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TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Storytelling | The lonely hearts club

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On Thursday 18 February TEDxDelft hosted its third storytelling event of the season, entitled ‘The Lonely Hearts Club.’ Hosting the night’s event were Marijn Vissers and Cor Hoeve, two colleagues and professional storytellers. To them, telling a story is a way of expressing oneself. “Each one of you has a story to tell,” Hoeve begins.

He goes on to describe a previous relationship, in which he asked his then girlfriend how she would feel about having an open relationship, to which she agreed. But when talking about it with her some time later, he found out that while he had not acted upon it, she had. “I did not know what had happened, and it drove me crazy, all kinds of scenarios go through your mind.” In the end, he says it is best to know it all.

Next it was up to Vissers to tell his story of relationships. At first he was not interested in committing to one person. But then one day he sat next to a man, and they started talking. Before he knew it he would be in a relationship, sitting at the dining table every night at 18:00 waiting for his boyfriend. But his boyfriend would come home later and later, and jealousy got a hold of Vissers. He left the house, left the country, but came back eventually. He missed his boyfriend, and decided to be honest. They have been together now for 33 years.

Stories can have a very powerful effect on people. Vissers told the story of a teenager, living in a closed institution, an environment which does more bad than good. He asked the boy to tell about a beautiful part of his life. “Telling the story changed him, now he tells his story to others hoping to inspire them.” The power of telling a story can be remarkable. “And I know everyone in this room has one.”

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft | Tickets now available

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TEDxDelft is happy to announce that tickets for the main event on Friday 15 April 2016 are now for sale. Click here to order your tickets online to make sure you will be there to listen to exciting new ideas and perspectives.

This edition will be TEDxDelft’s 5th anniversary and will be held on the birthday of one of history’s biggest thinkers, Leonardo da Vinci. Come join us on April 15th to celebrate the universal genius and share some more brilliant ideas.

Keep an eye on the TEDxDelft website as the speakers for this year’s event will start to be unveiled soon.

TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Stories | The lonely hearts club

 TEDxDelft Events

On Thursday 18 February at 20:00 TEDxDelft will host its next storytelling event at the Rietveld Theater. With Valentine’s Day taking place only days before, TEDxDelft Stories will turn the spotlight on those who deserve some loving too: the lonely hearts club.

The event will be held in English and admission is free, so come join us for an evening filled with stories and TEDx videos on matters of the heart.

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TEDxDelft 2016 | TEDxDelft Cinema | We have got the power

On Thursday 21 January TEDxDelft hosted its first event of 2016. It was the second Cinema event of the season, entitled ‘We’ve got the power,’ focussing on feminism. Hosting the event on the evening was TEDxDelft’s very own Ailie Conor.

The representation of women in popular media is what angers Conor in particular. Modern culture portrays women in specific roles, as certain stereotypes, creating unrealistic expectations of women. “It is difficult watching a movie, or a TV show, or reading a book not to feel saddened by these renditions,” she clarified.

“Society seems to hate teenage girls, showing them being frivolous, looking vapid by taking a selfie,” Conor said. The media, when dealing with teenage girls, often shows them as flat characters exhibiting only a couple of character traits. Yet there are strong women who can be great role models. “Someone like Stevie Nicks perhaps,” she said. Women are too often portrayed in the same roles, which makes it all the more important when they do play the part usually reserved for men.

According to Conor, what is important in improving the depiction of women is accountability. “By choosing the shows we see and the books we read,” she explained. Selecting those which do represent women, real women. Or by portraying women in roles traditionally left to men, thereby turning tropes around. “Make a difference by making choices,” she concluded. “By seeking those narratives, those voices, which are not always listened to.”