The 2012 TEDxCopenhagen event presented a variety of different takes on the theme MOVEMENT. Below, you can read a bit about the speakers and what they were talking about.
TEDxCopenhagen 2012 Speakers
Bente Klarlund Pedersen
Get up and get moving
In Denmark, physical inactivity is considered the number two actual cause of death. Physically inactive people have a life span, which is 5 years shorter than that of a physically active individual and before their premature death, they probably face 10 years of severe disease.
Exercise protects against more than 35 different disorders and diseases and there is now evidence that exercise should be prescribed as one of the treatments for several diseases.
Physical exercise is also a weapon against depression, anxiety, tiredness and stress. As a result of the technical revolution modern people don’t need to move.
We need a political statement and laws about “health consequences”. Just as politicians always should consider gender and ethnic issues, they should also consider health aspects, including how infrastructure and architecture may influence the population’s physical activity level.
To win the war against physical inactivity, we must close the gap between science and practice.
Bente Klarlund Pedersen is a chief surgeon at Rigshospitalet, and has released several books about the importance of being and staying healthy.
We need to start a movement for moving.
Birger Lindberg Møller
Plant power – the ultimate way to ‘go green’
Synthetic biology is a new movement setting the hearts and minds of scientists across the world on fire. But really plants, and not scientists, are at the center of this movement: They can help us think completely out-of-the-box for solutions to the challenges we as a global community are facing in the move to a biobased society. Plants are world champions in driving complex chemistry with sunlight as the sole energy input and using carbon dioxide from the atmosphere as carbon source. Let’s collaborate!
Gastronomic entrepreneur and mindset challenger
Co-founder of The Best Restaurant in the World, noma, 3 years running, Claus Meyer, shares his dream of unfolding the potential of indigenous food cultures worldwide.
For more than 20 years Claus Meyer has challenged conventional thinking in agriculture, food production and cooking. He has inspired a generation to rediscover local Nordic produce through cookbooks, TV shows, cookery schools, lectures, public food debates and produce from his own orchard.
When in 2004 Meyer co-authored the New Nordic Food Manifesto, he and noma were in pursuit of purity, simplicity and freshness based on seasonal foods that make the most of the local region’s climate, water and soil, but he had no firm idea what great an impact those ideas would eventually have.
In his TED Talk Claus Meyer reveals how, in order to maximize the value of his efforts, he actively searches for territories and challenges where there is a basis for creating a movement, and which will bring about changes of avalanche proportions.
Why do we let 98% of the edible plants, mushrooms and berries that grow wild in nature rot, and instead eat vegetables from Poland that are pre-cooked several years earlier?”
The future of advertising is – good
Emil Wilk is a young think-doer within social innovation, advertising and television.
He believes that We is the new Me, and that you can build profit while building a better world, both as a business and a person.
Emil will talk about FreeBikes, a socially responsible ad company he dropped out of university to start 4 years ago.
The concept of FreeBikes is simple: Ad-funded bikes are being lent to students in Denmark where the free bikes serve as a sustainable advertising channel.
After a year the bikes are shipped to Ghana and given to students in rural areas and small towns who have a long way to school.
With the bikes the students can get to school and outsmart poverty.
FreeBikes is an example of a movement within marketing towards a more community-minded approach, where businesses can actually help themselves by creating a better world.
A trend that everyone has been talking about, but few have succeeded translating into actual marketing activities.
Anything can happen
IKI is bubbling intuition and EXPLODING improvisation!
IKI evolves and transforms singing and brings it into new unchartered territories.
IKI’s basic concept is: Nine voices, no rules! Everything is totally improvised.
The musicians themselves see it as a philosophy of being in the present, creating new music, and exploring the human voice and its many facets and sounds.
Jakob Silas Lund
The Right to Play
Jakob Silas Lund is the founder of Play31, a peace-building organization that uses football to bring together people who have been torn apart by war.
The name refers to the 31st article of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, which states that all children in the world have the right to play.
There were two characteristics of the Sierra Leonean people that particularly moved Jakob when he volunteered with a local human rights organization in the country in late 2007.
