Kåre Andersen is the Head of Commerce of Arendal municipality and the Licensee of TEDxArendal. He is also the head of TEDxArendal Executive – our very own board.
In 2012, Ole Åkre and Geir Andrew got the idea of bringing the TEDx-concept to Arendal. They suggested it to Kåre, and that was the very start of this great adventure. Kåre, needless to say, liked their idea, and as the Head of Commerce of Arendal Municipality, he was able to bring the idea to life. Without Kåre on board, there would be no way to be sure that a TEDxArendal would ever have existed.
Through the years, Kåre has (luckily for us) grown to be pretty fond of the TEDx-concept. He enjoys listening to TED and TEDx talks in his spare time and he is convinced that TEDxArendal plays a part in putting Arendal on the map. Having an international event and a well-known concept like TEDx in town makes Arendal an attractive city in which to both live and work.
To quote Kåre himself: Great things can happen in a small town too.