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Bryan Stevenson: Doing the Uncomfortable

Hailing from Montgomery, Alabama, Bryan Stevenson is widely acclaimed as one of the most effective public service lawyers in America. A Harvard Law School graduate, he has devoted his life to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Desmond Tutu describes him as “America's young Nelson Mandela, a brilliant lawyer fighting with courage and conviction to guarantee justice for all.” Bryan Stevenson founded the Equal Justice Initiative and has been largely responsible for reversals or reduced sentences in over 65 death penalty cases....

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Hugh Herr: An End to Disability

Hugh Herr was just 17 and one of the best climbers in America when a rock climbing accident resulted in the amputation of his legs. Following the accident, he did what doctors believed was unthinkable. Using prostheses he designed himself, he climbed to a more advanced level than he had before. Today he is Director of MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group and an amazing scientist creating the next generation of bionic limbs and robotic prosthetics. His own joints are made using 3D printers and he believes in a near future in which disability is a mere memory....

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Morgan Spurlock: The Fine Line Between Bravery and Stupidity

Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock likes to put himself on the front line. Thirty days of McDonald's in Super Size Me earned him an Academy Award nomination – and the liver of a longtime alcoholic. In his latest venture, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, he scrutinizes the world of product placement by getting the brands themselves to finance the film's $1.5 million budget....

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GRID Moments: Highlights from GRID15

Take a look at the GRID moments and highlights from two jam-packed September days!...

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Even Though We Didn’t Have a Children’s Driver

A storyteller since she was a child, novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has an extraordinary talent for finding touching human stories in hardship. In her bestseller Half of a Yellow Sun, she showed that people not only die in wars, but also live, love and dream during them. Her latest book, The Thing Around Your Neck, details the Nigerian-American immigrant experience. Just eight years after her first novel was published, Adichie's books have been translated into more than 30 languages and are taught in schools around the world....

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Martha Stewart: Martha on Martha

Meet an American legend – Martha Stewart, America’s most trusted guide to stylish living. This daughter of middle-class Polish-Americans has built up a media empire complete with magazines, books and TV programs. Millions of fans rely on Martha Stewart for the best in cooking, entertaining and decorating know-how. After 30 years in the business, she has only become more influential with the public....

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David Carr: The Night of the Gun: A reporter investigates the darkest story of his life – his own.

New York Times reporter and media columnist David Carr investigated the darkest story he has ever covered—his own. With his journalistic tools, he revisited his long, brutal trip from being a crack addict to becoming an acclaimed reporter at the New York Times. The Night of the Gun is his breathtakingly honest memoir of that time....

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Dame Evelyn Glennie: Silent Thunder

Dame Evelyn Glennie, 2015 winner of the Polar Music Prize, has a mission to teach the world to listen. Deaf since the age of 12, she has widened our understanding of what music is and shown that listening has only partly to do with our ears. As a world-leading percussionist and composer, she has released more than 30 solo albums and has played with the world’s foremost orchestras, conductors and artists. At the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London she played a key role....

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Linda Liukas: Cracking the Girl Code

Linda Liukas from Finland has set out to inspire young women with technological knowledge to build awesome tools. She advocates technology as a world of beauty and possibility. When she launched a Kickstarter project to raise money for a children’s book, she got USD 380,000 within a few months. Rails Girls, her non-profit foundation, teaches programming to women around the globe. Liukas became interested in programming at age 13, when she built a fan site dedicated to her teenage crush, Al Gore....

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Susanne Bier: Catastrophes and Happy Endings

Although Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier has led a fortunate life, catastrophes are always around the corner in her films. She won an Oscar for In a Better World (Hämnden), where loneliness, frailty and sorrow lie in wait. Then she moved on to make Love is All You Need, an unashamedly romantic comedy – about cancer. Despite the painful situations she explores in her 16 films, Susanne Bier says she is scrupulous about ending her movies on a hopeful note. To her, filmmaking is not only about art. It's a mass medium that needs to be able to communicate....

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Samir Arora: Winners in the Content Economy

Samir Arora is the founder and CEO of Mode Media. Under his leadership the Silicon Valley-based tech-media company, with its popular flagship Glam and seven other vertical channels, has become the largest private media company in monthly users in the U.S. With an incredible 400 million unique visitors a month globally, it has been ranked as the No. 7 media property in the U.S. As a top executive at Apple in the 1980s, Samir Arora was an award-winning web pioneer....

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Elizabeth Gilbert: Am I Done Writing?

It was her own divorce that led Elizabeth Gilbert, the versatile magazine writer, novelist, and short-story author, to write about a woman's search for everything that can bring happiness. Her 2006 memoir Eat Pray Love became a smash hit, selling 7 million copies worldwide. She’s been listed by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and is portrayed by Julia Roberts in the film adaptation of her story. Her new book, Committed, is about daring to get married again. Here, GRID Curator Stefan Mehr interviews Elizabeth Gilbert after her talk....

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Ane Brun: Daring to Love

Starting out with just an acoustic guitar and a haunting voice, Norwegian musical artist Ane Brun has gained a huge following since her 2003 debut album, Making Time for Morgan. Whether accompanied by a string orchestra or rock band, singing her own songs or distinctive covers, the Stockholm-based music star attracts fans from all over the world. A climate awareness activist, in 2009 she organized the No More Lullabies concert to bring attention to the issue. At GRID, she sang mix of songs plucked from different points in her eventful career....

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David Lagercrantz: From Zlatan to Salander

David Lagercrantz’ autobiography about Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimović was a runaway hit before it even came out in bookstores. "I am Zlatan" has been published in over 20 countries, with millions of copies sold. Reviewers hailed it as a future classic. Now Lagercrantz takes on an even gutsier challenge: to write the sequel to Stieg Larsson’s global phenomenon, the Millennium series, with more than 75 million books sold in 50 countries....

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Sarah Kay: Spoken Word

She was only 14 years old when she took the stage at the famous Bowery Poetry Club in the East Village to perform with New York’s most exciting poets. Now 24, Sarah Kay’s captivating performances have made her a leading spoken word poet. As co-founder of Project V.O.I.C.E. she teaches the magic of poetry and encourages self-expression to students across the world. Her book of poetry “B” is an Amazon bestseller....

