Climate, Active, Cities. On January 28th 2015 we had a serie of sparkling talks to inspire the world with ideas for today and tomorrow.

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View here our Jaw-dropping Talks about the future of our cities!

Watch the Talks from Jan Jonker, Tom Kortbeek, Joost van Velzen and Melvin Egberts, Tracy Metz, Niek Roozen, David Saddington, Robert Bridgeman, Isabel Hoffman,  Jasper Kremers, Manon Ossevoort, Geert Broeren & Pieter Hemels, Karst Klein, Pat Crowley or Performances of Project Whale, ArtEZ and Roots Rising. 


Jan Jonker is a man with a mission, and so in quite a hurry. According to Jan, we are too slow on our way to a sustainable society. As a professor of sustainable enterpreneurship he is primarily engaged with business models that enable sustainable development.


Tom Kortbeek (1987) is founder of KunstLAB Arnhem. Tom is a musician and theatre maker. He's at TEDxZwolle to talk about the importance of art for society and vice versa. 


Joost van Velzen and Melvin Egberts both studied at Windesheim University of Applied Sciencesin Zwolle. They will tell you all about the 8Rlicht project and how technology can make cities smart and ready for the future. 


Tracy Metz is journalist, author and director of John Adams Institute. She writes for ‘NRC Handelsblad’ and ‘de Groene Amsterdammer’. In 2007-2008 she was a one of the members of The Delta Committee who advised the government about climate change adaptation in relation to water safety. Climate change is now forcing itself upon us: a new reality that cannot be ignored, Tracy tells you why.  


Niek Roozen has been working on the development of many landscape projects in China and cooperate intensively with Chinese landscape architects in Shanghai, Ningbo, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Shenyang. Designing greener cities is his purpose, he will talk about it at TEDxZwolle.  


David Saddington, a 22 year old Climate Change Communicator, Environmental Consultant, Geographer and Gardener from Durham in the United Kingdom. He studied Geography including the science of climate change at Durham University for 3 years and led a groundbreaking glacier survey expedition to Vatnajökull, Iceland.  


Robert will share an amazing story with you. A story about 26 heroes, who climbed mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in just 48 hours, dressed in shorts. Amongst the 26 were people with cancer, MS, Crohn’s disease and rheumatism. All of them made it; 11 reached the summit shirtless in a astonishing 20 degrees Celsius. How did they do it? Why did none of them die, as the Dutch organization for climbing predicted?  


Isabel Hoffman is an entrepreneur who has successfully founded eight companies over the last 26 years in the fields of preventative medicine, health care, technology, mobile health and education. At TED Global (2014) she was one of the most impressive speakers. Isabel Hoffmann started developing technology that reveals exactly what’s in our food; she funded a foodscanner, by using crowdfunding, who tells you the allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories, and ingredients in any food. 


Major Jasper Kremers (1978) believes this experience can also be useful at home. Combining civilian engineering and military approaches may generate new ideas for making our cities more resilient. 


Manon Ossevoort invented a story of a girl travelling to the ‘End of the World’.  And she thought: If I would put this story into reality, a girl on a tractor, I could tell stories about real people and the real world that are inspiring! 


Geert Broeren host of TEdxZwolle. Owner of MasterSpeaker, Geert Broeren studied English at the Windesheim teacher training college of Higher Education after which he got his master’s degree in English Literature at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.

Pieter Hemels, director of Hemels van der Hart and initiator of the Energiemaatschappij, is a real Changemaker. He will surprise you with provocative actions and interesting insights; you'll go home with your own opinion, plan or challenge for a better world.

Wait, what?! A whale washed in one of the canals of Zwolle. Don’t ask how, but just know it happened.


Dozens of talent class-students from the ArtEZ Dance Education providing a modern dance performance. A choreography that's negotiated through the cooperation of students and the choreographer. The title 'Who are you' is caused by the choreographer who asked the students to develop their own dance to change in its movement quality and choreography choices.


The brand new band Roots Rising makes a reggae tune. Soulful, chanting, edgy. Roots & Ragga, Dub & Ska to Hip Hop & Balkans. The eight bendsmen translate the sounds of the society to danceable 'positive vibes' brings you a blend of energy, experience, dynamics and dub grooves!


Karst Klein lives in Hasselt, a small township next to Zwolle. He always has been interested in trees, forest and wood, that why he started Binthout in 2013. Because of the great passion for people, wood and design is this enterprise highly socially involved and guaranteed durable.

Pat Crowley comes to Zwolle from the desert environment of Utah, USA. His diverse background has taken him from an international adventure guide, to hydrologist, and now insect-eating entrepreneur. All driven for his passion to ensure a more sustainable water future. After working for water-planning agencies, Pat decided to address global water over-consumption from the consumer level when he co-founded Chapul in 2012. 

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    Henk Ovink
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    Robert Bridgeman
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    Jan Jonker
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    Tracy Metz
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    Pat Crowley
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    David Saddington
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    Niek Roozen
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    Karst Klein
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    Isabel Hoffman
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    Manon Ossevoort
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    Tom Kortbeek
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    Jasper Kremers
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    Geert Broeren
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    Roots Rising
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