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Every second Friday of the month  (except for August)

At TEDxTheHague we watch and discuss TED Talk videos



Welcome to TEDxTheHague! Every second Friday evening of the month we get together to watch en discuss some great TED Talk videos.

The TED Talk Videos are selected and introduced by our guest curators. Our events typically have a wide range of topics centered around a common theme. If you would like to share your favorite talks why not curate one of our events? Please send us an email with your theme and videos at TEDxTheHague@gmail.com.

Friends of TEDxTheHague will receive the monthly program via email including the link to sign up for the next event. To get onto the distribution list please click here

To stimulate conversation, we admit up to 25 guests. First-come, first-served!



• Do you have live speakers? We aim to enjoy videos from the fantastic archive of TED.com in a small setting. So typically we don't.

• Can I be a speaker at one of your events? If you wish to talk about your idea worth spreading do let us know. We would love to hear about it. Your talk will be recorded and shared with TED.com for possible appearance on the TED.com site.

• How can your events be free of charge? Thanks to donations from our guests and partners.




Our Venues:

Bazaar of Ideas at The Student Hotel, Hoefkade 9, The Hague (regular venue)

Spaces The Hague, Zuidhollandlaan 7, The Hague 

Free admission, sign up required. 

For more information call Ralph Oei (06-55718095) or visit the TEDxTheHague Facebook page.

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Selection of Past Events

Photos of our events are on our Flickr Photostream

Friday, October 10 2014Theme: The Sky is the Limit
Our October edition — themed Catch of the Day —  was curated by TEDxTheHague regular Joanna Bouma. Joanna wrote:

"Fad foods, power foods, organic foods, factory farming, battery hens, ‘plofkip’, veal, foie gras. Many of us know how our terrestrial foods are produced but how many of us know what is happening beneath the blanket of the ocean. Are our eating habits costing the earth?"

We watched and discussed the following videos:

The hidden toxins in the fish we eat — and how to stop them
There's a tight link between the ocean's health and ours, says marine biologist Stephen Palumbi. He shows how toxins at the bottom of the ocean food chain find their way into our bodies, with a shocking story of toxic contamination from a Japanese fish market. His work points a way forward for saving the oceans' health — and humanity's.

How we wrecked the ocean
In this bracing talk, coral reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson lays out the shocking state of the ocean today: overfished, overheated, polluted, with indicators that things will get much worse. Astonishing photos and stats make the case.

Underwater astonishments
David Gallo shows jaw-dropping footage of amazing sea creatures, including a color-shifting cuttlefish, a perfectly camouflaged octopus, and a Times Square's worth of neon light displays from fish who live in the blackest depths of the ocean. 

Friday, September 12 2014Theme: The Sky is the Limit
In our September event we looked to see if there are limits to how much we can love, how far we can travel and how much we can recover from adversity. On top of that, to celebrate our first event at the Koorenhuis, we will treated our guests to a special journey that went further than anyone ever imaged that they would ever go...: we made a group photo will be send to Mars on the Time Capsule to Mars mission.  

We watched and discussed the following videos:

Andrew Solomon: Love, no matter what
In a quietly moving talk , writer Andrew Solomon shares what he learned from talking to dozens of parents — asking them: What's the line between unconditional love and unconditional acceptance?

Mars One Way - Leaving Earth Behind
Who would risk everything and leave everything behind in order to make history? In a short emphatic Vita Brevis film we get an insight into the thoughts and theories of five hopeful Mars One astronauts as they contemplate the reality of leaving planet Earth forever.  

Hugh Herr: The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance
In an astonishing talk by Hugh Herr, head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, we learn of the nearly limitless possibilities of prosthetics inspired by nature's own designs. The talk ends with a very personal story and special performance of dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis who lost her left leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Friday, July 11 2014Theme: 3 Minute Talks Live on Stage - TEDxTheHague You
Anne-Marie Reimert - Flourishing by Pilgrimage
Anne-Marie is a pilgrim and facilitator for change processes within organisations. She believes that pilgrimage leads to transformation. As every real change starts within ourselves, it has become her mission to make the effects of pilgrimage available to others. With an open mind, open heart and open will.

Andre Kuyt - The Amazing Things We Take for Granted
In just 3 minutes, Andre will express his amazement about the complexity of the modern human society and the extreme level on which we all depend on each other... and the ease at which we tend to forget that.