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David McCandless: Information Is Beautiful

David McCandless, a London-based data journalist and storyteller, is top in the field of information design. He helps readers make sense of countless facts by boiling down big data and turning it into meaningful and beautiful illustrations. David McCandless’ work has appeared in over 40 publications internationally, including The Guardian, Wired and Die Zeit. It has also been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Tate Britain. “Information is Beautiful” is the telling title of his acclaimed blog....

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Robert Gupta: Healing with Passion and a Violin

A musical prodigy and a student of medicine, violinist Robert Gupta firmly believes in the superior healing power of music. He joined the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the age of 19, and made his solo debut at age 11, with the Israel Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta. Gupta teaches violin to Nathaniel Ayers, the gifted schizophrenic musician played by Oscar-award winner Jamie Foxx in the film The Soloist....

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Hans Rosling: 200 years that changed the world

The world-renowned Swedish global health professor from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm captivated the audience at last year's GRID conference. Now he is back with more boundless energy, interactive graphs and even a casino wheel. With a new take on the world economy, which he calls Das Kapital 2.0, he challenges our understanding of social and economic development....

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Jill Sobule: A Good Life

L.A.-based singer-songwriter Jill Sobule writes songs that combine social and political themes with catchy lyrics and upbeat melodies. She was one of the first artists to raise funds by appealing to her fans, rewarding their investments with personal thanks and gifts, from T-shirts to private concerts in their living rooms. She released her seventh studio album California Years on her own record label in 2009....

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Jonas Hassen Khemiri: Open Letter Goes Viral

Jonas Hassen Khemiri is one of the most important writers of his generation in Sweden with four novels and six plays translated into 15 languages. When his debut novel, One Eye Red, was published in 2003, Khemiri’s eccentric and imaginative prose reached an audience far beyond traditional literary circles. His novel Everything I don’t remember, to be published in September, has been sold to ten countries, including the U.S. In 2013, Khemiri’s open letter to the Swedish Minister of Justice in response to a controversial police project rapidly became one of the most shared articles on social media in Swedish history....

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Abraham Verghese: The Inside Story

Abraham Verghese, an Ethiopian-born Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, has taken the world by storm with his two very different callings: physician and bestselling author. His novel Cutting for Stone is a gripping family saga of an immigrant surgeon which spans over three continents. It has been called "a masterpiece of traditional storytelling."...

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Marcus Samuelsson: Chef With Soul

Top Chef Marcus Samuelsson has conquered Harlem with his take on American soul food at his celebrated restaurant Red Rooster. With culinary roots in Ethiopia and Sweden, his cooking endeavors started in his grandmother’s kitchen and took him into the kitchens of top-rated restaurants. A TV career and Obama’s first state dinner made him one of the most famous chefs in the world. He is also an entrepreneur with a deep-rooted ambition to give back to the community. Now he adds author to his resume with hot-off-the-stove memoir Yes, Chef....

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Ramy Essam & Safoura Safavi: GRID15

With his guitar at Tahir Square in Cairo, Ramy Essam is credited with providing the “anthem of the revolution” during the Arabic Spring. Although Safoura Safavi is loved in Iran, her country of birth, she cannot go back to sing her soul-filled songs due to their critical nature. They may both still be largely unknown in their new land, but they are among the Best of Sweden. Watch them perform together at GRID 15!...

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Raghava KK: The Art of Being Naughty

Raghava KK from India is one of the ten most fascinating people the world has yet to know of, according to CNN. A visionary storyteller and multi-disciplinary artist, working in genres as disparate as painting, film, multimedia, performance – and his own wedding. Raghava KK often collaborates with other artists, such as Erykah Badu and Paul Simon. He charms the world with his talks – but also provokes with his pen....

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Shane Koyczan: The Story of Now

With over 10 million views on Youtube, Canadian Shane Koyczan is an unusual poet. Treating the subject of bullying, which Koyczan himself was subjected to when growing up, his spoken word poem To This Day created a wave of compassion and empathy with a worldwide audience. Shane Koyczan performed at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and was a huge success at TED this year. Now his work is included in the latest Amnesty International Campaign to raise awareness around the importance of Freedom of Expression....

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Paul Hansen: The Story Behind the Photo of the Year

When Dagens Nyheter photographer Paul Hansen won the World Press Photo of the Year for his heartbreaking picture of two Palestinian children and their father being carried to their funeral, he confirmed his status as one of the world’s best and most prize-winning press photographers. This loaded image created headlines all over the world – generating praise as well as malicious accusations about its authenticity. At GRID13, Paul Hansen gave the full story. Down to the last pixel....

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Pia Sundhage: Bring Out the Best

Pia Sundhage said no to invitations from the White House – and yes to GRID! The London Olympics gold-medal-winning coach of the U.S. women’s soccer team is already considered an icon. One of Sweden’s most acclaimed soccer players, she is now a coach with two Olympic gold medals and one World Cup silver. It’s her unconventional leadership style that makes the difference. The New York Times calls her one of the most interesting coaches they've come across. But her career path wasn’t a given. Growing up, soccer was a man’s sport. She went under a boy’s name for years, just to be able to play....

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Anna Järvinen: Vals för Anna

Shy, with hubris – that's Anna Järvinen in her own words. It would also be an adequate description of her songs. On the cover of her new, widely acclaimed album Anna själv tredje (Anna Herself the Third) she poses as the Virgin Mary, Mary's mother Anna, and Baby Jesus all at once. She lives in Stockholm, but her childhood in Finland lets Järvinen's lyrics run free in the open space between Finnish and Swedish. It seems this language teacher's fragile voice might break at any second, but the imprint it leaves is anything but modest....

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Bunker Roy: Barefoot Wisdom

When Bunker Roy left a wealthy home to dedicate his life the rural poor of India, his parents were left in shock. He founded the Barefoot College, the world’s only college built by the poor, for the poor. 40 years later the college has trained more than three million people for jobs in the modern world. Time magazine has ranked him one of the 100 most influential people in the world....

