Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Declan Kennedy

DeclanKennedy-PhotoProf. Declan Kennedy is an Irish Architect, Urban Planer, Mediator, and Permaculture Designer, teaching and practicing urban design and permaculture, landscape, renewable energy and agricultural planning, coupled with holistic strategies and founding Chairman of the Global Eco-Village Network (GEN).

In his academic career he has been Professor of Urban Design and Infrastructure at the Architectural Department of the Technical University of Berlin, Germany and went on being the second Vice President for Academic Affairs at the TU Berlin.

He is the Co-founder of Eco-village Lebensgarten, Steyerberg, near Hannover, Germany and worked on developing the Global Action Plan for the Earth (GAP).
Prof. Kennedy’s preoccupation with permaculture, positive energies and eco-village design has led to his engagement in the Gaia University, a young university without walls, based on action-learning. His current projects involve giving workshops all over the world, the development of the permaculture park Lebensgarten Steyerberg (PaLS) and writing a book about holistic design. Declan Kennedy is an inspiring, knowledgeable and wise man to listen and talk to and he always has a pun at hand to make you laugh.

About his TEDx Talk

About 100.000 people die every day as a result of no access to drinking water, basic food, medicine, clean air, clothing or shelter. The Eco-village movement in different parts of the world is an attempt to solve some of these problems from bottom up but in a holistic manner. The Eco-village approach worldwide is aiming to improve participatory planning, greening the villages (urban and rural), reducing noise and air pollution, saving and recycling energy and water, using of solar and renewable energies – and building and rebuilding using only healthy materials. Prof. Declan Kennedy will be looking at examples of eco-villages and their results as a contribution towards more sustainable living. He will present different holistic approaches, which are generally more successful than one-sided optimization of individual ecological aims. Ecovillage Design assists the greatest need for action towards lower consumption of non-renewable resources that will arise in the next decades, if not immediately.

Christine Paulus

Christine Paulus is a psychologist, coach and saxophonist. At the beginning of her career she was faced with the question whether to study music or psychology and she decided to go for the latter. Nowadays her scientific focus at PFH Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen, Germany, is personell and business psychology. Moreover, she unites both passions for music and psychology in her work as an independent coach working with her clients.
Since her teenage years she was fascinated by the tools and techniques for professional development and personal growth. She loves bright-eyed people, who experience pleasure in doing what they do, follow their purpose, live with meaning and who are truly fulfilled and successful both at work and in life. This is exactly what she aims for when working with her clients. As a certified integral personal and business coach and as a member of the International Coach Federation she provides one-on-one coaching for personal and professional development.
At the same time, she is in an exciting relationship with music and her alto saxophone. Her musical education began when she was four years old. In recent times, while listening and playing she discovered inspiring similarities between music, business and human development. These findings are the core of her jazz metaphor which enriches her work as a coach.
The integration of economic psychology and an artistic streak are at the core of her life. Paired with her cheerful, reflecting and creative nature it is easy to find oneself engaged in a deep and insightful conversation with her.

About her TEDx Talk

Jazz. Music for warm summer nights, late evenings in the pub and gigs in classy ambience. Especially the jam session as a live and lively performance and wellspring for new musically ideas captivates the audience. Jazz sessions bring together a variety of musicians. They become a combo without a manuscript. Everyone jams, a great listening experience emerges by chance. But is it really by chance? Jazz musicians create space which allows to flourish. This enables everyone on stage to develop themselves and their musical ideas. Likewise, to create such space for development is the common goal of coaches when working with clients. It requires an appropriate setting as well: the coaching session. Both a good jazz session and a good coaching session do not happen by chance. Christine Paulus points out the key commonalities of jazz and coaching, which can be easily assigned to other fields of application where human development is in the focus, e.g., innovation, cooperation, integrity and change. The talk provides thought-provoking impulses for individuals, leaders, teams, organizations and society. If you are involved and interested in human development, personal or professional, you will be inspired by this new “jazzy mindset”.

Laura Rabea Tanneberger

Laura Rabea Tanneberger is a screenwriter, film critic and blogger from Berlin. She completed her undergraduate studies in film and comparative literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and is currently studying and teaching at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a free journalist, she has written articles for online magazines like dasFilter and SisterMAG, interviewed Hollywood directors, producers and actors and is running her own blog. Tanneberger took part in the youth ambassador program of the international campaigning and advocacy organization “ONE” (created by Bill Gates and musician Bono) that fights for a positive and inspiring representation of third world countries and for pushing the issues of foreign aid on the political agendas.

