New for this year is the increased size of the event. Thanks to obtaining a +100 license, the Umeå team will be able to welcome 400 participants.
Invited to spread their ideas are exciting speakers – artists, scientists and thinkers from Umeå and the County of Västerbotten, as well as other parts of Sweden and Europe.
The general idea that has guided the thought process for TEDxUmeå 3.0 is “challenging the norm” in every possible context. A theme that is representative for the young and progressive university city of Umeå as well. Every speaker that will take the stage in May will give you a story about a new way of addressing a subject or looking at a certain phenomenon. It is norm-breaking and norm-breakers that lead to change and ultimately evolution. We want to lend our ears to them. We want to bring as many ‘aha-moments’ as possible to our guests and participants.
The more hearts and minds that team up – the more we can learn from each other and spread the ideas!
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Mikael Nygren, Malin Vikström, Nico Allergren, Niklas Berglund, Joel Nordin, Peter Sténs
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.
x = independently organized eventIn 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.)
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.
I have taken interest in the invisible lines that women may cross when we choose our clothing. In all societies there seems to be a relative spectrum of exposed body that is considered ok. But at some point there is always the “too naked” or the “too covered up” and both polarities seem to be provoking enough to trigger judgments of all sorts. I am going to show you documentary photographs of women that react to the sexualization of the female body. And I will tell you what I found that breast activists and Muslim women in veil might have in common.
I am a documentary photographer who uses the camera to sight and reflect on contemporary phenomenons in our reality. I want my photographs to contribute to discussions and afterthoughts. My aim is to expand your way of thinking about certain subjects – and hopefully also about yourself. My most known bodies of work are Slöjor (Veils) where I portrayed young Muslim women in their hijabs and the decade long exploration of the marriage migration phenomenon from Thailand to Sweden, Drottninglandet and Kungariket (the Land of Queens). I have had several solo exhibitions and been the blessed recipient of a bunch of awards and grants. I am a member of the Scandinavian photographer’s collective Moment and represented internationally by INSTITUTE Artist.
Bread as taken the biggest pieces of mankind to what/who we are today and has a social, philosophical and spiritual power that lift up the most beautiful we have in us: Love
Most of us are today totally disconnected and know very little about the bread we eat and the consequences of that is that the modern bread has totally lost its mind and became probably one of the unhealthiest things you should put into your mouth. I have a plan to turn this all thing around!
I use to call me as a little french baker that mixes by hand flour, water and sea salt. I ’ve landed in Beautiful Sweden 15 years ago and do everything in my power to give back to real bread the position it deserve in our society using my knowledge, dedication and passion for good bread.
Dr. Myhr is currently Google’s #1 ranked “Social Media Professor” and his expertise on social media & digital marketing has been featured in publications such as BBC, The Washington Post, Marketplace Morning Report, InformationWeek, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX News, USA Today, Huffington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, ESPN, and on national Swedish television stations SVT and TV4. At Webbdagarna (the Swedish Web Days) 2013, Dr. Myhr was rated #1 among 75 speakers. Event host Magnus Höij had the following to say: "Niklas Myhr is one of the really top speakers on social media and the digital transformation in business and society that we have in Sweden. He is very receptive to the needs that the audience has and he also has a great presence on stage.”
Niklas Myhr, Ph.D., known as "The Social Media Professor," is an author and an international keynote speaker who teaches Social Media, Digital & Global Marketing at Chapman University in California. Dr. Myhr holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and has worked with Executive Education programs for Scandinavian multinationals in Europe, the United States, and China. Dr. Myhr also holds an M.S. degree in Industrial Engineering & Management from Linköping University in Sweden and is an awardee of the Hans Werthén Foundation at the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences. Dr. Myhr has served as an Executive Director on the Board of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC.
Recent statistics show that some 65 million people (10%) of the European population are disabled. It may be you or someone you know. There are many preconceptions about what life is like for those millions and what consequences their disabilities have for them. Taking a long historical perspective of people’s experiences of disability in Sweden, Lotta Vikström talks about how and why disabilities are more or less liveable in human life and society. Her concept ‘Liveable disabilities’ aims to extend the boundaries of current research and to promote more equal and fairer opportunities for disabled people in the future.
She is professor of history at Umeå University, Sweden, and acted as deputy dean at the Faculty of Arts in 2011-15. Making use of demographic data and methods she gains new knowledge about gendered and socio-economic issues among vulnerable people in history. In utmost international competition, Vikström’s cross-disciplinary project, “Liveable Disabilities: Life courses and opportunity structures across time”, has received a Consolidator Grant from the European Research Council.