One was their ability and desire to move on and start the process of reconciliation after the brutal civil war that had ravaged the country. The other was their love for the Beautiful Game.
He realized that these two qualities could be brought together to create social change.
Since then, Play31 has reached over 50,000 people in Sierra Leone and won several awards for their work combining sports and conflict resolution.
Jakob’s talk gives examples of how this process works at a micro-level and suggests that it oftentimes takes less than we think to make a difference and bring people together.
What if we trusted you?
Jerry is the founder of REX and has been doing business as Sociate, a name he coined because he is skilled at associating ideas and people, and also because he believes that the social changes that we are going through as a result of all the new connectivity (e.g., Internet, mobiles, inexpensive cameras, video sharing, tweeting) will be more profound than the structural and economic changes we have already seen.
His talk about ‘Unschooling’, is about a lack of trust. Many of the institutions we take for granted are designed from a basis of mistrust. Skip school too often? Go to jail. Run that red light, even when nobody is around for blocks? Ticket.
Health care, government, religions and many more spheres of activity are crippled by this trust deficit. We fear the bad actors so much, that we design coercive environments for everyone.
As a result, good-faith negotiation and cooperation have dwindled.
We’ve been treated as consumers for so long, with little sense of agency, that the present re-taking of agency feels like a Renaissance.
How do spiders and mushrooms inspire tomorrows buildings? In architecture the word design is mainly associated with the design of buildings and objects. In the world of materials, design is something internal. The development of production methods on the micro scale has led to far greater control of how we design and construct new materials. This kind of design is mainly invisible to the human eye. In fact materials of the future are already a reality today, and they can help us answer many of the ecological design challenges we are facing. Through the use of new materials the aim is to develop a building culture that positively affects the world in which we live – both architecturally and environmentally.
New materials are very much a matter of new scientific knowledge. The volume of research in the within biology, physics and chemistry doubles every ten months – a rate of development that remarkably parallels that of the development of computing power. Our built environment needs to reflect on these shifts in technology by implementing and innovating through multidisciplinary expertise. Ultimately, the periodic table of elements defines our building blocks.
Moving healthcare to your fingertips
Klaus Phanareth, MD, Ph.D. is a pioneer and longstanding enthusiast on both strategic and organisational levels in the field of clinical e-health.
He is internationally known and recognized for his longstanding work for example as innovator of “virtual hospitals” and other projects in the field of e-health.
He has been the inspiration and driving force in relation to the development and implementation of technology solutions for patients with chronic conditions.
In his talk, Klaus Phanareth explains how the Epital has started to change the lives of citizens in Copenhagen. The Epital is the first user-driven, multi-disciplinary health care system, aimed at giving us the power to manage our health effectively.
The Epital transforms fragmented health care into a connected and collaborating health care experience based on digitalization, accessible telehealth services, and common sense. It is a movement towards “minimally invasive medicine”.
The Epital concept is disruptive to the conventional structures of health care; it requires a fundamental redesign of attitude, services and organization, in exchange for more freedom to stay healthy in spite of our chronic condition and a dramatically lower cost for the society.
Our health care system will coach, support and empower us in using its services to do so, anywhere we are, anytime we need it. What if chronic disease no longer will require us to visit specialists, or spend time in a hospital?
In 2010 Lars AP wrote the book F***ing Flink (‘Flink’ is Danish for friendly). Since then, he has rallied a constantly growing posse of friendly people, leading F***ing Flink forward to become a national movement hell-bent on nudging Danes to become friendlier – at home, at work, or at the busstop.
As the movement continues to assert its social acupuncture, Lars AP’s goal is clear: That Danes – the world’s happiest people – one day also become the world’s friendliest.
Through his company Redhair, Lars AP helps organisations private and public find new ideas and new ways forward. He’s been a screenwriter in the film, television, and advertising industries, and also served on the previous Climate Minister Connie Hedegaard’s expert panel for climate change.
But most dear to Lars’ heart is the movement F***ing Flink – and the not-for-profit FFlink – which he brought to life in order to help Danes find new ideas on how to become the world’s friendliest people.
You don’t pay tax on your personal energy surplus. You’re just super trendy. F***ing Friendly is the new black.
