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vis-à-vision: the third edition of TEDxVicenza

Vis-à-Vision is about our personal encounter with the future, a glimpse of tomorrow. It means to be brave and open for discussion, to drive further, to imagine long term projects, where the concept of vision assumes multiple meanings. To reinterpret the myth of the words carpe diem, finding comfort only in the enclosing walls of the present, is way too easy. What we are really missing is the ability to believe in what’s coming, to try a different way than our way, to give space to new possibilities. The “Here and Now” concept structures our daily experience, giving us little time to catch a sight of our reflection in the mirror, to confront ourselves with what we really see and to start designing our future selves. Vis-à-Vision wants to gift us of a new perspective, pushing us beyond the immediacy of the present, broadening our gaze, pushing our boundaries further. Becoming aware of today’s world allows us to get closer to a new vision of the future with enthusiasm and confidence.

Vis-à-Vision reminds us to take the time to really look at ourselves and to realize we can be brave enough to act, that we are the ones who can make a difference. To act means to imagine and build change with curiosity and passion. Innovative ideas are risky but they have the power to expand our view and give our lives new directions. Today, we can play a part in our tomorrow. With Vis-à-Vision we expose ourselves, facing fearlessly  the times to come, so we can look for new stimuli and new experiences from a whole new perspective. Vis-à-Vision gives us the strength to challenge ourselves; it’s a mirror that not only reflects who we are today, but it is able to show us what we could be, inspiring us.

Vis-à-Vision is a play on words, symbolizing the necessity of debate in order to broaden our horizons. It represents the willingness to use today to better tomorrow. We want to reflect constructively  about the future, our place in it and what mark we will leave in this world. “Here and Now” is not enough anymore: it is time to look further.

The Speakers of TEDxVicenza 2017

Our event's host

Giovanni Vernia

TV Anchorman

The presenter of TEDx Vicenza 2017 was born and raised in Genoa, where he graduates in electrical engineering, with top marks. He then decides to move to Milan, where  he has a brilliant career working for over ten years in American corporations.

He realizes, however, that he has a different vis-à-vision for himself and that he has to absolutely seek it.

So he achieves – after deciding to take up a career in the show business – fame and success, that allowed him not only to pursue some of the most important stages of Italian television, but also to act in movies, to play in theatres, talk on the radio, and to become a real star of the web, as these numbers confirm: 1.900.000 fans on Facebook, tens of thousands on Instagram; one of his most recent videos, where – just to name one of the many characters that made him famous and loved by the public – he does a parody of the famous dancer of a renowned commercial, had over 9.000.000 views in just a few weeks.

Energetic, intelligent, entertaining, in other words, Giovanni Vernia, presenter of TEDx Vicenza 2017.

The Partners of TEDxVicenza 2017

Visionary Partners


TED which stands for Technology, Entertainment, DesignTED (acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a nonprofit organization born in 1984 in California, aimed to bring the most original minds and innovative ideas – from the global and local dimension – all in one place. Its mission can be resumed by the motto “ideas worth spreading” as TED believes strongly in the power that ideas have to change the behaviour and life of people, allowing them to relate to each other. TED events are attended by outstanding personalities like Bill Gates, the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Bono Vox, Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Richard Branson, Al Gore, Stephen Hawking, Isabel Allende, Jane Goodall, and hundreds of other influential intellectuals and opinion leaders. Their interventions are then made available, for free on the site to ensure that their messages can be disseminated all around the world.


In the spirit of spreading ideas, TEDxVicenza is one of the biggest TEDx event in Italy. The Team has one clear aim: let inspiring ideas and original stories be for everyone. That’s why speaker and performers will share their strong emotional impact experiences on the stage through which we would like to make our audience reflect on their vision of a long-term future vision.

Dal Blog di TEDxVicenza


  • What are TED and TEDx? We explain them in a few words, sharing also how TEDxVicenza started....

  • The most recent TEDx was TEDxPadova, on May 16, at Palazzo della Ragione in Piazza delle Erbe; this event gives us the chance to talk a little about TEDx in Italy....

  • Anna Piratti, speaker of TEDxVicenza 2015, tells us about her experience on the stage of the Teatro Olimpico. ...

TEDx Guest Posts

  • Digital entrepreneur, social media strategist & analyst: Emanuela Zaccone, co-founder and marketing manager for, the social network for sports fans; she writes for Digitalic, Wired and Nòva de il Sole 24 Ore. On October 22, 2016 she was a speaker for TEDxBologna, with the most social talk of the event: "We are Screens"....

  • Is it still original (and useful) to discuss Digital Culture? We introduce Maria Cristina Pizzato, blogger and inbound marketing consultant, who helps companies and professionals to better their online presence. ...

  • The ability to connect the dots, to build the Strategy of Tomorrow. T+E+D: it's the integration between these three variables that makes projects successful. ...

TEDxVicenza Talks

  • David Monacchi, eco-acoustic composer and researcher, has been collecting fragments of this very important acoustic environmental heritage, before it becomes extinct. To do so, he does 3D soundscape recordings of ecosystems with the highest rate of biodiversity: the Amazons, Africa and Borneo....

  • Camilla started a blog called Mio figlio in rosa, (My son in pink), where she shares her experience, trying to document it and to spread knowledge about the topic of gender fluid, a thematic we know so little about and that, in some cases, becomes a tabù. Have a look at her talk at TEDxVicenza 2017....

  • Daniel Disselkoen, the 2nd speaker at TEDxVicenza 2017, is able to bring to life his ideas, by looking at the world with a curious mind, along with his firm conviction that in everyday life there is always something new to discover. Have a look at his empowering talk at TEDxVicenza....

TEDxVicenza Team