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Let’s not wait for the next Martin Luther King: Anne Walraven at TEDxDelft

25 februari 2015 in Initiatieven

Binnenkort op Durablog het interview met Anne Walraven.

Als voorproefje haar TEDxDelft presentatie:

Gepubliceerd op 29 dec. 2013
After finishing her studies Anne Walraven understood her peers that were feeling self-doubt and confusion due to the lack of jobs. An environmentalists herself she was used to communicating 90% about all the problems that the world faces and only 10% about the solutions. And that 10% you can come up with easily. Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazine know how to do it. 10 easy ways to change the world. Eat local food, vote for the right politicians etc. Some books claim you can even make money whilst saving the world or that you can do it together with your horse. If it is that easy why are we still stuck with crisis after crisis?

What we are doing wrong is focusing on the 90% doom and assuming cookie cutter solutions for the 10% answers. What if Martin Luther King would have said ‘I Have a nightmare’ instead of ‘I have a dream’? Sitting on the steps of the Lincoln memorial, Anne Walraven still felt the buzz of that time. Martin Luther King made people believe change was possible and they had the power to change history. Why do we communicate nightmares when we really have dreams for the future? Despite the environmentalists’ message nothing has changed… because of that message nothing has changed.

Anne Walraven has gone on a personal quest across 4 continents interviewing 50 of the most insightful thinkers of our time. Rolemodels for the next generation, sustainable thinkers of the world. And only the 6th interviewee mentioned the enormous opportunities. With this quest Anne Walraven is finding pieces of the puzzle of what is going on. So that she can create her own dream and a vision for the future that she can work with. For more information see

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)