Exploring What We Don't Know About TEDMED's 20 Great Challenges of Health and Medicine

    • October 23, 2011

Pioneer is proud to be a sponsor of this year's TEDMED conference, which brings together innovative thinkers and leaders across the fields of medicine, science, business and technology. Like Pioneer, TEDMED is about the evolution of great ideas—and creating opportunities for breakthrough thinking.

At this year's conference, we have partnered with TEDMED to help them explore some critical issues. TEDMED has identified a tentative set of 20 Great Challenges of Health and Medicine—deeply rooted problems with multiple, interconnected causes and ripple effects—that they plan to include as part of their 2011 conference.

We have offered to help TEDMED examine these issues and we believe a good first step is to take a step back and ask: What don’t we know about these problems? What relationships aren’t we seeing?

To help us, we invite you to take a look at TEDMED's 20 Great Challenges of Health and Medicine. Then, answer the question, "What don't we know?" about any of these challenges by tweeting #TEDMEDchallenges or e-mailing us at pioneerblog@rwjf.org.

If you happen to be at the 2011 conference, stop by the Pioneer booth to meet our team and fill out a "What Don't We Know" card for the challenges areas you are most intrigued by. Or feel free to share your thoughts with any of Pioneer's team members or guests wearing a blue "What Don't We Know About …" badge.

How can you participate in the conversation?

Your input is valuable and will directly inform what is done at the TEDMED 2012 conference. We will be compiling and considering everyone's insights to help TEDMED shape their new Great Challenges Program and we will share what we have learned in future posts on Pioneering Ideas.

In the meantime, take a few minutes to explore some of the insightful comments we collected from guests at TEDMED 2010. We asked three fill-in-the-blank questions about what we can do to improve health and health care faster, and we captured quite a few inspiring thoughts on video and in word bubbles. Check out Pioneer's YouTube channel and Flickr account to see what BJ Fogg, ePatient Dave, Nathan Myhrvold and others had to say.