Exploring the core of Well-Being at TEDMED2012

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 April 2012 09:37 Written by Urban Zen Wednesday, 18 April 2012 09:36

TEDMED Exploring the core of Well Being at TEDMED2012Under the watchful eyes of the famous Robert Berk bust of John F. Kennedy, 1500 people gathered at The Kennedy Center to participate in TEDMED 2012.

Although this is the third year that Urban Zen has hosted our UZIT Sanctuary at TEDMED, it is the first year of the conferences “Great Challenges Program”, which allowed 2012 Delegates and the tens of thousands of TEDMEDLive viewers to vote on the 20 most complex and pressing challenges facing health and medicine today. These challenges will be explored throughout the next 12 months to achieve a multi-disciplinary understanding that is critical to tackling them via interviews with leaders from a variety of professions in a series of webinars to be posted by TEDMED.

Perhaps the most exciting collaboration between the Urban Zen Foundation and TEDMED is still ahead as the 2012 TEDMED committee has voted and the clear priority of all 20 challenges is the importance of wellness programs. Excitingly, number 22 on the voting ballot, “Inventing Wellness Programs that Work,” is a victory for everyone. From patients to caregivers and employers to employees, wellness – not illness – is the priority.

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TEDxWomen: Reimagining Resilience, Relationships & Rebirth

Last Updated on Monday, 12 December 2011 10:44 Written by Donna Karan Monday, 5 December 2011 06:43

ted women TEDxWomen: Reimagining Resilience, Relationships & Rebirth

Attending the 2011 TEDxWomen conference offered a powerful platform to experience the fearlessness of women. After participating in the conference last year, I welcomed the opportunity to attend and absorb as much as I could from the amazing women who took the stage to share their insights on the topics of resilience, relationships, rebirth and reimagine.

What always moves me about the structure of the TED conferences is the intimacy and connectivity of it – I loved the brilliant curation of women and the complex subject matter. Hearing the individual stories of such a diverse group of women at this year’s TEDxWomen truly shed a light on how much we have to learn from our shared experiences. In fact, this beautiful eighth grade student named Claire Sannini particularly moved me. Claire was a speaker on the resilience panel and shared her personal and painful story of not fitting in, being excluded from the “popular cliques,” and finding her own voice. I know this story well – as a child, I certainly didn’t feel like I belonged, but it was also this discomfort that sent me on the journey of discovering my own power. Claire’s story really brought it home for me.

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Exploring Innovative Healthcare at TEDMED

Last Updated on Thursday, 3 November 2011 07:55 Written by Urban Zen Thursday, 27 October 2011 01:40

Day 1:

Day one at TEDMED inspired the same anticipation of registration day in college. Repeat TEDMED guests were excited to see familiar faces and newcomers looked tentative as they found their way to badges, gift bags and daily schedules.

The first session began in the evening and lasted briefly, but long enough to inspire and ignite the audience. A theme of “personal medicine” emerged as speakers such as Ger Brophy of GE Healthcare spoke of advanced diagnostics that tell patients not just the geography of their cancer, but the cellular nature of their disease which enables physicians to reject traditional treatment and embrace other options based on the patients’ DNA, creating a truly “personalized” treatment.

Eythor Bender Ekso Bionics demonstrated “personal” robotics, worn like clothing, that enable paraplegics to walk with independence.

And finally, Juan Enriquez spoke of the shift within the pharma industry from research and discovery to mergers and marketing. With an average cost of $1.3billion to bring a new medicine to the market, delays are costing lives, including tropical diseases like malaria. Enriquez closed the evening by adding that until we decide if “regulation is just right or too tight” new drugs that will enable “personalized” medicine will never exist.

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