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Play for a green world?

Play for a green world?

Can we game our way to a sustainable future? There are now more than 2.6 billion active...
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A green forest of selfies

A green forest of selfies?

Can we store data in plants? Sending an email, streaming a video, uploading photos to the...
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Exercise your democratic muscle

Exercise your democratic muscle

Governments around the world are exploring ways of getting citizens more involved in...
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Game changing protein

Game-changing protein

What do you throw on the grill when you are having friends over for a barbeque but still...
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Is doing good good business

Is doing good good business?

Is saving the planet good for business? Consumers are increasingly demanding that...
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will corona make us greener

Will corona make us greener?

Can the corona crisis push us towards a more sustainable life – even after travel bans are...
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ugly vegetables need love too

Ugly vegetables need love too

Food waste is a major environmental challenge. If food waste was a country, it would be...
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Putting sound to global challenges

‘Nordic Talks’ is a series of talks and podcasts addressing the biggest global challenges. 

Through conversations with some of the brightest minds in the Nordics and their counterparts from around the world we want to provide a space for contemplation and to share inspiration on how to take action on sustainability issues in our everyday lives. All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenges.

NORDIC TALKS is brought to you by The Nordics, a project under The Nordic Council of Ministers.


Thinkers and doers from around the world who are concerned about the planet we all share.


Susan Liscouët-Hanke (Germany)

Susan Liscouët-Hanke is Associate Professor in Aerospace Design Engineering at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada. After completing her master’s degree in engineering, she pursued a PhD while working at Airbus in the field of more electrical aircraft design. Her research aims to develop conceptual design methods for more electrical and unconventional aircraft, enabling sustainable aviation.


Dag Falk-Petersen (Norway)

Former fighter pilot Dag Falk-Petersen is the CEO of Avinor, the state-owned company operating Norway's airports. Avinor is actively working to reduce the aviation industry's greenhouse gas emissions and to develop commercial electric aircraft. As the company's CEO, Dag wants to position Avinor as a driving force for environmental work in aviation. He was piloting the company's first electric aircraft when it crashed in 2019.

Tom Hall

Tom Hall (UK)

Tom Hall is best known for his work for Lonely Planet as an expert on travel and tourism, and has spent the past few months writing and speaking on how travel and tourism can navigate the post-COVID world. He is a regular commentator for national and international broadcasters giving advice and context on issues affecting tourism, from volcanic eruptions to economic crises.


Martine Jarlgaard (Denmark)

Martine Jarlgaard (Denmark)

Martine Jarlgaard works at the intersection of sustainability, technology, fashion and art, pushing for positive change. Her work explores technology’s potential to change human behavior and to disrupt the core of the fashion industry. Described as a "technology pioneer" by Forbes, Martine is the creator of the interactive XR (extended reality) experience MEET YOURSELF in which users come face-to-face with a holographic, life-size avatar of themselves, raising issues about self-perception and our future with technology.

Mathias Gredal Nørvig

Mathias Gredal Nørvig (Denmark)

Mathias Gredal Nørvig is the CEO of SYBO, the mobile developer behind Subway Surfers, the world's most downloaded mobile runner game. SYBO is a founding member of the Playing for the Planet Alliance, an initiative facilitated by the UN Environment Programme which brings together some of the world's largest gaming companies in making commitments to help people and the planet. Mathias is a big proponent of impact investment and a member of the board of Plastic Change, a Danish environmental organization working to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

Lance Weiler

Lance Weiler (US)

Lance Weiler is filmmaker known for his cutting-edge work combining film, gaming, artificial intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies. An alumnus of the Sundance Screenwriting Lab, he focuses on developing new methods and media to tell stories and reach audiences. He is director of the Columbia University's Digital Storytelling Lab, which has a mission to explore new forms of storytelling, focusing specifically on the ways in which story can be harnessed as a tool to innovate, educate, mobilize, communicate, and entertain.



All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the SDG challenges. We want to inspire each other to act – for a better, more sustainable future.

In August 2019 The Nordic Council of Ministers set the ambitious goal for the Nordic Region to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. Read the council's 'Vision 2030' here.