Kudos to our TEDxAmsterdamWomen sisters, for another inspiring and successful event. Hosted at the Van Gogh museum, catered by Fifteen Amsterdam and celebrated with cocktails and dinner at the House of Bols, the glitz and glam could not over-shine the insightful, strong, inspiring women that attended the event and gave the talks. What did we have on this unforgettable day? Here is a quick overview and an attempt to ‘red thread’ the talks (but click on the links to get the full impact of inspiration and view the talks):
Making the margins visible: fascinating talks by Sonia Faleiro the inspiration and strength she found in documenting the Indian margins and bringing their stories forward in worldwide media and her books. Dr. Amy Leham talking about her floating clinic initiative in Africa’s lake Tanganyika, and the importance and issues around this major source of fresh water. Marieke De Lange told us about her ‘Ubunto’ initiative, helping street kids integrate and have self-worth. Jassica Stern talked about the importance of social media in the fight against terrorism, and most importantly – how influential are the terrorist’s mothers in the process of disengaging them from terror activity.
Identity and empowerment: Kelly Cutrone, marketing and PR guru, spoke about how she followed her own intuition and turned her character flaws into and asset on her path of getting a sense of identity and feminine empowerment. Karin Amatmoekrim – introduced to the idea of authenticity and identity via her personal life story, and how it is easy to loose ourselves in a collective but through the notion of death we can find our way back to our self identity. Jaqueline Rutten talked about Johanna Bonger – the woman who’s faith, devotion and love helped in Vincent Van Gogh’s art. Corina Vermeulen – told us about her moving and positive story of confronting HIV (and the even tougher battle of social misconception) for 25 years. MTV’s fierce Shannon Fitzgerald talked about walking through the doors of opportunity and leaving fearless, or at least despite fear.Mei Lin Ang spoke about how her passion for food made her overcome fear and start-up a deliciously successful (and ‘au natural’) frozen yogurt business.
Finding balance in the modern world: Mette te Velde spoke about the conflict between our super-connected social media vs. our disconnection from nature itself. Gonnie Been embraces her femininity as a vital source in every aspect of her life, embraces gender diversity and claims that a strive for equality is a sign for lack of ambition…. Marli Huijer spoke about how we lost our social rhythms due to our 24/7 society and gave some advice on how to regain it. Carina Hilders spoke about her innovative fertility treatment allows women to have more options in delayed and post-cancer motherhood. Anne van der Zwaag revealed the world of perception and psychology behind color.
Bringing a spark of innovation & technology: Bregtje van der Haak talked about her documentary, exploring the search of the IQ genome and the implications of such research, she also discussed Chinese investment and support in science and technology vs. the decline of facilities and progress in the west. Hester Bijl demonstrated the world smallest camera carrying flying bio-inspired robot (!) Delfly.
And what is a TEDxWomen without making a fashionable difference? Andy Torres gave secrets and tips about becoming a successful fashion blogger and her ‘Style scrapbook‘ blog, and Marieke Eyskoot spoke about ethical fashion and the amount of people involved in creating one garment (answer – 169)
Not all of the day’s inspiration was verbal and we had some super-inspiring performances and multimedia integrated on the day: the day started with a rocking kick-off, a performance by Anneke Van Giersbergen. Kicking-off the different sessions we had animation pieces by Christa Moesker (stunning black and white illustrations that prove that ‘no obstacle can stand between a porcupine and his happiness’). Hurdy Gurdy woman and modern troubadour Caroline Philips explained and played on the instrument and Jazz Diva Saskia Laroo mesmerized the audience with a trumpet, a sampler, and a ton of energy. The day was sealed by the powerful and soulful voice and performance by Shirma Rouse.
And obviously, this could not have been done it without the dedicated crew and volunteers. Special thanks to the partners that made it all happen and Feller media for the media support!