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Forgotten Danish philosopher K E. Løgstrup   


Very little attention has been paid to Danish philosopher Knud Ejler Løgstrup in the English-speaking word until recently. His philosophical interests focused on three strains in particular: ethics, phenomenology, and theological philosophy. He studied theology at the University of Copenhagen from 1923 until 1930, though was inclined towards the philosophical aspects of the subject. He […]

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The rise of toxic politics: can we be civil?   


A recording of a debate at the Battle of Ideas festival on Sunday 3 November 2019.

The angry exchanges in parliament after the Supreme Court ruled against prorogation were typical of the ill-tempered discourse around Brexit. This year it was also deemed acceptable to ‘milkshake’ those you disagree with. Looking at a world seemingly filled with slurs, angry social-media comments, inflammatory remarks about migrants and nasty jibes about ‘gammons’ and ‘TERFs’, many commentators have called this an age of ‘toxic politics’. Should we lament a lost civility, or is the emergence of more forthright and angry disagreements in fact a good thing? What is the line between passionate disagreement and toxic bile? How can we fi nd ways to disagree with other people constructively?

associate fellow, Academy of Ideas; co- founder, Manifesto Club; author, That Existential Leap: a crime story

journalist, writer and broadcaster; presenter, Radio 4’s FutureProofi ng and How to Disagree: a beginner’s guide to having better arguments

professor of Holocaust Studies, Emory University, Atlanta; author, Antisemitism: here and now

executive director, Justitia, a Copenhagen based human-rights think tank; host and narrator, Clear and Present Danger: a history of free speech podcast

professor of educational entrepreneurship and policy, University of Buckingham; author, The Beautiful Tree

co-convenor, Battle of Ideas festival; convenor, Living Freedom


Stories of War and Peace with David Sanchez - Aired 1-21-17   


Stories of War and Peace with David Sanchez - 1-21-17 - Mind Body Spirit Living

As we head into the new year of 2017, we face the challenge of a country divided by contentious elections on the local, state and national level.  Though the United States has faced times of internal challenge throughout its history, each generation faces it with belief in the hope for unity.  For guidance, we can look to other countries that have come through times of national conflict and even war, with a plan for resolution and peace that respects the voices of all those deeply invested in the conflict.

What can we learn from how other countries have come through times of war, to create an environment of peace and respect?  This week we speak with a guest who has traveled the world speaking with some of the key voices of peacemaking in war-torn countries like Bosnia, Israel, and Africa.  How can we have a mindset of cooperation and a perspective of peace as we work to heal the country for all?

David Sanchez graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science. At Vanderbilt, David was an Ingram Scholar and was named a 2014 Michael B. Keegan Traveling Fellow. The goal of the fellowship is to develop future leaders through world travel and experiential learning. Graduating seniors awarded the fellowship have the opportunity to pursue an idea or an issue they are passionate about in the context of daily life in communities around the world. David developed an interest in conflict resolution while studying in Copenhagen, Denmark, and trips to Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Germany. The focus of his fellowship year was to travel to 18 communities on six continents for a project, “The Peace-Conflict Continuum: Investigating the Origins of Conflict and Identifying Best Practices for Promoting Harmony.” His goal was to examine why some countries embrace multiculturalism while others see it as a source of conflict. He seeks to understand what factors are influential in inciting conflict, where the tipping point is and what mechanisms could be implemented to defuse ethnic and religious tensions. He is especially interested in the role of governments in adopting preventive measures to reduce clashes and foster harmony between groups.

David currently works at Google in Mountain View, California.



Europa League: Nuno “proud” as Wolves bow out; Bruno sends United into last four; Castro’s Shakhtar march on   


Nuno Espírito Santo’s Wolverhampton Wanderers were knocked out of the Europa League on Tuesday, as the final four in the competition was decided in Germany.

A defensive Wolves side went down to a late goal and a 1-0 defeat to Sevilla, but there was better news for Bruno Fernandes of Manchester United and Shakhtar Donetsk coach Luis Castro who both secured places in the semi-finals.

Elimination for Wolves against Spaniards Sevilla in Duisburg not only ended their season, but also meant Nuno’s side will not play in European competition next year. Having finished 7th in the English top flight, direct entry into the Champions League through winning the Europa League was Wolves’ only chance of qualifying for continental competition next year.

Rui Patrício, Rúben Vinagre, Rúben  Neves and João Moutinho all started for Wolves, who had just 25% possession in a showing clearly reliant on the counter attack. One such break afforded the English side their best chance of the match on 12 minutes when Neves played a short pass to Adama Traore, who carried possession from inside his own half to the penalty area where he was brought down by Diego Carlos. Former Benfica striker Raul Jimenez stepped up to take the spot kick, but saw his effort saved by Yassine Bounou.

