28th of October 2013 was my first TEDx experience and I have to say it was a very inspiring one! With the theme “Do something out of nothing”, #TEDxBrussels 2013 brought on stage amazing speakers, all sharing great ideas. The areas touched by the them were diverse, but they all have something in common: science. Be it education, youth unemployment, music, food, protecting animals, technology, they all proved that we live in a world that is constantly changing, evolving, and has more opportunities to offer than ever before!
I left the event with many ideas, and I would like to share the main three leanings that I took home:
- Science is really exciting! It would be so cool if you would break the stereotypes around scientist and we all start being more knowledgeable in this field.
After all Mark Post said that soon we will be able to “grow” our hamburger in our own kitchen,
and Antony Evans will start planting glowing trees that will light up the streets. Pretty amazing, right? And this is not all:
Jason Dunn said by 1st of August 2014 the first 3D printer will be launched in space!” This will definitely be a turning point in the exploration of the space, and it opens up huge opportunities for further exploration of life in space.
2. Neelie Kroes, the vice-president of the European Commission, sent out a clear message: “Take risks now, we are not going to be around for ever, if you want to do something, change something, do it NOW!” Big words from a very wise lady. If you don’t know Neelie Kroes, she is the person fighting to get rid of Roaming, and after I heard her speaking, I’m pretty sure that she will! 🙂
3. “Joining and sharing is the thumb rule of the new economy!” another valuable thought from Neelie Kroes. The world has changed and so did our way of doing things. Maybe the key to youth unemployment lies in this statement as well, is time to join forces, share ideas, co-create, and take advantage of all the opportunities of the digital era.
A lot of highly exciting things are happening out there! Except of all the leanings I took home, I was also left with a big question: “How are we going to keep up with the progress, how we will make sure that the digital divide will not grow bigger?” This is probably an aspect where each of us has a role to play. As Neelie said, it’s time for sharing and joining, which for me also means to share my knowledge with others, make them knowledgeable also, and make sure the people around me are also informed. I would strongly advice everyone to give this a thought…given the speed with which things are developing, the people who are behind will go even further away, and the gap become bigger. What is your say, what can we do to avoid it?
More on the ideas and amazing projects from TEDx Brussels 2013 will come up soon in a new article!
Hope you enjoy the read and we look forward to thoughts and feedback from you.
And don’t forget, whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right!