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October 31, 2019 0

The thought of working for your own interests, being your one and only boss and having the ability to organize your schedule as you want might sound really nice and cool, but the ugly truth is that being an entrepreneur is more than that. Here’s a kind reminder: many businesses fail. Before risking all your savings and quitting your stable job, you might need to ask yourself some hard but necessary questions.

First, are you willing to be financially responsible of your own business? Many people are used to receive paychecks, not to create them, so you need to ensure that you are mentally prepared for all the paperwork that comes with owning a business. The next question goes hand in hand with the first one: are you ready to sell?Because you are in charge of what happens with your business, you need to generate revenue by actively seeking investors, employees and most important – clients. And talking about selling – what’s your attitude towards the idea of taking risks? If you like a comfortable path and a cozy office, the entrepreneurial life might not be the right thing for you. It’s true that you can’t know all the risks from the beginning, but we believe it’s important to know at least how you feel about taking them in business. Finally, one of the most important and tough question for every future entrepreneur: are you comfortable with failure, including the public one? If your business succeeds, you are a rock star, keep up the good work! But what if it fails? Think about a back-up plan and what would you do in such a situation.

Nowadays, we tend to romanticize entrepreneurship. However, before you run into this chaos, take some time, talk with people and find out if this life is the right one for you. Some of our TEDxBucharest11 speakers have amazing entrepreneurial stories and they are willing to spread their ideas, so come and meet them!

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October 28, 2019 0

Here’s a popular concept – raise your hand if you ever suffered from the bad and the ugly imposter syndrome – we know many of you did. But do you know that even Maya Angelou and Albert Einstein experienced a form of imposter syndrome? Yes, we know that accomplishments at the level of Angelou’s or Einstein’s are rare, but their feelings of being frauds is really common. 

Why many of us live with the impression that our achievements are not earned, that we don’t deserve our accomplishments? 

People who are highly skilled or accomplished tend to think others are just as skilled and this can spiral into feeling that they do not deserve opportunities over other people. The biggest problem with this kind of spiral is that there’s often no threshold of accomplishment that can put these feelings to rest. Fascinating enough, this syndrome can affect all people, no matter the race, age, gender, level of job, etc. 

Our solution to combat the feelings of the imposter syndrome is quite simple: talk about it. Many people suffering from the imposter syndrome are afraid that if they ask about their performance, their fears will be confirmed. Even if they receive positive feedback, it often fails to ease feelings of fraudulence. On the other hand, hearing that your manager or your peers have experienced this kind of negative thoughts can help relieve those feelings and once you are aware that other people are experiencing the same phenomenon, you can revisit your positive feedback and accept it as it is – a wonderful gift. 

We are not sure that we can banish these feelings entirely, but we can have open conversations about them. By knowing its real scale, we can treat ourselves gentler, accepting and enjoying our accomplishments.  

Let’s heal together all our fears and insecurities on November 16 and 17 at #TEDxBucharest11!

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October 27, 2019 0

It’s just about time we stop treating competition like a threat and start making the most out of having it in the first place! What does this mean? Instead of channeling all your energy and efforts into dominating your competitors, you can take a breath of fresh air, start learning from them, and innovate based on observation of their strengths and abilities.

As a starting point, you should make a list of people or businesses that make a job at least as good as you – or even better – in the same niche as you are. Focusing on the ones you’re constantly outflanking just to make yourself feel superior is not going to be of any help on the long run. But analyzing and accepting your insecurities and the ones that are generating them it’s always a smart step ahead.

After you identify your competition, you can begin a thorough documentation. Not knowing what your competitors are doing can sometimes cost you your business and that shouldn’t be an option. Find out how they do things, how they approach critical or complex situations, how they treat their clients, their partners, their people. Be always aware of your professional environment and make sure that even if you’re not one step ahead yet, you’re dancing on the same playlist!

You’ve identified the ones worthy of competing with you, you know their moves, and now it’s time you start learning and doing – and not against them, but maybe with them! Yes, you read that right. If you’re already sure they are good enough to make you insecure from time to time and if you already identified common paths, why not start growing together towards the goals you both share? 

Ready to face your competition and start sharing the dancefloor? Maybe not yet but we know who can help you to do that! Our speakers’ lineup is full of amazing examples of doing just that and they are not only handling competition successfully, but they are also ready to share their view on the matter and their tips with you! So join us with an open mind and join your metamorphosis on November 16 & 17 at TEDxBucharest11!

