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2016: Born to Learn

TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 – Overall impressions of an inspiring day

By Alvaro de Salvo - Apr 29th, 2016

What do 600 people in the audience, 75+ volunteers, twelve keynote speakers, several performing artists and workshop hosts have in common? They were all present at the fourth edition of the TEDxAmsterdamED event, with the unique opportunity to create a full day environment to rethink education. The main topic of this year’s edition was #BorntoLearn and lifelong learning.

TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 - Interactive Program

By the TEDxAmsED Content Creators - Apr 29th, 2016

A new and exciting addition to the TEDxAmsterdamED event this year was the highly interactive learning program for the audience. While past editions of the event have also included a large dose of interactive aspects during the breaks, this year, the #BorntoLearn theme was supercharged with learning opportunities for all participants.

Workshop - Solving the big challenges in education

By Maylis Buonomo - Apr 28th, 2016

What could be more exciting than brainstorming solutions to the hottest education challenges in the Netherlands on board a boat, cruising the Amsterdam canals in the beautiful sunshine?

TEDxAmsED 2016 Act: CUT_ & Co

By Kathy Jastrzebski - Apr 11th, 2016

Especially for TEDxAmsterdamED, the Amsterdam-based electronic music duo CUT_ will team up with two other artists - the classically trained percussionist Fabio Galeazzi and the cofounder of RedZebra Mark Dodsworth - to form CUT_ & Co and dazzle the audience with their collective musical improvisation talents.

One Minute Video's

By Robin Roosenstein - Apr 7th, 2016

We have been filming inspirational people giving answers to one of the four questions of our TEDxAmsterdamED origami game. Now we would like you to film your own 'one minute video' and share with us your greatest insights and lessons learned!

Interview with Gilbert Legrand - What I want to share is happiness

By Maylis Buonomo - Mar 29th, 2016

French artist Gilbert Legrand modifies everyday objects to give them life and turn them into characters. Inspired by Magritte and Dali, he has long been a freelance illustrator for publishing and advertising. In 2010, he decided to create stories with his characters. So far, he has published three children’s books: Le Grand Show des Petites Choses (The big show of the little things), Les petites choses à New York (The little things in New York) and Animaux surprises (Surprising Animals).
After having been part of a project with schools last year to discuss his stories with children and share what he likes to call ‘his taste for beautiful things’, he collaborated with TEDxAmsterdamED and created this year’s visual: a funnel, whose head is ready to welcome any learning material. We discussed his creations, his vision of art and the link he sees between art and education.

Interview with Karolina Stawinska - Helping children fulfil their dreams

By Kathy Jastrzebski - Mar 22nd, 2016

Inspiring the leaders and changemakers of tomorrow has been a major theme in Karolina Stawinska’s work to date. For one of her most recent projects - Our Future World – she focuses on inspiring children to dream big and empowering them to create their own future. We spoke to Karolina to find out what she hopes to achieve through her Talk at the 2016 edition of TEDxAmsterdamED.

TEDxAmsterdamED Award: Do you have a great idea? Then apply now!

By Robin Roosenstein - Feb 21st, 2016

We proudly introduce the first annual TEDxAmsterdamED Award! For this year's award we are looking for ideas that connect to the 2016 theme of the event - #BornToLearn.
This could be an opportunity for initiatives, changemakers or organisations that are breaking ground in education and/or lifelong learning and wish to share their innovative solutions with the world.

TEDxAmsED 2016 Act: Dansmakers Amsterdam & Bitter Sweet Dance

By Kathy Jastrzebski - Feb 18th, 2016

Choreographer Liat Waysbort, along with dancers Ivan Ugrin, Angela Linssen and Amy Gale, will present a short fragment of their production Please me Please - a performance that examines the impact of our desire to please and the consequences this may have.

TEDxAmsterdamED 2016: Born To Learn

By Robin Roosenstein - Feb 2nd, 2016

The fourth edition of TEDxAmsterdamED, with the theme ‘Born To Learn’, will be held on April 20th 2016 in Theater Amsterdam.

Dylan Hyman - Higher-order thinking

By Jutka Colson - Mar 28th, 2015

Dylan Hyman is a gifted education primary school teacher who also teaches at the Day a Week school and is an educational developer of a tailor-made teaching program for children with cognitive talent. She inspires us that with small changes, we can bring higher-order thinking into the classroom and education back to its true goal!

Learning {Re}imagined

By Nick Walker - Mar 27th, 2015

A conversation with Graham Brown-Martin wanders freely from Punk music via Noam Chomsky to the fragile future of the human species, but it finishes where it started, with education. It is the 26th of March 2015 and we are at TEDxAmsterdamED, a few hours before Graham’s TED talk. 

Jan de Lange - The Power of Play

By Jutka Colson - Mar 26th, 2015

With a table full of toys and some inspirational movies of children who quickly learn scientific concepts through play, Jan de Lange demonstrates the power of letting kids use their innate curiosity and creativity. He shows us the power of play and how to harness it for the benefit of our children in three logical steps: exploration, doing and thinking, and reflection!

Jacquelien de Savornin Lohman

‘Faalkracht' (The Power of Failure)

Jacquelien is 82 years old. She has been a lawyer, a professor and a senator, but at a high age she embarked on a completely new career path: she became a performer. In this piece (in Dutch) she shares her story through song and dance and even gets the audience to sing along! What an inspiration!

TEDxAmsterdamED 2016 Award Ceremony

The call for applications for the first annual TEDxAmsterdamED Award was answered by over 90 applicants! From these, 15 were invited to join the Award Pitch day on April 1st, where they first received further training to improve their pitches and then presented them to a panel of judges. From this incredible bunch, three ideas were chosen to present at the main event on April 20th - Daniel Haven from ProctorExam, Nathalie Lecina from Studio Moio and Michel Visser from Konnektid.com. The Award Ceremony was hosted by Drew Wackerling and the winner chosen by an online vote from the audience, watching live or via the livestream. Nathalie Lecina, engaging demotivated students and drop-outs to come up with innovative solutions to social problems, was this year’s winner! She garnered support for Studio Moio from both the audience on the day, and TEDxAmsterdamED partners thereafter, to help her develop and grow the program further. Congratulations Nathalie!

Isabella Biney

Give teachers the chance to help me discover my talents

Isabella is a high school student with a powerful message about the state of the education system. She started her learning journey at the bright age of 4, excited and motivated by what school and her teachers had to offer. But as the years progressed, her joy in learning diminished, with true learning and discovery being taken over by a focus on numbers, grades, results. In her inspiring talk, Isabella points out what the true purpose of education is and how she would like her future daughter to experience it.

Birte ten Hoopen

How to Bring Learning to Life

Beginning her talk with an engaging personal story, of emergency response training at the Rijksmuseum, Birte makes a case for bringing learning to life by using enriched environments. Making use of elements of theatre, this type of training educated her ‘physically, intellectually and emotionally.’ And the same can happen when enriched environments are used to teach school students. Allowing some chaos, freedom and creativity into the system can help them experience a topic much more deeply, and their minds to flourish.

Lisanne Vriens - Let's upgrade education

By Dorine Slot - Mar 28th, 2015

Lisanne Vriens, 16 year old and the youngest of all the speakers this year, loves discussing what needs to be changed in our educational system.