The Dutch, on average, don’t care much for hierarchy. We are entrepreneurial, headstrong, creative individuals and have a long history of bottom-up empowerment. At the same time we have learned how to cooperate efficiently. These typically Dutch characteristics, that we call Dutch DNA, are hindered by the by the way our educational system is organised.
Het eerste School Event van 2018 wordt georganiseerd door het Berlage Lyceum op vrijdag 12 januari!
De filosofie klas van 5 VWO geeft met hun boek 'Onderwijs van onderen' een reactie op het rapport ' Ons onderwijs 2032'. Naast TED-like talks van de auteurs zelf zal er een panel plaatsvinden met onder ander Paul Rosenmöller, Peter Kwint, Johannes Visser en Jente Koopmans.
Anthony Heidweiller, a baritone, opera maker, creator, inspirer and promoter of innovative opera concepts, is a man with a mission: he wants to improve the world through art. Like no one before him, he bridges the gap between generations, and makes opera relevant for all. Anthony explained on our stage this year why sharing your own personal story is so important to make a connection with your audience.
Watch Anthony's talk here.
Every day, all over the world,10 unique TED(x) events are being organized. So far over 100.000 TEDx talks have been published online. All of this has been made possible by volunteers who are passionate about sharing ideas worth spreading with the world.
It has been over 2 months since our last event and we're looking back with fond memories. As you know TEDxAmsterdamED 2017 was put together by a huge team, and we really want to thank all involved.
A warm, big, THANK YOU
So here we go. This is not a short message, however it is very important as all was made possible by volunteers and generous partners.
I only decided to join the TEDxAmsterdamED team as a blogging partner on the evening before the event on the 31st of May, a spontaneous choice that my friend Jessika Lynch made possible. This was certainly the first event for Quirk Heaven and looking at the program I immediately saw a connection - the state of the education nowadays seen from the different perspectives of the speakers. The location was also a first for me, I was curious about Theater Amsterdam ever since I was working in the Houthaven area and I saw it raising up from it’s first brick. But seeing it from the outside is nothing compared to what it looks like from within.
Het bedrijfsleven is, in tegenstelling tot het klassieke onderwijs, constant onderhevig aan veranderingen, nieuwe methodes en trends. De nieuwste trend (ooit ontstaan in de ICT- branche), is het werken volgens de ‘ Agile-’ filosofie. Deze methode gooit de klassieke werkwijzen overboord en richt zich veel meer op het sneller inspelen op veranderingen, het nauw samenwerken van medewerkers met verschillende expertises, het opknippen van complexe projecten en te handzame stukjes, dichtbij de klant het vergroten van de zichtbaarheid en taakverdeling van werkzaamheden door het gebruik van ‘Scrum’ borden. Deze revolutionaire methode wordt niet alleen gebruikt in new-age bedrijven als Spotify, Google en Netflix, maar sinds 2015 heeft ook ING, als eerste bank, deze filosofie op de organisatie toegepast. Een ingrijpende verandering voor de bank en haar werknemers, maar zeker een succesvolle.
Maar zou deze methode ook toegepast kunnen worden op het onderwijs? Feikje Dunnewijk, Verantwoordelijk voor HR beleid en ‘tooling’ op o.a. het gebied van organisatieontwikkeling (agile werken) bij de ING, denkt van wel. We spraken Feikje hierover en stelde haar de vraag: wat kan het onderwijs leren van jullie (nieuwe) manier van werken?
Business is, unlike classical education, constantly undergoing change with new methods and trends. The newest trend (originally developed in the Information and Communication Technology sector, or ICT) is working according to the philosophy of ‘agile working.’ This method gets rid of the classical way of working and has, instead, a much stronger focus on rapid change. Some characteristics of agile working are: the close collaboration of employees with different expertise, cutting complex projects into manageable pieces that are close to the customer, and the use of ‘Scrum’ boards that enhance the visibility of the workload and the division of tasks. This revolutionary method has not just been adopted by new- age businesses such as Spotify, Google and Netflix, but ING has also implemented this philosophy in its organization since 2015, and is the first bank to do so. This change has had great impact on the bank and its employees, but it has definitely been a successful one.
