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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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Roos Vonk: Start making your own choices

Roos Vonk is a professor of social psychology at Radboud University Nijmegen, a published author of several bestseller books, columnist, coach, and educator. In addition, she is dedicated to improving animal welfare and sustainability. She not afraid to speak up for what she believes in, even if this has gotten her into trouble on a few occasions.

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Margo de Kock: Expressing Gratitude

Out of more than 125 pitch applicants Margo’s story was voted as one of the two favourites by the 200 person strong crowd attending the TEDxMaastricht Pitch Night. The curation team of TEDxMaastricht was also very impressed and decided to grant Margo the opportunity to speak on our local TEDxMaastricht stage.

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Rianne Letschert: Conflict and Reconciliation

Typically, victimology deals with ordinary crimes, but Rianne decided to look at it from another perspective. She focuses on the victims of mass human rights infringements, as well as the victims of genocides or attempted genocides. This interest brought her to the four corners of our planet. Conducting research in Congo, Cambodia, Cyprus and the Middle East, she works hard to understand and defend the victims of unrest and conflict.

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Ron Heeren : The New Dawn of Cancer Surgery

The social impact and influence of real-time diagnostics and personalized precision medicine on the future of health care will be immense. Cutting-edge, multi-disciplinary, innovative research, happening right at Maastricht’s doorstep with prof. dr. Heeren as our own ‘Superman’. Clearly, his team at M4I is a force to be reckoned with. No wonder the Province of Limburg has invested millions in M4I as one of two European top institutes in their LINK project (Limburg INvests in her Knowledge economy).

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Arnaud Collery: Real and Raw

Having spent most of the past 20 years working and performing around the world, especially in the US and Asia, the French multitalented innovator, storytelling coach, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and filmmaker says he is “extremely happy” to go back to Europe as a speaker at TEDxMaastricht on 17 October: “Europe is a big deal for me. I am very grateful. People have said it’s one of the best TEDx events around so I hope I can bring my best game and make you proud.”

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Pitch Night 2016 – An Inspiring Evening

A sold out venue, packed with people of all ages and backgrounds came together to listen to 18 speakers pitching their idea they believed was worth sharing. A setup that could have put the competitors in opposite corners, but instead, brought them together. Words of encouragements and smiles that meant more than one could imagine were shared by all, as the ultimate goal, was to lift each other up, not pull each other down.

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TEDxMaastricht 2016 theme: “A matter of perspective : It’s all in the mind”

In 2016, we want to continue with a variation of last year’s theme, creating awareness, a mind-shift, as well as offer practical levers and stepping stones to make individual and immediate change. We will also aim to go beyond! At TEDxMaastricht we believe an opportunity lies in taking our audience by the hand and showing them the “breeding ground or biotope” of the ideas of substance we present on our TEDx stage.

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A matter of perspective… Join us for the Pitch Night!

TEDx Maastricht gives regional talents the opportunity to share their ideas during the main TEDxMaastricht 2016 event happening on Monday 17 October 2016. And what an opportunity that is! Former Pitch Night winner, Anna Verhulst had the chance to give a talk about “The recipe to losing weight” during TEDxMaastricht 2014 and her video of her talk has now hit 270,000+ views on YouTube!

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