Fiction: a space between truth and lies


Pablo Picasso once said that “we all know that art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize truth – at least the truth that is given us to understand.” In our Talk of the Week, Mac Barnett unravels this mysterious quote to show us a place that is home to art, fiction – and wonder. Read more…

Posted by Philipp Greiner on December 21st, 2014

“Creating experience” – An interview with Christoph Schmidt-Mårtensson



What do our speakers do when they are not just about to hit a TEDxVienna-stage? Christoph Schmidt-Mårtensson, who gave an inspiring talk about participation in urban spaces at CityX in September, is founder and CEO of the Austrian award-winning new-media-company We met him to chat about his “daily business” between storytelling, dramaturgy, experience design and innovation. Read more…

Posted by Sophie on December 18th, 2014

Find your drive before setting your New Year’s Resolutions


New year, new resolutions, a fresh start – time to improve and make things differently! That is a common way of thinking when next year approaches, yet most people fail to stick to their resolutions and rather become discouraged. However, by investigating your motivational forces, you can better prepare your New Year’s resolutions and increase your chances of success. Read more…

Posted by Monika Abramczuk on December 14th, 2014

New Years Resolutions are Good, Living in the Now is Better


It is the perfect time of year to rewind and relax or in fact with the rush towards the holidays probably not just yet. But the space between Christmas and New Year, will give some downtime to sit back and relax. Most of us plan the future during this time, but the best way to plan the future is living in the now. At least that is the thoughts from the author of one book which is worth reading, that can help you reset for 2015. Read more…

Posted by Steven McGuinness on December 11th, 2014

What being a feminist in the 21st Century means


“We say to girls ‘you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful, otherwise you will threaten the man’.” 
Words spoken by writer and author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Born and raised in her home country Nigeria, Adichie grew up like many other African girls in a society where girls aren’t as privileged as their male counterparts. The author of books such as “Americanah” and “Half of a yellow sun” was raised in a household that encouraged their daughter’s education but also taught her how to fulfill her responsibilities as a woman, which meant playing the role as the homemaker and obedient wife.

Adichie hensforth decided to voice herself through her work. Poems, stories and books were written, that spoke to many other young African girls struggling to survive in a male-dominated culture.

Her words of female empowerment and encouragement reached international pop icon Beyoncé, who featured Chimamanda’s TEDxEuston talk titled “We should all be feminists” in her song “Flawless”. Read more…

Posted by Bih Fon on December 7th, 2014

How to predict the future – the super-forecasters


The year is coming to an end and in the thoughtful Advent season we frequently begin to look back in the past and speculate about the future. If we take a step back from our personal lives and look at the big picture of humanity, then we wonder where society is going and what are the great surprises and challenges laying ahead of us. Read more…

Posted by Lisa Landskron on December 5th, 2014

Being rational can make you happy!


We asked YOU at “Brave New Space” what idea you WANT TO SPREAD.
Attendees were invited to team up and submit together as a team their idea. To crown the event, one submitted idea card was blindly drawn and the lucky winners Anna Riedl and Matthias Brandner got the opportunity to talk on stage about their objective: The importance of being rational! We strongly felt that we want to know more about the concept of rationality. Lucky us, Anna and Matthias were up for giving us more inside into the world of rationality. Read more…

Posted by Lisa Landskron on November 30th, 2014

Fermentation 101: The Pursuit of Hoppiness


We all know the feeling after opening that pack of milk or juice that has been standing at the back of fridge for too long. Giving it a taste was definitely not a good idea – but what actually happened? The process responsible for making many products expire way too quickly – fermentation - can actually be quite useful – under the right conditions. Read more…

Posted by Philipp Greiner on November 28th, 2014

Join the TEDxVienna Team!



2014 was a big year for TEDxVienna and we are thankful for all the support we received  from our community, friends and TEDxVienna team members and volunteers. The new year is just around the corner and we’re looking for bright individuals to help us make TEDxVienna 2015 unforgettable. Read more…

Posted by Lisa Landskron on November 25th, 2014

Become less ignorant – with some help from Hans and Ola Rosling



Vienna seems to have subscribed to pole positions in city rankings on quality of life, such as the Mercer Survey or the Livability Ranking by the Economist. European education systems may not all be top end, but we take it for granted that every child goes to school, and many people pursue higher education. Prices for basically everything increase all the time, but death by starvation is not something Europeans need to worry about. Read more…

Posted by Sophie on November 23rd, 2014