TEDxAmsterdam 2009

  • November 20, 2009
  • Amsterdam

Speakers

Hans Aarsman

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The mysterious ways of beauty in photography: Surprising, insightful and at times hilarious, Aarsman shows different concepts of beauty in photography, and suggests that the only real photographic beauty is to be found in pictures that were made without such a goal in mind.

The mysterious ways of beauty in photography: Surprising, insightful and at times hilarious, Aarsman shows different concepts of beauty in photography, and suggests that the only real photographic beauty is to be found in pictures that were made without such a goal in mind.

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Nico Baken

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Holons and Holarchies, Complex Networks Unravelling the Origin of Knowledge and Culture: In his talk, Baken explores the knowledge we can gain by observing networks and networks characteristics, knowing that all logical entities, holons, can be... More

Holons and Holarchies, Complex Networks Unravelling the Origin of Knowledge and Culture: In his talk, Baken explores the knowledge we can gain by observing networks and networks characteristics, knowing that all logical entities, holons, can be organized in networks. What if we transfer this knowledge and mechanisms from one network domain to another? Not sure what a holon is? You are one, and so are we ? listen to this talk to get an idea what that means!

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Claire Boonstra

Layar
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Layar: A tech demo of a new 3D application.

Layar: A tech demo of a new 3D application.

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Emma Bruns

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Melody memories: Why don't we memorize important procedures with music?

Melody memories: Why don't we memorize important procedures with music?

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Alexander Bucksch

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3DRange: At TEdxAmsterdam, scientist Alexander Bucksch and designer Daniel Berio explored a different use of 3D video.

3DRange: At TEdxAmsterdam, scientist Alexander Bucksch and designer Daniel Berio explored a different use of 3D video.

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Gary Carter

Fremantle
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Learning to kiss: Viewing the world from two very different angles: first, from the perspective of FremantleMedia, a world of target audiences and formats, "universal" stories and a search for the greatest common denominator; but then, in a move that... More

Learning to kiss: Viewing the world from two very different angles: first, from the perspective of FremantleMedia, a world of target audiences and formats, "universal" stories and a search for the greatest common denominator; but then, in a move that surprised many in the audience, he turned to his own family and the world of his son.

He showed how different his son's world is, how the views and interpretations of that world differ too, and how wide the range of human experience can be. Carter concluded that our differences are actually what matter most.

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Tony Di Santo

Programming and Development MTV
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Telling stories in a digital age

Telling stories in a digital age

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Marcel Dicke

Ecological entomologist
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Why not eat insects?: In this TEDxAmsterdam talk, Prof. Dicke explains why we should all eat insects. His surprising talk was followed by the serving of some delicious snacks...

Why not eat insects?: In this TEDxAmsterdam talk, Prof. Dicke explains why we should all eat insects. His surprising talk was followed by the serving of some delicious snacks...

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Robbert Dijkgraaf

Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
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The Unknown Universe: In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he showed us how we now know how much we do not know.

The Unknown Universe: In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he showed us how we now know how much we do not know.

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Karsu Dönmez

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Karsu, together with violinist Muge Alpay, contributed some wonderful songs to TEDxAmsterdam. In the video above she sings “I’ll leave alone”, followed by the Turkish song “‘Cok Uzaklarda”

Karsu, together with violinist Muge Alpay, contributed some wonderful songs to TEDxAmsterdam. In the video above she sings “I’ll leave alone”, followed by the Turkish song “‘Cok Uzaklarda”

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Jan Donner

the Royal Tropical Institute
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The Royal Tropical Institute: TEDxAmsterdam took place on November 20, in the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. The Royal Tropical Institute aims to contribute to sustainable economic development, health, poverty alleviation, sharing knowledge,... More

The Royal Tropical Institute: TEDxAmsterdam took place on November 20, in the Royal Tropical Institute in Amsterdam. The Royal Tropical Institute aims to contribute to sustainable economic development, health, poverty alleviation, sharing knowledge, cultural preservation and cultural exchange. The Institute?s President Jan Donner explains.

