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A mindboggling 9+ for TEDxMaastricht 2016!

Now that the year is coming to an end, it is time to reflect on the things accomplished this year. We just received the result from TEDxMaastricht 2016 post event survey from ted.com in New York. They asked you – our audience – one simple question: “How likely it is that you would recommend the TEDxMaastricht conference to a friend”? The NSP (Net Promotor Score) we received back from TED was…

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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…

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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…

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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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Rudy van Belkom: Why limit our freedom of choice?

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.

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Sanne Blauw: Putting numbers back where they belong

Numbers are being used every day. In the news, in politics, in our jobs, and even in our social interactions. They are used to convince, explain, but also to deflect from what is truly happening. Too often, numbers appear as abstract, objective and difficult. Sanne Blauw’s mission is to make the world of numbers accessible to all.

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Samina Ansari: There is home for everyone

Her areas of interest include women, peace and security particularly in relation to Refugees and IDPS. She is deeply concerned about the challenges Europe is faced with and worked to create a law clinic for refugees at the Law Faculty during her studies in Maastricht.

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Michel Huisman: Art and the human thought process

Michel is the inventor and architect of the Maankwartier in his hometown Heerlen. This much-discussed project is transforming the area around the train station into a citadel, thus creating a new connection between the north and south parts of town. Michel is also renowned for his machine-like sculptures.

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Mark Kawakami: There’s something to be said about the unheard voices

When he was asked about why people should come listen to his talk, his response was quite surprising: He said that we should listen to him speak because he is not really an expert in his field. Given that there is already an over-abundance of incredible TED talks by inspiring figures, Mark thinks that it might be interesting if someone completely unqualified was given an opportunity to address the TEDx crowd. After all, if we don’t listen – even to voices that we might not agree with or deem worthy – we might never change our perspective.

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