Nuno "proud" despite late heartbreak

Despite seeing so little of the ball, Wolves appeared set to take the tie to extra time having replenished the side late on in the game with the introductions of Diogo Jota and Pedro Neto. However, a quickly-taken corner found its way to the experienced Ever Banega and the experienced Argentine produced a dangerous delivery into the box to Lucas Ocampos to glance a head past Patrício for an 88th-minute winner.

“Frustration,” Nuno said after the match. “In the last minute, something that happened to us too many times, it required focus on a set-piece. But I’m proud of the boys, they played a tough team and we were organised. Small details, small margins, it’s all about that, but that happens in football. But we came this far, now it’s over, let’s rest and look for the future.

“Encroachment on Jimenez’s penalty? I didn’t see the images. But if you tell me that, then VAR shouldn’t have allowed it, but I didn’t see the images so I couldn’t give a fair opinion on it. But now we cannot do anything about it. It’s one more detail that will make us even more sad than we are.

“It’s a small squad and we must be really proud, but now we need to make good decisions so we cannot make mistakes like we did before. We need more players that can help us.”

“Of course, everybody, everybody [has enjoyed it]. A word back to our fans back in Wolverhampton; we miss them, everything could be different with their presence. This is a moment that we should, but the pandemic didn’t allow us to be together, but for sure, the future is bright for us.”

Fernandes penalty sees United through

Sevilla, coached by former Porto boss Julen Lopetegui, will play Manchester United next Sunday in Cologne. The Red Devils were again far from convincing in an extra-time 1-0 win over Copenhagen of Denmark, as their fatigued performance level noticeable during the closing weeks of the Premier League season was again evident at the RheinEnergieStadion.

Bruno Fernandes scored a crucial penalty in United’s last outing against Leicester to seal a top four place in the league, and the winter arrival from Sporting repeated the feat in extra time after Anthony Martial was fouled. Fernandes dispensed with his now familiar jump in the run-up, but nevertheless beat Copenhagen’s impressive goalkeeper Karl-Johan Johnsson.

After the match, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer commented on Bruno Fernandes’ penalty approach after yet another successful dispatch. “He knows that keepers will wait for him to do the jump. He practises both of them and he practises both sides. He’s got them sorted better that I did.”

Some nice post-match footage recorded as the players made their way from the field consisted of a light-hearted conversation between Fernandes, Solskjaer and Copenhagen’s Portuguese-born midfielder Zeca. During the exchange, Zeca congratulated Solskjaer on his work at United, while the manager joked that Fernandes had given away possession often and Zeca confessed his Sporting allegiances.

Shakhtar beat Basel to set up Inter showdown

The other half of the semi-final draw sees Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, led by Portuguese Luis Castro, set to meet Internazionale of Italy next Monday. Inter edged past Germans Bayer Leverkusen, while Shakhtar produced another impressive display to hammer Basel 4-1 with all four goals scored by Brazilians.

Castro’s side took the lead inside two minutes when Junior Morais headed them in front, and Taison doubled the advantage with the aid of a deflection twenty minutes later. Shakhtar continued to overwhelm their opponents in a fantastic first-half display, but had to wait until late on for their clinching goals as Alan Patrick scored from the spot after Taison was fouled and Dodo put a shine on the win.

"We played fantastically against a very difficult team,” Castro said. “We prepared a lot and the semi-final was our aim. We had some fantastic moments. What of Inter now? Just a great, strong team, very well organized. And we know very well that they are contenders for the Europa League title, just like we are.”

By Sean Gillen

@Sean Gillen9


Byens lyd   


Byens lyd: En udarbejdelse af et it-didaktisk design med fokus på medskabende elementer til Arbejdermuseet

Simon Emil Thornval, Casper Mellergård

It, læring og organisatorisk omstilling (, (Kandidatuddannelse) 4. semester, 2014

Studenteropgave: Speciale (inkl. HD afgangsprojekt)

  • Simon Emil Thornval
  • Casper Mellergård
4. semester, It, læring og organisatorisk omstilling ( (Kandidatuddannelse)

The sound of the city - a introduction of an ICT-based educational design with a focus on co-creative elements created for the Arbejdermuseet

In this thesis we have developed an ICT-based frame that can be used to support educational aspects Nørrebro’s local history in a collaboration with the Arbejdermuseet in Copenhagen.

To establish this didactic frame we used the research methodology Design Based Research. This iterative development model was made to both develop and re-develop learning designs.

