Talks of TEDxHeidelberg 2017

 Manuel Dolderer: Curiosity – the Force to Transform Education

Who is Manuel Dolderer?
Manuel gathered years of professional experience in the education markets before he came up with the idea of founding his own university. Together with his Co-Founders, he saw that the educational system needed new substance, content, and forms. They developed a revolutionary concept of higher education to respond the challenges of the digitalization. The Code University successfully started with the first cohort of students this autumn.

What was his TEDx Talk about?
Manuel took us on a journey to all the ruptures and challenges that Digitalization is causing, especially in the context of work and education. He showed how the current educational system is a leftover of the times of industrialization and out-of-date for today’s needs. Manuel presented us how new conceptions of education help to prepare the next generations for the future.

Jonathan Balcombe: Most Eaten, Least Heard: The Inner Lives of Fishes

Who is Jonathan Balcombe?
Animal behavior expert Jonathan is a passionate advocate for animals and their living spaces or living species. His New York Times best-selling new book What A Fish Knows celebrates the rich and complex lives of our underwater cousins, and, like his earlier books Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, and The Exultant Ark, presages a revolution in the human-animal relationship.

What was his TEDx Talk about?
In his talk Jonathan combined science with story-telling to explore the colorful lives of the least understood (and most maligned) vertebrates on Earth. Do fishes think? Do they really have three-second memories? And can they recognize the humans who peer back at them from above the surface of the water. Jonathan’s talk blew your fishy biases clear out of the water.

Millie Baker: If We Want to Speak Out, We Should First Listen In

Who is Millie Baker?
Millie is a trainer for communication, presentation skills and public speaking with over 17 years of professional experience. As the director of The Speaking Adventure – a company offering workshops in authentic public speaking – her approach is “If we want to speak out, we should first listen in.“

What was her TEDx Talk about?
Her talk focused on inner confidence as the main pathways to effective speaking. It was about one’s ability to stay present and connected when one is speaking, skills which form the basis of true confidence, and which are relevant in both our personal and professional lives. As Millie claims: “Too many of us are wasting time and energy in the fear of public speaking. So how to build the confidence to step forwards authentically and speak more grounded, uplifting and real? By bringing mindfulness to public speaking and listening more carefully to our body.”

Marcel Pfenning: You – A Lifework Architect

Who is Marcel Pfenning?
Following his slogan “Success happens, when you follow yourself“, Marcel co-founded the company Wachstum-Grenzenlos in 2013. Along with his team, the financial consultant offers workshops in the field of financial education and financial planning, in Heidelberg. Their mission for customers and employees is to find a meaningful path for doing and achieving things that make them happy.

What was his TEDx Talk about?
In his talk, Marcel shared his thoughts on how the working environment is changing, why old solutions for modern challenges don’t work anymore.
Conventional knowledge and a standard education won’t solve issues of future companies anymore. Therefore, Marcel believes that self-reliance and self-responsibility will be the virtues of the future employee.
Marcel brings a new innovative approach forward.

Tatiana Muñoz: How Active Listening Could Save Mankind

Tatiana tries to save mankind from global warming. In her job she gives her best as a public climate action manager and in her volunteer life as vice president of the German Federal Association for Climate Action. She got tired of mind bombs and sad pictures of polar ice bears as well as of call to action campaigns that wouldn’t change a thing in most of human thinking. She searched for innovative approaches to communicate climate issues. After all the research she came to a simple and old-fashioned conclusion. Before designing another campaign, you should just listen carefully, what people have to say.

Dr. Bart Knols: How Ending Malaria Could Have Prevented Hiroshima

Who is Dr. Bart Knols?
Bart is a medical entomologist and has devoted his entire career to the study of mosquitoes and the diseases they transmit, notably malaria and dengue. He has worked and lived in East and Southern Africa for more than 11 years. Undoubtedly some of the best years in his life, as he recalls them. Contributing to solving the global burden caused by malaria and dengue is what gets him up in the morning.

What was his TEDx Talk about?
Although scientific endeavour is constantly extending the boundaries of our options to control diseases, we sometimes tend to forget to listen to past successes. Much of what we have already learnt or practiced in the real world tends to be forgotten and replaced by often complex or more difficult to implement measures. The world of malaria is no exception, and he built a case for listening more to the past.

Marc Green: How to talk like a Native Speaker

Who is Marc Green?
Marc’s passion is the study of languages, their manifestation in local dialects, as well as their expression in poetry and folkloric song. He has acquired a near-native proficiency in six languages and their sub-forms and has given various musical performances.

What was his TEDx Talk about?
Marc talked about the process of learning a foreign language and the different levels of fluency. He showed that there is a higher realm of language proficiency and explained what it takes to reach this “native” point where the benefits far surpass mere communication skills.

Paolo Amerio: SOL | n (Performance Act)

Who is Paolo Amerio?
Paolo is a freelance performer, choreographer, dance and Yoga teacher. He worked with choreographers as Nanine Linning and Felix Mexer-Christian. Throughout the years, Paolo has performed in Germany, Holland, France, Italy, Russia and USA. He presented his last work, SOL | n, during the ARTORT 2017 Festival in Heidelberg. Paolo’s research is mainly focussed on the infinite possibilities of the human body, on an honest, pure way of moving, where every single action is a result of a thought or an emotion.

