Watch the livestream and join our Google+ Hangouts
Visit our homepage TEDxAmsterdam.com on 30 November 2012 and watch the livestream there. During the breaks we have a studio program where we interview speakers and other guests. This year you can ask selected speakers your question if you join the Google+ Hangouts we’re organizing with KPN, ING and Dell! Follow our Google+ Page before 30 November to find out how this works. As all invites for TEDxAmsterdam 2012 have been sent, why not attend or organize a viewing party?
On this page you can find the on stage program of TEDxAmsterdam 2012 on 30 November, also available as a live stream. Our visitors will experience many other typical TEDxAmsterdam elements during the day in the Stadssschouwburg. All time slots, speakers and performance acts are confirmed but things might change at the very last moment. Why? Because it’s human nature. You can stay on top of the program from any device with Twoppy.
On the evening of Thursday November 29th TEDxAmsterdam kicks off with Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam’s crowdsourcing program. The goal of the night is supporting sustainable and innovative initiatives with the intellectual capital of the masses.
Three TEDxAmsterdamAward finalists will brainstorm with the audience in small groups, presenting a stream of fresh ideas and angles. Read more about this session and how to get involved.
Take the time to come early and mingle with fellow visitors. Find out what interesting stories others have to share and connect with people you would not have met anywhere else. Coffee, tea and some morning snacks are available. And who knows, you might get the best spot in the ‘Grote Zaal’!
This years’ theme – human nature – refers to the distinguishing characteristics, including ways of thinking, feeling and acting, that humans tend to have naturally. So what is human nature? Who are we, how do we think, feel and act? What are our limitations, and how can we overcome them? What we share, how we are different, how we can be fooled and how lucky we are to be alive: welcome to TEDxAmsterdam.
• Jim Stolze It’s Time for TEDx!
Entrepreneur, author and public speaker, Jim Stolze is the founder of TEDxAmsterdam. Jim is a strong promoter of TEDx events in Europe and the Middle East, and a worldwide TEDx ambassador. This year he is hosting TEDxAmsterdam!
• Paul J. Zak The Biology of Good and Evil
What makes humans good or evil? In this talk Paul Zak analyses the chemical basis for moral behavior. Paul is the founding director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies and professor of economics, psychology and management at Claremont Graduate University, and author of ‘The Moral Molecule: The Source of Love and Prosperity’.
• Lissa Zeviar The Art of Sign Language: for Babies, Boobs and Bobs
Lissa is the owner of Babygebaren and a professional sign language interpreter. Born to parents that are both deaf, Lissa Zeviar feels that sign language is not only natural but also a great gift. What if everyone was raised with sign language? Would everyone benefit if everyone knew sign language?
• Marc de Hond The Power of Adaptation
Entrepreneur, DJ and avid sports player Marc de Hond ended up in a wheelchair due to a faulty surgical procedure. Marc is now a dedicated player of wheelchair basketball and also works as a television host. In his rehabilitation process, he identified the amazing power of adaptation for both body and mind.
• Hermine Deurloo Oktober in Oosterpark
Hermine Deurloo is an internationally known jazz chromatic harmonica player from Amsterdam, who developed an original sound on the harmonica. In October 2012, her latest CD, ‘Glass Fish’, was released. Today she will share with us her unique sound, playing ‘Oktober in Oosterpark’.
• Amir Liberman The Emotional Microscope
Amir Liberman is a pioneer researcher in the field of ‘forensic voice analysis’ and the founder of Nemesysco, who set out in 1996 to build the ‘ultimate lie detector’. Amir was the first to identify the three basic sensations projected by the human voice: excitement, stress and uncertainty. His technology is now applied by call centres and insurance companies worldwide – but what can it teach us about TED talks?
• Nice Nailantei Leng’ete Changing Traditions
Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, a 21 year old Maasai girl from Kenya, is a true agent of change in opening up the discussion in her Maasai community on female genital mutilation. Nice brings girls together to talk about their bodies and their rights. She realized that to make real progress she had to speak with the boys as well. Nice has been honored for her work with an ‘oringo orok’ – a Maasai leader’s talking and walking stick – and a cultural symbol for leadership.
• Eus van Someren Lying Awake with Insomnia
Insomnia, chronic poor sleep, is the most common health complaint among the population in general and is a major risk factor for psychiatric disorders. Yet, our understanding of underlying brain mechanisms is still limited. Why is it that some people fall asleep so easily, while others toss and turn all night? Eus van Someren, head of the Department of Sleep and Cognition at the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience, will explore our differing relationships with sleep.
Surprise Act: Blue Journey
You know you want it: a drink, a chat and maybe some fresh air to open up your mind for new ideas.
We’ll continue our program in the ‘Grote Zaal’.
• TEDxAmsterdam Award Part I
The TEDxAmsterdam Award is our annual idea competition, aimed to initiate and support great ideas that inspire and generate a significant positive impact on people’s lives. Who will win this year’s awards? The first award will go to an ambitious project that benefits us all: “Ice from the Sky”
• Dan Ariely Meaning in Labour
Despite our intentions, why do we so often fail to act in our own best interest? Why do we undervalue things that we’ve worked so hard to generate? What are the forces that influence our behavior? Dan Ariely, professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, is devoted to seek answers to these questions, in order to help people live a more sensible – if not rational – life.
• Klaas ten Holt The Composer and His Grief
The influence of dramatic events in the personal life of composer Klaas ten Holt changed the way he experienced music. When the person he loved died, doubts arose about the importance of abstract and cerebral art, leading to a discovery of songs to console the heart.
