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Scarcity and Abundance - A string of aha moments (DK)

Scarcity and Abundance - A string of aha moments (Nynne Nørgaard - Denmark)

Why do students and executives mismanage their time so much?
Why are sugarcane farmers smarter after harvest than before? 

But Nynne in fact knows the answer, and it is scarcity! 

Nynne Nørgaard will be hosting a workshop on "Scarcity and Abundance - A string of aha moments". Where she will host a workshop on exploring how scarcity steals our mental capacity and how to use it to bring our problems of modern life into focus. By using this mindset she will begin to look at the other side of coin where the abundant mindset lies! Olala

Nynne is an Kaospilot from Switzerland, entrepreneur, certified coach, professional trainer and process consultant. She is fascinated by exploring and understanding individuals, groups, languages and cultures in all levels and aspects. How do they function? How do they not function? Why is that? Her aim is to support people in being the best as they can be – as individuals and as groups, in their private sphere and in their work life?

A new approach to digital, culture and people (SE)

A new approach to digital, culture and people (Mick Cordero & Måns Adler - SE) 

ustwo share their story on how the right approach to digital, culture and people is the stepping stone toward becoming one of the worlds best leading digital product studios. ustwo is a global digital product studio dreaming and doing transformative client, own product and venture work. Their goal is simply the best work environment, with a positive and collaborative atmosphere. Whether doing innovative work for clients, bringing own ideas to award-winning life, or launching disruptive new businesses, ustwo has never done normal. Over the last 12 years they have grown, and there are now four unique ustwo studios around the world – in London, New York, Malmö and Sydney.


Mick Cordero is Head of Business at ustwo, leading the studios commercial activities as well as drives strategy and direction for the Nordics studio. He has a background as a Kaospilot, entrepreneur, facilitator and leadership consultant. 

Måns Adler is the Tech Director at ustwo Nordics, former Kaospilot and founder of Loves his job and is a true believer in digital. 

Patterns of Creativity (DK)

Patterns of Creativity (Theodor Klostergaard - Denmark)

Just as we need to solve the known problems of today, we need to practice the underlying skills for handling the unknown problems of tomorrow. The more curious people are, the less petrified minds will run the world over the cliff. Even though unbridled curiosity has its dangers too

Creativity is not just a gift for the lucky few - it is a skill that can be practiced and improved. In this workshop we will use the art of crafting creative ads as a means to explore the mechanics of being creative. You will get a hands-on opportunity to see the elegance of patterns in problem solving. There will be laughter, dead-ends, and perhaps glimmers of inspiration.

5 years in Silicon Valley (NO/US)

5 years in Silicon Valley: a KaosPilot approach to change how things are made (Espen Sivertsen - Norway / USA)

Additive Manufacturing is changing the way we build, store and consume goods. It will change the way we do business, and has wide reaching social, political and environmental consequences.

This talk will take us 5 years into the past and 10 years into the future to explore a KaosPilot graduate's approach to building a leading multi million dollar Additive Manufacturing company, the world's largest 3D printing ecosystem under one roof, and a sustainable technology solution to change how things are made, shipped and used.

Espen Sivertsen is CEO of Type A Machines, a California company transforming the additive manufacturing industry. Type A Machines offers the first of its kind, parallel-production 3D printing solution—a hardware/software solution that scales to bridge the gap between prototyping and million part production. Espen has previously served as Team Leader with the KaosPilots, a Scandinavian school of entrepreneurship described by Fast Company as the “new curriculum for managing change". Prior to this, Espen worked as Head of Demolab at Innovation Lab, an international knowledge center for new technologies and trends. When not at work, Espen can be found digging planter holes in the garden under his wife's ardent supervision, or playing frisbee golf in Golden Gate park (using 3D printed frisbees of course).







Radical Rethinking of the Museum Experience (DK)

Radical Rethinking of the Museum Experience (Marianne Grymer Bargeman - Denmark)

Whats is the future of museums? well Art is social and ARoS Public is radically rethinking the museum experience. Marianne Grymer Bargeman, Director of Learning and Interpretation at ARoS Art Museum, will host a talk exploring the future of the museum experience and the new approach to open studios, salons, and immersive activities at museums, using ARoS as her story

In October 2016, ARoS Art Museum in Aarhus, Denmark will unveil ARoS Public, a radical rethinking of the museum experience. Occupying the entire third floor of the museum, the space will offer a new approach to open studios, salons, and three immersive activities designed by Local Projects in New York. The reinvention builds upon a clear strategy—that the museum exists first and foremost to incite unique, memorable, provocative conversations among visitors. ARoS Public challenges the traditional belief that art is important whether the audience is there or not. With ARoS Public, we declare that art is for all people and is most valuable when it catalyzes new forms of social interaction.