Context shapes the brain. That is the conviction of Jelle Jolles, professor of neuropsychology at the Free University of Amsterdam and director of the Brain & Learning Centre. "The environment stimulates the development of complex brain networks within the boundaries of certain genetic conditions" explains Jolles. "What a person can achieve is not predetermined at birth. Practice and life-experiences throughout childhood and adolescence, as well as a continuous sensory stimulation are essential to further talent-development. Educators, teachers and society together create the conditions for this development. This is accomplished by providing support, guidance and inspiration. So, they provide important knowledge and help the child or teenager to reflect on options and routes-to-travel. And new insights about the maturation of the adolescent and his or her brain have great potency for educational innovations”.
As a student of urban design that lives in the care institution Humanitas, he has managed to inspire many people with his story of how young and old can learn from each other. We are speaking about Jurrïen Mentink. It has been a year since he was a speaker at TedxAmsterdamEducation and we looked back at his year since then with him, and also hear about his future plans.
Times of great change and shift require collaboration and collective brainpower. What can we learn from other sectors besides education?
The winner of the 2016 TEDxAmsterdamED award, Studio Moio, a non-profit focused on developing the untapped resource of drop-outs, is setting a great example for future participants. We got the run down with founder Nathalie Lecina about what has happened since winning the award.
TEDxAmsterdamED is looking for new team members!
As TEDxAmsterdamED we are contributing to the exciting movement around education in the Netherlands. We engage the entire community, both inside and out, and present knowledge and inspiration from inspired people with ideas worth spreading. We have presented four mainstage events in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Theater Amsterdam and are preparing the next one in may 2017. For a peek at some of our talks, check YouTube. As with all TED(x) events, TEDxAmsterdamED is a nonprofit organization and exists entirely on the generosity of volunteers, sponsors and partners.
At the moment we are looking to fill the following positions:
Dear TEDxAmsterdamED community,
Five years ago we launched this platform with a single idea: What if we could create an event to open up education to the outside world and provide inspiration to the inside? TED, as it turned out, was branching further into their TED-Ed platform and happy to give us a voice and a license. Through that one idea we launched TEDxAmsterdamED and have since brought more than sixty ideas from both inside and outside our community to our stage and to TEDx online.
What happens when you try to be an inspiring teacher and everything seems to fail? What do you try next in order to create excitement in learning?
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.
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.
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?
This workshop hosted by Maaike van der Velden and Joep de Jong explored the participants' own experiences with learning and asked them to share these to come to great recipes for Lifelong Learning.
The illness and subsequent passing of his friend Jip encouraged Arjan to completely turn his life around. Together with David de Kock he founded 365dagensuccesvol.nl, an initiative aimed at making the Netherlands the happiest place in the world by 2020. In his workshop, Arjan shows the participants which steps they can take to discover and reach their goals.
As an author and co-founder at 365DagenSuccesvol.nl in Amsterdam, Arjan Vergeer was once upon a time a very ‘successful’ man. His apparent happiness and the early departure of a good friend triggered in him a wake up call: how to make the most out of his life and help others find their voice along the way? Together with David de Kock, they have the mission to make the Netherlands the happiest country in the world by 2020. Arjan will be leading a workshop on April 20th, so we asked him a few questions to get to know him better.
Based in Berlin, Christine Wank is a leader who trains leaders. A visiting university lecturer, she provides tools that spark transformation and innovation and that enable individuals and organisations to reach their full potential. She has a broad experience in leadership training, capacity building, and global governance, across a variety of contexts. Christine's TEDxAmsterdamED Talk, entitled The three C's for transformation: How to use your Self as the tool for real innovation, will serve to inspire and encourage change on many levels.
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 has made a notable appearance on the Amsterdam Mamas education-focused podcast series with the founder and curator, Jessika Lynch, as well as 2015 speaker, Dylan Hyman, appearing on the freshly-released episode #13.