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Gernout Erens

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Wattcher: The Wattcher is a product that displays the electricity consumption in the home allowing you to monitor and curb energy use.

Wattcher: The Wattcher is a product that displays the electricity consumption in the home allowing you to monitor and curb energy use.

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Jacob Gelt Dekker

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The search for the pot of gold: Gelt Dekker surprised the TEDxAmsterdam audience with a story about heroes in history that stood up for their ideas, and even died for them. He asked the audience to look within to find the true gold:

"If you're... More

The search for the pot of gold: Gelt Dekker surprised the TEDxAmsterdam audience with a story about heroes in history that stood up for their ideas, and even died for them. He asked the audience to look within to find the true gold:

"If you're looking to me as a guru to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. I am not. You won't find it in religion either. You won't find it in politics. Not me, or anybody on this stage is going to do it for you. The only person who can do it for you, is you. The pot of gold that you can reach is within you. The only person standing in your way is you. You create your own demons, your own fear."

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Bruno Giussani

European director, TED
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TED and spreading ideas: In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, Giussani discusses TED and its wide range of activities, and showed how TED's motto of "Ideas worth spreading" works out in practice. His talk includes a presentation of the TEDx program, as well as... More

TED and spreading ideas: In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, Giussani discusses TED and its wide range of activities, and showed how TED's motto of "Ideas worth spreading" works out in practice. His talk includes a presentation of the TEDx program, as well as the TED Open Translation project and the launch of the Charter for Compassion.

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Bjarke Ingels

Architect
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Yes is More: In his talk, Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature - they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy, and creating stunning views.

Yes is More: In his talk, Bjarke Ingels rockets through photo/video-mingled stories of his eco-flashy designs. His buildings not only look like nature - they act like nature: blocking the wind, collecting solar energy, and creating stunning views.

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Mark Kamau

Nairobits
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Intelligent engagement: Calling himself the "Slumdog Manager", Kamau gives an inspiring talk on his journey out of the slums of Kenya and the future of African aid. He suggests that the way in which he had been helped could serve as an example:... More

Intelligent engagement: Calling himself the "Slumdog Manager", Kamau gives an inspiring talk on his journey out of the slums of Kenya and the future of African aid. He suggests that the way in which he had been helped could serve as an example: Africa needs intelligent engagement over aid, he said. His simple and powerful speech earned a standing ovation.

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Kevin Kelly

Digital visionary
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What technology wants: What does technology mean in our lives? Kevin Kelly presents a new definition of technology: "anything useful invented by a mind" - whether it be a hammer or the rule of law. So technology is more than gadgets; it's part of a... More

What technology wants: What does technology mean in our lives? Kevin Kelly presents a new definition of technology: "anything useful invented by a mind" - whether it be a hammer or the rule of law. So technology is more than gadgets; it's part of a great story that started long ago, an extension of life and it is moving through us.

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Gerhard Knies

DESERTEC
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Deserts as energy source: In his TEDxAmsterdam talk Knies explains the concept and shows that the idea is realistic.

Deserts as energy source: In his TEDxAmsterdam talk Knies explains the concept and shows that the idea is realistic.

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Christien Meindertsma

Artist
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PIG 05049: Christien Meindertsma's fascinating talk at TEDxAmsterdam is based on her book documenting an astounding array of products with different parts of an anonymous pig called PIG 05049.

Meindertsma reveals the lines between raw materials... More

PIG 05049: Christien Meindertsma's fascinating talk at TEDxAmsterdam is based on her book documenting an astounding array of products with different parts of an anonymous pig called PIG 05049.

Meindertsma reveals the lines between raw materials and producers, products and consumers that have become so invisible in an increasingly globalized world. The findings of her research came as a complete surprise to almost everyone in the audience.

