Should China stand up for global justice?

Michael Liu wants China to step up. He’s a lawyer for the International Criminal Court, an organization that has captured many of the world’s most serious war criminals, but which his home country persistently refuses to support. In this passionate talk at TEDxHagueAcademy, Liu argues that Beijing should rethink its stance, for the good of China’s economy and for the good of humanity.

A prelude to TEDx: The Hague’s local TED Club transforms into TEDxHague

In September 2008, before TEDx existed, now-TEDxTheHague organizer Yolanthe Smit asked her friend Ralph Oei if he was interested in starting a TED Club in their hometown of The Hague.

"I thought we could meet every month on Sunday afternoon to watch three TED Talks centered around a theme," she said, "and invite a bunch of people to watch them with us and talk about what we saw."

So they took over the attic of a local tennis club, discussing ideas worth spreading with friends and strangers.

"Our first meeting only drew one other person," Yolanthe said, "A toastmaster with a Ph.D. in biomedical science — but quickly, our numbers grew."

"We met on snowy evenings, with onion soup and piles of blankets; we met in the tennis club and in a local art gallery. We thrived on conversation and new ideas and our connection with our city and with the greater world."

For almost a year, The Hague TED Club met once a month — on the second Sunday of every month. Then, in 2009, TED introduced a new program called TEDx, encouraging people across the world to host their own TED-like events, inspired by ideas worth spreading in their own towns, cities, countries.

When TEDx was introduced, our meetings became official,” Yolanthe said.We got a logo with an ‘x,’ and moved our now-named TEDxTheHague to Berg Kleijn Communicatie, an advertising communications agency in The Hague.

“Attendance has been growing steadily ever since,” she said, “[into] a diverse, international group of people sometimes coming from far beyond The Hague.”

Since their first TEDx event in 2009, TEDxTheHague has had event after event, with a count now in the double digits. A highlight for Yolanthe was their simulcast of TEDGlobal2011 in Edinburgh, for which they incorporated seven local speakers, transforming what once was simply a TED Club into a truly local TEDx.

Wednesday marked TEDxTheHague’s 30th TEDx event. For more information on TEDxTheHague, including information on attending one of their events, visit their Facebook page.