Theme: New Consciousness .
Venue: Nationaltheatret
Date: 21st of April 2016

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Videos: YouTube Playlist
Social media: Socius TEDxOslo


Alexandria Algard

Alexandria Algard is an architect and was elected President of Norway's National Association of Architects in 2015, as the youngest president ever. She also runs her own business in addition to holding this coveted position.

Algard founded her architectural firm in Stavanger in 2012. Prior to this she had spent 10 living and working in a number of countries worldwide. She is educated as an architect in Denmark and Japan. Her previous employers include some of the top names in Architecture; REX in New York, OMA in Rotterdam and Herzog & deMeuron in Basel, Switzerland.

She is an avid public speaker, a debate leader, co-founder of the urban think-tank Tenketank, as well as a writer of a regular guest commentaries in Norwegian media often focused on raising awareness about the importance of urban development for a better quality of life


Our surroundings make a huge impact on our lives. Theoretically, “good cities = happy people”. Most of the time, urban issues are entangled and require a broad approach. Her talk 'Hunting for Synergies' will explore how to achieve several goals in one go; to build our cities better so we can have more fun in our lives.

What does “New Consciousness” mean to you?

The future is built by re-thinking the common ways of problem solving. New consciousness builds a new future.

What’s your favourite TED talk?

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Watch: Alexandria Algard – Hunting for synergies

Seshen (Seshen Arts)

Seshen (Seshen Arts) is a vocalist, dancer and artist from Japan who performs and teaches internationally. After living in different countries, she has been based in Norway since 2014.

While she developed herself in both the artistic fields of movement art and music, it was inevitable for her to be strongly inspired by the ancient meaning of art where dance, music, poetry, storytelling and visual arts did not have separate names; existing as one and belonging to all human beings.

One of her artistic quests is to bring this holistic meaning of art back into the present through her performances, films, and teaching. Her artistic process is deeply connected with the explorations of the body and nature, and the symbiotic relationship of the two.



"Our body is a reflections of the earth; we are reflections of nature. There are many essential things we human beings have forgotten along the way of developing our civilizations. I work with my art as a practice to remember and embody that which we have lost. I believe, to share this process of discovery through artistic expression, is one of the most powerful ways to reawaken our heart and soul and bring positive changes to the world."

Watch: Seshen Arts – Returning to body. Returning to earth.

Ash Koosha

Ash Koosha is a composer,record producer and filmmaker exploring new ideas in digital art and the future. He grew up in Iran and studied classical music at the Tehran Conservatory of Music. Since then and being based in London he has been exploring new mediums in approaching sound and taking a multidisciplinary approach towards it.

“I came to realise that there were no boundaries in what made sound and essentially music. It became a field for me to discover many things about the world around me and even myself. Taking ideas from science, technology and even psychology.”



In his talk he will focus on his composition/production method in development which he describes as Nano Composing: a set of actions/manipulations he does with sound objects in order to decorate the space which he calls his “audio room”.

He will explain how we can think of sound as objects with geometry, placement and physical value. He will also demonstrate examples of created sound objects.

What’s your favourite TED talk?

Nick Bostrom: What happens when our computers get smarter than we are?


Watch: Ash Koosha – The Future of Music

Ole André Solbakken

Associate professor Ole André Solbakken is Head of the Clinical Psychology Section at the Department of Psychology, University of Oslo. He has done extensive research into the concept of affect integration, i.e. the capacity to adaptively experience and express emotions. He is a certified specialist in clinical psychology (NPF) and certified supervisor and trainer in both Affect Consciousness Therapy (ACT – Institute for Affect Theory and Psychotherapy) and Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP – ISTDP International).

His talk, entitled "Tell me how you feel and I will tell you who you are" presents the concept of affect consciousness and some of its implications on human health and happiness. 



His argument is that increasing our capacity for being aware of, tolerating, reflecting upon, and expressing our emotions in real time can make us function more healthly and be more adaptive.

What does “New Consciousness” mean to you?
To me new consciousness entails the reflective acknowledgement of aspects of the world, humanity and the human mind that have previously remained implicit or reflectively unknown.