I love the idea that we all should get an equal chance to pursue our dreams. When I was nine, my family and I moved from Iran to Sweden to escape the Iran and Iraq war. A decision that my parents made to give my sister and I an opportunity to live and prosper in a safer country, a decision similar to what many refugees make today. I will share my personal experience as an immigrant in Sweden, and my career ladder in education to reach my dream jobs, as a scientist and a teacher.
She has a PhD in medical biochemistry and is an assistant Professor at Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysics at Umeå University, Sweden. She is also one of the Wallenberg Academy fellows in Medicine for 2015, a career program for Sweden’s most promising young scientists. Beside teaching Medical, Biomedical, and Dental students in biochemistry and molecular biology, she is also a research group leader. Nasim’s research group focus on understanding how genome integrity is preserved by specialized motor proteins and the role of four-stranded DNA in our cells.
Exosomes are small packages released by cells into the blood circulation and other body fluids such as urine. These exosomes have been known for a long time, but were not considered very useful for medicine. However, a late night in the laboratory changed Johans future directions of research. He had found that these exosomes isolated from blood and urine contained RNA from the cancer. RNA is the language of the cells, and exactly the information we needed to improve these patients’ treatment. These small exosome packages act as communication vehicles between cells, much like todays twitter messages and by intercepting this communication we can now listen in on the cells language to detect the cancer earlier as well as see how the cancer is changing over time. This enables a new type of personalized medicine where we give the proper treatment to the right patient at the right time, yielding better results and less side-effects.
He have a background in gene therapy from Umeå University where he did his PhD. He later moved to Boston and Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School where he was studying cancer stem cells. During this time, he stumbled onto a discovery that completely changed the direction of his research and also his life. Johan is now the Chief Scientific Officer and founding scientist of Exosome Diagnostics.
To be or not be a GMO, that is the question.
Genetically modified (GM) plants is a sensitive issue, despite the fact that scientific data has shown that they are no more or no less risky for human health or the environment than those that we eat today. Yet, the legislation makes it in reality forbidden to use them in the EU. If there are laws that prohibits the use of GM plants, one may think that it should be possible to define what a GM plant is. The lecture will explain how advances in biology has taken away the borderline between GM and ”non-GM” plants."
He is professor in Plant Cell- and Molecular Biology at Umeå Plant Science Centre/Umeå University. In his research he studies on one hand how plants harvest sunlight and use it in photosynthesis, and on the other hand use genetics and genomics to study natural variation in trees, in particular how trees know that it is autumn. He is member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and takes often part in the public debate, for example on GMOs.
Why are men so hopeless? Men are bastards, their behavior responsible for the most destructive acts in the world. In my talk, I will try to define how men can learn to love themselves and other men, which is the biggest obstacle in changing the world for the better. Men need to become positive symbols of hope for boys, women and each other, and this talk will take us along the road to achieving this much needed change.
He worked for the second half of the 90’s at one of the first internet companies in Sweden and is considered one of Sweden's internet pioneers. He was one of the founders of the riot girl magazine Darling and debuted as an author with the autobiographical book LOSER 1996. During the 2000s, he started up the record company and publishing collective Demon Box and worked at production company Atmo with directors Erik Gandini and Tarik Saleh. He made his debut as director with the documentary Like a Pascha 2010. The film, which received much attention in Sweden, was the result of three years of visits to Europe's largest brothel in Cologne and tried to understand why men are so obsessed with sex. With this film Svante Tidholm made numerous lectures and workshops for many organisations, such as the Council for Crime Prevention, the Police Academy, schools and other institutions. The film has also been screened at the Nordic Embassies in Berlin twice and at international film festivals, as for example SXSW in Austin, Texas. During 2011-2013, he was the producer and host of television series Mediatiden on Utbildningsradion.
Since 2011 Svante Tidholm is a project leader for the film section at the Way Out West festival held annually in Gothenburg and since 2014 project manager for FATTA MAN, part of the FATTA movement with the goal of getting young men and boys engaged in the struggle for consent and against destructive masculinity norms and sexual violence.
And then time stopped. Death was but a concept I had come across in the stories of others, a thing that was still years away from happening to me. Abstract, until its harsh realness hit me the moment I found my partner dead in his apartment. This is my story about how I learned to give grief a place in my life, how the death of my companion helped me find my way, and how I turned this experience into a source of motivation to make this world a tad bit better.
