TEDxAmsterdam 2013 in 2 minutes

TEDxAmsterdam 2013 was an amazing experience. We celebrated our 5th anniversary at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. With the following line-up: Dadara Manfred Kets de Vries Bart Remes Jimmy Nelson Eva Simons Dominic Seldis Heleen Mees Amy Robinson Fons Trompenaars Words are not enough to describe the day. Let’s look at a short video compiliation.

An education revolution

Inspired by the great talks from Sir Ken Robinson (2006 and 2010) we’ve seen many initiatives from TED-sters who wanted to contribute to this upcoming Education Revolution.

One of these initiatives is the series of TEDx events focusing on this future for schools and students. Last week my team (headed by Nephtalie Demei and Jessika Lynch) organized TEDxAmsterdamEducation at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The events was opened by Lodewijk Asscher, Alderman of the Amsterdam Municipal Council.

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Why I signed up for TEDx

During the evening session of TEDxAmsterdam 2010 I got the chance to answer the question that was asked the most: Why did you sign up for the TEDx-license in 2009? A small personal story, followed by three examples of turning “ideas worth spreading” into “ideas worth doing”. While we’re on the subject: Bill and Melinda Gates are looking forward to your suggestions! If you

41 cities create 1 videoclip

Today is Universal Children’s Day. To celebrate this important day children across the globe have used their collaborative creativity to share with you the following videoclip.

The song was written by Bas Kennis and Jim Stolze, based on dreams and ideas from children in 41 cities. Those kids were then asked to record their own video contributions. Amsterdam started this “video relay” and soon followed Tokyo, Soweto, New York, Paris, Salzburg, Nasa and many more. The concept of the video and the production were done by Elian Wils from BigShots.

On November 20th the videoclip premiered in 61 cities during TEDxYouthDay.
Music was recored at Grand Street Recording, New York. Vocals by Morley.

TEDxChange in The Netherlands

This week The Gates Foundation and TED released their website for the TEDxChange. Events that will be taking place across the globe this year on 20 September. It’s my pleasure to give you some more information about the Dutch chapter of this event:

Speaking at the NEXT-conference in Berlin

This week I will be at the NEXT-conference: Europe’s leading Internet conference will be held in Berlin. The motto of next10 is “Game Changers”, and the conference will offer 40 hours of events with international speakers over two days on three stages at STATION-Berlin. My talk on Wednesday will be an update on the Virtual Happiness Project, which was launched on the PicNic-Conference in