This model operates between the fields of theory and practice. In applying this model, you have you work both theoretically and pragmatically in the development process. Therefore through the iterative processes you create a educational fundamental that is primarily based on a theoretical basis but with the support of a pragmatic perspective.

We began by conducting detailed domain knowledge analysis, where we examined the influence of society on museum communication. Here we found that museums are forced to innovate to generate interest among audiences if they are to retain a degree of relevance in the future. Furthermore, we discovered that audiences today are looking to be participatory and co-creative in their interaction.

Since our didactic design is targeted students from 7th to 10th grade in the Danish primary school system, we made a study of this group. It was interesting to note that the group actually had doubts about what they believe museums have to offer. On the one hand, they need to be innovative and to be at the same level as their audience. On the other hand, they still have to maintain their authenticity.

Workin in collaboration with the Arbejdermuseet we agreed on the use of audioguides as the mediated design and we also found that the overall title should be ‘Resistance at Nørrebro’.
‘Resistance at Nørrebro’ is based on five different spots around the suburb of Nørrebro with each spot representing an event that has characterized Danish history through time.

In venturing around the city the students will use their smartphones as a location-based guides which will inform about the respective events. These events will be told through the use of several different modalities and semiotic resources.

The audioguide is designed to inform students when they are in a spot where there is another digital layer to approach. This allows students to have their phone in their pocket and thus keep their focus on the city.

After ​​walking through the city the student will meet at the Arbejdermuseet. Here the focus will be on the dialogue among students. This dialogue will be facilitated by the museum’s schools service. The primary goal of this is to ensure students understand, that they a are part of the history and that history is made every day.

In the summer of 2014 the Danish government will implement the new Danish school reform. In this reform there will be a focus on a collaboration between the schools and museums. This collaboration aims to provide more differentiated and diverse lectures for the pupils.

In this study we have demonstrated a potential for museums as the students today are digital natives. We have found that this approach could give the museums a new relevance in the constantly changing digital world.

Udgivelsesdato2 jun. 2014
Antal sider972
Ekstern samarbejdspartnerArbejdermuseet
Leder af skoletjenesten Linda Nørgaard


Cafe Venligbo - Containing Kindness   


Cafe Venligbo - Containing Kindness: An investigation of the interactions at the double setting of Cafe Venligbo

Nicoline Kjemtrup Nielsen, Mette Melchjorsen

Global Refugee Studies, Kandidat, (Kandidatuddannelse) 4. semester, 2015

Studenteropgave: Speciale (inkl. HD afgangsprojekt)

  • Nicoline Kjemtrup Nielsen
  • Mette Melchjorsen
4. semester, Global Refugee Studies, Kandidat (Kandidatuddannelse)
The circumstances for refugees in Denmark is being made harder and harder based on a political
attempt to limit the number of refugees entering the country, as well as making them leave again as
fast as possible. Nevertheless, there are more refugees than ever in Denmark who are living amongst
the Danes in the welfare society. Although the political line is strict, or maybe because of it, civil society
has taken upon it to welcome the refugees in Denmark, helping them integrating and finding a place in
the Danish society. The Venligboer movement is one such civil society initiative, which has taken upon
it to welcome refugees. It is mainly a Facebook phenomenon, but for three months in the summer of
2015 it also had a physical location in Copenhagen called Cafe Venligbo. This was a small, temporary,
outdoor park cafe driven solely by volunteers of Danish and refugee background. Its goal was to make
Danes and refugees meet through kindness and cheap coffee.
This thesis is an investigation of how the meeting between Danes and refugees unfolded, what effects
it had on the individuals involved and how these effects might have spread to the broader Danish
society. It is based on a month long fieldwork at Cafe Venligbo as well as observations and examples
from the several Venligboer Facebook groups.
It will shed light on:
 How the meeting between Dane and refugee is affected by the two parties being precategorized
as such,
 What it means that a specific space has been created for this meeting to take place, and
 Whether some of the outcomes of the meeting can be taken out of Cafe Venligbo and what that
means for Danish society.
Throughout the thesis Erving Goffman’s theories on impression management will be used to analyze
the empirical data. Goffman operates with everyday interactions between people, taking place in
small-scale settings and is therefore appropriate to shed light on what happens at the cafe and on
Facebook. Before looking at these interactions, we will define the refugee and Dane as understood
from a Danish perspective. There will be put emphasis on how the role of being Dane or refugee
influences the actions of both parties, at the cafe and in the Facebook community respectively. The
findings will show that their roles can at times be actively used and at other times be dictating to their
actions. Furthermore, it will be discussed what is means to be a Venligboer and how this role affects
the Danishness and the “refugeeness” of the people involved. Lastly, there will be a discussion about
whether or not the outcomes of the Venligbo initiative can be used in a broader perspective of the
Danish society.
Udgivelsesdato17 dec. 2015
Antal sider88


