Connected, but alone?

I’ve been involved with TEDxAmsterdam and therefore have seen at least one TED video a week for two years. Some were ok, others were impactful. I just saw Sherry Turkle’s TED talk and wow does this one hit close to home. She discusses “digital technonolgy” and how it can create a feeling of connectedness but isolation at the same time. Although hesitant to admit, I recognize myself a lot in what she describes.

Most important: we all need to really listen to each other, including to the boring bits. Because it’s when we hesitate, stumble or lose our words that we reveal ourselves to each other.

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Chris Anderson reads my posts!

As mentioned before I sometimes blog for TEDxAmsterdam, the little sister of TED. It seems that we are being watched by our big brother though. Chris Anderson, curator of TED and nr. 7 in Fast Company’s most creative people 2010, apparently reads our TEDxAmsterdam posts as well. Today he tweeted about super talented Emma Bruns and her endearing story, a post that I have written. For me personally it’s is great to talk with and get to know so many great people that are involved with TEDxAmsterdam and that people actually read what I write. For Emma it’s awesome to see that her story a year after presenting is still spreading. Just a few of the reasons why I love TED and the internet!

Chris Anderson tweeting about Emma Bruns post on TEDxAmsterdam.com

If you want to read the post and see Emma’s TED talk, click here.

My fav TEDxAmsterdam talks online!

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On the 20th November, the very first TEDxAmsterdam took place at KIT. On their website they claim the following about the limited group of people who will be able to attend due to a strict invite only policy: “The diverse audience – CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists – is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.” I think there was an extra category created for me, namely ‘lucky bastard’.

Anyway, they finally managed to post the talk I enjoyed the most, which is Bjarke Ingels’ ‘Yes is More‘. Here you’ll also find a beautiful performance by Amsterdam singer Karsu Dönmez, love the second song. One last talk I would really recommend is photographer Hans Aarsman’s about the mysterious ways of beauty in photography