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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 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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October 11, 2019 0

Technology is changing the way we live our lives, that’s for sure. Each day, we are discovering new solutions to humanity’s problems, including medical enhancements, scientifically elucidation and remedies to our day-to-day issues. But how about using technology for common good? Christophe Gerard wanted to change the way we look at people with disabilities, so he founded Airbus, together with some dedicated and brilliant engineers.

The story of Christophe’s childhood is not a happy one – he was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 12 and he had his leg amputated by the time he was 13. This type of incident might affect us in a negative way, but Christophe saw an opportunity. Eager to transform this adversity into something good, not only for himself but for other disabled people as well, he decided to rethink prosthesis: from just a “tool” that allows people to walk to an actual work of art. This triggered an interest in 3D printing, which makes all kinds of once-unthinkable design innovations not only possible but affordable too. The best part of his innovation is that he gives people the chance to create decorative prosthesis leg-pieces which look like an extension of their personalities.

“Print my leg” is an amazing project and, fortunately, it’s not the only initiative Christophe has – he’s also working together with Airbus engineers on a smart glove for visually impaired people, a new type of prosthesis leg for rowing and free mechanical hands for children in need.

We are really excited to discover this true innovator and luckily, we will have the chance to be inspired by his story on November 17th at TEDxBucharest Metamorphosis! Are you? Book your seat now!


If face reading would be known by everybody, the world would be a more tolerant place.

Alex Bocunescu

October 9, 2019 0

Before you meet Alex Bocunescu on day 1 of the TEDxBucharest Metamorphosis event, discover his answers to our 30/2 questions tirade.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

For being alive right now, right in this very moment of human history, when we, as humans, become aware of our place in time and space.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

When you know how to read faces you don’t need a crystal ball. Anyone’s face is the expression of their inner self so my face is a tool for constant self-evaluation. Even if consciously we aren’t always aware of what is going on, facial muscles are controlled by our subconscious mind, meaning that a face will never lie to us.

What makes you feel powerful?

I don’t need power, nobody does. Power is for the week. I (we all) need understanding, empathy, peace and tolerance.

Is there something that you’ve dreamed of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you tried it?

When I dream for longer periods is just because my goals require a lot of effort. I never abandon dreams, just sometimes I take baby steps into the unknown, and that takes time.

If you could have all the money in the world to invest in your business, how would you spend it? What top priorities would you have?

Teaching others so they can teach others as well. If face reading would be known by everybody the world would be a more tolerant place.

If you had to give away 5 years of your life, which years would you choose? From the past or the future?

For sure from the past because I have already been there and did the best I could. The future, on the other hand, is filled with new possibilities to learn and discover.

What would be the worst “buy one and get another one free” product for sale?

A return ticket from somewhere you don’t want to be anymore.

What is something people do not worry about but they should?

That there is no plan B, that we are all brothers and sisters on this earth and that we should really take good care of our home. The earth will be here for a long time. The question is if we will still be able to enjoy it.

What event was the catalyst for your desire to start growing and metamorphosing?

We grow and change on so many levels and in so different directions. There can’t be any single event that triggered my growth. For instance, everything started for me when I found my father’s snorkel set, and again when I heard for the first time about emotions, and again when I discovered anthropology, and again when my son was born. Everything is a trigger for a different kind of growth.

If you knew that in one year you would die suddenly, would you change anything about how you are living you life now? Why?

For sure I would start thinking of the funniest tombstone that ever existed.

What do you think was cool then, when you were a kid, but isn’t cool now?

Like most kids, I thought it was cool to be an adult. Now I try to be a kid as much as I can.

What is the first thing you do when you want to learn a new skill?

I try it with a professional.

Who is that one person that had the most powerful impact on today’s story?

My sister. She is my role model and my hero of all times.

How big is your appetite for risk?

I have the tendency to analyze more now than I used to.

What aspects do you notice first when meeting someone new?

How sincere one expresses their emotions.



October 8, 2019 0

A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one. This is a metamorphosis.
When we chose it as the theme for our 11th event, we had you in mind: our multi-generational community of participative seekers, thinkers, and doers. It’s been more than a decade since we’ve been sharing ideas worth spreading. From 1 to 11, we have changed. Now it’s time for a collective metamorphosis heralding the start of a new decade together.

