Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Declan Kennedy

declankennedy-photo Prof. Declan Kennedy is an Irish Architect, Urban Planer, Mediator, and Permaculture Designer, teaching and practicing urban design and permaculture, landscape, renewable energy and agricultural planning, coupled with holistic strategies and founding Chairman of the Global Eco-Village Network (GEN). In his academic career he has been Professor of Urban Design and Infrastructure at the Architectural Department of the Technical University of Berlin, Germany and went on being the second Vice President for Academic Affairs at the TU Berlin. He is the Co-founder of Eco-village Lebensgarten, Steyerberg, near Hannover, Germany and worked on developing the Global Action Plan for the Earth (GAP). Prof. Kennedy’s preoccupation with permaculture, positive energies and eco-village design has led to his engagement in the Gaia University, a young university without walls, based on action-learning. His current projects involve giving workshops all over the world, the development of the permaculture park Lebensgarten Steyerberg (PaLS) and writing a book about holistic design. Declan Kennedy is an inspiring, knowledgeable and wise man to listen and talk to and he always has a pun at hand to make you laugh.

Talk: Designing sustainable eco-villages

The Eco-village movement in different parts of the world is an attempt to solve different problems from bottom up but in a holistic manner. The Eco-village approach worldwide is aiming to improve participatory planning, greening the villages (urban and rural), reducing noise and air pollution, saving and recycling energy and water, using of solar and renewable energies – and building and rebuilding using only healthy materials. Prof. Declan Kennedy will be looking at examples of eco-villages and their results as a contribution towards more sustainable living. He will present different holistic approaches, which are generally more successful than one-sided optimization of individual ecological aims. Ecovillage Design assists the greatest need for action towards lower consumption of non-renewable resources that will arise in the next decades, if not immediately. Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Declan Kennedy is an Irish Architect, Urban Planer, Mediator, and Permaculture Designer, and founding Chairman of the Global Eco-Village Network and cofounder of Eco-village Lebensgarten.

Christine Paulus

christinepaulus-photo Christine Paulus is a psychologist, coach and saxophonist. At the beginning of her career she was faced with the question whether to study music or psychology and she decided to go for the latter. Nowadays her scientific focus at PFH Private University of Applied Sciences Göttingen, Germany, is personell and business psychology. Moreover, she unites both passions for music and psychology in her work as an independent coach working with her clients. Since her teenage years she was fascinated by the tools and techniques for professional development and personal growth. She loves bright-eyed people, who experience pleasure in doing what they do, follow their purpose, live with meaning and who are truly fulfilled and successful both at work and in life. This is exactly what she aims for when working with her clients. As a certified integral personal and business coach and as a member of the International Coach Federation she provides one-on-one coaching for personal and professional development. At the same time, she is in an exciting relationship with music and her alto saxophone. Her musical education began when she was four years old. In recent times, while listening and playing she discovered inspiring similarities between music, business and human development. These findings are the core of her jazz metaphor which enriches her work as a coach. The integration of economic psychology and an artistic streak are at the core of her life. Paired with her cheerful, reflecting and creative nature it is easy to find oneself engaged in a deep and insightful conversation with her.

Talk: Coaching and All That Jazz

The talk provides thought-provoking impulses for individuals, leaders, teams, organizations and society. If you are involved and interested in human development, personal or professional, you will be inspired by this new “jazzy mindset”. Christine Paulus is a psychologist, coach and saxophonist. She unites both passions for music and psychology in her work as an independent coach. As a certified integral personal and business coach and as a member of the International Coach Federation she provides one-on-one coaching for personal and professional development.

