What happens in-between TEDxTUM events?

Our team puts a lot of love and energy into organizing our events, but we don’t stop there. Driven by our passion for spreading ideas and engaging people’s creativity, we put on smaller, invite-only events and activities as well as interactive, fun online and offline campaigns. We also highlight our past talks along with other ideas from the TEDx universe and beyond in themed editorials. This is our blog, where we collect and document all of this.

Do you have a fun, interactive idea for us to do, or an impactful project for our team to contribute to, or would you like to get involved yourself? Use the contact form to get in touch.

EDITORIALS

Zoom out for the big picture—this won’t last forever (Editorial #7)

Zoom out for the big picture—this won’t last forever (Editorial #7)

Have we ever relied on technology more than we have in the past few weeks? From home-office hangouts to whirlwind advancements in telemedicine, our time in isolation has demonstrated that—when left to our own devices—we can come together to make things happen.

In the spirit of innovation, here are some examples of technological headway at TEDxTUM that lit the path before the world shifted, and continue to shine onward.

As we inch ever closer to a new version of normal, it still feels like we have more questions than answers. There’s so much to learn, and we’re all just feeling our collective way through it on the fly.

And yet, let’s think about the world we have the power to carve out for ourselves. The world we can personally sculpt. The world that heals with grace, the world that nourishes its people, the world that propels itself forward into the future.

The world you want is waiting. How will you help create it?

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Compassion—in a crisis, in the common place (Editorial #6)

Compassion—in a crisis, in the common place (Editorial #6)

Right now, our world is shaky. It feels as though we are living in a rapidly-changing puzzle with more unknown variables than facts. 

And yet, here’s an indisputable piece of reality: we are coming together in unprecedented ways. Currently, the challenges we’re facing on a global scale have the potential to wreck our collective sense of humanity. Instead, though, we’re uniting, we’re collaborating, we’re connecting from a distance. 

As you huddle indoors to protect the most vulnerable people you know (and the tens of millions you don’t), we want to highlight some TEDxTUM talks that focus on the fact that compassion lights the fire not only in a time of crisis—but also in the everyday.

We won’t sugarcoat it: as we face the next few days, weeks, and months, uncertainty feels like the only guarantee.

But, as much as we can, let’s not cave to panic right now. Let’s take moments for ourselves, allowing our emotions a wide berth in this time of unforeseen parameters. Let’s remember that we’re all human beings on the same space rock, spinning around a ball of fire. Until the fire goes out, we’re all in this together.

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How can we build stronger societies (Editorial #5)

How can we build stronger societies (Editorial #5)

One of our core concerns at TEDxTUM is to shape our society in a positive way. From the words in our mission statement to the communal feel of our events, we strive to influence our area for the better.

But what does that look like? In reality, how can we imagine better societies for the future? In this edition, we present a few TEDx talks (two from our stage in previous years) that outline a few ways we could mold our communities for tomorrow’s citizens, who will face new challenges head-on.

It’s an undeniable fact—we all need a community to survive. At this point, let’s ask ourselves a crucial question: how can we step up to build something sustainable, a place for everyone?

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COMMUNITY

TEDxTUM featured in two podcasts

TEDxTUM featured in two podcasts

In the past 2 years, TEDxTUM has been featured on several podcasts, giving us a chance to share our experiences in organizing an event with passion, dedication, and playfulness. We love the TEDx community and believe in giving back. Feel free to listen in if you want a behind-the-scenes look into how TEDxTUM comes to life.

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TEDxWeekendRoma

TEDxWeekendRoma

TEDx is a huge world-wide community, with almost 4000 events happening in 170 countries each year. 2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of the TEDx program, and the community decided to celebrate: Organizers around the world hosted five weekend-long experiences across different continents — in Johannesburg, Mexico City, Rome, Taipei, and Tunis. Each local team designed a unique weekend-long celebration – for TEDxers only! – that featured city adventures, regional workshops, social engagements, and more! The TEDxTUM team took part in TEDxWeekendRoma in October 2019 – and came back with a strong sense of the global community and a head full of new ideas for our future events. Here’s a short summary of what we experienced.

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SOCIAL MEDIA

#onetalkonetask

#onetalkonetask

We all probably have watched tons of TED and TEDx talks before. And we all know the feeling of learning something new, of exploring something unknown, of getting inspired by a new idea.

These feelings drove our team to take the next step and not only get inspired by these ideas but bring them to action. So, 8 of our team members took on the challenge. They chose one TED(x) talk and assigned themselves one task.

Here, we share their individual journeys, experiences, and thoughts. See for yourself how they all solved one task inspired by one talk! #onetalkonetask

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FROM OUR EVENTS

TEDxTUM Puzzles

TEDxTUM Puzzles

In 2018 and 2019, we gave students the chance to win a free ticket to our main event at the end of the year. The only thing they had to do was to solve one puzzle to get their name entered in our ticket raffle. Solving more puzzles of course increased the chance of winning a ticket.

While most of them were rewarded by a free ticket to TEDxTUM, we also got the feedback that it was just fun solving the puzzles. So, if you missed our puzzle challenges in the last 2 years, here is your chance to try for yourself.

How many can you solve?

And you never know, maybe you will learn something that can help you to win a free ticket to TEDxTUM yourself one day… 😉

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How we tried to reduce the environmental impact of TEDxTUM: Dive In

How we tried to reduce the environmental impact of TEDxTUM: Dive In

As we craft together our main event each year, we keep an eye turned toward sustainability. While we’re still far from reaching our destination, we took a lot of measures to create a greener, more eco-friendly event.

From the sponsors we’ve chosen to the ingredients in the food we’ve laid out, almost every aspect of the experience at TEDxTUM: Dive In was geared toward a lower carbon footprint.

We still have a long way to go, but we are really proud of what our team has accomplished this year. Feel free to contact us if you have ideas or suggestions on how we could improve further.

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Can a vegetarian lunch reduce the carbon footprint of our event?

Can a vegetarian lunch reduce the carbon footprint of our event?

At TEDxTUM, we try hard to improve our event every year. In the year of Fridays for Future, this might be a bit of a cliche – but 2019, we did so by focusing a lot on sustainability.

Next to cutting out all single-use plastic bottles, this included going full-on vegetarian. For the past years, we have offered our attendees the choice between a chicken and a vegan wrap (which in 2018 led to a share of 80% chicken and 20% vegan wraps), in 2019 – we chose for them by only offering vegetarian burritos.

However, sustainability is a complicated topic and who even knows what steps to take anymore? Is vegetarian automatically better? To put some numbers on the issue, the small but mighty Burrito-Task-Force assembled and tackled the question of just how much CO2 emissions we could be cutting with this step.

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