Master thesis   


Master thesis: Light interventions in disadvantages areas of Copenhagen

Agata Magda Terpinska

Lysdesign, (Kandidatuddannelse) 4. semester, 2020

Studenteropgave: Speciale (inkl. HD afgangsprojekt)

  • Agata Magda Terpinska
4. semester, Lysdesign (Kandidatuddannelse)
Disadvantaged areas in Copenhagen are characterised by social and physical challenges, greater than those found in the rest of the city. The areas seen as unsafe and unattractive decrease life satisfaction of their residents and drive away potential visitors. Urban regeneration purpose to increase the growth while decrease social isolation of the collapsing areas in the city. This study aims to determine how can a light intervention in disadvantaged areas of Copenhagen help in urban regeneration and strengthen sense of community identity. By developing this work, the intention has been to create a design approach that can be used in deprived areas to add a new layer of lighting to the nocturnal urban scenario. The research is followed by design development where engaging participants in the process is determined as a key element in the generation of project for communities. The involvement and social connectedness is triggered by providing a multi-user, interactive and playful design. Behind a success of this project stand willingness to participate but more importantly eagerness to share own image for a public display. The test conducted revealed a relation between the interest in urban project and willingness to share private image demonstrating no relation between this eagerness and its public availability online. The design, based on the findings in focus area can be implemented with adjustments in its elements in other locations. The design proposal consists of a platform for a photos upload, furtherly filtered and a physical interactive installation in the space. They form two visual suppor- ting the engagement in the distinctive manner. Due to a country lockdown caused by global pandemia of COVID-19 therefore University’s restrictions it was not possible to develop a project fully tested and experimen- ted with and as a result provides a design based on the theoretical knowledge.
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2020
Antal sider61


Canadian Youth Delegation daily podcast from COP16-#2   


November 30, 2010

In our second podcast, we'll be hearing from youth about their experiences as new delegates inside the conference centre, climate change impacts that they are experiencing in their communities, and a very special award from the international community that the Canadian Youth Delegation accepted on behalf of the Canadian Government.


Shaping up basic research for translation to market   


Shaping up basic research for translation to market Anonymous 03 Dec 2015

The thousands of researchers around the world working on blood stem cells (haematopoietic stem cells) are hampered by the fact that these cells are in very short supply. Now, a Portuguese start-up, StemCell2MAX, partially funded by the European Research Council (ERC), has come up with a proprietary technology for multiplying blood stem cells in the lab without them losing their ‘stemness’ and differentiating into other types of blood cell. The company is looking for partners to help with the development of clinical applications.

Last month, Maria Brandão de Vasconcelos, the CEO and co-founder was given three minutes to explain to a panel of 11 judges from eight countries why of 30 competing teams, her company is the most investible. StemCell2MAX walked away with the award.

Receiving the Horizon 2020 –Invest Horizon Global Investor Summit ‘Most Investible Company’ prize, Filipa Matos Baptista, Chief Marketing Officer and co-founder of StemCell2MAX said, coming on top of the existing scientific and research market recognition, “This prize demonstrate that investors also believe in the potential of our company and StemCell2MAX technology.”

A second prize, ‘company to watch’ went to FabliTec, another start-up built around an ERC-funded project. The TU Munich spin-off is a specialist in 3D scanning technology.   

The Winter University

The awards were made at the First Global Summit on Venture Finance and Innovation in Science, Space, Technology and the Creative Industries, held in Copenhagen last month. Here, nine ERC proof of concept grant winners joined approximately 30 start-ups from the European Space Agency and other organisations, for three days of entrepreneurship training and networking.

The three day summit, also known as the Winter University and organised in part by the European Business Angel Network (EBAN) started with a first day dedicated to intensive coaching of participating entrepreneurs, followed by the pitching competition.

The summit brought together more than 250 investors and 500 entrepreneurs in the Royal Academy of the Arts and Design in Copenhagen.

The ERC at the 2015 Winter University

ERC representatives taking part in the event were Klaus Bock, member of the ERC Scientific Council, Sierd Cloetingh, Vice-President of the ERC Scientific Council and Jens Rostrup-Nielsen, former ERC member. They joined the nine ERC proof of concept winners for the final two days, to share their knowledge and experience on the difficulties of commercialising scientific research.

