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Believers. Thinkers. Dreamers. This year TEDxULB 2020 will be an exclusive event about extraordinary people. On the 23rd of October, 2020 leaders from disparate industries will come together to share their own "Misfits" story. How the nature of Misfits makes the world a better place, where “bold” and “inclusive” are synonyms of success.

 

 

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Luc De Brabandere

Author, senior advisor to The Boston Consulting Group, co-founder of Cartoonbase, professor Luc De Brabandere introduces philosophy to the business world.

 

He believes that people naturally form frameworks, "boxes" to organize their thinking, which makes it extremely difficult to "think outside the box". Instead, he advocates for a new strategy: THINKING IN NEW BOXES. Luc De Brabandere specializes in this practical approach applied to scenario building, and strategic vision techniques to be incorporated in today's business sector.

His own definition of "Misfit" is: "When something new in the world doesn't fit with something old in the mind".

John Rizzo

John Rizzo is a computer science teacher. He started his career as a programmer with an easy task: how to program computers to serve humans well. Then he started teaching computer science: how to raise humans to program computers well. He now face a much more intimidating challenge: how to program humans do raise humans well.

With the aim to transform the 21st century schools he published his first book "Sauver l’école” in 2015. In his book he talks about whether the decline of the school system is inevitable and wondering if it needs to be changed to adapt to the needs of modern life and new communication methods.

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Cécile Djunga

Comedian and host of several TV shows - including "The Voice Belgium", "Almost Famous" and "C'est Toujours Pas Sorcier" - Cécile Djunga is committed to defending the values ​​of peace with humour.

 

As Ambassador of the Royal Museum for Central Africa, elected Pan-African Personality and Inspiring Woman of the Year 2018, she has been invited to the UN headquarters and participated in numerous campaigns against discrimination and intolerance.

Marc Vossen

Media Personality of the Year Award 2017 winner, Marc Vossen is the creator of several radio stations in Belgium since 1980. Being the CEO of NGroup, he frequently gives seminars

on impactful communication and inspiring leadership in France, Belgium and Switzerland.

Marc believes that the media has a huge responsibility for the evolution of humanity. To engaged in the evolution of humanity he wants to spread love and optimism to the planet and the entire community. 

As Marc says "Today my role is to give higher purpose and joy to our dreams", a philosophy that led him to the implementation of constructive journalism, participative management and also CO2 neutrality.

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Stephanié Fellen

Founder and CEO of Smart2Circle, sustainability and circular economy consulting agency, Stéphanie Fellen and her team help companies, such as Decathlon, Exki, Naxhelet, Mobitec and many more, to implement sustainable and circular strategy. Smart2Circle helps companies measure and reduce their carbon impact, set up circular economy initiatives and to communicate their actions.

She is also the founder of the blog Business Impact, a platform for articles on innovative solutions, CSR strategy, but also book reviews and inspiration!

In her podcast of the same name, Business Impact, she interviews Business Impact leaders to discover their secrets of making their businesses sustainable.

GUEST ARTIST - EXHIBITION

This year, TEDxULB is hosting the upcoming exhibition of Brussels-based author and illustrator, Tamar Levi, presenting MIS(S)FITS - a collection inspired by the experiences of being a woman.

 “The continuous line portraits in this collection as a whole are women. Women as a whole are misfits in society. You wouldn't think that a majority would be a minority. But it's true. All women are misfits. “

She will also take the stage with exceptional art & music collaboration; performing live a continuous line graphic novel DELPHI, with Greek flautist, Kalliopi Bolovinou, a founding member of Kaleidoscope a.s.b.l. accompanying her on the flute.

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As Alaskan raised, Cornish-Jewish artist Tamar Levi explains; as a tri-heritage person in a multicultural relationship with a multilingual family living at the crossroads of Europe: she lives the epitome of a misfit life.

 

Alongside several sell-out art shows and award-winning illustrated books, she continuously provides exciting art performances and art mentoring and especially enjoys immortalising peoples’ loved ones in art.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.

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