations it sparks around the world.
I'm excited to see the positive disruption of our amazing TEDxChange community in action.
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