September 20, 2021 Vígszínház

CountDown

CLIMATE CAN’T WAIT

We anxiously await the large-scale fall conference of the TEDxDanubia Countdown program series full of exciting talks and presentations, at which we look forward to seeing everyone to whom climate awareness really matters. If you are interested in unconventional solutions, methods and means that experts, NGOs, individuals, companies and even schoolchildren are fighting shoulder to shoulder with, here, in Hungary and abroad, for a greener and more sustainable future, you too must join us at the Vígszínház event on 20 September, 2021!

WHAT IS ‘COUNTDOWN?’

The global initiative launched by TED explores solutions to the climate crisis worldwide with a multitude of expert platforms. Hungary also joined the initiative through TEDxDanubia Countdown, which in 2020-21 is fully dedicated to the topic of climate awareness and individual responsibility: through a series of programs rich in creative ideas, we promote environmental awareness and encourages action in all segments of society.

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WHAT HAS HAPPENED SO FAR?

The activation program envisioned by TEDxDanubia and MVM called ‘Action Circles powered by MVM’ has been launched with the aim of providing a platform for those who want to take action. Individuals and groups who have applied can now share their steps and experiences with each other and participate as co-creators in the shaping of the spring conference. We can learn about their exciting projects and the results they have achieved at Vígszínház on 20st September. A completely unique climate education initiative for high school students has also been successfully launched under the title ‘Future design program powered by MVM.’ In the framework of the Sci-fi future planning program created with the professional support of MVM, Blue Planet Climate Protection Foundation and the Hungarian Food Bank Association, youngsters and their mentors can work together on problems that threaten to critically impact our future. We can get to know a lot about their challenges and solutions at the May event.

Speakers

Juhász Anna
Literateuse, independent creator promoting literature and reading, cultural manager
Juhász Anna
Literateuse, independent creator promoting literature and reading, cultural manager

Anna is one of Hungary's most successful literary organizers; creator and implementer of the largest literary event series in the country. She has been working in the field for 15 years. She founded her first, independent workshop, Hadik Literary Salon in 2010; by 2020, the number of spectators at her events thirsting for contemporary literature exceeded 1000 per week. Today, each of her online evenings boasts more than 10,000 viewers. Her work is driven by a single goal: to bring the love of reading and the richness of Hungarian literature to the public. Anna also likes to combine literature with other arts: she hosts all-round art events, engages in visual art projects and has made several films with co-creators on board. Full Bio
Kemény Zsófi
writer, slammer
Kemény Zsófi
writer, slammer

Zsófi has been publishing poetry, novels, short stories and plays since she the age of 17. Since then,she has also been touring the country as a slammer. She graduated from ELTE PPK in behavioral analysis and got her degree at SZFE in film script writing. She is currently working on a fiction web series about the climate anxiety we get from the fears that governments and corporate propaganda are feeding us. Their aim is to make us feel individually responsible for the environmental destruction that big business is committing and in which governments are complicit, in order to exploit nature's resources to the limit, leaving the Earth an uninhabitable wasteland at the end of the day. Full Bio
Andreas Beckmann
Regional CEO of WWF Central and Eastern Europe
Andreas Beckmann
Regional CEO of WWF Central and Eastern Europe

Under his leadership, the Central and Eastern European organisation of the global conservation leader, WWF-CEE seeks to preserve the “Green Heart of Europe” and promotes sustainable local development. Previously, Andreas worked at WWF as deputy director for the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme. Having worked for 10 years in the Czech Republic, he knows the region well. He is currently based in Vienna. Andreas currently serves on the boards of WWF-Hungary, WWF-Slovakia, WWF-Romania, WWF-Bulgaria, WWF-Ukraine as well as of the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation. He also served for a number of years on the board of Greenpeace Czech Republic, Nadaci Ekopolis (Slovak Environmental Partnership) and WWF-Adria.Full Bio
Baráth Barna
Sustainability and education entrepreneur
Baráth Barna
Sustainability and education entrepreneur

Barna is the founder of REAL School Budapest. He has been addressing the challenges of climate change for as much as twenty years now, initially through economy, and for the past seven years through education. He was strategic director and board member of Green School Bali sustainability school for four years. Barna is also co-founder and director of Vertis Environmental Finance for 20 years now and chairman of the supervisory board of the EU's leading climate innovation organization, Climate-KIC.Full Bio
Márkuly István
permaculture designer
Márkuly István
permaculture designer

