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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.

The Startup Weekend Education

By Maylis Buonomo - Apr 18th, 2016

When I first arrived at the Startup Weekend Education Amsterdam, I thought I would be there as an observer. In reality, it was much more than this!

TEDxAmsterdamED Award 2017

By Alvaro de Salvo - Apr 6th, 2016

The quest for ideas with impact on education continues!
After a successful first edition with over 100 entries, the TEDxAmsterdamED Award is back!

Yolanda Eijgenstein: Small steps towards big dreams

By Mariette Reineke - Mar 2nd, 2016

Mariette Reineke, PR manager for TEDxAmsterdamED 2016, recently spoke to Yolanda Eijgenstein. Yolanda has recently joined the board of TEDxAmsterdamED and this year's event will be her first.

Mariette set out to find out what motivated Yolanda to become a board member, what her view is on Life Long Learning based on her own experience in the corporate world and her ideas about the future of TEDxAmsterdamEducation.

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.

How can we get schools from good to great?

By Jutka Colson - Apr 16th, 2015

A school is as good as its teachers! This short sentence tells us in a nutshell what Stichting leerKRACHT and its founder, Jaap Versfelt, stand for. With passion, Jaap tells us his story on the TEDxAmsterdamED stage. But there is also a very solid, inspiring program behind this passion. From jointly designing lessons and celebrating successes, to inspiring teachers to take their new learned skills to the classroom and to pass them on to the most important participants in education, the students.

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!

Award Pitch: Michel Visser

Learn from your neighbors

With his innovative website, Konnektid.com, the founder Michel Visser wants to transform neighbourhoods into universities. Around four years ago, Michel was inspired to think of a way to connect those who wanted to learn with others who wanted to teach, all in their immediate environments. ‘Learning starts after university’ and Konnektid.com helps you tap into the knowledge around you, making a real impact in people’s lives.

Award Pitch Winner: Nathalie Lecina

From dropouts to innovators

The goal of Studio Moio, founded by Nathalie Lecina, is to re-motivate young people from vocational education or on the verge of dropping out. These youngsters are referred to the Studio either when they are not successful in finding an internship, or are referred by a school due to poor attendance. With a simple motto - that every person has a value - Studio Moio matches their unique values and abilities to a societal issue that needs a solution. These young people, drawing on their own vulnerabilities, bring a completely fresh perspective to solving these issues and in the process help both themselves and those they create solutions for.

Roshan Paul

How Do You Learn How to Change the World

Roshan has spent his life and career supporting change makers. He believes adult learning is meant to help people acquire the skills they need to find, prepare for and fulfil their purpose. He says that having a purpose is not easy, it is challenging, as it is close to your heart. According to Roshan, purpose is not just about the self, it lies in making a difference in the lives of others. "From inner understanding comes outward purpose." It is difficult to make a difference in the world, as the world does not want to change! This is why we need to train for this, and put in long hours and a lot of effort. Roshan's Amani Institute is geared toward making meaning and impact happen for the students that attend it and with them, change the world.

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!

Award Pitch: Daniel Haven

Flexible Exams

What drives Daniel Haven is making online education fully flexible and available to everyone around the world. The problem is, that to get accreditation a lot of institutions still require online students to physically attend an exam. To solve this problem, Daniel founded ProctorExam, a digitalised platform that allows online students to also do a fully accredited exam online - bringing online education full cycle.

Christine Wank

The 3 C's for true innovation

Christine comes to TEDxAmsterdamED from Berlin. She works as a leadership coach and change facilitator across the world. In working with leaders and innovators she has discovered the three C's for staying open and connected to possibilities: Curiosity: constantly asking what the next question is. Compassion: the capacity to connect to yourself and others. Courage: the capacity to face the challenges in life, to find one's meaning and purpose. Christine feels that we need mentors, teachers and leaders, to help us find our inner values and our three C's and make transformations happen.