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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.

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.

Monika Seyfried

Monika Seyfried (Poland)

Monika Seyfried is an interaction designer engaging at the intersection of emerging technologies, digital media and the natural environment. She teaches at various different institutions including Hyper Island, The Danish National School of Performing Arts in Copenhagen and Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID). Along with fellow guest Cyrus Clarke, she created the Grow Your Own Cloud project, which is exploring ways of storing data organically without consuming electricity in the DNA of plants.

Cyrus Clarke

Cyrus Clarke (UK)

Cyrus Clarke is an artist and futurist with a background in economics and digital technologies, and is also a visiting faculty member at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design (CIID). His work aims to trigger discussions about the ethical, environmental, political and socio-economic implications of our technology-filled world. Along with fellow guest, Monika Seyfried, he created the Grow Your Own Cloud project which is exploring ways to store data organically without consuming electricity in the DNA of plants.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes (New Zealand)

Ben Kepes is a member of the board of Cloudways, a cloud-hosting platform. Over the past decade and a half, he has become a globally recognized expert on cloud computing and digital transformation. Ben’s work has been widely published in such outlets as Forbes, Wired and The Guardian, and he has spoken at a large range of technology and business conferences.



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.