August 02 2017
By Kristoffe Biglete

Søren O. Ekelund

You know nothing, average human!

 

Everyday we must make decisions based on knowledge. As we become more familiar with most things around us, the world of information and data simultaneously becomes larger and more variable. In this same information driven society, where intelligence and access to information are highly rated, can we really be certain we are aware of our own surroundings? How do we understand questions that are far removed from daily life?

 

Søren Ekelund, a Decision Scientist, Engineer and Entrepreneur, will step onto a TEDxCopenhagen stage, to talk about an issue that is under addressed in current affairs. He believes that tackling and investing in Asteroid Defense might in fact be one of the most profitable things we can work with in terms of lives saved.

 

“Do you know anybody who was killed by an asteroid? No. Nobody does. But statistics show a greater risk than the one of terrorism”.

 

Søren will make us question certainty, by pointing out the obvious: assuming that not everyone is an expert on everything, how can we ever claim we have reached democratic decisions? How certain can we be about anything, if the world is different than we conventionally perceive? Society can only make truly informed and democratic decisions if it turns to the necessary resources.

 

“Some of the big topics in society can’t really get financed because people don’t understand them, and if people don’t understand them, politicians will ignore them”.

 

Could private venture financing be a serious saviour for such critical, yet ignored public projects? Join him on August 23rd, as he encourages us to think that trusting knowledge and resources can be enabling forces to understanding and solving the most complex issues of our time.


- By Nicole Andreou

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Søren O. Ekelund is a Decision Scientist, Engineer, Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist, as well as Founder of the Emergency Asteroid Defence Project (EADP) and The Society Think Tank. He considers in-depth research followed by direct intervention as some of the best tools one can use to make the world a better place.