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Wubbo Ockels

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Time and gravity: In his mind-bending TEDxAmsterdam talk, Ockels explains how "time" is created by human beings, as a way our brains can make sense of gravity. The speed of light is constant, because it is made by us: it's the clock by which we have... More

Time and gravity: In his mind-bending TEDxAmsterdam talk, Ockels explains how "time" is created by human beings, as a way our brains can make sense of gravity. The speed of light is constant, because it is made by us: it's the clock by which we have calibrated our existence. Based on this premise, Ockels proposes a new way to explore life in our galaxy.

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Gaston Peer

Architect
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Icon Beach

Icon Beach

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Danny Plass

University of Twente
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Alpha World of Warcraft: aWoW (Alpha World of Warcraft) is an application that extracts your state of mind and applies this information in the actual game. By means of relaxing or agitating yourself you are able to control the shape of your character... More

Alpha World of Warcraft: aWoW (Alpha World of Warcraft) is an application that extracts your state of mind and applies this information in the actual game. By means of relaxing or agitating yourself you are able to control the shape of your character in World of Warcraft, you will change from elf to bear depending on what is measured on your head.

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Rafaël Redczus

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yellowBird: Redczus explained the technology. and they also made a 3D movie of TEDxAmsterdam. The result can be seen below – in it you see Redczus on stage followed by an impression of the event, and a few moments of the musical performance by composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven.

yellowBird: Redczus explained the technology. and they also made a 3D movie of TEDxAmsterdam. The result can be seen below – in it you see Redczus on stage followed by an impression of the event, and a few moments of the musical performance by composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven.

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Awraham Soetendorp

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Compassion: In this brief talk he recalls the moment in 1943 when the Gestapo and the Dutch police came to his home, and proceeded to stress his belief in the goodness of people: "Compassion opens the heart, and when the heart is open it propels to hope."

Compassion: In this brief talk he recalls the moment in 1943 when the Gestapo and the Dutch police came to his home, and proceeded to stress his belief in the goodness of people: "Compassion opens the heart, and when the heart is open it propels to hope."

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Frans Timmermans

Minister for European Affairs
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Be like Jack Sparrow: Embrace your fears: After the opening words, TEDxAmsterdam was kicked off by Minister of European Affairs, Mr Frans Timmermans. His passionate talk underlined the necessity to confront our fears and work on finding solutions... More

Be like Jack Sparrow: Embrace your fears: After the opening words, TEDxAmsterdam was kicked off by Minister of European Affairs, Mr Frans Timmermans. His passionate talk underlined the necessity to confront our fears and work on finding solutions that fit our society. It was a beautiful start of a special day.

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Merlijn Twaalfhoven

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Reconnecting art and life: In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he suggests that art needs to be reconnected to society to open the art world for new audiences.

Reconnecting art and life: In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he suggests that art needs to be reconnected to society to open the art world for new audiences.

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Mabel van Oranje

The Elders
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Change: In a passionate talk Princess Mabel van Oranje discussed the various conditions to achieve change: "What you need is to believe that the impossible is possible.... but in order to ignite change, I know from experience, you often have to take two steps forward, one step back."

Change: In a passionate talk Princess Mabel van Oranje discussed the various conditions to achieve change: "What you need is to believe that the impossible is possible.... but in order to ignite change, I know from experience, you often have to take two steps forward, one step back."

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Louise Vet

Netherlands Institute of Ecology
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The marriage between economy and ecology: In her TEDxAmsterdam talk, she gives various examples of ways in which economy and ecology can work together, and she highlights the pioneering work being done on the new headquarters of the NIOO: a place... More

The marriage between economy and ecology: In her TEDxAmsterdam talk, she gives various examples of ways in which economy and ecology can work together, and she highlights the pioneering work being done on the new headquarters of the NIOO: a place where everyone is invited to come use the toilets?

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Bobby Voeten

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TEDxAmsterdam 2009 is part of the TEDx series of events.

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