The other ventures supported by proof of concept grants attending the Winter University were BrainGene from Lund University; PARQUEY from ETH Zurich; Theralight from ICREA in Barcelona, Optics 11 from University Amsterdam; BlueSense Diagnostics from the Technical University of Denmark; Silversky 3D from the University of Cyprus; LUMICKS from Amsterdam University; and Scan to Print from University College Dublin.

From lab to market

Since the ERC was established in 2007 with a brief to support excellent basic research, ERC grantees have had a number of notable successes. In 2014 Artur Avila and Martin Hairer were awarded the Fields Medal, the most prestigious mathematics prize in the world. The same year, Jean Tirole, who was awarded ERC funding in 2009, won the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his analysis of market power and regulation.

Also in 2014, the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine was awarded to the husband and wife team Edvard and May-Britt Moser, who between them have been awarded three ERC grants, with the first one going back to 2008.

Another ERC-funded Nobellist is Konstantin Novoselov, who discovered graphene in 2007, work for which he won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2010, with his colleague Andre Geim. 

Graphene is a basic science discovery, but the wonder material – it is weight for weight 100 times stronger than steel and a good conductor of heat and light - has many potential uses. Novoselov and Geim’s studies provided the inspiration for the EU’s €1 billion Graphene Flagship research project, which was launched in 2013 to develop applications for graphene. The project currently involves 142 academic and industrial groups in 23 countries.

Similarly, the science underpinning StemCell2MAX involved building an understanding the intricacies of the signalling molecules that prompt blood stem cells to make daughter cells. This was then translated into a reproducible, proprietary technology that is now available as a commercial product.

There are many other potential commercial gems to be found in the basic research done by ERC grantees.

Proof of Concept

To give researchers the opportunity to explore potential applications and bridge the gap between a piece of academic research and the first stages of commercialisation, the ERC created the proof of concept grant. The 18-month €150,000 grant supports technical validation, market research, clarifying the intellectual property strategy and investigating business opportunities.

There are currently around 300 proof of concept grants running. These cover a very broad range of activities including gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease; graphics and 3D visualisations; portable blood testing technology; and technology for finding parking spaces in cities.

While all the proof of concept grant holders have extensive experience in the lab, not all have business experience, as Rostrup-Nielsen noted. Given this, the international business angels gathered at the Winter University provided the right mixture of mentoring and coaching for projects that are not yet shaped up for venture capital investment.

In acknowledgement of ERC’s attempts to promote the translation of the basic research it funds towards market, EBAN presented its first-ever prize for ‘Innovation in Science Venture Finance’ to the ERC.


Special Sauce: René Redzepi on Opening Noma at 25 [1/2]   


It was a thrill to sit across the table from René Redzepi to record this episode of Special Sauce. The pioneering chef-restaurateur is the force behind Copenhagen's Noma, which has been declared the best restaurant in the world no fewer than four times. As you might easily imagine, our conversation was far-reaching and revealing.

Redzepi and I started off by talking about his new book The Noma Guide to Fermentation, co-authored by Noma's fermentation lab director David Zilber. Fermentation, he told me, is "basically adult Legos you play with. And then as we started fermenting, it was like two basketfuls of them and it's up to us as cooks to figure out how to build with them and what goes what, where, and how. And once you figure that out, cooking becomes easier and more delicious." René is a true believer in experimenting with fermentation, and recommends home cooks give it a shot. He told me that he thinks once people "discover and figure out how to use fermented products in their daily lives, [their experience] cooking will be better and easier."

Our conversation transitioned from fermentation to Redzepi's childhood, which was partially spent in Macedonia. "It was a very rural lifestyle," he explained. "If you wanted to visit a neighbor, you went on a horse....No refrigerators at home, every single meal was cooked. They were farmers, they worked the land. If you wanted a glass of milk, you milked the cow. If you wanted butter, you had to churn the cream." Redzepi said his extremely modest childhood helped fuel his passion, adding that "the reason why I have had the drive that I have is because when you grow up with nothing, and even going hungry to bed often as a child, this urge to make it was just a really, really powerful urge I had when we first started. I wanted to make it no matter what."

How did that drive propel him to open Noma 15 years ago, at the tender age of 25? And why did he close up shop at the height of the restaurant's acclaim? To get the answers to those two intriguing questions I'm afraid you'll have to tune into this week's Special Sauce. You'll be glad you did. I promise.


The full transcript for this episode can be found over here at Serious Eats:


Special Sauce: René Redzepi on Apprenticeships, El Bulli, and Being a Better Leader [2/2]   


In this week's Special Sauce interview with René Redzepi, he describes his journey from being a 15-year-old novice cook to culinary visionary, which started when he was an apprentice at Pierre André, a Michelin-starred, classic French restaurant in Copenhagen. "I spent four years with [chef-owner Philippe Houdet], and it was an incredible time," Redzepi says. "I mean, I basically went from being a child to being an adult like overnight. Just like that you're working 85 hour weeks and with responsibilities."