Rather than artwork being simply static objects to be gazed upon, ARoS Public uses technology to put works in the collection in the hands of visitors, prompting new forms of expression and creation from visitors. These experiences were designed to be both playful and insightful, showing that adults can have smart fun.

Marianne Grymer Bargeman is also a member of the KaosPilot board, author of children’s books and external examiner at Communications and Performance Design at Roskilde University (RUC). 

Engaging Experiences (USA / DK)

Engaging Experiences: Driving participation with Kaospilot Experience Design (Andy Sontag and Niels Kjærgaard-Jensen - USA / DENMARK)

 Kaospilot Experience Design will be hosting a workshop at Agenda!

Andy Sontag and Niels Kjærgaard-Jensen will be hosting a space where they will show the holistic framework for creating new powerful experiences. Bridging a user involvement approach and a process for meaningfully engaging organizations in new innovation, they will demonstrate how to create unique drivers for participation and engagement in innovation processes! Along the way they will open the toolbox from inside the Kaospilot Experience Design course and play with the competencies of the Experience Designer.

About the facilitators:
Andy Sontag, from the US, is a Kaospilot Alumni from Team 18.
An independent experience design and innovation consultant. Bridging the worlds of design and organizational change through consultancy and teaching professionals about experience design around Europe. Has had the pleasure of being with the Kaospilot Experience Design since the courses inception.

Niels Kjærgaard-Jensen, is a Danish Kaospilot from Team 3. He is programme director of Kaospilot Experience Design. He is partner in Oslo - designing innovation processes from a perspective of co-creation, service & experience design.
In October Niels is releasing his and co-writer, Arvid Axlands ( new swedish book about Experience Design: Jakten på känslan - konsten att skapa meningsfulla upplevelser. In english: Hunting for emotion - the art of creating meaningful experiences


MEASURING WHAT MATTERS (Mick Cordero & Zofi Holgerson - Sweden)

Ustwo Nordics invites you to a masterclass where we will explore the why, what and how of measuring success beyond money. What are the drivers that keeps your business going forward and how are you able to identify them with your team? Is it possible setting projects and products up for success by other kinds of measurements than the usual ones? Does that motivate and liberate creativity within the team? Can it lead to better collaborations and expectation management? This is our belief and experience. We’ll share our stories and invite you to explore what it means to you in your specific context.     


Zofi Holgerson is a Team Coach, Learning designer and facilitator at ustwo Nordics. She designs and leads collaborative processes with big international brands as well as smaller companies. 

Mick Cordero is Head of Business at ustwo, leading the studios commercial activities as well as drives strategy and direction for the Nordics studio. He has a background as a Kaospilot, entrepreneur, facilitator and leadership consultant. 

The intersection between art, design and technology (DK)

 The intersection between art, design and technology (Kaave Pour - Denmark)

Its no doubt that technology and design have moved society in ways we would have never imagined. We are almost infinitely presented with new ideas, solutions and ways of interacting with the world around us that what is new today almost becomes old news tomorrow. But how do we know when we are moving in the right direction? how do we embrace the old and build the new with true meaning?

Kaave Pour from Space10 will help us explore the cross pollination of art, design and technology! Kaave will take us through the world of Space10 – IKEA’s new future living lab – and how they aim to build a global community by designing an interface for innovation. The talk will tap into why we can’t just ask where new technologies will take us or what they will do for us. We need to also consider who we are becoming as we use them, in order to make them truly meaningful. Combined with examples from around the world, Kaave will share his thoughts on how we can attempt to see new patterns, where others see chaos by working in the intersection of art, design and technology

Kaave Pour is a 26 year old award winning creative and cultural entrepreneur, who started his first company at the age of 14. He currently oversees the position as Creative Director for Space10, IKEA’s new future living lab and is also the man behind Trailerpark I/O, a new event where thousands of Scandinavians meet to explore the intersection between art, design and technology in the heart of Copenhagen. Kaave is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer, sharing his thoughts and experiences about innovation and design with global brands and universities, promoting a curious, open and playful approach to doing business tomorrow.

Yggdrasil: Tree of Wonder (IS & SA)

Yggdrasil: Tree of Wonder (Agust Örn Helgason and Nix Davies - Iceland / South Africa)

Can you build wonder? If so, how would it look?

