1. TEDxAmsterdam: Wubbo Ockels


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    Prof. dr. Wubbo J. Ockels is a Dutch physicist, and also the Netherlands' original astronaut. He is a Professor of Aerospace Sustainable Engineering and Technology at the University of Delft, and tries to stimulate a mentality change among Dutch citizens. In his mind-bending TEDxAmsterdam talk, Ockels explains how ‘time’ is created by human beings, as a way our brains can make sense of gravity. The speed of light is constant, because it is made by us: it’s the clock by which we have calibrated our existence. Based on this premise, Ockels proposes a new way to explore life in our galaxy. More at http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/2009/video-wubbo-ockels-on-time-and-gravity/

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    • TEDxAmsterdam: Gerhard Knies


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      Dr. Gerhard Knies is a co-founder of TREC, a network of experts on sustainable energy. TREC gave rise to the DESERTEC initiative, a unique industry initiative to develop a reliable, sustainable and climate-friendly energy supply from the deserts in the Middle East and North Africa. In his TEDxAmsterdam talk Knies explains the concept and shows that the idea is realistic. More at http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/2009/video-gerhard-knies-on-deserts-as-energy-source/

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      • TEDxAmsterdam: Gary Carter


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        Gary Carter is Chief Operating Officer of FremantleMedia, one of the largest independent entertainment brand companies in the world. His responsibilities include the management of the central creative functions of the company across all genres and platforms, as well as the management of the overall strategic development of the group. In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he presented his world from two very different angles. He started with the world from the perspective of FremantleMedia, a world of target audiences and formats, ”universal” stories and a search for the greatest common denominator; but then, in a move that surprised many in the audience, he turned to his own family and the world of his son. He showed how different his son’s world is, how the views and interpretations of that world differ too, and how wide the range of human experience can be. Garter concluded that our differences are actually what matter most. More at http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/2009/video-gary-carter-learning-to-kiss/

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        • TEDxAmsterdam: Tony DiSanto


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          Tony DiSanto is President of Programming and Development at MTV in New York in the United States. In his TEDxAmsterdam talk he explores the way we tell stories in a digital age. DiSanto developed several reality shows and was executive producer of hit series Run’s House, The Hills, The City, Paris Hilton, My New BFF and Made. In 1998 DiSanto co-founded very popular shows like Total Request Live (“TRL”) with Carson Daly and Say What? Karaoke. DiSanto studied at the NYU Film School and worked as a director of music videos, shorts and commercials before he joined MTV in the nineties. More at http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/2009/video-tony-disanto-on-telling-stories-in-a-digital-age/

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          • TEDxAmsterdam: Bruno Giussani


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            Bruno Giussani is the European Director of the TED Conferences. He is also a writer, and the producer of the Swiss Forum des 100; Member of the Boards of Internet consultancy Tinext and of the Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he discusses TED and its wide range of activities, and shows how TED's motto of Ideas worth spreading works out in practice. His talk includes a presentation of the TEDx program, as well as the TED Open Translation project and the launch of the Charter for Compassion More at http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/2009/video-bruno-giussani-on-ted-and-spreading-ideas/

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            • TEDxAmsterdam: Frans Timmermans


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              Frans Timmermans is Minister for European Affairs in the Netherlands. TEDxAmsterdam was kicked off by his passionate talk, which underlined the necessity to confront our fears and work on finding solutions that fit our society. More at http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/2009/video-frans-timmermans-be-like-jack-sparrow-embrace-your-fears/

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              • TEDxAmsterdam: Kevin Kelly


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                What does technology want? That’s the question Kevin Kelly explores his new talk at TEDxAmsterdam. Kelly presented a new definition of technology: ‘anything useful invented by a mind’ – whether it be a hammer or the rule of law. So technology is more than gadgets; it’s part of a great story that started long ago, an extension of life and it is moving through us. More at http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/2009/video-kevin-kelly-on-what-technology-wants/

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                • TEDxAmsterdam: Robbert Dijkgraaf


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                  We are in the middle of a golden era of exploration. Particle physicists are probing the smallest distances; cosmologists are looking at the very end of the universe. All are looking for answers to fundamental questions. What is matter made of? Are there extra dimensions? What is the nature of space and time? What can we learn from our past and future? Robbert Dijkgraaf (1960) is Distinguished University Professor of Mathematical Physics at the University of Amsterdam. From 1 May 2008 he is President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he showed us how we now know how much we do not know. More at http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/2009/video-robbert-dijkgraaf-the-unknown-universe/

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                  • TEDxAmsterdam: Merlijn Twaalfhoven


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                    Composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven is most known by the remarkable projects he creates, connecting styles, cultures but first of all people. Twaalfhovens intention is to bridge worlds of contrast, and to mix unusual elements to a new unity. In his TEDxAmsterdam talk, he suggests that art needs to be reconnected to society to open the art world for new audiences. For more info see http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/2009/video-merlijn-twaalfhoven-on-reconnecting-art-and-life/

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                    • TEDxAmsterdam: Mabel van Oranje


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                      Princess Mabel van Oranje is CEO of The Elders. The Elders are an independent group of eminent global leaders, brought together by Nelson Mandela, who offer their collective influence and experience to support peace building, help address major causes of human suffering and promote the shared interests of humanity. Her talk at TEDxAmsterdam discusses the conditions for change in the world. More at http://www.tedxamsterdam.nl/2009/video-mabel-van-oranje-on-change/

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