TEDxMaastricht 2015 moderator: Kirsten van den Hul

TEDxMaastricht 2015 moderator: Kirsten van den Hul

Kirsten van den Hul is an Eastern-Europe expert, an Arabist with a passion for change, culture, diversity and gender. Since 2007 Kirsten works as an independent ‘change-agent’ with several clients: NOS, Nike, ‘Zuidas Amsterdam’ and the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture & Science. She was appointed UN Women’s Representative in 2011. In 2013 her book (S)HEVOLUTION was published. In that same year she also won the ‘Joke Smit Award’, a bi-annual governmental award for emancipation. Kirsten writes a bi-weekly column in Trouw newspaper. She speaks a.o. Arabic, Russian, Spanish & French. Her motto: ‘without change, no butterflies.’ Her mission? To inspire others to become a change-agent too. We are extremely pleased that Kirsten was prepared to be our moderator for TEDxMaastricht 2015 and look forward to see her on-stage with all our speakers! Robert Hoogenboom TEDxMaastricht PR & Communications...
Joost Vrouenraets, choreographer, director, performer and speaker at TEDxMaastricht 2015

Joost Vrouenraets, choreographer, director, performer and speaker at TEDxMaastricht 2015

‘I choose the road less travelled and then dance all the way’ Joost Vrouenraets’ latest ‘tour de force’ was ‘Kokoro’ [Japanese for ‘heart’] a 28 km long, non-stop ‘dance marathon’ from Heerlen to Maastricht along the old Roman road nowadays called Via Belgica. “I wanted to find out what lies at the heart of my dancing,” he explained. Going into survival mode leads him back to the core essence of dancing: “If you can lay bare what you do and who you are, you will be home”. Joost is searching for that feeling of belonging and the only way for him to get there is through survival mode. Born in 1979, Joost studied dance at the Amsterdam University of the Arts. After graduation, he continued studying for two years at the Ecole-Atelier Rudra Béjart in Switzerland. Joost studied Shaolin Kung-Fu at the Shaolin Temple Traditional Wushu institute in China and Tibetan culture and Buddhist religion at Rabten Chöeling University in Vevey (Switzerland). After dancing with Maurice Béjart’s Compagnie ‘M’ for several years, Joost founded his own company in 2005 together with his dancing partner Maïté Guérin: the Gotra Ballet. Joost won the ‘Festival Nederlandse Dansdagen’ young talent award in 2008 and the ‘Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Limburg’ Inspiration award in 2012. Joost’s approach to movement combines martial arts (Kendo, traditional Shaolin Kung Fu and Wushu), ballet technique and contemporary dance. Each movement has a sustained flow and uses multiple ways of torque and twist. It requires strong practice of core, coordination and stamina. Flow, compact forms and gestures follow each other up in an irregular use of time. The kinaesthetic...
Mark Kalch, TEDxMaastricht 2015 speaker: Lessons learnt form paddling down the great rivers of the earth

Mark Kalch, TEDxMaastricht 2015 speaker: Lessons learnt form paddling down the great rivers of the earth

“The rivers of the world have shaped the very existence of humans and the ecosystems in which they live.” After spending the last 20 years paddling on rivers and oceans across the planet, the Buenos Aires-based Australian/Austrian expedition paddler Mark Kalch is currently undertaking the 7 Rivers 7 Continents project: he paddles down the longest river on each continent from source to sea. A combined distance of 36,000km. Not only because he’s adventurous – he was recently named by Men’s Journal magazine as one of the world’s 50 Most Adventurous Men – but more because of his fascination about the life that rivers have built and sustain. These rivers have shaped the very existence of humans and the ecosystems in which we live. Mark hopes that this project will provide a unique insight in the remarkable connection between us and our planet. He’s an amazing example of what being aware of your own resourcefullness can teach you paddling down the rivers of the earth also means that he needs to look for his own accommodation and food every single day. This implies and requests a continious process of self reflection. Mark knows where he’s coming from, he knows where he wants to end up, the only thing he has to do is to make smart choices every step of the way. This process  is a journey on its own. Seeing the planet’s enormity and diversity as too magical to ignore, paddling this world’s biggest and longest rivers allows Mark to communicate its wonders in an extraordinary fashion. He aims to bring these stories to life. Stories which he will...
Fiona Jongejans, speaking at TEDxMaastricht 2015: we have to reconnect to our food again

Fiona Jongejans, speaking at TEDxMaastricht 2015: we have to reconnect to our food again

Food Waste: Breaking the Habit It may sound almost ridiculous, but that doesn’t make it less true. While 4.6 billion euros worth of food is thrown away in the Netherlands every year, 1.4 million people in our country live below the poverty line and cannot afford a sufficiently healthy diet. Educated as industrial designer, Fiona Jongejans believes that design and creativity can play a bigger role in our society today. It can be a catalyst for social innovation and bring people and organisations together. This year, she decided to put her energy into one of the many challenges our society is currently facing. As a young ambitious entrepreneur she has set herself the goal of bridging the gap between food waste and food poverty. “With only 5% of all the food that is thrown away every year, we could feed those 1.4 million people living below the poverty line with some healthy fruits and vegetables”, Fiona Jongejans explains. “To me, the utter disconnection between these two problems feels totally ridiculous, and I’m determined to bring together the technologies and people out there to bridge that gap!” Nowadays, the huge distance between producer and consumer has led to a lack of appreciation for the food we eat every day. We as consumers simply have no clue anymore where our apples are grown and where the wheat in our bread is harvested. Meanwhile, on the producers’ side, farmers have to throw away 1 to 2% of their produce: because supermarkets change their orders, periods of overly good weather lead to overproduction; or because some of the fruits and vegetables don’t look...
TEDxMaastricht 2015 speaker Elizabeth Rocha Salgado: Listen and transform

TEDxMaastricht 2015 speaker Elizabeth Rocha Salgado: Listen and transform

“Somos aquilo que fazemos daquilo que a vida fez com a gente” (We are what we make out of what life has brought to us) Otto Nascarella, Brazilian singer, inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre This quote is “the story of my life in 12 words,” says the Brazilian filmmaker Elizabeth Rocha Salgado. “I take all that life has (or doesn’t have) to offer for me and try to create something out of it. Do things with what I have. Transform.” The reason why Elizabeth became and still is a documentary filmmaker is directly connected to the sense of urgency that she feels to show and tell what is happening around her and how she feels about it. “I am driven by a strong desire to do something that will stimulate some kind of change,” she says. A Brazilian documentary maker with a mission At TEDxMaastricht 2015, Elizabeth will present a lesser known image of her country of birth today: “I want to talk about the current political and social situation in Brazil by sharing my own story. I want to show what it is like to live in my country and I also want to share the possibilities that I see for change.” Elizabeth’s favourite TED talk is “The danger of a single story” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She explains why: “From my own experience after living in many countries, I can identify with the message of how easy it is to fall into critical misunderstanding when we encounter another person or culture. I have learned how important it is to give space to another view, another interpretation.” Now living between...