Lasse Birk Olesen
Technologies make politics obsolete
Scientists argued for 150 years that politicians needed to stop population growth, but it wasn’t new laws that stopped its acceleration. No, it happened as the pill became widely available.
When we have a social agenda we still behave like those old scientists – we agitate instead of innovate. But a lot, if not most, of the social progress seen in history came not from new policies but from new technologies.
And technological progress is accelerating. This means we get more and more opportunities to apply new technology to social causes.
For instance, technology now allows people to live weeks on end on cruise ships. Let’s use that technology to create new countries at sea! This will spur innovation in government systems, and the best will attract more citizens and grow, serving as inspiration for the rest of the world.
Or let’s free our economic activity from the government/banking-complex by using the new decentralized internet currency Bitcoin! No more do we have to trust huge monopolies with our valuable ressources, which could prevent another economic crisis. And we can give financial aid to anyone anywhere in the world no matter the political pressure they suffer from.
And 3D printers are already used to create prototypes, custom parts, and even organs. Soon everyone will be able to print out any product imaginable right in their own home. Karl Marx could not have dreamt of a better democratization of the means of production, and yet it will be brought about by everything he fought against: Companies acting in their own self interest with strong profit
motives – not revolutionary politics.
So let’s rethink devoting ressources to the zero-sum game of politics. Instead, create the world you want by enabling technologies that make politics obsolete!
It was thanks to Guthenbergs printing press that the ideas of the Renaissance could spread across Europe faster than the Catholic Church could stop it.
Mary Embry is an urban planner and mobility consultant at Copenhagenize Consulting. She advises cities around the world and is responsible for designing elegant solutions for bicycle infrastructure, as well as developing communication strategies.
In her talk, The Copenhagenize Project, Embry details the meaning of copenhagenization, delving into the importance of branding for today’s society, and how the ‘copenhagenize’ brand has such a positive impact on inspiring more bicycle-friendly urban atmospheres across the globe.
Copenhagenize Consulting is a leading consultancy and communications company specializing in bicycle promotion, research & marketing and liveable cities.
With catchphrases like copenhagenize, people around the world can speak a common language. Understand the idea, jump on the band wagon. Be inspired to plan for people and people on bicycles first. It’s a movement about movement.
The Tale of Lunarville
Stories are seeds that do not stay seeds.
Instead, they grow when someone invites a story into their heart.
It grows and grows into a tree full of pictures and other great stories to tell.
Painting a picture one body at a time.
Creating classical as well as original stories by exploring the human body and transforming it into images that stay, Sam Saylor, Fabiola Gonzalez, Kay Taylor, and David Roby tell stories using physical theatre.
Together they are “Moonhound Theatre: Stories that Move.”
Drawing the Bigger Picture
We must draw more together: At home, in classrooms and in meeting rooms. Specifically in situations where we are face to face, confronted with complex issues, where no-one holds the single answer and where solutions with everybody’s engagement and contribution is needed in order for change and movement to happen.
We all know that a picture is worth a 1000 words. Pictures can convey complex information in a way which is natural for our brains to grasp.
Visual thinking is a gift we all have, and visual practice – drawing/sketching – is an easy and simple way to show and involve others in understanding – or seeing – what we mean.
Drawing together can be seen as a collective meaning-making process enabling a class, group or team to understand and see what it means.
The process of drawing is a way to handle complex issues together. It is a skill that we – in this digital age – must not forget that we have. And one which we must “upgrade” to meet the new realities of the world we live in.
A large white canvas, a large piece of paper or a whiteboard can be seen as an “offline” collaborative platform where principles from the online world’s ability to handle complexity can be applied. Drawing together involves a new set of leadership skills.
It is easy to learn. It is intuitive to us. It starts with pen, paper and curiosity.
Sharing your freedom
A year ago Christiania was at a crossroads. It faces an ultimatum from authorities threatening to undermine the very foundations on which it was built as a freetown: Buy your land or be bought out!
Christiania saw the light of day in 1971 when hippies and squatters took over an abandoned military area, and since then the freetown has been embroiled in controversy.
