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November 9, 2019 0

If you were to monitor the actions of a group of people, you would probably notice that some of them tend to be more empathetic than the others. But how do you define empathy? For some people, empathy is a rare personality trait that appears in a few people and is mostly inherited from their ancestors. We don’t necessarily agree with them, because we consider that empathy is something we can all learn to practice, so we can become better human beings with each day that passes by.

The key point of being empathetic is to listen. We live in a world where everything is happening so fast and our attention span is constantly decreasing and, as a result, we do not actively listen that much anymore.  Let’s change this behavior and become more aware of how other people are feeling – put yourself in the shoes of another person and try to truly understand what they are experiencing.

Stay out of judgement, if you really want to be more empathetic. When your friends or close ones are facing problems and want to discuss them with you, they put themselves in a vulnerable position, so you should not take advantage of this. Do not become the almighty judge of their actions. Speaking of vulnerability, Brené Brown has beautifully said that Empathy is a choice, and it’s a vulnerable choice because, in order to connect with you, I have to connect with something in myself that knows that feeling. Some people do not practice empathy because they are scared of reviving their own wounds, but we truly believe that our unfortunate experiences can help others grow. Let’s make an exercise of imagination – if we all practice empathy, can you visualize how the world would look like?

We want to live in that world of empathy that shows up in all conversations, all relationships and all life experiences. How about you? You can share your opinion with us at TEDxBucharest11, on November 16th and 17th.

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November 5, 2019 0

We live in such a hectic and fast-paced world that sometimes we feel like everything around is just an infinite list of work and life to-dos. When you’re stressed out it’s even harder to stay focused and to be efficient, it’s more complicated to prioritize, and it’s actually impossible to get things done. Is it really worth it? We think not!

So how do you lay back, relax, and allow your thoughts and tasks to get back in line? Sometimes we might find it very difficult to hit the ‘pause’ button and just go offline for a bit – leaving all emails and reminders behind. Well, we have some options that you might find both useful and fun and that will help with you disconnect!

Have you ever tried to dance it out? Playing your favorite songs and letting your mind and body have some fun? Well, you really should! Problems will seem less pressing, tasks will be left far behind, the mood will be switched to instant-happy, and calories will be burnt! How cool is that?

Talking about cool stuff – what do you think about cultivating your hobby? It might be about reading a book written by your favorite author, half an hour of relaxing yoga, going for a quick run, handcrafting some nice decorations for your cozy home or going out and about to discover new places in your town. Whatever makes you feel like you have all your ducks in a row! This way you can relax while getting better at the things you love most!

Now let’s talk about what’s important in life – food! A study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology suggests that people who take time to cook or bake feel more enthusiastic about their pursuits the next day. This doesn’t mean you must be an experienced chef or to follow very complex recipes. Not at all – you can just start by cooking your favorite meal, a tasty snack for a movie night or a tummy-hugging dessert to reward yourself! Whatever you choose, it will make the stress just vanish – trust us!

But just in case you need some inspiration from a Culinary Artist – we have it ready for you at TEDxBucharest11. Charles Michel will take the stage on November 16th and share with you his vision and plans on inspiring solutions for important challenges. And maybe some of his techniques on living a stress-free life! So let’s meet on November 16thand 17th and share ideas worth seeking!

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November 2, 2019 0

What are you thinking of when hearing the word “networking”? Let’s be honest with each other: many of us die a little inside when they hear about it and, when we need to practice it, it’s like the end is coming. But how can we make it easier and more pleasant?

First, you need to change your network filters. Think about an ordinary day at the office – you probably take the same route to your office, drink coffee from the same place, arrive at your designated desk and so on. The same applies to your daily interactions because we, as human beings, tend to decide in less than one second if someone we meet is interesting or not. We recommend you fight the filters you have developed throughout your entire life – take a new path to work, drink your coffee in another place or even go to the bathroom on a different floor. On another level, “force” yourself to talk with people who have different views than you and who don’t look “interesting” from the first moment – they might surprise you.

Going deeper into this subject, we usually forget about one simple and easy opportunity – thanking people for doing us a favor. We are not referring just to the Thank you text, but actually going beyond that – finding a way that you can be useful to them, now or later. Put them first, be aware of their needs and you will surely expand your network without much effort.

Last, but not least, remember that most people feel the same way – they don’t like networking. So, instead of thinking that you are an impostor, you can remind yourself that you are connected with people doing the best they can, who also feel nervous and uncomfortable about approaching strangers.

With TEDxBucharest11 event rapidly approaching, we believe that networking can be reframed to having pleasant conversations, without obligations or fake masks. So, are you open to networking?

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November 1, 2019 0

Recycling is really a thing – promoted worldwide and supported by many. But still not by all! Somehow, it is not part of who we are as human beings and even though very alarming statistics show how badly we’ve damaged the world we live in, we’re still not getting used to reuse and recycle on a daily basis.

Recycling doesn’t only mean throwing our plastic, paper, and glass waste in different specific trash cans and saying no to straws when ordering the next cocktail or lemonade. Has it crossed your mind that you can literally recycle everything you own or use? Let’s take clothes, for example. You can either choose to reuse the stuff you have in order to create new outfits, you can donate them to people in need or to stores that will reuse them to create new items. Or we can talk about your electronic devices. Instead of just keeping your old phone in the drawer of your nightstand, you can give it to someone who might need it if still functional. You can use the buyback programs to return it to the store you bought it from or you can donate the parts that are still good and contribute to the creation of new items or help repair some old ones.

But what if we told you that even the materials you use to build your home, or office building, or shop can be recycled, can be put to better use, can reduce waste, and unnecessary labor? And because you don’t have to take our word for it, we’ve invited the amazing Mariana Popescu to tell you even more about how it can be done. Mariana has been named to MIT Technology Review’s prestigious annual list of Innovators Under 35 as a Pioneer and on Sunday, Nov 17, she’ll be on the TEDxBucharest11 stage to share with you her vision on how to use materials in unusual contexts and how experimentation can be a part of it! See you there!

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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 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 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 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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