Jasper Bergink

What’s your name and DG?
Jasper Bergink, DG Home Affairs

Who’s your personal hero?
From my childhood, it is former Ajax football player Jari Litmanen. More recently, I’d name two human right activists: Nelson Mandela and TEDxAmsterdam speaker Esra’a Al Shafei.

What is your Idea That Matters?
Why our ideas matter
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Why Our Ideas Matter by Jasper Bergink is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License

In my opening remarks as co-director of Ideas That Matter, I would like to explain why our ideas matter and why we organise this conference. Ideas are fascinating things, and I truly believe that our ideas – as European youth – are highly relevant.

Also, I would like to share some of my ideas on ideas. Ideas are not moments of great inspiration by one individual, they move freely around networks and are the product of human interaction. I will try to show that on the basis of a couple of stories from TED talks by Nancy Duarte, Matt Ridley and Steven Johnson.

What is your favourite TED talk?
There any many great talks out there! But in relation to ideas on ideas, I can really recommend Steven Johnson’s talk on TED Global 2010, where he addresses the question where good ideas come from.

Where can we find you online?
You can read my blogs for TEDxAmsterdam on www.tedxamsterdam.com. You can also find me on twitter: @jbergink and LinkedIn: Jasper Bergink

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