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October 26, 2019 0

Most women do not fight for the sake of feminism; they fight “only” for gender equality. The concept of feminism might have lost some of its power in the last years, being ridiculed by people who believed that it represents “angry and bossy women who don’t want to stay in the kitchen anymore”. 

The truth is, this was never about women having more rights or opportunities than men, it is about having the SAME rights and opportunities as men. When talking about feminism and how you can support the gender equality movement, there are some things you can do to help. First of all, it starts with accepting the fact that there is a gender gap – salary, opportunity, respect and freedom gap. 

Once we all accept this fact, we can actually do better – it doesn’t matter if you are a woman or a man, we can get involved in fighting inequalities. Find local or national organizations that help women get what they deserve and volunteer for this movement. Furthermore, you can also reach international humanitarian agencies that make it possible for women and girls living with war and violence to find help and opportunity instead of fear. 

Maybe you think that the above steps are time consuming and you might already be involved in other civil rights activities and that’s fine, but whenever you are on a street or in a situation where a woman needs help, don’t hesitate to do it, it might save her life. Even small actions can have a big impact. 

Yes, the gender equality concept doesn’t look like a fairytale and it’s not always easy to deal with it, but it’s a tough process, and together we can make it smoother – for everyone, no matter if you are a man of a woman, everybody deserves the same chances and a safe way of living.  

If you are looking for gender equality organizations to support, come at TEDxBucharest11 on November 16 to meet our speaker, Sofia Scarlat, founder & president of the GirlUp Romania organization. She has some amazing ideas that are really worth spreading! 


18 minute sunt suficiente pentru a captiva interesul oamenilor asupra unei idei ce are potențialul de a le schimba viața

Andrei Dinu (Licensee Of TEDxBucharest)

October 25, 2019 0

Bianca Sterie și Andrei Dinu au stat de vorba despre idei care îți pot schimba viața, despre evoluția TEDxBucharest și despre tema TEDxBucharest11, Metamorphosis. A început că o conferință gândită în jurul conceptului de Ideas Worth Spreading și a devenit un fenomen global. Ce te-a atras cel mai tare la TED și ce te-a făcut să continui povestea asta și în România?

Andrei Dinu (Licensee Of TEDxBucharest): Am descoperit TED datorită soției mele, care, în 2008, mi-a trimis un link cu speech-ul profesorului Hans Rosling – The best stats you’ll ever see, care utiliza un sistem informatic de vizualizare a datelor pentru a explica o serie de cauzalități demografice. Nu fusesem niciodată pasionat de astfel de date, dar, pentru prima oară în viață mea, informația brută era pusă în context și avea sens. Am fost fascinat! Am descoperit în felul ăsta multe subiecte și idei fascinante pe care, datorită formatului TED, am putut să le înțeleg altfel. La TED m-a atras cel mai mult posibilitatea de afla informație nouă, “cutting-edge”, și descoperirea unor oameni pe care îi consideram modele. Iar în 2009, anul în care a început TEDxBucharest, era o lipsă acută de modele adevărate, de oameni valoroși care să fie scoși în evidență, în fața tinerilor ca noi. Ei existau, dar nu erau vizibili. Echipa care a creat atunci primul eveniment TEDxBucharest, din care sunt onorat să fi făcut parte, își dorea să vadă aceste modele, să se inspire și să poată inspira și pe alții. Și încă ne dorim același lucru, după acești 11 ani. Cum a evoluat TEDxBucharest din 2013, de când te ocupi de el, și până în prezent?

Andrei Dinu (Licensee Of TEDxBucharest): De când am preluat licența TEDxBucharest, în 2013, și până acum, cred că cel mai vizibil este efortul nostru constant de a îmbunătăți conținutul pe care îl oferim participanților. Și este meritul întregii echipe, în special al echipei care se ocupă de curatorierea conținutului, nu al meu individual, pentru că împreună am reușit să ne găsim un punct de vedere comun și o rețetă nescrisă a ceea ce determină un program de calitate al evenimentului, îmbinând speakerii din diverse domenii cu o pregătire minuțioasă a discursurilor lor. Suntem mândri că ne-au fost alături până acum peste 100 de speakeri și peste 4000 de participanți la peste 18 evenimente, am început să derulăm evenimente de 2 zile și nu de una singură, am început să dezvoltăm concepte și inițiative de evenimente noi sub aceeași umbrelă de brand și ne-am creat o imagine consecvență de eveniment calitativ. Și mai cred că putem măsura evoluția acestui eveniment atât prin aceste cifre, cât și prin impactul la nivel național sau internațional, prin audiența discursurilor în mediul online, care totalizează acum peste 6 milioane de vizualizări. Dar probabil că cel mai important lucru este că acest eveniment a crescut și a oferit inspirație comunității din București, a adus pe scenă idei inovatoare și acum, la ediția cu numărul 11, are în continuare  posibilitatea să surprindă. Privind acum în urmă, după toate experiențele de TEDxBucharest avute, care crezi că a fost cea mai mare provocare cu care te-ai confruntat, acel obstacol major, pe care nu știai cum să-l depăseșți?

