LECTURES  AND WORKSHOPS

Speaker
Ignacio Blanco       ignacio.blanco@cdb-services.be
Title

Meditation workshop 

Abstract
Meditation is a practice where an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or for the mind to simply acknowledge its content without becoming identified with that content, or as an end in itself.
The term meditation refers to a broad variety of practices that includes techniques designed to promote relaxation, build internal energy or life force (qi, ki, prana,etc.) and develop compassion, love, patience, generosity, andforgiveness. A particularly ambitious form of meditation aims at effortlessly sustained single-pointed concentration meant to enable its practitioner to enjoy an indestructible sense of well-being while engaging in any life activity.


Ignacio will give you an empirical introduction to Meditation (what is it, how do you do it, benefits,...), and, especially detailing the interests and benefits from a Zebra point of view.


Bring tatami or similar for yourself. 
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 Speaker
 
 Omar Flores
 
 Title
 

The role of life in climate change

 
 Abstract
 
 One of the biggest threats for the future of humankind is climate change, but many people still negate the facts. We have to understand the evidences of climate change, and we need to know how climate change is affecting life and what we can expect for our future. But that's not enough, because life has a central role in controlling climate, and we must be aware of the effects of our activity, through biology processes which will determine the future of climate and life.
 
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 Speaker
 
 Házael González
 
 Title
 

Fantastic literature: an approximation

 
 Abstract
 
 a brief glance at fantasy literature, from its origins (Tolkien, Lewis, Eddison...) to the present (Game of Thrones, Harry Potter...), focusing on its elements of particular interest.
 
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 Speaker
 
 Henkhenk Broekhuizen      security@doorhet.net
 
 Title
 

 ABC Safety on internet and in private life

 
 Abstract
 
 This lecture points out the unexpected dangers of using internet, either home or on the road. From leaking your username, passwords and other sensitive data, to ways how to get information from you (social engineering). To guard your privacy and to keep safe this lecture tries to make you aware of the different dangers and hands you a shopping list for solving those things as much as possible. The second part is about security in private life: from padlocks to safes, from fake security to how to keep yourself safe.0
  After this talk you will look at locks in a totally different way. Suitable for people with little computer knowledge and for people who work in the field of security. Every previous time experts said: 'I have learned new lessons'. This lecture has been on EMAG since 2013, with updated and partly changed subjects each time.
 
 Speaker's info
 
 Henkhenk Broekhuizen is an experienced engineer in the fields of communication, radio, computers and other technology for 31 years now. He is head of Project Engineering of the Royal Netherlands Navy, in charge of refitting naval ships with state of the art equipment, from radars to computers. As an engineer he became a specialist in security too, and with this area also as a hobby it covers a large variety in security.  security@doorhet.net 
 
 


       

 Speaker
 
 Thorsten Kreissig    mensa@kreissig.net
 
 Title
 

BOOOOOM !  Use Improv-Theatre to boost both your happiness and your business 

 
 Abstract
 
 There are 3 keys to being a happy and successful person, whether as an employee or in your private life: creativity, good communication and the readiness to understand and accept challenges :-)
 In "BOOOOOM" you will learn to overcome unnecessary fears and value the wonderful experience when the simple phrase "Oh yeah!" turns a problem into an exhilarating new chance to learn and grow!  
 You will deal with concepts and ideas in a creative, playful and productive way and train your talent to "think outside of the box".  
 And you will learn about the power of storytelling!  
 
 Speaker's info
 
 A regular participant at EMAGs since 2010 TeeKay blends his passion for innovation, his curiosity and his agility into a nomadic lifestyle all around the globe, creating, sharing and searching for more unique experiences.
 As a constant explorer and innovator TeeKay combines his careers in the performing arts - onstage as an actor, singer and comedian, backstage as choreographer and opera director – with his studies of psychology at the Technical University in Berlin. He facilitates and trains the communication and innovation skills of scientist, businessmen, students and teachers. Among his clients are the IPK Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin, Leuphana University and Common Purpose Germany.
 He is a regular participant with many European conferences on technical and social innovation, such as the Lift Conference in Geneva or the Re:Publica in Berlin. Since 2015 he has been involved in helping refugees and migrants in Germany through a new educational approach: the Refugee Academy.  
 www.kreissig.net
 www.eis-coaching.com
   



       

 Speaker
 
 Joan Marie Michelsen Holmes     <dsrtwren@gmail.com>
 
 Title
 

 National Parks of the US, a rangers perspective

 
 Abstract
 
 Former US National Park ranger will share some the history and spectacular beauty  of the US National Parks along with stories and a behind the scenes look at what being a park ranger was like. 
 
