TEDxUmeå 2018

Norrlandsoperan
Tuesday, May 8

For the fifth time, TEDxUmeå will be held in the capital of Northern Sweden. As usual (since 2016) with a +100 license and about  450 participants.
Once again the team behind TEDxUmeå, a community that grows increasingly bigger each year, will present around ten 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 and our Facebook.



TEDxUmeå TEAM

Mikael Nygren, Malin Vikström, Nico Allergren,
Victoria Vall, Sofia Bergström, Nicklas Berglund & Emil Hägglund


Videos & Pictures

Summary of TEDxUmeå 2017

Talks at TEDxUmeå 2017

Summary of TEDxUmeå 2016

Talks at TEDxUmeå 2016

Pictures TEDxUmeå 2016

Talks at 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

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Speakers (more will be added)

Caroline Ravn
Magician

Why listen to me?
“What’s that behind your ear?” he said, smiling at me. Just seconds later, I realized that my grandfather had pulled a shoe out from behind my ear. It wasn’t the first time. 

I laughed. He was pure magic, and I wanted to be just like him.

Everyone has memories of magic, and many of us know someone who can do a magic trick. Some people love magic, and some can’t sleep if they can’t figure out how it’s done. But remember, magicians are not trying to keep their secrets from you. They’re keeping them for you.

Caroline Ravn

Who am I?
For many years I thought I was going to be a preacher. I studied theology for almost five years before I finally understood that I was, and have always been, a magician.

Since 2014, I’ve been performing magic full-time all over the world. I’ve received several awards, in Sweden and internationally, for both magic and my line of playing cards. 
I want to create magical memories in a world where virtual reality and artificial intelligence are changing everything we know at a lightning speed.


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Stina Hägglund

Who am I:
I am a 29-year-old lecturer and blogger whose biggest passion in life is to inspire people that are to afraid to use their own voice. I have a stoma, which means that my small intestine is cut and brought to the surface of the abdomen and forms an opening (a stoma). A special bag is placed over the stoma to collect the feces. Many people in my situation are isolated and too afraid to show who they really are, and that inspires me to show the way to self-acceptance and pride.

My lectures are about finding hope, light and happiness when everything seems hopeless, dark and sad. I want to use my story of pain for something good, so that’s what I’m doing. I also spend a lot of my time educating nursing staff about meeting patients in vulnerable situations and what a difference their behavior can make for the patient. In good and bad. I’ve been seen telling my story in a lot of different Swedish magazines and TV-shows, such as ”Malou efter tio” and ”Fråga doktorn” to mention a few, and I am now writing my first book that I hope will come in hand for people going through hard times in life.

Why Listen to me:
It may seem weird to listen to a 29-year-old talking about life wisdom. But the truth is that I’ve been chronically ill for over 20 years of my life and therefore I have been collecting experiences that are impossible to learn and understand from a book. You have to live it to fully understand it. But you can also take your time and listen to someone who has experienced it to obtain true knowledge. By telling you my story, my hope is to give you just that. Knowledge.

I will spend my time at TEDxUmeå talking about the importance of making forbidden subjects normal and easy to discuss when it comes to our bodies and their different functions. So many people live in silence and it is costing them their quality of life and unfortunately in some cases, their actual life. Nothing should be left in the darkness of shame when it can be lightened up by the knowledge of life.



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Mattias Goldmann

Who am I?

I am that guy who was always predicted a brilliant future, which never really materialized. I was a “Future Politician of the Year”, but the future hasn’t happened. Last year, I was runner-up in Sweden’s “Opinion Maker of the Year”, but this year I didn’t make it to the final. When my campaign won the “Lobbyist of the Year”, those financing it received the award. And when I was awarded “Most influential in Sustainability issues”, my mother stole the show. But I have some half-known friends.
 

Why listen to me?

