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11 October 2016 - "Infinitely Curious"

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These were our inspiring speakers at our second TEDxYouth @ ISH event in 2014: 
Esther Peeters

Esther knows what she wants, to make a difference, and how she wants to do it, to share the passion that drives her ever onward in her position as President of the Dutch National Youth Council, NJR. NJR believes, as Esther does, that all young people can be one-of-a-kind and an inspiration to others.

There only is one precondition: that you’re ready to live by the talents and passions that you bear within you. Be it seeing opportunities where others see problems, be it knowing what to say and when to say it, or be it though being part of the network of young people that want their lives to matter!

Freek Gille

Freek is a product manager at a telecommunication company. Even though that might sound not very special there is a twist to it.

Freek is a high school student and he is only 17 years old and has worked at the company since he was just 15 years old. The telecom company that he works for is called *bliep and is not just any company – it is also a company that is full of youngsters.

Apart from Freek, almost 50 other youngsters work for *bliep on a daily basis. *bliep is the story of how youngsters are making the difference.

Amy van Rooyen

Amy is a student here at ISH and completed her first novel, Adrenalin at the age of 15.

When she discovered she had dyslexia three years ago, she could never have imagined that she would achieve her goal.

She went through stages of denial, withdrawal and anger but through writing she discovered how a passion and a dream can transform your life.


Jente, Chantal and Lisanne founded Kromkommer to end food waste. They make sure that wonky vegetables, like crooked cucumbers and heart-shaped tomatoes, are not wasted because of their looks. They make delicious soups and delicacies with “wonkies” while reducing food waste at the same time!. Jente and Lisanne met during their studies and started Kromkommer after finishing their Master degrees. Chantal also started a no waste initiative and the three young entrepreneurs joined forces to save wonkies everywhere! Their mission: to work towards a world without waste by reducing food waste in a positive way!

Philip de Roo

In 2002, at the age of 15 years old, Philip was chosen by the World Wide Fund for Nature (the Netherlands) to sail around Antarctica and talk with local scientists about their work.

When he returned to the Netherlands he realized that his passion had been born and the next 15 years after his first polar experience were all related to polar adventures- from a short ski-trekking to the geographic North Pole, to a crossing from the east to west and South to North of the Greenland icecap.

Now, as a polar guide Philip observes how the polar areas are moving today. His passion is to show and share his experience from the climate and to inspire people to act for a sustainable world.

Rebecca Stephens

At the age of 27 Rebecca discovered a passion that was to change her life – she decided that she wanted to climb! And not any old climb but the highest mountain in the world!

On 17 May 1993, Rebecca Stephens became the first British woman to climb Everest and the following year, the highest mountain on each of the seven continents, the Seven Summits.

How did she do it?!

Rebecca believes that everyone has 'their Everest' - something they badly want to do. The secret is to have the self-awareness to listen to your inner voice.

Klaas Koster

Klaas is a trainer and an entomphagist! Entomphagists eat bugs as food! While travelling around the world, he came in contact with insect food for the first time and has been going further into the world of entomophagy ever since. Nowadays, Klaas eats insects as part of his regular diet. Out of his personal belief that we should eat less meat - he started the website which means – sustainable insect eating – and provides insect tasting and workshops all over the Netherlands. Thanks to him and other inspiring ‘buglovers’ the number of people who like to eat insects continues to grow. Will you join them?

Leo Pruimboom

Leo is a researcher, therapist and teacher and his greatest hobby is looking at the human brain, the human immune system and the impact of the immune system on how we behave.

Not many people know that the immune system can overrule our free will. 

Did you know that dreaming, hallucinating and dreams becoming reality are all linked with our immune system and how it interacts with other bits in our bodies?!

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