What is your favourite TED talk
Hans Roslings talk on the surprisingly hopeful development of population growth and poverty in the world.

Watch: Ole André Solbakken – Tell me how you feel and I will tell you who you are..

Tara Haelle

Tara Haelle is a freelance science and multimedia journalist who writes regularly at Forbes, NPR, Scientific American, Slate, Medscape, and other U.S.-based publications. She co-wrote “The Informed Parent: A Science-Based Guide to the First Four Years” with science journalist Emily Willingham, and she blogs about science and parenting at Red Wine & Applesauce. She holds a master's in photojournalism from the University of Texas at Austin and has published her images in several publications. Tara also writes science books for children and uses her high school and college teaching experiences to explain complex concepts in accessible prose.  Her adventures in motherhood often inspire the story ideas she reports on, and she regards herself as an eternally curious observer of the human condition and the natural world.

Tara's talk will focus on vaccine hesitancy and vaccine refusal, a global health threat that lurks unnoticed until it erupts into unpredictable disease outbreaks that are difficult to contain.



She explains what underlies the fear and hesitancy that many people have toward vaccines, why it's not as irrational as some believe, and what's necessary to address it.

What does New Consciousness mean to you?

In this age of science and information, we humans sometimes forget that we're actually still human. The most powerful driver of our decisions is not conscious rational thought but deeply ingrained cognitive patterns in the most ancient parts of our brain—working below our consciousness. New consciousness means becoming aware of these cognitive patterns, understanding their influence, and turning that awareness into the empathy required to understand our fellow humans, the first step to solving any problem we face.

What is your Favourite TED talk?

My favorite TED Talk is Maryn McKenna's "What do we do when antibiotics don’t work any more?"


Watch: Tara Haelle – Why Parents Fear Vaccines

Glenn D. Rolfsen

Glenn D. Rolfsen is a psychotherapist working in corporate health service in Oslo. He has also worked as a teacher to educate gestalt therapists in Norway and several European countries. He is particularly concerned with the psychosocial work environment in enterprises. As corporate counsel and leadership consultant, he works daily to improve working life quality for employees.

He will talk about what contributes to a toxic work environment and what are the significant factors that determine our working life quality. His approach addresses how to achieve a permanent end to slander and bullying among adults in the workplace. 



What does "New Consciousness" mean to you?
For me New Consciousness is a kind of heightened attention on holistic thinking. It is an essential global paradigm shift when it comes to the environment, relationships, human rights and adolescence as a consequence of a digital accessibility. Ignorance becomes harder to maintained when information and research available to a majority of people: we have a great opportunity to be influential in new challenges concerning the world we live in.

What is your favourite TED Talk?
Robert Waldinger: What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness TEDxBeaconStreet

Watch: Glenn D. Rolfsen – How to start changing an unhealthy work environment

Ben Malley

Ben Malley is the Founder and Director of Insonify Ltd, a startup based in South West of England. He studied Music Production at the University of St Mark and St Johns (MarJon) and is dabbling in video editing, video games and photography in in his free time.
His talk will cover his 3D Sound Project which he intends to use in training professional persons in support of mental health. 
Ben and his colleague Simon Mills are developing an audio training tool that allows anyone to experience a phenomenon known as Auditory Hallucinations that are associated with a range of mental health issues. It will make use of current, accessible virtual reality technology and binaural audio to create a realistic experience for those looking to increase their knowledge of other persons’ unique situations. Their aim is to enable users to form a deeper emotional understanding of various issues through experiencing these phenomena themselves. 



What does "New Consciousness" mean to you?

In using carefully researched and designed soundscapes for use with Virtual Reality technology, I believe we can create a new consciousness by designing specific aural conditions. These can generate emotional responses that are not attainable to the majority of people who do not live with certain symptoms of mental health in real life.

What is your Favourite TED talk?

“Getting stuck in the negatives (and how to get unstuck) | Alison Ledgerwood | TEDxUCDavis”.
As someone who works on creative projects, this is a particularly common occurrence.

Watch: Ben Malley – Experiences, empathy and making “murmur”

Thora Helene Støren Soot

Thora Helene Støren Soot is an art director with a Masters degree in innovation. She currently work as a market consultant for Spitsbergen Travel in Longyearbyen.

