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TEDxMaastricht 2016

A matter of perspective. For the sake of future of humanity, a number of misconceptions need to be dispelled.

Almost all of us confuse teaching with learning. And we also confuse medical treatment with healthcare. Police protection is mistaken for safety. Material wealth is mistaken for happiness. A countless number of frames in our minds control our daily behaviour. And many of them are based on obvious delusions.
It’s a matter of perspective. That’s the crucial point that TEDxMaastricht will address this year. Our speakers will show new insights, knowledge and effective ways to make our society a better place by reframing some key issues that concern us all.

We want to challenge you to take “A matter of perspective” as our new catchphrase; because in the end, it’s all in the mind.

TEDxMaastricht 2016… from our curator’s perspective!

“Tell your story” said Arnaud Collery before he continued: “Not sharing yours, is a crime against yourself.” In a cascade of English words, uttered with his French accent, he talks about his youth and several profound life experiences. He makes me think about the value of stories. And about the responsibility of the curation team on this 6th TEDxMaastricht edition.  The curation team has to design a well-balanced composition of ideas and stories, and has to engage the most inspiring owners of these stories. In Maastricht the curation team consists of Gonny Willems and myself. A compact team might be practical, but makes the task also time-consuming. In particular after the high scores of the edition 2015, the bar has been raised high. Besides the task of finding stories and speakers, the order of performance on the day itself is crucial. This year’s edition we had a good kick off. Jeangu Macrooy has the ultimate voice for the stage. One single guy and his guitar blew us into another reality.  And after his first song he whispered almost like an apology: “Goodmorning TEDx” It’s impossible to have a detailed idea in advance, about the effect of the line-up. A special chemistry is required, and that depends on a thousand things. But this year we were blessed. From the beginning all speakers and performers caught the full attention of the audience. And all of them had authentic messages to share. Our pitch night winner, Samina Ansari, stepped onto our red TEDx dot with great self-confidence. Samina came with her family from Afghanistan to Europe, as a refugee. In her almost... read more

Jelmer Mommers: Horror stories on climate problems should not hold us back

Jelmer Mommers is an investigative journalist specialized in the field of climate change and energy for the Dutch journalism platform The Correspondent. He focuses on the intersection between sustainability, culture, politics and economics. His thesis earned him the Villamedia thesis prize back in 2012, and his efforts to reconstruct Dutch energy policy earned him a prize for investigative journalism.

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