The Great Challenges of Health and Medicine are complex, persistent problems impacting millions of lives, and affecting the well-being of all of America – beginning with patients, and extending to families and citizens everywhere. These knotty problems do not have “one-size-fits-all” solutions because they stem from broad, interlocking social, economic and psychological sources as well as from medical or scientific triggers.
The mission of TEDMED’s Great Challenges Program is not to solve these complex problems but rather to curate unbiased and broadly inclusive dialogs around these challenges, incorporating thoughtful, multi-disciplinary perspectives. TEDMED believes that when the world achieves a broad-based understanding of any given challenge, it will then be in position to take truly effective action.
The Great Challenges Program encourages everyone’s input. We all have a stake in these dialogs and we want to hear from you!
The Great Challenges Program conducts a lively national dialogue on each of the Challenges chosen by the TEDMED community through its website and live events. Each challenge has a unique Challenge Team, consisting of multi-disciplinary leaders who bring passionate and thoughtful perspectives to each conversation. Conversations take place on TEDMED.com, on facebook, on Google+, and on Twitter (use #GreatChallenges), and through a series of live event broadcasts.
Every other week, we host a live online discussion around a particular challenge, featuring a diverse, interdisciplinary group of experts. These experts provide insights into key issues related to the topic, and answer questions from the community via Google+, Twitter (#GreatChallenges), and Facebook. The goal is to facilitate conversations that will broaden the understanding of each challenge.
We archive each discussion, so if you've missed one, you can always catch up with our past conversations here.