About Jim


Jim Stolze is a Dutch author, public speaker and event organizer.

In February 2008, he spoke at the TED Conference in California about his Virtual Happiness Project, a research movement investigating the link between levels of Internet usage and happiness. Stolze received international attention for an experiment in which he went completely offline for a month. After this project, Stolze joined the Lifehackers Movement and wrote a book about In-box Management called "How To Survive Your Inbox". In 2010, Stolze was again invited to speak at a TED University session about "8 ways to create a successful TEDx".

In 2009, Stolze and his team created the first TEDxAmsterdam. The event was supported by an international cast of speakers including technology visionary Kevin Kelly, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and former astronaut Wubbo Ockels. Each gave the talk of their lives in just 18 minutes. On 30 Novembert 2010 the second edition of TEDxAmsterdam took place. Speakers included actor Rutger Hauer, Nobel Prize laureate Gerardus 't Hooft and nano-scientist Anita Goel. This event was the first conference to be live-streamed in 3D. More than 750 people watched a simulcast in 3D at the Pathe Tuschinski Cinema.

In 2011 Jim Stolze was appointed by TED Conferences New York as an official TEDx ambassador for Europe.


Dutch, English

TED Conferences

TED2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TEDActive 2011, TED2010, TEDGlobal 2009, TED2009, TEDActive 2008

Areas of Expertise

MBA , crossmedia, Internet strategy

An idea worth spreading

Can happiness be found online?

The question means little to millions living in poverty with neither electricity nor electronics. But there are also millions now weaving the Web 2.0 ever more tightly into their social fabric -- witness the booming popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites -- so the question seems worth asking.

Enter the "Virtual Happiness Project", which explores the relationship between the Web 2.0 (in particular) and happiness. The project's global survey results and experiments suggest something that a lot of Facebook users already sense: social interaction is a driver for happiness, and the Web 2.0 is a valid way to experience it.

Jim Stolze, a writer and researcher involved with the project, says the Internet has become our "new global campfire," the place where we gather to argue, laugh, talk, learn, love, turn strangers into friends, and to get a sense of belonging.


I'm passionate about


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TEDx YourCity

People don't know I'm good at

guitar playing

My TED story

On 26 March 2009 I got a message from TED that I was granted the license to organize a TEDx in Amsterdam. That same day I wrote a blogpost introducing TEDx to The Netherlands and that I was looking for help. I'm proud to say that 8 months later, we had a team of 30 people organizing one of the best received conferences in The Netherlands. There were 600 people attending in The Royal Tropical Institute and they were listening to Dutch and International speakers. We had professors on stage, artists, an astronout, secretary of state and even a royal princess. The event was streamed live and neary 20.000 people watched together with us and were joining the conversation via Twitter. This year TEDxAmsterdam will take place on 25 November 2011.

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