As I was reading the new IAB Report on Social Media, I was thinking to myself, “LinkedIn has a problem.” This is not something that I didn’t already know. But now that I have confirmation, maybe it’s time they think about getting back to the basics that made them the most powerful online tool — creating profiles and connections that represented real-world professional relationships.

But let’s start from the beginning.

I created my LinkedIn account back in 2007, my first account in a social network as we know them today. Before LinkedIn, I used to wander around the net using…


My name is Cristina and I turn 44 today.

Once again, it’s been a good year from April 29th 2016 to April 29th 2017. This year I’ve done hundreds of things. I dove deeper into TED and TEDx, two wonderous universes to discover. I’ve been very involved with Toastmasters, too. I also worked a lot, but that’s what it takes, I guess. I met amazing people (again), but if I have to define the past year for something, it’s been the year of travelling. …


Another TEDxVitoriaGasteiz has come and gone. Our third annual event. The fourth official one, after the three annuals and the TEDx Salon in February of last year. The fifth, actually, if we count the livestreaming of Antarctica’s TEDxScottBase last January. It’s the first after the TEDSummit in Banff and the TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston. It’s also the first after the first Spanish and Andorran TEDx organizers gathering.

We had been preparing for so long, and now it’s over. In fact, this year we started the ball rolling immediately after the Shake it! Mix it! event ended, back in April 2016, so…


I don’t remember whose wall this video was on this past Friday, but I spent a while laughing. In fact, I had one of those moments when you can’t stop laughing and I was almost in tears. I work from home, and I do a lot of videoconferences and, although my kids are older than Robert Kelly’s, they have also entered my office shouting while I was doing a call. The truth is that I wasn’t being interviewed by the BBC, but, in that case, I would have tried to stop them by hiding them with one hand while…


TEDx organizers attending TEDSummit in Banff, last June 2016.

It’s known that TED and TEDx events are very different from other events out there. But why is this so? Well, there are some theories around, including the official one. Chris Anderson, head of TED, is convinced that TED’s success is due to the fact that the talks put the focus on the idea behind the talk, and not on the speaker. Another thing that makes a TEDx event different from other events is that it is organized voluntarily, meaning organizers and speakers don’t get money for organizing or speaking. It’s all for the good of humankind.

But again, the…


I just attended my first TEDx event overseas, the famous TEDxBeaconStreet in Boston. It’s been an incredible experience! Travelling on its own is usually nice, but sharing accommodations (and life) for four days with people from Canada, France and Spain, sharing emotions with people of different backgrounds, but similar ambitions and expectations as you have, that’s a whole other experience.

Here are some of my impressions, after getting back home.

The Adventures

An adventure is an excursion on steroids. It’s all about watching state-of-the-art ideas in action, sometimes even interacting with them. For instance, it’s a visit to a place with someone…


I follow many corporate social media accounts. And I do so for many reasons: to know what is happening around me, to keep updated on shopping trends, even to have an eye on my competitors. If I am completely honest, most of the corporate accounts are pretty plain and boring. It’s evident that they are scared of their potential customers, afraid of doing something that leaves them disarmed… However, it’s precisely the fact of getting a bit out of the box that makes some of them shine above the rest. …


I’ve been involved in TEDx for some years now. It all started when we applied for the TEDxAlmendraMedieval license back in 2013. Today, having organized three events so far, we are starting to slowly move the wheel again for TEDxVitoriaGasteiz 2017. Today, after having gone to a TEDGlobal in December 2015 and to a TED Summit in June 2016, I can’t conceive my life outside the TED and TEDx communities. It’s not just the events. It’s a lot more. …


by Cristina Juesas

If the 4 days at TEDGlobal>Geneva were a life-changing experience, the 7 at the TEDSummit in Banff, a beautiful town in the Canadian Rockies, have rocked again my world, well… for a couple of days anyway..

This time, and for the first time in TED’s life, the meeting gathered 400 TEDx organizers, plus another 600 translators, TED speakers, TED Fellows, TED partners, authors, educators, staff, and TEDsters; the whole TED community.

Banff was a perfect location. Situated aAmidst the Canadian Rockies, the town is well-prepared to welcome a crowd like ours. The venue was the Centre for…


© Davide Ragusa.

This is the title of one of the workshops I’m co-directing this week in the summer course at the University of the Basque Country.

I have one and a half hours to show my students a few things about presentations and to dispel some myths. The most obvious of these is that cutting their paper into bite-sized chunks, decorating them with a picture or two, and then presenting these as a slide presentation is good enough. When they need to present results, they tend to see it as building a house to hold the ideas, and often start with the…

Cristina Juesas

Once I pop, I can't stop! ❀ Dircom. Hub. Consultant. Blogger. Curious. Always ready for new adventures. Licensee & Curator @TEDxVGasteiz. Ikasten ari naiz .·.

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