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Mikko Hypponen: The Virus War

Mikko Hypponen has spent his life fighting online viruses. As the chief research officer at F-Secure Corporation in Finland, he has led his team through some of the largest outbreaks in history. He was named one of the 50 most important people on the web by PC World magazine. This code warrior calls for global action against online organized crime, but also for low-tech preparedness. When not shaping our online future, Hypponen enjoys restoring classic arcade video games and old pinball machines....

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Jill Tarter: Planet Earth 2.0

In the blockbuster movie Contact, Jodie Foster accurately portrays Jill Tarter as a stubborn crusader with a passion for space. The legendary space scientist has spent 35 years in the quest for extraterrestrial life. Now she declares that the discovery of an Earthlike planet – Earth 2.0! – could be just around the corner. NASA gave Jill Tarter two public service medals. She’s also received Women in Aerospace’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the TED Prize. At GRID she wants to change your perspective....

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Steve Boyes: At the Heart of Wild Africa

The epitome of a modern adventurer and explorer, Steve Boyes is a fellow of both National Geographic and TED. The South African native is passionately trying to protect Africa’s last remaining wilderness. Using hi-tech tools to spur activism, he crosses the jungles of the Okavango Delta in his dug-out canoe while thousands of supporters follow him in real time on social media. A childhood fascination for wild parrots has him working tirelessly to prevent the real possibilities of the birds’ extinction....

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Isabelle Olsson: Make it Simple

Isabelle Olsson is the lead designer for Google Glass. High fashion and high tech may be worlds apart, but Swedish Isabelle Olsson was recruited to connect the two in one of Google’s biggest-ever product gambles. She had designed jewelry and furniture and not a clue about software engineering when she was recruited to Google co-founder Sergey Brin’s most secretive skunkwork. But it was her design experience that got her the job – to make Google Glass comfortable and beautiful....

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Chip Kidd: Failing Better

With his wicked sense of humor and a true love for books, art director Chip Kidd at New York publishing house Alfred E. Knopf, is known as America’s best cover designer. He has created book jackets for almost every literary giant, and he is the mind behind the classic Jurassic Park icon. This rock star of graphic design has also written two novels of his own and the new Batman comic Death By Design....

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Åsne Seierstad: Journalism at War: How we need literature to tell the story.

Award-winning journalist, writer and war correspondent Åsne Seierstad reported live on Norwegian and Swedish TV when US troops invaded Iraq. Since then, she has published internationally-noted books which have made her the third-bestselling author in Norway. In her latest book, Angel of Grozny, the Russian-speaking Norwegian reporter returns to the place where she started: inside Chechnya....

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Dina Amer: Stories at Tahrir Square

When Dina Amer, prize-winning journalist who has worked with CNN, the New York Times and PBS, moved to Egypt in 2011, two days after she arrived she witnessed the revolution spark at Tahrir Square first hand. That’s how she became one of the producers of The Square, a documentary directed by Jehane Noujaim and which recently won three Emmys and was nominated for an Oscar. Amer tells her story and warns of threats to journalism worldwide, with her closest colleagues now languishing in jail in Egypt....

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Jane Justice Leibrock: The Rhythm of Facebook

User experience research manager Jane Justice Leibrock leads the work at Facebook with data analysts and product managers to identify the most important questions about how people want to share with their friends. Her own research has covered topics such as teenagers' behavior on Facebook, Facebook users’ privacy concerns and perceptions of the Facebook brand. On the side, she interviews stylish people on her blog and street fashion project “May I Admire You.”...

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Kerstin Mogull: The Art of Innovation in Media and Culture

Kerstin Mogull knows what it takes to reinvent esteemed institutions. For more than ten years, she held a number of senior roles at the BBC – working in policy, strategy, digital and operations. She was the driving force behind the iPlayer, BBC’s groundbreaking catch-up service. Recently she became the CEO of the Tate Museum in London, which includes both the Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Her task: to take this prestigious art collection into the digital age....

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Marc Kushner: Architecture to the People

A practicing architect in New York City, Marc Kushner divides his time between designing buildings and championing world-class architecture on the website he runs, Architizer. Both have the same mission: to reconnect the public with architecture. Kushner believes everyone is a fan of architecture, even if they don’t know it yet. New forms of media empower people to shape the built environment, and that means better buildings. Which make better cities. Which make a better world....

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Andy Puddicombe: A Monk with an App: Finding Calm and Clarity

At age 22 Andy Puddicombe decided to leave the UK and become a monk. He set off on a long journey culminating with full ordination at a Tibetan Monastery in the Himalayas. Now Andy has returned to England to do for meditation what Jamie Oliver has done for food. The former monk wants to prove to the world that inner peace can be achieved in a meditation session shorter than the average cab ride....

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Nico Pitney: Journalism Beyond Words

Nico Pitney, Vice President of Product at the Huffington Post, works closely with editor and founder Ariana Huffington to reach readers wherever they are. Pitney came to prominence in 2009 when he live-blogged the Iranian protest for HuffPo and was invited by President Obama as the first blogger ever at a White House press conference. Since then, he has held virtually every senior position at the world’s second-biggest news website, from national editor to managing editor....

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Sophia Lindholm: An Epic Split

Sophia Lindholm is the creative force behind the most epic of splits in advertising history: cult film actor Jean-Claude Van Damme's perfect horizontal split between two moving Volvo trucks. A senior art director at Forsman & Bodenfors –one of Sweden's leading ad agencies – she had to get people worldwide to talk about trucks. Not an easy thing. In September 2014 70 million online viewers had seen the video....

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Andreas Ekström: The Revolution Yet to Come

Andreas Ekström has spent years on the trail of the company with the beautiful mission, “all the world's information, available and searchable.” But in the wake of the NSA scandal, the Google motto “Don’t be evil” seems more complicated than ever. Andreas Ekström works for the Bonnier newspaper Sydsvenskan in southern Sweden and is the author of six books, most notably the internationally acclaimed The Google Code....

