Amsterdam is a creative, dynamic, and innovative city. It is home to countless inspiring individuals, forward-thinking initiatives, and remarkable organisations, who work towards positive change on both a local and international scale every day. Sadly, not all of these acts make it to the TEDxAmsterdam mainstage. But that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve the platform – far from it.
Instead of bringing people to the TEDxAmsterdam stage, our Acts Worth Knowing campaign brings the stage to the people. It shines a spotlight on the local individuals, initiatives, and organisations that deserve to have their story shouted from the rooftops. We’ll look inward, to engage with day-to-day experience of living in the different levels of our society throughout the city, but also outward, with the ultimate aim to show Amsterdam what it can learn from its own people and the world what it can learn from Amsterdam.
An Act Worth Knowing doesn’t have to be groundbreaking to stand tall on the red dot. If anything, we intend to illustrate that even the smallest steps and daily acts can make a difference. Whether that’s a neighbour cleaning your street on the weekends, or an organisation funding refugee start-ups, we want to know about it – and make sure other people know about it too. At TEDxAmsterdam, we’re opening ourselves up to our community to listen, share, and inspire.
The larger the audience, the bigger the movement. So, what can you do? First off: spread the word. See something you love? Tell your friends. Suggestions for an Act Worth Knowing? Use our nomination box! Secondly, you can take action. All of our posts will provide you with practical suggestions on how to get involved – whether that’s volunteering or sharing their posts on Instagram. The movement towards positive change depends upon gathering momentum; even the smallest of steps can speed up the journey. And sometimes, all we need is to be pointed in the right direction.