The most important thing I have been so far is an unswerving optimist. Alongside that I am a professional philanthropist, soon-to-be-professional psychologist and not-at-all-professional photographer. Being born in Estonia, having grown up in Germany, and currently living in the Netherlands I am a wanderer by default. I love setting sail to unknown coasts, whether that is the case when traveling with my backpack, or exploring and extending the confines of what I have experienced and comprehended so far inside my head. Curiosity and eagerness to learn have always been a dear companion on my journeys and with their help I am currently working on my degree in clinical psychology. Outside the university walls I spend my time being an activist, doing voluntary work, and being behind the camera.
The widespread idea that norm-breaking is radical and will lead to change is based on an idea of norms as autonomous and without connections to that which is marginalized. It is part of a more general discourse of liberal inclusion where identities are seen as existing as free entities with no constituting relationships, histories or desires. My point is that today’s norm-breaking discourse suffers from a problematic moralism and will run the risk of reproducing the already prevalent political order, where social inequalities become a matter of personal responsibilities of doing “the right thing”, rather than a collective and democratic demand.
She is a associate professor in History and Gender Studies at Umeå University, Sweden. Her fields of research are critical philosophy of history, critical policy analysis and feminist theory. Currently, she is working on a project, financed by the Swedish Research Council, concerning the political implementation of tolerance and its impacts on possible alternative democracies. She has published in both scientific and public contexts, and teaches at Umeå Centre for Gender Studies.
What is important? This is a question that philosophy has investigated for at least 2500 years. Many answers have been offered, but also methods for how to assess these answers. I will talk about this cultural treasure and how it can be made more available. And why it should be. In brief, I propose that the question "what is important?" is one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves, and that if we don't give our own answer to it, someone else will.
I am an associate professor of philosophy at Umeå university. I am also a philosophical counselor and facilitator. I have discussed philosophy, in a professional capacity, with everything from 5-graders to people in their middle-age considering a change of career or life partner. My current research project is focused on close personal relationships and what norms and laws structure and should structure our life opportunities in this important area.
Blaming the Body: Medicine, Sin and Culture. Is nature or nurture more important? Do young people and old people act and think in different ways? Do women and men? How much control do we have over our actions and thoughts? These are familiar yet old questions. Although their concepts and vocabularies might appear distant, medieval thinkers integrated cutting edge medical knowledge to grapple with the same questions that continue to fascinate us. What do their ideas reveal about the inter-relationship of medicine and religion, responsibility and behavior, body and soul, and what can they illuminate about contemporary understandings?
She is a Pro Futura Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study at Uppsala University and reader in English literature at Umeå University. She is also a member of Sweden's Young Academy. Before she moved to Sweden she completed her PhD in English at the University of Cambridge and a bachelor's degree in English at Trinity College, Dublin. Her research concerns medieval literature and culture, particularly the connections between the body and religious experience, as well as medicine and ethics, extending from the Middle Ages to our own period. Viriginia is also serving as a judge for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction and on her spare time she enjoys powerlifting.
I have studied decision making nearly half of my life; I have worked hard to be able to make well-deliberated and rational choices in all sorts of situations in life and business – and to help others to do so too. So, therefore, I must admit, it was a sorrowful moment when I one day realized that many of us are so obsessed by making the best decisions that we fail to make the most important ones. Most of us have never even reflected on what they really are. I will talk about what life has taught me, the gap between science and reality, and about how we in our ambition to be super-rational and to avoid taking risks often end up taking the greatest risk of them all – not living the life we truly wish to live.
PhD in Risk and Decision Analysis, has worked as a risk and decision expert at Swedish Nuclear Fuel and Waste Management Company (SKB) when the decision was made about where to store the nuclear fuel in Sweden the next 100,000 years. Prior to that, he was Head of Business Intelligence at the largest Swedish management and IT consulting company. Today, Ari works as a consultant, researcher, speaker and advisor. He is a member of the Decide Research Group at Stockholm University and is a columnist at CFO World. He has redrawn the decision making maps of thousands of people and numerous companies, and helped people to make life changing decisions.
I wonder if I can conjure up a rainbow? I'm 10, 63 and 34 years old at the same time, I'm an animal in jeans, I'm curious. I sing. The voice is a ray of clarity, a quivering shard, a deep channel, a vibrating horn. I play guitar, and I narrate. About things that have caught my eye. A square moon, a wonderful breath, a map in the sky, graffiti in the dirt, a spot of now, double sunrises. "Do not believe a word of what I say, everything is true," as Märta Tikkannen said.
