Down Under Dreaming


When you think of escaping, you want to go away from what you currently have, where you momentarily are. For us Europeans, the furthest one could think of might be the other end of the world – Australia. While travelling to the distant continent, though, experiences are not limited to the distance. More than that, you will probably find them within your mind. Read more…

Posted by Philipp Greiner on January 28th, 2015

How the power of money affects human behaviour. (And why owning a lot of it might make you a mean person)


Does money make you happy?

Having been controversially debated for, well, forever, the search for the role of money in the pursuit of happiness seems to be an open-ended question throughout human history. But until a definitive agreement is found, one might take a look at other questions that occur when examining the impact of money on ethical behaviour.

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Posted by Alina Nikolaou on January 25th, 2015

Should Cities Run the World?


In this week’s talk, Benjamin Barber presents the provocative idea that the future of global democracy should lie in the hands of city mayors rather than nation states. “We live in a 21st-century world of interdependence and brutal interdependent problems, and when we look for solutions in politics and democracy, we are faced with political institutions designed 400 years ago,” says Barber. Read more…

Posted by Teresa Cvetkov on January 18th, 2015

#TBT: Your 3 favourite TEDxBlog articles of 2014


At TEDxVienna, we care not just about spreading ideas presented at our talks. Our bloggers challenge themselves regularly with the quest of finding interesting stories and curious pieces of information which strike a chord – with you. Thanks to the invention of #TBT we now get the chance to look back on some of our communities favorite blogging memories of 2014. Read more…

Posted by Philipp Greiner on January 15th, 2015

How to escape stressful everyday moments in 1 to 10 minutes


Escape stress
You’re waiting for your appointment at the dentist’s office to start, an exhausting meeting to begin or the traffic jam to be over. You are stressed, anxious, irritated or annoyed and just want to get it over with. Wouldn’t it be better to ease your discomfort right this minute, instead of sitting it out and staying stressed until the situation is over?

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Posted by Lilli Koisser on January 13th, 2015

Why privacy matters


Privacy matters. We all have the feeling that this statement is true. But George Orwell´s novel 1984 has long become a cliché and in discussions about privacy we often hear the argument: “I don’t have anything to hide, anyway.” Read more…

Posted by Veranda Victoria Ehrnberger on January 11th, 2015

Refugees of modern society – exiting the conventional life


Even if you love all the rise of technology right now, one has to admit that our technological advancements bring consequences with them. Some good and some are troublesome like the ever increasing energy consumption and varies detrimental impacts on our ecosystems. Increasing consumerism combined with globalisations conveys the feeling of being powerless and helpless. Yes, we like the new tablet, smartphone or the freedom to travel where ever we can think of, but every now and then we feel guilty being showered with all this boundlessness. Guilty of recognising the harm we are causing to the environment and being unable to exit the hamster wheel of destructive behaviour despite our awareness. Read more…

Posted by Lisa Landskron on January 8th, 2015

Isolation, virtual travels and role playing. Small tricks to escape the daily business.


Everyone needs a break now and then. While some prefer peace and solitude, others like to travel or briefly escape to a virtual world. However it is done, it is not only fun but also a good way of getting some perspective and refresh a usually overloaded mind. Read more…

Posted by Monika Abramczuk on January 6th, 2015

Imagine all the people sharing all the world


Have you ever dreamed of making a road trip through the Ukraine? Or meeting your favorite author on the other side of the atlantic ocean? Or seeing the world through the eyes of an insect? Well, imagination triggered by fiction can take you on the nicest journey and Elif Shafakcan take you exactly there. Read more…

Posted by Ece Sahin on January 4th, 2015

Looking Back – A Retrospect of 2014


2014 has been a year of events around the world that brought laughter and sadness, technological innovations, and not to forget numerous internet cat memes. But the New Year is soon approaching and what better way to welcome a new beginning than with a reminiscence on the highlights of the past year.

To start the countdown we have this year’s WOTY, also known as Word of the Year. Read more…

Posted by Bih Fon on January 1st, 2015