This year, 2 000+ TEDx-sters descended on Bozar and 20 000+ tuned-in online for another great edition of TEDxBrussels. Just like the theme, it kicked off with a BANG! Steve Wozniak gave the opening speech, Scala and the Kolacny Brothers graced us with their angelic voices, and, one after the other, amazing speakers shared unexpected stories! Just brilliant.
If you’ve been following the progression of TEDxBrussels over the last 4 years, you will have noticed a subtle shift from “sharing ideas” to doing them. This was made more visible this year’s with the REMIXit! campaign, which enabled TEDx-sters to participate in the creation of ideas… and this is only the beginning! Next year we are planning to bring a greater variety of disciplines to TEDxBrussels by inviting philosophers and social scientists! Plus, we are going to help TEDx-sters meet each other and network.
TEDxBrussels is becoming a more influential platform to launch ideas. Last year, TEDx-sters witnessed the first British Paraorchestra. Just a few months ago they supported Cold Play at the Paralympics! This year, the talk that’s on every journalists radar is by Dr. Alan Greene on optimizing umbilical cord clamping. It received a standing ovation from TEDx-sters, clearly winning their support and it appeared in headlines the following day.
Also, right after TEDxBrussels, members of the European Commission and industry met with TEDx speakers for TEDxEU, to see how they could incorporate these big ideas in technology, health, and education policy. The conference led to very interesting discussions that peaked the Commission’s interests.
Evidently, TEDxBrussels is evolving into a significant platform with a pro-active community – you are probably part of it.
If however, you were unable to watch this year’s inspiring talks, here are my highlights to get you started.