Porous Borders

Settembre 15th 2018

“Porous Borders” will be a unique experience made possible thanks to the collaboration of six TEDx organizers from different European countries gathered to talk about refugees in a “relay race format”: different cities, different speakers, different perspectives for fresh inspiration and new ideas on this complex theme.
TEDxCesena, TEDxRoma, TEDxGenova, TEDxReggioEmilia, TEDxMünchen, TEDxLeicester, with live speakers, and TEDxLyon, as a viewing party, are part of this journey.
NOTE: due to the international nature of the event, the talks will be held in English

Since the beginning of time, humanity has always been “in motion”. Some people move searching for new horizons, others to escape conflict, poverty, hunger, persecution or the effects of climate change, but for many, it is often a complex multitude of such factors driving their movement. Nowadays we are facing one of the greatest human flows in history. According to the United Nations reports, wars and economic crisis push 33,000 people daily to move from their countries of origin in search of peace and fundamental human rights. Women, men and children die every day on the long journey to salvation in an attempt to cross seas and borders; the physical, political and cultural barriers before them.

Faced with this situation, the TEDx Community feels the need to contribute to the international discussion around such an urgent issue, which has both local and global consequences. For the first time ever then, six Team Organisers of TEDx events, from different cities in Europe, have decided to tackle this topic together in a single format, departing from different geographical and cultural perspectives.

The project, based on the Relay Race Format, consists of a series of TEDx Salon events organised in Europe, which over the course of one day, will connect and communicate these perspectives via a live streaming platform, sharing the speakers’ humanitarian perspectives.
Through six local events – TEDxCesena, TEDxGenova, TEDxReggioEmilia, TEDxRoma, TEDxMünchen and TEDxLeicester – Italy, England and Germany will discuss a theme around refugees called “Porous Borders”: a concept that goes far beyond understanding borders, as many currently do, to simply be spaces of linear geometry, but rather wanting to take on a redefinition: one of porosity as complexity.

And yet, what is a border? Is it a thing that protects us or divides us?
Does it pose risk or opportunity?

On this day we invite the speakers and our communities to explore this theme from different points of view, offering a neutral dimension to discuss a global and complex topic in a transversal and innovative way.


  • Time 14:30 Registration

  • Time 15:00 TEDXRomaSalon LIVE
  • Time 15:45 TEDxMünchenSalon STREAMING
  • Time 16:15 TEDxReggioEmiliaSalon STREAMING

  • Time 16:45 Coffe break

  • Time 17:20 TEDxGenovaSalon STREAMING
  • Time 17:40 TEDxCesenaSalon STREAMING
  • Time 18:00 TEDxLeicesterSalon STREAMING
  • Time 18:40 Final Greetings

Events that take part of the Relay Race format:

There will be also the
Viewing party in France organized by



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Media Partner

Technical Partner


sat SEPTEMBER 15th 2018
14:00 – 19:30 CEST


MAXXI  -Museo nazionale delle arti del XXI secolo
Via Guido Reni, 4/a, 00196 Roma RM
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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxRoma, where x = independently organised TED event. At our TEDxRoma event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organised.

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