Those four years were incredibly important to Redzepi. "I still think of him so much, when I think back to these moments that make you, and that give you the courage and the power to believe in yourself further on."

But what really blew Redzepi's mind as a young cook was a meal at El Bulli. "I was with a friend and Ferran [Adria] was there, we ate and it was just mind blowing to me at the time," he recalls. "So different to anything. I thought everything was French food and suddenly you see yourself in Spain and it's like, I cannot believe what's going on here. What is this? It broke everything for me. So I went up to Ferran immediately after the meal and said, "I want to work here. Can I come and work here?" And, after writing Adria a letter, he did.

Following a stint at the French Laundry Redzepi returned to Copenhagen and opened the original Noma in 2003. He believes that Noma's location has played an important role in its development. "One of the reasons why I think Noma's become what we are is we were lucky to be in a small town where nothing was really happening," he says. "We were the last stop on the subway, culinary wise, and suddenly all this attention started happening and everybody sort of chipped in...the community sort of embraced it."

Redzepi is candid about the fact that the restaurant's original success was not due to his leadership skills. "I spent years being an outrageously bad leader," he confesses. "I was a screamer for many years, I was. I just didn't know how to handle things. You become so thin-skinned that the smallest problems become disasters and then at a certain point you're like, 'What am I doing? You go into work and you're not even happy...You go to work and you're angry. What's the point?'"

Redzepi says that finding a way to become happier in his work played a crucial role in both his and Noma's development, but to find out just how he managed to do that, I'm afraid you're going to have to listen to this week's episode of Special Sauce.


The full transcript for this episode can be found over here at Serious Eats:


Mugabe cheered at Copenhagen   


Carbon trading is go?

Our leaders!Our leaders!

Gordon Brown struts upon the stage at Carbonopenhagen with the delusional hope of leaving his legacy as a world statesman who helped save the world, twice. Hugo Chavaz gets a standing ovation, Robert Mugabe is cheered whilst Viscount Monckton is knocked unconscious by a Danish policeman, see Anthony Watts.

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Paying not drowning   


Lifting people out of poverty?

Drowning? Drowning?
As any comedian will tell you it's 'all about timing', the quality of the material matters less than the delivery. Well isn't that just like Copenhagen? With immaculate timing snow fell on Copenhagen and the warmists' big party. So while the weather is miserable and the low quality of the scientific data is disregarded, more money than is wise was wasted on this freak show and to hell with the aftermath.

You may think the money side of it is not important, wrong. Who is going to pay for this 'initiative'? Prince Charles says we only have seven years to save the planet. Where does he get that number, where's the proof? But then, as climate scientists make it up as they go along I suppose the heir to the throne might as well do the same. But the money side of it is serious.

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Boix-Fuster, Emili (ed.) (2015). Urban diversities and language in medium-sized linguistic communities /   


De l'article: "L'obra explora les polítiques lingüístiques implementades en diferents àrees urbanes, totes caracteritzades per un consistent grau de multilingüisme. De fet, el volum analitza la configuració sociolingüística de les ciutats europees següents: Brussel·les, Vigo, Hèlsinki, Tallinn, València, Barcelona i Copenhagen". En el sisè capítol Miquel Nicolàs Amorós i Francesc Jesús Hernández Dobon analitzen el cas de València, i en el setè Emili Boix estudia la ciutat de Barcelona.


Training Mark Madsen with UFC veteran Martin Kampmann   


Coming back from Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan and the 2019 World Wrestling Championships, we get a little bit of an MMA insight with today's guest, former UFC fighter and Denmark native Martin Kampmann.

Kampmann was alongside multiple-time World and Olympic Greco-Roman medalist Mark Madsen in Kazakhstan as Madsen was preparing for his upcoming UFC debut on September 29 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Kampmann, who spent seven years in the UFC, is training with Madsen and making sure he's still getting his reps in before the fight. He explains Madsen's relevance in Denmark as well as his own eye-opening experience attending his first World Wrestling Championships.

