TEDx – slow release

Schermafbeelding 2013-05-24 om 21.39.24Cough drops? Check. Handkerchiefs? Check. It is Monday 8 April and I have an invitation to TEDxNijmegen, but I’ve been plagued by a heavy cold for a week now. Apparently I’m experiencing something of that flu that’s been going around for seventeen weeks after all: the longest epidemic in twenty years, according to NIVEL. And even though this is not my idea of ‘worth spreading’, I really don’t want to miss this day. With twenty ‘inspirational pills’ to look forward to, all about the theme ‘Accelerating from 0 to 110’ and a crane as a symbol (for luck, health, and immortality) this seems like the ideal environment to get well. ‘Patients included?’ Achoo… eh… check!

TEDx’s inspritational ‘pills’ are administered in the form of stories. Patients’ stories, doctors’ stories, scientists’ stories, artists’ stories, entrepreneurs’ stories; all field experts on the course of life from 0 to 110. One after the other they take to the stage, stand on the red TEDx mark to share their personal stories about diseases, health, life, and death. These are stories that connect. Stories that confront, shock, and invite one take action yourself and so contribute to a better quality of work and life. In my opinion, Jack Andraka summarizes this feeling perfectly with a quote from his favourite film, Cloud Atlas: “Our lives are not our own. We are bound to others. Past and present. And with each crime and every kindness, we birth our future.” A motivating thought: whatever one of us does today, or fails to do, influences the future.

At the end of the day all my paper handkerchiefs are gone and I ride home on my bicycle, head full of new ideas: every pill, every TED-talk a treasure in its own right. Luckily, they can be viewed, listened julietta online casino to, and read in films and blogs on the website of Artsennet. “That alone will take you hours,” sighs a GP to whom I talk about TED the following week. “I’m just happy when I get to finish up my regular work and have time left to enjoy my life, together with friends and family.” Another one, eyes twinkling, tells me, “I first went to TEDx in Maastricht two years ago. It has brought me a lot of enrichment in my work.” In the end, it seems important to distillate the agent: create your own personalized TEDx medicine. And then take that medicine in an appropriate manner.

My recipe? I choose the TEDx pill that releases its agent over a long period of time. I will gladly draw on all those beautiful stories and films for inspiration in extra trainings, peer reviews, and coaching with doctors. This way, you maintain a constant active concentration. In my opinion, TEDxNijmegen seems to be a contagious virus that remains active for an incredibly long period of time. The longest period ever!

And what are your ideas ‘worth doing’? What are you going to do? Today? Really? What’s stopping you from trying something new within the next thirty days, just like Matt Cutts in the accompanying TED talk?


A blog by Angèle van de Ven