TEDxLeiden 2014 Abundance

Anke van Houten

I want to contribute to a better world through communication. In daily life I combine corporate communications with CSR at Imtech, a worldwide technical services provider that focusses on energy and environment. I am a proud member of the TEDxLeiden organizational team and find it a privilege to work with all these inspired people

Annegien Dessing

I am honoured to contribute at TEDx Leiden as a speaker coach and helping to organize the events. I did not know TED before. It is inspiring to work with all these great people! My profession is communication advisor.

Rienke Wiersma

I am a very energetic person and I love being around other passionate people. I believe that TEDx creates an amazing platform for their creative, and sometimes courages, ideas that contribute to changing our thoughts and perspectives on the world around us.

Last year I was involved with TEDx Leiden as a photographer. From that prespective I had a chance to capture the spirit and passion with which the speakers conveyed their ideas. This year in addition to acting as a photographer I am also involved in the creative process leading towards TEDx Leiden 2014. In daily life I am a physiotherapist and manualtherapist, a very different setting where I am contributing to change on an a more individual basis.

Marijn Wiersma

I love the energy we collectively create at TEDxLeiden! And therefore feel fortunate to, together with Freek, be the license holder for TEDxLeiden. In daily life I work as change agent and innovation manager at FMO, the Dutch Development Bank. I am passionate about transition. I have co-founded several social networks a.o. Fier, Boom and BankoftheFuture. And am truly proud that we can host our TEDxLeiden conference in our house of transition, the beautiful Meelfabriek in Leiden!

Freek Tanis

I am passionate about the transition to a society where people and organizations cocreate their future. A natural balance between the industrial efficiency and selforganized diversity. A world where we are able to organize the surplus. TED has been a major source of inspiration for me; it has broadened my perspective on society and the possibilities for the future. I use these insights and experiences in my work as a business architect for IBM.

Patrice Windt-Doeven

If you want something you’ve never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.
‘That Something’ can be within a simple idea, an idea worth spreading.
To enable a person to spread his idea in a comprehensible, inspiring and vivid way, gives me the opportunity to assist the speaker to bring a small idea from one person to a bigger world. I do hope to make that small difference.
Because of my previous experience as a trainer/coach and my job as a cabin attendant,  I’m  privileged to visit many different cultures, city’s and communities and talk to many different people with many different ideas.
It has widened my range and it brought me in contact with a lot of different views, habits, creative solutions and ideas.
I am convinced that spreading ideas is the solution for every existing and future problem. Inspiring stories can unite people and united people can make a real difference.
That is why I feel honored to be part of the organization team of TEDx Leiden.

Marieke Hendrix

Ever since a visit to the Green School in Bali I am a fond advocate of holism and finding solutions with and for your local community. I am a storyteller; as a journalist and as a Corporate Storyteller. I believe in the power of spreading ideas and finding out what makes people tick, so we can find common ground and drive change through shared values and goals. For me Tedx embraces creativity and spreading talks and ideas to enable change in our transitional society. That's why I want to build upon this community and spread the word. With new ideas there is hope for a future which we build ourselves; anything is possible with co-creation

Jens-R. Henkelmann

We are truly living in a great time. Never before was it so easy for so many people to have access to so much information literally at one's fingertips. With this vast amount of information however, it is more important than ever to have high quality formats that can act as a guide.


Ted Talks are a wonderful example of what this can look like. The high quality of the talks alone is already reason enough to watch them. Seeing speakers that are always highly involved in a topic and additionally very passionate about them, just adds to the overall positive experience.


Being involved in sustainability for quite sometime now myself, I'm very passionate to make the 2013 Edition of TedXLeiden a great experience for every visitor at the Meelfabriek and everyone watching the videos online.  

Lisette van der Boog

With my passion to contribute to a better world, I’m fully engaged to co-organize the second TEDxLeiden. In daily life I am working as Capacity Development Analyst at FMO, supporting the transition towards a more integrated approach of investments.

