To perform or not to perform (that’s the question)

The play’s the thing – Hamlet

This year, at TEDxAmsterdam 2011, we pose the question: What is human nature? On the 25th of November, a lot of inspiring speakers will not only share their thoughts and but also their personal experiences and stories on this theme. TED thus takes a role which has been around for a long time: to share knowledge by telling stories. For centuries, we find all kind of thoughts and blueprints on the possible nature of us humans in storytelling. Especially in the stories, or plays, of maybe the most famous storyteller of all, William Shakespeare, who wrote such profound characters that some critics even argue he has invented humanity. If there is one thing which is of importance in exploring human nature, it is researching which stories, plays and performances we tell each other and how we approach them, and who to better guide us in this quest than the master himself?

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