Well Agust Örn Helgason and Nix Davies are going to build something that sparks a world of wonder and curiosity for Agenda Festival 2016. They are from Dream Yggdrasil, an international organisation that design and build large scale experiential art. This particular piece, Yggdrasil is an immense mythical tree that according to the saga connects the nine worlds in Norse cosmology.

This piece is a seed for a larger project being built in South Africa.

Sharing Creative Works Without Losing Them (DK)

Sharing Creative Works Without Losing Them: Have Your Cake and Eat It To (Siri Reiter /Jonas Smedegaard - Denmark)

Any society is held together by rules - whether written down or not. Acknowledging the rules you live by - respect and want others to respect - is crucial for a thriving society.

We love that others share - so that we can profit from their works. Exploit thoughts of others. Bypass failures they went through. Get even better ideas ourselves.

This is talk will highlight how to pick the "correct" license for your work? Plenty of guides exist you can follow, and lawyers up for hire, but what do  you  want? Ethics and visions is one thing, another is how to approach this concretely in each case.

Siri Reiter is a graphics designer using Libre graphics tools for 10+ years. Jonas Smedegaard - better known as dr. Jones - is an idealist and internet architect - and creator and developer of Homebase, the computer system at the Kaospilot school. Together they are Couchdesign, exploring sustainable design and technology from their big, red couch in the island of Orø, Denmark.



Nature Inspired Innovation (DK)

Nature Inspired Innovation: Discovering how the cross-section of design, biology and innovation leads to new wonders (Stine Thorsgaard Kjær and Nanna Johanne Aude - DENMARK)

How do we solve man kinds biggest challenges, and how do we dare to answer them? Can we use nature more to lead this process?

We are excited to announce Stine Thorsgaard Kjær and Nanna Johanne Aude from NaturAgenturet to the Agenda!

"Nature Inspired Innovation: Discovering how the cross-section of design, biology and innovation leads to new wonders" will be an interactive workshop and an introduction to biomimicry. What is biomimicry? well It is a discipline that can be used for innovation within product design, organisational development and technology amongst many others.

This workshop aims to discover how the wonders of nature can be a great stepping stone for tomorrows original innovations. These awesome facilitators will bring living organisms, dilemmas and a ton of inspiration! This is not to be missed!

We Belong to the Earth (RO / DK)

We Belong to the Earth (Ramona August - Romania)

This film screening explores the establishment of the first intentional communities that stretch back over two millennia ago, with notable examples such the ancient Greek commune based on vegetarianism and equality of the sexes founded by Pythagoras in the sixth century BCE. Set in the 40-years old Welsh village of Tipi Valley, the film explores quotidian life in such a community, revealing the residents' reflections about the surrounding world and questioning the community's future.

Ramona August was born on February 10th, in Bucharest, Romania. She is an ethnographic filmmaker based in Aarhus, Denmark, where she has recently graduated in Anthropology. Blending together documentary film and social analysis, her practice draws from an intention to explore visual and sensorial dimensions in anthropological research. Most of her work, both in film and writing, has focused on environmentalism.


Sensuous Wonder (DK)

Sensuous Wonder - A workshop in Human Specific Performance Art (Stinne Vium - Denmark)

Stinne Vium will host a workshop to facilitate authentic meetings between individuals and their stories. The ambition of this facilitation is to create openness, creativity and vulnerability in mutual exchange. An exchange that happening in the present of `here and now ́. It takes it ́s departure in human specific performance art and sensuous wonder. Cantabile 2 theatre describes human specific performance art like this: “In the frame of human specific performance art, the authentic meetings, interactions and stories are being explored in a sensuous communication and aesthetic universe. Human Specific performance art operate with the combination of the universal world and the personal world. By working with our own narratives, memories and other associative mechanisms in humans.” Visiting the sensuous wonder workshop, you will discover that it was all about you.

Stinne Vium is a Kaospilot with a foundation in theatre and artistic entrepreneurship. She has worked at the Theatre folk high school - Rødkilde, and as a process leader at the Danish Royal Theatre together with the Theatre Pilots. She has started up an international artist collective together with 12 artists named Doglevel, that did a one year interdisciplinary art expedition to Norway, China, Tanzania and Copenhagen. She is currently co-partner and process leader at Born Poets, that work with poetic city processes for villages in Denmark. She has also worked as a lecturer and project leader for the safe sex caravan traveling around at Danish youth educations.



