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Come to pitch night at University College Venlo

Want a new take on (un)reality? Get more involved in the Venlo community? Feel like making a difference for others? Come to TEDx!


Come to TEDx Open Pitch Night.
It’s where potential speakers of TEDxVenlo pitch their great idea to make a chance to present it on our main stage on November 7th. And you can come and join the conversation. We can guarantee you an evening of...

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Get a sneak peek of TEDx Venlo at Zomerparkfeesten

Get Unreal with TEDx Venlo at the Zomerparkfeesten on August 18th in the TEATRO tent! There will be talks that will give you a sneak peek of what is to come at the next TEDx Venlo main event on November 7th in theatre De Maaspoort.

 

If Alie de Boer, researcher at Maastricht University, had her way, rules and regulations in the food industry would be thrown out the window and we would get back to the drawing board. ‘They’ tell us broccoli is good for us, but how do we know for...

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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...

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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...

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