Andri Magnason

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Andri Snær Magnason is an Icelandic writer of novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essays and the co-director of the documentary film "Dreamland." His work has been published or performed in more than 20 countries. His novel, "LoveStar," was chosen as novel of the year by Icelandic booksellers in 2002, received the DV Literary Award and was a nomination to the Icelandic Literary Prize. His book, "The Story of the Blue Planet," was the first children’s book to receive the Icelandic Literary Prize and has been published or performed in 22 countries. "The Story of the Blue Planet" received the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award 2000 and the West Nordic Children’s Book Prize 2002. Magnason has collaborated with various artists, mostly with a band called múm. Magnason has been active in the fight against the destruction of the Icelandic Highlands. His book "Dreamland: A Self-help Manual for a Frightened Nation," takes on these issues. "Dreamland" has been published in English, Danish, German and Japanese and was turned into a feature length documentary film in 2010. Footage from "Dreamland" and an interview with Magnason can be seen in Charles Ferguson’s Oscar winning documentary, "Inside Job."
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Weighing the destruction of pristine wilderness to make more cans

Weighing the destruction of pristine wilderness to make more cans

Icelandic Writer and director Andri Magnason comes from a country of pristine rivers, idyllic waterfalls, and picturesque fjords. And he has meticulously documented the plans of energy companies to industrialize frightening tracts of that

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DJ Young Guru joins PopTech Camden speaker lineup

DJ Young Guru joins PopTech Camden speaker lineup

PopTech is pleased to announce additional speakers who will take the stage in Camden in just a few weeks! Whether you’re joining us in Maine or tuning in via Livestream, we’re looking forward to several days of riveting presentations. The theme this year is resilience; exploring what makes some people, organizations, systems and governments bounce back from disruption while others

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Watch now: Writer Andri Magnason on preserving Iceland through the power of words

From the Icelandic food store chain, Bonus, to the midnight sun, everyday Iceland inspires writer Andri Magnason. His poetry and children’s books reflect his deep connection to his homeland as does the way he’s schooled himself—and the public—on preserving Iceland’s beauty and natural resources.

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Watch now: Simonetta Carbonaro on how consuming less can make you happier

What are the economic and emotional benefits of consuming and producing less? How can the power of words be used to preserve a country’s beauty and natural resources? What does the combination of  a glockenspiel, saw, violins, drums and a laptop sound like? This week we’re excited to debut videos from a musical group and two presenters who took the stage in PopTech

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This week in PopTech: Contextualizing Iceland

This week in PopTech: Contextualizing Iceland

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

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