TEDxMagdeburg 2019 - A future worth building - Für eine lebenswerte Zukunft

17th November 2019
14:00
Schauspielhaus Magdeburg

(Entrance: 13:00 – 14:00)

Tickets

You can buy tickets online or via one of the known ticket shops in Magdeburg.

The motto

Our view of the future has changed. Great optimism prevailed during the twentieth century: technological progress was presumed to be the key to a better world. It was thought that: the more technology evolves, the more our lives on earth would be worth living. And indeed – the quality of our lives has increased.

However, our beautiful picture of the future is getting clouded. How can we continue living, if our way of living is destroying the environment? Where will we live when climate change forces people to move elsewhere? How can we educate ourselves if today’s knowledge is already outdated tomorrow? How can we live together, when true encounters are increasingly displaced by virtual encounters?

It is becoming increasingly clear that we have to work together! It is important to cooperate hand in hand from all areas of society in order to achieve a future worth living for. From our point of view, this means that we must ask ourselves, on both a large, as well as on a small scale, what impact our actions today have on a worthwhile tomorrow.

Therefore, this year we invite speakers who actively help to shape these processes to “TEDxMagdeburg – A future worth building”. People who have learned from their experiences, to be used for the future. People who put their dreams into action. People who do not shy away from challenges. People whose daily actions allow us to look forward to a livable future. People who are focused on our own people.

One way or the other, the future is coming. Let’s make it worth living!

Our talks

Tom Assmann

For the presentation: Cities are close to a gridlock, the environment is on the brink. Calls for alternative and reliable options for replacing cars are becoming louder and louder. One possibility is bikesharing – and regarding to scientists of Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg in the near future also with autonomously running cargo bikes. In his talk Tom Assmann will show us how future mobility can create a healthier and more comfortable living and how cities can become more attractive and sustainable with the right concepts.

To the person: Tom Assmann (30) is working as a scientist at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. Being a social activist, he is combining his profession with social engagement. Goal: finding and pursuing solutions for a happy community in the city of tomorrow.

Kirstin Knufmann

For the presentationHealthy, sustainable, fair, plant-based and delicious – all with algae? Kirstin Knufmann presents the topic of the future in nutrition. She talks about shaping a better future for sustainable, resource-efficient food production. It addresses pioneering processes that can counteract the waste of resources, reduce CO2 emissions in production, while providing enough nutrients to supply the growing world population. She sheds light on solutions and potentials. Knufmann’s goal: A win-win situation for people, the environment and nature.

To the person: Kirstin Knufmann (39) has been one of the pioneers of a global development for sustainable, fair and herbal nutrition for 10 years. The entrepreneur and author has already received several national and international awards for her work.

Dr.-Ing. Joffrey Mabuma

For the presentation: For almost 20 years there are political and economic efforts to make our cities more efficient, technically advanced, greener and socially inclusive by using digitisation. “Smart City” is a widely used term in this context. In his talk Joffrey Mabuma wants to share ideas how, based on experiences with Smart Cities, a Smart Germany can grow. He reveals how he detects cities current ambitions, evaluates them regarding to their relevance for residents and as a result selects the suitable tasks for implementing them in rural areas.

To the person: Dr.-Ing. Joffrey Mabuma (35) is a consultant in the automotive sector. For a long time he was a researcher at the Institute of Applied Mechanics at the University of Stuttgart. He state that his multicultural background is helping him big time to see the challenges in his field and find unorthodox solutions to solve them.

Ralf Dounz-Weigt

For the presentation: Ralf Dounz-Weigt addresses the topics of happiness and success in his speech. How and under what circumstances do we perceive ourselves as happy or successful? What consequences does the mentality of “higher, faster, further” have on our way to success? Is a slow-paced way of living in our modern age actually the right way to happiness? And what role does love for things and our actions play in our everyday lives? Do we have to change ourselves to be truly happy and successful people? His scientific findings from his master’s thesis on the resonance theory of Hartmut Rosa serve as the basis for the lecture.

To the person: Ralf Dounz-Weigt (39) is a social worker from and currently working in Magdeburg. He is socially active and so far pursued the question whether people’s engagement is even possible in sustainable projects.