 Speaker's info
 
 I have a love of travel and wild places that started with my parents taking me camping even before I could walk.  I later obtained a degree in environmental studies and was privileged to work several seasons for the US NPS. I worked at Yosemite, Mt. Ranier, and Bryce Canyon.  We still camp, but the geer is better now than it was when I was sleeping under the stars on 2 cm. of foam.
 



       

 Speaker
 
 Stephen D. Floyd" <sdf65@nau.edu>
 
 Title
 

 The Bad Boy of La Mancha:  The Miscreant Don Quixote

 
 Abstract
 
 This humourous, fast-paced and scholarly presentation identifies the writing craft of Cervantes and the enduring traits of Quixote with his comical misdeeds and unwitting criminal acts.  The author's commentaries on Spanish institutions influenced the development of the modern novel, the language, and many writers from Dickens to Rushdie.
 
 Speaker's info
 
 Prof. Stephen Floyd, most recently at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, earned his degrees in Latin American Studies with Spanish and Portuguese, Spanish Linguistics, and Spanish Literature. In 2015 he was taking Spanish Pedagogy classes at Deusto University in Bilbao and traveling through the Peninsula.  He is a longtime member of Mensa since childhood and has won two Mensa Owl Awards for his art work in American newsletters.  Prof. Floyd is a member of the Modern Language Association and the Cervantes Society of America.
 


Speaker
Bogdan Dumka        bogdandumka@gmail.com
Title

NLP in real life

Abstract

In this lectureyou will learn how you can benefit from NLP in professional orpersonal life.Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP) is one of personal developmentapproaches that can help you get better results in yourprofessional or personal life. If you are stuck personally orprofessionally this lecture might just give you some ideas how tomove on or move faster. Or you might learn that NLP is not theright approach for you. Lecturer started his professional life asan engineer and later successfully integrated NLP in hisprofessional life and now works as career and life coach.


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Speaker
Franck Durand  <fdurand92500@gmail.com>
Title

HOW TO HAVE MONEY WHEN WE ARE GIFTED?

Abstract


With a lot of funny real situations, Ipropose you to think about these questions:
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⁠ What are our assets and handicaps when we are gifted/in Mensa ?
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⁠ How to make money when we are gifted ?
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⁠ How to spend efficiently ?
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⁠ How preserve its savings ?

Speaker's info
I enter MENSA in1980. I'm actuary and i worked in bank, financial market,insurance... ;  I worked hard to help firms to gain orsave money.
I'm a poor guy since I have no house, no car, no computer, only an old phone with a 2€/month abonnement
But several firms and a woman provide me house and flats, car,computer (two), phones (three), travelling tickets, subsidies fora lot of things.....


fdurand92500@gmail.com


       

 Speaker
 
 Christian Bjerregaard Feveile Jensen <cbfj@mensa.dk>
 
 Title
 

 Chinese Chess (象棋)

 
 Abstract
 
 I will teach the rules of Chinese chess, which has the same basic rules as western chess, but the pieces are different, and the way they move is different from western chess.
 
 Speaker's info
 
 I a Dane, and during my study at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) I went to China for exchange. This is where I learned these games.  cbfj@mensa.dk
 



       

 Speaker
 
 Christian Bjerregaard Feveile Jensen <cbfj@mensa.dk>
 
 Title
 

 Majiang (麻将)

 
 Abstract
 
 I will teach the rules of Majiang, which is an old traditional Chinese game, where every player has a number of pieces and by turns pick up more pieces to find matches. The player, who first gets a specific combination of match, wins.
 
