At 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
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
Some 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
Dancing 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
Edited by Smruthy Sachidanandan
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