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Debra Searle: How to Achieve Against the Odds

Debra Searle amazed the world as the woman who rowed the Atlantic alone. Her husband, an experienced oarsman, left the boat just two weeks into the crossing after developing an uncontrollable fear of the ocean. Debra was not discouraged. After 111 days she rowed into Barbados’ port in her 23-foot plywood boat. Since then she has sailed around Antarctica, finished the longest canoe race in the world, set a new world record for crossing the channel and been awarded by the Queen of England for her achievements....

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Ashleigh Gardner: Stories by the Digital Campfire

As head of writer and publisher partnerships, Ashleigh Gardner helps publishers, writers and media engage with emerging stars and members of Wattpad, the world’s largest online community for writers and readers. With over 40 million visitors each month, Wattpad’s users come to be entertained, inspired and connect around their own original writing....

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Ron Ben-Israel: Life Is Too Short – Do What You Love To Do

Ron Ben-Israel, a former ballet dancer, fell in love with a chocolatier while on a tour and traded his dancing shoes for buttercream frosting. Today Ben-Israel lives in New York and is regarded as the leading cake baker of our time – or the King of Cakes, as the magazine Modern Bride calls him. For the movie Sex and the City 2, he made a cake boasting $20,000 worth of Swarovski jewels. Meet an artistic genius who thinks life is a piece of cake....

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Jessica Stern: Talking to the Terrorists

Jessica Stern is one of the world’s leading experts on terrorism and serves on the Hoover Institution Task Force on National Security. She fearlessly studies terrorists who kill innocent people for political gain and travels the world to talk to those who commit such acts. She has met terrorists with Kalashnikovs in Pakistan, interviewed neo-Nazis in America and Sweden, and visited the homes of terrorist leaders in Indonesia. But it was only after she faced her own suppressed trauma that she understood why she was more afraid to meet the victims than the terrorists themselves....

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Hazel Thompson: Taken

For more than ten years, British award-winning photojournalist Hazel Thompson went undercover in Mumbai’s sex district to expose what is happening to young girls and women. At great personal risk, she immersed herself to investigate the disturbing truth about trafficking. The result was the e-book Taken, for which she received an award for "Most Innovative Media Initiative" from the Human Trafficking Foundation. Hazel Thompson regularly shoots photo assignments for papers such as the New York Times, Vogue, the Sunday Times and Observer Magazine....

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Hagai M. Segal: Terrorism and the Media

Hagai M. Segal is a leading expert on terrorism and the Middle East, based in the U.K. He briefs and advises government organizations and private corporations as well as security and counter-terror agencies all over the world. Segal is an award-winning lecturer with New York University in London. He is a frequent commentator for national and international print and broadcast media including Sky News and the BBC. The question he will address at Grid: How can media report on terrorism without becoming a weapon of the terrorists?...

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Kees Moeliker: Science With a Laugh

Kees Moeliker, curator at the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, has a keen eye for strange bird behavior. He was the first to witness a case of homosexual necrophilia in ducks. This earned him the Ig Nobel biology prize, the award that honors “research that first makes you laugh, then makes you think.” Kees Moeliker shows that curiosity and humor can be powerful tools for scientists or anyone trying to explain complex things....

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Leyla Acaroglu: The Secret Life of Things

Leyla Acaroglu is a designer, social scientist and crusader for sustainability. She wants you to think beyond paper or plastic bags. It seems simple at the supermarket checkout line, but as a sustainability strategist, she will show you that the answer is not a given. Leyla Acaroglu has been named one of the top 100 People of Influence in Australia, and has won many awards for innovative design that creates positive change....

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Safoura Safavi: Jag älskar dig gul och blå

Although Safoura Safavi is loved in Iran, her country of birth, she cannot go back to sing her soul-filled songs due to their critical nature. She may still be largely unknown in her new land, but she is one of the Best of Sweden....

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David Batstone: Good Business

Venture capitalist David Batstone was not looking for a social cause. It found him in a San Francisco Bay Area restaurant that had trafficked over 400 teenagers from Bangalore, India into the U.S. for forced labor. His journeys to fight human trafficking took him from his former field as an investigative journalist, to charity, then back again to his venture capital roots. Now he is challenging the international business community to stop modern slavery and clean up their own backyard....

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Viktoria Walldin: How to Move a City

Viktoria Walldin works with one of the world's most complex and fascinating architectural assignments: moving the Arctic city of Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town. The 20,000 inhabitants are being forced to relocate to new land after mining caused massive cracks in the ground the city is built on. An anthropologist and expert on social sustainability, Viktoria Walldin’s childhood in project housing in Stockholm sparked her interest in segregation issues. For her, the Kiruna move is a chance to be part of one of the boldest, most radical urban projects of this century....

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Brynolf & Ljung: Street Magic

The mesmerizing duo Brynolf & Ljung got their international breakthrough in 2012 on Britain’s Got Talent, with over 11 million viewers. These two street-smart guys had already won a silver medal in the World Championships of Magic in Beijing. They have performed all over the world, from Las Vegas to Paris to New Delhi. With their current TV show on Sweden’s TV4, they are now on their way back to Las Vegas. The magical question remains: How on earth do they do it?!...

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Pamela Andersson: When the Biggest Story Turns Out to Be Your Own

The best advice that Pamela Andersson, editor-in-chief of popular Swedish health magazine ToppHälsa got is: ”Always expect good things instead of worrying about the future. The worst that can happen is that you’d have been happy in vain.” Here she  talks about the one health story that really hit her readers. And that story turned out to be her own....

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Chad Mumm: The Future of Media – Here Is How

Chad Mumm is the Creative Director of Vox Media and founder of Vox Entertainment, the company's original production and programming group based in Los Angeles. His work focuses on bridging the gap between digital media, publishing, technology platforms and TV programming through each of Vox's eight individual media brands, among the hottest in the U.S....

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Jenny Strömstedt: Have Fun, and So what!?

