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Theme: "Who cares"

This event occurred on
November 15, 2014
1:00pm - 6:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Uppsala, C

Who Cares?” is the theme of TEDxUppsalaUniversity 2014. With this provocative and playful approach, we want to reflect on today’s world and leave room for everyone to find their own answer.

Our aim with this theme is to seek true passion and innovative visions. We strive to find ideas and perspectives that inspire and raise awareness about issues that make an impact on ourselves and our environment. By inviting a range of speakers from different disciplines and diverse backgrounds, we aim to spark curiosity and provoke thoughts that people might be oblivious to.

We all have something that matters to us; family, the environment, career, human rights, justice, victims in wars and conflicts, or finding happiness. But do we care enough to make a change?

Uppsala Stadsteater
Kungsgatan 53
Uppsala, C, 751 40
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Ida Lod

Ida Lod is a music & theater artist based in Stockholm and Gothenburg. She works with voice, violin, movement and text and creates concerts and performances that often lie at the interface between different genres and established art forms. She studied at the Academy of Music and Drama, University of Gothenburg.

Malin Forsgren

Malin Forsgren put her telecom career on the shelf to make the world a better place, building the organisation Operation Smile Sweden from scratch, taking it from zero to over thirty five thousand donors, with and 30 million SEK annual turnover. Operation Smile International is active in over 60 countries and has over 5,000 medical volunteers who provide surgery for children with facial deformities who live in developing countries, at no cost to their families.

Alan AtKisson

Alan Atkisson works as an author, consultant, speaker, and executive trainer, focused on issues of sustainability — from global to local. He advises governments, companies, cities, NGOs, and the United Nations. His tools for change include books, planning methods, workshops, music, and other innovative approaches to help people transform complex systems. Alan lives in Stockholm, and in 2013 he was inducted into the international Sustainability Hall of Fame. Interesting Fact: Alan’s mentor was Donnella Meadows, one of the world-renowned MIT researchers who released the first computer models of human development on a finite planet in their book The Limits to Growth, now with over 12 million copies printed in 37 languages.

Jan Cihlar

Jan finished his undergraduate diploma in international relations at the age of 22 and then enjoyed travelling and working around Europe and Americas. As he gained experience from both labor and management jobs, he decided to pursue a master degree in sustainable development. Eventually, he transitioned into the business world to test his own views and ideas on business conduct. He currently runs the eco-cleaning company Grandma Knows Best based in Uppsala with his friends

Martin Wehlou

Martin Wehlou has a background in medicine and mathematics; trained in both general surgery and general medicine, and has practiced in both Belgium and Sweden for many years. Martin has also developed software since around 1980 for a range of medical applications. The resulting dual career spans across several medical domains and includes a solid software development background. Martin is the author of the book "Rethinking The Electronic Healthcare Record", published in September 2014

Otto Cars

Otto Cars became a specialist in infectious diseases in the early 1970's at the Medical Faculty, Uppsala University where he holds a position as Professor of Infectious Diseases since 2003. His research has focussed on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of antibiotics, optimal antibiotic dosing regimens, rational use of antibiotics and resistance epidemiology. He was one of the founders and the second president of the International Society of Anti-infective pharmacology (ISAP). Otto Cars is the chair of Strama (the Swedish strategic programme against antibiotic resistance) since its inception in 1995. He has been actively involved in numerous European and international initiatives in the area of antimicrobial resistance. Since 2004 Otto Cars has been engaged in building an international network with focus on the global aspects and consequences of antibacterial resistance React, Action on Antibiotic Resistance.

Amanda Lundeteg

Amanda Lundeteg is the CEO of non-profit foundation AllBright – dedicated to make Swedish businesses more profitable and sustainable by increasing the number of women holding senior positions. In 2012 Amanda started a political blog, Plain Jane, writing about feminism, antiracism and corporate responsibility. The same year she was a finalist in the social entrepreneur contest Idéjakten with an idea aiming to educate business leaders in gender equality issues. This made her listed as one of the top 100 up comers by top Swedish business magazine Shortcut. Amanda has recently received several nominations including: top young CEO of the year (Tidningen Entreprenör), top future female business leader (Ledarna) and top young leader (Konungens stiftelse för ungt ledarskap).

Dougald Hine

Dougald Hine is a social thinker, writer, speaker and the kickstarter of a series of organisations that have caught people’s imagination. These include the educational web startup School of Everything, the utopian regeneration agency Spacemakers, and the Dark Mountain Project, a cultural movement centred around a journal which the New York Times recently described as “changing the environmental conversation in Britain and the rest of Europe.” He grew up in the north-east of England and started his career as a radio journalist for the BBC. In 2012 he left the UK and two years later he is slowly arriving in Sweden. He lives with his partner in Västerås.

Lisa Färnström

Lisa is a Stockholm based theater director and project leader. Her talk takes place in the crossroad between art and activism, addressing the difference between thinking something and feeling it. Her theme is the swedish democracy, it´s problems and potential. Starting out on a sacred boattrip beyond the European shoreline, passing through a staged occupation of Stockholms city center, as well as a hundred classroms all over Sweden, the talk ends up at Uppsala city theater.

Organizing team


Uppsala, Sweden


  • Agata Naworyta
    Curator/main coordinator
  • Lakin Anderson
  • Aries Ignatius Kurniawan
    Speaker Coordinator
  • Daniel Sarabia
    Speaker Coordinator
  • Hege Helene Reistad
    Partner Relations
  • Ana Nonikashvili Hilliard
    Partner Relations
  • Faris Halteh
  • Erik Olsson
  • Anastasia Savinova
    Stage design
  • Marek Skupinski
    Graphic design
  • Simone Mohrs
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Johannes Wander
    Social media, online marketing