Getting up bright and early for this year’s TEDxYouth@Maastricht was not a big deal: the team had chosen to host their 2016 event in the former Augustijnen-church in the centre of Maastricht, just a short walk from my home. That made it easy to be there with plenty of energy to make the most of their excellent lineup of speakers!
Leaving our comfort zones can be a daunting experience, laced with fear, uncertainty, and ambiguity. However, the 2016 edition of TEDxYouth@Maastricht, held on the 12th of March at Rebelle in the heart of Maastricht, aimed to tackle this formidable task, and inspire the youth of today to step “Out of Bounds”, toward a brighter and more fulfilling tomorrow.
The TED survey evaluating the TEDxMaastricht 2015 audience experience and appreciation was filled by as many as 578 of the 1,000 visitors. The score tallied up to an excellent evaluation of 8.8 out of 10. This indicates that the whole day exceeded expectations, although this does not say that there is no room for improvement for 2016. Most visitors wrote down that they had a great and inspiring day and gave excellent feedback on going even bigger.
Kirsten van den Hul is an Eastern-Europe expert, an Arabist with a passion for change, culture, diversity and gender. Since 2007 Kirsten works as an independent ‘change-agent’ with several clients: NOS, Nike, ‘Zuidas Amsterdam’ and the Dutch Ministry for Education, Culture & Science.
Joost Vrouenraets’ latest ‘tour de force’ was ‘Kokoro’ [Japanese for ‘heart’] a 28 km long, non-stop ‘dance marathon’ from Heerlen to Maastricht along the old Roman road nowadays called Via Belgica. “I wanted to find out what lies at the heart of my dancing,” he explained.
Mark Kalch, TEDxMaastricht 2015 speaker: Lessons learnt form paddling down the great rivers of the earth
After spending the last 20 years paddling on rivers and oceans across the planet, the Buenos Aires-based Australian/Austrian expedition paddler Mark Kalch is currently undertaking the 7 Rivers 7 Continents project: he paddles down the longest river on each continent from source to sea. A combined distance of 36,000km.