TEDxDrammen 2021

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25.04.2021 | 12:00 PM ONLINE EVENT


Content Foreword






Team TEDxDrammen




TEDxDrammen is an independently organized cultural event based on the style of TED and the spirit of ideas worth spreading.


Welcome to TEDxDrammen 2021!

Gry Helene Stavseng TEDxDrammen 2021 is an event where Ideas worth spreading can create a spark and inspire people in our Drammen community, and throughout the world via TED.com. TEDxDrammen is an arena where we hope you will be enlightened with new perspectives and carry these ideas with you in your lives. Together with the speakers, volunteers, and partners, we are delighted to introduce you to TEDxDrammen 2021, Sunday 25th April, to be inspired and to get insights into ideas worth spreading. TED = Technology + Entertainment + Design. TEDxDrammen (with the x) is an independently organised event, based on the spirit and structure of the global TED organisation. We will introduce you to speakers who will share their ideas worth spreading, in 18 minutes or less. Their ideas will challenge our minds, create new thoughts, give us something to reflect on, and maybe inspire us to action. TEDxDrammen was initiated by Innovasjonsverket (www.innovasjonsverket.no) in Buskerud county municipality, (now known as Viken county municipality). Community volunteers decided to get together and apply for the license for the very first TEDxDrammen event. Here we are, ready to share the results of our efforts with you. I am proud of what we have achieved, together with the speakers, the team of volunteers and our partners. Even though most of us have still not met in person, we have formed wonderful relationships and have worked together to create this opportunity for Drammen and the world beyond.


A big thank you to the phenomenal speakers and coaches who have worked together to evolve the speakers’ initial ideas into the TEDx-talks that will be presented to you Sunday 25th April 2021. Our team of 13 volunteers have generously donated their time and talent to implement TEDxDrammen 2021. Thank you very much to all the volunteers, who have shown great enthusiasm and effort. They have done a tremendous job, remaining positive, energizing and solution oriented throughout the event planning process. Our volunteers approached their responsibility with a wonderful team spirit. And when changes occurred along the road, TEDxDrammen volunteers pivoted and found ways to succeed. In these difficult times, when companies in our region have faced huge challenges caused by COVID-19, we are happy to have found a partner in Bouvet (www.Bouvet.no). Bouvet is an amazing company offering consulting services, based on their values Sharing, Enthusiasm, Freedom, Credibility and Down to earth. Bouvet saw the opportunity presented by TEDxDrammen and was eager to cooperate with us to make the very first TEDxDrammen become a reality. We appreciate Bouvet believing in us. Thank you very much for joining our team, Bouvet. Despite COVID-19, despite the fact we could not meet and plan in person, despite not having a physical event with people in the audience in Drammen, we decided to do it anyway. And here we are, with a global audience experiencing our innovative digital event, due to a great effort from our wonderful team of speakers, volunteers, and partners. It has been an honour and privilege to be the lead organizer for TEDxDrammen 2021. Thank you all for taking part! I hope you will enjoy it. Take care. Gry Helene Stavseng Lead organizer and License Holder TEDxDrammen 2021


Session 1 Why children need expert educators with novice perspectives

Mark Cringle Yngvar Ugland

The dearest child of humanity is purpose

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Musical performance by Espen Sande Larsen - Technology Intrapreneur

Lars Erik Hilsen

The dinosaur talk to my son

Cathrine Bergan & Dan Damasceno Lundesgaard


We don't include, we involve!


Online breakout rooms with speakers from session 1

Session 2 Ketil Stoknes Sylo Taraku

The Magic Factory - rewilding indoor farming Feeling at home in your new country

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Musical performance by Espen Sande Larsen - Technology Intrapreneur

Ivar Flaten

Life, death and dialogue

Giovanna Calogiuri


How can virtual nature be a means for health promotion

Online breakout rooms with speakers from session 2



Meet our speakers


Mark Cringle Teacher & school leader

Why children need expert educators with novice perspectives Mark Cringle is a teacher and school leader in Norway who is passionate about the importance of classroom and school culture. He believes that human connection and relationships remain at the core of the education profession; that an educators' responsibility first and foremost is to teach the children in front of them, not the curriculum, or one's subject specialism. Beyond the school walls, Mark still can’t stay away from education. He is involved in educational organisations and projects both nationally and internationally, is a football coach, hosts a podcast, and is an occasional blogger. Outside of education, Mark loves spending time with his family, and hanging out with friends. He is an avid runner, enjoys reading and is passionate about taking on novice experiences.


Yngvar Ugland Consumer technologist

The dearest child of humanity is purpose Yngvar is an adventurer at heart. In his day job he loves to boldly go where no banker has ever been before. Off-work he is a saxophone player, soccer coach and enthusiast, chopper rider, university lecturer, sailor, aspiring author. But first and foremost: a single-parent to his wonderful children. Yngvar gets inspired by ambition and courage and by leaders that lives ambition and courage. He holds teamwork and trust close to his heart. He loves to build teams that dream of shaping a better future. He is on a life mission to always change the game.

