About FutureTalks

FutureTalks was founded by Silje Vallestad and Camilla Hagen Sørli fall of 2017. It started as a crazy idea– “what if we invite 100 brilliant people of all ages, all backgrounds and all nationalities on an Arctic expedition to discuss what future we want?” – and as soon as it was said, a ship was chartered and invitations started going out.


Over the next few months we realised that we had touched upon a nerve. While many events focus on opportunities and challenges related to the future, the youth are rarely given a prominent place and time for deep personal conversations and meeting places are forgotten. Bringing together global leaders and up and coming youth – cross sectors and cross countries – on a private arena outside of conference halls, was deeply welcomed. As was the focus on making the discussions on the future engaging and understandable to, not just the experts and elite, but to everyone. Especially the young. Only when all are invited and engaged, true change can begin. And it all starts with identifying the most important questions of our time.

The engagement and passion we experienced from the growing number of community members was heartfelt and real. “This project amazes me!”, “Simply wow”, “I’ll do anything I can to support drive this initiative forward” were common responses. With this it became clear that the Arctic Expedition would not just be a once off event, but the start of something much bigger. You are welcome to join!


To connect and engage people of all ages, from all backgrounds and all over the world in discussions that will define the path forward for humanity and our planet.

A future where ethics is the guiding principle, and where people, planet, organisations and corporates flourish sustainably together.



Our Values

  • People, planet, organizations and corporates and flourish sustainably together.

  • Discussions on ethics should guide decisions.

  • Even the most complex issues can be made accessible to all. Simplify!

  • Cooperation trumps competition – we seek partnerships whenever possible.

  • Diverse groups are better problem solvers – we seek diverse perspectives.

  • The main stakeholders in the future are the young, and they should have the power to define it.

  • We always think global.

  • We focus on positive impact.

  • We are passionate, determined, committed and courageous - in heart and in mind.

  • We are open to ideas, and welcome the discussions.

  • We communicate.

  • We are authentic, respectful, honest and trustworthy.

  • We get out there and explore.

  • We dare to challenge. We dare to be challenged. We dare to be different.

  • We work smart, think big, have fun and do good.

  • We lead by example and pay it forward.

  • We hold ourselves accountable, and accept and delegate responsibility.

  • We invest in growth, learning and happiness.

  • We work with the best – regardless.

  • We celebrate wins and learning.

  • We strive to make our children proud of us.

FutureTalks connects and engages people of all ages, from all backgrounds and all over the world in discussions that will define the path forward for humanity and our planet.


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