Fake it until you become it


Our bodies are apt to tell our biographies.
by Frank Gillette Burgess

Since the very moment that we are born we start learning how to speak. As babies, we posses a natural learning ability that starts being “explored” and developed by our parents and teachers. We start by responding to our parents’ rhythm of language, we then distinguish between language and noise and progressively start recognizing sounds, words, sentences to eventually be able to formulate words, sentences and ideas on our own. One of the main reasons why we learn how to speak is to be able to distinguish, understand and respond to other people’ intents, wishes, requests, etc. Some might call this communication. But what if what our parents should really teach us was how to “speak correctly” the body language instead of the word language? Given the 55/38/7 rule* that says that 55% of communication is body language, 38% is the tone of voice, and 7% is the actual words spoken, body language is obviously more important in detecting, understanding and responding to our surrounding contexts. Read more…

Posted by Alexandra Manoliu on July 20th, 2014

A king in one country, a servant in another


“It has become common knowledge to know that if you move to a western country, chances are that you are not going to get a job in the same area [as you are educated in].” – Jackie Ochieng

“When I came here, I couldn’t find a job in my field, which is why I ended up cleaning washrooms. [...]  It is not about qualifications, it’s about who you know.” – Paul Mulangu

“I was an assistant manager at a big jewelry store in the Dominican Republic, now I clean tables. “ – Anonymous

These few quotes are just a tiny glimpse into the lives of hundreds of immigrants around the world and the struggles they have to overcome, to fit into a system that is in actuality meant to improve their situation.  Read more…

Posted by Bih Fon on July 15th, 2014

Meet the man they call the digital Nostradamus


With more than 40 start-ups founded and a book that most accurately predicted back in 1995 the digitalized world we live in nowadays and the customization on information that we receive every day (see your Facebook feed or the Google results you get based on previous searches and your interests), MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte was never really taken serious by the world outside his lab. His predictions seemed so far fetched at that time, but turned out to happened exactly how they were described by the genius Negroponte at the first TED conferences ever. Read more…

Posted by Alexandra Manoliu on July 13th, 2014

Good. Gooder. Goodest.



In the last posting, we invited you to have a look into what it actually means for a society or a country to have a government and what the world would look like if our basic organizational structures would be different. Now, the question is: What are countries really for, when they’re NOT serving the interest of their own politicians, businesses or even its people? Countries are here to do good. Or at least they should. Simon Anholt launched this original idea at TEDSalon Berlin 2014. Read more…

Posted by Alexandra Manoliu on July 6th, 2014

Can we live without governments?


In the novel “Lord of the flies”, William Golding tells the story of a group of boys who get stuck on an uninhabited island. They are forced to govern themselves; however, their system quickly falls apart as the boys unleash their evil and savage sides. The result is a fight for survival. Golding’s message is that a society without rules and governments would result in a complete chaos. But is this really true?

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Posted by Monika Abramczuk on June 28th, 2014

smarter, better, faster, stronger!


Everybody cheats. Students at exams. Workers in job applications. Managers tweaking their numbers. Corrupt politicians bending the rules. Rules, as they say, are made to be broken. Are there moments when cheating is acceptable – or even necessary? And what are reasons for doing it in the first place? Read more…

Posted by Philipp Greiner on June 24th, 2014

Social Media: Are we addicted or just adapting?


Do you check your smartphone first thing in the morning, or in the bathroom, or while driving, and sleep with it? Yeah, relax, (almost) everybody does. We probably shouldn’t, but that’s just the world we live in now, right?
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Posted by Lilli Koisser on June 20th, 2014

TEDxAmRing talks finally ONLINE!!!


Did you miss the TEDxAmRing event? Or would you like to see the talks again? Maybe forward your favorite talk to your friends? Hoorrrayy! Finally it is possible because the TEDxAmRing talks are ONLINE!
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Posted by Monika Abramczuk on June 15th, 2014

The importance of getting lost – but it’s hard to lose your way


How did you land your dream job, discover your favourite musician, meet your significant other? Was it the result of an orchestrated, structured search process? Or was there at least a glimpse of something else involved – being at the right spot at the right time (and doing the right thing), going to an event you tried to avoid in the first place, taking a new way to work? That moment of coincidence, the one step towards the unexpected, has a name: SerendipityRead more…

Posted by Sophie Lenz on June 13th, 2014

Modern Technology – One man’s trash, another man’s treasure


How often do you replace your cellphone? Once, or maybe twice a year? A majority of Austrian citizens replace their phones every 2-3 years. That count also applies to Americans and residents of the UK. Finns on the other hand are more likely to keep their phones for an average of 6 years. Countries like Brazil and India go beyond that measure and their residents carry around the same cellular device for as long as 8 years. That is pretty impressive. The average person has most likely never owned a cellphone for such a long period of time. But if not for a cellphone, is there any other electrical gadget you have held on to for years on end? Read more…

Posted by Bih Fon on June 11th, 2014