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Climate, Sarah and the Story of two Cicero Awards

By on apr 15, 2014 in English, The making of | 0 comments

This is a Storify I made to try to give a little background and life story to the speech that won me two Cicero Speechwriting Awards. I think many poeple fail to grasp the reflection and analysis that goes into making a good speech and this is vague attempt to make it more evident. [View the story “Climate, Sarah and the Story of a Cicero Award” on Storify]

Danish climate speech wins international award

By on apr 10, 2014 in English, The making of | 0 comments

Now here is a blog post I never thought I should write… I just won two Cicero Speechwriting Awards 2014 in the categories Government and Environment/Energy/Sustainability… just: wow… I am the first Danish speechwriter ever to win any. Climate Change and the Story of Sarah I wrote the speech Climate Change and the Story of Sarah for former Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building (now Foreign Affairs), Martin Lidegaard. The speech is written for an international conference on reproductive health May 23, 2013 in Copenhagen. That means that the audience consists of doctors and medical scientists. It also means that the Ministry does not have an office or a department expert who knows about reproductive health. It is not our normal area of expertice. That is why I was given rather free hand to structure an argument according to the ministers wishes. And to use...

Storytelling – The West Wing Whirlwind

By on apr 9, 2014 in About me, English, The making of | 0 comments

by Jan Sonneveld and Rune Kier This story was first published on the blog of generous Vital Speeches of the Day, David Murray. Later at Ian Griffins Professionally Speaking. And last at Jan Sonneveld’s blog and recently published on my LinkedIn profile. Since then both Jan Sonneveld and I have won a Cicero Speechwriting Award 2014, so I thought it appropriate to share our inspiration once again. I hope you don’t mind. Storytelling – The West Wing Whirlwind Myth has it that a TV series made possible the presidency of Barack Obama. An apparently Latino presidential candidate Matthew Santos (played by Jimmy Smits) inspired Obama’s story: a largely unknown minority congressman, running on a liberal platform, breaking all expectation to become President. Obama followed his fictional friend two years later – or did it follow him? In stories reality and fiction are hard to...

Behind the Subtle Level

By on jun 25, 2013 in Dansk, English, The making of | 0 comments

This is a storify my friend Trine made of the afterlife of one speech – The More Sublte Level of Discrimination. It was given by Copenhagen City Councillor Neil Stenbæk Bloem at the Intercultural Cities Milestone Event “Making Diversity Work for Cities”, Dublin, Ireland, Feb. 7, 2013. It was published in Vital Speeches International april 2013.   [View the story “Neil Stenbæk Bloems Dublin Speech” on...

Speech – The More Subtle Level of Discrimination

By on feb 15, 2013 in English, Speeches | 0 comments

I wrote this speech to City Councilor in Copenhagen, Neil Stenbæk Bloem to be given at the Intercultural Cities Milestone Event “Making Diversity Work for Cities”, Dublin, Ireland, Feb. 7, 2013. It was published in Vital Speeches International april 2013. You can also read about the reception on sociale media – here is a storify showing more background, Behind the Subtle Level.   The More Subtle Level of Discrimination Minister for State, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen. It’s great to be here in Dublin. And it is quite fitting that Dublin is hosting this confer¬ence for Intercultural Cities. Dublin inspires us with civil society partnerships Dublin ranks number 4 on the Intercultural Cities index And Dublin shows us, how to handle both diversity, conflict and financial crisis if we are to head for a more promising future There is no doubt about it. Diversity should be an...