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.
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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TEDxMünster is back in 2015 to surprise you with a broad variety of topics and ideas worth spreading. Under the of theme “The Story of Growth” we invite you to listen to fascinating stories and outstanding performances. Find out more about our speakers and performing artists on the right.
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 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.
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 refugees 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
Carina is the licensee 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 international video project Easy Languages and the Digital Participation Camp, an annual conference for young digital change makers. Connect with Carina: www.carisafari.de
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.
Christoph is the curator and partners 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 is the communications manager 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.