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12/05/2014

New TEDxLakeGeneva conference: how to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world

TEDxLakeGeneva, “Adapt & Thrive”, will take place in Lausanne on Tuesday, 13 May, and will focus on our capacity and willingness to adapt in order to succeed in an ever-changing world. The independently organized event licensed by TED is once again supported by Fondation Lombard Odier and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL).

The TEDxLakeGeneva conference will take place in the prestigious setting of the EPFL’s Rolex Learning Center on Tuesday, 13 May 2014, in the presence of around 800 guests. The first event, which was entitled “Imagining our Future”, was held in 2012, and this year’s conference will focus on the topic of “Adapt & Thrive”. In a world where everything is evolving at an incredible speed, adapting is regarded as one of the keys to success. Human beings stand out in this regard with their unusually high level of resourcefulness; however, they are currently facing a number of challenges. The speakers at TEDxLakeGeneva will suggest various paths to follow and things to consider in order to tackle these head-on.

A total of 15 high-level speakers and performers from the economic, academic, scientific, humanitarian, and cultural spheres will present their visions and innovative ideas in connection with this topic. They include Alfredo Brillembourg, founder of Urban-Think Tank in Caracas, and professor at the Chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the ETH Zurich; David Shenk, author and freelance journalist for the National Geographic, the BBC, and the New York Times; Peter Walker, director of a research center for humanitarian crises at Tufts University in the US; Ying Gao, fashion designer and professor with responsibility for design at the Haute École d’Art et de Design (university of art and design) in Geneva; Olivier de Weck, professor at the MIT and EPFL, specialist in aerospace systems; Erika Cuellar, a biologist working for the protection of wildlife and nature in the Gran Chaco region of Latin America; and Johann Koss, a highly skilled sportsman and founder of an NGO that uses the potential of play to transform the lives of children affected by poverty, illness, or conflict.

What are TEDx conferences?
Founded in the US, TED conferences have been giving brilliant minds in their respective fields a platform to share “ideas worth spreading” with the world for over 25 years. The conference speakers take turns to expound these ideas through speeches that are personal, concise, and hard-hitting, in a highly distinctive setting. The organization has created the TEDx program so that interested parties can spread the TED spirit around the world. The letter “x” means that the events are organized independently, while respecting the criteria defined and required by TED, the license-holder.

“Fondation Lombard Odier is conscious of its responsibility towards future generations,” says its President Thierry Lombard. “This is why we encourage the emergence and exchange of ideas and foster an entrepreneurial spirit to tackle societal issues facing our world. Our long-standing partnership with EPFL, which inspired us to support TEDxLakeGeneva, is rooted in a shared passion for curiosity and a common search for constructive and innovative solutions.”

In line with one of TED’s founding principles – to provide to a wider audience access to its conferences – TEDxLakeGeneva will be livecast Tuesday, 13 May 2014, from 4:30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. (CET) on the website www.tedxlakegeneva.ch. Videos of the speakers’ talks will then be made available on the TEDx YouTube channel.

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