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”.

24 November 2012
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Press: 93.8 Live

Today Fredrik Haren was interviewed on Singapore radio station 93.8 LIVE. For one hour he was the guest on “The Hot Seat”, talking about his life, his work and his ideas.

18 November 2012
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“It was wonderful to meet with you last night at APSS. Your perspective was very interesting and I greatly enjoyed learning from you.”
– Tanvi G

15 November 2012
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Ignorance Busters: Gangnam Style. (Post from newsletter.)

A few days ago the video for the song Gangnam Style became the most viewed video on Youtube and it will soon be the first video to pass a billion views. It is also the video with the most likes (around 6 million)

Perhaps more impressive are that hundreds of millions of views of parody videos with everything from Mitt Romney Style to grandmothers doing the funny hors-riding-dance. You might love the song, or hate it. You might love the dance, or hate it. But either way, I am pretty sure you know about it.

If you ask me, the one thing that PSY has done is to create a crack in the wall of ignorance that the west has raised against the east. Twenty to thirty years from now I think we will look back at Gangnam Style as the first example of how global trends and global culture now get created in Asia and then spread to the rest of the world. No, Gangnam Style is not the first meme to spread out of Asia, and yes, Asia has exported many things to the rest of the world BUT the run-away-sucess of this happy, little song and the way the west has embraced it is – for me – an example of something new.

Of Asia defining what is trendy, beautiful, cool or funny. My book “The Developing World” is JUST about this shift. So of course I want to take the opportunity to use this newsletter to celebrate the 1 billion view mark of Gangnam Style. Go Asia! Go The Developing World. :)

(This text is taken from the December newsletter. Want more creativity inspiration in straight to your inbox? Sign up for the newsletter using the link below.)

1 November 2012
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News October

Portland, Oregon
Taipei, Taiwan
Singapore, Singapore
Hong Kong, China
Bangkok, Thailand
Shanghai, China

The cities I spoke in during October 2012 are as different as the clients that I had.

Nike Foundation, Keppel Group, Stoli, Pacific Basin, IKEA and Wikborg, Rein & Co.

In one month I got to learn about how Nike is supporting girls in Africa, how a off shore company is reshaping its training, what the future of premium vodka looks like, how the shipping industry is handling its crises, how a furniture company is trying to work differently with its suppliers and how a foreign law firm looks at the future of China.

The great thing with being a speaker is not only that you get to inspire people to be more creative, you also BECOME more creative and inspired by learning from so many different industries.

(Picture from a former school in Portland that had been rebuilt to a conference hotel and where NIKE had put their conference that I was speaking at.)

1 October 2012
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News September

After six weeks sitting on an island the speaking circuit kicked off again with Fredrik delivering keynote speeches in 6 countries in 5 weeks.

Some examples:
Keynote speaker at internal event at SAAB in Sweden.

Keynote speaker at client event for KPMG in Bangkok.

Keynote speaker at Asia on The Edge, a creativity conference in Singapore.

Keynote speaker at the global conference of Jones Lang LaSalle in Hong Kong.

Keynote speaker at client event of Cognizant Singapore.

Keynote speaker at the global conference of Kreston, held in Beijing.

Keynote speaker at MEC Dubai’s 10 Year Celebration.

Speaker at the Asia Professional Speakers Singapore.

Keynote Speaker at Parallels conference in Singapore.

Keynote speaker at Franklin Templeton’s Asia conference.

Speaker at the Singapore Exchange top management off-site.

21 September 2012
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Books
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Guest Book: One way to use The Idea Book

Albert, a fan of The Idea Book, wrote and told us about how he is using The Idea Book as guest book in his home where visitors are invited to write something creative on the white pages. Great Idea.

21 September 2012
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“Super inspirational….applying a new perspective to a challenge. Harnessing the energy into something positive. Very impressed. Thank you Fredrik Haren for your super inspirational talk last night.”
– Maria K

19 September 2012
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“Very engaging, funny and entertaining. We had a great response from participants who really enjoyed the presentation. We were able to treat our clients and top executives to an entertaining, yet business-related, event that initiated new positioning for our firm as innovative. Gave us a platform to demonstrate how we are innovative to clients.”
– KPMG Thailand

18 September 2012
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Sneak Peak: Ideas Island

A teaser of what the future of Ideas Island will hold…

18 September 2012
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“Fredrik’s talk is an important piece for all creatives out there. Creatives around the world love the talk.”
– Daylon of Creative Mornings