TEDxMaastricht 2016… from our curator’s perspective!

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...
Esther de Koning: a supershort acting course

Esther de Koning: a supershort acting course

Actress, writer and theater producer Esther de Koning is known for her honest and tragicomic productions for both young and adult audiences. Esther has won several prestigious national awards. From The Hague, Esther has studied and then worked at the Theater Academy in Maastricht. She now lives in Valkenburg. In a castle. True story. Her performances can be described as a mix between stand-up comedy and theater. On stage she is full of energy, combining absurd humor with her limitless imagination. Her style does shake people’s perspectives and we are certain that this is what will happen on stage during our conference. Esther’s performance promises to be rich in humor, interactive and a little confrontational. Valentin Calomme Communication and social media facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flikr...
Jelmer Mommers: Horror stories on climate problems should not hold us back

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

Foto: Bas Losekoot / De Correspondent 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. Jelmer spent his whole life combining his passion for journalism and sustainability. From his journalism studies, to his time at De Groene Amsterdammer, Jelmer has been a vocal proponent of immediate climate action. He aims to write inspiring stories in order to speed up the transition to a more sustainable future. Jelmer poses that we should not be held back by apocalyptic stories about climate change, and instead, wants to offer our audience a different story. One that is more accurate, humane and hopeful. We are very excited to hear his talk during our conference and know that he will be able to change many people’s perspective. Valentin Calomme Communication and social media facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flikr...
Rudy van Belkom: Why limit our freedom of choice?

Rudy van Belkom: Why limit our freedom of choice?

Rudy van Belkom is an image expert and lecturer. He is fascinated by changes and trends in our environment. This year his proposal on a possible new electoral system was one of the 10 finalists in the Radical Innovators competition made possible by Kennisland, Vrij Nederland and Kennis Jong. We have all faced situations where we feel stuck, that we do not have a choice. What if we were able to change our perspective and open up new possibilities for ourselves? Well, it turns out we can, and Rudy will let us know all about it during his talk. During elections, we vote for our favorite party or in many cases ‘the lesser of two evils’. Rudy proposes a different and more modular approach. Why limit our freedom of choice? He will explain his future view on elections of which he is convinced will result in more public commitment. Valentin Calomme Communication and social media facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube flikr...
Marieke van der Velden: Do not use the news to understand the world

Marieke van der Velden: Do not use the news to understand the world

Marieke van der Velden is a renowned photojournalist and documentary maker. NGOs like UNICEF have sent her on more than 40 journeys around the world to photograph their projects and campaigns. Together with her filmmaking husband Philip Brink, she also takes on one documentary project annually. The purpose of these documentaries is to project a more nuanced image of the way we look at each other and the world around us. Their work is centered on places which receive a lot of news coverage, but focusing on different topics than the news covers, the everyday, the commonplace, the ordinary. In Iraq she portrayed people around the question ‘how are you doing?’ In Kabul she photographed Afghans at their favorite place of the city. In Lebanon she asked Syrian refugees questions on behalf of her Facebook friends and posted the filmed answers on her friends timeline. The most recent project is called The Island of All Together. For this project Philip and Marieke traveled to the Greek island of Lesbos. Here they invited Syrian refugees and European tourists to get to know each other while sitting on a bench overlooking the sea. The resulting conversations were filmed and edited into a short documentary. It is clear that this different approach to understand the world is catching on, as each and every one of these projects has gotten a fair share of global exposure! On October the 17th Marieke will take you along on an exciting journey past her projects where she contrasts everyday life with the extremes you see on the news, giving you the opportunity to reshape your own...