Enter: TEDxUmeå 4.0

The event was held on
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

For the fourth time, TEDxUmeå was held in the capital of Northern Sweden. As usual (since last year) with a +100 license and about  450 participants.
Once again the team behind TEDxUmeå, a community that grows increasingly bigger each year, summoned a dozen speakers – from Umeå and the County of  Västerbotten, as well as other parts of Sweden and Europe – eager to spread an idea they have, an obsession maybe, that truly are worth sharing.
The participants role in any TEDx-event is as important as the speakers. A good story is a story that people want to retell, and that is key for us at TEDxUmeå – to help to tell stories that become food for thought and subjects for countless numbers of dinner conversations and discussions at the work place.

Ideas are magnificent in that regard – contagious and inspiring at the same time.
You are more than welcome to be a part of the TEDxUmeå community.
You´ll make us stronger, smarter and better.

Contact us via tedxumea@gmail.com och our Facebook.

Watch the livestream here


Mikael Nygren, Malin Vikström, Nico Allergren,
Ana Plazas Martínez, Niklas Berglund, Joel Nordin, Emil Hägglund

Video & Pictures

Summary of TEDxUmeå 2016

Speakers TEDxUmeå 2016

Pictures TEDxUmeå 2016

Speakers TEDxUmeå 2015

What is TEDx?

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 TEDxUmeå, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUmeå 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-organized.

About TEDx

x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED

Event has passed - see you next year!


Anders Hansen

Why brains are built for moving

Who am I?
I am psychiatrist and MD, earned my medical degree at Karolinska Institutet and received an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics. I have written over 2,000 articles on medical research for the Swedish medical journal Läkartidningen and several other newspapers, as well as two books that have been sold in 12 countries. My latest bestselling book “The real happy pill”, due to be published in the US, China and several other countries during 2017, concerns how physical activity affects the brain.

Why  listen to me?
Do you want to be more creative, boost your memory, mood, focus and stress tolerance? Then get moving! Physical activity has remarkable effects on the human brain. In this talk, I will show you how – and why – we have brains that are built for moving.

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Erik Modig

What is effective mass communication?

Who am I?
I’m an associate professor at the Department of Marketing and Strategy at Stockholm School of Economics. My research has focused on communication and how our knowledge of psychology can increase the effectiveness of communication. The goal with this research is to offer a better understanding of how the human mind processes information, and uses it in shaping attitudes and behaviors.

Why listen to me?
What is effective mass communication? No matter if it is a speech, a lecture, a YouTube-clip, an advertisement or a social media post, there are plenty of books on how to reach and influence a wider audience. The problem is, they all say different things. The answer they suggest depends on when the book was written and by whom. To make sense of all these theories, Erik Modig has read them all and developed a 3x3-model based on the one constant: the brain, to show how all these different concepts fit together and what you need to know to change the opinions of the masses. 

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Ami Hemviken

It’s not the thoughts that counts - but your communication

Who am I?
I'm a Human Behaviorist who has spent the last ten years holding lectures about communication and behavior. I give practical and concrete tips mixed with a great portion of humor. I'm also a well engaged leader and coach. My great passion for inclusion and integration reflects my lectures.

Why listen to me?
My talk is for anyone who wants to get real commutative tools to apply in both your private life and in business. Thereafter, you will be able to use them to affect the people you meet, and perhaps to create a somewhat better world. Inspiration and humor will be included.

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Klara Johansson

Why it's important to continue aiming for a fact-based worldview

Who am I?
I’m a researcher at the Unit of Epidemiology and Global Health at Umeå University, and I have a PhD from Karolinska Institutet. In 2007-2010, I worked halftime at the Gapminder Foundation, with Hans Rosling and other colleagues. My work at Gapminder was mainly to compile and handle health statistics, but I also did some lecturing and development of paedagogic tools. I currently do research on social determinants of adolescent mental health and similar issues, but also run a small freelance consultancy specialized in public health, data analysis and graphic presentations of statistics.


Why listen to me?
You should know by now that child mortality is falling worldwide. I shouldn’t have to remind you (but I will). You should know that it no longer makes sense to divide countries into “developing” and “developed” (if it ever made sense). I will remind you why that is. You should know that family size on average is so small now that population growth is levelling out. It’s a bit complicated, but it’s undisputable.

Hans Rosling dedicated a lot of his time and effort to try to open our minds to this knowledge. Not because he enjoyed the spotlight, but because a fact-based worldview is essential to address the huge global issues still at stake. Hans passed away before his work was finished; we still tend to hold on to old-fashioned views of the world.

Now that he is gone, it falls to all of us who admired him to keep aiming for a fact-based world-view. This lecture is me trying to do my small part; and trying to encourage you to do your part.

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Anders Granberg

Everything is going well

Who am I:
I’m a conceptual artist with ideas in focus, execution subordinated. This has resulted in various artistic disciplines, ranging from drawing to land art. My work has been on display at R. Levy Gallery, New Mexico, Naoussa Film Festival, Greece, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Festival Les Instants Vidéo, Marsielle, National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore, Liljevalchs, Postmuseum, Nacka, Väsby and Vänersborgs Konsthall.


Why listen to me:
My art project “Allt förlöper fint” is a 20-year long correspondence with postcards from the fictitious vagabond A. Granberg sent from all over the world by numerous helpful people to museums, galleries and newspapers. The project derives from a meeting I had as a young artist with a gallery owner who asked me to come back when I was more urbane and well-traveled. The notion that people, and artists in particular, are more interesting if they travel, inspired me to create an alter ego who traveled around the world in my place.

