25.07.2014, by Christian Hirsig
TEDxBern Team Leader Christian Hirsig was interviewed by the Migros Magazin. Read below a short excerpt. The entire interview is availabe in pdf-format at the end of the article (only in German).
Migros-Magazin: TEDxBern will be held for the second time. Why should one attend?
In one word: Inspiration! A diversity of speakers will come together on stage - creative, inspiring, innovative brains from the region of Bern. One of the main objective for our team is that many of the TEDxBern participants will go home and talk to their families, friends and colleagues about the many new ideas they have been exposed to.
How is TEDxBern different from other TEDx-Conferences?
There are many people from Bern, who have left the city to realize their ideas, and as many inspiring people, who stayed here and found in their home town a dynamic ecosystem to develop and realize their ideas. On September 10, we'll bring together all these people on the Gurten to fully dedicate ourselves to the TED's mission "ideas worth spreading".
The joyful call of the Alps meets harmony; the alphorn becomes a singer. Bruno Bieri’s ‘Songs Without Words’ was the launching point for his vocal and percussion collaboration with Omri Hason. The virtuosity of the rhythm lets the vocals dance with a power that echos Mani Matter. A musical interlude fit for TEDxBern.
A love of language and entertaining others drives Conny Brügger. The media researcher and teacher works for SRF, where she produces “Zambo,” a children's program, and also acts as an online editor and radio presenter. Additionally, she hosts various cultural events, such as poetry slams and "Lesesessel" in ONO.
"Even if I miss my family - home where I feel safe." Dara Sadun arrived in Switzerland in 2003 as a political refugee from Syria, where he had been persecuted and imprisoned. In the past eleven years, he has settled in Berne and started his own hair salon. His motto? "Never give up. There will always be a door that opens."
How can information systems better understand and interact with us? By using natural language? These are questions Edy Portmann asks and researches in his role as an assistant professor of Information Science at the University of Berne. He is also a Heidelberg Laureate Forum elect, Marquis Who’s Who nominee and Springer Series editor.
Fabian Krauter has many talents. The 28-year old top fencer has won the European Championships four times and is also co-founder of I Believe In You, a crowdfunding website for sports projects. He has released several albums with the Bernese music group 6er Gascho and additionally performs solo under the artist name ”Yuri.”
Since he began his career in the 1970s, photographer and artist Hannes Schmid has created an impressive collection, including images of the iconic American cowboy and bands such as Depeche Mode and AC/DC. In addition to photography, he works in film and installations and has been involved in charity projects for Pro Infirmis.
Helena von Känel acts as head of the Jansen PrimeSteps Foundation, which supports projects inline with "self for self-help." She is also co-founder of Rock your Life! Switzerland, a mentoring program for disadvantaged young people. The social entrepreneur studied Business Administration at the University of Berne.
After many years as a social worker in the Basel red light district, Irene Hirzel is now project leader at COM, fighting against human trafficking of women and children, particularly in Eastern Europe and Nepal. She is also a member of the Swiss–Romanian group against human trafficking, led by the Federal Department of Justice and Police.
Despite debate and sometimes even controversy, direct democracy is a crucial part of Switzerland's identity. But does it make people happy? Isabelle Stadelmann-Steffen, Assistant Professor for Comparative Politics at the University of Bern, will inquire into this question.
After completing his MSc in Sustainable Development in Basel, João Almeida launched three sister organizations which focus on issues surrounding food waste, packaging and sustainability. At present he runs Refiller, a network dedicated to reusable packaging, the online platform foodwaste.ch and Foodways Consulting GmbH.
In 2006, Jürg Wyss and Mike Glauser began producing and distributing classic delicatessen. The farmer and cheese maker work with local Piedmonteser cattle and cheese made by Glauser’s extended family. Their international star product is the Belper Knolle. In 2012, the Jumi team was honored at the Swiss Economic Award.
Expect resistance if you are trying to change the status quo. Katherine Hermens knows this only too well. Katherine runs Global Changemakers, an organization that empowers young people to bring about real change in their communities. With 1,000 young social activists in 128 countries, the program benefits over 4 million people.
Kathrin Altwegg has three children: two daughters and ROSINA, an orbiter on board the European Space Agency's comet research mission, Rosetta. The project recently began delivering the results after being in cruise phase for 10 years. Now, Kathrin and the Uni Bern Physics Institute receive & analyze data from more than 400 million km away.
