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Last, but not least! (Yes, this is a blog, so the « last in » is on top of the pile, FIFO stye lol- rings a bell from old accounting courses!)

Most TEDxBrussels 2012 sessions started with a performance from Scala. Absolutely sublime and a great way to get us focused and it the perfect mood for the talks… Some videos below, but do visit their website.

Sublime song from Scala & Kolacny Brother
Listening to it still gives me butterflies… Play the song while reading the rest!

Scala is an all-female choir from the Flemish town of Aarschot in Belgium.
They hit the headlines in 2010 when, with the Kolacny brothers, they featured on the trailer to The Social Network, the massively successful hollywood movie all about Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.

For the film they sang a version of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ that resonated around the world as the wired generation discovered the personality behind Facebook and its billions of users.

Long before that however, Scala were enjoying local success winning the award for Belgian Choir of the Year in 2000, releasing their first album, Scala on the Rocks in 2002. The formula of rendering current rock classics in pure choral tones has proved incredibly popular, Scala performs all over the world continually adding to its hard rock repertoire.

Scala and Kolacny Bros – U2 With or Without You


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Top 4 – Greg Gage

Greg Gage is a Neuroscientist and co-founder of Backyard Brains, an organization teaching kids and amateurs neuroscience through hands-on experiments to see and hear brain signals from living neurons and also via robotic control of ordinary cockroaches. He’s also a TED Fellow.

The way he reveals neuroscience to school kids is through the SpikerBox, a small rig that helps kids understand the electrical impulses that control the nervous system. He’s passionate about helping students understand how our brains and our neurons work, because as he says, we still know very little about how the brain works — and we need to start inspiring kids early to want to know more.

The inspiration for Greg’s work as an educator came from a realization that the advanced equipment he used as a PhD student could be made at home for a fraction of the price, in less than a day.



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Top 3 – Andrew Keen

Andrew Keen is a British born entrepreneur and author. His book The Cult of the Amateur sets out his views of user-generated content websites such as YouTube and Wikipedia.

Keen’s view is that by worshipping the amateur individual – bedroom filmmaker or prolific blogger, part time Flickr photographer or war tourist tweeter – we’re losing sight of carefully considered media production techniques that have evolved over decades, along with the intelligent professionals who operate in far flung places to bring us the news.


Keen reckons Wikipedia is the online home of inaccuracy and crowdsourced content can never be as reliable as pre-digital information channels. He argues fluently for media literacy, challenging the mantra of the digital generation, the user is not king.



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Top 2 – Doctor Alan Greene

Pediatrician and father of four, Dr. Alan Greene completed his pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Northern California and served there as Chief Resident. In 1995, while at ABC Pediatrics in San Mateo, California, he launched, cited by the AMA as « the pioneer physician Web site ».

He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the TODAY Show, the Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time Magazine. In 2010, Dr. Greene founded the WhiteOut Now movement aimed at changing how babies are fed starting with their first bite of solid food. In 2012 he launched a worldwide campaign aimed at changing the practice of Immediate Cord Camping To Optimal Cord Clamping or TICC TICC.

Dr. Greene received the Healthy Child award for Prevention and was named the Children’s Health Hero of the Internet by Intel.

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This Monday I have been lucky enough to attend the TEDxBrussels 2012 Conference at BOZAR Museum.

I use the term lucky as it was an incredible « concours de circonstances » (just unsuccessfully tried to Google-Translate this term, so if you do not speak French, « tant pis pour vous! ») that led me to have a VIP ticket from Accenture, won on internet by a high school friend from Solvay Business School (Merci Philip!).

An unfortunate turn of events later and over dinner he tells me he cannot go, has to stay at work on Monday, and cannot find anyone interested in his ticket. So there I was, sending a last minute email to my boss on a Sunday afternoon, « could I please please please take my day off tomorrow and assist to the conference »!

« Bref », 8am the next morning, there I am, sitting on the first row of the BOZAR theater, waiting for Steve Wozniak to open the day. Classic. Can’t believe there was a time when I hated Mondays!

So, as TED is all about sharing, I am going to post here my top-5 speeches from TEDxBrussels.

Top 1 – Zoe Laughling

Artist and maker Zoe Laughlin is a co-founder/director of the Institute of Making and the Materials Library project. She holds an MA from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and obtained a PhD in Materials within the Division of Engineering, King’s College London.


Working at the interface of the science, art, craft and design of materials, her work ranges from formal experiments with matter, to materials consultancy and large-scale public exhibitions and events with partners including Tate Modern, the Hayward Gallery, the V&A and the Wellcome Collection. Her particular areas of interest are currently The Sound of Materials, The Taste of Materials and The Performativity of Matter, with outputs ranging from theatrical demonstration lectures to the making of instruments and features on both radio and television.


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Peter Hinssen is one of Europe’s thought leaders on the impact of technology on our society. He has a focus on the consumer adoption of technology, on the impact of networked digital society, and on the alignment between Business and IT.

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