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.
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Now is not the time for those with privilege to steal the spotlight, unless possibly to shine it in the direction of those who, historically, have been forced to shout through the darkness.
For this edition of our newsletter, we have gathered talks from the TEDx Universe—talks with messages that might ordinarily slip through the cracks of discomfort, fall away among shrugs of indifference, blur between the lines of disregard. We invite you to watch these talks, to really hear the speakers, to embrace the uneasiness.
No matter where you’re sitting right now, discrimination is a problem. The fight for civil rights may seem like it’s a done deal, but widespread acceptance is still far from won.
Take a look around your workspace, your community, your social groups. Do the faces all look similar? Are the backstories of the people more or less the same? In such a landmark moment for progress, ask yourself: are you helping to make as much of an impact as possible?
Pretty much everyone on the planet has had to undergo a not-so-trivial shift in life during the past couple of months. Some, of course, have been much more dramatic than others. Life isn’t back to the way it was, and won’t be for some time—if ever.
Right now, as we’re all moving forward together into the unknown, here are a few people who have graced the TEDxTUM stage with a common core message: don’t feel intimidated to think in a new way.
Any way you slice it, the world is going through a new phase, and it’s up to us to define what that means. Whether we’re comprehending our brain power through our hands, learning to understand a mystifying new medium, or revolutionizing something we didn’t think could be improved—the power of shifting gears is tremendous.
Just because a situation is new doesn’t mean that it’s all bad. Sometimes, it only requires a dance between the clutch and the gas. The transmission always roars the loudest right before the upshift.
So, is it time to do things in a new way?
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?
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.
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.
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
FROM OUR EVENTS
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… 😉
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.
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.