In six years, King Pepe (Simon Hari) has set the trend for music in dialect. He has created his own genre, Pepejazz, collaborated with bands such as Lex Rex, and enjoyed success on the commercial charts. At TEDxBern, he will perform solo, bringing his childhood cassette player for an amusing but powerful performance.
Marcel Oetiker comes from the Swiss folk tradition. He has performed weekly since childhood and was classically trained. He plays a variety of genres; with "e-folk music," he is present in the popular scene, he works as a jazz academic and is a contemporary composer. His primary instrument has always remained the Schwyzerörgeli.
What is it like to be the sixth generation running the family business? Or to have your name associated with the most famous meeting point in the city? As standing director of Loeb, one of Switzerland’s most renowned department stores, Nicole Loeb is well versed in the topics of management, family and maintaining tradition.
Which processes result in extreme weather events and what are the implications of climate change for Switzerland? These questions are at the heart of Olivia Romppainen's research as an assistant professor for climate change impacts at the Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of Berne.
Thierry Carrel is Director of the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery and a professor at the Berne University Hospital. Iin 2006, he also became Head of the Heart Surgery Center Basel -Bern. Throughout his career, he has conducted more than 10,000 operations and published more than 500 scientific articles.
Thomas Sterchi co-founded the publishing house Job-Index in 1994 and the online job portal, jobs.ch. He later launched Tom Talent Holding AG, which now has offices in both Switzerland and Germany. The company works on projects in media, entertainment and gastronomy, including Zermatt Unplugged.
TEDxBern is on Wednesday, 10 September 2014.
The doors open at 13:00. The event starts at 14:00 and closes at 20:30. Be sure to plan enough time to travel to and from the Gurten Pavilion.
Tickets for TEDxBern cost CHF 50.- The ticket fee is payable upon your application acceptance. Please note that all interested attendees must fill out an event application form. Tickets are nonrefundable and non-transferable.
Unfortunately, we have a limited number of places and cannot guarantee tickets for everyone interested. We aim to have as diverse an audience as we do speakers, so we have compiled a short application form. Please note that TEDxBern does not bias or discriminate based upon applicants' company, institution or position.
Those who are unable to attend the event can join us via livestream.
Born in Seattle, USA, Alex Phillips came to Switzerland as a high school exchange student. She recently joined the National Outdoor Leadership School, where she acts as the European Recruitment Coordinator. When not working, she can be found running around the Oberland.
Bastian Widmer might prefer to stay backstage, but without him, all of the technical elements that make TEDx events what they are would fall to the wayside. Bastian is the Development and Operations Engineer at Amazee Labs in Zurich, a paraglider and secret fan of all things Icelandic.
Christian Hirsig co-founded Atizo AG in 2008 and has acted as CEO since then. He also recently became partner at Atizo 360°. Setting the example for twenty-first century business leadership, he believes in the power of short and sweet meetings and turning off his smart phone when on vacation.
As a project manager at Swiss Economic Forum and other events focusing on innovation, entrepreneurship & banking, Fabian Wassmer's trademark is his commitment. Despite growing up in the Oberland, he is still in awe of the Alps every time he sees them.
As Social Media Consultant at Migros and lecturer on Social Media Management at the University of Applied Science in Business Administration Zurich, Markus Mauer is at the core of the discussion about social media strategy in Swiss markets. As far as Markus is concerned, there is no better place to live than Berne.
Matthias Stuermer is the Head of the Research Center for Digital Sustainability at the University of Berne, a member of the city of Berne parliament (EVP), as well as a board member for /ch/open and Opendata.ch. Matthias does it with a smile, all the while ensuring that he has his evenings and weekends fully dedicated to his young family.
After seven years connecting the dots in education, research and innovation between North America and Switzerland, Sebastien Hug now coordinates the swissnex network from its headquarters. Having recently returned to Switzerland, he enjoys discovering the city with his young family, whether on playgrounds or in jazz cellars.
In retrospect, it is clear that Willi Schweizer’s diverse background would lead him to the TEDxBern Team. As Director of Destination Marketing and Events at the Gurten Park, Willi’s career has ranged from product management for Swisscom to running his own business in Peru. Willi studied marketing at the University of Applied Sciences in Chur.
Christina Taylor is a change agent who believes in and fights for human centered design. She is an explorer and world traveller who has lived and worked in London, Kuala Lumpur and San Francisco. She is Head of Best Experience, a human centered design team within Swisscom and founder of the BrainGym, the Swisscom innovation lab.
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