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. This site will give you a small taste of my different talks.
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Wild problems – wild solutions
“I got 99 problems” was once sung by a rapper in a rather politically incorrect song. Today, most people don’t just deal with problems, but wild problems that can be quite stubborn to solve. And sometimes, more than 99 of its kind. In this talk, I take the audience on an exciting journey on how we have failed to deal with wild problems throughout history. I give examples – from the present and the past – of different methods to tackle wild problems. We will be going to both Uruk and Ukraine before we end our journey back in Denmark.
Upcoming book release in autumn 2023.
The Start-Up State: From Pseudo-politics to Moon Landing
Based on my book, The Start-Up-State, I bring you into the bubble of Slotsholmen (the center of Danish democracy). A riveting talk about how good intentions of civil servants, politicians and journalists often end up as pseudo-politics when it finally reaches the citizens. And not least, what we can do about it: In the future, we must act like plumbers who go to the moon and create new frequencies… Does it make any sense? I will explain it in more detail in my 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 as well as what this means for the ‘back door’ of democracy.
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