She  will talk about her experiences with depression, and how she made a better life for herself, mentally.


What does "New Consciousness" mean to you?

New Consciousness for me is realizing that we all have a story that nobody knows about. Every action does not necessarily have a reaction, but that every action actually is a reaction. We just need to know from what and why.

What’s your favourite TED talk ?

Rives with "The 4 a.m. mystery"

Watch: Thora Helene Støren Soot – Do something different

Elise By Olsen

Elise By Olsen is 16 year old and is the editor-in-chief of youth culture magazine Recens Paper. 

In her talk, she hopes to bring clarity about Generation Z and the essential themes from the youth point of view.



What does "New Consciousness" mean to you?
To me it means new age; a new generation, a new era ruling the older with new inputs and new rules.

What is your favourite TED talk?
My favorite TED talk is "The power of time off" by Stefan Sagmeister; I find people with untraditional lifestyles interesting.

Watch: Elise By Olsen – A manifest from Generation Z

Harald Eia

Harald Eia is a trained sociologist who works in television with comedy and documentaries.

In which society is it easiest to get rich? Contrary to common belief, it is not countries like the US or the UK that create the highest number of  rich people per capita, but Nordic social democracies, like Norway and Sweden. Counter intuitive as it may sound, high taxes, generous welfare states and strong unions make better environments for the greedy than free markets, low taxes, and minimal government intervention.


What does New Consciousness mean to you?

"New Consciousness" for me means trying to look at the world in an unbiased and fresh way.

What is your favourite TED talk?

My favourite TED talk is "Steven Pinker: Human nature and the blank slate"

Watch: Harald Eia – Where in the world is it easiest to get rich?

Erik Gomez

Erik Gómez-Baggethun is a Professor of Environmental Governance at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Nature Research and a senior visiting researcher at the University of Oxford. He is Vice-President of the European Society for Ecological Economics and an expert for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, an intergovernmental body which assesses the state of biodiversity and ecological life-support systems under the auspices of the United Nations.

Erik’s research covers various topics in the interdisciplinary field of sustainability sciences, with a focus on ecological economics and political ecology. He is particularly interested in the economic roots of environmental degradation, the links between ecosystems and human well-being, ecosystem resilience, and environmental conflicts. He has been visiting lecturer at universities in United Kingdom, Spain, Panama, Ecuador and Colombia.

Despite decades of environmental regulations and international treaties, humanity has never been moving faster nor further from sustainability than now.


The talk dives into the question of what has failed in sustainability strategies and what is the way forward. It discusses what can be the most effective way of protecting our planet and confronts the question that increasingly divides environmentalists worldwide: Should we put a price nature to save it? The talk provides answers to these questions synthesizing analytical insights and empirical data from ecology, economics and political science.

What does “New Consciousness” mean to you?

New consciousness may be what people develop when they dare to think outside of the box and come up with new angles to understand problems and propose solutions. New consciousness is the awareness that can enable the systemic transformation towards a society that is both environmentally sustainable and socially just.

What’s your favourite TED talk?

I haven’t seen many but so far I particularly liked Tim Jackson’s ‘An economic reality check’.

Watch: Erik Gomez-Baggethun – Reclaim your right to nature

Ageliki Lefkaditou

Ageliki Lefkaditou is a historian of science with background in biological sciences. In her current research, she is interested in the political potency of scholarly—mainly biological—accounts of identity and origins, how they affect and are affected by social and cultural understandings, and how to study their multiple workings within society.

In her talk "​Confronting race in the 21st century", she challenges us to rethink our preconceptions about human races in light of new knowledge on human variation coming from contemporary genetics. Recent studies confirm what we have known for several decades, i.e. that race is a crude and inaccurate tool to represent human diversity. While rejecting race as a valid biological category is important, she would like to emphasise that we should simultaneously acknowledge its role as a social category. 



Race is not useful in thinking about health risks or human past. Nevertheless adopting outdated racial models may have serious consequences on our health and distort our views of human history and ancestry.

What does “New Consciousness” mean to you?

