culture


Confessions of a bad feminist

“We have this tendency to put visible feminists on a pedestal. We expect them to pose perfectly. When they disappoint us, we gleefully knock them from the very pedestal we put them on…Many women, particularly groundbreaking women and industry leaders, are afraid to be labeled as feminists. They’re afraid to […]


Come from another planet

What if you come from another planet?

Imagine you were born in France, but soon after your birth your family moved to Kenya where you grew up visiting an American school. After graduating from high school in Nairobi, you moved to the USA to study Business. Right now, you are working for an international company in China […]


Defining Love

There is probably no stronger emotion than love.  Love has fascinated humans since the beginning of time.  The question “What is Love?” is not only asked in Pop songs, literature, and art.   People from different cultures have asked this question since, apparently, forever.  Different people and cultures around the world […]


Where Are You A Local?

For anyone who has asked somebody the question “where are you from?” and was met with words like ‘but’, or ‘however’ mixed in with the answer –  this week’s TED Talk helps explain what that means. I am familiar with the awkwardness that can ensue when someone asks me where […]


About reading music and hearing books

Listen closely Usually when we think about combining music and text, it’s often in form of an opera. As I am not really a fan of the opera and honestly mostly don’t understand what they are singing about, who they are singing to and why they are singing (I am […]


Ode to the Odds #1
The Sound of Vienna

This month we start a new series in the TEDxVienna Blog, in which we want to introduce you to all the quirks of Vienna: Our bloggers uncover unusual facts and trivia, and weird aspects of Vienna you may never have noticed. Whether you are Viennese or have moved to the […]


The Non-Space of Death in our lives

Death is all around us? Most of us have dealt with the loss of someone we loved at some point in our life. While there is always an emotional struggle when losing someone, there is also the harsh reality we have to deal with after someone’s death: From organizing a funeral, […]


RESTART – Creating art spaces for creatives

On September, 17th 2015, Anish Kapoor and Ai Weiwei led a 8-mile-walk between their artworks in London as an act of solidarity with refugees around the world: “We are demanding creativity of others, recognizing that those who leave their country and go on a journey across the water full of […]