These are the speakers that will participate in TEDxLeiden
Bruno van den Elshout
"Look at what you've always looked at …
To see what you have never seen".
Dutch artist Bruno van den Elshout originally graduated in International Business Studies.
He works on autonomous visual research projects with the aim of attributing value to commonly overlooked phenomena.
Diverse as his projects are, they all serve the desire to create new and meaningful connections between people, ideas and worlds.
In recent years, Van den Elshout travelled around all EU-member states to interview 2,700 young Europeans about their daily lives.
Since 2012, he has been dedicated to his project ‘NEW HORIZONS’ which will be on display in the famous Panorama Mesdag museum in The Hague from November 2014 up to March 2015.
A monumental book publication under the same name is due to be presented on December 4th.
Janice Deul is a Dutch-Surinamese lifestyle journalist.
She has been working for over fifteen years in the land of lifestyle, advocating diversity in fashion and magazines.
Via social media, articles and public talks she points out that there are just few black models on covers of magazines.
By doing this, she hopes to empower black and coloured girls and young women to realize their dream: they can be super models too.
Role models, or as we tend to say nowadays possibility models, can encourage and inspire them.
Fashion is not to be taken lightly.
Surely, it’s about clothes.
But it also focusses on self-expression, art and individuality.
Models in magazines and on catwalks represent the way society thinks about beauty and glamour.
So, what is the hidden message behind the lack of black and coloured models?
That black is not beautiful?
That coloured girls are invisible?
Or that they do not count?
All this and more; black women are not acknowledged in their being.
They need to be represented too.
In order to be able to follow their dreams: you can’t be what you can’t see.
Janice wants to convince decision makers at magazines that there is a big potential left unused.
Minke is all about energy.
When she is around, things happen… people move!
No neighbourhood association to join? She establishes one herself.
Interested in China and the ancient Silk Road? Buy a car, and drive there…
all the way from Leiden.
Getting to know the world is her thing.
Preferably by working with the local people she meets.
Whether 'between the Rhines’ in Leiden or between mountains in Myanmar…
she is all about creating collaborative solutions in her 'co-Laboratory'.
Dreams to fulfil:
start a rooftop restaurant,
publish a cookbook,
go diving with Killer Whales in Norway
and do business in Iran.
Lianne Kooistra started her own company in 2013.
Before that she worked as an editor in chief for a trade magazine for several years.
Today she is a self-employed copy writer for Mijnheer Van Puffelen tekstbureau.
She specialized in copy writing, journalism and PR.
She feels that the beauty of writing lays in creating something out of nothing.
Or just to filter the highlights out of an extensive story.
Someone once said I didn’t have time to write a short letter.
That to me says it all: writing is about capturing the essence!
Lianne is the co-founder and secretary at “BO viert FEEST”, (‘BO celebrates’).
A fundraising foundation that provides birthday parties…
to children at elementary school whose parents live on welfare.
She still dreams about writing in a more creative way.
And besides from her writing abilities she’s always looking for ways to give more.
More meaning to life.
An initiative like ‘Statiegeld moet blijven’ might be a drop in the ocean.
But if it helps to make some people more aware, she’s happy.
Jiami Jongejan is a blogger.
She writes about the subjects that fascinate her, like
her personal life.
She also makes videos for her website.
Jiami turned 15 recently.
She started blogging in 2012 and now has established her own company.
In 2013 she won the ‘Gouden Apenstaart’.
A Dutch award for best website made by children.
In 2014 she received the ‘European Best Content award’ from Neelie Kroes.
Her blog was considered the best European website content made by children.
Jiami is constantly looking for subjects that fascinate her and her followers.
Every story, and each video has to capture her personal fascination.
She loves to entertain and inspire her audience.
Roos Wouters’ father is a sociologist who taught her never to stop asking why.
Why do we do what we do?
Why did we start with it in the first place?
Why are we still doing it today?
And is the way in which we do it still the best possible way?
Her mother is a folk’s woman who taught her always to question authority.
If she answered that she did something because everybody else did it, or because someone told her so, she got furious and yelled at her: ‘Because lots of people followed Hitler did not make him right.’
Think for yourself and never accept the answer “because I tell you to.”
Always ask yourself: ‘Who are you?
What makes you so special that you get to tell me what to do.’
You probably can imagine that her school period was hell and she got fired from lots of different jobs.
The first part of her life, she wasn’t very grateful for her parents’ upbringing.
But later on she did notice that the way she sees things …
… was a gift.
Some people are able to think
out of the box.
She doesn’t even
see a box …
and that makes her see things afresh.
Jakob de Jonge
… and what has not been seen …
Jakob the Jonge lives and works in The Hague.
He has an MA Religious Studies from Leiden University…
And did a minor in Developments Studies form the University of Amsterdam.
He graduated from The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague in 2012.
Where he studied fine art.
Jakob now works as an artist and as a human rights professional.
As an artist he composes large, colourful paintings in which he tries to
organize an encounter…
or a confrontation between the often brutal reality of international politics
using the beauty of
The human rights professional in Jakob …
is currently in the process of founding an organization: The Hague Peace Projects
This organization will be …
working on providing reliable information from conflict areas,
analysing root causes of these conflicts and
create events to generate attention for these conflicts and their possible solutions.