We took stock of how far we have come while shining a spotlight on new luminaries, able to guide us further on the road to evolution. So there you go, you’ll meet 24 speakers and performers bringing on stage a multitude of topics: contemporary dance, AI and VR, executive coaching, architecture, wellness and leadership, hacking, sustainability, creativity and many more.

Until we meet, we’re excited to share with you the new speakers and performers have joined our line-up!

We also launched day tics and student passes, now available for purchase on and

Jorge Castellanos
Director of Technology at Rocket Insights
The audio wearables inventor & designer is an insightful leader, passionate about innovative products that can enhance people’s senses beyond the ordinary.


Paul Bulencea
Co-founder and CEO of The College of Extraordinary Experiences
The award-winning author, educator & entrepreneur focuses on producing uncommon experiences that trigger human transformation.


Silent Strike
The creative soul behind the soundtrack of Hackerville
Known for his Silent Strike x Deliric collabs, he is a catalyst for our music scene. The electronic/ film music composer won a Grimme Award & opened for Faithless, Bonobo and many more.


Bandersnatch inspired performance
You have the power to choose how your story goes. You are going to be the one to decide the fate of Cosmina Stratan (Best Actress 2012 at Cannes Film Festival) & Tudor Istodor (theatre performer & winner of 2017 EFP Shooting Star Award).


Alex Dima
Journalist @Romania, te iubesc!
The well-known journalist and activist, always promoting ideas genuinely worth spreading. Alex works on various investigations for a greater good. He started with theology & now brings awareness all around, while continuously striving for a better world.


Charles Michel
Culinary Artist/ Researcher/ Food Philosopher
He’s run a multidisciplinary community of artists creating immersive cultural events in abandoned urban spaces of Bogotá. Charles starred in the Netflix’ food show “The Final Table”, gave 2 TEDx Talks and presentations at Burning Man & The Royal Institution of Science in London.


Live Sketch Performance
RECUL is a creative environment, a theatre, a school & a space, focused on performing arts. Experience an exclusive live sketch performance with the cast: Vlad Dragomirescu, Bogdan Unitlă, Adina Maria Sandu, Adriana Bordeanu, Alexandra Băjan, Florin Lungu, Dan Miron, Dan Codreanu.



October 8, 2019 0

Confidence might be a hard thing to give or to share with others, but what about confidence in something you already have within you? We’re talking about creativity – and yes, you have it too, you just haven’t unleashed it or enjoyed its full potential!

Why is creativity so important – regardless of what you’re doing for a living and your goals in life? It doesn’t have to be about artsy stuff only or exclusively the kind of creativity we’ve learned about in school. Restraining its meanings to just that seems to have divided the world into “creatives” and “non-creatives,” and too many people – consciously or unconsciously – choose the second bucket. But you have to know that creativity is something we’re born with and it’s also something we should constantly practice!

Creative confidence translates into the natural ability to come up with new ideas and the courage to try them out. And you have to admit that this can prove pretty useful in life, no matter what your daily activities and tasks might be! It can mean organizing your tasks more efficiently, leading your team to better results, technological breakthroughs, fun activities that strengthen your team, better cooperation, cooler ways to close your sales, innovative marketing campaigns that put your company at the top – it can mean anything you need or want.

On November 16 & 17 our oh so diverse line-up of speakers will join forces to awaken your creative confidence, to fire up your synapses, and to help you surface your ideas worth spreading! Are you ready? Get your tickets now!

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I’d invest in giving possibilities to everyone to make art

Ana Maria Lucaciu

October 6, 2019 0

Ana Maria Lucaciu, the internationally acclaimed Romanian choreographer and contemporary dance performer, will be on the stage of TEDxMetamorphosis Sunday, November 17th. Check her answers to our questions in a ‘lucky 13’ interview.

If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know?

Nothing. It would spoil the whole thing, wouldn’t it?

Who would you like your mobile phone number to belong to in the future?

My nephew.

If you could have all the money in the world to invest in your business, how would you spend it? What top priorities would you have?

That’s so difficult to answer in short. I’d invest in anything science related and education for all, everywhere. With that comes the environment, health, getting rid of poverty and equal rights, you know, the fundamentals. These are all grand and they’d be top priority. Then I’d invest in giving possibilities to everyone to make art. And start a massive universal dance camp.

