TEDxMagdeburg 2017 - Minds Without Borders

The motto

Borders are pervasive in our daily lives. They give us space and they limit us. Sometimes we experience them, sometimes we can only inquire them. They secure our freedom, but they can also restrict our lives and creativity. That’s why we want to explore boundaries by asking the following question: Does this limit restrict me or does it offer me room for development and expansion of potential?

“Minds Without Borders” stands for people who keep their childish joy of exploring. People who question themselves and their environment fearlessly and without prejudice. People who consciously deal with their inner and outer boundaries. People who draw our attention to limits in our thinking and action, create more space for themselves and others and bravely advance into unknown terrain.

We offered these people a stage to share their experience with others. In the understanding of borders, we see a key to a healthy coexistence and -working. As long as we remain active in conversation and in the community, we grow through and with our limits at the same time. Some will be removed, others transformed, rediscovered, or retained in inner conviction. Together, we pushed borders and used them to create a strengthened awareness for ourselves and our environment. In order to improve the cohabitation in our world.

Our talks

At TEDxMagdeburg 8 talks with the slogan “Minds Without Borders – Köpfe ohne Grenzen” were presented.

Prof. Dr. Graham Horton

Everyone can have good ideas!

Developing ideas is not a question of talent or intuition by chance. It just takes the right methods and tools. Prof. Dr. Graham Horton speaks about mental borders in idea generation and presents opportunities, how everyone can develop solution oriented ideas for his problem statements for himself.

Personal data:

Prof. Dr. Graham Horton is researching and teaching at the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg and is entrepreneur. In his lectures he introduces the topic of idea engineering to students. With his company he supports customers in questions of innovation.

Language of talk: English

Hannes Tegelbeckers

Reading, writing, algorithms: How Raspberry Pi faces the problem of digital change

In a digitized world, the power of computer languages is becoming a significant criterion. Since 2010 Digital Literacy has been part of the right to basic education for all human beings so that people can articulate themselves in a more and more international world in a self-determined way. Hannes Tegelbeckers will speak about how the device Raspberry Pi can be a solution to globally boost digital competences for people to gain access to the digital age.

Personal data:

Hannes Tegelbeckers is an advocate for human rights and future-oriented educational visions. He works as a scientific assistant at the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg and is doing a doctorate in the area of media studies. Voluntarily he has been caring for the registered society Li Ch’utam Deutschland e.V., that deals with education in rural Guatemala.

Language of talk: German

Jana Görs

To unleash the creative power

We all possess a source of inexhaustible power to create something valuable for our environment. During our coming-of-age, the consciousness for that gets lost. Good news: We can rediscover it. Jana Görs speaks about how we can regain the force in us and let it become real.

Personal data:

Jana Görs is an entrepreneur in Magdeburg. Further, she is active as a tutor for start-ups at the Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg and support students on their way to become self-employed.

Language of talk: English

Ben Flohr
Steffen Wilhelmi

Everything is rhythm

Rhythm is fun, rhythm connects, rhythm stimulates. In collective rhythm, we get to know more of each other and of ourselves. Ben Flohr and Steffen Wilhelmi speak about, what and whom you can reach with low-threshold offerings like the Drum Circle Method. They present their own experiences and tell why the Health Rhythm Protocol is a great foundation for communication. They show, that even for managers of automotive companies it is ok and productive to smilingly make music with trainees.

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Ben Flohr and Stefen Wilhelmi are professional Drum Circle and Health Rhythms Moderators. They are working as music teachers and musicians.

Language of talk: German

Michael Rother

All inclusive - a journey with change of perspective

A 32-year-old mathematician, always looking for new ways, delivers inside into his world. Join him on a journey possibly opening new perspectives without barriers. According to the event’s motto “Minds Without Borders” you get the opportunity to find an answer to the question: How is it possible to change something for real without moving at all. You will have the opportunity to learn something about yourselves and about your fellow men. As a hint for the answer to the question: Expect everything.

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Michael Rother had been a scientific assistant at the chair of applied mathematics at the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg for 6 years. Currently is working as an academic at different universities and he is working with his 6 colleagues at a web security software project.

Language of talk: German

Sebastian Schulze

The human being in focus of urban development

Urban development is based on four functions: living, work, recreation, and traffic. The daily cycle of man between these functions should be considered by looking at short distances and diligent saving of time by the urban development. Currently, the measure of all sizes in planning is the car – and not the human. How can politicians, administration, urban planners, and architects think a city in a different way, to fulfill the needs of the people that are living in it today and will be living in it tomorrow?

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The local architect and urban planner Sebastian Schulze is creating with his company the urban future. He is an advocate for the idea of the “city of short distances” and shows how contemporary urban planning can relax daily mobility and accessibility.

Language of talk: German

Martha Wiencke

Tabu topic depression? - A peak into my blackbox.

Martha Wiencke gives an inside view of an everyday disease, that is still hoping in a hidden corner for more social perception. Why so many persons concerned are feeling misunderstood. In what way is our social contact with this mental state affecting the recreational process as well as the experience of the persons concerned in social life? She speaks about possible chances for us all, to learn more about this spreading phenomenon of mental or even social problem.

Personal data:

Martha is studying Sports and Physics at Göttingen. She loves sports and is dreaming of her own tailor’s shop. She has been suffering from depression for 7 years and has learned, that talking about it helps her and her community to handle the disease.

Language of talk: German

Stefan Hammel

Time does not play a role: The benefit of possible journeys to impossible worlds

A relationship takes place in the head and the body. We have an inner reflection of persons, who influenced or even burdened us. We can send those reflections into the future or to “heaven” and let them come back changed. So that we can encounter them relaxed and release them from our dreams. In the same way, we can override space and causality in our imagination. Stefan Hammel shows with scientific findings of mental research how journeys to impossible worlds can be a key to reach mental and physical health as well as forming a personality.

Personal data:

Stefan Hammel is working as a systemic therapist. He is an author and a protestant minister in hospitals and psychiatries. He is also head of the Institut für Hypnosystemische Beratung in Kaiserslautern and gives lectures at systemic and hypnotherapeutic training institutes.

Language of talk: German

We are already curious, what intersting personalities we will meet in future, to create a social impulse with. Everone between the age of 14 and 99 is welcome. Speakers can apply themselves or can be recommended by others.

Impressions of the day

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How did we enlist our speakers?

Prior to the event we produced with friendly support of Blende39 from Magdeburg the following three promotion videos to enlist speakers.

Our partners of TEDxMagdeburg 2017

„The Landeszentrale für politische Bildung of Saxony-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

“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

“The SWM Magdeburg has been getting involved as a supporter with projects, measures, events and initiatives especially in Magdeburg for many years. To us is our utmost concern to support projects initiated by students, who are studying in Magdeburg. To bear upon our region is important to us. And it is right that what characterizes us in contrary to supraregional competitors.

We wish the initiators of TEDxMagdeburg success in implementation of the event and the audience many interesting and inspiring talks.

The SWM Magdeburg are reliably, economically and ecologically providing Magdeburg with power, natural gas, heat and drinking water are furthermore responsible for sewage disposal.”

SWM Magdeburg

“The Stadtsparkasse Magdeburg is active partner of its customers as well as a multitude of social and charitable initiatives in Magdeburg. We are excited to connect people, who advance our region by going innovative ways. So we did not hesitate over supporting TEDxMagdeburg, because here people are meeting, who actively question and create our social life and cooperation.”

Stadtsparkasse Magdeburg