Sept 4-5, 2017 Malmö, Sweden
The Conference


As always we want to explore who sets the agenda, what changes the playing field and how we all can shape society from now on.

Monday September 4, 2017

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Breakfast and registration

9:30 am - 10:45 am

Keynote - TBA

11:15 am - 12:15 pm


A look at the history and the now of how radical turns normal at an ever increasing speed.

The past year, fringe views have traveled into the mainstream with disrupting results in politics, media and society.

This session offers a look at the history and the now of how radical turns normal at an ever increasing speed. But also, how “art thinking” can be a tool for breaking long-lived norms and ultimately create a new normality. And what’s normal, anyway?


Jamie Bartlett - Writer

Jamie is author of the book Radicals which is an exploration of the individuals, groups and movements rejecting the way we live, and are attempting to find alternatives.

Amy Whitaker - Author & Professor, NYU

Amy will share her methods and mindset from her book called ”Art thinking” which is about inventing yet unimagined worlds to allow something to exist.

What You'll Learn

  • How radical thoughts and ideas become mainstream
  • How to be vigilant about noticing normalization and use it as a process for good
  • How to create a normal that does not yet exist
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12:15 pm - 1:30 pm


1:30 pm - 2:30 pm


An exploration of alternative systems and methods for building trust and communicating truth.

Borders between lies and fiction are being blurred and manipulated, challenging who and what we can trust.

In this session we’ll explore alternative systems and methods for building trust and communicating truth, if there is one.


Muneeb Ali - Co-founder Blockstack

Muneeb is a computer scientist with a mission to build a fairer internet. He is a co-founder of Blockstack, a new decentralized internet where users own and control their data.

More speakers to be announced.

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3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


How can we create resilient, humane and dynamic cities?

The city is becoming the home of 80 percent of our future global population. People move to cities to find jobs, shelter, opportunities and community. Urbanization shows no signs of slowing down, so how can we create resilient, humane and dynamic cities?

Speakers to be announced

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4:00 pm - 4:45 pm


4:45 pm - 6:00 pm


If we want to safeguard equity, democracy and rights in our cities, we must first ask ourselves, who owns the city?

In this keynote session Sociology Professor Saskia Sassen is going to talk about the city as a place where people without power can get to make a history, culture and economy. Cities are the greatest frontiers of our time and have outlived endless of other actors, institutions, nations and companies.

If we want to safeguard equity, democracy and rights in our cities, we must first ask ourselves, who owns the city?


Saskia Sassen - Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University

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Tuesday September 5, 2017

8:00 am - 9:30 am

Breakfast time!

9:30 am - 10:30 am

Keynote - TBA

11:00 am - 12:00 pm


How can we grow and create without taking a toll on global resources?

We need new thinking to tackle some of the world’s most acute challenges.

How can we grow and create without taking a toll on global resources, and challenge the status quo in production, economics and design?


Chris Grantham - Portfolio Director, IDEO

Chris will share his perspective on the journey we are on - from a linear economy and mindset to an economy rich in circular flows of resources and a different way of thinking about the prosperity we want the economy to serve.

Ingrid Zeegers - Program Director, Circulair Friesland

Ingrid is going to share her insights and learnings from the Circulair Friesland project, a Dutch province that aims to develop towards a true circular economy.

May Al-Karooni - Founder,

May will share her journey on starting Globechain, a reuse platform that lets the waste from big companies be used by charities and smaller enterprisers, which last year prevented 1,000,000 kilos of waste from ending up in landfills.

What You'll Learn

  • Become more systems aware and gain a radical new perspective for innovation
  • One person’s waste is another person’s asset
  • How to create value with a circular economy
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12:00 pm - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 2:45 pm


Are our identities changing faster today than before?

When constantly exposed to new ideas our identities change faster today than before, challenging century-old cultural value sets in some parts of the world.

At the same time our life on the web exposes intimate details about ourselves and what we really think. How can we truly own our online identities?


Yousef Tuqan - VP of Brand Marketing & Loyalty, Jumeirah Group

Yousef will uncover what the new tribes of Arabia look like, and how the digital generation in the region is shaping their identity, their creative expression, and their future.

More speakers to be announced

What You'll Learn

  • How the digital generation in the Arab region is shaping their identity and future
  • How your psychological traits can be predicted from your online behavior
  • How we can not only understand our online personas but have control over them
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2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


Not until more people understand - AI can be inclusive.

Many things in our daily lives are decided by algorithms. And at the same time, some of the things that we believe are run by algorithms, are in fact not.

To make sure that the development and implementation of A.I. happens in a responsible way and caters to the society as a whole - more people’s perspectives are needed. In this session, the speakers raise awareness of how A.I. can judge us and how algorithmic thinking works, so that more of us can see where and how to make use of it.


Stephanie Dinkins - Artist, Stony Brook University

Stephanie will discuss artificial intelligence as it relates to social equity and explore how AI and big data impact our daily lives and future histories.

Sebastian Schmieg - Artist

Sebastian will explore the precarity of digital labor and the amalgamation of humans and software by looking at the hidden manual labor behind so-called artificial intelligence.

What You'll Learn

  • Artificial Intelligence is a necessary 21st-century competency
  • Be vigilant for, and work to correct, systemic injustices within your own lives and practices, whatever they may be.
  • Sometimes AI are more human than you think
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3:45 pm - 4:30 pm


4:30 pm - 5:00 pm


An exploration of music, code and vizualisations.

How does music really work? What does music look like? And how can you visualize something non-visual?

In this session, Alexander Chen, Creative Director at Google Creative Lab, will explore these questions through sharing projects that combine the areas of coding, graphic design, physics, and machine learning, together with music.

What You'll Learn

  • Different ways to understand how music works
  • Different ways to visualize music
  • Different ways machine learning can be combined with music
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5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


A tour through trends and opportunities in the creative fields of artificial intelligence.

In the closing keynote of The Conference 2017, artist and programmer Gene Kogan will take you on a tour through trends and opportunities in the creative fields of AI.

He will also provide an overview of educational materials and resources for creative professionals to apply machine learning within their practice.


Gene Kogan - Artist & programmer


What You'll Learn

  • The impacts on technology, culture, and art made by recent advances in machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Opportunities created by these new technologies for creatives
  • An overview of educational materials for people interested in applying machine learning within their practice
Speaking: Gene Kogan
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