Inspiring Ideas

Welcome to the official web site of Fredrik Härén

Fredrik Härén is an author and speaker on Business Creativity. He has delivered over 2000 presentations, lectures and workshops in over 60 countries on 6 continents and has inspired hundreds of thousands of business people to become more creative and to look at the world in a new way. He is the author of nine books, including “The Idea Book” that was included in “The 100 Best Business Books of All Time”.

2 June 2013
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News for May

May was a months with less than normal travel for Fredrik.

Yet he still managed to go to: Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Philippines and Singapore for work.

The theme of the month can be called “Learning” as many of his assignments this month was about learning in one way or another.

Like how he was the opening speaker at the first course by HyperIsland in Singapore.

Or how he was invited to speak at the European Union about the importance of play.

Or how he spoke for 600 kindergarten teachers about creativity and learning.

Or how he was invited to speak about being a global citizen at a seminar at Oslo University.

But the most fun part was probably flying to Sweden to receive the keys to our third Ideas Island and being able to kick-start the island by having a guest stay there the very first month of operation.

The guest was very happy with his stay. So lets end with his quote from the island:

“I had the opportunity to stay a few days at the ideas island #3 (Vifärnaholme) in Sweden and it was a very special and great experience. I stayed 4 days at the island to write on my new book ‘Less is beautiful’ and got a lot of inspiration and a lot of work done thanks to the island. There are not a lot of distractions from the ‘busyness world’ so I could really focus on your goal + if I got stuck, I explored the island and everytime I found a new ‘secret’ place to get inspired. Absolutely recommended if you’re looking for silence, concentration and making ideas happen.”

– Cyriel Kortleven

2 May 2013
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News for April

In April Fredrik visited 6 countries for work:

He got to speak to many diverse groups, from marketing professionals at a Marketing conference in Warsaw, to country heads for SEA for NIKE at a conference in Jakarta and for treasury clients of CITI in Singapore and many more.

He got to speak for a government body (MIDA in KL), for corporate clients (on a speech about “One World. One Company.” in China) and creatives (in Poland.)

Perhaps the most interesting assignment was to be flown in to Shanghai to be the keynote speaker as the Swedish Business Association celebrated 15 years. Fredrik did a speech at the dinner on the differences in creativity between different cultures. Having spoken on creativity in – now – 47 countries, it is safe to say that he has some experience to draw from.

29 March 2013
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News for March.

After launching “One World. One Company.” last month it was very fitting that March was again a very global month for Fredrik.

In 17 days in March he spoke in:

Cambodia, Singapore, Norway, Sweden, Abu Dhabi and Indonesia.

Traveling to different places means nothing unless you also learn. So in March Fredrik learnt (amongst other things) about:

How the tape industry is being changed by the mobile phone business while speaking for Tesa.

How mobile payments in Africa is driving the digital money industry while speaking for Visa.

How the renewable energy sector is changing while speaking for Siemens.

What the future of search looks like while speaking for

How much food is wasted by commercial airlines while speaking for Jeppesen.


How the drive for more nutritious food in developing countries is driving growth, while speaking for Danone.

As a bonus he also got to:

See how the ancient builders of Angkor Wat in Cambodia built their temples.

Learn how the drivers of jeeps tackle the sand dunes by attending a dessert safari.

And much, much more.

Not bad for a month where Fredrik took 12 days off to be on paternity leave with his newborn, baby girl.

Quote of the Month:

“Fredrik’s presentation was very well received by our audience. Although I had experienced it before and knew what was coming, it was again very stimulating and motivating for me personally.”

– Andrea Stumpf, Jeppesen. (Who booked Fredrik for two of their mayor customer conferences in the last 6 month.)

17 March 2013
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Awarded “Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)”

The Global Speakers Federation has 6,000 speakers as members. Less than 700 are CSP’s. In Asia there are only 10. One of them is now me.

After being a full time professional speaker (and author) for 12+ years who has spoken in 45+ countries I am very proud to be part of this professional and exclusive group of speakers.

1 March 2013
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News February.

In February the focus was on the launch of Fredrik’s new book: “One World. One Company.”

The book is off to a great start.

More than 10 000 copies (!) had been ordered before the launch of the book!

(The average business book sells less than 3500 copies.)

More than 250 people gathered at the launch of the book at Raffles Hotel on Feb 27.

Also in February:

1) Fredrik Härén was awarded: CSP – Certified Speaking Professional as one of only 10 in Asia, and one of less than 700 in the whole world.

2) Of course Fredrik also did some speaking engagements around the world. One extra fun booking was to be the keynote speaker at a marketing conference in Jakarta (Where he got the highest mark of all the speakers in the evaluations). Another interesting booking was to speak on the future of school in the Swedish Parliament for the political party “Centern”.

Quote of the month:

“Thank you so much for your speech. Your thoughts are 100 years ahead of ours here in Indonesia.”

– One of the participants of Indonesia Brand Summit.

27 February 2013
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Launch of “One World. One Company.” at Raffles Hotel.

More than 250 people gathered at the big Ballroom at the iconic Raffles Hotel in Singapore tonight for the world launch of Fredrik Härén’s book “One World. One Company.”

A great venue for a book about having a global mindset as a business. After some mingle and networking Fredrik held a short 20 minute speech around the book and then the networking continued into the evening. Hundreds of books were bought at the event, so the demand for the book seems to be high.

The famous slogan for the hotel – “‘While at Raffles, why not visit Singapore?” – is a good summary of one of the messages of the book: that companies should focus on the values and characteristics of themselves, instead of those of the company’s country of origin.

16 February 2013
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Café Insights. Interview.

The Insight Bureau has posted  an YouTube-interview with Fredrik Härén about his new book “One World. One Company.”

8 February 2013
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News January.

The month of January was full of different experiences.

It started off with me on a floating raft in Palawan. I had breakfast on a river side hotel in Bangkok. Got to see the amazing fjords of Norway and got to go powder snow snowboarding in Sapporo, Japan. (Probably the best skiing of my life.) I then got to go back to Thailand again, before spending some time in Singapore and ending the month by going to KL, Malaysia twice in one week.

My clients were as diverse as the landscapes I got to see in January.

I spoke for senior managers of Volvo Trucks Asia, and politicians in Trondheim, for TV sales executives at FOX Asia, for Country heads for health company Mega and for Key Account Managers for Ericsson South East Asia, management students at SMU and I was the keynote speaker at the global conference for HID.

Even the subjects I was asked to speak on were diverse.

I spoke on: Creativity in The Developing World, Business Creativity, One World. One Company (about being a global company) and I even did a speech about how I look at the future of the world, and another one on how to live a creative life.

Yes, January was really full of different experiences.

(Picture of my legs covered by 50 cm of powder snow a few hours before I did my speech in Japan.)

8 February 2013
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How to be a global speaker.

Ever wonder how you could become a global speaker? In this video I share some ideas about how to become a global speaker, and every speaker should become one.  Recoded at APSS (Asia Professional Speakers Singapore) where I got a standing ovation at the end.

7 February 2013
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A reference

“I have finished reading (The Developing World) and I enjoyed and found it thought provoking to say the least.”
– P Hoyer