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TEDx talks 2016
Petra Dassen - The power of communities

“I’m convinced we are very fortunate with this region.”, says mayor of Beesel Petra Dassen. “As leaders, we have a responsibility to make sure we achieve the best results. To do this we all need each other: entrepreneurs, government, small towns, cities, citizens, politicians, schools and companies. We need to work together.”

 

The study ‘politics’ in Aken, Germany, fits Petra like glove. From even a young age she couldn’t resist the urge to improve her environment. The promotion which followed concerned a deepening of learning processes. “When I finished my thesis it really felt like a personal triumph.” The activism, reflection and further deepening of knowledge came by different positions she held. Petra developed teaching materials for the Radboudstichting (now Thomas More) and advising towns about integration.

 

“Personal growth I found most in motherhood and being a mayor. Motherhood teaches you the world revolves around others. Being a mayor brought me the rich feeling of being connected to the people my town.”

“As leaders, we have a responsibility to make sure we achieve the best results by connecting people and form powerful communities. To do this we all need each other: entrepreneurs, government, small towns, cities, citizens, politicians, schools and...

TEDx talks 2016
Gaston Dorren - Grow up, learn another language

Good afternoon, goedemiddag, guten Tag, bonjour, buenas tardes, gooiemiddig. Gaston Dorren might greet us in six different languages. Gaston emphasizes the value of knowing multiple languages. And a regional language or ‘dialect’ also counts!

 

As a journalist and writer Gaston has a lot of linguistic experience. But in terms of experience, he says, there’s nothing like staying abroad. In Peru and Ecuador, speaking Spanish was the best and often the only way to communicate with people who lived completely different lives. “By learning another language, you make your world bigger, more diverse and less scary.” More about the delights and surprising effects of bilingualism in his talk.

 

The evolution of languages is an ongoing process, and huge changes can be expected in decades to come. “Young people want to distinguish themselves from the generation before them, and changing the language is a great way to do that, especially as it annoys older people no end.” Among adults, women tend to be leading in language change. So when it comes to language, adult men are mostly followers? “Yes, we are. And often grumpy ones at that.”

“I’m pretty sure that most of you here speak more than two languages. At least Dutch, and English as well, or you’re faking it really well.” And if you only speak English you’re probably American. 

According to economists, people who speak more...

TEDx talks 2016
Peter Bloemers - A firefighter's approach to a future-proof community

Binding volunteers to your organization isn't easy, but Peter Bloemers has found a solution to this problem. "The fire department is a public responsibility where everyone should be able to rely on.To assure the safety of the population, the deparment needs to evolve!" At this point the fire department is almost at a point-of-no-return considering their volunteer base, which is essential to the effectiveness of the department. The finding and connecting of volunteers to the fire department seems to be a difficult job and becomes increasingly worrisome.If things keep going as they are, the fire department might get trouble gearing up and moving out.

 

 

 

Binding volunteers to your organization isn't easy, but Peter Bloemers has found a solution to this problem. "The fire department is a public responsibility where everyone should be able to rely on.To assure the safety of the population, the deparment needs to evolve!"

 

Peter has been a volunteer at the fire department, in one way or another, from the age of 10. Today he's the commander of the department in Belfeld and is head Safety & Security at TU Eindhoven.

 

"My lesson? If you want to evolve, you also need to look at the past. That's where I found the explanation and solution for the fire department's problem." Curious what that solution is? Come to TEDxVenlo on the 18th and Peter Bloemers will explain.

When his beeper goes off, it takes Peter Bloemers 4 minutes to gear up and get to the place of need. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning? “I wanted to be a firefighter since I was a little boy. When everything is going bad, I need...

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Gear Up To Evolve - partner workshop

Building relationships with our partners is important for TEDxVenlo. With this in mind, we organized the first Gear Up 2 Evolve event exclusively for our partners.

In one afternoon, we brought forward two workshops aimed at developing an innovative mindset and an impactful pitch. 14 participants of 5 different nationalities came together to learn new ways to solve challenges and pitch ideas using the best...

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