Thursday, 26 May 2016

First speakers/performers for TEDxAmsterdam 2016 announced

TedX_IMG_1083_26885906At an event with our partners at Clifford Chance, TEDxAmsterdam has announced the first three speakers/performers for our 2016 event. They are: Sigrid Kaag, Khama Rogo and David Middendorp. These esteemed people are among the first to bring New Power, the theme of the eighth edition of TEDxAmsterdam, to life.

Monique van Dusseldorp, program director of TEDxAmsterdam, explained the theme: "We think that science, at the moment, gives us superpowers. Humans can program DNA and design new life. Machines can see and learn from their observations of the world. Global power relations are changing rapidly, but what are the new powers that rule our life? How can we empower ourselves? TEDxAmsterdam 2016, taking place again at Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam on November 18, is all about this new movement, New Power!"

"A lot of people are quite worried about technology," adds Chris Anderson, curator of TED global, who presented the first Dutch version of his book "De TED methode" at our partner event. "They worry that the quality that makes human connection special will get lost. Speakers and performers of TEDxAmsterdam should therefore show why the future is worth having, why it isn't creepy. In short, they have to make people excited, instead of unnerved about the prospect of the future with these "New Powers".

This priceless advice of the expert in coaching TED speakers was given to our TEDxAmsterdam speakers and performers. We proudly announce the first three:

Sigrid Kaag (NL) – The power of Women

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Last year, Sigrid Kaag, United Nations diplomat, had to cancel her TEDxAmsterdam Talk due to a UN top. We're very excited to have her this year, addressing the audience about the power of women! She talks about the role of women in the UN peacekeeping forces and takes hold of a question we'd all like to see answered: How do we achieve world peace? Is world peace even possible or is it an illusion..?

Kaag has studied International Relations and Philosophy and was appointed the UN's special coordinator for Lebanon at the end of 2014. Before that, she was responsible for the mission to destroy chemical weapons in Syria.

Khama Rogo (AFR) – The power of Health

khama-300x300Some people say Africa can learn something form the Western world. But is that really true? Or is it the other way around? Are we the ones who could learn from the way health care has been set up in Africa? Khama Rogo, an authority in health care, shares his vision on contemporary health care in Africa with us. This picture may be quite different from the one we think we know.
Professor Dr. Rogo is Lead Health Sector Specialist with the World Bank. Prior to this, he taught Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Nairobi, before becoming the Vice President of Medical Affairs Africa for Ipas.

Monique Dusseldorp also announced our first actual performer of 2016: "As you know, we feel performing arts spark ideas. They therefore are equally important ingredients to our program." Iris Kisjes of our new partner Elsevier could not agree more: "Technology and creativity cannot do without one another."  

David Middendorp (NL) – The Power of Performance

photoDancing with… drones! Choreographer David Middendorp combines modern dance with modern technology: "Through the use of technology we have the opportunity to accelerate our capabilities. We are faster, stronger, more beautiful and intellectually super charged. The question is, how do we deal with that much power?" He uses graceful quad copters in a mesmerizing dance performance!
David Middendorp started dancing at the Royal Conservatorium in The Hague at the age of 16. He switched to modern dance at the Rotterdam Dance Academy soon after. Since 2004 he's known for his choreographies combining art and technology.

The power of TEDxAmsterdam 2016

The talks and performances of all our speakers and performers will, in fact, be ideas worth spreading; the power of TEDxAmsterdam. One of our main partners, Essent, has therefore been with us for three years in a row. As Marcel Broumels put it: "Innovations start with ideas, and ideas can only materialize and improve by sharing knowledge. We're very exited to be part of this year's event."
Our event will take place on November 18, 2016 at Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam and can be followed live through our annual live-stream. The recordings will be up on our site after the event as well. Keep an eye out for further news on our inspiring speakers and performers on our site!