Indian by birth but global citizen in deed, Roshan Paul is a man who escapes definition. In both his personal and professional life he is always looking for innovation. His endeavours range from his social entrepreneurship to his unquestionable academic achievements, and to his identity as a cricket journalist-cum-storyteller-cum-novelist who has worked or studied on every inhabited continent.
An engaging speaker, Paul comes to TEDxAmsterdamED as co-founder of the Amani Institute, where he has set aside barriers to generate an educational model fit for the dynamic needs of the twenty-first century.
Iris Penning is a young Dutch singer and songwriter. She was a finalist of the music contest De Grote Prijs van Nederland, performed in the music temple Paradiso Amsterdam and participated in the travelling music festival De Popronde. She has also recently shared the stage with renowned Dutch musician Spinvis.
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.
Jessika Lynch founded TEDxAmsterdamED in 2011 with the mission to open education issues to a wider audience and help make education understood as a topic that affects the shaping of our future. Jessika has attended numerous TED workshops and the annual TED main event in California. In addition to organizing TEDxAmsterdamED, Jessika has a communications background and creates speeches and content, coaches speakers and helps craft authentic stories for people and companies. She has two kids, is married to a teacher, and reads endless articles on innovation and invention.
Ramana wants to remind you that we can all rise above ourselves and sometimes even help others to go beyond. Ramana was travelling in India, as an Anthropologist and Museologist, when he came across the Vazhakunnam School of Magic. He was intrigued by the things he saw there and immediately knew he had found his calling. He became an apprentice to the magician Madhu Suddhan and began to practice daily. Now, years later, he has become one of the Netherlands’ most famous magicians and makes numerous television appearances showcasing his magic and levitation talents.
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!
As an Urban Design student in Deventer, Jurriën Mentink might seem like a ‘regular’ student at first glance. But the place he has been living at since he began his studies, the Humanitas Retirement Home, provides him yet another type of education – an intergenerational learning experience that has lead to meaningful friendships between young students and elderly retirees, with great learning benefits for both. He is honoured and excited to share his personal learning story on April 20th, so we asked him a few questions to get to know him better.
Dylan Hyman, a teacher and education developer, has had a very busy year indeed! Her initiative 'Spring High, Education in Motion' will open in Amsterdam in August 2016. Based in the Nieuw West, the school incorporates values she spoke about in her TEDxAmsterdamED talk last year.
In short, Spring High focuses on developing the curriculum along with the teachers, but also intends to develop ideas and projects that will get the whole neighbourhood involved. This way, the neighbourhood and the school will learn together and help each other grow.
Spring High is aimed at 10 to 16 year olds, who will learn through discovery, cooperation, watching each other and practice – all to help them acquire knowledge themselves. They will be actively encouraged to try thing out, make mistakes and learn from them.
As Dylan talked about this initiative in her 2015 talk, we are proud and happy that she has made this idea come to life!
The quest for ideas with impact on education continues!
After a successful first edition with over 100 entries, the TEDxAmsterdamED Award is back!
Noa Wildschut is only 15 years old, but has already gained her place in the Dutch classical music scene. Having started as a four year old with docent Coosje Wijzenbeek, Noa is now a student of Professor Vera Beths at the Conservatory of Amsterdam.
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.
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.
Chris Sigaloff is director at Kennisland, a think tank geared towards promoting social innovation. Besides exploring new themes, developing new methods and interventions, she advises governments and organisations on matters concerning innovation strategies, social innovation and policymaking. She also gives presentations on these subjects in the Netherlands and abroad. Aside from her activities at Kennisland, she is a board member of the Kafka Brigade and the Kriterion Foundation as well as a member of the international network SIX (Social Innovation Exchange). Chris is one of the speakers on the 20th of April so we asked her a few questions.
This is the first of our three-part series on making lifelong learning a beneficial and invigorating part of your everyday life.
When they started what was supposed to be a one-year mother-and-son trip in 2009, Lainie and Miro never expected to create a community sharing experiences about ‘world schooling’ and certainly no intention of leaving their ‘normal lives’ for so long. Seven years later and still traveling, they describe themselves as ‘unschoolers’ - natural lifelong learners - and like to see the world as their classroom. We discussed their learning processes, their expectations for the day of the talk and the message they would like to share about education.
