The pandemic has certainly brought out the best and the worst in people. All over the world, evil has largely been demonstrated during these covid times. For example, authoritarianism has erupted globally causing a massive wave of protests, racism somehow still remains as a major challenge to overcome in some countries, and there’s the destruction of our natural resources caused by fires and floods because of poor environmental management. All of this evil, has truly challenged our previous beliefs and offered a new point of view for many people. The pandemic has allowed us to view these problems under a new light. Perhaps the solution lies in resetting the world, its norms, and how things are done.
On the other hand, millions have made it their mission to help those in need during the lockdown. Some participated in donations, others helped find shelter for those without, while countless others tried to help by posting about the latest news on social media. Disregarding the effectiveness of these actions, these people’s intentions have shown the world that there may still be hope, that one day we may be able to get out of this rut.
These challenges we have been facing in the past year have allowed us to start working on the transition of the world from old to new. From old thoughts and opinions to new ones that are more inclusive and fair; from old technology to new ones that can help us access areas we never have been able to; and even from old systems to newer ones that can adapt to the new norms and changes of the world. The pandemic could be what leads us into a new renaissance for humanity. A true cultural reset.
This Friday, 6th of November, the TEDxUniversitietvanAmsterdam team invites you to reset your mindset by diving into the different perspectives presented by their speakers. The conference brings together 6 presenters from different walks of life to share their experience and explore what it means to be ready to reset and how you can do so. Particularly, you will be hearing from:
🎭: Originally from Tilburg, Hera has a background in music and theatre. However, after discovering East Asia on a bicycle at the age of 24, she decided to no longer pursue a career in theatre.
🚲: Her true calling to see the world led her wheels around Asia, Europe, North and Central America.
💡: Today you can find her in a small cabin in the Dutch countryside, reading a philosophy book and inspiring others.
She will be talking about her experiences traveling to East Asia.
Sander Van der Linden
👨💼: Sander van der Linden, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Social Psychology in Society and Director of the Cambridge Social Decision-Making Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge.
🏆: He has won numerous awards for his research on human judgement, communication, and decision-making, including the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science (APS). His research papers have received awards from organizations such as the American Psychological Association (APA) and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP).
📖: His research is regularly featured in outlets such as the New York Times, NPR, and the BBC and he has been described by WIRED magazine as one of “15 top thinkers”. Before joining Cambridge, he held academic positions at Princeton, Yale, and the LSE.
He will touch upon human judgement, communication, and decision-making.
Josine Peters started her career as a communications consultant and later worked at AkzoNobel, where she became Global Head of Culture. In this position she led the global roll-out (in 25 languages) of the new company values amongst 50.000 employees. With the move to General Director of The School of Life she followed her own motives to support people and organisations to give meaning to their lives and activities. At The School of Life she gives courses on Leadership, Purpose and Corporate Culture.
She will be exploring leadership in the current climate.
🎓: Originally from India, Moumita was actively engaged in various community service initiatives including education for the underprivileged, women empowerment as well as fighting against malnutrition throughout her school years. Fascinated by the idea of social entrepreneurship during her studies at Brown University, USA, she decided to pursue a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in entrepreneurship, at the University of Amsterdam, where she currently studies.
💪: She regularly volunteers with several non-governmental organizations across the Netherlands and also helps run an NGO supporting women from marginalized communities in India that she co-found with her mother.
📚: In her free time, she can be found reading biographies in the corner of a quaint cafe, trying experimental cooking, or taking/ teaching dance lessons.
As the winner of Pitch Night, she will be exploring the topic of fighting a world hunger crisis.
⚔️: Inge Bryan was knighted for her long term efforts in the fight against drug trafficking and terrorism and was awarded ICT Personality of the Year 2017 for being an advocate of public-private cooperation and making cybersecurity comprehensible to the general public.
🔎: Inge has seen all sides of (cyber-) espionage and crime when dealing with counter-terrorism and serious organized crime such as drug trafficking, armed robbery, money laundering, and high-tech crime.
🌐: She laid the basis for the use of the internet in intelligence work in The Netherlands and was a pioneer in the use of big data in intelligence and law enforcement.
She strongly believes that facing cyber risks can be a catalyst for positive change in any professional environment. She is a trusted adviser to policymakers and she is frequently asked to contribute to cyber strategy issues on a national level.
She will be presenting about cyber crimes.
Michael Onyebuchi Eze
🎓: He teaches Philosophy at Leiden University, The Netherlands. Onyebuchi received his PhD (Summa Cum Laude) in History and Cultural Reflection from Universität Witten-Herdecke, Germany and a PhD in Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge.
📚: Until recently, he was a docent in Political Science at the University of Amsterdam, visiting scholar at the Center for African Studies Stanford University and research associate at the Martin Luther King Jr., Research and Education Institute, Stanford University. He was a Stiftung Mercator Foundation Research Fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Institut (Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities) in Essen, Germany from 2006-2009.
👥: He has participated in many community development projects in Africa and has and taught in Universities in Africa, Europe and the USA. He has published many academic and nonacademic books and essays.
Through his talk, he will be exploring the topic of aid to Africa.
How can you join?
You can join these talks via Zoom on Friday, 6th of November from 19:00 to 22:00. Tickets are available for purchase on the event website and you can also check out their Facebook event for more information.