Best of 2011

TEDxAmsterdam 2011 Human Brain (dress rehearsal)

The third edition of TEDxAmsterdam took place on 25 November at the Stadsschouwburg.

Apparently this was the first TEDx event to be lit solely by sustainable LED lights!

It was again hosted by Jim Stolze and the theme was Human Nature.The event took place in what we now call our home base: The Stadsschouwburg. 

“What is it like to be human?”, we asked. Is there something like human nature or are we "just monkeys in shoes", to quote our founding father Jim Stolze. Speakers and performers from all over the world and from different disciplines have put our minds to work about our deepest motivations, how genes influence important parts of our behaviour and where our feelings come from.


Best talks

Baby Mozarts within us all?

Is musicality embedded in our genes? 'Everyone is musical', states Dr. Henkjan Honing. Although, not everyone has the talent to make music, we can listen well, understand rhythm and recognize melodies.

Guns for world peace

Which instrument would you choose to improve the world? General Peter van Uhm chooses his gun.“The gun may be one of the most important instruments of peace and stability that we have in this world", he states. A bold statement that might be contradictory. In his compelling talk he explains why. 

Share your learning curve

In a very interesting talk Dutch journalist Joris Luyendijk demonstrates the frustration he experiences regularly when he is confronted with the complexity of world problems. 

Best act

Act: The National Ballet

The National Ballet were the opening act of the event. A piece was performed with the coordinating title, The Brain, a choreography written especially for this day.