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Theme: Transformations

This event occurred on
March 15, 2014
5:00pm - 8:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Bonn, NW

Driven by the theme 'Transformations' TEDxYouth@BIS challenged, questioned, invited and inspired the community of learners to become change agents in the world they live in.

Bonn International School
Martin-Luther-King-Straße 14
Bonn, NW, 53175
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Robby, Oliver, Nick, and Nick: cover band transformed songs into different genres Tape is a band started by a group of students from various countries: Nick O'Niell the guitarist, Oliver Thornewill the bassist, Niklas Zimmermann the drummer, and Robby Pintar the singer. They played a combination of covers and conversions of songs into different genres. They got together to play music to spread the idea of originality in musical expression throughout their school, as opposed to trying to be exactly like existing musical artists. They are interested in this topic because they all have a strong passion for music.

Mackenzie Mattos

Mackenzie Mattos was born and raised in the USA but has lived in Germany for almost 2 years now. Her speech explored the taboo behind living your dream and how this taboo developed as children grow up. Mackenzie's interest in this topic arose from her own experience in her struggle to follow her dreams, as well as watching her peers struggle.

Arthur Grunenwald

Arthur Grunenwald is French, was originally born in Italy, and has traveled to every continent. Formerly depressed, he has found the joys in life as a result of commencing a life of exercise. Instead of excelling in knowledge of physical benefits in exercise, he focuses on the social and mental utility of working out. His aspiration is to enlighten the world with the transformative nature of exercise and of what living a healthy lifestyle has done for him, and what it can do for you.

Erik Bentzen

Erik Bentzen was born in Germany and lived in the United States for half his life. He has traveled around the world acquiring new knowledge and impressions everywhere he went. During his talk Erik focused on modern over-the-counter medicine and how it has much in common with the medieval practice of using leeches to cure illnesses. Having seen how medicine and healthcare work in many different places, he has noticed that many people take medicine without thinking of the consequences and of the danger that accompanies the healing capabilities of OTC medicine.

Monica Fearon

Monica Fearon, is from Tegucigalpa, Honduras and has lived in many different continents from America to Africa to Europe. Monica is a 13 year old who dreams of becoming a musician to be able to inspire and encourage people to be comfortable with being themselves. She has an interest in the truth behind a teenagers mind. She sang a song she wrote herself about taking responsibility for damaging a persons emotional, social, physical and mental health with verbal and cyber bullying. This is a world problem that needs to be addressed.

Duncan Page

Duncan Page was born in Canada but has lived in four countries in total. He has visited over 13 countries since his move to Italy in 2007. He spoke about why people fear change, and what we can do to change that. He is particularly interested in this topic because each new country he visits acts as a personal challenge in language, culture, customs and a modification to his way of life.

Sangmun Lee

Sangmun Lee is from South-Korea, where he spend most of his life. When he was young he didn't notice how dangerous electronic devices and internet technology can be, but he finally encountered the truth. He thinks that this problem should be solved in some way or people are going to become slaves to technology. He thought about what part of technology made itself so toxic to us, and the reasons why we are so hooked into technology.

Luana Parisius de Lima

Luana Parisius de Lima is Brazilian and German and grew up in Brazil. She moved to Germany at the age of 10. In Recife, her hometown, she experienced the harsh living conditions of the poor, as she regularly visited her babysitter in the slums. When she entered Bonn International School, she became aware of the immense differences between the living conditions of rich and poor people. What might be nothing for a rich person, can be a lot for a poor person. Luana is concerned about the huge imbalance between rich and poor. In her talk she presented an idea how we, as privileged people, could help children in need all around the world.

Michael Weber

Michael Weber is a German/Canadian student who was attended the multicultural school environment of Bonn International School for over 6 years. He speaks a selection of languages ranging from English to Spanish, he is an international traveler who enjoys gathering knowledge about various cultures. Michael is an avid reader of historical fiction, as well as personally engaging in topics, mostly from modern history. He aims to promote the awareness of rising criminal problems that have a direct effect on the global economic wealth. "I became engaged in the subject of criminal expansion as by chance, I discovered a series of articles over the course of two months that concluded my hypothesis that criminal syndicates have their affiliations entrenched on a far more global scale than previously expected."

Sapna Welsh

Sapna Welsh is a Partner of Leverage HR, LLC, where they help organizations increase the number of women in leadership positions. For the past twenty years, she has helped individuals improve their performance through professional coaching, training, and performance management. She recently released her first book, Worldly Women – The New Leadership Profile, where she builds on existing women’s leadership development methods and supercharges them with a fresh perspective - working abroad – the most powerful leadership development tool. Sapna holds a Masters degree in Labor and Human Resources from The Ohio State University, a BBA in International Business from The George Washington University, and licensure as a Professional in Human Resources and Registered Corporate Coach. She previously served as an HR adjunct faculty member at Franklin University and also served on the Human Resources curriculum advisory board

Rosemary Kalapurakal

Rosemary Kalapurakal was appointed Deputy Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in August 2013. Prior to joining UNV she served as Chief of the Policy and Operations Support Unit of the Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS / United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York (February 2011 – August 2013). During this period, Rosemary’s focus included contributions to several key UNDP corporate initiatives and analysis of their implications for the region, including the Strategic Plan, Integrated Budget and the review of business models and office sustainability. Rosemary joined UNDP in 2001 through the Leadership Development Programme, initially serving as Programme Specialist in the Policy Bureau (Poverty Division) and the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific (RBAP, Regional Programme Division). She developed extensive knowledge of country office programming and operations through subsequent assignments in RBAP, including in Lao PDR as Assistant Resident Representative - Governance (2002 – 2004) and RBAP South-East Asia and Pacific Division (2005 – 2011). Rosemary has significant experience in gender-related advocacy, through her tenure as Programme Specialist at UNIFEM (2000) and as Information and Communications Manager for UNDP’s Global Gender Programme (2007 – 2009). She also spent several years at an international NGO in New York (International Women’s Tribune Centre, 2003 – 2007), aimed at strengthening women’s information networks world-wide. Rosemary graduated from the Ohio State University (USA) with a doctorate in Business (Marketing) and a Master’s degree in Economics; she also completed a post-doctoral fellowship from the London Business School. The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UN Volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.

Billy Martin

Mr. Martin, a retired math/science/IT teacher has chosen the topic of "What do you want to be when you Grow Up?" A seemingly innocent question asked by so many teachers as students continue their educational journey. He discussed their reactions using classic Greek Theatre to engage the audience.

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