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TEDxWulkan - Patrick Trompiz - Natural Disasters Help Us Understand Ourselves

In his day job Patrick Trompiz runs a training organisation. In his spare time he teaches stress management, anger relief and other personal development issues. At TEDxWulkan Patrick talks about how natural disasters have a way of bringing out our essence. TEDxWulkan was an impromptu event organised in five days by members of the TEDxWarsaw team in response to the chaos caused by the eruptions of the Eyjafjallaj?kull volcano in Iceland. (Wulkan in Polish means Volcano.) Our theme was the Sean Connery-inspired "It's impossible; but doable." We met at the offices of Warsaw's "Stocznia" creative hub. This was a small-scale, workshop-style event, very different from TEDxWarsaw. For updates about our "main event" follow @TEDxWarsaw, check out our site at or join us on Facebook. About TEDx, x = independently organised event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organised events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at
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