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Theme: Somewhere in Time

This event occurred on
November 28, 2014
9:00am - 7:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Amsterdam, NH

Thank you for joining TEDxAmsterdam! Friday 28 November was special for so many people. This year’s theme (Somewhere in Time) offered a great opportunity for our speakers to reflect on the past, the present, and the future. For the first time, hearing impaired people could watch the live stream with sign language interpreters, and anyone was able to view the Stadsschouwburg from the front row in virtual reality.

Leidseplein 26
Amsterdam, NH, 1017 PT
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George Vaillant

As a psychiatrist and a professor at Harvard Medical School and the director of Research for the Department of Psychiatry, Vaillant is responsible for the longest longitudinal study of human development ever undertaken. Since 1938 this study has kept an eye on 200 men. At a time when many people around the world are living into their tenth decade, this study offers some welcome news for the new old age: our lives continue to evolve in our later years and often become more fulfilling than before.

Michaela DePrince

Born Mabinty Bangura, she grew up as an orphan in Sierra Leone during the civil war. Her father was shot by rebels when she was three years old, and that her mother starved to death soon after. Frequently malnourished, mistreated, and derided as a ‘devil’s child’ because of her skin condition, she fled to a refugee camp after her orphanage was bombed. In 1999, at the age of four, she was adopted. Inspired by a picture she found and kept while in Sierra Leone, DePrince trained as a ballet dancer.

Henk Henk Schiffmacher

Henk Schiffmacher is a tattoo artist, painter, writer, collector, and world traveler. He has extensive knowledge of the role of tattoos through the ages, in different cultures, and in their role in the process of mourning.

Kim Spierenburg

Kim Spierenburg started playing the violin at the age of six. She found that playing the violin has helped her to cope with her autoimmune disease. The vibrations, transferring through her body via the violin, help to ease her constant pain. She is currently studying at the Amsterdam Conservatory.

Ary Seth Cohen

Ari Seth Cohen is the creator of Advanced Style, a street style blog documenting, in his words, the ‘fashion and wisdom of the senior set.’ Cohen’s blog was made into a best-selling book and a documentary. Growing up with two loving grandmothers, Cohen noticed that older people were missing from fashion campaigns and sites featuring street styles, so he began to blog about it. Cohen is passionate about his subjects and society’s treatment of older people. “I think that people neglect, forget, or ignore older people and don’t realize their worth. They don’t realize that they still want to be heard and that they still have a lot to offer.”

Rainer Goebel

Rainer Goebel is a professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of psychology at Maastricht University as well as the founding director of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center and involved with the Institute for Neuroscience in Amsterdam. He combines functional brain imaging with neural network modelling to advance our understanding of brain function at multiple levels of organization. In short: his research shows how we think.

Remy van Kesteren

Remy van Kesteren has been playing harp since the age of 5 and entered the conservatory only five years later. He just won the largest International Harp Competition in the world in the USA, reached 500,000 visitors during the Night of the Proms and has taken on a number of ambitious projects, including a collaboration with the famous ballet choreographer, Hans van Manen. Remy van Kesteren has developed a new and modern harp instrument that he will show for the first time at TEDxAmsterdam.

Simon Anholt

Simon Anholt is one of the world’s leading thinkers and practitioners on ultra-widescale human engagement, and over the last thirty years has instigated and led three new fields that influence and measure attitudes, culture and activity at the global scale. He is the founder of the Good Country Index, the world’s first study of how much each country on earth contributes to the rest of humanity and to the planet. He leads youth, corporations, NGOs, global associations and institutions, and ambitious world leaders, to help the world work ‘gooder’, and in doing so gain impressive rewards.

Nicole Beutler

Nicole Beutler lives and works in Amsterdam as a choreographer and theater maker. Her work is situated on the threshold of dance, performance, and visual arts and often refers to history. Her performance “ECHO: There is no such thing at lost time” enters into a dialogue with the past, present, and future of dance.

Nora Fisher

Coming from a classical education, Nora Fischer has developed her voice in many different musical styles and developed an adventurous performance practice. Using her voice as a versatile instrument, she performs music from the 16th century up to contemporary compositions that have been written especially for her.

Duncan Stutterheim

Duncan Stutterheim is a well-known entrepreneur in music, festivals, and dance. He has fostered many start ups where youth culture and innovation collide.

Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes started her political career over 40 years ago. After a long period of working on the board of commissioners of several multinational corporations she returned to active politics when she became European Commissioner.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands