A Filmmaker and a Physician Walk into a Vasectomy

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Jonathan Stack

While making a personal film about my own complex journey through fatherhood, I met Dr. Doug Stein. His monthly trips throughout Florida to provide vasectomies, and his vasectomy missions to low-income countries inspired me to help launch a movement—and to become his 25,000th client. - See more at:

SwitchPoint: Is it a Festival or a Conference?

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Heather LaGarde

We laugh at and struggle with this question every year. After all, SwitchPoint deals with huge and serious topics—global health, disaster relief, environment, equity, technology, economics, epidemics, virtual reality, humanitarian innovation, social entrepreneurship, and artivism, just to name a few.  - See more at:

SwitchPoint Conference

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Ryan Boyles

#SwitchPoint where humanitarian innovation, technology and global health collide! #SwitchPoint, hosted by @intrahealth, is a global conference for people (Makers, designers, engineers, inventors, coders, artists, humanitarians) who want to make good ideas make a difference! Held April 21 & 22, 2016

Why We All Need to Ask: Who's Doing It Better?

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Catherine Cheney

On Wednesday, United Nations director general Michael Møller will meet with journalists in London to urge them to offer “constructive alternatives in the current stream of news” and uncover “solutions that inspire us to action.” The U.N. is joining forces with Constructive Voices, a project from the U.K.-based National Council for Voluntary Organizations, to urge the media to help combat public apathy toward world events. - See more at:

Intentional Serendipity Took Center Stage at SwitchPoint

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Michael Bzdak

On my way home from SwitchPoint 2016, I reflected on intentional serendipity—an overarching theme that emerged from an event where hundreds of passionate humanitarians came to connect. This idea has bubbled up over the past few years in TED Talks and scholarly journals, and intentional serendipity took center stage at IntraHealth International’s 5th annual SwitchPoint. - See more at:

SwitchPoint 2016: Day 1

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Margarite Nathe

“Never before in the history of humanity has there been such a strong call for leadership—but it’s a call for those who would lead differently,” said Pape Gaye today during SwitchPoint 2016. “You just have to watch the news every day to see it.” - See more at:

SwitchPoint 2016: Day 2

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Margarite Nathe

It was bound to come up.After all, plenty of the hundreds of people who gathered in Saxapahaw this week for SwitchPoint 2016 had never been to North Carolina. Some had never been to the United States. But they sure had heard of our state recently—North Carolina’s infamous bathroom bill made sure of that. - See more at:

Virtual Reality Holds Promise for Therapy, Training, and Global Health

Posted on Thursday, May 19, 2016 by Scott Weathers

You’d be forgiven for thinking that virtual reality doesn’t have much to offer for global health. But researchers Jennifer Brammer ElliottDilshad JaffMegan Lewis, and Laura Wagner are proving everyone wrong. 

SwitchPoint 2016: Adieu to the Status Quo in Global Health

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 by IntraHealth International

April 21 & 22 were two days of powerful talks, global perspectives, and partnerships in the making. It was the fifth annual SwitchPoint conference—and it was the best one yet.

SwitchPoint 2015: innovation, ingenuity, and global development

Posted on Monday, June 1, 2015 by Claudia Harner-Jay

Last month hundreds of participants from around the world met in the artsy community of Saxapahaw, North Carolina, for the fourth annual SwitchPoint conference, produced by IntraHealth International.