 

 

Photo credits: Mike Breeuwer

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Monday, 23 May 2016

DE TED METHODE – An interview with Chris Anderson

Chris Anderson is the curator for the TED Conference, a global platform that nurtures the spread of good ideas. We met him for a quick virtual interview after the TEDxAmsterdam Partner meeting, where Chris Anderson gave insights on the perfect TED talk from his newly released book ¨De TED-methode¨[1]. With an impressive track record within the TED family, his insights are tailor-made for this year's speakers, who will be presenting their 'ideas worth doing' at the TEDxAmsterdam 2016.

Chris Anderson at TEDxAmsterdam Partnermeeting

Chris Anderson at TEDxAmsterdam Partnermeeting

 

A little background information

3Chris Anderson was born in Pakistan in 1957. He graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in 1978 & launched ¨Future Publishing¨ in 1985, which expanded to more than 130 magazines and over 1,500 employees.

 

In 2001, Anderson acquired the TED Conference through his non-profit Sapling Foundation. Since then, more than 1700 TED talks have been released and he has overseen introduction of the TED Prize, the TED Fellows Program, the TED Open Translation Program, the TED-Ed initiative, and the TEDx program[2].

 

Today, Chris Anderson took time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions, as inspiration for this year's TEDxAmsterdam speakers.

 

What is the TED method in short?  

2The core and the main point is that you need to give your audience a gift. This gift is an idea. Every idea, whether it is a highly complex one or very simple, should change how people view the world. This is the gift you are giving your audience. Expanding people's minds.

 

What is your drives & motivates for coaching speakers?

Every speaker is different, so the point is to try and find their uniqueness and help them to zero in on that. This will help them in making sure that their idea is made clear to the audience.

 

What are the top 5 no-no´s?

  1. Leave your ego behind. Speakers that come across as too full of themselves are a turnoff.
  2. Don´t give overly conceptual talks. A talk can be pretty dry if the language is too technical. You need to show what matters and talk so everyone can follow.
  3. Don't do the talk with your eyes buried in your nose. Connect with the audience.
  4. Don´t go into new digressions on stage. If you don´t keep to your talk, you will use too much time, which is disrespectful to the other speakers, and there is a good chance you will lose track of your main idea.
  5. Don't trail off at the end of your talk. People always say ¨well, I'm running out of time so let me wrap it up, but come to think of it let me just emphasise this¨… That is a no no.

 

What is the most important thing in preparation for a presentation?

One thing should be in focus: The core idea you want to share. Everything else stems from that.

 

This years TEDxAmsterdam theme is ¨NEW POWER¨. Do you have a tip for our speakers in dealing with this topic?

A lot of people worry about technology. They worry that we will loose the thing that makes human connection so special. Therefore, it is important to show why the future is worth having. Why it isn't creepy. In short, you have to make people exited instead of unnerved about the prospect of a future with these ¨New Powers¨.

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Months in advance of TED event, TEDx speakers will be coached in Skype sessions. What are these sessions for?

It is a collaborative process that will help people find their best talk. As every talk and person is different, it is important to invest this time so the speakers can reach their full potential and have the right scope. Generally, people try to cram too much into their presentation, which makes it difficult to really land one idea. The trick is to develop just one idea and dive into it as deeply as you can, within the time available.

 

This approach makes sure that the talk is impactful communication and really gets the importance of the topic across.

 

Just before the TED event all speakers get a private session with a coach, what does the final private session entail?

Rehearsal on the Skype calls and feedback. We run through the speakers' speaking style and whether there is anything they can do to improve, as well as their the next steps forward.

 

How does the personality of the speaker weigh in?

People should see your personality when you speak. You have lovely sparkling people who become all serious when they talk, which is such a shame. You want to see both the playful as well as serious side.

 

Do you have a success story to share?

Quite a few….

‪Tim Urban, Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

He did his preview. The bones of the talk were there, but it was full of hesitation. It came across as awkward and not convincing, so we told him to rehearse it till he really knew it to the bone. He did that and the talk was fantastic and hilarious, it got a standing ovation.

 

Not a lot of people are born presenters, so if are you a TEDxAmsterdam speaker in spe, then Chris Anderson´s newly released book is diffidently worth a trip to the bookstore!!

 

 

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Thursday, 19 May 2016

New Power – TEDxAmsterdam’s 2016 theme

TEDxAmsterdam is proud to announce the theme for our 2016 event: New Power.

Photo: Mike Breeuwer

Monique van Dusseldorp, program director of TEDxAmsterdam, explains the theme:

"Global power relations are changing. Connected citizens are drivers of innovation. Science gives us superpowers. Humans can program DNA and design new life. Machines can see and learn from their observations of the world.  Connections are changing the nature of objects. Power to fuel and endless web of innovation now comes from natural sources. Machines control us."

"What are the new powers that rule our life? How can we empower ourselves, as humans? How we can we control, influence and obtain power in a connected world? How is power shared and developed?  How can we build a world in which the new powers are used for the benefit of society?"

On 18 November, TEDxAmsterdam will bring together entrepreneurs, scientists, thinkers and artists, to share their ideas on new power.

 

Photo credits: Mike Breeuwer

 

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Friday, 18 December 2015

All I Want for TEDxAmsterdam…Gift Ideas

Is the gift of experience…

The year is coming to an end, and many of you are seeking out gifts for your loved ones.

TEDxAmsterdam to the rescue! We have some totally awesome recommendations for you.

In search of Europe

Did you like the theatrical approach of Lucas de Man and the Nieuwe Helden this year? Give tickets to visit his wonderful show, In search of Europe. It addresses one of the biggest questions of our time: what is Europe? Lucas De Man embarked on a journey trying to find out. In seven different countries he interviewed contemporary social, creatives, and experts. He presents a theatrical report of his journey and of the many meetings, images, discussions and insights he collected. Lucas de Man performs In search of Europe from 4 – 8 January at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam. The show is in English, and tickets are available now.

PIPS:lab: ~Aarsvaders

PIPS:lab ready to perform Photo by Rakesh Mijling

PIPS:lab ready to perform
Photo by Rakesh Mijling

Did you enjoy the Selfie Symphony by PIPS:LAB? Originating in the dark corners of the Amsterdam underground party scene, PIPS:lab has conquered the theater, pop, and art world in the 15 years of their existence.

The computer is their mixing tool, blending music, theater, film and a healthy dose of comedy into absurd performances, interactive installations, and surprising acts.

A PIPS:lab production never simply meets the expectations… and they have a new show! Learn what it means to be a dad, the PIPS:lab way..

Buy tickets now to visit ~Aarsvaders in Amsterdam at the Frascati Theatre.

 

Michaela de Prince dancing the role of Clara in The NutcrackerMichaela DePrince

Remember the story of Michaela de Prince, who spoke at TEDxAmsterdam in 2014? From an orphanage in Sierra Leone to the Dutch National Ballet – and now in a starring role!

Michaela has been chosen to dance the principal role of Clara/the Sugar Plum Fairy on December 28 and December 31 in the Dutch National Ballet's production of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.

Watch her talk, buy her book and hide those tickets in there – a hell of a present.

Book, Euro 11.99 Hope in a ballet shoe, http://ift.tt/1JgCh34

Book, Euro 22.99 Taking Flight, http://ift.tt/1Qumbee

Tickets Euro 20 – 90 Euro, Dutch National Ballet, http://ift.tt/1JgCeEr

TEDxAmsterdam talk, Michaela DePrince: "Never be afraid of living and loving," http://ift.tt/1Qumbus

Bach Total Surrender

BachTherapy with Jacqueline Hamelink. Photo by Renata Szostek

BachTherapy! with Jacqueline Hamelink. Photo by Renata Szostek

But wait. You want to give a really personal gift, don't you? Jacqueline Hamelink offered one TEDxAmsterdam guest a "Bach therapy" session. (Watch it here: Jacqueline Hamelink | BachTherapy!)

Would that not be the most beautiful gift you could give anyone? Invite Jacqueline Hamelink to your home for a bespoke Bach cello concert or a Bach total surrender session…

Ask for a quote via info@sdoundbodies.com!

The Imaginarium of Tears

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And here is another unique idea. Remember the beautiful image photographer Maurice Mikkers could make of a single tear?

Did you lose someone this year? Or do you know someone who is sad and needs the consolation of art?

