Category: Life

I did my research, blew the whistle and found myself at war: Ilze Matīse‑VanHoutana at TEDxRiga 2017

I did my research, blew the whistle and found myself at war

As a veterinary pathologist and researcher, Ilze Matise‑VanHoutan never expected to find herself at the centre of a scandal. It’s not a typically scandalous job, after all. But what began as a professional investigation triggered by an outbreak of a...

/ June 16, 2017
Can cute kittens save the news? | Inga Spriņģe | TEDxRiga

Can cute kittens save the news?

Over the last decade the life of traditional newspapers and news publishers has become increasingly challenging. It is more and more harder to attract and keep the reader’s attention, and convince them to spend some money on it. The leader...

/ June 16, 2017
Sarcasm is ruining my life: Mike Collier at TEDxRiga

Sarcasm is ruining my life

Irony can be intelligent, perceptive and witty. Sarcasm rarely is. If you have caught a malarial sarcasm, how can it be treated? There may be no cure, but in this talk, there are a few suggestions on how we can...

/ June 16, 2017
Bring back the magic: How you can help reinvent the cinema experience

Bring back the magic: How you can help reinvent the cinema experience

Do you ever feel like the cinema experience is not what it used to be? You are not alone. After years of experience in marketing and media, fueled by a passion for cinema as a storytelling medium and encouraged by...

/ June 17, 2016
Stereotyping gender — how is this still a thing? Linda Curika at TEDxRiga

Stereotyping gender — how is this still a thing?

Gender stereotypes in media are capable of driving a sane person insane; yet still they persist. Is fighting stereotypes head-on hopeless? Linda is one of the first and most recognizable Latvian feminists. For more than 10 years she has observed...

/ June 17, 2016
Dialogue as partnership: Lena Hercberga at TEDxRiga

Dialogue as partnership

Lena addresses people within corporations, social entrepreneurs to open up for a dialogue. She insists that building cross-sector social innovation is the only way to build a strong world. What can we learn from the changing relationship between the big...

/ June 17, 2016
Would you be ready to host a refugee?
The Missing Link

The Missing Link

The latest art project by Ivars Drulle includes planting hundreds of flowers in ruins of an abandoned building. However, this is an unusual step by a classically trained sculptor, who once thought that in the quest of creating flowy shapes,...

/ June 17, 2016
When looking for certainty, beware of experts

When looking for certainty, beware of experts

As a professor of psychology, Ivars Austers knows well how biased is our thinking. He wants to raise our awareness to the fact that when we crave for certainty, an expert will often show up to provide it. But not...

/ June 17, 2016
What we can learn from birds about ourselves