• Desiree Dudley The Power and Potential in Emerging Technologies
What do emerging technologies – made possible with nanotechnology, 3D printing, drug delivery and stem cell research – hold for our future? How is our concept of ‘human’ evolving through these new capabilities? Desiree D. Dudley is director of strategic relations and outreach at the Foresight Institute, dedicated to advancing emerging technologies.
• Gary Carter Some Day S/he’ll Come Along
Marriage equality divides nations, and even divides the gay and lesbian community. Although for some, marriage equality is a civil rights issue, or a sign of liberation from oppression, for others it is an unwelcome attempt to copy heterosexual institutions. Television executive Gary Carter, happily married, shows how the concept of marriage is currently changing.
Time flies when you’re inspired! We doubled the lunch time so you have plenty of room to relax, eat slowly and discuss your experiences with new friends. All food is vegetarian, sustainable and sourced as locally as possible.
Imagine you don’t have an after lunch dip: today’s third session will spiral you into new insights.
• Tinkebell Everything Is Permitted
Dutch artist Tinkebell provokes by exemplifying the blind spots of modern society. By turning her own cat into a handbag she tries to show people their own hypocrisy about the use of animals for consumption and leather production. Her works provokes an extreme incentive for a discussion about our morals. But so does the public’s response.
• Special Act: Levi van Veluw
• TEDxAmsterdam Award Part II: City of the Future
Our second winner of the TEDxAmsterdam awards will be revealed. Who will win our new ‘City of the Future’ category? Rossella Ferraro
• Paul de Blot The Mystery of Human Nature
A survivor of WWII, with five years spent in a Japanese concentration camp, Paul de Blot dedicated his life to the studies of spirituality. After working as a teacher and marine chaplain in Indonesia, Paul started a long career at Nyenrode Business University. He offers us contemplation on the mystery of human nature.
• Surprise Act: Hans Klok
• Valentijn De Hingh Why Did I Choose?
Valentijn De Hingh became famous through a documentary that followed her life as a transgender child. Valentijn works as a model, writer, dj, and performer and is a full time literature student. In this talk she shares her thoughts on the gender dichotomy and how that led to her gender reassignment surgery.
• Daria van den Bercken A State of Wonder
Pianist Daria van den Bercken one day discovered a great musical passion for the music of George Frideric Händel. She decided not just to play Händel, but also to share her love in a number of new and innovative ways.
• Rory Sutherland The Next Revolution Will Be Psychological, Not Technological
Rory Sutherland, vice chairman of the Ogilvy Group, stands at the center of an advertising revolution in brand identities, designing cutting-edge, interactive campaigns that blur the line between advertisement and entertainment. In his talk he will discuss the next revolution.
While we sweep the stage and charge our microphone batteries, you get to charge your mental battery with another short break. Don’t miss out the CrafTEDxCoffee baristas and the tea tastings.
Finally, we work towards the end of this year’s TEDxAmsterdam on stage program. The livestream and Google+ Hangouts will end, but our visitors are going out for a bite before letting go at our Hyperbole party. That’s right, we’re going on until the party venue closes its doors!
• Leonard van Munster The Dancing White Man
Artist Leonard van Munster created a dancing robot in his own image. In this talk he presents his work, and describes his cooperation with scientist Edwin Dertien in order to arrive at a dancing white man.
• Pablos Holman Printing Food
Futurist, inventor and digital security expert, Paul (Pablos) Holman shares the latest and most cutting edge inventions of his team at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory: How to print food…
• PIPS: lab Diespace
PIPS: lab is known for producing raw, expressive, visually stunning, interactive multimedia performances. PIPS: lab has created Diespace: ‘the first active internet community for the deceased’. One prerequisite: you have to be dead to join.
• Surprise Speaker: Anwar Dafa-Alla
• Katja Schuurman It Is Time for a Good Story
Everything, every place and everyone has a story. This is the time to offer consumers the possibility to weigh in on the stories behind products, the people that produce them and the places they come from. Katja Schuurman, actress, TV-presenter, entrepreneur and co-founder of Return to Sender will show how a private initiative can contribute to the sustainable development of the poorest regions in the world.
• René Gude Human Kindness
According to René Gude, Director of the International School of Philosophy at Leusden, we humans are what we pretend to be, so we have to be very shrewd about what we pretend. Philosophy is the art of improving the way we deal with the facts of life, and designing them in accordance with humankind – kindly, so to speak.
• Surprise Act
• Kevin Slavin The History and Future of Luck
Kevin Slavin, an entrepreneur and thinker, offers us an insight into the role of luck in play, narrative, and real life, along with some thoughts on how informatics change what luck is, does and means.
• Surprise Act: Eternity & Kizo
Time to rest your mind and meet even more new people at the bars in the Stadsschouwburg. Find yourself a group to join for dinner around the Leidseplein and reserve your spot with SeatMe.
Experience the many splendid restaurants Amsterdam has to offer. If you’re invited, you will find more details in your mailbox in time. Leave some room in your belly and don’t forget to bring your ‘pinpass’ or cash! We wouldn’t want to see you washing dishes all night and miss out the party.
The perfect way to end the day: TEDxAmsterdam offers you a chance to connect and network over dinner. In selected restaurants in the neighbourhood a special TEDxAmsterdam menu is on offer, and delegates will be seated together.If you have not made your reservation yet, do it now! Go to Seatme.nl/TEDxAms.
What’s a TEDxAmsterdam without a proper creative party? Expect the unexpected and prepare for some human-like interactions with the TEDx community. “Hyperbole” starts at 22.00 in Bar Ludwig, Reguliersdwarsstraat 37, only a few minutes from the Stadsschouwburg.