Author and Your Lab founder André Platteel is one of the speakers at TEDxAmsterdamED this year. We asked him a few questions to find out more about him, his views on learning and education and of course his ideas about this year's theme Born to Learn.
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.
In alliance with the Ministry for Education, various schools and teachers organisations, TEDxAmsterdamED would like to invite you to join our Event on the 20th of April!
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.
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.
Do you want to know what we're up to? We have just send out our first newsletter! Check it out for the latest news and our team's favourite TED talk.
In preparation for this year’s TEDxAmsterdamED Event, we have formed the TEDxAmsterdamEducation Brain Trust 2016 composed of six movers and shakers with their hearts, heads and hands steeped in education. People who want to learn every day and are willing to help us expand our outreach into various vital areas such as business/trade, government, NGO's and cultural institutions.
The fourth edition of TEDxAmsterdamED, with the theme ‘Born To Learn’, will be held on April 20th 2016 in Theater Amsterdam.
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.
"We need to talk about the mythologies we construct around who we are and what we do, and how they hold us back from the amazing things we can do in our lives and especially in the classroom."
Professor Yong Zhao currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education at the University of Oregon. He has published over a hundred articles and written twenty books. His work focuses on the implications of globalisation and technology on education. He has founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models and travels the world to spread his vision. Zhao is convinced that teachers need to focus on developing children's strengths, instead of ‘fixing their deficiencies’ and strongly believes that we need a new education paradigm in this globalised world.
Yoram Mosenzon has been a Nonviolent Communication teacher for the last fifteen years, traveling the world to teach people better communication skills. What is Nonviolent Communication? It is a unique practice of listening to oneself and others, not a program against bullying, as you may think. It is a technique developed by the late Marshall Rosenberg, which assumes that every judgement is an expression of a beautiful need. Instead of claiming there is something ‘wrong’ with the other person, you learn how to communicate from your own needs. In this type of communication, both kids and adults learn to resolve conflicts between arguing parties on a personal, organisational and even international level. Through his trainings, Mosenzon helps people connect in a real way, communicating in a vulnerably honest way.
Hats off to the British Ministry of Education. Programming is now a compulsory subject in primary and secondary schools in Great Britain. They’ve got the right idea in London. Finland will follow in 2016 and The Netherlands in 2020. The hope is that more countries will follow. Education in computer technology is indispensable in preparing young learners for the future. Programming as a compulsory subject in school is the continuation of the digital revolution in the classroom. Ministers of education…this way please.
“The quality of a school can never be better than the quality of its teachers.”
Lital Marom strongly believes in the importance and power of a 'hacker' mindset for the next generation entering the new, ever changing world of work.
"Children should have the same access to the online world as adults do; not by filtering everything, but by providing relevant, reliable sources and most importantly, by providing comprehensible content for their specific age."
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!
Educational researcher at the University of Twente, Sandra van Aalderen wants to know why teachers get to shape kids’ brains, and yet know very little about how the brain actually learns. As a former neuroscientist, she believes that improving our education starts with our teachers. If they gain a greater understanding of the human brain, they will not only become better teachers, but their students will also become more motivated to learn and able to retain much more of what they learn.
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.
The third TEDxAmsterdamED event was held at Theatre Amsterdam on the 26th of March 2015 and what a day it was. With the light of the rednose of Rudolf the reindeer a journey of inspiring ideas started. We learned from professionals and developers with so much passion that if we embrace the learners as unique and stimulate their enviroment and give them the freedom to embrace their creativity then we would see their universe of knowledge.
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!
Just hours before the third edition begins, the TEDxAmsterdamED team and all the speakers are working hard to give you a phenomenal performance. The sound is checked, the bright lights are working. All slides are now in the right order and not backwards, thank goodness. That’s what rehearsals are for.
We recently asked some of our team members 'If you could give a TEDx talk, what would it be about?' Read here what team members Halima Neffakh & Freek Nijenhuis answered to that question...
