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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EDITORIALS

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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Clutch, Shift, Gas—When the road ahead calls for a switch in mindset (Editorial #8)

Clutch, Shift, Gas—When the road ahead calls for a switch in mindset (Editorial #8)

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?

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FROM OUR EVENTS

Speakers at TEDxTUMSalon 2019

Speakers at TEDxTUMSalon 2019

This year, we shook things up. Our lineup of speakers was 100% female. Each speaker—intrepid and compelling in her own right—graced the stage of the TEDxTUMSalon 2019 event with an idea that changed the shape of the world around her.

Through these talks, we’ve watched the preposterous become possible: from walking trees on Earth to roving robots on asteroids, not to mention the ways that we can flip the script on travel for generations to come. As the concepts from our TEDxTUMSalon 2019 event come full circle, we invite you to ask yourself: what boundaries can we continue to break in the future? What is still within reach?

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