This event departed from the assertion that we constantly find ourselves in situations where things don’t always go as we had planned. Life becomes, you could say, a bit sour. In such situations it is up to each individual to decide what attitude and what approach we choose. Life is simply what you make of it. The saying goes ”when life gives you lemons, make lemonade” and is used to encourage optimism and a positive outlook in seemingly vulnerable situations. The ambition for TEDxGöteborg was to make the day of the event a diverse meeting place, filled with remarkable people regardless of backgrounds, occupations or age. And so it was.
Below are short summaries of some of the TEDxGöteborg talks from 2014:
Manuel Knight - The Corn Philosopher!
Manuel Knight talked about the value and true meaning of teamwork. Something he has learnt through some tough days in his past. After growing up in the ghetto in Atlanta, later served in operation Desert Storm in Iraq, and now as a trained psychologist with 15 years' of experience, Manuel Knight takes the audience by the hand when talking about motivating people to become empowered. The philosophy "If you want corn – plant corn" has served him from childhood to this day.
Fredrik Wikholm - The Change Manufacturer
What do spacecrafts and plain T-shirts have in common? Nothing yet - but Fredrik Wikholm wants to change that. It was the creative mindset and will to change, rather than skills in textile design that brought Fredrik Wikholm and his snowboard collective to start up a fashion brand that focused on sustainability. Now he’s taking recycling to the next level with an open-source innovation institute to pave ways for the fashion industry to take the step into the possibilities of the 21st century.
Linda Holmgren - A Light in the Dark
What would you do if your life was shattered into pieces? Linda Holmgren was the victim of sexual assault on two separate occasions. Several years later, one of the perpetrators showed up. Just seeing his face threw her back to square one. That’s when she decided to make a difference. Today she runs Black Light and recently published the book "Tillsammans – bara när vi säger ja". A talk about overcoming even the darkest moments.
Navid Modiri - The Conversation Activist
When was the last time you did something you have never done before? Navid goes out to the world and does new things every day. With his mission to create good conditions for meaningful conversations, Navid Modiri knows what to do "When Life Gives You Lemons". He challenges politicians to use a new form of political speech – conversation instead of debate. Navid proved his concept, while he played golf with Jimmie Åkesson this summer in 2014. During his presentation, the audience was challenged and inspired to see things differently than they did before.
Helena Backlund Wasling - Researcher of Human Touch
Helena Backlund Wasling is a physiotherapist who is currently (2014) working as a senior researcher for University of Gothenburg. She believes that human touch connects people and can show both power and community. At TEDxGöteborg Helena spoke about the potentials for an affective touch to create a relation, make people listen and be persuaded.
Per Holmquist - The Beat Designer
Per Holmquist wanted to make music easy and available for anyone. In an unexpected way he built a music machine, the Beat Blox, looking like a toy but with the sound of a world-leading DJ set.
Max Ortiz Catalan - Bionic Limbs Integrated to Bone, Nerves, and Muscles
Max Ortiz Catalan is the scientist of bionic limbs, who improves quality of life by giving higher functionality to patients who have lost a limb. At TEDxGöteborg 2014, Max spoke about his mind-controlled prosthesis. ”When you love what you do and you find a purpose that transcend beyond yourself, working gets a completely different meaning. People tend to complain about their jobs but they are not willing to pay the price of finding their dreamed one. You can either wait for it to miraculously happen, or get to work and make it happen” - Max Ortiz Catalan on why you should fight to find your professional passion.
Thomas Helleday - Cure for Cancer?
Professor Thomas Helleday is a researcher of translational medicine and chemical biology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Helleday’s ambition is to find better ways to fight cancer by combining a non-profit public foundation, open innovation and crowdsourcing. Helleday has been also awarded with the Göran Gustafsson prize in medicine for his impressive work to find new cancer drugs aimed at defective DNA-repair mechanisms in cancer cells.