SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENT: LAU SVENSSEN
Often we believe in something, without ever realizing that it is possible to question it.
That is the case with the Scandinavian welfare states, according to economist Lau Svenssen. At school, we learn of the advantages of the welfare state, and we revel in the international acclaim for our system. But is this almost devout confidence wise? Lau Svenssen cautions our blind belief in government.
We believe in many things. Sometimes because we choose to believe – but in some cases, many of us believe so unwavering and unequivocally, that we never realize having a choice.
One such example is the Scandinavian belief in the welfare states.
The world is looking to Denmark for inspiration. Emmanuel Macron in France and the Democrats in the US praise the stability and strength of the welfare state. And in Denmark, we enjoy the attention and overwhelmingly agree.
But according to the acclaimed economist Lau Svenssen, the belief in the system has become so ingrained in the public that it borders on religious piety. While governments change – overall, the system does not. This provides the stability, which is envied around the world, but it also entails a deadlock, because we stick vehemently to the status quo, even though society is changing.
The welfare state is strong – too strong for our own good.
So join us at TEDxCopenhagen on February 7th, 2019 at Bremen Teater in Copenhagen to hear, how Lau Svenssen wants to challenge our belief in the welfare state.
Lau Svenssen is an Economist
"To believe or not to believe"
That used to be the question. Today, believing in something is more complex, constantly changing and evolving. In a society that encourages individual freedom, we are constantly exposed to people who perceive the world around us in a different way. Individual belief is celebrated and although our beliefs may be different we are brought together through the knowledge that belonging is an integral part of personal existence
We are changing and so are the things we believe in and the values we hold. As Western values evolve from the religious to the individual and secular, our beliefs move beyond spirituality. Thanks to innovations in modern technology, a wealth of information is now easy to indulge in. But with an infinite amount of information, truth becomes increasingly relative, causing our beliefs and values to evolve.
What do we actually believe in? Why do we believe? How have our beliefs changed? In the upcoming TEDxCopenhagen event, we want to explore the modern landscape of what we believe in, what you believe in, what they believe in and what it all means to us.
From February 7th. 2019, Bremen Theater, Copenhagen.