If you google Jenny Strömstedt, you will see her set fire to a TV studio. For real. And that actually makes a whole lot of sense, considering the spark she is able to bring to the dance floor. A household name in Sweden, she's one of the country's most beloved TV hosts on TV4, interviewing everyone from the Prime Minister to the latest Youtube stars.  But how did she end up kicking butt on ”Let’s Dance”?...

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Liz McDonnell: Improv at the New York Times

As director of marketing at the New York Times, Liz McDonnell oversees everything from marketing new mobile ad products and branded content partnerships to leading more consumer-focused efforts like @MyNYTimes on Instagram. She never thought that her after-hours gig in improv comedy and performances in New York theaters would be her secret weapon for success in facing challenges in leadership and innovation....

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Jack Werner: How to Create a Twitter Storm

Swedish media wunderkind Jack Werner, who works for No. 1 Swedish business daily Dagens Industri, won Sweden's top journalism prize last year for his groundbreaking viral mythbusting. He knows just how easy it is to become the butt of the joke online. But he didn’t know how it feels. Then something happened…...

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Ramy Essam: GRID15

With his guitar at Tahir Square in Cairo, Ramy Essam is credited with providing the “anthem of the revolution” during the Arabic Spring. He may still be largely unknown in his new land, but he is among the Best of Sweden....

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Mathias Döpfner: Transforming a Media Legacy

German media house Axel Springer has a bold vision: to become the leading digital publisher. With flagship newspapers such as Bild, Europe’s biggest-selling paper, and Die Welt, one of the most influential, the company’s digital media activities already contribute more than 60 percent to its revenues and more than 70 percent to its earnings. Mathias Döpfner, Chief Executive Officer of Axel Springer, joined us via Skype for a talk around transformation....

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Peter Vesterbacka: A Bird in the Hand

An idea to generate 300 million downloads? Angry cartoon birds attacking green, egg-snatching pigs. Yes, that’s what this No. 1 mobile app is all about. Finnish gaming company Rovio Mobile’s Peter Vesterbacka is one of the masterminds behind the deceptively simple yet seriously addictive game Angry Birds. The game earned Vesterbacka, or Mighty Eagle as his business card reads, a spot on TIME’s 2011 Most Influential People list....

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Elizabeth Murphy: Passion

Each year at GRID we ask some of our colleagues from around the world of Bonnier to give a 5 minute talk at the conference, sharing their passion or story with us. Hear what Elizabeth Murphy of Bonnier Corporation wants to share about passion....

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Sarah Jones: Who Do We Think We Are?

Broadway performer Sarah Jones is known for her focus on inequality and social justice through the lens of humor and empathy. Critics marvel at her ability to perfectly mimic accents and mannerisms in her multi-character shows, as she reshapes her body down to the pupils and dimples in the blink of an eye. Her Tony Award-winning hit on Broadway, Bridge & Tunnel, was produced by Meryl Streep, and she has performed several times at the White House invited by President and First Lady Obama. Sarah Jones is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and performed this year at the World Economic Forum in Davos and at TED....

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Erato: It’s Not My Fault I’m Happy

Swedish vocal trio Erato had been singing together for a long time as part of a larger choir, when one night they sat down at the kitchen table and recorded a video. Within three days, almost 100,000 people had watched them perform Robyn’s Call Your Girlfriend, using only their voices and empty cottage cheese containers. By now, nearly five million have watched the video. When Robyn herself, the Guardian and Perez Hilton all wrote about them, it was the start of a career in harmony. Now Amanda Wikström, Ebba Lovisa Andersson and Petra Brohäll are recording their own songs....

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Sarah Harper: Who Wants to Live Forever

The first person to live to be 200 years old may already have been born. Professor Sarah Harper is wrestling with some of our most challenging questions: the growth in extreme longevity and fall in fertility. How will it impact our lives and societies? A professor of gerontology at the University of Oxford, she leads key demographers, economists, anthropologists, philosophers and environmentalists in addressing the dramatic demographic change....

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Ameena Matthews: Saving Lives on the Streets of Chicago

Ameena Matthews is the daughter of one of Chicago’s most notorious gang leaders and was born into a world of crime. Now a mother of five, Ameena’s amazing strength and powerful presence helps to stop the shootings on the Chicago streets. A Violence Interrupter for the organization CeaseFire, she believes violence is a disease. Her own story of hope and courage shows that it can be treated....

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Emil Ovemar: Everything I Know About Apps I Learned From My Kids

Emil Ovemar of Toca Boca was one of the Bonnier 5-minute speakers at GRID12....

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Louie Psihoyos: Saving the World with a Film and a Song

Louie Psihoyos risked his own life and won an Oscar in 2010 when he uncovered the brutal truth of dolphin hunting for the documentary film The Cove. Now the legendary National Geographic photographer picks up his camera to save 70 percent of the planet – the oceans....

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Marco Tempest: Just Imagination

Equal parts poet and scientist, Swiss-American magician Marco Tempest is always exploring new frontiers. In his intelligent and astounding performances, he blends cutting edge technology with the showmanship of Harry Houdini. His sophisticated combination of video, music and stage presence has earned him a place in the pantheon of great illusionists....

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Margaret Gould Stewart: Like it! How Brands and Businesses Can Flourish in the Age of Social Media

Margaret Gould Stewart is one of the world’s leading experts in online user design. She has been the user experience director both at Google and YouTube. After leading the biggest redesign effort ever at YouTube, she was recruited by Facebook to become the Director of Product Design. Her task is to create the next generation of advertising experiences....

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Tomas Saraceno: 14 Billions

Argentine artist Tomas Saraceno created the most buzz of any artist at Bonniers Konsthall gallery this year with his architectural installation 14 Billions, a room-scale model of a Black Widow spider web. He has used lasers and MRI technology to research and create his art. He has even collaborated with NASA scientists. Saraceno’s pieces walk the line between art, architecture and science....

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Raymond & Maria: Some Say We Have It All

A slightly shy gathering of people from a dark and cold place, Raymond & Maria want to bring cheer to the world with straightforward melodic pop songs. Saying no to the bad stuff – and yes to the good stuff – is part of their musical mission, which has led the band to number one Swedish hit songs and, most recently, a collaboration with Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha....

