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TEDxMälaren - Brian Palmer - Living as an Idealist in an Unforgiving World

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Uploaded on Jul 12, 2010

Social anthropologist Brian Palmer is a guest lecturer at the Department of Theology of Uppsala University, and was formerly the Torgny Segerstedt Guest Professor at the University of Gothenburg. In 2002, he was voted Harvard University's best lecturer. He wrote a doctoral dissertation entitled 'Wolves at the Door: Existential Solidarity in a Globalizing Sweden'; and was co-author of the book, 'George W. Reinfeldt: Konsten att göra en politisk extreme makeover'; and was editor of 'Global Values 101′, a book based on his Harvard courses. Brian Palmer was a summer host (sommarpratare) on Swedish Radio in 2004.

TEDxMälaren (June 15, 2010) was organized by a bunch of quirky students from Singapore while on exchange in Sweden.

The name Mälaren comes from Lake Mälaren, the third largest lake in Sweden. Lake Mälaren meets the Baltic Sea on its eastern end to form 14 major islands, thus shaping Stockholm.

Just like Lake Mälaren that connects towns across Sweden, TEDxMälaren will connect topics in featuring a holistic perspective of inter-linked global issues through the audience, the organizers and speakers of diverse backgrounds, with different forms of media.

TEDxMälaren aims to reach beyond the Scandinavian seas and explore the influence of cultural, political and socio-economic diversity on the way we think, and ought to think for a better future.

About TEDx, x = independently organised event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.

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