Offer a special session with Maurice to the one you love, and create a wonderful piece of art unique of that person's tear.

  • Maurice Mikkers's original art based on a tear: 150 Euro for the session and 150 – 750 Euro for the print, depending on size; production time of three weeks
  • Contact Maurice Mikkers to book a session via info@mauricemikkers.nl
  • TEDxAmsterdam talk, http://ift.tt/1JgCeUR

Was Ntjam Rosie the one you loved?

Oh, her voice… She has a CD out now. Find out more about The One and how to buy it here: http://ntjamrosie.com/

Why do only humans weep?

Ad Vingerhoets

Or if you want, Ad Vingerhoets Dutch book on the topic, ''Huilen is menselijk'' is out of print, but can still be found second hand.

Book, Euro 11.99, http://ift.tt/1JgChjB

TEDxAmsterdam talk, Why Do Only Humans Weep?  http://ift.tt/1QumbuG

Good Morning Mr Mandela!

Zelda La Grange Photo by Kim Hanskamp

Zelda La Grange
Photo by Kim Hanskamp

Zelda La Grange shares memories of her work as the personal assistant of Nelson Mandela.

Sexual healing

Tika Stardust

Tika Stardust, a social-erotic worker for disabled persons, shared a very personal story at TEDxAmsterdam. ''Een stukje liefde'' combines pictures of Tika's life by photographer Sofie van Calseijde with Tika's diary entries and provides an honest look into a hidden world.

  • Book, Euro 24.95 http://ift.tt/1QumbLd
  • TEDxAmsterdam talk http://ift.tt/1JgCfbg

Ntjam Rosie, The one

CD Euro 17,99 http://ift.tt/1JgChQpone-the/9200000035459358/

Maite Hontelé

Maite Hontelé. Photo by Kim Hanskamp

Maite Hontelé. Photo by Kim Hanskamp

Oh, those grey Amsterdam skies… turn on some salsa music this holiday with the inimitable Maite Hontele, move the furniture and get your family dancing..

TEDxAmsterdam talks as books

Each year, publisher Atlas Business Contacts chooses one TEDxAmsterdam talk and turns it into a wonderful Dutch booklet – a steal at only Euro 7.99.

Photo by Kim Hanskamp

Photo by Kim Hanskamp

Here are their choices for the last three years. We wonder what talk they will choose this year..

Ok, so you know have gifts for mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, lovers and colleagues…But what about a gift to the world? To Africa, Asia and Europe, share some love, some time, or some money!

Every little bit helps..

Support Africa This Week!

Siyanda Mohutsiwa Photo by Rakesh Mijling

Siyanda Mohutsiwa
Photo by Rakesh Mijling

Siyanda Mohutsiwa wowed the TEDxAmsterdam audience with her talk Is Africa's Future Online? – and her video is being shared all over the African continent.

There was a special moment there, when she talks about her crowdfunding campaign and the first donations she gets are from the poorest countries in the region. She said, "I might not believe in Africa, but Africa believe in me." What is she crowdfunding for?

Siyanda has her own online video show called Africa This Week With Siyanda – and what she really needs is a stand-alone camera, a mic, a tripod stand and some camera accessories.

There are a days left to get the money together – even if you just donate 5 Euros it will help! And if you do, tell her 'with regards from TEDxAmsterdam…

Voorkom de ramp – Overcome disaster

Princess Magriet at TEDxAmsterdam 2015

Princess Magriet at TEDxAmsterdam 2015

Every year, floods, hurricanes and tropical storms hit the Philippines – only days ago typhoon Melor hit the country. These disasters cause untold suffering and damage.

Mangrove forests provide natural protection against the effects of these natural disasters – they are natural wave breakers. Unfortunately, there are only about 8% of the original mangrove forests left.

At TEDxAmsterdam Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet told us how the organization she volunteers for, the Red Cross, plans to focus on disaster prevention. The Red Cross Princess Margriet Fund is dedicated to vulnerable people who are affected by natural disasters.

She brought along Captain Gaudencio Mondano, who has started to plant the trees to protect his community. With thousands to go, the Red Cross has started a crowdfunding campaign to support his efforts.

