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

The root of it all (Editorial #11)

The root of it all (Editorial #11)

Do you ever feel like new technology is…taking things a little too far? Like someone should hit the pause button before reality becomes a little too dystopian for comfort?

A few of our previous speakers from the TEDxTUM stage not only understand—but also use nature’s help to turn back time and do things differently for the health of our future.

As we press onward, it may not be such a bad idea to look backward, either. As our speakers have highlighted, innovation gains tremendous strength when Mother Nature is on its side. 

Here’s to planting a better future.

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The Power on Your Plate (Editorial #10)

The Power on Your Plate (Editorial #10)

You think your dinner doesn’t matter? Think again.

“The new normal” is here, and we’re learning to live in its grasp in the best way we know how. For many of us, being stripped of control in life is the most difficult part—the urge to know more about the disease, to understand when life will fully return to normal, the yearning for physical connection and wondering endlessly when we’ll be able to enjoy it again.

While it appears that we’ll be suspended in this state of inertia for the foreseeable future, there is a problem that we can control: the dwindling food supply juxtaposed with the ever-growing population. 

You’re just one person, but it takes just one to begin a domino effect of change. We’ve got three voices from the TEDx Universe to help demonstrate how, even on a small scale, the time is now to begin making small adjustments for big impacts in the long run.

We’ll admit it, some of these propositions seem daunting, especially in the midst of a global crisis with no end in sight. Paying more for a cut of beef, being stringent about what goes onto your plate, or a future where we’re describing steak and chocolate to our grandchildren rather than sharing these foods with them doesn’t exactly sound like a mood booster. 

But while overhauling our relationship to food does seem intimidating…what’s the alternative in a few generations if we don’t act now?

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The New Frontier (Editorial #9)

The New Frontier (Editorial #9)

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.

Here, 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?

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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

Our World, Improved

Our World, Improved

Light bulbs, ironing boards, traffic signals. These seem like everyday fixtures of regular life…but can you imagine living without them? These items were once just ideas in the heads of frustrated people who saw a problem and formulated a solution. Think of the naysayers. The scoffers. The “It’s Always Been Done This Way”-ers. In a world of skeptics, a few bold inventors dared to walk a different path—and our world has been shaped for the better because of it. Do you have an idea that seems too crazy to work? And if so…what’s stopping you from making it a reality?

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#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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