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December 7, 2007, [MD]

I don’t know why, but the Swedes produce a lot of good speakers. Hopefully most of you have already seen one of Hans Rossling’s presentation, if not here is one from TED 2007. And just today, through Eirik Newth’s blog, I found a link to Fredrik Härén, a Swedish guy who went to China to teach creativity after the dot-com crash. Apparently he learnt more about creativity than he had expected, and now he is back in Sweden trying to ask people to wake up and learn more about the world around us. He askes a full delegation of Sweden’s leading educators, media people and thinkers “Who are the leaders of China and India”, a few people know, “What are ten leading Chinese and Indian brands”, nobody knows… He also says a lot of good things about what creativity is composed of, how Sweden is lacking a great national idea or vision to work towards, and closes by exhorting Sweden to “become a developing country again”. Unfortunately the whole thing is in Swedish, so the few of you who don’t speak that lovely language will be left out cold. He has written a bunch of books though, available in many languages (Chinese version pictured here). I might put it up on dotsub and subtitle it this winter, if I have time and inspiration. (Here’s the second talk he gave at the same place).


Stian Håklev December 7, 2007 Toronto, Canada
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