Verena Ehrnberger


About Verena Ehrnberger

Verena works as a data privacy legal expert and studies philosophy at the University of Vienna. Always juggling multiple projects, she is seriously addicted to coffee.


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. […]


Behind On The Edge

It’s 6:30 and it’s way too early for a Saturday. A TEDxVienna event day starts at 7:30 at Volkstheater. At least, for the team. And we’ll be there the whole day until the evening. So, first: coffee. (Since I’m on the edge of falling asleep again already…) At a TEDx […]


The power of the situation

We tend to be pretty convinced that we have a unique kind of character. When we hear about others’ behavior, we are inclined to think things like “Why doesn’t she act differently?” or “I would never do that.” We are convinced that the observed behavior shows a certain kind of […]


guts over fear

Why bother helping others?
How altruism works.

After being saved by a stranger one fateful night when she was just 19 years old, Abigail Marsh started wondering what it was that motivated another person to risk his life to save hers. Marsh became a psychology researcher and dedicated her life to understanding the human capacity to care […]


adolescence

Not all grown-up yet?
Don’t worry: You’re not supposed to be

Kids are not young adults. Well, we already knew that. And we knew that this is especially true for young children. What we did not know is that not only are kids’ brains different from adult ones, the brains of adolescents are too. So, teenagers don’t just act selfishly and […]


smart tattoo

Smart skin

Everything in the future will be pretty smart. (Hopefully, we will still be too…) The latest trend, after smart watches, smart glasses, smart homes and smart cars, is smart tattoos. So far, they are designed to be a temporary solution. The big difference to all the other smart things that you step […]


human-beings

Are we suboptimal bots?
A conversation about technology and myth

Technology is developing at an incredible pace. When we think about how social media impacts our democratic elections, how our smart home devices are listening in on us or how wearables are measuring our every movement, we have to acknowledge that we have crossed the creepy line a long time […]


astronomical clock, prague

Four in the morning
that’s when the magic happens…
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There’s a thin line between chaos and meaning, and Rives is walking it perfectly. Poetry is about letting your imagination flow, letting a “splinter swerve” as Emily Dickinson called it. Storytelling, on the other hand, is about finding the common thread that connects a series of seemingly unrelated events. Poet […]


yoga is deconstruction

Yoga is deconstruction

There’s a lot of awesome stuff going on OUT THERE in the world. But sometimes we are so focused on the outside world that we may forget to pay attention to what’s going on inside of us. Yoga is one way to do this. “Yoga is actually a deconstructive method.”, my teacher […]