Culture & Society


Rethinking heterosexuality

Ideas and words are in most cases products of their time. Definitions are still evolving and always changing. Think about labels, cultural value, prescriptions, etc. Associations and categorizations help us put things into relation or to communicate without the need to question everything that has been said. But there are […]


Are we sleepwalking into a future that no one actually wants?

The changes the world has undergone over the past two centuries outnumber by far whatever happened over the past two millenia. Keyword: Scientific Revolution. Of course, this is not the first time our world as we know it has gone through a dramatic reshaping. There have been some more episodes […]


Wheelchair- friendly Vienna(?)
A talk with Mabacher

Sometimes, the internet can be a brilliant place. Especially for those who want to make a significant impact on  the broader mass. Especially for those having fascinating ideas, yet limited ways of spreading them. In 2010, the non-profit organization Sozialhelden launched an online map showing wheelchair accessible spots in order to “help […]


Mapping ideaspace

What’s the recipe for an idea worth spreading? Ecologist Eric Berlow and physicist Sean Gourley realized that they were sharing the same ideas before they even met. They decided to analyze thousands of data points worth of TED Talks in search for the magic formula of an idea worth spreading. […]


Is finding your ways getting easier or more difficult?

About 7 years (!) after almost every other big city, finally, we can also find Vienna on the map of the world. By that I mean, the Wiener Linien recently took the decision to provide Google Maps with data on Vienna’s public transportation systems, so everyone, may it be tourist […]


Fighting Loneliness:
An Interview with Karen Dolva

  “Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.” Honoré de Balzac Karen Dolva, co-founder of the No Isolation company, tackles different kinds of loneliness. So far she has taken it upon herself to help children with longterm illnesses and seniors. But she also challenges […]


Interview with Jake Roper: science communication and sparking curiosity

Jake Roper is a science communicator and host of the YouTube channel Vsauce3, where he explores issues such as time travel paradoxes, space travel, the bioelectrogenesis powers of the Pokémon character Pikachu, and everything else in between. After his TEDxVienna talk at our On The Edge conference, he answered a […]


No waste, no worries

This month our blog is all about the edge. Right now it feels like our society is on the edge of deciding what world we want to live in and what world we want to leave behind. A big challenge we are facing right now is waste. Strangely we seem […]


Randomized living – interview with Max Hawkins

Can chance make us step outside the bubbles that we live in and explore different perspectives? What started as a question soon grew into “Randomized living”- a lifestyle dictated by various randomized computer programs and apps. Last weekend, computer scientist and artist Max Hawkins came to Vienna to share his […]


Thomas Suchanek for TEDxVienna

Interview with game designer
Dori Adar

  “It is not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it.” John Wooden   Well, that is not true.   There are games that cannot be won or finished by crowning a winner. There are games focusing on the act of building together, of creating together. Of […]