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How to become a TED talk hero

You have been invited to give a TED talk or want to give a TED-like presentation to surprise your audience. Now what? A single pebble thrown in the ocean will change the shoreline: TED talks can catalyze ideas, accelerate learning and move large amounts of people. ExciTED as you are, you may soon realize that […]

by Jan Scheele
5 years ago
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Snakes, overripe mango’s and no WIFI

While hiking a hill with a windchill of 40 degrees, we’re walking under a three with a rattlesnake, eating termites and play around with a machete. The first day in the jungle, I figured out why I haven’t been to such a place before. But on the same day, laying in a hammock after showering […]

by Jan Scheele
5 years ago
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Charlie & the golden TEDx entrance ticket

(Posted also on TEDxMaastricht) At TEDxMaastricht, we believe that the crowd of our event is almost as important as the speaker line-up. Spreading all those amazing ideas, spawned out on the stage of a TEDx event and taking action out of it, will not happen if the hall is only filled with CEO’s or people […]

by Jan Scheele
6 years ago
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Insha’Allah

After the huge success of last year, this year’s TEDxBaghdad ‘The Beginning Begins’ was meant to build further on this perfect way of showcasing the world that Baghdad is so much more than a war zone. Since last year, I’ve had a lot of interaction with my Iraqi Facebook friends and with the extreme joy […]

by Jan Scheele
7 years ago
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Ultra coordinated motherfockery

Being involved in several TED and TEDx initiatives, getting invited for the annual, TED Global gathering in Scotland, is a cherry on the already very sweet cake. Two weeks ago, this mindblown took place in Edinburg. While most people think, the talks are the main reason for people to come, for me this turned out […]

by Jan Scheele
7 years ago
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The word impossible is not in leaders’ dictionaries

“Why build 40 mosques for 1000 persons each, if you can also build 1 big one for 40.000? Look around, space enough!” I’m in the 6th largest mosque of the world in Abu Dhabi, where the guide answers my question why it was necessary to build such a huge building like this and not divide […]

by Jan Scheele
7 years ago