Today, Saturday 21st of November, takes place our local TEDx event, TEDxTartu. This year´s topic is social sustainability. Like always, the speakers are from very different fields, from bicicle enthusiasts to kindergarten theorists. But there is also one biologist speaking, and as it happens, she is from our work group – Tiina Tosens!
She will speak in the fouth session today, starting at 17.00 (16.00 CET). All the sessions are broadcasted live in the internet (link). In addition to not knowing about what Tiina will speak today, I don´t even know if she´s gonna speak in English or Estonian. I´d assume the latter.
She indeed spoke in Estonian and about climate change and the potential of C4 crops to save the world from hunger. Well, at least I feel that TEDx is an event that creates the tragedy not for the commons but for the uncommons – every time there is an interesting topic, the intellectual heights of the presentation are compressed in such rate that I almost never hear anything new. I understand that it should be about the basics, and understandable for everyone, but it does not mean that it should not sometimes wander off to some novel ideas or conceptions.. (That is not meant as criticism towards Tiina´s presentation, but just some random thoughts regarding the TEDx in general.)