Talks

Presentations and inspirational hiking talks by Frits Ahlefeldt

Presentations and talks about walking by Frits Ahlefeldt

Hire me to present understandings and ideas about how we can create trails to a better future, based on my research and work with Hiking.org and other projects

For more than 20 years I have been sketching and reseaching ideas, concepts and understandings on how we can use hiking as a way to create thrive, better cities, help nature and also how we can use walking to make our communities more resilient to climate change.

Now here in 2019 I am starting to present my work about walking. I am using both my research and my own writings, ideas and drawings to weave stories of walking together. All to inspire and show the many different ways we can create a better future by walking together

My talk about walking can focus on different aspects

In my talks I focus on the connection between hiking and what is most relevant to the audience:

All the good things walking can do

Overview of the landscape of walking

Hiker at sunset, with two trees and birds - illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
Overview of the landscape

There are many perspectives on walking, on trails, walkable cities and on the benefits of walking to our health, thrive, nature, cities and communities. I give a overview of all I have learned in this talk

Climate Change and walking

Drawing of angry dragon like cloud with a group of people watching- illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
climate change threats and solutions – walking can help

We can face climate change in new, innovative and more sustainable ways together. After taking part in more than 100 projects on climate change I believe walking is one of the best answers: Let me explain


Thrive and walking talk

Woman walking while thinking of different things
Thrive and walking – Many thoughts can go through your head while walking

The connection between walking and thrive is becoming better and better known. And both doctors, psychologists and companies are using walking more and more to create and secure thrive and well-being. I explain why and how walking creates thrive

Walkable Cities and place-making

drawing of a city with driving on one side and walking logic on the other side - Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Walkable cities looks different

Livability is the new center of architecture and urban planning. And the best way to create good places, designers have realized, is to make them walkable . In this talk I explain why walking creates the best cities


Coastal trails

Benefits of coastal trails are many, both for locals, wildlife and visitors

In this talk my focus is on coastal trails and communities. We need a global network of coast paths to help against climate change. But also to secure our well-being and secure biodiversity. I explain why we need coast paths – and how to create a network of thriving coastal communities, by connecting them with coast trails

Biodiversity and walking

Drawing of a tree with planet Earth inside. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt
By walking we can connect and live in more sustainable ways helping biodiversity

Our planet is loosing biodiversity at an alarming rate and to reverse this we need to become the guardians of life on Earth- Walking can help us make this change to a very different mindset. Here I explain why


Storytelling and hiking

Hiker meeting hiker. one say What trail I'm on a storyline - drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Walking and storytelling has a lot in common

Walking and the ways we understand reality and tell stories are close related, so close that our lives in many ways are “walks of life”. In this talk I explain the fascinating ways we create reality by talking and walking along storylines and paths of life. And I give examples of how cultures from around the world create stories, reality and trails by storytelling and walking

Innovation and walking

illustration of hiker man sitting under pine tree waiting for the apple to fall... drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Sitting is not always working – innovators have using walking in many ways

Inventors, scientists and designers have used walking as a way to innovate for countless years. Brilliant philosophers and inventors from Einstein and Darwin, to Steve Jobs used walking to create new paths and to explore thoughts and venture into unknown terrain. In this presentation I go through who used it and how walking can spark new understandings and innovations.


Hiking in Denmark

Map of Denmark in watercolor. art by Frits Ahlefeldt
Presentation of hiking in Denmark

Living in Denmark I have worked with hiking here in many ways and have followed many of the largest national and not so national trails and projects. I’ve learned a lot and in this talk I sketch up what hiking is in Denmark and how we can inspire many more walkers to head out on the paths and trails

Hiking freaks

Hiker with head lamp telling story. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Some hikers walk amazing walks, I’m telling some of them here

Hiking can be done in many ways, and some hikers stretch walking to the extreme. I’ve collected stories of hikes and hikers from around the world and in this talk I tell about some of the most amazing, beautiful, strange and ongoing walks people do


Coast Trail Denmark

illustration of grandmother walking along the coast with two small girls in wagon. Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Walking along the coastline in Denmark is an old tradition I work to make more known

This is a project I am working on. A coastal trail around Denmark is in the making. Here I explain how a national coast trail can help both the local communities, the understanding of the coastline´and also boost, biodiversity, sustainability and thrive. Both for locals and visitors. Even more important it can be a strong defense against the sea level rise experts predicts will hit in the near future

Bornholm Coast trail

Watercolor map of Bornholm - island in the Baltic Sea. Art by Frits Ahlefeldt
I’ve walked around Bornholm again and again – Here is the story of why

when I started out hiking many years ago. I kept coming back to one special place: Bornholm, a small rocky island far out in the Baltic Sea. It takes around 4-6 days to walk it and to me it has become my home path. I even have a Master degree in communication from understanding this trail as a story. In this talk I explain how 25 years of walking the same path almost every year, can teach you things in new ways


Technology and Hiking

Drawing of a digitalized hiker
Wandering through space – hiker with technology all around

Hiking is a bit like space travel – it inspires and sparks innovation on a grand scale. In this talk I outline how hiking can give birth to new technology and also how more and more of us might soon become nomads again, defining home very differently and connecting to reality both offline and online, where-ever we walk

My walk and work

Hiker saying it is not you, it is me, to his image in a mirror ( phone ) Drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
My own story about working with hiking in both digital ways and along the trails

A talk about why and how I work with walking. It is a talk about my personal journey into and along the paths of hiking. The story about how I work to live from hiking. And how one might combine hiking with digital storytelling and with being a nomad. It is also about why walking is more important than talking.


Let me hear from you

I look forward to get out and tell about all the great things walking and hiking can be and do. The talks can both be in English or Danish.

Please contact me for more information: Contact Frits Ahlefeldt

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