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Esther Dyson: The Quantified Self – How self-knowledge changes behavior

Journalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and leading expert on digital technologies, Ester Dyson is the internet's court jester and a Silicon Valley legend. She has been a board member and early investor in many startups, including Flickr. She regularly contributes to The Huffington Post and lives in Star City, California, where she is training to be a cosmonaut backup and spaceflight participant....

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Zhang Wei: Energy Stays Where Mountain and Water Meet

Zhang Wei grew up in a small Chinese village during the cultural revolution, where an international art career sounded far-fetched. Now, she is making an impact on the global gallery scene. As director of Vitamin Creative Space, a pioneer alternative art space in China, she plays a vital role in introducing contemporary Chinese art to the world. Just like her gallery explores the clash between modern life and ancient Chinese philosophy, Zhang Wei’s own story is one of contradictions and collisions....

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David Romanelli: In a Moment

Wine and chocolate may not be the typical yoga diet, but in the classes of American yoga teacher David Romanelli, tastings play a vital part. He has become famous for his unconventional way of combining yoga with the mindful enjoyment of all the senses. In a world where we watch the news while eating, eye our email while conversing, and only look at the full moon through our iPhone cameras, he offers an alternate way of life. Yeah Dave's Guide to Livin' the Moment is an American bestseller....

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Hagai Levi: How I Learned To Stop Loving and Start Worrying About Psychotherapy

The HBO drama In Treatment has captivated TV audiences all over the world, providing a sneak peek into the therapist’s room. Hagai Levi, the show’s creator, knows all about human psychology, having been in therapy himself since the age of ten. In Treatment won Emmy and Golden Globe awards, and Be’Tipul, the original Israeli version, has been adapted into new series all over the world. Levi, who lives in Tel Aviv, is a producer, director, film critic and lecturer in various film schools....

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Kai-Uwe Bergmann: Yes is More

In combining playful and practical, Kai-Uwe Bergmann's Copenhagen-based architecture firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) has created courageous and provocative architecture all around the world. Led by the idea of "hedonistic sustainability" one of their latest projects is a waste management plant doubling as a ski slope, using smoke rings as tell-tale signs to increase environmental awareness. Bergmann is a man who knows how to think BIG....

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Kathryn Schulz: Is it Wrong to be Wrong?

Wrong is something most people hate to be. Journalist Kathryn Schulz has spent the last five years thinking about being wrong, and why it might not be such a bad thing after all. In her book Being Wrong she travels through medicine, politics, literature and crime to explore what it is to be wrong, what we can learn from it, and how we can challenge our own sense of rightness. This world-leading wrongologist writes for TIME, Slate, the New York Times Magazine, and Rolling Stone magazine....

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Kiran Bedi: Yes Madam, Sir

When Kiran Bedi, Ph.D. became India's first – and later highest-ranking – woman police officer, all hell broke loose. She was a tough cop: uncorrupted, innovative, and committed to social change. When the police force tried to get rid of her by making her the head of some of the most brutal prisons, she successfully reformed them. Awarded the Asian Nobel Peace Prize, Dr. Bedi used her winnings to found two NGOs. She has been voted India's most admired woman....

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Rolv Erik Ryssdal: Courage in Oslo

When the terror bomb went off in the government quarters of Oslo, the editorial office of the newspaper Verdens Gang was blown out and quickly relocated to the headquarter of the owners, Schibsted. Norwegian Rolv Erik Ryssdal is the CEO of Schibsted, Bonnier's fierce competitor on the Scandinavian media market. Previously the head of two of Scandinavia's best selling tabloids, VG in Norway and Aftonbladet in Sweden, Ryssdal believes in the printed newspaper and is also committed to the Schibsted group taking a lead in the online classified market....

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Sunitha Krishnan: Every Minute Counts

Dr. Sunitha Krishnan has saved more than 3,000 women and children from sexual slavery and trafficking in rescue operations at Indian brothels and on the streets. Herself a rape survivor, Dr. Krishnan dedicates her life to liberating victims from the same brutal reality she faced. Convinced that “every minute counts,” Dr. Krishnan is unstoppable in her mission and has even sold her possessions to support an NGO she co-founded, which provides education and job training to victims....

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Alec Ross: 21st Century Statecraft

Alec Ross is Senior Adviser on Innovation to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a role created especially for him by the Obama administration. An architect of Obama’s digital campaigning in the 2008 presidential election, Ross is now re-imagining diplomacy through the innovative use of social media....

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Anders Ynnerman: Around the Universe in 18 Minutes

Professor Anders Ynnerman collaborated on the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe. A resulting film, made in cooperation with the American Museum of Natural History, takes viewers from the Himalayas through the Earth’s atmosphere into space and beyond our galaxy. It has received more than 5 million views on YouTube. Ynnerman has received awards for his contributions in the visualization of real-time data....

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Henrik Fexeus: Mind Wide Open

Mind reader and psychological illusionist Henrik Fexeus has captivated Swedish fans with his books and TV program Brainstorm, about the secrets of nonverbal communication. He has studied magic, hypnosis, and psychology, challenging sold-out audiences with his live performance, “Circus of the Mind.”...

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Katrina Markoff: Chocolate Stories

Katrina Markoff created Vosges Haut-Chocolat to “bring the world closer to peace through chocolate.” She personally chooses every exotic spice, root, nut and flower, allowing each bite of her chocolate to tell a story about a special place in the world. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Markoff has apprenticed with chefs in Europe, Asia and Australia....

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Marian Bantjes: Transforming Typography

Marian Bantjes’ designs for major publications, including the New York Times, WIRED and Wallpaper magazine, have made her a cult name in the design world. Her success has come from daring to be intensely personal, using custom type and elaborate ornamentation. She works internationally from her home on Bowen Island in Canada, where she also writes and teaches....