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Johanna Davidsson

What motivates and drives us to follow our dreams?

Who am I?
I am a nurse and an explorer. This winter I will become the first Swedish woman to ski solo to the South Pole. I will also be the first Swede to do a return trip back to the coast. And I broke the female speed record. My sister Caroline and I shared the National GeographicAdventurer of the Year award in 2014 after we had crossed Greenland from south to north. I have also paddled around the coast of Sweden and Finland.

Why listen to me?
Do you want to be inspired to follow your dream? If you like something and want something then you can make it happen by working hard, staying positive and believing in your idea. Hopefully, my speech will give you the extra push to go for your dream. I will talk about what motivates and drives me to ski/kite 2250km in Antarctica. 

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Elza Dunkels

Fake news for kids

Who am I?
I am a researcher and teacher educator at Umeå University. I study young people’s internet cultures and adult’s attitudes towards them. I am an expert on young people’s online safety, cuber bullying, cyber hate, and contemporary learning models. I pride myself in being a children’s rights activist and I view my research as a means of giving young people a voice.  

Why listen to me?
I will tell you more about when the Swedish comic Bamse made a special issue on fake news and how this came to generate international publicity. You will get to see the lovely illustrations the Bamse cartoonists made to my online safety tips for kids. Adorable pictures on a grim but important subject.

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Mattias Goldmann

Failure to communicate: Why we lost the first round against climate change and how to fix it

Who am I?
I am a failure in communication. After having lectured on climate change to hundreds of audiences around the world, including several parliaments and the UN climate negotiations, I am ashamed to say that the problem is far from solved. Indeed, my several years in politics, lobbying and with funding renewable energy, has yielded the same poor results.

Why listen to me?
Contrary to many of my friends and colleagues, or "partners in crime", several of whom have won the same recognitions as me - "most influential in sustainability", "future politician of the year", etc. - I admit my mistakes so that we can all learn from them. At TEDxUmeå I will present the key findings, so that others can perform better and climate change finally be halted.

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Markus Hällgren

Managing the risk of boredom: Insights from Mt Everest

About me
I’m a professor in management at Umeå University, and genuinely curious about the impact of time and anything extreme in, and on society. I have researched extreme contexts such as mountaineering, emergency departments at hospitals and the police, and naturally published extensively in various journals. Together with my research team www.tripleED.com my latest project is concerned with the everyday activities in commercial mountaineering expeditions. 

Why listen to me
I will bring you along to the roof of the world by elaborating on the dangers of being bored at Mount Everest, how commercial expeditions mitigate these risks, and how any organization may improve their business by learning from the insights gained in a setting where failure is not an option.

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Jonas Knutsson

When thinking gets too slow

Who am I?
I am a saxophonist, composer, arranger, pedagogue, producer and improviser. I have been part of the Swedish music scene for 30 years. I grew up with jazz music but developed an early a fascination for the luminescent melodies of northern Scandinavia - the traditional Sami yoik singing and Swedish fiddle music. I have been collaborating with musicians in France, Senegal, India, Turkey, Brazil and the U.S., among others, and have an interest in the music that appears where different traditions clash. I teach at the Royal College of Music (KMH) and at Lilla Akademien in Stockholm.

Why listen to me?
Improvisation is a big and fascinating subject that is inspiring to investigate. It is useful not only in the arts, but to all people in everyday life. You´ll get pointers on how to go straight into the creative act, where no editing is possible. What you do, “when thinking gets too slow.”

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Fredrik Almqvist

Turning the tide of antimicrobial resistance

Who am I?
I’m a Professor in Organic Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry at Umeå University. After earning a PhD at Lund University and a postdoctoral stay at Washington University in St. Louis, I returned to Umeå University where I have established a research group with a common overall goal to understand bacterial pathogenesis and develop new ways to combat antimicrobial resistance. In order to improve our chances of reaching our goals, we have been fortunate to collaborate with renowned researchers with complementary expertise in areas such as molecular biology, clinical microbiology, structural biology and biophysics. In addition to being a scientist and lecturer at the University, I’m also an entrepreneur and have founded two companies – SpinChem AB and QureTech Bio AB.

Why listen to me?
Due to the spread of genes contributing to antibiotic resistance, the world is rapidly approaching the post-antibiotic era, complicating simple surgery and cancer treatments. Although it is estimated that 700,000 people die every year of bacteria that are resistant to one or several antibiotics, only a few truly new antibiotics have been introduced to the market during the last decades. Hans Rosling also stressed the need for new alternatives to combat antibiotic resistance bacteria and claimed this problem to be equal or even tougher than global climate change. I will highlight some new promising approaches to tackle this global challenge. 

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Lotta Ahlvar

Fashion without frontiers

Who am I?
I am an educated designer with a career as both an entrepreneur and employee in, primarily, the fashion and interior decorating industries. I was formerly CEO of the distinguished textile association Handarbetets Vänner (Friends of Handicraft) and have also been CEO of the Swedish Fashion Council. My career has focused on design issues in various industry forums and, through Lotta Ahlvar AB, I hold board assignments as an independent consultant. As a popular lecturer, I am happy to mentor newly established creators. 

Why listen to me?
Fast fashion is “drowning” the world and billions of garments often end up in landfills or are incinerated. But true fashionistas are already changing the fashion system. Across the globe, the trend-sensitive fashion industry is constantly embracing a new dynamic and is highly engaged in the contemporary scene.

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