Espen Sande Larsen has a wide and varied background from the technology industry. He has worked in everything from game development to financial software and hardware development. He started programming very young back in the cradle of modern computing. When he isn’t building solutions he enjoys family life and songwriting.


Lars Erik Hilsen Supply Chain Director

The dinosaur talk to my son Lars Erik Hilsen is 53 years old, married, with two teenage children, and is part of a family that does not wear out sofas. They are always on the go, juggling the joys and demands of work life and leisure activities. He enjoys working at the board member level setting the direction of the company as well as working on the ground, collaborating with operators on the shop-floor regarding how to solve today's production challenge. He works as supply chain director at Kavli and Q, a company that gives its profits to good causes. They have employees from all over the world who share a passion for taking the company further and constantly creating new products. He is responsible for everything that happens between the collection of raw materials and the finished product arriving at your store. The joy of achieving something together, watching colleagues develop and find success, is very meaningful to him. It is a job that feeds both his mind and his heart.


Dan Damasceno-Lundesgaard Fencing Coach

We don't include, we involve! Dan Damasceno-Lundesgaard is an experienced athlete, referee and coach in fencing. He started his fencing career after a serious spinal cord injury at a young age. He has been a Norwegian and Nordic champion in team fencing for Njård fencing, in addition to having competed at home and abroad for a number of years. Furthermore, Dan has a coaching education, and also studied sports management at the Norwegian Sports Academy. In 2008, he participated in the Olympic Games in Beijing as an assistant to Njård fencing's then coach, Klavdij Jadlovsky. It is his conviction that sports should have a mission beyond being a pastime, and he has therefore participated in sports projects aimed at disadvantaged children and young people in Africa and South America. Dan took the initiative to found the Drammen fencing club, and has made this a pioneering club in the work of establishing parafencing as a sport in Norway and in terms of expanded social responsibility.


Cathrine Bergan Parafencer

Cathrine Bergan was previously an active athlete and had her life turned upside down from being a football goalkeeper every day to no longer being able to get out of the apartment. After she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in October 2017, she has received aids that allow her to live an almost similar life as before and has now been completely hooked on a sport, namely parafencing. Something she never thought she would start with or was interested in before. Cathrine is now Norway's first and so far only parafencer and has made Norwegian fencing history after the tournament in Estonia. She is now betting heavily on Olympic Games 2024 and representing Norway with the flag on her chest as the first parafencer from Norway. Sports have always been important for Cathrine growing up and in her situation today, especially physical activity is important for her mental health and quality of life.


Ketil Stoknes Ecologist

The Magic Factory - rewilding indoor farming Ketil Stoknes is educated as a biologist and ecologist at the University of Oslo. Well established in the waste industry, he also just completed a PhD in microbiology, titled “Circular Food”. He is passionate about the power of natural systems and cycles, which can potentially solve the big challenges of our time. To him, nature is a textbook of solutions we can adapt to fix the piles of organic waste and the lack of sustainability in current food production. In fact, billions of years of evolution made sure there was no such thing as waste - until the industrial revolution messed something up. Still, growing up in the times of traditional industry Ketil has in his work never been able to make up his mind if he should take the standpoint of the techno-fix engineer, or of the naturalist, who leaves it up to nature’s more emergent solutions. He therefore usually ends up trying both, at the same time, combined. According to Ketil, our engineered wasteto-food systems just need a little rewilding.


Sylo Taraku Writer & consultant

Feeling at home in your new country Sylo Taraku is 47 years old, educated as a political scientist from the University of Bergen, and born and raised in Kosovo. When war broke out in Kosovo, he fled and came to Norway as a 17-year-old. He now lives in Drammen with his family. Since 2016, Sylo Taraku has worked as a consultant in the Think Tank AGENDA (Tankesmien Agenda). During his professional career, he has held positions as Secretary General of NOAS, Deputy Director General of the UDI - The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration, Adviser to the Norwegian Helsinki Committee and Secretary General and co-founder of LIM (Gender Equality, Integration and Diversity). Sylo's primary subject areas are immigration, integration, populism, Islam and extremism. As an author, he has already published 3 recognized books on these topics.


Ivar Flaten Manager & Interfaith Officer

Life, death and dialogue Ivar Flaten has worked as a priest in Fjell church since 2006. When Kirkelig Dialogsenter Drammen was founded on 12. January 2018, he was appointed general manager and interfaith officer for the Tunsberg diocese. He is a teacher and theologian by education. Ivar has otherwise worked in the IT industry in various companies and been an advisor in the Ministry of Church and Education. In Drammen, he has helped to establish the Drammen Area Faith and Life Stance Forum (DOTL) (2007), Gjestebud Norge (2006), Drammen Sacred Music Festival (2010 ) and the project International Drammen in 2015. Ivar has been a member of the contact group between the Islamic Council of Norway and the Interchurch Council of the Church of Norway since 2014. He received the Nonviolence prize 2016, the Drammen Municipality's Culture Prize 2017 and the Norwegian Church Academies' Bridge Builder Prize 2020.


