In late March, members of TEDx teams from seven Czech and Slovak cities — Bratislava, Brno, Hradec Králove, Kosice, Nitra, Prague and Znojmo — gathered together to hold the very first Czecho-Slovak TEDx workshop.
Attendees shared ideas, stories, and bonded over a shared goal to open up lines of communication between their communities and encourage their cities to be places where new ideas can flourish and grow.
The workshop has been a beginning of a closer cooperation of spreading TEDx ideas within a society where TED is known very little,” said TEDxBrno organizer Vlastimil Vesely. “And there will be more of us. Nachod and Kromeriz have recently got their TEDx licenses.”
TEDxHradecKrálové had their first spring event in early April, said Vlastmil, and TEDxBrno, TEDxBanskáBystrica, and TEDxPrague will hold their events in May.
Spring promises to be an exciting time for the Czecho-Slovak TEDx community, and we look forward to hearing the wealth of inspiring stories from their events.
The first-time candidate has never held a political position, but decided to run after fans of his work started a “Franz for President” initiative, says the Associated Press. He received 88,000 signatures from voters in favor of his inclusion on the ballot, AP reports, far more than the 50,000 required by law.
Asking potential artists to keep the “magic” in art, he proposed art as a potential salve for the onslaught of information overload people face in the 21st century. He warned of the danger of societies adopting a view of art that is too calculated or scientific, because, he says, “as opposed to science, art is badly measurable…suggesting scientific methods to art is nonsense [and then] art becomes…[merely] a chain of information.”
Vladmir Franz at TEDxBrno: Steadily declining faith in education and awareness of context at the turn of the millennium
It’s yet to be determined whether Vladmir’s views on art, politics, and new ideas will grant him a position as the next Czech head of state, but the curious do not have long to wait: the first round of official elections in the Czech Republic take place this Friday and Saturday, January 11-12, 2013.
Members of the Czech dance troop DOT504 gave a lively interpretive performance at TEDxPrague on March 3rd. The performance was called Mah Hunt described as: “I live in a world without animals – I miss their rules. Two people decided to go on a hunt in this duet. What this duet will look like will depend on the rules.”