Mostly due to the Christianites’ rejection of property rights and their tolerance towards cannabis.
This crossroads has forced Christiania to think and act creatively in order to move forward while staying true to its purpose of challenging conventions and changing the world.
It’s a choice between introvert self-sufficiency and sharing the sanctuary with people from all over the world.
In his talk Risenga makes the point that Christiania – in addition to being an experimental freetown – is a mentality. A way of allowing yourself and others the right to be who they are.
With that in mind, the choice becomes obvious: Christiania offers to share its freedom.
Christiania has gone from governmental to collective to popular ownership.
- Risenga Manghezi in Dagbladet Arbejderen
Rune Brink Hansen & Lasse Andersen
Rune Brink Hansen and Lasse Andersen are the founders of Dark Matters.
Dark Matters works by conveying messages into a minimalistic abstract visual language, embracing the audience’s own imaginations, allowing space for personal interpretation.
With the video projection as an architectural extension of physical space, Dark Matters presents their take on movement in modern communication.
Be ready for a visual journey, an engaging narrative experience, in minimalistic graphics.
Stop wasting food!
Food waste is a global tragedy: Almost 1 billion people on this planet are starving – and still we annually produce food waste enough to feed 3 billion people.
The hidden implications of food waste are enormous and fighting food losses and food waste must become one of our civilization’s main agendas to ensure our survival as a species.
In just 20 years, the human civilization will be in need of at least 50% more food, 45% more energy, and 30% more water.
In her talk Selina Juul devises how we can change this scenario.
During her work week she puts in roughly 40 hours on unpaid work with the Danish consumer movement, Stop Wasting Food, which she founded in 2008.
She has also published an award winning leftovers cookbook “Stop spild af mad – en kogebog med mere” with contributions from Danish top chefs Francis Cardenau, Katrine Klinken, Camilla Plum, Thomas Rode Andersen and Suhrs Madakademiet.
Food has become a political tool for changing the world, the consumers have become the new politicians – and consumer movements are gaining the power to create global change.
Signe Bjørg Jensen
Watch Out For The Scouts
Scouting is a worldwide movement.
Try traveling from Greenland to South Africa, and from New Zealand to USA and you will be able to find members of the scouting organization.
Most people know what scouts do. But do they know why they do it?
Since age 6, Signe has been a scout, and for the last 10 years, a scout leader as well.
She spends most of her spare time voluntarily doing scouting with other people’s children – and she knows exactly why she does it: to make the children the most awesome adults of the future.
How to ignite and empower children
Soulaima Gourani has always been ambitious, but nobody expected that she would go far in life. In fourth grade her teacher even said that she should lower her ambitions since she most likely would not make it very far because she was a girl, had dark skin and was called Soulaima.
That experience only gave her an even stronger desire to aim higher. She found ways of overcoming these “challenges” and they were not the ways the education system tried to teach her.
During the years she found that there were no correlation between how smart people are and how successful they can become. Her ‘soft’ skills were in high demand.
After ten years of teaching leaders to build, foster, and expand professional relationships, Gourani found that emotional and social skills are more important than any other personality traits and exceeds IQ as the most relevant factor in achieving success in work and in life.
Now it’s time for our children to learn these skills at school.
If you want yourself or your child to become a success and be happy, you should understand that your specialized knowledge must be combined with the ability to collaborate, motivate, and communicate with other people.
Moving at the Speed of Light
At CERN’s giant LHC accelerator, protons move at almost the speed of light. The protons are brought to collide in an attempt to convert the energy in their movement into new particles and phenomena. In this way we can explore the fundamental building blocks of our Universe.
However, challenging the riddles of the Universe is a tough task, and there are many technical difficulties to overcome in the process. One of them is the thousands of TeraBytes of data to be analyzed.
But once again, the answer lies in movement. By distributing the data from CERN to a vast network of computers all around the world, the data is processed in record time.
Facing these technical challenges enables spectacular discoveries, such as the one of the Higgs particle, which fundamentally moves our understanding of the Universe we inhabit.
And seeing these combined efforts repaid by insight into the working of our Universe is an everlasting triumph of mankind, and – moving.