 Speaker's info
 
 I a Dane, and during my study at Technical University of Denmark (DTU) I went to China for exchange. This is where I learned these games.  cbfj@mensa.dk
 


       

 Speaker
 
 Geoff Russell   <geoff.w.russell@gmail.com>
 
 Title
 

 Publish a Book in 90 days: Change your Life Forever

 
 Abstract
 
 You've been working on a book? Of course, aren't we all! But you know it will never get published unless you change the way you do things. This is surprisingly easy to do and modern publishing techniques can make you a published author in 90 days and then suddenly everything in your life changes. To get all these wonderful benefits, you will need to look at a few things differently. In 20 minutes your head will spin, in 90 days you too could add 'Author' to your CV.
 
 Speaker's info
 
 Geoff Russell is the Recruiting Officer for Australia. Last year in EMAG he had some amazing experiences and decided to FINALLY publish a book – ANY book. Since then he has had a book launch, a business launch and a world of opportunities open up for him. He is going to share that journey with us.
 


       

 Speaker
 
 Oliver Hohlstein <nc-hohlstol@netcologne.de>
 
 Title
 

 1000 blank white cards

 
 Abstract
 
 A creative card game where the cards are created during play by the players. Can be a bit chaotic sometimes but also very funny. The goal is more to have fun than to win.
 
 Speaker's info
 
 Computer scientist, author and board game enthusiast.
 oliver@hohlstein.de 
 



       

 Speaker
 
 Herman Umans <herman_umans@hotmail.com>
 
 Title
 

 History of sex toys

 
 Abstract
 
 Everybody has an idea and an opinion about sex toys. The history of these items is however less known, and this talk will bring some light on items that have been part of human society since ages, but have rarely left the closets of the bedroom. Before the invention of electricity, the creativity to produce toys that would indeed bring joy into the human pleasure.
 
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 Speaker
 
 Christophe Genolini   christophe.genolini@u-paris10.fr
 
 Title
 

 Songs of the world and elsewhere

 
 Abstract
 
 Let's sing!
In Bulgarian, Spanish, Armenian, Slovak, Portuguese, Russian, Italian, French ... With two, three or four voices ... Melodious, dynamic, rhythmic, languid ...
Let's sing!
 
 Speaker's info
 
 cgenolin@u-paris10.fr
 



       

 Speaker
 
 Greg Holmes  <akagregor@yahoo.com>
 
 Title
 

 Across the US on a Bicycle

 
 Abstract
 
 In 2013, when I was 50 years old, I rode my bicycle across the United States from Maine to Seattle, Washington, on a solo trip. I carried all of my own gear and covered nearly 7,000 kilometers in 79 days. I will share lots of photos and stories about the training, where I stayed, what I ate, the beer I sampled along the way, the people I met, and some of what I learned about myself and the world. 
 
 Speaker's info
 
 Greg Holmes lives in Oregon, United States, with his very patient wife. They both work for non-profit organizations, and enjoy separate vacations almost as much as traveling together.
 



       

 Speaker
 
 andrej aleksiev <andrej.aleksiev@gmail.com>
 
 Title
 

 Social engineering (how to hack anybody)   

 
 Abstract
 
 Today's access and trust to information technology is not only helping us to get faster all kind of products or services, but creating great possibility for psychological manipulation. Be aware, we are being hacked and I will show you how! :-)
 
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 Speaker
 
 Monika Orski  mensa@orski.se
 
 Title
 

 Playing at short stories

 
 Abstract
 
 A creative writing fast track, with the mensan touch. We will talk a little about the elements of a short story, such as point of view, plot construction, and when not to tell things. Then we get to playing with words (instructions in English, write in your own language), and you will find that you can actually write a short story in less than 15 minutes.
 
 Speaker's info
 
 Monika Orski is a published, although amateur writer, a Mensa fixture; and some other things, such as an engineer, chair of Mensa Sweden, and an avid reader. mo@mensa.se
 



                     

 Speaker
 
 Victoria Fineberg <vfineberg1@msn.com>
 
 Title
 

 Behavioral Economics: A Science of Judgment and Decision Making, and Its Applications to One's Life

 
 Abstract
 
 Behavioral Economics (BE) is a recent science combining psychology findings about persistent biases in human Judgment and Decision Making (JDM) with economics models.  BE became highly popular after one of its founders Daniel Kahneman has received a 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics.  In this lecture, I will review BE basics, describe several experimental findings, and discuss the value of this knowledge in one's life.
   