Andrei Dinu (Licensee Of TEDxBucharest): Cred că autodepășirea este cel mai important obstacol. Și înțelegerea și învățarea din greșeli. Am reușit până acum să găsim mai mereu soluțiila probleme logistice sau de organizare, însă cea mai dificilă luptă pe care o avem este cu transformările și trăirile noastre. Ca echipa, ca indivizi, ca societate. De acolo a plecat și tema evenimentului de anul acesta, “Metamorphosis”, am conștientizat că trecem prin transformări profunde și vrem să marcăm aceste momente alături de comunitatea noastră. Este probabil cel mai greu să îți vezi greșelile și să lucrezi cu ține, sincer și asumat, astfel încât să poți deveni mai bun, să poți fi mai performant, să te ridici la nivelul așteptărilor și nevoilor evenimentului și ale oamenilor care investesc timp și energie în acest proiect. Și, pentru mine, aceste provocări sunt cele mai importante, cele care mă învață ceva cu adevărat și cu care mă lupt cel mai adesea în contextul TEDxBucharest. Te implici și în planificarea line-up-ului, în alegerea speakerilor?

Andrei Dinu (Licensee Of TEDxBucharest): Încerc să mă implic mai puțin în ultima perioada, colegii mei fiind în prim plan pe acest segment, însă recunosc că este partea care îmi aduce cea mai mare plăcere dintr-un asemenea eveniment. Ca atare, citesc și mă interesez întotdeauna de subiecte care sunt interesante și potrivite evenimentului și nu mă pot abține să nu fac recomandări de idei sau oameni interesanți echipei. Ei evaluează apoi dacă ideile sunt potrivite, dacă își pot face loc în agenda evenimentului, dacă se potrivesc temei sau nu. Și sunt idei care “trec” și idei al cărui moment nu este cel mai potrivit acum. Povestește-ne puțin despre tema din acest an – Metamorphosis. Cum ați ales-o, care este mesajul din spatele ei?

Andrei Dinu (Licensee Of TEDxBucharest): “Metamorphosis” este, pentru noi, traducerea într-o temă de eveniment a unui mesaj greu și deopotrivă omniprezent: suntem într-o continuă transformare, într-o trecere către ceva mai bun și complet diferit, iar acest proces este unul de amploare, dar care se construiește din eforturi și transformări individuale. Întreaga noastră societate trece prin schimbări profunde, definitorii, structurale, din rațiuni ce țin de factori externi, precum tehnologia sau accesul ubicuu la informație, precum și din rațiuni intrinseci, ce țin de trăirile și raportarea noastră la mediul extern, ca indivizi. Vrem să capturăm această realitate și să o redăm pe scenă, către publicul larg, în speranța de a înțelege mai bine, cu toții, cum ne putem raporta la aceste schimbări din punct de vedere profesional, personal și relațional. Știu că e greu să faci astfel de alegeri, dar care sunt speakerii pe care îi aștepți cel mai mult la ediția din acest an? Care sunt primele două, trei nume care îți vin în minte? De ce ei?

Andrei Dinu (Licensee Of TEDxBucharest): Este greu și probabil că nu există un răspuns corect, ci numai subiectiv, pentru că fiecare dintre cei 24 de speakeri și performeri ai ediției acesteia sunt niște persoane extraordinare, cu idei și povești senzaționale. Cred că merită menționat Charles Michel, artist culinar, cercetător și star al seriei “Chef’s Table” de pe Netflix, deoarece lucrează la intersecția dintre știință, artă, comunitate și antreprenoriat pentru a inspira prin abordarea culinară soluții la provocările noastre legate de interelaționare umană și cu natura. Cu siguranță este remarcabilă și prezența lui Dex Torricke-Barton, un comunicator cu o experiență vastă, care a lucrat ani buni că speechwriter pentru Mark Zuckerberg și ca lider al echipelor de comunicare executivă a Facebook, consultant de comunicare pentru CEO-ul Google sau lider al echipei de comunicare a SpaceX, curajosul proiect al lui Elon Musk. Sunt, de asemenea, nerăbdător să o aud pe Mariana Popescu, arhitectă numită de MIT în top 35 de inovatori sub 35 de ani în 2019, pentru crearea unor materiale textile speciale, printate 3D, ce pot fi utilizate ca suport și bază pentru noi tipuri de construcții din beton. Crezi că 18 minute sunt îndeajuns pentru a spune o poveste bună?