Laura Rabea Tanneberger

laurarabeatanneberger-photo Laura Rabea Tanneberger is a screenwriter, film critic and blogger from Berlin. She completed her undergraduate studies in film and comparative literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and is currently studying and teaching at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a free journalist, she has written articles for online magazines like dasFilter and SisterMAG, interviewed Hollywood directors, producers and actors and is running her own blog. Tanneberger took part in the youth ambassador program of the international campaigning and advocacy organization “ONE” (created by Bill Gates and musician Bono) that fights for a positive and inspiring representation of third world countries and for pushing the issues of foreign aid on the political agendas. A life-long feminist, she became an activist against rape and sexual assault. Her current projects include writing a TV series that tackles abuse in relationships and the creation of a collaborative website dedicated to connecting survivors around the world.

Talk: How we can end the epidemic of sexual assault

Twenty-five percent of women in Germany will experience physical and/or sexual violence. One in five women and one in thirteen men in the United States will be raped at least once in her lifetime. More than 1 in 10 girls worldwide have experience forced sexual acts. Most commonly not, as many think, from instable and asocial strangers attacking them in the dark, but from friends, boyfriends and family members who are often respected and well-liked people. In her talk, Tanneberger will speak about the misperception of rapists as villains and other popular misconceptions about sex and sexual violence and how they contribute to the continuance of rape culture. Laura Rabea Tanneberger is a screenwriter, film critic and blogger from Berlin. She completed her undergraduate studies in film and comparative literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and is currently studying and teaching at the University of Michigan.

Fabian Westerheide

fabianwesterheide-photo Fabian is CEO of Asgard, a family- owned Venture Capital firm based in Berlin. His passion lies in Artificial Intelligence. He has worked with, started and invested in over 30 companies such as Delivery Hero, Team Europe, Point Nine Capital, Soundbrenner, Accelerated Dynamics, Micropsi Industries or Wunsch-Brautkleid.de in the European digital ecosystem. Additional he organizes the yearly Rise of AI conference to bring entrepreneurs, investors, media, politicians and scientists together. Furthermore he serves as coordinator for Artificial Intelligence at the German Association for Startups. He enjoys speaking about his experiences as an entrepreneur and investor. In the last years Fabian held talks on dozens of international conferences. Since 2011 he has been blogging about entrepreneurship, venture capital and the future on bootstrapping.me and favors 250,000 readers. Fabian holds a Master degree in Strategic and International Management from the University of St. Gallen and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Münster.

Talk: AI is eating our world

We are living in times of accelerating progress. Machine intelligence is increasingly integrated in vital parts of human life. Narrow Artificial Intelligence is driving cars, flying drones, playing chess, winning Go and answering emails. More and more machines are doing physical and cognitive work; create music and art. Machines are replacing human work and human thinking. No job is safe and machines soon will be everywhere. AI is eating the world. Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) is expected in the next 5 years and we will observe the first thinking machines. Superintelligence is coming after, until we reach the singularity. Humans have to decide how to live with machines and define their own role in a humanmachine world. Fabian is CEO of Asgard, a family- owned Venture Capital firm based in Berlin. His passion lies in Artificial Intelligence. Since 2011 he has been blogging about entrepreneurship, venture capital and the future on bootstrapping.me.

Prof. Dr. Christian Kreiß

christiankreiss-photo Christian Kreiß was an investment banker for seven years before becoming professor for finance at Aalen University in 2002. Today he is strongly committed to change our economic system which - in his eyes - is not only unfair but also unsustainable. He supports a more social and sustainable financial system, pleads for more durable goods by abolishing planned obsolescence, promotes free science and higher education by removing corporate corruption of universities and is campaigning for a world without commercial advertising. He is giving many public presentations, has been often on TV and radio and published four non-mainstream books on the above mentioned subjects since 2013.

Talk: Why our Economic System in not Sustainable

This TED talk shows how our existing property rights system necessarily triggers rising rent payments, thus creating rising inequality of wealth and income. The increasing money flows are used by the rich to invest in all kinds of fixed assets. But mass incomes lag behind. So overcapacities are created, a wedge is formed between offer and demand: a bubble forms and an inevitable bust follows. This is where the world economy now is heading for: Sooner or later we will see a very deep recession if not worse. We could avoid a coming depression by quite simple political measures: by reducing inequality that has built up during the last 35 years. Prof. Dr. Christian Kreiss was an investment banker for seven years before becoming professor for finance at Aalen University in 2002. Today he is strongly committed to change our economic system which, in his eyes, is not only unfair but also unsustainable.

