GRID17 Out of the Box

Wolfgang Blau

Wolfgang Blau

Wolfgang Blau is President of Condé Nast International which publishes world-leading brands such as VogueVanity FairWired, GQ, Architectural Digest, Glamour and Condé Nast Traveller and in 11 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

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Jonas Bonnier

Jonas Bonnier

Jonas Bonnier, a novelist and screenwriter, returns to GRID with an unlikely management study: The Helicopter Heist. A cash service depot is robbed in Stockholm in a spectacular heist. Four brazen burglars use a stolen helicopter to rob an impregnable depot of USD 5 million in cash. Through countless interviews with the robbers, Jonas Bonnier finds a start-up case with people daring to think big and planning for the unexpected. More about Jonas Bonnier

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Brené Brown

Brené Brown

Brené Brown’s research, best-selling books and lectures on courage, vulnerability and shame have inspired millions. Her TED talk on vulnerability is among the top five most-viewed TED talks ever, with over 30 million viewers. A research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, three of her books have been New York Times No. 1 bestsellers. More about Brené Brown

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Sarah Frank

Sarah Frank

Sarah Frank is editor of NowThis, one of the top news video publishers on Facebook. She leads a team of producers making short-form news content for every major social media platform: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube and more. Previously, she served as head of video for New York Magazine and before that she was a multi-media producer for Newsweek. More about Sarah Frank

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Marianne Furevold

Marianne Furevold

Marianne Furevold is a producer for the sensational TV series Skam (Shame). The Norwegian teen-centric show has taken the TV business by storm, cleverly operating across storytelling platforms with characters posting and interacting in real-time on Facebook and Instagram. Known for portraying teen culture honestly, Skam faces head on such complicated issues as sexuality and sexual assault, drugs, drinking and religion. More about Marianne Furevold

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Laura Galante

Laura Galante

Laura Galante analyzes how states use cyberspace, or more precisely, our information space. A domain where the military, intelligence services, criminal groups and individuals actively pursue their own interests – but with far fewer restraints than in the physical world. A leading voice on information operations and intelligence analysis, she assists governments and corporations and frequently provides commentary for CNN, NPR and the BBC. More about Laura Galante

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Maggie Haberman

Maggie Haberman

Maggie Haberman of the New York Times may be the journalist President Trump respects – and fears – more than any other covering the White House. Regarded by many as the greatest political reporter today, her expertise isn’t just Trump – it’s the Donald Trump psyche. As insiders say: If you want to know what Donald Trump really thinks, read Maggie Haberman. Dagens Nyheter’s Editor-in-Chief Peter Wolodarski interviews her live on Skype. More about Maggie Haberman

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Cory Haik

Cory Haik

Cory Haik is Publisher at Mic, the news and media company for millennials, with 30 million visitors each month. She has shared three Pulitzers as a print journalist, now she is shaking things with cutting-edge storytelling and emerging platforms. Before Mic, she led innovative initiatives at the Washington Post, were she was executive director for emerging news products. Now she wants Mic to become the New York Times for millennials. More about Cory Haik

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Johnny Harris

Johnny Harris

Johnny Harris, senior video producer at Vox, is a story chaser who knows the success of Vox’s video aesthetic and journalistic philosophy inside out. With a style that combines motion graphics with cinematic videography to create content that explains complex issues in relatable way, Harris is currently working on a Vox series called Borders, crowdsourcing story ideas and publishing dispatches in real time. More about Johnny Harris

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Anita Kåss

Anita Kåss

Anita Kåss, a Norwegian-Indian physician and researcher, had to fight for her ideas against the conventional wisdom of the medical community. When a Japanese pharmaceutical company paid USD 95 million to license her research on rheumatoid arthritis and autoimmune diseases – with potential for billions in revenue and the biggest medical license deal ever in Norway – her peers finally recognized her thinking. But her driving force was not the money, it was much more personal. More about Anita Kåss

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Loretta Napoleoni

Loretta Napoleoni

Loretta Napoleoni has been driven by the question of what makes someone become a terrorist, after a childhood friend was recruited by the radical Red Brigades paramilitary organization in Italy. An economist, journalist and author, she is well-known for her interviews with terrorists and an expert on terrorist financing and money laundering, advising governments and international organizations on counterterrorism. More about Loretta Napoleoni

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Esther Perel

Esther Perel

Esther Perel is one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. The New York Times named her the most important game changer on sexuality and relationships since Dr. Ruth. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, and fluent in nine languages, she holds a therapy practice in New York City. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 18 million views and her bestseller Mating in Captivity became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages. Esther is also the host of the popular relationship podcast "Where Should We Begin?" More about Esther Perel

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Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Anna Rosling Rönnlund

Anna Rosling Rönnlund is one of the co-founders of the Gapminder Foundation along with her legendary statistician father-in-law, the late Hans Rosling. A user-interface designer, her personal mission is to make it easy for anyone to understand the world visually. With the Dollar Street project, she uses photos as big data to illustrate the living conditions for families around the globe. More about Anna Rosling Rönnlund

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Amaury Triaud

Amaury Triaud

Amaury Triaud is a senior researcher at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Birmingham in England and a member of the team who excited the world with its discovery of a solar system a mere 39 light years from earth. With seven earth-sized planets orbiting a nearby star called Trappist-1, the discovery raises hopes that the hunt for life beyond our solar system can start sooner than expected. A search that will be all the more intense as the next generation of telescopes is due to switch on in the next decade. More about Amaury Triaud

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Maximilien Van Aertryck

Maximilien Van Aertryck

Maximilien Van Aertryck, a French-German film director based in Sweden, had an unexpected hit when the short documentary Ten Meter Tower went viral, including a featured spot on the New York Times webpage. It’s a fascinating psychological study in fear, courage and what it means to be human. What happens when we have to make a choice: jump into the unknown or climb back down? More about Maximilien Van Aertryck

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Åsa Wikforss

Åsa Wikforss

Åsa Wikforss is a professor of theoretical philosophy at Stockholm University and a specialist on different aspects of truth and the nature of belief. She lectures and frequently comments on the subject and her book Alternativa fakta (alternative facts) is due out in September. She is leading the GRID workshop on The Failing Truth, which she developed in cooperation with the GRID team. More about Åsa Wikforss

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Sophia Yeres

Sophia Yeres

Sophia Yeres is a senior UX researcher and strategist at Elephant, an experience design company that works at the intersection of the digital and physical worlds. The World Economic Forum has recognized her as a Global Shaper. Yeres specializes in research and intelligence to help companies design for user needs. As we move from a world of screens to a world of voice, she believes that we face a new set of risks. That the mind will be quantified in ways that intensify personalization, reduce choice, and threaten discovery. More about Sophia Yeres

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Sherihan “Cherrie” Hersi

Sherihan Cherrie Hersi

Sherihan “Cherrie” Hersi is a Swedish-Somalian R&B artist who grew up in Finland and lives in the gritty Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby. One of the most celebrated artists in the country this year, she won a Swedish Grammy award for hiphop/soul, and her new album was nominated for Album of the Year. Her music is marked by strong feelings, sadness – and also hope. More about Sherihan “Cherrie” Hersi