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Paul Frommer: A Language from Outer Space

Working with director James Cameron, linguist and professor Paul Frommer created a complete language for the Na’vi characters in the blockbuster film Avatar. He personally coached the actors on the exotic sounds and vocabulary to complete the effect of transporting filmgoers to another world. His language has developed a life of its own on fan websites and discussion boards – Frommer even receives fan letters written in Na’vi....

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Rick Hodes: The Crooked Made Straight

A Jewish-American doctor caring for the needy at Mother Teresa’s clinic in Ethiopia, Rick Hodes is now the subject of a new documentary and book. His quiet heroism, lobbying for children with spinal tuberculosis, is fueled by faith and empathy. In his pursuit to end suffering, Rick Hodes has become an adoptive father to five children and an unofficial father to many more....

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Seth Raphael: High-Tech Magic: Achieving the Impossible

“High-tech magician” Seth Raphael has a degree in Wonder from MIT. He performs magic using computers and iPhones – the modern-day equivalent of magic wands – combining his passions into a cutting-edge form of entertainment. He uses the newest technology to push the boundaries of what lies in the realm of possibility....

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Ben Hammersley: Clothes that Know When You’re in Love: How exposing data can change your life, help you get the girl, and save the media

British journalist, broadcaster and photographer Ben Hammersley focuses on technology journalism. He is currently Deputy Editor of Wired magazine UK, which was relaunched this spring-an indication that the high-tech magazine still believes in paper. Hammersley has reported for The Guardian, The Times (London) and the BBC from Iran and Afghanistan. He has also traveled undercover to interview Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi....

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Cecilia Weckström: Consumer Innovation

Designer Cecilia Weckström, Experience and Innovation Director at LEGO, has revolutionized the way the Danish toymaker uses customer experience and consumer insights to co-create new toy lines. Cecilia is a leading expert on creativity, learning and child development. She lives in London, is originally from Helsinki, and bicycles wherever she can....

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Ilse Crawford: In the end, it’s all about life

Named one of Britain's 30 most influential women in the Harper's Bazaar power issue for "her knack for defining the way we want to live," Ilse Crawford is one of the biggest stars in the interior decorating world. As a designer, she not only predicts trends - she creates them. Ilse Crawford is the founder of Elle Decoration UK, was Vice President of Donna Karan Home and now runs her own design studio in London. She is also the designer behind the new look of the Grand Hotel restaurant in Stockholm....

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Mathias Osvath: Thinking Animals – The beautiful minds of apes and crows

The news spread around the world: apes plan for the future! Swedish cognitive scientist Mathias Osvath has led the study of primates at the Furuvik Zoo in Sweden. He believes that even apes have an inner world with pictures and feelings. Now he challenges us to discover new ways of thinking about both animal and human consciousness....

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Rosalind Picard: How technology can read your emotions – and those of your audience

One of the world's leading experts on artificial intelligence, Professor Rosalind Picard is the founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at MIT in Boston and co-director of the Things That Think consortium. Together with her students, she designs and develops sensors, algorithms and systems that recognize and respond to human affective information....

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Nils Mueller & Sven Tollmien: Media Technologies in 2020: 12 micro trends that will blow your mind

German TrendONE-researchers Nils Müller and Sven Tollmien take you on a safari into the future of technology. From their outpost in Hamburg and Berlin, TrendONE identify 300 worldwide microtrends every month to support creative thinking and innovation. You may think the future is unknown, but it already exists....

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Steve Preeg: The Curious Face of Benjamin Button: An Oscar-winning artist reveals the art of creating believable digital characters

Digital-effects wizard Steve Preeg was awarded with an Oscar this year for giving Brad Pitt an older face in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. As animator at Digital Domain, Steve Preeg works at the leading edge of computer-generated visual storytelling. That’s where reality and digitally-created worlds collide....

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Steven Berlin Johnson: Media and the Jungle: The new ecosystems of news

Dynamic writer and speaker Steven Johnson crafts captivating theories from an array of disciplines. His big-brained, multidisciplinary theories make him one of his generation's more intriguing thinkers. Following the twists and turns his own mind makes, he takes the reader on a journey as he connects seemingly disparate ideas: ants and cities, interface design and Victorian novels. He is the author of Everything Bad is Good for You and The Invention of Air....

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Jim Berk: Lights, Camera – and Social Action

Jim Berk is CEO of Participant Media, Hollywood's leading provider of entertainment designed to inspire social change. A lifelong commitment to entertainment, education, social change and business leadership has guided Jim Berk throughout his career. Participant Media has produced films such as The Kite Runner, An Inconvenient Truth, Darfur Now, and newly released The Visitor....

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June Cohen: New Technology, Ancient Instincts

June Cohen, Executive Producer of TED Media, is responsible for bringing the legendary TED Conference online. As a result, TED talks have been watched more than 50 million times worldwide, and have created a thoughtful new genre in online video. She has written books on the Web and was part of the editorial team that launched HotWired.com, the pioneering website from Wired Magazine in San Francisco....

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Kiran Desai: The Inheritance of Storytelling

Kiran Desai is an Indian author living in Brooklyn, New York. Her novel, "The Inheritance of Loss" won the 2006 Man Booker Prize. It has been translated into 40 languages. As might be expected from the rich input of her cultural background, Kiran Desai, daughter of author Anita Desai, is a born storyteller. Kiran Desai was a speaker at GRID08....

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Mattias Klum: Being There

Mattias Klum is a full time freelance photographer specializing in natural history and cultural subjects. His photographs have appeared in many publications worldwide, including National Geographic , Wildlife Conservation, GEO, and other magazines....

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Nova Spivack: The Semantic Web

Nova Spivack lives in San Francisco and is one of the leading voices of the emerging Semantic Web, often referred to as Web 3.0. As a grandson of management guru Peter F. Drucker, Nova shares his grandfather's interests in the evolution of knowledge work. In 1999, Nova Spivack flew to the edge of space with the Russian space agency....

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Pele Cortizo-Burgess: Change the way you work, change the way you think

Pele Cortizo-Burgess has a background in advertising and has worked for many of the most well-known consumer brands in the world. He started ITV Imagine one and a half years ago. Imagine investigates current culture and media platforms, creates television formats, and tries to find inspiring paths to creativity. ITV is the biggest commercial television network in the UK....

