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TEDx Münster 2019 – Future to Go

12 October 2019 , Theatre, Münster

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











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 then, TEDx community in Münster has grown rapidly, with new team members, volunteers, partners and ideas. After 5 unforgettable events at Hassos Halle, Speicherstadt, FH Münster and the Castle of Münster with the University, we will be expanding and hosting the sixth TEDxMünster in the Theatre for over 800 people.

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18:00 SESSION 1
  • Dorothée Loorbach
  • Marian Grau
  • Atilla Gum / Natalie Deewan (with sign language interpreter Sheyla Perez)
  • Thabet Azzawi (music)
  • Martin Mall (break game)
20:00 SESSION 2
  • Martin Mall: “Typewriter”
  • Anas Alhakim
  • Christian Weinheimer
  • Nora Hespers / Stephanie Borgert
  • Campbell Wilson
21:55 SESSION 3
  • Looking for Ella (music)
  • Sherin Khankan
  • Dirk von Gehlen
  • Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus
22:55 FINALE

Hosted by Dr. Wiebke Borgers & Christoph Salzig | Special Guest: Martin Mall

Our venue: The The Münster Theatre

How to get there

TEDxMünster will be hosted at the Theatre of Münster, Neubrückenstraße 63 in 48143 Münster and is easily accessible by bus, car or bike. If you arrive by car you simply follow the brown signs to the car park Theater (Tibusstraße 18) right next to the theatre. If you arrive by bus from the train station simply take bus numbers 5, 6, 9, 15, 16, 17 and get out at “Altstadt-Bült”. Information on the exact timetable can be found here.

Speakers & Artists

TEDxMünster 2018 will be shaped by a broad variety of topics and professional backgrounds. On 2 November we will invite about 10 outstanding speakers and performers on stage to share their visions and ideas under the of theme of “Discover the Unknown”. We are in the rehearsal phase and here are some of our speakers.


Dirk von Gehlen

We live in complex times and it is only human to take refuge in the past. This is not only the case for immigration attitudes but also in the way we handle new technologies. In order to have a relaxed approach to the new and the unknown, one needs to look at the future with hope. The journalist Dirk von Gehlen calls this attitude ‘cultural pragmatism’. At TEDxMünster, he will talk about how we can accept our helplessness and use it to find new solutions to problems.

Marian Grau

Six years ago, Marian Grau’s brother died of a metabolic disease. Marian was nine years old. His brother’s death was an intense shock, but he understood that the emotional pain from loss can also shape a person’s character. At TEDxMünster, he will talk about how he has travelled around the world together with his mother, written a book at the age of 14 about his discoveries and found new strength in his grief.

Christian Weinheimer

The universe has five times more matter than we know about and what it consists of has not yet been explored. Christian Weinheimer, a professor of physics is trying to answer this big scientific question: what is dark matter? At TEDxMünster, he will explain how scientists are trying to solve this puzzle and what the implications for humanity could be.

Dorothée Loorbach

In August 2016 Dorothée Loorbach gave away her entire fortune: it was 3,97 Euro. The entrepreneur had nothing left, she was broke. At TEDxMünster Dorothée will tell about how she not only got rid of her financial worries through a book project, but also changed her previous convictions, learned a lot about money and discovered that the project wasn’t about money at all.

Nora Hespers

Stephanie Borgert’s and Nora Hespers’ (photo) grandfathers both lived in the Nazi era, one as an SS man, the other as a resistance fighter. At TEDxMünster, the two women will talk about the parallels between the men’s stories, what meaning it has for them personally and what we can all learn from their stories.

Stephanie Borgert

Stephanie Borgert’s (photo) and Nora Hespers’ grandfathers both lived in the Nazi era, one as an SS man, the other as a resistance fighter. At TEDxMünster, the two women will talk about the parallels between the men’s stories, what meaning it has for them personally and what we can all learn from their stories.

Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus

Hans-Dietrich Reckhaus used to sell fly traps and ant baits. He was the head of a family business. But then one day, he took pity on the insects. At TEDxMünster, he will talk about how he became an advocate for biodiversity, and the entertaining story on how he saves insects today – and how he now earns his money.

Campbell Wilson

As a child, Campbell Wilson lost one of his classmates in the Lockerbie bombing. He himself was recently near death from a stroke. After that he has learned how the human brain processes adverse experiences. At TEDxMünster, he will explain how he is using his own stroke experience and neuro-plasticity (the brain’s ability to adapt) and training as a teacher to help young people overcome adverse childhood experiences.