 Speaker's info
 
 Victoria Fineberg holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kharkov State Technical University of Civil Engineering and Architecture (Ukraine), a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a MS degree in Cyber Security from National Defense University.  She is licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) and as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).  Her Masters Thesis in Cyber Security was on the topic of using Behavioral Economics in Cyberspace Operations.  Victoria has walked el Camino de Santiago in 2015 and 2016, and presented two papers at the College of William & Mary Symposium for Pilgrimage Studies on applying Behavioral Economics to decisions made on the Camino.  She is passionate about applying BE principles to all aspects on one's life.
 vfineberg1@msn.com
 


            

 Speaker
 
 Ivan Prestini <ivan.prestini@gmail.com>
 
 Title
 

 Aquaponics, a smart way to food self sufficiency

 
 Abstract
 
 Since the beginning of human time on this planet, agriculture and farming have played a key role in food sustainability. Many techniques has been developed in the centuries to better adapt the production process to various environments, different climates or even lack of resources. In some cases it was also possible to create a symbiotic synergy between plants and animals. My grandfather was always saying that "you can get good tomatoes just if you work hard mixing the soil with cow manure"... well, I've always been a lazy person and I cannot discredit my grandpa conjecture, but I can move the focus a little bit:
 In the scenario I will present you I'm going to switch "farming animals" with "farming fishes", I'm going to switch "growing plants in the ground" with "growing them above the ground" and I'm going to switch between "you sweating in your vegetable garden, fighting against moles and bugs" and "you doing whatever you want while your acquaponic system is working for you".
 
 Speaker's info
 
 I'm a 33 years old Italian architect, Mensa member since 2003 and Mensa local responsible for Piemonte and Valle d'Aosta (2 regions in the north-west of Italy).
 Since when I was a little child I loved plants, cause they grow slowly and they don't talk too much. In the last few years I spent a lot of time studying and experimenting alternative ways of cleverly farming.
 ivan.prestini@gmail.com 
 


       

 Speaker
 
 Luka Mladenovic <luka.mlad@gmail.com>
 
 Title
 

 Gathering the Greatest Creative Minds

 
 Abstract
 
 A year ago I embarked on a quest to gather the Worlds Greatest Creative Minds. Would you care to join?
 
 Speaker's info
 
 Luka Mladenović is the CEO of DOMINANTE, a Belgrade based Company specialising in Architecture, Web Development & Digital Marketing, with creative work exibited in Paris, Belgrade, Solun and Malta. He is the founder of Impressence CreativeConference and DigitalPlatform, with the aim of connecting creative professionals from the fields of Art, Architecture and Design.
 hello@dominante.co
 


       

 Speaker
 
 Vanessa Sauvade <sauvade@gmail.com>
 
 Title
 
 Neuro-marketing : How companies use studies to manipulate you in a commercial environment
 
 Abstract
 
 How companies and shops manipulate consumers with technics of sales, colors, smells, feelings etc. The lecture is composed of concise theories, short examples and personal experience. Come ! I have candies and wi-fi !
 
 Speaker's info
 
 I'm a French woman, Mensa member since 10 years, I have Bachelors in International Trade, Marketing and Digital Marketing, a Master in Management and Companies Strategy (Business School). I have worked in France and abroad as Entrepreneur, Business Developper, Salesman, Customer Service, Consultant, CFO. I speak French, English, German. And basics of other languages.
Miscellaneous : Never give me alcohol and karaoke after Midnight !

 sauvade@gmail.com 
  


       

 Speaker  Joaquim Virgili Llop 
 Title
 
 MBA learnings – A mensan perspective
 
 Abstract
 
 An MBA is an expensive and transformative experience that I would recommend anyone that wants to manage a company to undergo. But apart from the network and the content, what are the main takeaways that can be of value to a mensan? In 60 minutes, Joaquim Virgili will unveil some of the insights that you can later apply to your daily life and at work.
 