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Emergence of relationship triads in construction project networks   


Emergence of relationship triads in construction project networks

Sariola, R., 2015, 23rd Nordic Academy of Management conference, NFF, 12-14 August 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen, Denmark: Nordic Academy of Management, p. 1-13 13 p. (Nordic Academy of Management Conference).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionProfessional

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication23rd Nordic Academy of Management conference, NFF, 12-14 August 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark
Place of PublicationCopenhagen, Denmark
PublisherNordic Academy of Management
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeD3 Professional conference proceedings
EventNordic Academy of Management Conference -
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Publication series

NameNordic Academy of Management Conference


ConferenceNordic Academy of Management Conference
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Emotion measurement services for knowledge workers   


Emotion measurement services for knowledge workers

Vuolle, M., Salonius, H-R., Lintinen, J. & Mäkinen, J., 2015, RESER2015: 25th Annual RESER Conference, September 10-12, 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark. Copenhagen: RESER European Association for Research on Services, 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientific

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRESER2015
Subtitle of host publication 25th Annual RESER Conference, September 10-12, 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark
Place of PublicationCopenhagen
PublisherRESER European Association for Research on Services
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)978-87-7349-921-4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventEuropean Association for Research on Services Conference -
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ConferenceEuropean Association for Research on Services Conference
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Samarbejde med Viborg Musikforening   


Viborg Internationale Kirkemusik Festival og Viborg Musikforening samarbejde i 2018 om et Bach-program med Concerto Copenhagen i Viborg Musiksal torsdag den 19. april. Orkestret er Skandinaviens førende ensemble inden for tidlig musik, og et af de mest spændende barokorkestre i verden. Originale fortolkninger og en stærk evne til at kommunikere med publikum er blandt orkestrets kendetegn. Den gamle musik gøres vital, relevant og nutidig. Ensemblets […]

Indlægget Samarbejde med Viborg Musikforening blev vist første gang den Viborg Internationale Kirkemusik Festival.


Stories of place in the fourth industrial revolution: a review of “Life after Carbon”   


"Life After Carbon" was important reading for the built environment profession even before October 8, 2018 – the day the United Nations issued a report prepared by world-leading scientists for a meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report describes a dire warning that the climate is worsening faster than previously thought, which could lead to major effects by 2040. In the wake of this report, Cleveland and Plastrik’s book should be considered vital reading for everyone.

The twenty-four examples of cities addressing climate change with Urban Climate Innovation Labs, which are thoughtfully outlined in this book, are crucial case studies for all cities to research and mirror. New York City, Melbourne, Rotterdam, and Copenhagen aren’t waiting for national government interventions, but are moving ahead with regulations, experimentation with new technologies, and partnerships with the private sector and higher education institutions, thus bringing hope to this major challenge to our lives and future.

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Handling complexity is an interesting topic   


Handling Complexity in large software projects seems to be an interesting topic for many. All places where booked for my last presesntation “Refactoring & Domain Driven Design” at PROSA, Copenhagen. Feedback was good, but a few expected more details and examples about “Domain Driven Design”. Certainly something to consider for next time.


1. Faza Saad writes from London on an attempt to establish an international organization for terrorism in London   


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1. Faza Saad writes from London on an attempt to establish an international organization for terrorism in London
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A phenomenon that worries

international intelligence agencies; Cooperation between Sunni and

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Claims that Osama Bin Ladin is attempting to establish an international


organization in London.


Why European collaboration is worth fighting for   


An ArtsProfessional feature in partnership with The Audience Agency banner

While some in the UK may believe we have little to learn from European collaboration, Anne Torreggiani and Jonathan Goodacre have found cross-border networks to be a force for innovation and change.

A photo of an art installation of collapse pillars in Denmark
'I have grown taller from standing with trees' at Copenhagen Contemporary, Denmark

Copenhagen Contemporary

Unless you’ve taken part in one, you may suspect that large-scale European collaboration projects are just carriages on the gravy train that haunts Nigel Farage’s worst nightmares. But ask someone who has struggled through the red tape, bureaucracy and cultural misunderstanding and there’s a good chance they’ll tell you that it was worth the pain. 

It’s meant we can experiment in a safe and supportive environment beyond the glare of working on home turf

We are currently working on three large EU-funded collaborations, and as a result, on a range of other initiatives with our growing international network. Like colleagues in other cooperation projects, we know you have to work pretty hard for every Euro of funding, and it’s taken years for international collaboration to make any positive contribution to our bottom line. But that’s not the main gain. By far the most substantial value comes from the innovation international collaboration brings.

Shifting perspectives

When we began working on our first EU project, it is embarrassing to admit that we thought we had more to give than gain. We were happy to accept the received wisdom – that the Brits do cultural policy and management, and especially our particular field of audience development, better than anyone else in the world. We were in for a surprise.

It is true that the need for good, audience-focused engagement strategy and practice is universally acknowledged here and often (if not always) applied in a way that it is not across Europe. But we were amazed by the dedication and zeal of our first cohort of European trainees and trainers. Through them, we discovered excellent practice – great ideas forged by different traditions, driven by other necessities. It made us re-evaluate the models and techniques we take for granted.

