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TEDxMaastricht 2015 speaker Elizabeth Rocha Salgado: Listen and transform

“Somos aquilo que fazemos daquilo que a vida fez com a gente” (We are what we make out of what life has brought to us)
Otto Nascarella, Brazilian singer, inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre

This quote is “the story of my life in 12 words,” says the Brazilian filmmaker Elizabeth Rocha Salgado. “I take all that life has (or doesn’t have) to offer for me and try to create something out of it. Do things with what I have. Transform.”


Ruben L. Oppenheimer, cartoonist and speaker at TEDxMaastricht 2015: If you can’t beat them, draw them!

For Ruben L. Oppenheimer (1975) it all started with the ‘Donald Duck’ magazine from his youth. Over and over again he would draw the character of Donald Duck until it was perfect. In high school he would draw his teachers, which ‘earned’ him a spot as a cartoonist in the school newspaper. Even at that time it became clear to him that not everyone was equally open to the position of satire in our society: an entire issue of the newspaper was published without a frontpage, because Ruben’s cartoon found no mercy in the eyes of the school’s principal…