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26. Juni 2015


The Story of Growth

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
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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

TEDx Münster will be back on June 26th 2015! “The Story of Growth” focusses unique stories and ideas that look at topics of growth from a variety of angles. Again, we are looking forward to invite speakers that will unite a blend of the most different backgrounds on the stage, such as technology, entertainment, education, design or economy. The event is planned to start at 2 p.m. Location, speakers and ticket details to be announced soon.






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








The Story of Growth

Date: TEDxMünster 2015 | June 26th 2015 | 14.00 – 19.00 h
Location: Münster University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design

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Speakers 2015

Meet the TEDxMünster 2015 Speakers

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.


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.
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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.


Carina Schmid

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 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.


Christoph Salzig

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 Heddergott

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.

















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