“New consciousness” challenges us to confront our biases, be aware and explicit about them, but most importantly act upon them. To me, it’s a call to re-unite our thinking—and feelings—with our everyday practices. This is when a new consciousness emerges as a new sort of practice.

What’s your favorite TED talk?

One of the first and most favorite TED talks I have watched is “Breaking the illusion of skin color” by Nina Jablonski.

Watch: Ageliki Lefkaditou – Confronting race in 21st century Norway

Adam MacDonald

Adam MacDonald is an Australian backpacker who threw down his bag in Norway and never got around to picking it back up again. He is a former World Champion in Bartending.  Author of The Long Pour and owner of Liquid Engineers and Brick Lane Café.  

"I love nothing more than sitting down with friends, enjoying a few social beverages and coming up with masterful ways to take over the world, or at a minimum, at least invent a better mouse trap."

His talk is focused on the drinking culture of Norway. Where it currently stands, where it has been and where it can go.  He takes helping a nation drink better, just as seriously as chefs take helping people to eat better. There is a binge drinking issue in this country (and many others) that needs to be adressed, but there is also a large lack of awareness in how to drink, what to drink and when the best times to drink might be.


He hopes to remind people that there is a huge difference between going out FOR A DRINK and going out TO DRINK.

What does “New Consciousness” mean to you?

I believe that every 5 years in our lives it's healthy to do a master reboot.  Opening my mind to accept that our world is changing faster than ever helps keep my thought process modern, without compromising my inner beliefs or integrity.  

What’s your favourite TED talk?

Takaharu Tezuka: "The best kindergarten you've ever seen."

Watch: Adam MacDonald – Changing a nation’s drinking culture

Sven Mollekleiv

Sven Mollekleiv is considered as one of Norway’s most experienced humanitarian voices. A glance at his Twitter feed illustrates his passion and dedication to humanitarian issues across the globe.

The current and longstanding President of the Norwegian Red Cross, Mollekleiv aims to cement the country's’ commitment to providing aid and support to struggling communities both home and abroad as well as ensuring that society’s eyes and ears are kept firmly open so people in need do not go unnoticed.

The current global refugee crisis is a humanitarian issue in which the Red Cross in Norway has been passionately involved. Mollekleiv’s appeal from war-torn places like Homs and Damascus have opened many eyes as to the real human cost of such conflict, one which cannot be ignored and must be addressed by everyone.

More than ever before the provision of an adequate humanitarian response in disasters is dependent on local humanitarian actors. Volunteers who are trained in advance and who respond immediately when disasters strike. Committed not only in the immediate aftermath but also to the long term effort needed to rebuild the society. The local response provides an opportunity for everyone to contribute and the chain of volunteers connecting the world leaves the faith of humanity up to you and me, both as individuals and as members of the same global community.



What does "New Consciousness" mean to you?
When I started my lifetime involvement with the Red Cross over 25 years ago we would send a team to “the field” and not expect any communication from them for weeks. Today we can read on Twitter when a convoy with humanitarian assistance arrives its destination. Not communicated by our own people, but by those we try to assist. The affected population has become the most important source of information. Today it is often the victims themselves who are the first to tell the world when natural disasters strike or when the parties to a conflict commit atrocities. The world’s access to this information is not just an opportunity, it does also involve a huge responsibility. A responsibility to correct the wrongs, to act when we as a community go in the wrong direction. A responsibility to act as individuals, but also to act as a global community. This new collective consciousness permits us to let information influence our actions. And the potential for positive change increases the more we are.

What's your favorite TED talk?
In November 2011 the states of the world, 183 National Societies, ICRC and IFRC were gathered in Geneva for the 31st International Red Cross and Red Crescent Conference. In conjunction with this Conference Jonas Gahr Støre, then Foreign Minister of Norway, gave a TED talk on the importance of dialogue. This TED talk came at a point of time where armed conflict was raging as a consequence of the “Arab spring” and just months after a terror attack killing 77 Norwegians, most of them young people. His case for the need for open discussion, particularly when humanitarian values are under attack, was thought provoking and very much in line with the views of the Red Cross Red Crescent Movement.

Watch: Sven Mollekleiv – The power of humanity