If you had to give away 5 years of your life, which years would you choose? From the past or the future?

None. I’m greedy. I can’t even conceive of it.

In 30 years, what will you be nostalgic for?

Probably the mobility of my body.

What would be the worst “buy one and get another one free” product for sale?


If you could ask a pet one question, what would it be? “Who is a good boy?” does not count here.

Would you rather run wild in the woods, or is this couch really the best thing ever?

What could, under no circumstances, be art?


Have you ever mispronounced someone’s name? Tell us about the feeling.

Yes and it feels like butchering an entire personality with it. The second try is even worse because your confidence falters. And the third too. Then you just look for ways to avoid saying the name. It’s a vicious cycle.

What do you think was cool then, when you were a kid, but isn’t cool now?

Collecting gum wrappers. Probably not as cool now, but we were killing it back then.

If you could go back in time, how would you spend your first salary / income?

The same way I did, which I actually don’t precisely remember. I might have bought a CD or two. U2 and the Goldberg Variations.

How would you advertise yourself in only one sentence?

Easy going, but don’t take advantage of it.

Any thoughts about the way our world could end?

I think if we keep going the way we are, we’re getting there. It takes one thumb landing on the wrong button and pouf, gone.



October 4, 2019 0

It’s 2019 and we now need technology almost as bad as we need oxygen. We might exaggerate for a greater effect – but you get the point. We’ve integrated all tech things in our day to day activities so much that unconsciously or not – with all the smartphones, smartwatches, smart TVs, smart toothbrushes, smart fridges – our whole life is a smart-life. And this is great…if used wisely!

The advantages of all technological advancements are huge and obvious. Not only talking about our gadgets and cool devices that make our chores and tasks easier or more fun. Especially talking about all the medical breakthroughs, facing and solving the environmental struggles, the law enforcement efficiency – the big players at the table. We’re lucky to be able to witness all of this and to enjoy all the benefits. We’re even luckier that we can actually be part of the technological movement and leave our mark on pieces of it.

But have you ever thought about how all of this has been influencing your core values? Have you – as a human being – changed or you’re just enjoying the benefits of it with no consequences? Are your choices based on the same principles and influenced by the same factors as 5 or 10 years ago? Or even better – are your choices looking like the ones your parents or grandparents made in similar circumstances? 

Ethics of technology is a thing and it helps ensure an informed design and use of technologies while exploring the way they co-shape human values and ultimately induce value change. And Olya Kudina – Ethics & Technology Researcher – will join us in November to share her studies and her results on the matter. Are you curious about the effects of technology on your values, your choices, your beliefs? Let’s talk about all of this then at TEDxBucharest Metamorphosis, on 16 & 17 November! Tickets still available!

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October 1, 2019 0

We bet you’ve wondered more than once ‘What should school look like?’ – either when you were a student or as a grown-up in a search for answers and better ways of doing things. Is it really all about teachers talking at students and giving them tests and grades? Or can it be more than that?

In 2012, an Iowa community started an experiment with the sole purpose of finding out how the school system can be improved. During the experiment, 65 adults, including local leaders, were brought to a high school to re-experience student life. All 65 of them went through an entire school day, complete with desks, lectures, textbooks, bells and permission slips to use the bathroom. In the end, they had to share their thoughts and all of them reached the same conclusion – it can be done much better!

We know this, you know this, everybody knows this – our school system is in high need of embracing Metamorphosis and reinventing itself. But how can we be a part of the process and add to it? Catalin Ciupala will join us in November – not to talk at us and grade us – but to share his amazing results as a VR embracing teacher! Because at Saguna College in Brasov – an 1850s building of great historical importance – math is full VR in a high tech laboratory! And this is just the beginning – technology can be sprinkled over all the other school subjects, in an attempt of transforming how these feel, how each subject impacts students, and how it can be applied further on.

Preparing not only our kids but also ourselves for life and not standardized tests is a crucial mission and it can be done! Catalin is one of the many that can prove it. We’d love to hear out your thoughts on the matter – so let’s meet on November 16 & 17 and open our backpacks full of ideas worth spreading! Save your seat!

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