She is a Swedish singer-songwriter and artist. Her latest album, the critically acclaimed I Hear Sunshine, was met with great success. Jan Gradvall wrote in the financial newspaper Dagens Industri: "The result is a first class rock album with compositions that other artists would die for. Someone should play “Jesus as a Girl” for Mick Jagger." Selander has received the Guldäpplet (Golden Apple) award and Populärkulturstipendiet (Popular Culture Stipend), appeared on radio and TV, and has performed at every little spot in Sweden. She has also done commissioned work, including music for Västerbottensteatern’s "Sarah, Sarah, Sarah!" Dockteater Månstjärnan’s (Puppet Theater Moon Star) "Monster-Konster" and the Museum of Women’s History exhibition "A Clamouring Silence.”
During this lecture I will talk about something that I think is extremely interesting: What is efficiency? It is a term that everyone uses, but very few understand. I would argue that 98% of all organizations have an incorrect understanding of what “true” efficiency really is. We tend to over focus on individual and functional performance. We think that efficient “islands" is a good thing. The more we deliver the better! The problem is that research shows the exact opposite! The more we try to squeeze out from the different islands within our organization, the more inefficient the organization will be! So what is the conclusion? Being “busy” is BAD! We call this the efficiency paradox! During this lecture I will describe why this phenomena occurs and how we have to redefine our view on efficiency in order to deliver true customer satisfaction!
I am an inspirational speaker, researcher and author. Since I was a kid I have always been striving to understand what excellence really is. What is the key behind high-performing individuals, teams or organizations? In 2006, I got an opportunity that no other researcher had been given before. I got full access to study the most efficient and productive organization in the world. I spent more than 2,000 hours inside the company studying their work patterns, routines and attitudes. Since then I have been travelling around the world speaking about my findings. I have been invited to speak in 29 different counties, and all in total I have given more than 800 lectures. My first book – This is Lean - just passed 200,000 copies sold, making it one of the most sold Lean books of all time.
Christina's story leaves no one untouched, and at the same time it will challenge your views on identity and culture in an era of human mobility and people seeking refuge across borders. It suggests that we are all creators of ourselves and our societies, and what we give is what we get back in return. Follow Christina on her journey from the life in poverty in Brazil to a life of entrepreneurship in the north of Sweden.
She is an entrepreneur, author and adventurer. Christina was born as Christiana Mara Coelho in Brazil, where she lived with her mother in a cave. Later they moved to a slum in São Paulo, where she lived and begged in the streets, and was subjected to starvation, physical and psychological abuse. When she was seven years old, Christina was sent to an orphanage and at eight she was adopted, against her and her mother’s will, to a home in Vindeln, Sweden.
Increasing awareness and understanding for differences, prejudices and culture shock is one of the goals of Christina’s work, and in doing so, building bridges to create dialogue, tolerance and openness in society.
I’m a four time cancer survivor. To cope with the suffering I learnt mental strategies that I benefit from today as a professional adventurer. In my talk I will share my strategies and how they have helped me to accomplish the “impossible”, despite being in a wheelchair. I hope you will be inspired and motivated to strive to reach your own personal goals.
I’m a professional adventurer and motivational speaker. At the age of 9 I had cancer surgery and ended up in a wheelchair. I made the decision to not let the wheelchair hold me back but instead to see what possibilities it could give me.
I travel the world and push myself in extreme mental and physical challenging adventures to inspire people to push their own limits. Among other things I have competed in four Paralympic games, arm-cycled from Sweden to Paris and was the first person ever in a wheelchair to summit Sweden's highest mountain Kebnekaise. Most recently I swam across the sea from Sweden to Finland and in January 2016 I summited Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa. Besides a career as an adventurer and a lecturer, I’m a proud ambassador of the childhood cancer foundation. In 2015 I raised over 2,7 million Swedish kronors for their cause.
Everybody likes to make things, although sometimes our creative confidence becomes lost, or hidden from us. Finding a path back to small acts of everyday creativity is a journey back to connection, empathy and participation in the world. David Gauntlett has studied creativity across a diverse range of practices and media, and found that the drive to make things is the need for conversations, to exchange inspirations, and to make things happen.
He is a Professor of Creativity and Design at the University of Westminster, UK. He has studied creativity for 20 years, through several innovative projects and books including Creative Explorations and Making is Connecting. He has made a number of popular online resources, videos and playthings, and pioneered creative research methods. He has worked with a number of the world’s leading creative organisations, including the BBC, the British Library, Royal College of Art, and Tate. For a decade he has worked with LEGO on innovation in creativity, play and learning.