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Younghee Jung: Consumer Anthropology

Jung is a senior interaction designer at Nokia, based in London. She specializes in developing future product concepts by combining anthropology with design. Her passion is to learn and understand various cultures of humanity and make contributions to enrich them....

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GRID Moments: Highlights from GRID14

Take a look at the GRID moments and highlights from two jam-packed September days!...

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GRID Moments: Highlights from GRID13

Take a look at the GRID moments and highlights from two jam-packed September days!...

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Abraham Verghese: On Life and Death: Stories that matter

Abraham Verghese, an Ethiopian-born Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, has taken the world by storm with his two very different callings: physician and bestselling author. His novel Cutting for Stone is a gripping family saga of an immigrant surgeon which spans over three continents. It has been called "a masterpiece of traditional storytelling."...

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Ane Brun: Do You Remember

Starting out with just an acoustic guitar and a haunting voice, Norwegian musical artist Ane Brun has gained a huge following since her 2003 debut album, Making Time for Morgan. Whether accompanied by a string orchestra or rock band, singing her own songs or distinctive covers, the Stockholm-based music star attracts fans from all over the world. A climate awareness activist, in 2009 she organized the No More Lullabies concert to bring attention to the issue. At GRID, she sang mix of songs plucked from different points in her eventful career....

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Oscar Höglund: The Joy of Being Different

Oscar Höglund is the CEO and co-founder of Epidemic Sound, one of the largest and fastest growing production music libraries in the world. He also founded 5th Element, the digital part of Zodiak Media. One of the world’s largest independent media content groups, Zodiak produced the Stieg Larsson Millennium films in Swedish. Now he is one of four top names in the Swedish media industry who have joined together with Bonnier Growth Media to create the media company of the future....

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Jennifer Anderson: Pins, Posts and Going Viral

Jennifer Anderson of Bonnier Corp was one of the Bonnier 5-minute speakers at GRID12....

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Patricia Deyna: Eastern Promises

Patricia Deyna of Bonnier Business Press Polska was one of the Bonnier 5-minutes speakers at GRID12....

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Hannah Rahill: A Recipe for Connection, Creativity – and Happiness

Hannah Rahill of Weldon Owen was one of the Bonnier 5-minute speakers at GRID12....

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Mari Rasimus: Creativity

Each year at GRID we ask some of our colleagues from around the world of Bonnier to give a 5 minute talk at the conference, sharing their passion or story with us. Hear what Mari Rasimus of MTV wants to share about new ways of storytelling with creativity, innovations and courage....

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Margaret Gould Stewart: What the World is Watching and Why

Margaret Gould Stewart is one of the world’s leading experts in online user design. She has been the user experience director both at Google and YouTube. After leading the biggest redesign effort ever at YouTube, she was recruited by Facebook to become the Director of Product Design. Her task is to create the next generation of advertising experiences....

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Jacob Ward: Three Things That Will Change Our Lives

Jacob Ward, west coast bureau chief for Bonnier Corp’s Popular Science and Science Illustrated in the U.S., reveals the three biggest tech developments of the future....

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Anna Järvinen: Ruth

Shy, with hubris – that's Anna Järvinen in her own words. It would also be an adequate description of her songs. On the cover of her new, widely acclaimed album Anna själv tredje (Anna Herself the Third) she poses as the Virgin Mary, Mary's mother Anna, and Baby Jesus all at once. She lives in Stockholm, but her childhood in Finland lets Järvinen's lyrics run free in the open space between Finnish and Swedish. It seems this language teacher's fragile voice might break at any second, but the imprint it leaves is anything but modest....

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Marjaana Toiminen: My Story of Now

Marjaana Toiminen, CEO for Finnish magazine company Bonnier Publications Oy, gives away her biggest secret to save time in her five-minute talk at GRID13....

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Dame Evelyn Glennie: Good Vibrations

Dame Evelyn Glennie is a Scottish world-famous virtuoso percussionist and composer. Although she became deaf at age 12, music is her life. She has performed worldwide with the greatest conductors and orchestras, as well as with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Björk and Sting....

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Molly Ränge: My Story of Now

Molly Ränge, VP of Production and Process Innovation at kids app developer Toca Boca, gives a five-minute talk about the birth and explosion of the global mid-day disco-dance movement Lunch Beat....

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Jacek Utko: Designing Like Mozart

Jacek Utko is a TED speaker, award winning news and content designer, international consultant in print, web and apps as well as design director at Bonnier Business Press International in Poland. He shows how a newspaper is built like a piece of music – be it Mozart, the Beatles or Bobby McFerrin....

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Jeppe Wikström: A Day in the World

A Day in the World will be a massive snapshot of contemporary human life, and the largest single-day photographic project in history. No place, person, thing or act will be irrelevant when photographers in every corner of the world simultaneously pick up their cameras. The project's driving spirit is photographer and publisher Jeppe Wikström. His career began as a lucky mistake, when at the age of 14, he applied to be a reporter at the Bonnier paper Expressen, but was handed a camera instead....

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Daniel Oertel & Nina Åkerberg: Poetry Slam

Daniel Oertel, Editorial Director of Nonfiction Paperback, Ullstein Buchverlage and Nina Åkerberg, reporter at Dagens industri, were two of the Passionate People speaking at GRID09....

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Jill Sobule & Robert Gupta: Jamming with Jill and Robert

Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule and classical violinist Robert Gupta jam together for the GRID audience....

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Per Åström: Innovation

Each year at GRID we ask some of our colleagues from around the world of Bonnier to give a 5 minute talk at the conference, sharing their passion or story with us. Hear what Per Åström of TV4 wants to share about innovation and how to make technology and people work together....

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Hans Rosling: The World Is Becoming A Better Place

The world-renowned Swedish global health professor from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm captivated the audience at last year's GRID conference. Now he is back with more boundless energy, interactive graphs and even a casino wheel. With a new take on the world economy, which he calls Das Kapital 2.0, he challenges our understanding of social and economic development....

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