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Illac Diaz: Light in a Bottle

Illac Diaz is a former corporate executive who has since gone on to establish several foundations that provide sustainable solutions to societal problems. He is the executive director of MyShelter Foundation, a non-profit organization which has been engaged in improving the lives of many Filipinos through the creation of sustainable solutions by using recycled materials for the building of clinics and classrooms in rural areas.

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Music: Rachèl Louise

She moved to Los Angeles when she was 17, to attend the Musicians Institute for Vocals. After three Californian years, she returned to her Dutch roots and released her debut album here in 2012. Dutch-American singer-songwriter Rachèl Louise won the ‘Utrecht Popprijs’ and was named ‘Serious Talent’ by national radio station 3FM.

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Music: Camiel Meiresonne

You might not know his name, but if we tell you that Camiel Meiresonne is the lead singer of the band Son Mieux, that might ring a bell. The band performed among other venues and festivals at Where the Wild Things are and Paaspop. They also toured together with DI-RECT, The Brahms, Mister and Mississippi, and HAEVN.

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Shannon Thrace: The complexity of a transgender experience

When she is asked to describe herself, it immediately becomes clear that Shannon Thrace is a big lover of life, though life hasn’t always been easy on her. She’s a grad student, writer, IT professional and devotee of farm-to-table restaurants, summer festivals, all-night conversations and formidable philosophy texts. Also she’s passionate about unplugging, getting outside and seeing the world.

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Lisa Hu: Designing solutions for societal issues

Lisa Hu graduated in 2014 from Design Academy Eindhoven – department Man and Leisure. She’s been a social designer ever since. Lisa believes in designing solutions for these issues, whilst including the people concerned from start to finish. She thinks the awareness about this already starts with kids at school. Which is why she designed a citizenship game, enabling them to discuss societal issues and explore their own stance.

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Stefaan De Wildeman: The Plastic Top-10 Hitlist

Stefaan de Wildeman knows better than anyone how disastrous the impact of the present generation of fossil-based plastics is on the environment. As group leader New Biobased Building Blocks at the University of Maastricht, he tries to bring about a social change in which the world will be based on innovations towards sustainable products and habits.

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Edith Bosch: How to live a happier life

She describes herself as an energetic, sweet and brave woman who sees life as a never ending discovery and who will face every challenge that comes across to make the most out of every situation. As a former judoka, Dutch Champion, European Champion and World Champion she proves no challenge is too big for her. But has she always been happy?

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TEDxMaastricht 2017 theme: The process of Inception

For us, inception also means the beginning of undertaking a new (ad)venture and taking action. Even though you may think you cannot change anything as an individual, we’d like to invite you to join our community. Anyone of us can ‘be a changing factor in the world’: small actions matter.

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