Since that first project in 2014, our appetite for, and humility in, international collaboration have grown in equal measure. We now know that working in this way breathes new life into our work and we have been inspired to find new solutions to old problems.

Innovative leaps forward

Patrick Towell, our Innovation Director and Executive Director of Golant Media Ventures, defines innovation in his report for Arts Council England on resilience as requiring: “a sustained impact, a change in business models, in methods, in operations, in how things are done going forwards. Part of innovation is the need to capture tacit knowledge, to make new approaches repeatable and shareable, and to embed this novelty within a context of sustainability and resilience…”.

We often arrive at such innovation by seeing things anew, through fresh eyes, in a different context and by bursting our bubble. Working collaboratively brings many of these benefits in and of itself, but doing so in the European or international arena has the double advantage of providing multiple perspectives and considering the extremes of diverse situations. 

Moreover, it’s meant we can experiment in a safe and supportive environment beyond the glare of working on home turf. As a result, we have made major leaps forward – radically different training and change facilitation, new ideas for engaging audiences, alternative research methods and new narratives. 

Cooperation in practice

Three projects in collaboration and cooperation with Creative Europe and Erasmus have shown us what is possible.

  • The Asset Project, for example, sees us working with partners in five European cities on a collaborative inter-city research framework that explores the changing habits, tastes and opinions of theatre audiences. The tools and techniques are straightforward but using them in different contexts has led to gold-dust insights. To give you an idea, Helsinki has an ageing theatre audience, with an average age of 60+. Prague, on the other hand, boasts a much younger audience, with high proportions of 25 to 34-year-olds. What is the difference? It turns out that in Prague numerous initiatives over the period of a decade have been dedicated to encouraging attendance in young people. Their new perspective on a known problem is generating all sorts of solutions. 
  • As our partnerships have advanced, they have become more ambitious. In the Erasmus-funded Connect programme, we experimented with a new action research-based model for professional and postgraduate career development, introducing design thinking into engagement practice. The ideas sprang from our understanding of the different ways in which audience development is taught across Europe, both in the sector and in universities. Together, we’ve developed a successful new hybrid which will be rolled out in all five participating countries.
  • Adeste+, a large-scale Creative Europe project, builds on these ideas, taking them into a new dimension, exploring how human-centred design techniques can help transform whole organisations in order to grow loyal and more inclusive audiences. Together, we are creating a blueprint for experience design that makes it easy for organisations to listen and adapt to the different needs of their communities. 

So, just as international collaboration between arts festivals plays an inspirational role in challenging and reshaping creative practice, cooperation is having a similar effect on our ideas about public engagement and leadership. Last year, our European network collaborated on the Warsaw Forum on Cultural Democracy, the first in what we anticipate as a series of international symposia bringing thinkers, policy-makers and practitioners together to reimagine the role.

An unexpected consequence of these programmes is the emergence of an informal international alliance of alumni, many of whom have formed networks in their own countries. As pioneers, these change-makers take courage, support and validation from the international framework.

Beyond the bubble

Working in Europe and internationally has also made us more resilient. More open to change, better able to exploit our assets and ready for new markets. The export of our training, research and Audience Finder services now brings much-needed additional revenue, while new partnerships, such as the one with Dutch company Peppered, mean we can bring new services to the UK. None of this would have been possible without the relationships and sensibilities international collaboration has brought.

So, despite the inevitable challenges Brexit will bring, we remain committed to finding ways to collaborate with our European and international peers. 

Anne Torreggiani is CEO and Jonathan Goodacre is Senior Consultant, International, both at The Audience Agency.

This article, sponsored and contributed by The Audience Agency, is in a series sharing insights into the audiences for arts and culture.

Join the Audience Agency for some international collaboration in Lisbon from 22 to 28 September. Applications are now open for free places at the ADESTE Summer School, offering the opportunity to explore great ideas and emerging practice with cultural engagement specialists from across Europe. 

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BBC World Questions Copenhagen    


BBC World Questions is a series of events delivered in partnership with the British Council. We believe supporting this programme, and the debate it encourages, furthers our objective of promoting cultural relations globally.


Terence Davies at CPH PIX film festival   


Veteran British filmmaker Terence Davies is holding a masterclass and retrospective as part of Copenhagen’s CPH PIX, Denmark's biggest feature film festival.


Frequently Asked Questions   


How do I study in the UK?  Here are some frequently asked questions from Danish students with answers from the British Council. The British Council was delighted to join Studievalg København (which provides education guidance to Danish students) for a talk to students in Copenhagen about study in...

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