As a 3 rd -generation permaculture designer, István has been studying and re-cultivating the land for 15 years. He lived off-grid for almost a year, which taught him humility towards nature and self- preservation. In nearly two decades, he has worked and gained experience in every climate zone from the Americas to Europe, Ireland, Africa and the Orient through Australia. In recent years, he has been focusing on his Permaculture Design Course, training 4-5 th -generation permaculture designers and building regional communities alongside design and implementation projects. He took part in many conferences and has worked successfully on countless projects on lands deemed dead, in various climatic conditions.Full Bio
Prof. Dr. Merkely Béla
Rector of Semmelweis Medical University
Prof. Dr. Merkely Béla
Rector of Semmelweis Medical University

Dr. Merkely is a medical doctor, cardiologist, professor, PhD of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, director of the Cardiology Centre of Semmelweis University, and, from 2018, the university’s rector. He was born in Budapest in 1966. After the change of regime, he graduated summa cum laude in medicine and spent two years at the world-renowned University of Heidelberg. As the founder of the Hungarian artificial heart programme, he turned Hungary into a world leader in adult heart transplantation. In 2020-21, his unparalleled contribution to the fight against the epidemic in Hungary earned him the Széchenyi Prize in addition to his many Hungarian and international honours.Full Bio
Harald Katzmair
philosopher, network scientist, thought leader
Harald Katzmair
philosopher, network scientist, thought leader

Harald is a leading expert in the field of applied social network analysis with a focus on power relations, innovation and strategic situation analysis. As a social scientist, management philosopher and entrepreneur, he uses his visionary understanding of network science and resilience theory to make new paths in strategy and decision-making processes visible. Harald Katzmair is the founder and CEO of the Vienna-based FASresearch, where he and his international team have developed a wide range of tools and technologies that enable decision-makers to think in new and modern ways to keep pace with our radically changing world.Full Bio
James Atkins
entrepreneur
James Atkins
entrepreneur

James has been working in businesses tackling climate change for over 20 years. He is chairman of Vertis Environmental Finance, which he set up in 1998 and is one of the leading emission trading firms in Europe. He has also set up businesses in organic food and farming, as well as in monetising investments in biodiversity. James started working on Planet Super League in 2018. The idea was seeded by a book he wrote ten years ago called Climate Change for Football Fans. It is a critique of climate policy written as a humorous novel about a family of Burnley FC fans.Full Bio

We’re continously updating our list of speakers, for more information check out our socials.

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Program

IT'S TIME.

It is a special moment in time. We never thought such a dramatic shift in our everyday lives could be a reality. But it can. It is. So we struggle. We adapt. But as survival mode gives way to a new beginning, we must be mindful: although selfsustainment and short-term thinking will understandably become priorities and automatisms gravitate us back towards more of the same, we have a unique opportunity. We have shared a global, yet deeply personal experience of uncertainty and seen our limitations. We have an increased sensitivity to how such things may in fact happen to us. We have faced the potential of major moral dilemmas. And we have experienced the disruption of our customary routines and behaviour patterns. So are we more open to rethinking how we relate to the world? Can we redesign for our future needs? Can we grasp this opportunity to break out of the limiting – even destructive – nature of the "short term perspective"? Despite the systemic pressures of the short term, the charting of our new course should consider not only quarterly results, but also the arc of our journey as individuals, as communities and as a civilization.

  • 1. Session | FACING OUR FUTURE

    More than ever, the world of tomorrow depends on what we do today. What kind of society and what world we will live in hinges on how quickly and effectively we act today. Where do we find humane and regenerative solutions to our key challenges that are not based solely on science, but which also consider the diversity of our cultures, customs and problems, while enhancing the security of the biosphere we live in? As someone wise said, "If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do something you've never done." But are we capable of such comprehensive and rapid change? What kind of things and habits will we be able to leave behind? How do we prioritize our actions? What options do we have at all, what solutions are already being implemented and how might they be adapted to our situation and needs? We believe it is better to face our future today than to wait for a miracle.

  • 2. Session | BEYOND GROWTH

    Growth, like speed and performance, as a word and as our "best friend", has incredible, almost magical power. So much so, that we often subordinate everything else to it. But what is really behind the process of growth as we know it? What happens when instead of growth we choose sustainability? Or when performance cedes its place on the priority list to health and well-being? What if we see the things we do not use anymore as a reusable resource instead of disposable waste? Or if education is no longer a resolvable burden, but a storehouse of incredible possibility? And what if we exchange the zero-sum game, producing an endless series of winners and losers, with an older form of cooperation.

  • 3. Session | MOMENTS MATTER

    You cannot solve the climate crisis alone, but we can't solve it without you either. Just as an ecologically sustainable economy cannot come about by itself, these things require all of us. Moreover, there is no single special thing we can all do to fix it all. The solution is not found in any action, but is brought about by individual, community and societal commitment. For that very reason, the right time to start is always right now. This is precisely why we wanted to provide space and opportunity to present some of the initiatives and visions that can inspire ideas in us, or which we might join. Because every moment, if we act together, our actions count and can truly bring change.

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