Victoria Hofmann

For the presentation: Victoria Hofmann is dedicated to the question what determines a prosperous longterm releationship. She experiences that our society often treats relationships like products which we consume. Once they are broken, people tend to throw them away instead of fixing them. The digital era offers plenty of opportunities to find a partner, however people stay lonely and discontent. Victoria Hofmann believes that a true understanding of love and interpersonal relations is one of the bases for future developments.

To the person: Victoria Hofmann (21) studies media literacy at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg. Apart from university she has a passion for cooking, painting and writing. Every now and then you can find her on stage of a poetry slam with inspiring lyrics.

Franz Peter Mosa

For the presentationAccording to Franz Peter Mosa, our everyday life is often overflowing with duties, distractions and bad news that neither get us ahead nor keep us on the right track. Rarely does time remain to reflect upon unpleasant experiences and feelings. We just seem to be functioning while losing ourselves. However, a constructive approach to dealing with negatively perceived experiences would be beneficial. Franz Peter Mosa takes us on a journey to the darker side of our lives and shows how we can learn and grow from them.

To the personFranz Peter Mosa (31) lives in Erfurt and coaches instructors in the field of first aid and emergency medicine. He believes that no suffering would have been undergone in vain. Authenticity and happiness are more important to him than social etiquette and always having to be right. He travels a lot, loves being in nature and is a self-proclaimed fan of Doctor Who.

Denis Leo Hegic

For the presentationDenis Leo Hegic has learned that art is the best non-verbal communication tool. Urban Art is the largest, global, contemporary art movement. Often it is created in real time: what is streamed in the morning news, gets created on the same afternoon in the form of art on one of the many concrete walls of the city. In a world, where sharp rhetoric continues to spread, this non-verbal language, expressed as art in public spaces and is freely accessible to all, gains special significance. In his lecture he wants to open our hearts to this human form of expression and encourage us to create positive places in the city with art and culture.

To the personDenis Leo Hegic (38) works as a curator. His love is for the type of art that is hidden and yet visible, the language of the oppressed, enlightened- distilled – substantiated, which gives our nostalgia, destructiveness, joy and ecstasy a structure.

Partners of TEDxMagdeburg 2019

“We promote creative achievements in Saxony-Anhalt. Because creativity encourages the economy and society. Evidence of this: Creative competition BESTFORM www.bestform-sachsen-anhalt.de

Investitions- und Marketinggesellschaft Sachsen-Anhalt

“The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Feeedom supports TEDxMagdeburg because the basic thought of the conference – the exchange of knowlegde across borders – is a basic principal of our foundation’s work too. We support political exchange across geographical and social boundaries.”

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Feeedom

„The Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Sachsen-Anhalt is looking permantly for new formats, that have the potential to get people interested in sociopolitical activities. How does our society work? What keeps our democracy alive? And how do we care for the people beeing able to identify with this democracy. TED as an internationally established format to transport knowledge appears to us suitable for this purpose. We support TEDx as an educational event, because we believe, that in this way many people can be reached with interesting, sociopolitically relevant topics.

Landeszentrale für politische Bildung

“The Ottostadt Magdeburg is an innovative business and science hub. For many years, the state capital has been supporting projects and initiatives that promote the city. An important concern of economic development is to support founders and encourage them to realize their innovative ideas and creative visions in Magdeburg. Therefore, the Gründerstadt Magdeburg network was founded in 2017. A creative start-up scene and a versatile, lively city thrive on lateral thinkers who are eager to implement new ideas, carry them out into the world and look toward the future. We support TEDx as a partner because we want to stimulate the creative spirit of development and promote the exchange between creators and audience.”

Rainer Nitsche, Beigeordneter Wirtschaft, Tourismus und regionale Zusammenarbeit der Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg.

“Ideas worth spreading” – We’ve got plenty of those innovative ideas at the university in Magdeburg. TEDx is pursuing the following agenda: Making new intellectual approaches accessable to a wide audience in a brief, entertaining and understandable way – worldwide via YouTube and in November also in Magdeburg. As partner of TEDx the Stura is looking forward to seeing ideas by the OvGU presented in 10-minutes videos. We wish the talks to inspire other people and make them think.

Studierendenrat OVGU Magdeburg

We are currently in touch with additional partners. The list will be enhanced permanently.