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9 Findings from the TEDx Talks in Freiburg

For the fourth time, the TEDx Talks took place in the Freiburg concert hall. It was about leaving your comfort zone and making the world a better place - in line with the event's motto: "Climate of Change". fudder has gained knowledge.



1. It is important to find a formula for spreading your values ​​and goals

When she used to not want to swallow large pills, her mother smuggled the medicine into her favorite yoghurt in small pieces. Front singer Till and Felix Neumann of the band Zweierpasch do it in a very similar way, tell the brothers. They rap about serious topics like fragile Europe, racism and Fessenheim and wrap it up in soft hip-hop rhythms. Through their music, they not only draw the audience's attention to socio-political issues, but also give young people access to political participation through rapping. For example, they turn election programs into rap battle. We can learn from this: If we want to win over others to the important issues of our time, we have to package them in such a way that people cannot help but join us - with creativity, enthusiasm and passion.

2. Everyone can take action against the climate crisis

The Müller, Schröders, Mayers and Hubers of this country all deal differently with the climate crisis. Some deny it, others are afraid and paralyzed, others become active and try to live as environmentally friendly as possible. But one thing is certain: we can only overcome the crisis together. That is why Claudia Kemfert from the German Institute for Economic Research appeals: Get creative! Exchange ideas, look for new ideas and solutions together and above all: Use your talents and interests to make a contribution against the climate catastrophe. Whether physics, chemistry, IT, art or politics - everything is needed when it comes to saving our planet.

3. Consciously exposing yourself to rejection takes you further

Philipp Schmieja spoke to total strangers in the KaJo to give them a five-euro note. Actually a nice gesture, but strangely enough, it was mostly rejected. But that was exactly the goal. Deliberately provoking rejection. "The best way out of rejection is through rejection," says Philipp. The fear of it still comes from the Stone Age, when a break with the community meant a direct threat to life. Even today, rejection for the human psyche is "like pouring hot coffee over your hand". That is why Philip's recipe against this hurtful feeling is to play with rejection as often as possible in order to give it a different meaning. Instead of constantly wondering how others reacted when you speak out or do something, ask yourself, conversely, what would I do if I were no longer afraid of other people's reactions?

4. Not all listening is the best

"There is not one type of listening, but two types: the understanding and the responsive listening," explains rhetoric expert Wladislaw Jachtchenko. Responsive listening begins with pretend listening. You nod, look each other in the eye, but what you are preparing internally for all the time is your own monologue. When the other inhales, you plunge into battle "like a crocodile" to share your own brilliant thoughts. So you don't hear at all. Shortening listening is also often used. One hardly listens here and quickly interrupts the other. The third stage is not much better either: selective listening. Here you only hear what you want to hear. When listening to trumpeting, one listens more, but always wants to surpass the other. Vladislav describes the fifth stage as egotistical listening. Here you don't have the well-being of the other person in mind, you just want the important information. The advisory listening is also not so great for the conversation partner: Unasked, you get more or less wanted advice from the other person.

Understanding listening only begins at level seven: One is attentive and does not want to miss a word. But it can be done even better: If you actively ask and summarize what has been said in your own words. The premier class of listening is to be empathetic and to filter out how you can offer practical help. Above all, it is very important to listen to yourself, i.e. your inner voice. Therefore, one should not constantly consume advice in podcasts or YouTube videos, but take five minutes a day for the inner voice.

5. It pays to leave the human perspective

Making music with bat noises? Sounds like an impossible undertaking at first, and yet that's exactly what Rym Nouioua did. During her studies she researched the sounds of the endangered bats and quickly turned them into a sound performance. With a batlogger she captures the noises of the animals and converts the inaudible frequencies into audible ones in a computer program. Like a DJ, Rym then mixes the bat noises together into art, so that it sounds like a techno song.
We realize: our human perspective is limited. It is worthwhile to leave the human perspective every now and then and to put yourself in the world of nature more often.

6. Migration is an opportunity from which everyone can benefit

Refugee movements are often portrayed as something negative in the news. Images of overcrowded homes and smugglers trigger a feeling of fear and helplessness and are more likely to paralyze us than to move us to act. At least that's how Dr. Alexander Supady, who is a cardiologist at the heart center of the university hospital. He was on the "Sea Watch 3" in 2016 and experienced the fate of the refugees first hand and recognized what would be necessary for successful integration: better structures, but also more appreciation. Supady says that migration is urgently needed in Germany because an aging society is developing in this country. We learn from this: Instead of being constantly afraid of negative news, we should be able to change our perspective from time to time.

7. It helps to train your decision-making

Whether it's decisions in poker or in life, what we want is something to be won. What is difficult for us is that we do not know what cards we are dealt and the incomplete information about our teammates. But that's exactly what our best friends are, says Jan Heitmann - currently Germany's most famous poker player. Because if we had no ambiguities, there would be nothing to decide. That is why we shouldn't let that stop us, but dare to take the risk and not be afraid of the results. The professional poker player tries to improve his decisions by practicing making decisions over and over again and observing himself and others. Then he develops a strategy. In real life too, decisions should teach us how to become even better at making decisions. "Results shape the past, decisions shape the future," says Jan. So shape the future, make decisions!

8. Thinking about eating habits helps us move forward

Every second adult in Germany is overweight. For Natacha Neumann, founder of the child nutrition company "Freche Freunde" and "Rebellicious", the evil lies in the wrong eating habits that we have developed in the course of our lives. An ice cream replaces the feeling of love, spaghetti with tomato sauce is reminiscent of the carefree childhood and the security of the parents' home. "I have already given up on you, the adults," says Natacha. But who can still be saved are the children. So if you already have a child, you should make a lot of effort to establish healthy eating habits at an early age. Be creative, cook healthy things yourself with the child, involve the child in the decisions about what to have for dinner and decorate the dish nicely. The main thing to do is declare war on the big food companies, says Natacha. These would mix 40 percent more sugar into the children's muesli compared to adult mueslis. That's why Natacha appeals to parents: Rebel against the food industry!

9. If you want to make the world a better place, you should start with yourself and change something

Michael Jackson's song "Man in the Mirror" is about starting with yourself and changing the world bit by bit. The runner and adventurer Norman Bücher is also committed to this. In the past, running was all about his ego: faster, higher, further. Today it's his medium to capture the voices of young people. He wants to know what they want for a future worth living in. He collects the votes, publishes them on his blog "7continents" and would like to present his project at the UN General Assembly in 2024. We learn: In order to make the world a little bit better, we should detach ourselves from our ego and ask ourselves: What contribution do I want to make for a future worth living in?