UMBAU = ALCHEMY - the calling for more than the NEW (William Tate - USA)

William Tate is a practicing architect and professor in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and has been a long-standing American member of the AAAS. He was educated at Wake Forest University and Virginia Tech, and worked with the Mexican architect, Ricardo Legorreta. A full-time associate professor at James Madison University, he teaches architecture studios and history of architecture and design. Tate has worked to create an experimental laboratory for architecture called, Umbau. Umbau currently has a summer studio in Vienna, Austria, from which the name comes. The Umbau mind is to create a new organism that can shift speeds, flank obstacles, and overcome friction. Umbau thrives on links and memes.

This talk is about the calling for more than the NEW.  The call to the NEVER BEFORE. Umbau is a living question.  We probe.  We RE-define.  We flank.  We deep intuite. We subvert.  We fly into the unknown. With your help, we will crack it open. This talk will be a CROWBAR into wonder.


Designing Impossible Things (SA)

Designing Impossible Things (Nix Davies - South Africa)

A limitless imagination matched with agile design is incredibly powerful in terms of igniting passion; instigating wonder; creative problem solving; shifting perspectives and designing the lives we want to live

Nix Davies will host an intense, practical workshop that will plummet you into a process that will give you the experience of creating something from nothing. It will reveal why it is important to step into the unknown and why awkwardness and self doubt are necessary companions in designing the impossible. It will show how learning is boundless when passion is ignited. The joy and wonder that comes from these experiences of ignited passion is the fuel that feeds the desire to embark on outrageous designs. This is essential to lift a project to a level not previously conceived of. Through collaboration that is ignited on passion, truth and love is exponential in its ability to problem solve and create; here, anything is possible.

ix Davies is a collaborative, conceptual artist that explores possibilities that arise from consciously stepping into and existing in the unknown. She creates and produces large-scale experiential spaces, events and artworks that ordinarily are impossible to create alone. Nix embarks on ‘life installations’ that showcase the emerging and developing of concepts along an ordinarily unknown journey. It is while living and navigating these spaces that she breathes ideas to life. These are her wonderings, her investigations; personal illuminations of intriguing lines or pockets of thought that will eventually lead to a full constellation of concept. Relinquishing the necessity to know unravels exponential opportunity for anything to emerge and an abundance of choices to be made. This becomes the conscious mapping of concepts and ultimately, life, as consequences to choice-of-reaction determines a variation of life path in relation to time. Nix Davies was born in Zimbabwe, where she grew up and went to school. She studied Fine Art at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa. Nix ran a collaborative, changing, working space called Let There Be Light in Woodstock, Cape Town, for four years at the Woodstock Industrial Centre and Side Street Studios. Nix has recently moved to a farm outside Citrusdal in the Western Cape, South Africa, which has given her the space to work on larger landscape artworks such as Howl from Your Heart, Hexagon Ceremonial Space, X Here and Dream Yggdrasil.

Redefining the artistic medium (UK / DK)

Redefining the artistic medium: Drawing in Virtual Reality vs. Drawing in Reality (Daniel van der Noon - United Kingdom / Denmark)

A talk about the fluidity of drawing as an artistic medium.

Originally from Birmingham, United Kingdom and now based in Copenhagen; Daniel’s drawings have appeared in Politiken, on the walls of Bjarke Ingels HQ and featured in a collaboration with Mads Nørgaard that will be released early 2017.

In this talk and experiment by Daniel van der Noon, he will explore the necessity of approaching drawing – and indeed all artistic mediums of expression - as a fluid, elastic and ultimately undefined, free from any given set of rules. Using VR as an example of how the arrival of new available technologies can act as springboards to further develop our definitions of artistic mediums. Daniel will run through some speculative ideas as to what the future of drawing holds. 

There will also be an active experiment during the festival exploring the cross section of artistic expression and virtual reality. keep your eyes open!

Daniel is consumed by the process of drawing - and its innate ability to constantly open up new solutions, aesthetic arrangements and visual reactions to our environment - on paper, anything can be imagined possible; cats can fly, buildings can be erected on the surface of Mars, and a future can be imagined that parallels your own dreams. The more you draw, the more you see. Galaxies of stories are born before your eyes, restricted only by the time you invest in their creation.

The driving force behind drawing, as a medium, is the determination to seek out new means of image making and inventing new processes. Put short, there is no fixed definition; the field is wiiiiiiiiiiiide open.


Life is like a movie (BG)

Life is like a movie (Stoyan Yankov - Bulgaria)

We all have amazing potential, but many are scared to dream big. Or we fail in doing the planning right. Or even if that is done - we do not take any action to move and create amazing things. Everyone can relate to a metaphor of MOVIE MAKING. Given that frame puts people at ease, and allows them to see their life from a perspective and imagine their dream movie and the hero they want to be. As creators we all need inspiration to imagine!

