On Dec 1st I was honored to speak at TEDxStockholmWomen, adressing the topic of “Creative Empowerment”. The session was part of a global event with hundreds of TEDxWomen events taking place simultaneously around the world, all with this important mission statement:
“TEDxWomen aims to highlight ideas of women and girls and their role in creating change”
I themed my talk around “Reclaiming Creativity” in which I tried to weave together my own story with the urgent need to reclaim the notion of creativity as something within all of us, yet as something networked and collaborative – The talk will be live on YouTube by the end of January, til then you can read about the event in this pressrelease, and get a glimpse of it through these snaps. When I get some time on my hands pop my slides onto Slideshare.
I further elaborated on the notion of D.I.Ysign Thinking that I had touched upon my previous talk at Creative Mornings in October.
Although I was really pressed for time in prepping the talk, I feel I said what I wanted to say which in retrospect feels really awesome. Having to face a crowd, be concise yet interesting isn’t too easy, I’m grateful I’ve gotten 2 awesome chances to practice this fall. Meeting such awesome, supportive people along the way has been crucial, hoping to give back in the year to come!
The event was held at United Spaces at Stockholm Waterfront Building, and the other speakers included Linda Portnoff (of Volante), Louise Hamilton (of Young Art & Nau Gallery), Darja Isaksson (of Ziggy Creative Colony), Linda Johansson (of Karolinska Insitutet) and Josefin Uhnbom (of Food for Thought)
Here are the bio’s as staed in the TEDxStockholm pressrelease:
Louise Hamilton, Art Director, founding partner of Young Art
Louise Hamilton will talk about how Young Art in only two years has put its mark in the art world. How its philosophy that art should be fun and accessible is not in the dos and don’ts according to the art elite. Taking a leap from advertising to create a hub for young art Louise will also mention how the company uses art in a communication perspective.
Linda Portnoff, PhD in Economics, Chief Analytics Officer at Volante
Linda Portnoff holds a Ph.D. in accounting from Stockholm School of Economics and is currently Chief Analytics Officer at Volante. Her research focuses on the creative industries, and she is particularly interested in the development of the music industry from an innovation, creativity and control perspective. Linda is an engaged musician having worked with music in many different constellations.
Darja Isaksson, IT/Digital specialist, founder and CEO of Ziggy Creative Colony
As co-founder of digital consultancy agencies inUse and Ziggy Creative Colony, Darja Isaksson is well aquainted with a digital world that is a mystery to most of us. Working in digital consultancy has given Darja experience from dealing with everything from intranets and complex software to web, apps and development of new digital products and services. Today, she is the CEO of Ziggy Creative Colony and passionate about how digital growth and technology can be part of innovative solutions and creative initiatives for a sustainable future.
Josefin Uhnbom, Social entrepreneur, founder of Food for Thought
Co-founding a company for education in Guatemala opened Josefin Uhnbom’s eyes to how innovation and entrepreneurship can contribute to a positive development of society. In her former role as a board member of Social Entrepreneurship Forum she continued to explore this interest, while collecting knowledge and influences from many different sectors of society. Josefin has worked for Brottsförebyggande rådet, 4C Strategies and Red Cross Refugee Centre and also with ventures within the labour market and education at Folkuniversitet in Stockholm. Food for Thought is the result of Josefin’s belief in social entrepreneurship, combined with her engagement in issues relating to exclusion, inclusion and empowerment. And a great passion for food of course.
Linda Johansson, Project Manager at Karolinska institutet
Linda Johansson is currently managing a project at Karolinska Institutet regarding entrepreneurial awareness within the healthcare professional educational system. She has been a part of a long line of projects within Karolinska Institutet and the Stockkholm County Council contributing development and use of case-based learning methods. In addition to this she is the co-author of two books on case-based learning, and has taken part in the development of new educational strategies with the British Medical Journal. Also, Linda has been one of the driving forces in a project focusing on the future learning environments at Karolinska Institutet. Through her work she has had a vital role in developing innovative teaching and learning methods for the healthcare professional educational system and is very excited about her new project striving to make students strong players on the new competitive market.
Filippa Malmegård, D.I.Y. ambassador, co-founder of Stockholm Makerspace
Filippa Malmegard is a maker of things and of maker community. An empowering D.I.Y (do-it-yourself) experience in 2011 connected her to a ‘maker mindset’ and made her discover the D.I.Y blogosphere. She found herself intrigued by the possibility of interbreeding locally sourced ‘scrap’ materials with globally sourced ‘hack’ ideas. Wanting to develop and promote this connection, she set up ScrapHacker.com, a blog devoted to applied “D.I.Ysign” thinking. Editing crowdsourced content on the creative process of “hacking the crap our of scrap” made her identify the potent power in combinatorial creativity. Wanting to create some of that magic in real life led her co-found Stockholm Makerspace – a non-profit organization aiming to ignite collaborative innovation by giving art, tech, craft a place to mingle. Filippa currently works as Online Community Manager at Nordic building materials retailer Byggmax.
And here we are, all of us after the event, me in the unfashionably-non-black plaid shirt:-)