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An enormous energy and positive flow! standard

He might be one of the biggest fans of TEDxSittard-Geleen; alderman Bert Kamphuis. At every event he’s spotted at a non-assigned front row seat, with a big smile on his face, eagerly waiting for what’s coming. Bert not only visits the events to be inspired; “In my work for the municipality of Sittard-Geleen, I continuously try to pass on the energy and inspiration to others. Many of the speakers are now part of my network and I keep in touch with them to keep the energy flowing”.   It all started a couple years ago at the first TEDx event in the South of the Netherlands; TEDxEutropolis, where Marc Maurer presented his Eutropolis concept for the Dutch, Belgian and German cross-border ...

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TEDxYouth: Niets is onmogelijk voor hen die willen standard

Een vluchteling, een wereldwijd bekende DJ, een jonge ondernemer, een Amerikaans wonderkind en een van de grootste experts op het gebied van zelfverdediging. Zaterdag 18 november stonden ze allemaal op het TED podium in Sittard-Geleen. Deze keer niet voor een zaal volwassenen, maar een vol enthousiaste, nieuwsgierige en gepassioneerde jongeren onder de 18 jaar, tijdens de eerste TEDxYouth. Het event, voor en door scholieren van Groenewald, Graaf Huyn en Trevianum georganiseerd, bood een podium voor innovatieve en inspirerende verhalen (TED talks) over een grote verscheidenheid qua onderwerpen. Naast wijze lessen van een collega scholier over zijn ondernemerschap, vertelde een vluchteling over zijn vlucht naar en ervaringen in Nederland en werden de scholieren, die op basis van motivatie waren uitgenodigd, gemotiveerd ...

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A man with an impressive mission standard

If there is someone, perfectly embodying the TED concept and mission, it is Marc Sollet. Being one of the most dyslectic students at Hogeschool Zuyd didn’t prevent him from participating in the TEDxSittard-Geleen pitch, which he won. It gave him the opportunity to spread his ‘idea worth sharing’ amongst the attendees of the TEDxSittard-Geleen event, which turned out exactly the jumping board he needed to put his ideas into action.   After his talk, Marc was invited by his school to start teaching his own teachers about dyslexia, giving them a better view on what it is to have this disability and how to handle students with it. Several articles appeared in newspapers and online, where Marc fiercely battled the ...

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That’s all folks! Or not? standard

Excited after being graded an average 9.3 by our visitors in the independent TED Survey and having posted all talks and pictures online, the TEDxSittardGeleen team started to explore the next steps of the journey, which started on January 27th. Concepts of new events are being created with partners, speakers scouted and experience elements selected. Before concluding the 2017 main event and looking forward to all upcoming excitements, it’s time to say ‘thank-you!’ both our financial and barter partners, for making the first edition of TEDxSittardGeleen happen! Without them, it would not be what it was. We’re extremely grateful for the financial support of Rabobank Westelijke Mijnstreek, Brightlands Innovation Factory, Gemeente Sittard-Geleen, Limburg Economic Development and Sevagram. Besides funds, we ...

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All talks and photos are available online. Enjoy! standard

All TEDx Talks of our speakers and all photos are available. Go ahead, check our Talks page or our Photos page, and enjoy! All videos will be shared subsequently on our Facebook page as well. So feel free to like, comment and share! Some more time to spend? Take a peek at our Press page, where we share all publicity on our event. Or have a look at our Partner page or our Team page. Excited? Want to share your idea, or let us know what you think? Get in touch with the Team via our Contact page.

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Meet Rutger, our Host of the Day standard

It is just about one more week to go until the big day on 27 January. We are talking to Rutger Mollee, Host of the Day, who is busily making preparations working from his home in Santpoort. Every speaker has called him personally to ensure the ‘juicy details’ of their talk has been sufficiently communicated. “I want to be able to present each speaker in a way so that the audience will be on the edge of their seats and thinking ‘Yes, we’ve got to hear this, how will this story end?’”.   Mollee is no stranger to TEDx and from his agency Speak to Inspire he often supplies the hosting and presentation coaching services for TEDx’s in such places ...

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From paranoia to pronoia: Karl Raats’ 5 tips to give the talk of your life standard

“When preparing to give your TED-talk, practice at least a 100 times”, TED’s Global Curator Chris Anderson wrote in his book, How to speak at TEDx. In order to inspire our TEDxSittardGeleen speakers to deliver the ‘talk of their life’, we brought in top speaker Karl Raats (courtesy of our partner Assemblee Speakers Bureau). With the main event only two weeks out, his mix of practical advice and lots of positive energy was well received by our group of speakers that collectively concluded: we can’t wait until January 27th. Or as Karl put it, “We’re going to lift our mindset from paranoia – that nagging feeling that the audience is out to get you – to pronoia – the conviction that ...

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