This Interactive and inspirational talk is an invitation to take charge and start living our lives like the movie we want to be the hero of. The content includes a number of real-life examples from Stoyan's experience as a movie producer, and offers a 7-step action plan on how to design the life we want to have.

Stoyan is an entrepreneur, movie producer, keynote speaker and productivity coach. He is co-owner of the video production house - Level Up Pictures. He has produced over 200 video and film projects and won a number of awards. He gets gets energy from working on great creative projects, meeting inspiring people



Improvising A Wondrous World (NO)

Improvising A Wondrous World: Creating moments of awe (Robin Sverd - Norway)

Robin Sverd is a multi talented energy bomb from Oslo, Norway. A legend in the improvisational theatre scene and Kaospilot from Team 18, Robin seeks to provoke play, wonder, curiosity and laughter in everyone he meets and the projects he is involved with.

Improvise / [im-pruh-vahyz]

verb (used with object), improvised, improvising.

  1. to compose, play, recite, sing, perform, utter, execute or deliver without previous preparation; on the spur of the moment. To make, provide, or arrange from whatever materials are readily available:


Wonder / [wəndər]


  1. A feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable. A desire or be curious to know something. To feel admiration and amazement; marvel.


In an hands on workshop we will explore what happens when these two concepts blend together. To get in the zone we will warm up by leaping into the principles of improvisation, through improv games, before we explore how to create space for Wonder to emerge. Afterwards we will take to the streets, of Aarhus, to create unpolished Wondrous experiences to strangers.

Improvisation is the art of creating something out of nothing. Being confident in the subtle skill of improvisation gives you the ability to courageously embrace, navigate and move with ease in the unknown. In our fast moving, complex and unpredictable world, solid improvisational skills are becoming an increasingly more important and powerful asset.

In this workshop the aim is not to teach you how to become improv theatre performers; it’s to teach you how to borrow and apply the principles, skills and mindset of improvisation so you get better at leadership, teamwork, communication, trust, creativity, dealing with change, complexity and unpredictability. So you, your company, organisation, community and society become more successful.

It will be 2 hours of play, wonder, curiosity and laughter and you will leave the workshop with a toolbox of improvisational mindsets, principles and a thrilling experience of having created a little more wondrous world.

n between working the Oslo nightlife and being an Indian Chief for children at Ski-Foreningen, he works as a TEDxOslo Co-ordinator, activist at the Emma Sofia organisation and designer at OsloJam, on top of founding his creative process project known as BLOOM.


The Art of Play (DE)

The Art of Play: Playing the game of life (Gabi Linde - Germany)

Why do people behave the way they behave? 
Why do I have certain hobbies, interests, occupations and am attracted to certain occupations? 
How different and how similar am I to others? Why can I work well in one team and worse in another?

Gabi Linde will be hosting a workshop on "The Art of Play". Participants will find out what their natural play personality is, based on the 8 play personality archetypes developed by Stewart Brown. They will learn what motivates and drives them - and others -, what gets them “shiny eyes” and how their play personality affects their personal and professional life and relationships.


Gabi Linde is an experiential educator, game runner, lecturer and teaching artist. She is an advocate for play, and has recently founded HiddenCampus, an organisation that creates and discovers hidden playgrounds (campus means playground in Latin) - playful spaces of learning and experiencing - in which people grow.

She worked for 15 years in the music industry in marketing, coordination, and events, and holds an MBA in Marketing. Since 2014 she has collaborated with and worked at several play festivals & events, including: Playpublik, Krakow (PL); 72 Hours Interaction, Witten (DE); Counterplay, Aarhus (DK). She was a presenting artist at playin’ siegen, Siegen (DE), and teaching artist at game design camps for the youth with PASCH / Goethe Institut South America in Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Colombia

The Learning Lab (DK)

The Learning Lab (Robin Sullivan Lewis Christensen and Bonnie Hvillum - DENMARK)

Robin and Bonnie from Social Design Lab will help anchor Participants learning throughout Agenda Festival. By using Lego and other materials they will guide participants to extend their learnings into concrete manifestations to explain, grasp and talk further about. The lab will function as an ending and in-between element for Agenda's structure of learning design where participants after end session.

Robin Sullivan Lewis Christensen and Bonnie Hvillum established Social Design Lab as a platform to address social challenges with a designerly mindset and toolbox. In a pragmatic way they facilitate learning by doing which often involves physical materials to enable actors to express their thoughts and thereby support a deeper understanding for each other.