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This was TEDxMünster "Zeitenwende"

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The spirit of TED – About TEDxMünster


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler.


ABOUT TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TEDx
TEDxTalks Channel on Youtube


TEDxMünster premiered in May 2013 at „Hassos Halle“. For the first time a team of voluntary organizers had brought the idea of TEDx to Münster onto a regional stage in Westphalia. Ever since the TEDx community in Münster has grown rapidly, with new team members, volunteers, partners and ideas. After 3 unforgettable events at Hassos Halle, Speicherstadt and FH Münster, we will be hosting the event in partnership with the University of Münster at the Castle of Münster for the second time in September 2017.

TEDxMünster flickr stream








„When the world is ever changing,
we need to be ever learning“











TEDxMünster News

Alle Blogbeiträge in der Übersicht hier| All blog posts at a glance right here


  • Innovation hört nie auf

      Wer Sicherheit schaffen möchte, muss immer einen Schritt voraus sein. Und das geht nur, wenn man versucht, vorauszuahnen, auf welche Ideen andere kommen könnten. Die nicos AG aus Münster,… Weiterlesen…

  • Natürliche Werbung

      Die Werbung hat sich ihre Prinzipien in der Natur abgeschaut. Sie versucht, die Aufmerksamkeit zu lenken, auf Dinge hinzuweisen, Wichtiges von Unwichtigem zu trennen. Und das machen auch… Weiterlesen…

  • Chatbots werden Bankberater

      Wie werden wir in zehn Jahren bezahlen? Wird Bargeld dann noch eine Rolle spielen? Was regeln dann Computer? Und welche Aufgaben hat dann noch unser Bankberater? Das alles sind Fragen, mit… Weiterlesen…

  • Ideen können wachsen

      Ohne eine Idee ist ein Hotel nur eine Herberge – zum Schlafen, Frühstücken und Weiterreisen. Mit Idee kann es zu einem Ort werden, der in einer fremden Stadt ein Zuhause wird. Dr. Stefan… Weiterlesen…






 „Der Krieg darf nicht stärker sein als wir.
Wir sind stärker als unsere Realität.“








Speakers & Artists 2017

TEDxMünster 2017 will be shaped by a broad variety of topics and professional backgrounds. On 27 September we will invite 11 outstanding speakers and performers on stage to share their visions and ideas under the of theme of „Zeitenwende“ (turning points). Find out more about our speakers and performing artists on the right.

Nicholas Müller

Six years ago the band Jupiter Jones had their biggest success. The song „Still“ is about the death of the mother of singer Nicholas Müller. Three years later he had to leave the band because of an anxiety disorder, which began on the day of his mother’s funeral. At TEDxMünster, Nicholas Müller will talk about the fears we all have. We are all too anxious, Nicholas says, because of our inability to accept the things we cannot change.” He says: „It is only shit when it is shit.“ | Picture: Philipp Haas

Malumbo Chipofya

In many regions of Africa, land, property lines, and tenure are still unsettled which puts especially nomadic people at risk of losing their way of life. Researching at the University of Münster, Malawian computer scientist Malumbo Chipofya has collaborated on building software that can resolve these issues. However, when he and his colleagues traveled to Kenya to demonstrate their software, they received a surprise: people laughed. And Malumbo Chipofya learned a lot about cultural differences.

Hamed AlHamed

Two years ago, Hamed AlHamed fled with his brother from Syria to Germany. In Syria, he worked as a graphic designer and secondary teacher. In Germany, he does presentations about Syria and his escape to Germany. Meanwhile he says about his life in Germany: “I am safe here, but that doesn’t mean that I am well.” At TEDxMünster, Hamed will talk about a topic that hasn’t yet received a lot of attention: How do refugees feel when they are finally safe in a new environment but the war continues in their heads? And how do they cope with living a normal life again while family and friends back home are still at risk of dying?

Ralf Heller

Companies in Germany spend 30 billion Euros per year on advertising. Most of the messaging doesn’t reach the target consumer, simply because advertising is annoying.
Ralf Heller, CEO of the Freiburger advertsing consultany, Virtual Identity, will point out how the lives of many would be made easier, if companies would only use 5 percent of their advertising budgets in a different way than they are doing today.

Iris Proff

Scientists and companies are working on technologies that can be integrated into our bodies. But do we really want to implant our smartphones into our skin?
Iris Proff would intuitively say: better not. At TEDxMünster, she will explain further. Many technologies of the future will help us with new skills and connect people in new ways that aren’t possible today.

Patrick Richardt

Four years ago, he came to fame with his Indie Hit „Adé Adé“. Intro-Magazin commented „Udo Lindenberg and Jan Plewka are green with jealousy“. And on 27 September, TEDxMünster are honored to have him as a music act on stage and are delighted that Patrick Richardt has accepted. In March, he released a new album. Maybe, you’ve seen him live. He was on tour with Tees Uhlmann‚ Sportfreude Stiller und Kettcar.