Ben Tristem

bentristem-photo Ben Tristem is a software developer, online educator and entrepreneur. He graduated from Imperial College London in 1998 with a degree in Information Systems Engineering. Ben has studied mathematics, physics, business, marketing and software development at postgraduate level. Before becoming aware that his insatiable addiction to learning was driving him, Ben experimented with life as a financial trader, stuntman, consultant, rock-climbing instructor, commercial helicopter pilot, television personality and more. Ben has created 14 businesses, the most recent 4 of which were successful. The successful ventures all shared the goal of helping people to embrace technology. In 2014 Ben turned his addiction to learning into a vehicle to create value for others. Immediately he felt at home as a world-class teacher of computer game development and coding. Over the next two years Ben ran three Kickstarter projects, each of which funded more than 1000%, and build online courses with over 120,000 delighted students.

Talk: Navigating your learning journey

A lot of people can’t find the learning resources they need, and have the perfect perspective to teach – the beginner’s perspective. However, we believe that we must be accomplished, educated, or decorated in order to teach a topic. I’m here to challenge that with my personal story. I maintain that, with the right approach, teaching can be the highest form of learning. In these changing times the world needs more outstanding teachers than ever. Teaching as a way of learning may be your route to mastery, whilst simultaneously helping 1000s of other people along the way. Ben Tristem has studied mathematics, physics, business, marketing and software development at post-graduate level before he turned his passion in learning into a vehicle to create value for others. Immediately he felt at home as a world-class teacher of computer game development and coding.

Bastian Krösche

bastiankroesche-photo At the age of just eleven months, Bastian Krösche was diagnosed with a progressive and terminal disease. Physicians gave him a life expectancy of only two years or less. Meanwhile he outlived that expectation by more than 20 years. He finished regular school with excellent marks, studied his dream profession at a private college in Munich and experienced many, many interesting situations - both at work and in private life. For his jobs he travels the world - always accompanied by members of his private team of personal caretakers. The only handicap he knows on a journey is the budget of his clients. As day-to-day business became too boring, the young man started studying again at the TU Ilmenau, in 2013, where he is just about to finish his bachelor degree in applied media and communication science. Knowing that, even though he tricked death several times, life is an adventure, which will not last forever, Bastian Krösche learned to stop wasting time complaining about problems. Instead, he focuses on finding solutions for new challenges every day.

Talk: Why a terminal disease might not be that bad

How does a person prevent their heart rate from going up when an unexpected situation unfolds? On the one hand it is training for years, of course. On the other hand it is an inner attitude, knowing that every situation has several perspectives to be looked at. Throughout the years of his interesting job and his very special situation in life, Bastian Krösche encountered an uncountable number of challenges; small ones and bigger ones. With his talk at TEDxTUBerlin he wants to share his attitude with the audience. Proving with several examples, that nothing is as it seems at first glance. And some disadvantages can turn out to be the key for success one did not expect. At the age of just eleven months, Bastian Krösche was diagnosed with a progressive and terminal disease. Today, at the age of 20, he understood that life is an adventure which will not last forever and instead, he focuses on finding solutions for new challenges every day.

Martin Dechant

martindechant-photo Martin Dechant is a mixed reality enthusiast, game developer and UX Designer. As a teenager, Martin already developed small games together with his friends. After having studied computer science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Regensburg, he became an application Developer and UX Designer. So far he has worked on Natural User Interaction for desktop, VR and AR applications. Most recently he focused on how gaze based interaction can be used in games and VR. He helped big studios like Ubisoft and Eidos to bring this technology into the latest blockbuster games. Aside from that, he also did research the benefits of gaze based interaction in combination with other technologies for mixed reality applications in Sweden. He is always curious about new fields to apply and grow his knowledge in, such as clinical psychology, and is now managing the entertainment computing research group at the University of Regensburg.

