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Mikael is an accomplished public speaker and renowed for his passionate keynotes, as you might expect from one of the leading voices in urbanism. He can inspire an audience regardless of size. He may also provoke but he will definately force them to look differently at the cities in which they live. He has given his trademark keynotes in over 100 cities around the world and is dynamic, energetic and entertaining on stage. He is regarded as one of the leading urban thinkers and his onstage prescence confirms his love of cities.

Bicycle Urbanism by Design

One of his primary keynotes is Bicycle Urbanism by Design which draws upon his philosophies about urbanism and his practical experience working with cities. He appeals to our rationality in saying that we should choose to design our cities and streets instead of relying solely on traffic engineering as we have done for so many decades. This is about design as a human-to-human process and how we should use design to create better urban environments. In addition, Mikael lays out out the data and the business model that makes it a must for cities to start work putting back bicycles as transport.

His keynotes are best at between 45-60 minutes. See him speak on the TED Talks & Videos page.

Mikael can, of course, speak about a wide variety of other topics.

The Life-Sized City

It is only natural that Mikael’s experience in shooting his tv series about global urbanism The Life-Sized City would lead to a keynote about how citizens and politicians all over the planet are thinking differently about their cities for the first time in a century. Realizing that they have the power to change the urban landscape for the better. Mikael shows examples from cities as diverse as Medellin, Tokyo, Toronto, Mexico, Copenhagen, Cape Town - to name but a few - and calls the audience to action to follow the lead of urban citizens everywhere. Tactical urbanism, architecture, urban design, policymaking, citizen engagment, activism - it’s all happening. Mikael curates the best examples and shows the way forward.

Cargo Bike Logisitics

The rise of the cargo bike continues unabated. From a baseline in Copenhagen, where there are 40,000 cargo bikes in daily use, Mikael can explain how using the cargo bike as an integral part of logistics is both a no-brainer and a natural evolution. Cargo bikes were a normal transport form for decades in most cities in the world and now they are returning. Mikael explains the benefits, the ease of implementation and the details about how cargo bikes are the way forward for moving stuff around our cities.

Communicating Change - Selling the Unsellable

Mikael speaks about how to use effective communication tools and strategies to encourage people to cycle. It’s all about the infrastructure, yes, but we also need to change the conversation and employ mainstream marketing techniques in order to normalize cycling in cities. The tired, old environmentalist angle is flawed and urban citizens are used to a more modern approach. Here is the recipe for doing it right.

Tailor-Made Keynotes

Mikael has a broad repertoire of knowledge and experience and can craft a keynote to fit your needs and audience expectations. He has spoken about urbanism in winter cities, why shopkeepers and business associations should embrace bicyclle infrastructure and pedestrian streets in order to make a higher profit, terror urbanism, child-friendly cities, etc.

Whatever you need, Mikael can provide a keynote that inspires and entertains.

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“It is time to think of our cities as monuments and to design them accordingly.”

Mikael Colville-Andersen