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TEDxMünster 2015

The Story of Growth

Thank you for being there!

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.

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TEDxMünster premiered in May 2013 at the unforgotten location „Hassos Halle“ (which was in fact demolished the day after). For the first time a team of voluntary organizers brought the idea of TEDx to Münster on a regional stage in Westphalia. A year later the second run, presenting nine speakers in May 2014, was themed „Understanding the World“. According to the mission of TED and TEDx, TEDxMünster aims at bringing together people from various areas of entertainment, education, design and business to exchange and to spread innovative ideas.
Looking forward to June 2015, the team of TEDxMünster currently prepares it’s third event under the title „The Story of Growth“ to happen in Münster on 26 June 2015. Stay tuned for more updates to be announced soon…

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„I felt like I had grown wings on my feet
and there was no way no one
could ever stop me.“












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.



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.



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







 „The question is:
How can science make politicans act?“









Our next event is currently planned for September 30th 2016 in the Castle of Münster. More information coming soon…

The Castle of Münster

© Dietmar Rabich, rabich.de, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

How to get there

Thank you all for being part of TEDxMünster „The Story of Growth“.
We had an amazing event and invite you to recall The Story of Growth through our YouTube playlist.

Stay tuned for TEDxMünster to be back in September 2016. Further information will follow in April 2016.

Speakers 2015

Meet the TEDxMünster 2015 Speakers

TEDxMünster 2015 contained a broad variety of topics and ideas worth spreading. Under the of theme „The Story of Growth“ we invited you to listen to fascinating stories and outstanding performances. Find out more about our speakers and performing artists on the right.


Wassim Zoghlami

Wassim Zoghlami is a Tunisian Computer Engineering Senior focussing on Business Intelligence and ERP with a passion for data science, software life cycle and UX. Wassim is also an award winning serial entrepreneur working on startups in healthcare and prevention solutions in both Tunisia and The United States.
During the past years Wassim has been working on different projects and campaigns about using data driven technology to help people working to uphold human rights and to promote civic engagement and culture across Tunisia and the MENA region. He is also the co-founder of the Tunisian Center for Civic Engagement, a strong advocate for open access to research, open data and open educational resources and one of the Global Shapers in Tunis.
At TEDxMünster Wassim will talk about public social media data mining for counter-terrorism and his project idea DataShield.


Julian Baehr

Born and raised in Hamburg, 21-year old Julian moved to Münster a couple of years ago to start his pharmaceutical studies. At early age, Julian already started to get more and more fascinated by natural phenomenons, biological diversity and oceanographic science. 2010 he spent six months in New Zealand and South-Easy Asia. However, during a diving trip in Thailand he got confronted with some of the worlds largest ecological disasters, the environmental plastic pollution. Back in Germany, inspired by “The OceanCleanUp”-founder Boyan Slat and his TEDx talk in Delft, Julian started his reseach on the impact of our society’s plastic pollution with focus on micro plastics.

At TEDxMünster Julian will talk about the pharmaceutical usage of conventional plastics, about its impact on the environment and a new idea to avoid microplastics in cosmetics in the future.


Jule Schnakenberg

Jule Schnakenberg is a 17 year old environmental activist from Hamburg. In 2009, at the age of 11, Jule joined Plant-for-the-Planet, a youth organization the has planted more than 14 billion trees around the world. Over 30,000 ambassadors promote climate justice and a more sustainable future at about 500 academies.
Today Jule is Climate Justice Ambassador for Germany and Member of the Youth Council of Plant-for-the-Planet. Together with her team, Jule has organized special academies in order to to empower children to raise awareness for the need of sustainability. Jule is an active supporter of the campaign “We want to vote”, which supports the right to vote for underage youth.
Jule was awarded with the “Hamburg Social Oscar” in 2013 and also honoured by the government of Hamburg for the patronage of the Hamburg climate week in 2013 and 2014 and her involvement in the school community. Though full-time-student she is speaking nationwide in order to promote sustainability at companies, as well as in front of politicians and fellow NGOs. At TEDxMünster Jule will show how it is possible to empower people while still growing up.


Aya Chebbi

Aya Chebbi is an award winning Pan-African Tunisian blogger and activist. She is the founder and chair of the African Youth Movement and the co-founder of the Voice of Women Initiative. She previously worked at the refugee camps during Libya’s civil war, at Bureau de Cooperation Tunisie-Denmark on youth development projects in Tunis, and at the Carter Center monitoring 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections, in Cairo. However, she was blacklisted and banned from entering Egypt since march 2014.
Aya has travelled to over 20 African countries working with young people especially women groups and represented Africa internationally for the past four years. She produced a documentary called “Kenya’s conscious transformation” as part of Africa Inspire Project that aims at changing the negative narrative about Africa and highlighting the role of youth and women in peacebuilding.
At TEDxMünster Aya will talk about the role of the youth in her country Tunisia and how the African youth is growing a common identity.