Middle-aged, white, heterosexual male… I know I wouldn’t. If you do, it is to learn from my mistakes and failures - because at least I admit them. At TEDxUmeå, I will focus on my obsession with being efficient, and how I am really not. I promise to be brief (though I might fail on that one too).


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Malcolm Fairbrother
Professor of sociology

Why listen to me?
Many people know that the world is in serious trouble because of pollution. What people don't know is that there are actually many success stories where environmental policies have worked really well. We could accomplish so much by building on that track record. I want more people to know about the successes, to understand the opportunities, and to recognize the barriers that are preventing us from making real change. I love talking to audiences about what works in environmental policy, drawing on insights from many research disciplines.

Malcolm Fairbrother

Who am I?
I am a professor of sociology at Umeå University and a researcher at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm. My career has taken me around the world. I am originally from western Canada, and have also lived in the United States, Mexico, England, and now Sweden. My research is mostly about public attitudes towards environmental issues and policies, and in other projects I also study trust and globalization.



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Fredrik Lindegren

Why listen to me:
If you like odd answers to obvious questions.

Fredrik Lindegren

Who am I:
Hi! I’m Fredrik Lindegren and I work as the Head of Culture at Umeå Municipality. I have been engaged with culture in various forms since the early 1990s, including art, theatre, film, opera and most recently being the Artistic Director for the European Capital of Culture in 2014.


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Siduri Poli

Why listen to me?
Like other dreamers and visionaries before me, I have this strong belief that yes, ideas are worth spreading, but I also believe that ideas are worthy to be realized. One idea can change the world but only a few have the right network, inspiration and knowledge to make that happen. The party of success and innovation has a limited and strict guest list. But every idea that could lead to positive change and is not being realized, is a loss for us all. VIP-guests in that party included. We need to broaden the invitations so that we can start with spreading the ideas worth realizing. 




Siduri Poli

Who am I?
I’m just the little person with a great idea. I’m the co-founder of Changers Hub, an innovative entrepreneur hub with two locations in Stockholm, Sweden. The goal is to create a more equal society where all young people have the same chance to succeed with their ideas. Beside a co-working space, this hub also offers courses, lectures, coaching and an innovation studio. Changers Hub started in late 2015 and has been growing rapidly. Today, Changers Hub has over 1000 members which makes it one of the biggest hubs in Sweden. And soon in the world.



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Thor Rutgerssoon
Writer

Why listen to me?

My latest book is called “Allt vi inte pratar om” (Everything we never talk about), co-authored by the renowned Swedish feminist and equality activist, Ida Östensson. In the book we examine six topics where men normally fail to communicate: love, vulnerability, sex, escape mechanisms, friendship and ego. The book includes interviews I conducted  with famous and unknown men alike – to try and dismantle the fabric of masculinity. To accompany the conversations, Ida delves into the facts and numbers, delivering undeniable proof that men are suffering – and when we do, those around us suffer too! The book comes packed with challenges and bullet points on how to say goodbye to toxic masculinity – tips collected from anonymous male surveys and reference groups, as well as submissions from women and others.

Thor Rutgerssoon

Who am I?
My name is Thor Rutgersson and I’m a writer. Of course, that could mean a lot of things. I’ve written fictional books about real issues, like mental illness and homelessness. I’ve also written textbooks on democracy, non-formal and informal learning and equality. But what it really means is that I’m constantly questioning everything. Mostly, I’m questioning myself – and with that I try to find and address topics that are hard to approach. Things like masculinity, vulnerability, self-injury and self-hatred.  If I think it’s hard to write about, I’m probably on to something!

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Lovette Jallow
Author, activist, and Youtuber

Why listen to me
If you wish to gain some insight into what it feels like to live in a society that you contribute to, grew up in, love and care for, yet never quite fit into. To have a voice but be forced to maneuverer and to constantly defend your existence whilst doing so with a big dose of hum or then I am your woman.

Let's talk feminism, intersectionality, culture and customs and ask the important question: “Whose voice gets to be heard?”

