TEDxLeiden 2014 Abundance

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

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?

Not chic?

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 Vorstenbosch

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.

Willem Ferwerda

                                      Four returns from landscape restoration
As a trained tropical ecologist, passionate nature & people lover,
Willem Ferwerda has an international background
as an innovative ‘solutions thinker and doer’.
He has experienced the vast degradation of nature worldwide...
in spite of many positive small-scale initiatives to halt this process.
He has been active in nature conservation and restoration over the last 20 years,
mostly within IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
During that period he was able to fund over
1,500 nature projects
in 40 countries
and took part in many expert groups.
He helped influence policies and established a bridge between business and ecology…
by creating a business network, called ‘Leaders for Nature’.
This led to an agreement on biodiversity between the ‘Dutch Confederation of Industry’
and Dutch nature organizations.
However, in spite of many positive activities worldwide of NGOs and experts,
ecology is not yet part of the core decision making process
of companies, investors and governments.
A more systemic approach is needed.
One that uses all available skills and technology and that gives money a purpose.
After leaving IUCN, Ferwerda focused on the question why mainstreaming ecology in business is so difficult.
He will talk about his quest to find out what is really needed to involve business in scaling up the restoration of ecosystems, …
and his new developed approach:
       four returns.  

Lianne Kooistra

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.


A novel?

Who knows.

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

Jiami Jongejan is a blogger.

She writes about the subjects that fascinate her, like



           lifestyle and

           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. 

Erik Schilp

Erik Schilp (Sydney, 1967) is an international innovator, connector and strategist.
He specialises in sustainable business solutions in the arts, cultural and heritage sectors.
Schilp started his career in London as Senior Marketing Manager at the American consultancy firm Strategic Decisions Group. Also in the UK, he restructured companies in the theatre and film industry and he founded his own marketing and PR agency.
In Barcelona he developed 24-hour restaurants and art spaces.
On arrival in the Netherlands Schilp became director of the Diaghilev Festival (2005) and from 2006 he worked as director of the Zuiderzee Museum.
In 2009 he was appointed Director of the Museum of National History.
Currently Schilp is working with Leiden University to develop and implement plans for a Museum of Language.
Schilp is founder and partner of the art platform De Gulle Ekster and a member of the supervisory board at Stadsherstel Amsterdam NV.
Motto: “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
(Samuel Beckett)
"Everything starts with curiosity. If you ask yourself ten questions a day, you have no time for a career. You end up travelling the world and read one book a day. I try to connect the things I like and the people I believe in. Innovation is having the best people making new connections.
I have developed projects in many countries and in many fields, from restaurants to museums and from opera to science. My father taught me I should be able to hold a conversation with anybody on any topic.
I think I am slowly getting there…"

Roos Wouters

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

and war

and destruction.


using the beauty of



               nature and



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.


Judith Manshanden

How would we behave if we would live in abundance?
And what would our economy look like?
Judith Manshanden
Is a psychologist,
a former strategy consultant and
social entrepreneur.
During her corporate career she started to question the basis of our current economy.
Because why do we strive for endless growth?
Is it because we think growth equals success?
Or does our hunger for growth arise from the feeling that we never have enough?
That we always need more to be happy? 
In other words; is our economy based on a feeling of scarcity?
To find an answer to these questions Judith developed a business model based on the idea of abundance. At the “GEEF Café” (GIVE Café), her ‘pay as you can’ restaurant, healthy and nutritious meals are given away.
People can decide for themselves what they can- and want to pay.
If money is a problem, guests can pay with their time by doing volunteer work in the restaurant. If people have some more to give, this money is directly used to give other people a meal.
In her presentation, Judith talks about how the abundance mind-set might be the key to a healthier and more connected economy for the future….


Peter Kuijper

Peter was born in Apeldoorn in 1965 as the fourth child out of six.
After his study technical business in Enschede and his military service,
he worked for almost twenty years for his own metal trading company.
In 2004 things started to change.
                                               He married Angelika from Hamburg, Germany.
                                               He and Angelika decided to stay childless, and
                                               he asked himself how he would continue his hectic life style.
In the seven years that followed, Peter acquired in depth knowledge on different eating habits, breathing, the art of ‘focussing’ and sleeping. He read books, took training courses and talked to specialists in the various fields.
Practising what he learned made him more energetic, conscious ánd more successful.
Motivated by his personal experiences, he started his actual company in 2011:        Mind&Health,
where customers (individuals and groups) are assisted to develop a more balanced and energized life.
The same personal approach is reflected in Peter’s role as director of Barcode for Life, a charity that he co-founded and that focusses on individual treatment for cancer patients through DNA analysis.
He is driven by doing, creating, making connections, co-creating and  people…
His trademarks are his smile and unlimited optimism.

Marius Smit

Plastic Whale is a collective of the curious, the smart and the creative.
An unexpected mix of creative and entrepreneurial do-goodniks practicing a new form of environmental good-ism.
A movement focused on giving dead materials new life, and old objects new hope.
Marius Smit is founder of Plastic Whale, the world’s first professional plastic fishing company. That makes him the world’s first professional plastic fisherman.
Marius is in love with the world and all its diversity.
During his travels he encountered the problem of plastic soup.
He decided to do something about it, but didn’t know how to.
Until he devised a plan to create a unique challenge:
                                                  to build a boat made of plastic waste.
Marius is living in Amsterdam, is married and has two children.
He had, and still has, a lot to lose. Like all of us do.
Overcoming his fears of failure and social alienation, Marius started his challenge in 2011. Fuelled by his believe in the power of innovation and cooperation his initiative has grown into an organisation to which thousands of people and tens of companies have contributed.
Plastic Whale built a beautiful design boat made of recycled Amsterdam Canal Plastic. And Amsterdam Plastic Fishing has turned into a very popular company event.
Plastic Whale is now becoming a financially self-sustaining business. Marius will build two more boats of Amsterdam Canal Plastic. But it is his ambition to copy the concept to other cities around the world.