Talk: How to interact with virtual worlds without puking?

Gaze, Gestures or just Controllers? A lot of mixed reality applications still have the same problem: How can the user interact with virtual content? How can we create a great experience without the awkward feeling that we are glued to a fixed spot in the endless 3D world? To solve this, we have to take a look at various perspectives on this topic. Besides the technological questions, like the performance of the hardware, we also have to talk about proper interaction design for VR. It should go beyond “Tap here for action”. Let’s face the various challenges of proper user experience design for mixed reality applications together! Martin Dechant is a mixed reality enthusiast, game developer and UX Designer. After having studied computer science with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Regensburg, he became an application Developer and UX Designer.

Sarah Rom

sarahrom-photo Social psychologist Sarah Rom is an advocate in the growing field of science-help, helping people understand and implement scientific findings in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics. Her mission is to transform scientific findings into actionable insights for society, and to help people live up to their fullest potential. She is currently completing her Ph.D. at the University of Cologne's Social Cognition Center. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Cologne and the University of California, Berkeley. In her academic research she tries to work the theoretical works of her social cognition research into meaningful implications for everyday life. Her interest in internet research and the role of social media in people's lives has let her spent this fall interning as a UX researcher at Facebook. At Facebook, Sarah looked at how people manage privacy and audience when posting live videos.

Talk: Why opportunity is a currency and how to spend it well

We learn that in order to be successful, we must work hard and engage effortful activities that we have to do, often times at the expense of fun and playful that we want to do. But despite the many positive outcomes hard work, self-discipline brings about—yielding professional success, and achievement of key long-term goals, enacting the work itself is usually not accompanied by positive feelings. Why are we designed in a way that enacting the means to reach desired end states often feel aversively ‘effortful,’ despite the obvious benefits of doing so? In her talk, Sarah Rom suggests that the feeling of effort has adaptive reasons and challenges the importance today’s society places on work over play.

Dr. Frank Dörner

frankdoerner-photo Frank Dörner lived in Hamburg before he moved to Berlin 1987. Frank studied human medicine at the Free University of Berlin, specialised in general medicine and gained a doctorate in the field of tropical medicine. Today he works as General Practitioner in Berlin Wedding, teaches Humanitarian Medicine in a private university and engages strongly in humanitarian situations. He started working in the field of Humanitarian Action with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 1998 and went for several years overseas to work in health projects. From 2008-2014 he was General Director of MSF Germany. His last MSF project was in Sierra Leone to coordinate the medical work on Ebola end of 2014. In 2015 he became part of "SeaWatch", a private organisation involved in rescue of refugees in the Mediterranean. Frank is a founding member of Sea Watch and went several times as doctor on board of the rescue ships to assist people in distress close to Libya. SeaWatch assisted and rescued over 20.000 people since 2015 and made strong demands for urgently needed increase of rescue activities public.

Talk: Sea Watch: Just doing the right thing

There are thousands of people on the flight who cross the Mediterranean and a lot of them die every day. Politics seem to accept that this is part of the cruel day to day reality – kind of natural. How could one do something about it? I heard that a few people came up with most simple answer one could imagine – it just struck me while being under the shower and listening to this interview: Boating out there to assist people in distress and save as many as possible made so much sense to me. I knew right at that moment I had to be part of it. Let me tell you about my experiences with Sea Watch. Safe passage now! Dr. Frank Dörner studied human medicine at the Free University of Berlin.Today he works as a General Practitioner in Berlin Wedding and teaches Humanitarian Medicine in a private university. For 18 years he has been strongly engaged in humanitarian action on different levels.