Andrei Dinu (Licensee Of TEDxBucharest): Cred că 18 minute sunt suficiente pentru a captiva interesul oamenilor asupra unei idei ce are potențialul de a le schimba viața. Și da, cred că 18 minute pot încadra o poveste bună.

Iar aceste 18 minute trec uneori printr-o poveste bună, alteori printr-o înșiruire elocventă de informații, iar alteori printr-un mix între acestea. Dar cele 18 minute sunt mereu acolo pentru a-ți deschide apetitul să faci următorul pas, să afli mai multe despre ideea speakerilor, să te informezi mai mult, să acționezi. Și ne dorim mult ca ideile și poveștile de pe scenă să nu rămână numai acolo, ci să se răspândească apoi, aceasta este, până la urmă, misiunea TED. De ce avem nevoie de poveșți? Mai avem timp pentru ele?

Andrei Dinu (Licensee Of TEDxBucharest): Avem nevoie de evadări. Din cotidian, din plictiseală, din blocaje, din constrângeri. Avem nevoie de oameni și poveșți care să ne spună că se poate, să ne arate fațete noi ale aceleiași realități, Avem nevoie de inspirație pentru a ne transforma. Și atunci când aceste povești sunt inspirate din realitate, sau reușesc să inspire realitatea, ele devin cu atât mai valoroase. Și pentru ele ne vom face întotdeauna timp.

Interviu publicat pe, partener media TEDxBucharest Metamorphosis.

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October 23, 2019 0

We’re back with our weekly digital conversation. Less than one month until we meet and now we have the perfect line-up of speakers and unique performances.

The latest 3 speakers added to TEDxBucharest Metamorphosis agenda are:

Antonia Bonello
Associate Creative Director Buzzfeed UK

Find out about creating engaging content on BuzzFeed’s platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, leading the design, animation, illustration, photography, and interactive game content.
Check Antonia’s full profile

William Richard
AI Visionary and Doer, co-founder of LAIF Medical

Impelled by philosophy, inspired by art, empowered through science and technology, AI explorer.
Read more about William 


Sofia Scarlat
Activist and founder/ president of Girl UP Romania

Advocate of youth and gender equality and teen advisor for ONU.
Find out how this 16 years old found her voice


We know weekends full of ideas worth sharing are intense. 

If you want to join us for only one day, we’ve got the perfect day tic (109 EUR). Not knowing if you want to join us on Saturday or Sunday, then check the daily agenda first and decide afterwards.

No collective Metamorphosis is easy, but we’ll make sure the experience is immersive, transformative but also mild. Everything you want to ask (or know) about the upcoming event is in our FAQ section.



October 21, 2019 0

Being a leader is a little like being a parent, says Lars Sudmann, a former corporate executive, in a TEDxUCLouvain Talk. Beforehand, we have all these rosy visions of how we’re going to do it, how incredible we’re going to be, and how we’ll sidestep the mistakes that we see other people make. But that’s not necessarily the case, right? 

Being a leader implies a lot of effort, multitasking, wanting to do many things and not having the time for and, ultimately, being an ace at planning and organizing. Sudmann found a potential solution to these “classic leadership problems”. He discovered that Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher focused a surprising amount of his energy on mastering self-leadership, instead of trying to guide others. 

And because we think that self-leadership is important, we’ve created a list of actions that can help you be the leader you always wanted to be. 

First things first – it’s really important to be aware of your shortcomings, which means that you need to know what your biases and weaknesses are. As an exercise, you can try thinking of someone you’ve worked with – what were the negative traits you’ve noticed? Do you share any of those behaviors? Once you know what are the areas you have to deal with, it’s time for the next action: engage in daily reflection. Each day, you should take 5 – 10 minutes to think about the challenges you’ve recently handled or the ones you’ll soon face. Last, but not least, try to regulate your feelings. Why? Because no matter how well prepared you are for your leadership job, there will be moments when you will feel anger or frustration. Try to create a scale and prioritize your problems. Then, you can focus on those who really affect your peace of mind. 

