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Every system has rules and values. Rules to obey. Values to follow.
We all value fairness, friendship, compassion and courage. And we apply rules to these values to live a social, creative and memorable life.
But in a world of high-speed innovations and technological progress our values shift. New rules apply and we ask ourselves the question: How to behave in this new era?
This invitation-only event is independently organized under TED license and will challenge you to think differently, share ideas and broaden your horizon.
Are you social, open, helpful, independent, anti or pro enough? How do you value your values? And what about the new rules? Do you break them or conform to them? Or do you redefine the rules and create your own new system?
TEDxUtrecht will be presenting people who chose their own path and did not conform to the norm, but created their own rules that helped them create earth shifting organizations, ideas or products.
Discuss the changing behavior of a new world at TEDxUtrecht.
Be there! And you’d better behave...
Host of TEDxUtrecht 2014
Bas has been an entrepreneur since he was 16: he is co-founder of Wefilm, the Netherlands' most awarded film production house in 2013. Heineken, Samsung and KPN are among his clientele. Wefilm focuses on relevant & engaging films that have a pull character. Bas also works as a guest lecturer and public speaker on the topic of engaging film.
CEO Red Monkey Company
As the CEO of Red Monkey Company and author of 'My Organisation is a Jungle', Jef Staes’ mission is to challenge CEO’s and managers to take a renewed perspective on the role of organizational culture in innovation and change. His use of striking metaphors have led to many eye-opening moments: “My mission is to awaken organizations”.
Product designer & director UX Opower
Deena Rosen is a product designer with a speciality in influencing behavior to benefit society. Deena spent 15 years designing technology and software across multiple industries before becoming the director of the User Experience (UX) team at Opower. She leads the design of products that nudge people to use less energy.
Matt Wallaert is a social psychologist who works at the intersection of behavior change and business. After two successful startups he joined Microsoft and created the Bing for Schools program, which works to promote digital literacy through a combination of hardware, teaching guides & school environments.
Entrepreneur & brand specialist
Dr. Roland van der Vorst is entrepreneur and thinker, based in Singapore. He wrote books about curiosity (2007) and hope (2009). In his most recent book 'The Camouflage Effect' he investigates how great product and marketing ideas emerge from the reconciliation of opposites. Roland is also a weekly columnist for Het Financieel Dagblad (Dutch financial newspaper).
Applied game consultant & researcher
Ellis is an applied game consultant with the mission to build bridges between science and the game industry. She had a 10-year partnership with Laika.nl as a designer of educational games, and is currently researching the use of gaming as a medium and tool in education, health and daily social life.
Founder of Social Enterprise NL
Willemijn Verloop is the founder of WarChild, founder and director of Social Enterprise NL and a visionaire extraordinaire. She believes social entrepreneurship can have a major impact on solving societal challenges concerning health, poverty and climate. Her mission is to make the world a better place by doing business.
Scientist and persuasive technology designer
Sandra Y Richter is a marketing scientist at MIT and persuasive technology designer, specifically focusing on the urban landscape. She investigates how persuasion profiling can lead to a more sustainable way of personal transportation, and FastCompany named her one of the '100 Most Creative People in Business'.
Internet entrepreneur, columnist, commentator
Andrew Keen is an Anglo-American entrepreneur, columnist for CNN, public speaker and the author of the international hits 'Cult of the Amateur' and 'Digital Vertigo'. He is known for his sharp and controversial critiques on Web 2.0's online communities and the influence of the Internet on modern business, education and society.
Gerbrand van Melle is a graphic designer from Utrecht. His work is defined by a strong emphasis on typographic experimentation and a creative view on interactive design. Major clients included Utrecht University, SRON and music venue Tivoli. He founded his own design agency and is currently lecturing at AUT University, New Zealand.
Co-founder Ultimaking ltd.
Siert Wijnia is a creative engineer and the co-founder of Ultimaking ltd. The Ultimaker is an open source 3D printer that aims to make personal 3D printing a better experience, accessible to everyone. Siert wants to make the Internet physical again by ‘changing bits into products, to close the loop of connecting people’.
Sociologist & pioneer in happiness studies
Ruut Veenhoven is a sociologist and pioneer in research in the field of human happiness and positive psychology. Veenhoven is founding director of the World Database of Happiness and founding editor of the Journal of Happiness Studies. He lectures at the Erasmus University Rotterdam and North-West University in South Africa.
Kitso is a masters student at the faculty of Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology. He leads the Dutch UAS (Unmanned Aerial Solutions) team, that is building an unmanned aircraft for the global Wildlife Conservation Challenge. The goal is to create a vehicle that can support the rangers in South Africa’s Kruger Park in tracking down poachers.
Founding director of EGBG & procedural artist
Martijn is founding director of EGBG (Engelbregt Data Management Group), a creative project organization that aims to enhance the world’s social sustainability. People’s freedom is a big theme in his work: most of it is designed to expose bureaucratic structures. Martijn’s projects often contain an interactive element and take place outside official art circuits.
Young and ambitious people
This year, the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht and Studium Generale HU present young and ambitious people the chance to earn themselves a slot at TEDxUtrecht. Eight inspired participants will present their talk at the TalentStage event on March 27th, where a jury will decide who will be part of the official speaker line-up!
More speakers soon to be announced...
Yes. Be that social person society wants you to be. Be on Facebook, be on that party, wear that beard, have that plan and have that job. If you are social enough, all will be cool.
But what if more ‘social’ does not bring you any further and you decide to no longer conform to the norm and create your own community? Full speed ahead with your own idea of being social. What will happen?
The best place to park is at car park Kruisstraat or car park Grifthoek.
Are you traveling by public transport? Take bus 5, 8 or 28 from Utrecht Central Station and exit at the Lucasbrug stop.
TEDxUtrecht is an invitation only event. If you think that you really need to BE THERE, please let us know why!
From the applications we will select a diverse mix of people to generate the energy, interest and discussions that are the trademarks of TEDxUtrecht. If you are chosen, you will receive an email with payment instructions (the fee for TEDxUtrecht is 80 euro).
Or (re-)experience the atmosphere of the last TEDxUtrecht event in the photos and videos below.
Yes. Be that brave person and break with the rules that are set for you. Be the ‘no’ guy. Be pro in an anti way. Be ‘your way or the highway’. Avoid the grey areas and create your own colorful world.
Or is it wiser to stick to the path, assuming this main road will bring you faster to your goal?
TEDx Utrecht 2014 stages people who made clear choices on their route. Get inspired and prepare for bravery. For a glorious future.
In the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
Our event is called TEDxUtrecht, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUtrecht event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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