 Speaker’s  infor
 
 Joaquim holds an executive MBA degree from IESE, the top business school in the world according to the Financial Times. He is a partner at Kudzu Partners, a consulting firm specialized in digital transformation, agility and growth.
 Joaquim.virgili@kudzupartners.com
  


       

 Speaker
 
 Natalia Bandach
 
 Title
 
 Growing a startup - playbook
 
 Abstract
 
 If you dream about having your own company, building the next big thing or just getting Independence through a side business, growth should become your obsession. During this 60 min talk I will walk you through the ways of designing a winning product, keys to finding a product-market fit and strategies to bring your venture to the holy grail of sustainable growth. (Ideal for all of those who are willing to be part of Entrepreneur Sim workshop)  
 
 Speaker’s  info
 
 Digital consultant with 8 years of experience in product and marketing in fast growth startups. Founder and entrepreneur. 


 Natalia.bandach@kudzupartners.com

    


       

 Speaker
 
 Corral-Baqués, Marc-Ignasi
 
 Title
 
 Barcelona curiosities
 
 Abstract
 
 Why you must wait till the last day to drink water from Canaletes fountain? Who paid for the cathedral to be built up? Where can dancing eggs be found? Where was the oldest European guild and who is buried in front of it? Every city has its own secrets and hidden stories; this talk wants to unveil some of them. Stories that will help you see the city from a different point of view.
   
 Speaker’s  info
 
 Artist, bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, Master on Medical and Surgical Lasers, PhD in Basic Medical Sciences.
 http://marcignasi.plisweb.com/
  


SCHEDULE

Thursday 3th

Time
Room A
Room B
Room C
10:00 h

How to have money when we are gifted?
(Franck Durand)


SIGHT (Closed session)



11:00 h
Gathering the Greatest Creative Minds
(Luka Mladenovic)




12:00 h
The role of life in climate change
(Omar Flores)
Social engineering (how to hack anybody)
(Andrej Aleksiev)

13:00 h







15:00 h
BOOOOOM !  Use Improv-Theatre to boost both your happiness and your business (Thorsten Kreissig)


The Bad Boy of La Mancha:  The Miscreant Don Quixote
(Stephen D. Floyd)


16:00 h
Behavioral Economics: A Science of Judgment and Decision Making, and Its Applications to One's Life
(Victoria Fineberg)

Barcelona curiosities
(Marc Ignasi)
Songs of the world and elsewhere
(Christophe Genolini)

17:00 h
Wine tasting workshop
(Xavier Bellés)




Friday 4th

Time
Room A
Room B
Room C
10:00 h


NLP in real life
(Bogdan Dumka)
Songs of the world and elsewhere
(Christophe Genolini)
11:00 h

Meditation workshop
(Ignacio Blanco)



12:00 h

Neuro-marketing How companies use studies to manipulate you in a commercial environment (Vanessa Sauvade)




ABC Safety on internet and in private life
(Henkhenk Broekhuizen)

13:00 h



14:00 h



15;00 h





16:00 h

Across the US on a Bicycle
(Greg Holmes)


SIGHT (open session)
17:00 h
Wine tasting workshop
(Xavier Bellés)

National Parks of the US, a rangers perspective
(Joan Marie Michelsen Holmes)



Saturday 5th

Time
Room A
Room B
Room C
10:00 h

Playing at short stories
(Monika Orski)

Aquaponics, a smart way to food self sufficiency
(Ivan Prestini)

Fantastic literature: an approximation
(Házael González)

11:00 h

EMAG PANEL
(Open session)

MBA learnings - A mensan perspective
(Joaquim Virgili Llop)
12:00 h

EMAG PANEL
(Closed session)

Growing a startup - playbook
(Natalia Bandach)
13:00 h



14:00 h



15:00 h
1000 blank white cards
(Oliver Hohlstein)

EMAG 2018, Belgrade, Serbia
(Aleksandra Borovic)
Publish a Book in 90 days: Change your Life Forever
(Geoff Russell)
16:00 h
Chinese Chess (象棋) Majiang (麻将)
(Christian Bjerregaard)

History of sex toys
(Herman Umans)


Songs of the world and elsewhere
(Christophe Genolini)
17:00 h




Wine testing

Our friend Xavier Bellés will explain to you everything you wanted to know about Spanish wines. 


Boqueria and paella workshop 

Learn how to cook a traditional Spanish seafood paella. Visit La Boqueria with the chef to buy ingredients, and take a walk through the old town. Sample some tasty tapas, make sangria, and watch as the chef prepares a paella de marisco for you to enjoy.