A life-long feminist, she became an activist against rape and sexual assault in June 2016 when she published a blog post about her own experiences with sexual violence. Her current projects include writing a TV series that tackles abuse in relationships and the creation of a collaborative website dedicated to connecting survivors around the world.

About her TEDx Talk

Twenty-five percent of women in Germany will experience physical and/or sexual violence. One in five women and one in thirteen men in the United States will be raped at least once in her lifetime. More than 1 in 10 girls worldwide have experience forced sexual acts. Most commonly not, as many think, from instable and asocial strangers attacking them in the dark, but from friends, boyfriends and family members who are often respected and well-liked people. In her talk, Tanneberger will speak about the misperception of rapists as monsters and other popular misconceptions about sex and sexual violence and how they contribute to the continuance of rape culture.

Fabian Westerheide

Fabian is CEO of Asgard, a family- owned Venture Capital firm based in Berlin. His passion lies in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked with, started and invested in over 30 companies such as Delivery Hero, Team Europe, Point Nine Capital, Soundbrenner, Accelerated Dynamics, Micropsi Industries or Wunsch-Brautkleid.de in the European digital ecosystem. Additional he organizes the yearly Rise of AI conference to bring entrepreneurs, investors, media, politicians and scientists together. Furthermore he serves as coordinator for Artificial Intelligence at the German Association for Startups.
He enjoys speaking about his experiences as an entrepreneur and investor. In the last years Fabian held talks on dozens of international conferences.
Since 2011 he has been blogging about entrepreneurship, venture capital and the future on bootstrapping.me and favors 250,000 readers. Fabian holds a Master degree in Strategic and International Management from the University of St. Gallen and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Münster.

About his TEDx Talk

We are living in times of accelerating progress. Machine intelligence is increasingly integrated in vital parts of human life. Narrow Artificial Intelligence is driving cars, flying drones, playing chess, winning Go and answering emails. More and more machines are doing physical and cognitive work; create music and art. Machines are replacing human work and human thinking. No job is safe and machines soon will be everywhere. AI is eating the world. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is expected in the next 5 years and we will observe the first thinking machines. Superintelligence is coming after, until we reach the singularity. Humans have to decide how to live with machines and define their own role in a humanmachine world.

Prof. Dr. Christian Kreiß

Christian Kreiß was an investment banker for seven years before becoming professor for finance at Aalen University in 2002. Today he is strongly committed to change our economic system which – in his eyes – is not only unfair but also unsustainable. He supports a more social and sustainable financial system, pleads for more durable goods by abolishing planned obsolescence, promotes free science and higher education by removing corporate corruption of universities and is campaigning for a world without commercial advertising. He is giving many public presentations, has been often on TV and radio and published four non-mainstream books on the above mentioned subjects since 2013.

About his TEDx Talk

This TED talk shows how our existing property rights system necessarily triggers rising rent payments, thus creating rising inequality of wealth and income. The increasing money flows are used by the rich to invest in all kinds of fixed assets. But mass incomes lag behind. So overcapacities are created, a wedge is formed between offer and demand: a bubble forms and an inevitable bust follows. This is where the world economy now is heading for: Sooner or later we will see a very deep recession if not worse. We could avoid a coming depression by quite simple political measures: by reducing inequality that has built up during the last 35 years.

Ben Tristem

Ben Tristem is a software developer, online educator and entrepreneur. He graduated from Imperial College London in 1998 with a degree in Information Systems Engineering. Ben has studied mathematics, physics, business, marketing and software development at postgraduate level.
Before becoming aware that his insatiable addiction to learning was driving him, Ben experimented with life as a financial trader, stuntman, consultant, rock-climbing instructor, commercial helicopter pilot, television personality and more. Ben has created 14 businesses, the most recent 4 of which were successful. The successful ventures all shared the goal of helping people to embrace technology.
In 2014 Ben turned his addiction to learning into a vehicle to create value for others. Immediately he felt at home as a world-class teacher of computer game development and coding. Over the next two years Ben ran three Kickstarter projects, each of which funded more than 1000%, and build online courses with over 120,000 delighted students.

About his TEDx Talk

A lot of people can’t find the learning resources they need, and have the perfect perspective to teach – the beginner’s perspective. However, we believe that we must be accomplished, educated, or decorated in order to teach a topic. I’m here to challenge that with my personal story.
I maintain that, with the right approach, teaching can be the highest form of learning. In these changing times the world needs more outstanding teachers than ever. Teaching as a way of learning may be your route to mastery, whilst simultaneously helping 1000s of other people along the way.