Giovanna Calogiuri Professor in Health Science

How can virtual nature be a means for health promotion Giovanna Calogiuri was born in Italy, and moved to Norway in 2010, after gaining her PhD in Physical Activity and Health from the University of Milan. Today Giovanna is Professor in Health Sciences at the Science Centre of Health and Technology at the University of South-Eastern Norway. Inspired by Norway’s outdoor lifestyle (friluftsliv), she shifted the focus of her research on the synergic benefits of physical activity and contact with nature. She has worked on different studies of the health benefits of green exercise, as well as how nature can help people support an active lifestyle. She has been working with internationally known researchers in this field, and she is part of the EU-funded project GoGreenRoutes. She has co-authored over 30 scientific publications on this topic, and gave numerous presentations at international conferences and scientific events. In the past four years, together with her colleagues, she has been studying the concept of virtual nature, investigating the extent to which this technology can be used to promote health and to reconnect people to nature.


Recording ...


... feedback from the coaches


Meet the volunteers...

Gry Helene Stavseng Lead organizer / Licensee

Sonja Bordewich Co-organizer / Coach

Håkon Knappen

Tech / IT / Web Director

Trond Minken Curator

Hatice Fidan

Marketing Director

Tone Merethe Aas Skålevik Coach

Geir Styve Coach

Marleen Laschet Coach


... of TEDxDrammen 2021

Steph Hystad

Coach / HR management

Mette Hæk HR Director

Jeni Nankova Creative Director

Isha Tajamal

SoMe Content Creator

Nora Knappen Gamst Håkon

Event Director Tech /&ITProgram / Web Director

Thank you to all volunteers for their time and effort!

Lars Alm

Event Management

Dag Veivåg Photographer


"We lead the way and build tomorrow's society" Bouvet's vision

Partners At Bouvet, we work with our customers to create digital solutions of major importance for society. We have offices all over the country, and have now established an office in Drammen, where we have major ambitions for growth. Drammen is a city undergoing significant growth, with several exciting and ambitious businesses – and we want to be involved in this progress. We have already played a part in Drammen's development through finance, public administration, private businesses and health. In our work, we have developed systems to help Uloba achieve its goal of ensuring that people with disabilities can fully participate in society. We have also assisted Husbanken in renewing its systems to ensure that disadvantaged residents of Norway can purchase and keep a home. Future assignments include collaboration with the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, which is set to be a major client for Bouvet in Drammen. Drammen is a region in growth, and Bouvet is looking forward to contributing to, and being part of this journey. TEDx is built around the sharing of stories and knowledge, and sharing is a large part of our culture here at Bouvet. In fact, the culture of sharing is so important, it has been given its own value. For us, a sharing culture entails the way we work together on projects to achieve a mutual goal, with less focus on being competitive and more on helping each other and sharing knowledge when needed. We know that Drammen has a host of smart, inquisitive, bold and friendly people with plenty of ideas that are worth sharing. Please share them with us, so that we can work together to develop local expertise. Join our team - read more about us at bouvet.no


Why is it important to share expertise? Read what these three Bouvet employees have to say:

«Knowledge-sharing within the company has been a major factor in my development and well-being, and of course my sense of security at work.

Unni Le

Developer at Bouvet

Bouvet facilitates and encourages us to share our expertise, both with one another and externally. This generates an atmosphere in which we as individuals can grow, and creates a culture that inspires us to want to achieve more.»

«Since there is always more to learn, I really enjoy listening to others share their knowledge and experiences and giving something back. I am also an instructor at Kodeklubben, a programming club for kids in Drammen. It is very inspiring to meet 8-year-olds who have been looking forward to the club day all week, and 12-year-olds who Sølve Heggen

Senior Developer at Bouvet

have re-mixed a couple of recipes and come up with an entirely new solution. That's when it's good to be able to share!»

«Bouvet is fuelled by knowledge and the ability to transfer or share knowledge with our customers. As a manager for highly skilled and ambitious people at Bouvet, I believe my most important Jørgen Kaasa

Head of Bouvet Sandvika and Drammen

task is to ensure that this knowledge is developed and maintained. The result is happy employees and happy customers.»


Become our partner

Become a partner of TEDxDrammen Our partners support us in many different ways from financial to in-kind support. In-kind services can include free use of event sites, rebates for services, and loan of employees to support our team.

We are constantly in search of new support within various areas: creative, technology, coaching, marketing, and many more.

Through supporting a TEDx event you get connected to a worldwide network of thinkers and do-ers and can show that your organisation supports the biggest and boldest ideas.

If you would like to join TEDxDrammen in coming events, please contact us via contact@tedxdrammen.no Visit our website at www.tedxdrammen.no for more information


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