Innovation The Danish Way 10-12 Oktober

Innovation Danish way

Grand View University inviterer til conference i Innovation The Danish Way på Embassy Suites i Des Moines, Iowa den 10-12 oktober.

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Enjoy thought provoking, challenging, and uplifting presentations from both Danish and American experts on innovation in a wide array of areas, from energy and sustainability to culture and the arts, as well as exhibits and tours. Reacquaint yourself with Grand View University during a campus tour, gallery exhibit and the Danish Immigrant Archives. And join your friends for conversation and fellowship.

Ambassador Laurie Fulton to speak US Ambassador to Denmark, Laurie Fulton, will speak at the banquet Saturday evening.  Fulton served as Ambassador from July, 2009 through February 15, 2013.  During her tenure, she held the position of Honorary President to various business organizations including AmCham Denmark and the Danish-American Business Forum.  She co-founded a bilateral, public-private initiative Green Partnerships for Growth developing a dedicated network for Danish and U.S. business opportunities in the sectors of green technology and sustainable growth.

Featured Presenters

– Poul Bertelsen of MSAADA Architects speaking on Innovations in Design and Social Mission

– Henrik Klinge Jacobsen Senior Researcher at DTU, the Technical University of Denmark speaking on Innovation in Environmental Economics

– Nete Schmidt, Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin, speaking on  Innovation in Popular Culture

– Keynote by Søren Hermansen As the Director of the Energiakademiet (Energy Academy) on the Danish island of Samsø, Hermansen has been a key player in a great social and scientific experiment—the effort to transform Samsø into Denmark’s Renewable Energy Island. Today that tiny island, 15 kilometers off the coast of Jutland in the Kattegat, has become a model for the world, and the people who live there have learned a lot about working together to achieve a goal. Hermansen’s recent book “Fælledskab=Fælled + Fælles,” co-authored with the science writer Tor Nørtrander, addresses how the environmental movement can lead us to a deeper sense of community, and how stronger communities can help us better protect the environment. For his innovative work, Hermansen was named one of the “Heroes of the Environment” by Time magazine in 2008, and in 2009 he won the Gothenborg Award (which some call the Nobel Prize for the Environment). Best of all, he’s an engaging and lively public speaker, who is invited to speak all over the world.


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