Crowdfunding campaign http://ift.tt/1QumeXr

Background info and TEDxAmsterdam talks, Princess Margriet and Gaudencio Mondano http://ift.tt/1JgCi6Y

Give a book

book-christmas-treeSort out your bookcase! Amsterdam has three locations with hundreds of refugees. The Amsterdam Public Library is organizing a book drive to set up libraries for all three, and TEDxAmsterdam is actively supporting this.

What better way to share knowledge then giving books? And what better way to share ideas that you think are worth sharing? Not just any books: they need books in English, Arabic, Persian (Afghanistan), and Tigrinya (Eritrea).

We'd also like to give them picture and comic books for kids, Dutch lesson books, and any book about the Netherlands! And most of all…dictionaries.

Arab, Persian and Tigrinya to Dutch dictionaries, but also English, German and French dictionaries are welcome, as are magazines of all kinds, especially those in Arabic.

For more on this initiative, read here: http://ift.tt/1QumfdP

What are you going to do?

Winter is setting in, and for the people fleeing the war in Syria, life is getting harder and harder. Every day, close to 3000 refugees reach the island of Lesbos, after a long and arduous journey.

Michel Abdel Malek Photo by Kim Hanskamp

Michel Abdel Malek
Photo by Kim Hanskamp

TEDxAmsterdam speaker Michel Abdel Malek is returning to the region and asks you for your support.

Do you have a medical background? You could join him and spend some time at Lesbos to help out. Or you could donate some money so he can buy the medical equipment needed.

He hopes to raise enough money to buy defibrillators and monitors for the pediatric ward in the local hospital, as well as supplies for the mobile clinic.

Right! Gifts are ordered, and you shared some money&love with the world, now what?

Binge watch TEDxAmsterdam maybe?

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Sunday, 13 December 2015

TEDxAmsterdam in Portraits

Professional portrait photographer Dan Taylor set up a makeshift studio in a backstage dressing room. He blocked the light coming through the window, moved the tables and chairs to one side of the room, and set up the photo-umbrella. During the entire day of TEDxAmsterdam, he worked in the dark, taking portraits of speakers and performers. Here are a few:

Jacqueline Hamelink: BachTherapy!. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Michel Abdel Malek: What will you do? Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Zelda La Grange: How Do You Overcome Racism? Interview with Zelda La Grange. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda: Dutch National Research Agenda | What Do Scientists Know?. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Maurice Mikkers: Beautiful Tears – An Interview with Maurice Mikkers. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Matt Stopera: Where is My Phone?. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda: Dutch National Research Agenda | What Do Scientists Know? Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. Damiaan Denys: To Fear or Not to Fear? . Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 PIPS:lab. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Ntam Rosie: What Can I Do to Make this World a Better Place?. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Siyanda MohutsiwaSatire, Twitter, and Africa. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 PIPS:lab. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 PIPS:lab. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Leo Kouwenhoven: Can we make Quantum Technology? – An interview with Leo Kouwenhoven mage by Dan Taylor - dan@heisenbergmedia.com Mark Dingemanse Getting into trouble every 90 seconds . Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Tika Stardust: People with disabilities like having sex too – An interview with Tika Stardust. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Khadija Massoudi: Children Ask Big Questions. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 PIPS:lab. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Ad Vingerhoets: The uniqueness of human crying. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904 Maite Hontelé: Dutch trumpeter world famous in Colombia. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904
Siyanda MohitsuwaSatire, Twitter, and Africa. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media.

Siyanda MohutsiwaSatire, Twitter, and Africa. Image by Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media.

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

Damiaan Denys: To Fear or Not to Fear?

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

Matt Stopera: Where is My Phone?

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

Khadija Massoudi: Children Ask Big Questions

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

Jacqueline Hamelink:  BachTherapy!

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

PIPS:lab

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

PIPS:lab

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

PIPS:lab

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

PIPS:lab

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

Jeroen

TEDxAmsterdam. Image ©Dan Taylor/Heisenberg Media. For bookings contact - dan@heisenbergmedia.com or +447821755904

Michel Abdel Malek: What will you do?

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