Theme: 9 Billion & You
September 4th, 2013
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According to the most reliable predictions, the world population will grow to the magical nine billion people in the next 30 years. With this population growth on the one hand and increasing scarcity of food, energy and other sustances on the other the following question arises: how can we create a sustainable world for 9 billion people? An important and unifying theme, that is hot topic on the agenda of companies and multinationals both national and international. How can we, also as individuals, realize a sustainable society, with a sustainable production of necessary raw materials, sustainable healthcare, balanced nutrition, and above all a stable environment?
What is your position?
TEDx Maastricht also focuses on the responsibility of the individual. What can you do to contribute to a sustainable future? Everyone must submit, everyone must participate, only then we can create a sustainable society. 9 Billion and you, and in particular the “you” is so important in this case!
Dawn Engle is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, The PeaceJam Foundation, which brings youth together with thirteen Nobel Peace Prize Laureates including The 14th Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu to only name a few. Dawn herself has been nominated eight times for the Nobel Peace Prize herself. She is the co-director of the award-winning documentary film, PEACEJAM and co-authored the book, PeaceJam: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace. In addition she directed the award winning documentary films, 2012: The True Mayan Prophecy and Mayan Renaissance, which was released by PeaceJam in Spring of 2012 and is the first in a series of feature length documentaries in PeaceJam’s Nobel Legacy Film Series. Dawn began her career as an economist, working for the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. She was the youngest women ever appointed to serve as Chief of Staff to a U.S. Senator. In 1991, she co-founded the Colorado Friends of Tibet, and in 1994, she and artist Ivan Suvanjieff began working together to create the PeaceJam program. Ivan and Dawn married in March 2000, with Archbishop Desmond Tutu presiding over the ceremony. In September 2008, The Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi and 6 other Nobel Peace Laureates joined together to launch PeaceJam’s Call to Action campaign, calling for one billion acts of service and peace by the year 2018.
Graeme Maxton, originally from Scotland, is a best-selling author and Fellow of the International Centre of the Club of Rome, a network of renowned independent thinkers, dedicated to addressing the problems facing humanity. His latest book, ”The End of Progress – How modern economics has failed us”, deals with the aftermath of the financial crisis, overpopulation, resource depletion and the emergence of China as a global power. A top-20 best seller, the book was also nominated for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award 2011. Graeme was a contributor to The Economist for many years and now writes for a wide range of international newspapers and magazines in Europe, the US and Asia. If you rather watch him on television you can do so on CNBC’s Squawk Box and Capital Connection as well as regularly on BBC and CNN news programmes where is a frequent guest.
Dr. Geoff Fernie is the Vice President, Research at Toronto Rehab. Throughout his career in rehabilitation engineering, Geoff has worked to find innovative ways to help people with disabilities overcome the day-to-day difficulties they encounter, especially in later life. A biomedical engineer by training, Geoff brings a unique perspective to his work. Geoff and his team have transferred six products to the marketplace and have many others in development, including devices to assist older people in day-to-day living. Among their inventions: a simple device that increases the height of a toilet easily and discreetly; a powered wheelchair that can move in all directions including sideways; and a battery-powered patient lift to help caregivers move patients without hurting themselves. He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto with cross-appointments that include the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science and the Departments of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy. A mechanical engineer, he has over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers and book chapters, and 16 families of patents. Geoff has a doctorate in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde.
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