Felix Oldenburg

Felix Oldenburg is one of the pioneers for social entrepreneurship, social innovation and bottom up ideas in Europe. Ranked for the third time in Germany’s „40 under 40“ list, he is a BMW Responsible Leader, member of the Baden-Baden CEO Conference, and recipient of the German PR Award 2007. He started an internet company before he graduated in Philosophy (Bonn, Tübingen, Oxford) and Policy Management (Georgetown). He worked with McKinsey&Company in London, and later led a series of large scale citizen participation projects across Europe, before joining Ashoka as Germany director in 2009.
In his TEDx talk, Felix argues that power is shifting from the top down to the bottom up. Never before there have been more people with more time, better education, health, mobility and connectivity. Social entrepreneurs are at the cusp of this transformation. And silently, they have pioneered some of the largest market changes of the last decade. From Wikipedia to Couchsurfing, mobile banking to peer to peer credit, Slow Food to Fair Trade and open education, the rules of the game seem to be changing from attracting capital to attracting changemakers – and rapidly. Soon, the competitiveness of any organisation may be measured by the number and density of people launching ideas for the good of all.


Maren Urner

Neuroscientist Maren Urner arrived in Münster after her scientific career brought her from Osnabrück, to Kanada, to the Netherlands and to London. Fascinated by the complexity and plasticity of the human brain she investigated human awareness and consciousness. However, leaving the lab in the evening she started to feel bombarded by the “real world problems” like inequality, climate change and environmental destruction. The little word “why?” kept on nagging her – and she left an academic career to start from scratch. She is the co-founder of the new online medium and social enterprise “Positive Daily” that focuses on future-oriented topics using solutions journalism. Together with her colleagues and an international network of supporters she wants to bring constructive journalism to the forefront, empowering people to see their potential and possible influence. Even for a somewhat pessimistic person, it is pretty rewarding to team up with like-minded people to grow a small idea into something great.
At TEDx Münster Maren will talk about the connection of neuroscience, habits, solutions journalism with a forward-looking perspective and the last chance humanity has.


Martin Mall

Martin Mall’s passions are ideas inspired by gravity. As an award-winning professional performer who specializes in juggling, he has brought his shows to stages all around the world, from New York to Paris, from Greenland to China. Constantly looking for new ways to develop special moments and combine various art forms has led to collaborations with classical musicians, laser designers and other creative minds. He doesn’t just juggle objects but also himself and others in the air – he is an experienced skydiver with over 2,000 jumps, a longtime member in various „big way formation“ teams and a participant in last year’s national world record of 214 jumpers. He combines his knowledge about juggling and skydiving, showing how being successful in these fields requires and teaches valuable lessons about teamwork and strategic thinking. At TEDxMuenster Martin will speak
about those strategies and provide an inside view into big way skydiving and a special story of growth.


Martin Moder

His passion for communicating research made him the first European Science Slam champion. Martin Moder is a Molecular Biologist and science blogger. His research focuses on human disease and how cells can repair themselves. When examining brain tumor development in fruit flies, he realized that modern achievements strongly depend on seemingly trivial discoveries that appeared to have little practical value in the beginning. Why was his cancer research enabled by people interested in jellyfish? How did an inconspicuous experiment, performed by a former bookbinder at Christmas lectures in the 18th century, help him share his thought more efficiently?

At TEDxMünster, Martin will talk about how progress fundamentally depends on people who know exactly what they are doing without really knowing why. (Photo: Regina Courtier)


Nasanin Bahmani

Nasanin Bahmani studied political science, showing particularly keen interest in the fields of data protection and security policy, before working for the German Foreign Chamber of Commerce in Teheran and Algiers for several years. During this time she experienced both „Twitter revolutions“ – the Green Revolution and the Arab Spring – which motivated her to become a self-employed data security consultant.
She is a member of the Teletrust Working Group „IT Security made in Germany“ and provides solutions from Germany without backdoors for foreign intelligence services.
Nasanin Bahmani is a great advocator of digital education for primary and comprehensive school pupils; she has founded a project which will include teaching digital subjects in a preschool, primary school and comprehensive school as of September, in order to develop a curriculum and motivate the city of Münster and the whole North Rhine-Westphalia region to provide pupils with digital education. At TEDxMünster Nasanin will speak about how to grow up children in a digital world.


Cornelia Mayer

Born and raised in Austria, Cornelia Mayer studied social work and is today working in child welfare services as well as a freelancer for a network connecting professionals working with children and families. In 2012 Cornelia took a half year off and traveled the world. Experiences during that travel laid the foundation for her own award winning social start-up: Topfreisen is a social & culinary journey that connects refugees with local communities in Austria through the art of cooking.
At Topfreisen r
efugees cook food from their home countries to cater local events and companies. While customers get on a journey of their palate – to places, they will probably never visit in real life – the project at the same time directly raises awareness and support for refugees in Austria.
At TEDxMünster Cornelia will talk about her fascinating journey with Topfreisen and the story of how to grow an idea worth spreading into a social business.


Raúl Aguayo-Krauthausen

Born in Peru with a zest for action, Raúl Krauthausen grew up in Berlin and later studied Design Thinking. He created a campaign for the Right Livelihood Award (Alternative Nobel Prize) and hosted a call-in radio show for people in crisis situations. Those conversations with his listeners, dealing with poverty, abuse and loneliness, made a lasting impression on him. In reaction to this experience, the idea to create the SOZIALHELDEN with a group of friends was born.
The organisation, which is a social enterprise consisting of a group of extraordinary changemakers and creative activists, has reaped many prizes for its highly successful projects, such as „Pfandtastisch helfen!“, which enables supermarket customers to donate bottle return receipts to social projects.
Raúl also founded the platform Wheelmap.org, a crowdsourced interactive map with information on wheelchair accessibility in local stores. One of his latest projects is Leidmedien.de, an online platform and workshop series for journalists that strives to bring about a more balanced and non-discriminatory portrayal of people with disabilities in the media. In April 2013 Raúl was awarded the Cross of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the German President.
At TEDxMünster Raúl will talk about the 10 most popular myths about inclusion and discusses on how inclusion will help a divided society to grow back together.Photo ©: Christian Mayer / bwhw 2014


Abbas Adel

Abbas Adel is an award winning social entrepreneur from Egypt who is involved in various digital initiatives that evolved around the Arab Spring. Amongst others Abbas has founded the political transparency tools MorsiMeter.com and GlobalMeter.org, the anti-corruption initiative Zabatak.com and the MUFIX student community. As a senior software engineer Abbas has worked for several major telecom operators in Egypt, before moving to Spain and eventually to Münster in March 2014 for an international masters degree program.
At TEDxMünster Abbas will talk about the aftermath of the Arab Spring and the role of the youth when it comes to regrowing capacities for social change.


Mikael Colville-Andersen

The Danish-Canadian urban designer and urban mobility expert works with cities and governments around the world. His assignment is to develop urban regions by being more bicycle friendly. Mikael coined the phrase „Copenhagenize“, which now stands for the concept in urban planning and design with the purpose of encouraging cycling. At TEDxMünster 2015, his talk will be about „The bicycle’s role in the growth of the life-sized city“ – one can not think of a talk more suitable being held in Germany’s bike capital Münster. (Photo: Michał Beim)


Kaurna Cronin

With promises of a capturing and energetic Australian folk performance Kaurna was awarded Best Acoustic Act at the Fowlers Live Music Awards and the prestigious APRA-AMCOS Emily Burrows Award in late 2014. At just 22, Kaurna Cronin has performed alongside Keith Urban and gone on to grace the stage at Australia’s Festival Of The Sun, Gorgeous Festival, Germany’s StadtFest & Breminale, two previous international tours while also recently performing 50+ dates throughout Europe on his 2014 International tour. His much anticipated Debut Album „Glass Fool“ is scheduled for release in June-2015 with national and international tours to follow. At TEDxMünster, Kaurna will perform as a musician and speaker as well.















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„The problem with seeing each other
as substantially different is that we
stop thinking that we are all the same.“







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.

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Carina Schmid

Carina is the licensee, lead organizer and curator 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 organizations. 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 organizers 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 also co-founded the global video project Easy Languages and the Digital Participation Camp, an annual conference for young digital change makers. Connect with Carina: www.carisafari.de

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Isabell Schmid

Isabell is TEDxMünster’s event manager! As a professional event and project manager, currently working with the German Research Platform for Zoonoses at the University of Münster, Isabell is experienced in the management of health care, trade fair as well as non profit events. She is also the founder of Street Sounds, a project that aims to expose talented street musicians to an international audience through online video reporting.

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Christoph Salzig

Christoph is the curator and communications 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.


Kai Heddergott

Kai is the executive producer and all-round talent of TEDxMünster. Apart from TEDxMünster, 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 communication 2.0: By developing strategies, giving lectures or keynotes and individual trainings.

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Djure Meinen

Djure Meinen is the Social Media Manager of TEDx Münster. He is a Blogger Relations Specialist  lives at the coast in Varel (Jadebusen) and works in Hamburg, Berlin, Münster and elsewhere. The economist made a career in the media monitoring business, started blogging in 2005 and built a substantial network in the blogosphere ever since. With his work he supports agencies and brands to built sustainable relationships with bloggers and influencers in social media.
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Wiebke Borgers

Wiebke supports 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.


Erik Pellemeier

Erik is responsible for partners & sponsors and cares about their involvement in this event. As a managemnt consultant and partner at VALCON group (http://valcon-group.eu) he has a background from telecoms and related industries. He works on topics focusing disruptive technologies, which enable new services and change entire branches. His passion is the automotive industry and the influence of mobility & connectivity on how we will drive and travel in 5 or 10 years.


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.

















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