Thomas Brenzikofer

Thomas Brenzikofer

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Over 600 participants found their way to TEDxBasel at Musical Theater Basel.

Over 600 participants found their way to TEDxBasel at Musical Theater Basel.


TEDx: They came to stay

On Sunday 11 June TEDxBasel, which is affiliate with the well-known TED conferences and talks, was able to repeat last year’s success, attracting over 600 participants despite hot summer temperatures and competition from other major events. TEDx has definitely established itself in Basel.

A team of volunteers organized the TED-related but independent conference for the fourth time. Speakers included the Basel-based physicist and biomedical researcher Georg Keller, who explained the interplay between expectation and perception in the human brain using an experiment with mice. The Basel-based communications expert Florence Siegenthaler spoke about the importance of local currencies for social interaction and the economy, explaining that alternative money such as Basel’s ‘netzbon’ allows us to really control what happens with it. In his moving speech, Manar Kerdy, a Syrian who is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Basel, reminded the audience that the destruction of cultural goods in his country is a crime – and since cultural goods represent the memory of our civilization, this destruction also affects people in the West. Appearances were also made by the director of the Kunstmuseum Basel, Josef Helfenstein, and the Basel ballet dancer Alba Carbonell.

"An important event for the region"

The conference is a forum for topics on the future of society and individuals, bringing people from the region and their ideas to the stage. The speakers presented their ideas in the form of a maximum 18-minute talk in English, with the mixture of personal experience, scientific knowledge and good narrative dramaturgy that TED talks are known for.

The lead organizer of TEDxBasel, Jennifer Chough, and the rest of the organizers are very pleased with this year’s programme and the many participants who came to the Musical Theater Basel. “We have definitely made TEDxBasel an important event for the city and the region,” Chough said. Over the coming weeks, videos of the talks will be edited and published online at the end of August. Last year’s talks had over 150,000 clicks.


TED and TEDx*
TED stands for "technology, entertainment and design". TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. In this spirit, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Find out more about TED and TEDx.

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