Transformation, Jewish Galicia Museum

TEDxKazimierz 2016 took place for the second time in the Jewish Galicia Museum.

The conference aimed to serve the local community by giving great people, ideas and projects in Kazimierz a global stage. The theme of the event was “Transformation”, which covered a wide variety of positive “before” and “after” stories, where the speaker showed how the idea they wanted to share address a problem or challenge and could potentially help resolve the issue. TED Prize Winner Professor Sugata Mitra recorded a special video message for the event; Dariusz Aksamit received a standing ovation for his talk on how he wants to change the way we educate children. Joanna Garnier of La Strada foundation talked about her battles against human trafficking and sex slavery in Poland. Rapper Kosha Dillz told us how freestyle rap saved his life, getting him out of prison and addiction. Entrepreneur of the Year John Lynch described how his battles to save his company changed his life. We had talks from the builders of the community of magicians in Poland, Michał Skubida and Michał Kulik, from filmmaker Paulina Fiejdasz and comedian Tomasz Biskup. Off-stage entertainment included fashion workshops, magicians and live music.

The independent TED survey confirmed that the event was very highly rated by the those who attended.

Speakers

Ania Bywanis-Kwiecień

Co-founder of Regarding the Artist

Ania Bywanis-Kwiecień runs the online marketing agency Bywanis Arts & Media. She helps young artists market and sell their art. Ania dreams that one day, aspiring artists will be able to freely develop and create without worrying about their future. She’s fascinated by art in public space, accessible to all.

Wiktora Dalach

Co-founder of Regarding the Artist

Wiktoria Dalach is the co-founder of Regarding the Artist, photographer and software developer, based in Kraków. Currently, she challenges herself with the #366backyards project – every day, Wiktoria publishes a picture of a backyard on her Instagram account. She always searches for the imperceptible beauty in people and places.

Chris Conder

Rural broadband pioneer

Chris lives in the Lune Valley​, (a rural area in Lancashire UK​) and is ​a farmer’s wife, mother of two daughters and a son, and grandmother to 7 beautiful granddaughters. She has been involved with the community in many roles over the years; for instance school governor and chair of Wray Endowed School during the eighties and early nineties and more recently supporter of a number of rural broadband projects. In 2002 she began campaigning for rural broadband and over the next few years helped establish a wireless mesh network around Wray and a satellite network for rural farms. A founder member of Wray Com Com in 2003 and Wennet CIC in 2005​, both of which projects have since become part of the world famous B4RN community fibre network​. She is a pioneer of self installation fibre and a regular speaker at broadband events on the topic of rural broadband and DIY fibre build. She was awarded an MBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours​ for her volunteer work with the community.

Dariusz Aksamit

Researcher and science promoter

Dariusz is engaged in academic research in the area of radiology. He has worked for, with and founded associations that are active in promoting knowledge and passion for science especially among young people.

Jewish Community Centre Choir

The JCC Kraków Choir was established in 2012. The repertoire includes nigguns, Hebrew and Yiddish songs that are both traditional and religious, and contemporary music. The choir performs at the JCC’s Jewish holiday events and at various programs.

Joanna Garnier

Co-founder of „La Strada”

Polish philologist and social worker. Co-founder of the Foundation „La Strada” responsible for preventive measures and publications fighting human slavery. In the Foundation she runs educational projects, trains teachers and educators as well as dealng with preparation to reduce risk before travelling abroad. In 2012 she was Director of the 1st International Film Festival on Human Trafficking.

John Lynch

CEO

Shortly after Solidarity’s triumph in Poland, John put his corporate career on hold and became a volunteer in a US government program created to assist the newly freed economies of Eastern Europe. After completing the program in 1992, John launched Lynka, an industry-leading producer of sportswear and corporate clothing he still co-owns and manages. John was named Entrepreneur of the Year in Poland in 2004. In 2013, John was voted Central & Eastern Europe’s CEO of the Year by the CEE Manufacturing Awards. In 2014, John was awarded the highest civilian honor in Poland, the Presidential Gold Cross of Merit from the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronislaw Komorowski, for his contributions to building Poland’s free market economy.

Kosha Diltz

Rapper

A 34-year-old New Jersey artist, born to Israeli parents. Has landed himself in rap battles, jail cells, rehabs, video games, and world tours for millions of people. Not your typical story, Rami created the mantra of Kosha Dillz to keep his Jewishness alive when he felt his life had gone astray after multiple stints in jail and addiction. In the last few years he became one of the most sought out “jewish artists” in pop culture alongside Matisyahu Drake and more. He blends Hebrew and Spanish in his rhymes, writes lyrics about depression, recovery, addiction and understands the power of transformation through personal experience. After a trip to Kraków and Warsaw with his mother and great aunt to walk through the concentration camp, he filmed a music video and recorded a song about Kraków for his upcoming album „What I do all day and pickle”. He has penned numerous articles for Billboard about experiences with anti-semitism, addiction and the Holocaust.

Lesley Keast

Online educator

Lesley Keast is the Diploma Course Leader for the British Council in Madrid and has also taught Universidad de Alcalá’s MA TESOL course since 2007. She presented her own MA research at IATEFL Harrogate in 2014. She has taught in Spain, Portugal, Italy and Hungary and was the Director of Studies of a progressive international school in the UK.

Maria Dabrowska

Book activist

Maria Dabrowska is a social activist who founded the „Zmiana” foundation, which organises community libraries and brings books into Polish prison libraries.

Mateusz Paszkiewicz

Snapchat and social media expert

Mateusz Paszkiewicz is a new media specialist. He implemented the Snapchat strategy for Poland’s first 24-hour news channel – TVN24 (Scripps Networks Interactive). He also lectures, consults and conducts training workshops.

Michal Skubida

Magician

Michał is one of Poland’s best magicians. he works with Michał Kulik Leading Krakow Magic Sessions to transform the magic community in Poland.

Michal Kulik

Magician

Michał is one of Poland’s best magicians. he works with Michał Skubida Leading Krakow Magic Sessions to transform the magic community in Poland.

Monika Jurczyk

Personal shopper

Monika launched a personal shopping service on the Polish market and developed her own OSA brand as the most recognizable in the industry. Monika works with both female and male wardrobes, runs her own academy for personal stylists and cares about the image of the largest Polish companies. During the last eight years, Monika has become recognised as an expert, often appearing in the Polish media. Author of two books, and mother of one daughter.

Paulina Fiejdasz

Filmmaker

Paulina Fiejdasz has been documenting Jewish life and history in Poland – her work has received worldwide critical acclaim. Her focus is building bridges and increasing understanding.

Saksofonarium

The only all-female sax quartet in Poland, created in 2009 by graduates of the Academy of Music in Kraków – Joanna Wróblewska, Aleksandra Skierka, Dorota Olech and Paulina Owczarek. Their music is an eclectic selection of jazz standards and modern saxophone pieces.

Tomasz Biskup

Comedian

He acts in PUK cabaret and performs stand-up. He also had a significant role in the establishing of one of the Poland’s first improvisational theatre formations – AD HOC Group (yet he focuses on the project of improvisational cabaret 44-200 recently). In his spare time he theorizes about humor, comedy and jokes, so sometimes he is quite unbearable companion to drink beer with. Conducts events, workshops and a blog.

Sugata Mitra

Founder – School in the Cloud

Professor Mitra won the TED prize in 2013 and recorded a special video message for the TEDxKazimierz 2016 conference.

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