Want to change the world? Maybe your inspiration will be found in a common thread found in each of the speakers at the 2014 TEDx event at the University of Washington. Among them were a poetry-writing lawyer, a computer programming biologist, and an engineer setting out to tackle global poverty. As one might expect from any TED event, the talks inspired collaboration and creativity, offering new perspectives on some of the largest problems facing our world. One of my favorite things about TED is the cross-pollination of ideas which the speakers in this set truly exemplify. Until these talks are posted online, here’s the inside scoop!