TEDxKrakówLive 2014: get energized by the “South!” TEDGlobal conference

Posted by ula , September 18, 2014, 19:09

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Where is South?

In theory the answer to this question should be pretty straightforward no matter where you are, but if you ask around you realize it depends more on people’s background than their location. Americans will automatically think about the southern United States, Warsawians will direct you to the south of the city, and for some English native speakers “heading south” will mean for something to begin to fail or start going bad. Things can get even more complicated if you ask this question in China, where historically people orient themselves using not 4, but 5 cardinal directions, with the fifth one heading to the center of the country! The way we perceive the world is biased by our background, experiences and culture, and as Nelson Mandela said, “Where you stand depends on where you sit”. Having that in mind, we invite you to look at the world from a different angle and get energized by fresh, innovative ideas from South America that will be presented at the next TEDGlobal 2014 conference “South!” taking place in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Join us on 9th October at TEDxKrakowLive 2014 to watch a live transmission from Rio de Janeiro and let us completely change your world perspective. The venue still remains a secret, but the registration will open very soon, so follow us and watch out for details!

Why “South!”?

South America and Brazil in particular have been experiencing rapid economic growth over the past few years, what is visible not only in the region’s financial results, but also in changes within society.

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Hot or not? Or How (not) to choose Kraków's future

Posted by aga , August 29, 2014, 10:08

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What are the key needs that have to be satisfied so that Krakow becomes “future proof” and a city that works for everyone who lives here? What can we do to help with it? And what should we know about the power we are about to hand over to politicians? The upcoming TEDxKrakówCinema on Tuesday September 2nd at the Pauza In Garden club at Rajska 12 will revolve around this kind of questions. With expanding globalisation, the fact that cities becoming increasingly powerful entities in their own right, and the fast-approaching local government elections in Poland, it seems a good moment to reflect on our rights as citizens of this city, to influence its future. What kind of people should we elect to represent us and manage the mechanics of keeping Krakow going? Do we want pragmatists, or visionaries? How can we monitor if the power that we entrust to them is used properly?

The meeting is going to be led by two of our team members who are both fans of urban life: Ewa Spohn and Rafał Sanecki. Ewa Spohn, curator of TEDxKrakow, during our main conference in 2013 at Stara Zajezdnia, and Marek Wierzbicki with whom she co-hosted the event. Ewa, a born and bred Londoner, has been curator of TEDxKrakow for the last 4 years, where she manages a team of over 20 volunteers. She reads a lot, cooks very well and clearly has the talent and drive to find awesome speakers for our live conferences.

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Happy City: True or False?

Posted by agata , May 30, 2014, 00:05

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Is there such a thing as a happy city, or is it just an imaginary concept, which in recent years gained  a lot of popularity? The truth is that this is a complicated subject, but we're getting closer to answering this question,  because it will be the main topic of our next TEDxKrakówCinema. zdj. Miastamaniak
Unfortunately, the data speaks for itself: cities occupy only 2% of the Earth's surface, but they are home to half of the population of our planet that is responsible for as much as 75% of energy consumption and up to 80% of CO2 emissions. These factors are significantly impacting our cities and our lives forcing us to adjust and find new ways to happily live in this new reality. Krakow, just like any large city,  has its problems. Smog, traffic jams, public transport, bicycle paths are only a small representation of what we face as residents of Krakow.

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