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Dr Nerina Ramlakhan to speak at WELLNESS16 conference

Nerina Ramlakhan conference speakerWellbeing expert and popular Chartwell speaker, Dr Nerina Ramlakhan will be appearing on September 19th at WELLNESS16, hosted at Deloitte, a fascinating keynote talk “Sleep, Rest and Productivity at Work (and Life)” exploring how organisations may be underestimating the effects of poor sleep on their staff and bottom line.

WELLNESS16 is a unique one day event encompassing all aspects of wellness including Mind, Body & Spirit and addresses some of the most interesting and challenging subjects such as the stigmatisation of mental health, taming technology, nutrition, design and much more.

Join 150 senior professionals responsible for wellness initiatives within the workplace to discover new strategies, listen to expert speakers & authors, hear new trends supporting wellness at work. See the agenda for full programme details >

More About Nerina:

Nerina Ramlakhan PhD is a physiologist who has specialised in maximising individual and organisational performance for over two decades. In today’s fast-paced world, filled with technology and deadlines, good sleep is becoming harder and harder to achieve. Nerina uses her academic background in physiology, philosophy and psychology to guide her teaching, but her approach is highly practical.  She has a strong belief that everyone can live a healthy and more fulfilling life by tapping into and nurturing their deepest inner resources – even in these hectic, technologically driven times that we live in. Read more >>

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Highlights from Stockholm’s Internetdagarna conference; thought leaders who shape the Internet

Hailed as Europe’s answer to Silicon Valley, we’ve been regular visitors to Stockholm this autumn, scouring the city’s vibrant – and underrated – tech scene for fresh speaking talent.

According to WIRED, Sweden has “the most digitally connected economy in the world”, and its forward-thinking culture is a hot-bed for innovation. With this in mind, I had the pleasure of attending the 15th annual Internetdagarna conference this week; based in Stockholm, this is Sweden’s most important meeting and conference for people who work with and shape the internet.

Phöto by Tobias Bjorkgren

Inspirational world-class keynotes both started and ended each day. Chartwell helped source speakers such as Harper Reed, Cory Doctorow and Sougwen Chung, whose highly praised talks transcended industrial borders and areas of interest. They shared the roster with other thought leaders such as Emily Parker (digital diplomacy advisor for the New American Foundation), Annie Machon (former MI5 intelligence officer and whistleblower) and Eben Upton (co-founder of Raspberry Pi, the credit card sized computer).

Sougwen Chung at Internetdagarna 2014 - Phöto by Tobias Bjorkgren

Sougwen Chung discusses the age of the selfie – “demystify the data, unquantify the self”

Harper Reed at Internetdagarna 2014 - Phöto by Tobias Bjorkgren

Harper Reed reveals how to build an awesome team

Following the keynote sessions, Internetdagarna was organised using a forum set-up; there were 17 events that focused on the Internet from a different perspective, of which participants could attend two.

I kicked things off with a panel discussion – “The Internet is Under Attack – How We Fight Back?” – featuring Cory Doctorow and Sus Andersson (unfortunately Jacob Applebaum couldn’t make it…). They discussed the difference between secrecy and privacy; Cory pointed out that phrasing the question on privacy frames the answer, as it is socially determined. For example, he argues that “nothing to hide, nothing to fear” is a fallacy; such thinking is generally revised when people are instead asked whether they want their personal information available for all. The panellists went onto explore what could be done to raise awareness of these issues.

Panel - Phöto by Tobias Bjorkgren

Cory Doctorow discusses the threat of mass surveillance

I also managed to swing by the Swedish Startup Sessions. Here, valuable advice was given from top-tier entrepreneurs and investors to start-up founders, as well as those in preparation to start their high growth companies. I met some fascinating tech entrepreneurs, including Fishbrain app co-founder Johan Attby, who gave an informative talk about how to raise start-up capital.

Day 2 was spent at a session that looked at how our world, and our view of the Internet, is changing. Presently, there are several political, technical and legal processes that can affect the development of the Internet and our society as a whole. A series of panel discussions asked: How should the Internet be governed in the future? How should the openness of the Internet be guaranteed and how can we meet potential information security threats? A central idea was that the Internet is like an ecosystem; there is no central source of authority, but rather it is made up of a myriad of local forces.

A trip to Sweden is not complete without sampling the spectacular Nordic bistro. I was recommended to venture over to Oaxen Slip, where I indulged in grilled steak of venison from Östermalma with cream poached cabbage, Jerusalem artichoke and juniper berries, with a side of mashed pumpkin mixed with pickled pumpkin and roasted garlic. Skål!

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For information on how to book any of the speakers mentioned, please don’t hesitate to reach out to ben@chartwellspeakers.com

The Original Disruptor: Clayton Christensen talks about why he believes in disruption at the 2014 SF Disrupt Conference

Clayton Christensen - Photo by Evgenia Eliseeva - CC BY 2.0Clayton Christensen, the world’s foremost leader in disruptive innovation and best-selling author of “The Inventor’s Dilemma” (1997), took to the stage with investment banker Bill Hambrecht at the recent TechCrunch Disrupt SF conference to defend the concepts of disruption, and to address the ways the Valley predicted the future of financial services and technology.

“‘Disruption’ is, at its core, a really powerful idea,” Clay said. “Everyone hijacks the idea to do whatever they want now. It’s the same way people hijacked the word ‘paradigm’ to justify lame things they’re trying to sell to mankind. There wasn’t a way for Holiday Inn to go against the Four Seasons. They could emulate the Four Seasons by going upmarket,” he said. He believes, however, that companies like Airbnb have been able to disrupt that market by changing the way rooms are rented.

For a slideshow of images of the event, click here.

Check out the video below of Clay giving a keynote at Saïd Business School. He explains his theory of disruption, drawing on examples of innovations occurring in the steel industry and from leading companies such as Toyota, Sony, Walmart and Indian refrigerator manufacturer, Godrej.

For more information on how to book Clayton Christensen as a keynote speaker for your conference or event, please contact Ellis Trevor at ellis@chartwellpartners.com or call +1 972 385 1021.

David Rowan named among Bizzabo’s “100 Most-Wanted Speakers at Tech Conferences”

DavidRowanBizzabo, a world leading networking platform and event guide for conferences, have named David Rowan, Editor of Wired magazine, as one of the most-wanted speakers for tech conferences.

To compile this list, Bizzabo dug into their database of more than 3,000 conferences (including hundreds of tech events), and compared speaker popularity metrics with social media insights and search engine results (number of followers, number of appearances in search results). In addition, they also asked event organisers for their dream team of speakers.

Some names might be surprising! Click here to see who made the top 10 …

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