These are just a few of the many tips you can apply in your day-to-day leadership life. If you want to listen to someone who has a great experience in working with big leaders, including Barack Obama, you should definitely come to TEDxBucharest Metamorphosis to meet the one and only, Jeffrey Eggers!

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October 20, 2019 0

When studying Journalism, you hear endlessly about it being the fourth power in any democratic state, you read about it being portrayed as a watchdog, about its power of documenting and revealing the truth and everything important in any society. But is it really? Can we trust the way our journalists – and, above them as individuals, the media itself – handles the truth and writes about it?

Not only in our country, but everywhere around the world, faith in the media had its ups and downs over the years and was strongly tied to political, environmental, and social impactful events. The newspapers started disappearing from the shelves and going online, the internet made it easy for everyone to go viral and spread their opinions, our feedback and involvement in the mass media are now instant and each day more powerful. But what’s the one side of journalism that hasn’t changed its purpose and impact over the years and stayed true to its beliefs and practices? Investigative journalism, of course!

A crucial contributor to freedom of expression and media development, investigative journalism still gives us the hope and trust in the mass media institutions – no matter the country we’re talking about! The unveiling of matters that are concealed – deliberately by those who have the power, or accidentally, because of chaotic circumstances – and the exposure of all relevant facts to the public is still what we turn to for help in moments of crisis.

And Romania has Alex Dima – among many others – to rely on! He’s the one that never stops searching for the greater good, digging deeper enough to expose the hidden and ugly truths of the society we should all fight for. And on November 17 you can witness his determination and hear the stories behind Romania, te iubesc! – the media product that became a manifesto! Join us and be the one with ideas worth spreading at #TEDxBucharest11!



October 19, 2019 0

We can say our generation is craving for work, but not any type of work, because we are constantly seeking a meaningful one. Our careers don’t necessarily mean a nine-to-five schedule or working in a company with small cubicles and big windows, it might actually mean freelancing or working as a digital nomad instead. With the rising of work flexibility, we are at a crossing point where we also want our jobs to make us happy and give us a purpose. So how can we keep our motivation level high and our mood set to “happy”?

Let us be straight from the very beginning – we don’t have that easy and works-for-all recipe, but we do have some advice that can make you feel happier at work, so here we go.

What we think it is important for your work life is to define what success means to you and connect to your own meaning for doing a job. Besides that, in terms of relations, we strongly believe that human interaction is another key point to create a happy work environment, so we recommend this simple action: thank one of your colleagues each day. This action will set you up for a good mood and you can be sure the other person will also have the warm feeling of being appreciated. However, we kept the best for last – your job is not everything. In order to be truly happy doing your job, you might need an adjustment to your work-life balance. As author and marketer Nigel Marsh says, “If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance.”

If you are still not sure how to balance your life and bring purpose to your job, you should definitely meet Annastiina Hintsa on November 17th at TEDxBucharest Metamorphosis. Rest assured, we already know her and we bet she will blow your mind!

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October 18, 2019 0

Fearing change is not something you should feel ashamed of! Change is almost always scary and implies leaving a comfort zone you were…well, comfortable in! The social pressure of going through a change like it’s no big deal or even of initiating it is ruining all the fun of the process itself and we can change that, can’t we?

There’s no denying it helps you grow, it determines you to be more flexible, challenges and helps you find your strengths. But if not welcomed and assumed, change can be rough and even painful. What we – as human beings, regardless of our status, our profession or our beliefs, need to understand – is that most of the times change is not planned or even foreseen. The key is not to punish yourself for fearing it, but to try to understand it and eventually embrace it when it happens. 

Things can’t and will not stay the same forever – that’s part of the world we live in. And we wouldn’t want it any other way. That’s why we need to work on developing the needed skills to always be able to land on our feet! And – believe it or not – this comes from the everyday little things. Challenge yourself as often as possible – to read a new book, to talk to a new person, to try a new type of food – whatever you like or need. Always try to understand your first impulses when under pressure and sometimes even try to fight them and to react differently. Speak up about your fears and insecurities and try to find their roots. And, maybe most important – help the ones in need and make sure you build your strong and supportive tribe. Change won’t be so scary when you’ll have your people by your side.

And where to grow your tribe better than at TEDxBucharest11? Especially since we’re all going to be there to embrace the Metamorphosis in all its beautiful and sometimes scary forms. So let’s not only be part of the change, or initiate it – let’s embrace it together and make your ideas heard on November 16th – 17th at New Aula Politehnica University!

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