Sarai Pahla

When people take the time to understand what autism really means, both sides benefit from it. At the TEDxMünster event, Sarai Pahla tells of her experiences with autism. She grew up in South Africa, but did not receive her diagnoses until much later. Pahla was lucky however because her parents gave her much freedom despite her idiosyncrasies. Now she lives in Düsseldorf and works as a freelance medical translator.

Wieland Stolzenburg

There is nothing that other people can do to help us with bad feelings. When we feel frustrated or are in a bad mood, the issue lies within ourselves, and it completely depends on ourselves to find a solution. At TEDxMünster, Relationship Psychologist, Wieland Stolzenburg advocates the fact that people should take responsibility for their own emotions and become independent from other people´s behaviour.

Anna Stumpf

People often are afraid to go to an opera concert because they feel like they do not belong there socially. Anna Stumpf explains how to work yourself into the special world of opera at the TEDxMünster event. She herself felt restricted and never went to an opera for social reasons until someone finally bought her tickets as a gift. Today, she is a passionate opera connoisseur and even started her own blog, “How to opera”. In this blog she gives an instruction manual to opera novices on how to feel like you belong at the concert. Now Stumpf has been nominated for the Grimme-Online-Award.

Guido Ritter

In the year 2050, there will be approximately 10 billion people living on Earth. How will we be able to feed all of these people? Nutritionist, Guido Ritter projects the idea that we will need to turn to insects as a protein source. As a professor at the higher learning institute at Münster, he has been busy researching and developing an appreciation for incorporating insects into our daily food necessities.

Isabel Heinemann

One of the biggest decisions people have to make in their lives is whether or not to have children. Why do some people decide to have children, while others others choose not to? Historian and Junior Professor Isabel Heinemann, compares why some factors are more important than other for family planning at the TEDxMünster event. At the University of Münster, Heinemann leads research projects on these topics. She lives with her family of four children in Münster.

Past Events

2017 – Zeitenwende

During our most recent event, TEDxMünster invited over 350 guests to the castle of Münster on September 27th 2017. The theme Zeitenwende assembled 10 speakers and artists from different backgrounds talking about change in their respective fields.
Speakers: Nicholas Müller, Guido Ritter, Wieland Stolenzburg, Sarai Pahla, Anna Stumpf, Hamed AlHamed, Iris Proff, Malumbo Chipofya, Ralf Heller and Patrick Richardt (music act).



2016 – (Re)Start

On September 30th 2016, TEDx Münster got even bigger: Some 400 participants listened to 10 talks at Münster Castle following the theme „(Re)Start“. Once more, a broad variety of ideas regarding different topics such as art, urban planning, technology, refugees, economics and design were brought on stage.
Speakers: Svenja Hövelmann, Bea Johnson, Martin Wezowski, Russel E. Perry, Mazen Faraj & Niv Sarig, Carl-A. Fechner, Abdul Abassi & Allaa Faham, Aurelius Thoß, Timo Betz, YQP and Roman Lipsky, Sandro Engel & Amelie Künzler, Abdul Rahman Alashraf. Music Acts: Morina Miconnet, Béranger Gras.



2015 – The Story of Growth

On June 26th 2015, TEDx Münster presented 14 Speakers following the topic „The Story of Growth“ with a wide range of unique stories and ideas that look at topics of growth from a variety of angles. Again, we united a blend of the most different backgrounds on the stage, such as technology, entertainment, education, design or economy.
Speakers: Cornelia Mayer, Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen, Mikael Coltville-Andersen, Felix Oldenburg, Jule Schnakenberg, Kaurna Cronin, Nasanin Bahmani, Martin Moder, Maren Urner, Abbas Adel, Martin Mall, Wassim Zoghlami, Julian Baehr and Aya Chebbi. Music Act: Kaurna Cronin



2014 – Understanding the World

What makes us understand the world in a better way? TEDxMünster „Understanding the World“ took place on May 23rd 2014 at Atrium im Speicher and brought 9 speakers on stage who helped us looking at the world from a different angle.
Speakers: Momal Mushtaq, Sascha Pallenberg, Gilberto Câmara, Florian Dohmann, Maximilian Hoch, Manuel Urbanke, Andreas Huber, Elke Barber and Andreas Gaertner. Music act: Morina Miconnet.



2013 – Changing Perspectives

Ideas worth spreading with a change of perspectives. The first ever TEDxMünster event took place on May 24th 2013 in Hassos Halle, a place as unique as the 7 speakers who entered the stage.
Speakers: Thomas Koch, Mathias Haas, Anna Bakken Rijse, Stephan Ludwig, Thorsten Kambach and Ruppe Koselleck. Music Act: Joni Sheila.
















