About 50 people gathered at the Varsity Theater Monday to watch a live webcast celebrating and planning for improvements in public health.
The TEDxChapelHill event and 81 other events in 40 countries showed TEDxChange, which marked the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations’ goals for developing nations.
“There’s never been an event quite like this ever held in the world,” curator Chris Anderson said in the webcast.
TED is a non-profit group that began as a conference tasked with bringing together innovators from technology, entertainment and design fields.
The organization has since branched into TEDx events, locally organized meetings designed to spark discussion and spread ideas.
Melinda Gates, co-chairwoman of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said in the webcast her experiences in developing nations have made her optimistic for world health.
“I want to help dispel the myth that investments in health and development have not made any progress or big impact,” Gates said. “We’ve made more progress in the last 10 years than any other period in history combined.”
Gates said Coca-Cola Co.’s global marketing strategies provide a model for progress in public health. The company has partnered with the foundation on projects in the past.
She advocated the company’s use of marketing techniques, real-time data in decision making and working with local entrepreneurs who understand their communities.