Swaantje Nijkamp and Linde Ex

We translate transition and innovation in experience and art. We use elements of the Arts to make content visible, to clarify it by giving meaning in form and by creating connections. Content is always the guideline for our design. We are the founders of Studio Liaan, are both educated at Art schools and have a heart for beauty, research and experience. The beauty and strength of de TED concept has always inspired us. Telling a good story is a form of Art. We want to deepen this concept with experience elements that strengten this goal. Studio Liaan is partner of platform BankoftheFuture, one of the partners of this TEDx-event.    

Paul Crone

Love to view TED talks. So, what a great honor and pleasure to help creating TEDx. To work with such a nice and bright group of people. Learning every day and almost drowning in all the  “great idea’s worth spreading”. Adding my analytical skills, drive and enthusiasm to co-create this energizing event. I am a family man and an avid cyclist.

Won van Kalsbeek

Won van Kalsbeek, woman in sales & business development. After my study for nurse I started my career late 90’s in the ICT. 

Recently I started iWon but also work at 0to9 Cross Creative Agency in Rotterdam where we aim to make people happy with effective marketing and creative communication solutions.
Sharing my enthusiasm and expertise on marketing for TEDx Leiden this year is a real honor.
I really look forward to the event and making a contribution to the succes of the event on the 7th of November.

Marike van IJssel

For many years I have enjoyed the TED talks, and frequently share these amazing talks with anyone I come across. As I strongly believe in the power of spreading inspiring ideas and practices, I regularly organize and co-create inspirational events. The latest event was the“Geluksroute” (Happiness trail) through Leiden. It is with great pleasure that I work towards making this TEDxLeiden event a success

Carine Middeldorp

It's exciting to be part of the TEDxLeiden community. With my background in art and anthropology I love storytelling and finding out what these stories say about people, which TED talks do in bite-size. So as part of the speakers team, I greatly enjoy putting together a group of people with stories worth sharing. 

Auke-Florian Hiemstra

As a biology student it is becoming more and more clear to me that we are not living in harmony with our planet. Our society is in need of creative solutions for the development of a sustainable lifestyle, a lifestyle that will secure our valuable biodiversity for generations to come. TED talks, with their optimistic, refreshing and inspiring ideas, play an important part in this.

As columnist of TEDx Leiden I will use my experience in creative communication to write about the most inspiring speeches. This way I hope to inspire others and contribute to a greater awareness and a change in behaviour, which are both of crucial importance for the development of a sustainable lifestyle and a better world.  Furthermore I see TEDx Leiden as a great opportunity to meet new people and I am proud to be part of it.


Juul Martin

.TEDxLeiden is blij aan te kondigden dat - naast de inspirerende lijst van sprekers die we mogen beluisteren op 7 november in de Meelfabriek te Leiden - we ook hulp gaan krijgen van niemand minder dan Juul Martin. Juul heeft aan de wieg gestaan van projecten zoals "durf te vragen", "Het Huis van Overvloed" en de "waarmaakdagen" De projecten van Juul zijn open voor iedereen om mee te bouwen.  Mensen doen mee omdat ze er simpelweg gelukkig van worden, omdat ze dezelfde doelen nastreven. We zijn als TEDxLeiden trots dat we een van de voorbeelden van het denken in overvloed in Nederland kunnen verwelkomen!

Jacqueline Spaans

I feel honoured being part of TEDx Leiden last year and again this year. I believe in connecting with each other and working together. I feel society isn’t going to be like it used to be. So new ways of living, living and working together are necessary and welcome. I’m looking forward hearing and meeting new people and their stories and ideas during TEDx Leiden 2014. You will find me with a camera around my neck trying to capture inspiring people and moments. In daily life I’m a photographer specialized in photographing people. I make business portraits, do business photographing and helping you present your business in the best way possible. I’m passionate about photography, design, cooking and boating (beside my daughters, husband, friends and family!). Love to meet you!  www.jacquelinespaans.nl

Daan van Iterson

The TEDx event and talks are a great inspiration for me and I am proud being a part of Leiden’s highly creative group. I love to use my own creativity and coaching competence to contribute and coach one of our speakers, trying to get the idea worth spreading on a even higher level. In daily life I am a policy advisor and also a certified integrity counsellor which allows me to combine my skills in communication and coaching. For TEDx Leiden I like to help in any way to make this stimulating experience into a success.