I don’t talk at people because let's face it - life is more fun when you talk to and discuss with fellow human beings using respect as a basis. The human condition is ever changing and I believe as a society we can be even richer by allowing various voices a chance to share alternative perspectives we may not be aware of.

Lovette Jallow

Who am I?
I am a 30-plus-year-old female based in Sweden who is also a published author, activist, and Youtuber. After spending almost 10 years in England studying, I returned to Sweden and started Scandinavia’s largest forum for black women, men and non-gender binaries as an attempt to bring together black people of all genders with one aim of increasing inclusion in the beauty industry. This became a gateway into a world where exclusion of black people and POC became even more noticeable, and my voice grew. On the Facebook forum, I wrote and had published Europe’s first beauty manual for darker skin tones again as a way of showing that beauty has no colour and all shades should be worthy of celebration, in contrast to the message that has been projected onto us via media and marketing.

In 2017, when news broke of the Libyan refugee crisis, I sprung to action and organized what would become one of the largest demonstrations against modern-day slavery in Sweden with over 7000 attendees and powerful speakers. This also sparked the creation of an organization that is and would journey to Libya to provide aid and assistance in refugee camps where many sub-Saharan Africans are held in transit.

These days you can occasionally find me on YouTube sharing my daily life, struggles and joy. I’m also on Instagram, where I share information from my perspective as a black woman, encouraging and sharing tools that anyone can use in daily life in order to tackle racism and exclusion.


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Abrak Saati
Political scientist

Why listen to me?
Liberal democracy is in crisis, and the most manifest expression of this is perhaps Donald Trump’s election to the White House. The dismantling of liberal democracy, and the disrespect for democratic institutions that we have witnessed since Trump’s installment, are however not unique phenomena for the US. In Europe, democratic institutions are being eroded as well. Have citizens in countries in the West taken liberal democracy for granted to the extent that we no longer understand its value? Recent polls show that the younger generation – in Sweden and in the US to name only two examples – do not believe that it is extremely important to live in a democracy, and that a single “strong” leader would even be a preferred alternative. Having been born in a country that is among the least democratic states in the world, these polls shock me to the core of my being. For all its shortcomings, liberal democracy is still the best form of government we have today, but its survival is in jeopardy. If we want to continue living in societies where our freedoms are protected, we need to realize the urgency of the situation and work together in order to save liberal democracy.

Abrak Saati

Who am I?
I’m a political scientist with a great interest in issues that deal with democratization – particularly in societies that are recovering from war – but also in peaceful societies. I’m currently conducting a research project which is partly based at the British Institute for International and Comparative Law in London, partly at the American Bar Foundation in Chicago and partly at the Department of Political Science at Umeå University. My research has been published in scientific journals such as the Journal of Politics and Law, and the International Journal of Constitutional Law; presented at international conferences such as the International Political Science Association; and at seminars at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. 


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Johan Persson
Industrial designer

Why listen to me?
I will take you on a journey, from my childhood to a lot of different places, among them "The Greater Bay Area". I've always had to adjust growing up – due to moving a lot with my family – which naturally was a struggle back then, but it’s something that has become a strength and a tool I use in my profession. Furthermore, I will share my knowledge about the development of China, the Chinese consumer and cultural differences, and why understanding this is important for the future. 


Johan Persson

Who am I?
I have a 20-year track record in customer insight, innovation and industrial design. I’m the founder of C’monde Studios – often named among Hong Kong's top innovation and industrial design agencies.

I was one of the early influencers in Sweden to identify the challenge of a widening gorge between market insight and production output, and in 2005 was one of the early movers from the service industry to arrive to Hong Kong with the investment backing of two renowned Scandinavian design agencies – No Picnic and Veryday.

In 2010, I founded C’monde Studios in Hong Kong at the best possible location for its unique access to China's Greater Bay Area. The company’s aim is to serve global companies with insight, innovation and industrial design with focus on user driven innovation for the Chinese customer.

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