TEDxMünster Talks







„I discovered the humanity of my enemy.“







Meet the TEDxMünster Team

As a non-profit project TEDxMünster largely benefits from the commitment of an engaged team. We are happy for everyone who likes to support TEDxMünster.

Christoph Salzig

Christoph is the co-organiser, curator and partner manager of TEDxMünster and owner of pr://ip – Primus Inter Pares, a Münster based communication consultancy. He worked as spokesman of BVDW, German Association Of The Digital Economy, has broad experiences in supporting events as a communication expert, curator, moderator or even speaker and is coaching start-up teams and entrepreneurs in all communication matters.

Wiebke Borgers

Wiebke is responsible for the speaker management at TEDx Münster. She is a passionate networker with a strong belief in the power and ingenuity of heterogeneous teams, and loves to think outside the box. After 12 years of press and public relations work for the city of Münster, she’s been working on a self-employed basis since 2010. Dr. Wiebke Borgers – Kommunikation & Beratung consults enterprises and organisations on all communication matters. She is an experienced facilitator and great fan of design thinking.

Ralf Heimann

Ralf is the Chief Storyteller of TEDx Münster. He works as a freelance journalist and he is co-author of the bestseller „Lepra-Gruppe hat sich aufgelöst – Perlen des Lokaljournalismus“. In 2015 the Medium Magazin has chosen him among the ten best german entertainment journalists.

Jin Rhee

Jin supports the speaker and event management at TEDx Münster. She has a vivid personality with a high interest in TEDx talks. After high school she traveled through Australia, attending the TEDx Youth Sydney in the Opera House and the TEDx Maquarie University event, which has further developed her interest and passion in the TEDx model. She loves the inspiring and educating part of TEDx and strongly believes that every individual can make the earth a better place. She´s been studying economics at the University of Münster since 2015.

Julian Baehr

Born and raised in Hamburg, 22-year old Julian moved to Münster a couple of years ago to start his pharmaceutical studies. Inspired by travels to South-Easy Asia, New Zealand and Alaska’s last frontiers Julians developed great fascination for biological diversity and oceanographic science. Fascination but also confrontation with some of the worlds largest ecological disasters led Julian to an idea that he presented at TEDxMünster in 2015. To realize his idea Julian now works on launching his start-up company The Plastic Revolution.

As a huge TED and TEDxMünster fan, Julian got part of the team and helps wherever he is needed. He is TEDxMünster’s co-production manager as well as contact person for social media enquiries.

Ramathulaschi Srimurugan

Rama supports the speaker and event management at TedxMünster. During high school she participated in an exchange program in Australia, where she first got introduced to TED and TEDx talks. Due to the inspiring speeches and the devotion of spreading ideas she started to contribute within the Organisation. She has a high interest in traveling and strongly believes that you can reach any goal when you work hard.

Wolfgang Bruns

Wolfgang is the event manager of TEDx Münster and managing director of conzept3, a Münster based event and public relations agency. He is business administrator for trade fairs, conferences and congresses and control of events for industrial companies, political parties and the entertainment industry since 25 years. „The success of my work is reflected in happy smiling faces.“

Carina Schmid

Carina is the licensee of TEDxMünster. She believes in the power of intercultural encounters as a force of social change and innovation and is involved in various initiatives and organisations. As co-founder and manager of The Global Experience, an international youth media network dedicated to increase the intercultural dialogue, Carina first got in touch with TEDx in 2012 when working with network partners from Egypt and Pakistan who had been TEDx organisers in the past. The idea was born to bring TEDx to Münster and to apply for an official license. Apart from The Global Experience, Carina is a YouTuber, shooting weekly videos for German learning at Easy German. She also co-founded the global video network Easy Languages and the Digital Participation Camp, an annual conference for young digital change makers.  Connect with Carina: www.carisafari.de

Katrin Liebert

Katrin is responsible for the graphic design of TEDx Münster 2017 and owner of the advertising agency www.elemente.ms. She has a broad experience in social innovation design / Transition Design and is trainer and lead coach for Design Thinking, Open Space, BarCamps and Future Conferences. Her main focus is set on social change and innovation, and she loves to support TEDx Münster.

Kai Heddergott

Kai has been co-organiser, curator and executive producer and the all-round talent of TEDxMünster since 2014. He is now acting as Supervisor und Consultant for TEDxMünster. Apart from that, Kai lives and works as a self-empoyed communication consultant in Münster. Having a professional experience of twenty years in several fields of communication & research, he advises institutions and companies how to implement digital communication: By developing strategies, giving lectures or keynotes and individual trainings.

Martin Mall

Martin Mall supports the team with his expertise on- and offstage. He is a speaker and performer, inspiring his guests with inspiring, surprising and contemporary impulse actions and lectures. He draws on a 20-year-long, internationally acclaimed stage career. In 2015 he spoke at TEDxMuenster and returned on stage in 2016. And just as last year he will put his focus on the „E“ of TED – surprise guaranteed…







































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