Sherin Khankan

As the first female Imam in Denmark Sherin Kankan knows what it’s like to fight against and overcome prejudice. At TEDxMünster she will talk about what it is like to stand up for female freedom in a male dominated world, to oppose extremism and how things that are supposedly stuck in stone can change.

Thabet Azzawi

Three years ago, the brass band “Banda Comunale” took on refugees as musicians and became the “Banda Internationale”. The now 14-member band with musicians from Syria, Palestine, Burkina Faso and Iraq is not only making music, but politically engaged in opposing hatred and promoting better understanding. The musicians have won awards throughout Europe. At TEDxMünster, band member Thabet Azzawi will show how they put a new perspective on German folk music and prejudices in Dresden.

Anas Alhakim

Anas Alhakim already wanted to study computer science as a young boy. But he had some obstacles. He has a rare disease and is in a wheelchair. And he grew up in war torn Syria. Today Anas is 27 years old and on his way to become a computer scientist. At TEDxMünster he will talk about he managed to turn his fears into courage – and how he managed to face the unknown more to Germany and make his dream come true.

Natalie Deewan

Natalie Deewan works as artist with signs of different kinds. She is subvertising signs in the urban, rural and virtual space and finds language solutions all along the way. Recently, she started to learn Austrian sign language and teamed up with the native signer and entrepreneur Atilla Gum for a bilingual talk on „signs, signs, signs“ at the Typo Berlin 2018 design conference. In their bilingual TEDx talk, held in ASL and English, Atilla and Natalie will take us into the unknown world of sign language.

Atilla Gum

School was nothing but frustration for Atilla Gum, and the communication challenges didn’t stop there. As a Native Signer he was also confronted with a hearing world that has never heard much of Sign Language before. This is what motivated Atilla to become Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS) trainer and to set up an online ÖGS lab to share his knowledge. Together with two hearing colleagues, he recently founded Lingvano.com, an online learning platform for Austrian sign language. Like spoken language, Austrian sign language is different from American sign language (ASL). In their bilingual TEDx talk, held in ASL and English, Atilla Gum and Natalie Deewan will take us into this unknown world.

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.
















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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.

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. 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 host and great fan of design thinking.

Ralf Heimann

Ralf is responsible for communication at TEDxMünster. He works as a freelance journalist and is the author of several books. In 2015, the medium magazine named him one of the ten best German entertainment journalists.

Jin Rhee

Jin is responsible for the partner management at TEDx Münster. She is curious and passionate about learning new things and loves TEDx/TED 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 is currently studying business administration at the University of Münster.

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…

Alexia Blackburne

Alexia Blackburne

Alexia supports the TEDx story telling team. With a background in corporate communications from London and New York, she helps with English writing, freelances from Münster and is a student at the University.

Artur Jarosiewicz

Artur is a recruiter in the International Office of Dutch College.  He is responsible for TEDx Münster communications.  He literally and metaphorically crosses borders everyday, which in itself was a motivation for him to become involved in TEDx Münster.   A theme that weaves itself through his professional and personal life is the melting and coming together of different cultures.  Born in Poland, grown up in Germany and post his studies, he remained in Holland.  This cultural mix is what drives him to find the perfect combination of new experiences and views and fun at TEDx Münster!

Sabine Lindner

Sabine is part of the TEDx Münster Event Management Team. She has been following TEDx Münster for a long time and decided to contribute her passion for event organization and new event formats directly. “Discover the Unknown” is also her personal motto: until the end of 2017 she headed the event and office management at Zweitag, before she decided to focus on her studies in communication and event management and new projects.

Isabell Schmid

Isabell is an event and marketing manager from Münster. She is now based in Cologne, but enjoying the digital nomad lifestyle working for Easy German, a video project for learning German. She has worked in both the public and private sectors and in a variety of fields such as healthcare, trade fairs and social, cultural and educational initiatives. Thanks to her passion for live events and music, Isabell is responsible for the experience management at TEDxMünster. She loves that TEDx brings new ideas to life and that the event creates a community of changemakers.

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.

Lukas Bröring

Lukas is 20 years old and studies mathematics at Muenster Universit. Because he likes MINT subjects, he is part of the IT project Muenster and has been organising Lego robot competitions with them at the Annette-Gymnasium in Münster for four years. He also supports the Holy Cross Theatre Company on the technical side. Lukas plays acoustic guitar. He came to TEDxMünster as a volunteer – actually because the student tickets had already been sold. Now he solves the technical impossibilities for the team.

Till Borgers

Till helps with participant management, research and wherever help is needed. He graduated from high school in 2018 and now wants to study. He plays the piano passionately, finds the most unusual videos on Youtube, has an ear for languages and does a lot of sports.







































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