About Rick


I enjoy helping others understand things better.


Dutch, English

TED Conferences

TEDGlobal 2010, TEDGlobal 2009

Areas of Expertise

Morality, Facility Management

An idea worth spreading

Making moral decisions in management.

I'm passionate about

Getting to know as much as I can about all kinds of disciplines. Giving and attending presentations. Helping others develop their knowledge.

Talk to me about

You can talk to me about anything!

My TED story

I often watch videos on TED.com, they are great!

TEDGlobal 2009 and TEDGlobal 2010 were fantastic! There were a lot of insightful talks, interesting speakers and attendees, mindblowing ideas and TED moments.

TEDxAmsterdam and TEDxBrussels were also great!

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Rick van der Pluijm
Posted almost 5 years ago
Eben Bayer: Are mushrooms the new plastic?
Your talk is great, mycelium is amazing and it's really bad that styrofoam is used as often as it is. I was looking at your website (www.ecovativedesign.com) and I'm wondering about three things: Can you also make it look different (smoother and different colors)? How does the material feel? Can entrepreneurs who are interested in starting such facilities somewhere get guidelines on how to manage such a facility (to know which processes are involved, which machines are needed and what's essential to being successful in working with mycelium)?
Rick van der Pluijm
Posted almost 5 years ago
Sebastian Seung: I am my connectome
Connectomes are very interesting and the visuals are amazing. Sebastian is funny and he explains things in a clear way. I especially like that "the connectome is where nature meets nurture" and the metaphor he uses is great. He even involves philosophy into his talk. Not only by saying an important statement for the youth: 'I am more than my jeans' (everyone is many things, so you could even replace that with something that doesn't sound like "genes"), but also by considering the most extreme implication of the hypothesis. A great talk!