We recently asked some of our team members 'If you could give a TEDx talk, what would it be about?' Read here what team members Jessika Lynch & Linda Stolp answered to that question...
Meet one of our upcoming speakers at the third edition of TEDxAmsterdamED - former neuroscientist and current education researcher, Dr Sandra van Aalderen.
In our last newsletter we introduced you to speakers Yong Zhao, Ingrid van Rossum, Yoram Mosenzon and Jaap Versfelt. We'd like to introduce you to Sandra van Aalderen and our host Drew Wackerling below; to read about the others, visit our program page.
We recently asked some of our team members 'If you could give a TEDx talk, what would it be about?' Read here what team members Mira Gleisberg & Barbara Capel answered to that question...
“What can I do today to expand my idea tomorrow?” This was the theme of the day on March the 6th with four inspiring workshops, passionate speakers, delicious food and a hell of a lot of ideas. All in all, bootcamp number two went down a treat.
Speaking for the TEDxAmsterdamED event 2015 is not just about showing up on the day itself and presenting your idea. It is so much more, just as TEDxAmsterdamED is so much more than just an event about education. It is an adventure… that starts with having an idea, an idea worth spreading, sending this idea in and then being invited to the speaker’s pitch. There you present yourself and your idea, being coached and supported by an inspiring team of people who know that your idea needs to be heard. Curious about what preparations are needed before the speakers are ready to present their idea for the TEDxAmsterdamED event on 26th of March? Check out this wonderful video!
What are the elements that make an incredible TEDtalk – or any inspiring speech or talk, for that matter?
As another edition of TEDxAmsterdamED looms on the horizon, we asked Joni Bais, director and co-founder of Great Communicators, and Jessika Lynch, curator and co-founder of TEDxAmsterdamED, to share what makes a great TED talk. Between the two of them, Bais and Lynch have selected and/or coached dozens of successful TEDx speakers, presented workshops, written content for, and worked with many other speakers to create, shape, and present their talks on various stages and events.
The two recently met for coffee to answer the question: how do you put together a great TED talk?
Attending a TED or TEDx event tends to be a very special opportunity for most people who get the chance to be at an event live. It has been described by one of our past guests as, “a day that leaves you tingling from every nerve ending.” We’d have to agree.
We are thrilled to introduce you to three more of our speakers - all renowned thinkers and innovators with a passion for nurturing learners of the future.
As the date of the TEDxAmsterdamED main event draws nearer, preparations on all levels have been intensifying. This is especially true for the speakers, who have now taken the first steps in the TEDxAmsterdamED coaching program run by our partner, Great Communicators.
It was a nice surprise to see one of the former speakers of TEDxAmsterdamED, Jaffar Al-Ani, as our host yesterday. Now I know that TEDx is not only valuable for the audience, but also for the speakers themselves. What an amazing amount of growth Jaffar has gone through in comparison to his talk in 2013. Loved his talk then, but loved him more today as a free speaker! Jaffar took a moment to point out the right to free speech, referring to the horrible week in Paris. The pitches were fast, good and varied. As a regular speaker on stage, I was impressed by the way the speakers presented themselves.
TEDxAmsterdamED’s program team spends the better part of a year researching speakers to present their talks at our main event. One way we look for speakers is via our annual Speaker Pitch, where we ask our community to spread the word and let us hear the best Ideas Worth Spreading in education. This year’s Speaker Pitch event will be held on January 11, 2015 in Boom Chicago Amsterdam.
Change is in the air: are we nearing the tipping point or just nearly at the tip of the iceberg? Is revolution needed for Education to evolve, or is the future of Education already within reach? From the tiny shifts that make a huge difference to the ground-breaking movements shaking the system, TEDxAmsterdamED 2015 explores the Education (r)evolution and the balancing act between continuity and change.
Kayo Korabiowski - (I'm Not) Another Brick In The Wall.
Kayo, a 14 year old student, pitches that education should prepare kids to solve today’s global problems: war, poverty and environmental issues. But how can our current educational system prepare students when it is essentially based on 18th century society?