Think again!

Four full days under one imperative: Think Again! Yes, this was TEDGlobal 2013 happening this year in Edinburgh. On June, 12th we gathered at Schikaneder for the live cast from TEDGlobal. The sessions – Money talks and Listening the nature brought us excellent speakers to inspire us to change our perspective, ask the right questions and find answers.

Rethinking our tools

Chrystia Freeland, author of the book Plutocrats spoke about the global plutocracy and the rising of the income inequality. The equation to which we arrived nowadays is clear: “if you are very very smart and very very lucky you can be very very rich in very very short time.” Therefore the change is much needed: “We need a New Deal!”

Didier Sornette, risk economist pointed out sharply: Crises can be anticipated! His theory about the special mechanisms that make crises predictable are called “dragon-kings” and “black swans”. His interesting paper about this topic you can find here.

Annette Heuser pushes us to re-think the role of rating agencies in the global economy. She is proposing a new model of rating agency, an international non profit, INCRA that would make its methodology transparent and thus increase improvement of this sector dominated by three big agencies.


Mariana Mazzucato urged us to re-think the role of an important player in the innovation arena: the State. An interesting article about entrepreneurial state you can find here.


Apollo Robbins, who calls himself the gentlemen thief, mesmerized and provoked a round of applause even at TEDxViennaLive. He masters tricks of attention and definitely proved it by showing how a watch disappears or how he can change his shirt without people in the audience to notice. Watch his art of misdirection also in this video.


Nature calling

Bernie Krause opened the session Listening to nature with amazing sounds, showing us the stories that nature tells through her soundscape. If we are careful listeners we will discover an incredible universe.


The research efforts of Sonia Shah are focused on the answer to the question: why malaria is not eradicated yet? To the identified major factors (scientific, economic, cultural, political) the solution is not only awareness campaigns, but something that would have increased efficiency: attack the malarial way of life – fix bad housing, bad drainage, bad roads or rural poverty.


Suzana Herculano-Houzel re-counted the brain neurons in an unusual way: making a brain soup. The myth of humans having 100 milions neurons is now destroyed. We have actually 86 million – and it seems this number really matters. Trying to make a differentiation between humans and the other mammals and answering to the question: how come we are able to support a cerebral cortex of 16 bilion neurons. The answer is straightforward and demolishes another myth: “we cook! That’s the only thing that makes humans”.

Greg Cage makes unusual experiments, creating tools to enable educators to teach kids to think differently about neuroscience. He introduced us the RoboRoach a kit to create a cockroach cyborg controlling its movements via an app. The RoboRoach is the perfect example for starting what he calls the neurological revolution much needed for discovering the secrets about the brain and numerous mental illnesses.

More impressions and inspiration from TEDGlobal 2013 you find in the highlights of each day: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Many thanks to all of you who joined us at TEDxViennaLive. We hope you got your dose of inspiration and we are very much looking forward to seeing you at our next events.

Stay tuned! There is more to come!


Header Image(s) from Pixabay & Gratisography

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