What was his TEDx Performance SOL | n about?
… and suddenly there was peace, I was somewhere else, where my mind and my soul could find rest, where my thoughts were lighter, where my voice was heard and my senses were softer… So I stayed and I started contemplating its solemnity.

(Choreography and performance: Paolo Amerio. Music: Apparat. Photo: Danilo Floreani)

As Far As Low (Performance Act)

Who are As Far As Low?
Two boys from Heidelberg, who have been close friends since childhood and have been driven by the urge to express themselves with music. Their songs are authentic, full of compassion and if you listen carefully you can have a glimpse in their lives! We wanted you to be inspired by their stories and the spirit they will share in the event. For those of you who watch TV on a regular basis – it was hard to miss their featuring on The Voice of Germany.

Talks of TEDxHeidelberg 2016

Mareike Hachemer: Teaching – The Most Important Profession in the World (English)

Selected out of 5000 nominations from 127 countries for the world teacher prize in 2014, she is one of the top 50 teachers in the world! Mareike firmly believes teaching and learning are misunderstood by many. Education should be a priority in all of our lives again and therefore it needs to be attractive. She calls for sharing more positive examples on the news and media as well as giving the teachers and students more time and freedom to express themselves and develop.

Dr. Renée Moore: How To Fail Successfully (English)

Innovation requires that we take risks in order to create new ideas and outcomes in our lives. But many people are failure avoiders rather than success seekers and have difficulty overcoming the boundaries that keep them from going for their biggest goals and reaching their fullest potential. Understanding how to change our success mindset, how to motivate ourselves, and how to fail successfully are key tools that are needed to get us to the next level of success.

Dr. Eike Wenzel: Demografischer Wandel verändert alles! (German)

Die grundlegenden Fakten zum demografischen Wandel sind längst bekannt. Aber wie dieser einflussreiche Megatrend in den kommenden 30 Jahren unseren Umgang mit Innovationen verändert, stellt für viele immer noch ein großes Rätsel dar. Dabei ist es eigentlich ganz einfach: Demografischer Wandel heißt, dass wir alle (auf allen Kontinenten) älter werden – die meisten sich dabei aber jünger fühlen. Demografischer Wandel findet auch nicht nur bei den Alten statt, sondern transformiert komplett unsere Gesellschaft. Eike wird in seinem Vortrag zeigen, wie sich der Demografische Wandel auch bei den Jüngeren äußert, welche Veränderungen es bei den Menschen in der „Rush Hour des Lebens“ gibt und welche Konsequenzen das für die Märkte von morgen hat.

Merch Mashiah: The Light at the End of the Tunnel (English)

Israeli designer Merch Mashiah created his fashion label Mashiah Arrive in Berlin in 1999. What makes his label special is not only the use of pleated fabric (plissé) and hand-made production, but also the personality behind the brand. Merch will share the personal story of his comeback as a successful fashion designer after a severe and dark challenge.

Philipp Schuch: Design löst unbekannte Probleme (German)

Understanding the problem means understanding people. Having more empathy for your customers and people around empowers you to create solutions that have a serious impact on their daily life. Philipp addresses what he learned as a designer about human behavior and how it changed his personal view of the world.

Melanie Schütze: Keine Diskussion – Frauen werden anders behandelt (German)

Melanie Schütze is the initiator of Alsterloge – a cross-discipline and cross-industry network for young and ambitious women. She is a thought leader for women in business and passionate about connecting like-minded business women to overcome the operational and social boundaries that women are facing in today’s business world. In her TEDx talk, Melanie will explain what diversity management is all about and what myths there are to be overcome.

Prof. Dr. Lothar Seiwert: Zeit ist Leben. Leben ist Zeit mit Begrenzung. (German)

Unsere Lebenszeit ist das kostbarste Gut, das wir besitzen – und auch die größte Grenze. Kein einziger Tag lässt sich wiederholen. Die Arbeit verdichtet sich und Burnout wird zur neuen Volkskrankheit. Viele Menschen leiden unter ständigem Zeitdruck und Überforderung. Wir müssen unsere Grenzen oder unser Mindset überwinden, um das hektische, komplexe Leben gleichzeitig mit Gelassenheit in Einklang zu bringen. Lothar Seiwert zeigt, wie wir das Gefühl der Unruhe und Hektik in einen gelassenen Umgang mit unserer Zeit drehen, damit wir das Beste aus ihr machen!

Fabian Westerheide: AI is Eating Our World (English)

Fabian Westerheide is a Berlin based investor and entrepreneur. Fabian’s TEDx Talk will dive into the challenges and opportunities of a world in which intelligent machines and humans coexist together. Artificial intelligence is and will be integrated more into vital parts of human life. Not only human jobs will be replaced by machines. Artificial intelligence will also challenge human thinking, art and culture. What comes after is the concept of Superintelligence and Singularity.