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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...

The European Union has no idea!

By on jan 8, 2014 in English | 0 comments

This piece was first published on OPEN Democracy 7/1 2013. Forget better communication or a radical change in its course of action: what the EU really needs is a big, bold idea to move forward. “If you think you lack words, what you really lack are ideas”. That is what I took away from a lecture by the father of framing, George Lakoff. I think about it every time I see the debate over the EU polarising into framing versus action. Take this exchange: some say the EU should just communicate better and others say it should act radically differently. It is really quite sad, because actions and framing can’t be separated and they both emerge logically from the ideas we pursue. That is why, when José Manuel Barroso is seeking guidance on where to go big and where to go small, he too should look to the level of ideas. If we have a clear idea about where we want to go, we can...

Speech – Oil and Gas on the Green Scale

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

I wrote this speech to Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard to be given at Oil Gas Summit, Oil and Gas Denmark, Copenhagen, September 10, 2013. The speech was published in Vital Speeches International december 2013.    Oil and Gas on the Green Scale Almost every day I am asked by the media or ordinary citizens: How can Denmark, one of the most ambitious green front runners of the world, at the same time pursue to be an active and ambitious explorer and producer of oil and gas? And let me also start my keynote today by addressing that crucial question. In Denmark we don’t see the two ambitions as contradicting each other. We see them as preconditions to each other. In Denmark we have broad political backing for using the Danish resources of oil and gas to the largest possible extent. Denmark is an oil and gas producing country and we will use that to...

Speech – The Green Light at the End of the Tunnel

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

This speech was written for Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Building, Martin Lidegaard to be delivered at the Professional Lighting Design Convention, Copenhagen, Denmark, November 1, 2013.   The Green Light at the End of the Tunnel Climate change is already here, it will shape our future and it will force our economies to become sustainable. It will be a challenge for all of us – but also an opportunity. There is a green light at the end of the tunnel. The green light is the knowledge that we can combine sustainable with profitable and comfortable. We have the traditions, the technology and the creativity. All we need is someone to put them together. We can do that! And we have to do that! In Denmark we have a strong tradition of innovative lighting. In 1903 the Danish doctor and researcher Niels Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize. He was a researcher in light and health....

Behind the Living Fire

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

This is a storify I made of the research process and afterlife of one speech – A Green Glow to the Land of the Living Fire. It was given by Minister for Climate Energy and Building, Martin LIdegaard (now Foreign Affairs) at a meeting in Romania and refers to the romanian ‘focul viu’ – or ‘the living fire’ of burning gasses rising from the ground. The speech was later published in Vital Speeches International.   [View the story “A Green Glow in Romania” on...