With humor and perspective as clues, I hold a number of talks in Denmark and abroad. They are based on my books, research and contacts with insiders in the political realm of the western world.
Here are a number of examples of my talks:
Wild problems – wild solutions
“I got 99 problems” was once sung by a rapper in a politically incorrect lyric. Today, most people have to deal with not just problems, but wild problems that are quite stubborn to solve. And sometimes more than 99 of the kind in our society. In this lecture, I take the audience on an exciting journey into the way we have failed to deal with wild problems throughout history – and then I give examples from the present and the past of how to tackle wild problems with different methods. We are going both to Uruk and Ukraine and then back to today’s Denmark.
New book on the way in autumn 2023
The Entreprenør State: From Pseudopolitics to the Moon Landing
Based on my book – Entreprenørstaten – I take you into the bubble on Slotsholmen. A riveting lecture about how the good intentions of officials, politicians and journalists often end up with pseudo-politics for the citizens. And not least what we can do about it: I think that in future we must act more like plumbers who go to the moon and create new frequencies… Does that make sense? I explain it all in more detail in the presentation.
Your Brain Is Lazy: Political Psychology for Dummies
Your brain is lazy. Really lazy. The vast majority of us are ‘misers with our brains’. Therefore, you need to make it easy for people to change lanes. Because people find it difficult to comprehend the large amounts of information that flow towards us daily. This applies both to ordinary people and to the people who largely set the framework for our lives, namely politicians, civil servants and experts. And that leads to not so rational justifications behind political decisions. But what does that mean? Yes, you can become smarter about cheating your lazy brain on a daily basis, so that both the individual and the organization make better decisions. A checklist of missteps is essential to be aware of when making important decisions. And then you can use the insights from political psychology to gain a competitive advantage – such as a municipality, interest organization or NGO – because you know what it takes for citizens and users to make new choices.
Danish politics – NOW
This presentation takes an x-ray of the political situation in Denmark. Depending on interest, we get close to parties and people as well as the hottest topics in the debate. We draw lines back in Denmark’s history and provide perspective with the latest research on parties and voters.
All organizations have a brand. Whether they want it or not. A brand is determined by all of us who go outside and look into the organization. The small associations, moods, feelings and thoughts we associate with a person, an institution or a country come together like a DNA code we can all recognize from a long distance. A brand is therefore absolutely essential for one’s shopping opportunities. A fire can slow or boost. Political organizations – such as NGOs, trade unions, interest organisations, parties or public organizations – can work just as seriously and professionally with branding as private companies. They just often don’t. Hear how you can build, develop and measure a political organisation’s brand. It’s easier than you think – and it can help to solve the wildest problems that your organization is struggling with.
What are the characteristics of modern political organizations? This talk takes a closer look at how the parties in particular today work to a greater extent like professional companies. The parties test the voter market, design political products and invite a long-term relationship with the voters. The newest toolbox from political marketing and how these options change the democratic debate are put into sharp focus. And what this means for the ‘back door’ of democracy.
If you have ideas for a different angle, we can look into this as well.
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