Henk ten Hoopen - Truth or Conviction: How our Brain Fools Us
Henk states that our brain fools us. It fills the open gaps that we do not know. Do we want to live in a fantasy world? How to deal with this?

You! - Your Three Minute Subject Hi there! Do you want to take the TEDx stage? Do you have a short but sweet idea to spread? Then sign up as a guest speaker for our this salon! Tell us your idea and be prepared to present it in no more than 3 minutes or time permitting surprise us at the event.
Friday, May 9, Theme: Do the Right Thing
Our May 2014 edition — themed Do The Right Thing —  was generously hosted byGMW Advocaten and curated by TEDxTheHague regular Ilse Leeuwerink. Ilse wrote:

"Society is build on rules, laws as well as moral codes. But we do not want these rules to do our thinking for us. So when do we question them? These three talks are about the line between responsibility and freedom.

Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom 
Barry Schwartz dives into the question "How do we do the right thing?" With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely. 

Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive 
There's no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it's forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so — and filming herself for YouTube. Hear her story of what happened next. 

David Puttnam: Does the media have a "duty of care"? (TEDxHousesofParliament) 
In this thoughtful talk, David Puttnam asks a big question about the media: Does it have a moral imperative to create informed citizens, to support democracy? His solution for ensuring media responsibility is bold, and you might not agree. But it's certainly a question worth asking 

Friday, April 11, Theme: Designing Well-being
curated by TEDxTheHague regular Dorcas de Koning and generously hosted by Gallerie Lily's. Dorcas wrote:

"First-world countries are suffering from a new definition of 'poverty' in the health care domain. The way we choose to tackle this problem will affect our well-being. In this TEDx session we will explore what this poverty is, and how design thinking can contribute to a solution. Health care can and should be an inspiring hospitality experience."

We explored this theme by watching and discussing the following videos:

The Hospital Window
A patient entertains his blind roommate with stories about a couple in the park.

Catarina Mota: Play with smart materials
Catarina Mota plays with "smart materials" — like shape-memory alloys and piezoelectric structures that react to voltage — and encourages others to do so too.

Cameron Sinclair: A call for open-source architecture
Cameron Sinclair demonstrates how passionate designers and architects can respond to world housing crises. He unveils his TED Prize wish for a network to improve global living standards through collaborative design.
March 2014 Back to the Roots of TED  — 

At this salon went back to our roots with an evening where we indulge in the diversity of TED videos. Past perceptions were challenged and we enjoyed the conversation around these three thought provocative talks:

Technology: Raffaello D'Andrea: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters
In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with algorithms that help them learn. In a series of nifty demos, D'Andrea show drones that play catch, balance and make decisions together — and watch out for an I-want-this-now demo of Kinect-controlled quads.

Entertainment: Cloudy with a chance of joy
You don't need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature's finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.

Design: A tale of two political systems
It's a standard assumption in the West: As a society progresses, it eventually becomes a capitalist, multi-party democracy. Right? Eric X. Li, a Chinese investor and political scientist, begs to differ. In this provocative, boundary-pushing talk, he asks his audience to consider that there's more than one way to run a successful modern nation.
February 2014 — Art of Love, Love of Art  — 
Our February 2014 edition was hosted by painting artist Jos van der Berg at his studio.

Jos showed us his art and talked about the choices he makes as a painter. In the three videos we went from the lighthearted dance of falling in love, to the surprising charm of exuberant vases, and up to classical music aiming for your heart. In case you could not be there here are the links to the videos of the evening:

A romantic flashmob
Ryan Seacrest and his mom Connie sit down to eat lunch in Santa Monica, CA when they're ambushed by a flash mob of dancing couples.

Luke Syson: How I learned to stop worrying and love "useless" art (TEDxMet)
Syson, curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, fell in love with a perfectly horrible vase. About the joy of fantasy and escapism in our daily life.

Benjamin Zander: The transformative power of classical music
Zander, leading interpreter of Mahler and Beethoven, says we all love classical music — we just don’t know yet. How the high art of classical music descends from the mind straight to the heart of 1600 people in a TED.com audience — and ends up in his buttocks




           Photography at Spaces by: Saar Koopman 


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