Speaking

Hello! My name is Morten Rand-Hendriksen, and one of my many titles is “Speaker at Tech Events.” Which is likely why you find yourself on this page. To make it easy for you to find what you’re looking for, I’ve broken the page into sections:

Speaker bio

Morten Rand-Hendriksen’s passion for practical ethics in technology has shaped his fifteen-year career working on and with the web. Combining a masters’ degree in philosophy with his experiences working in and then teaching web development and design, Morten has seen how design shapes the future. He has written and spoken on applied practical ethics in technology and design for over five years and believes the future needs a tech industry centered around ethics. 

Morten resides in Vancouver, Canada with his family where he creates online and in-person courses as a senior staff instructor for LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com). He teaches interaction design at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, and is an active contributor to several open source projects. 

Morten is a prolific amateur photographer. His work has been featured in several print and online magazines and exhibits, and he created and organized the 12×12 Vancouver Photo Marathon for five years. 

Contact

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Talks, topics, and videos

I’ve spoken at a myriad of tech and academic events over the years including An Event Apart (April 2020, October 2020), Radical Research Summit, Smashing Conference, HighEdWeb, WPCampus, PressNomics, TechDays, JSDay, Make Web Not War, MIX, WordCamps including US and EU, Meetups, podcasts, and more. My talks cover a wide range of topics, mainly about tech and design ethics, web design and development, and how the web and the internet works. Each of my talks is tailored to a specific event and its audience.

2020 talks and workshops

  • Practical Ethics for the Modern Web Designer – a “deep” talk on the ethics of design and development based on four traditions of moral philosophy and how we can use them to design better futures for everyone.
  • Capability-Centered Design and Development – a talk on how to use the ethical theory of Capability Approach to improve the design and development process by thinking about the capabilities we grant and enable in content, platforms, and the people who use them.
  • CSS Grid Changes Everything: Revisited – an updated version of the immensely popular “CSS Grid Changes Everything” talk from 2017, with new material, new insights, and more actionable examples.

If you’re interested in these (or other related) talks or workshops, get in touch!

Examples

To get an idea of what my talks are like, here are a few video examples. Slides for these talks can be found at Slideshare.

I Thought We Were Making World Peace
Smashing Conference Freiburg, 2018

The Ethics of Web Design
WordCamp Europe 2018

CSS Grid Changes Everything
WordCamp Europe, 2017


Morten: An Introduction

People often ask me what I do, as in “how do you make a living.” My immediate answer is “I help people make sense of the web, the internet, and how they shape us.” If I had to put a label on that, I’d say I’m a front-end developer, interaction designer, educator, speaker, and author. Which to be honest is not one label but several. I have the official, and somewhat confusing, title of Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) meaning I spend most of my time figuring out and teaching web standards, design, UX, WordPress, and future technologies to millions of people around the world. I also teach Interaction Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, write articles for various publications including Smashing Magazine, and contribute to various open source projects.

My passion is helping people not just understand but take ownership of the technologies available to them through the global network we call the internet. I do this by making human connections and helping people discover their agency, their capabilities, and their power as citizens of the web.

By by education I am a philosopher, by culture I am a Norwegian, by luck or chance or something else I live close to Vancouver, Canada, and by genetics I am a white northern European man. As such, I make efforts to remind myself in every interaction what privileges I carry with me and my responsibilities to use them for good. It is the amalgamation of all these traits which makes me the designer, developer, and educator I am, and it is because of these traits my talks and my work often focus on the societal impacts of design and development and how to build futures we all want to live in.

Finally, when I’m not working I spend my time playing with my son, reading philosophy and sci-fi, having conversations about the internet and how it shapes our society, and wearing out my shoes on the ballroom dance floor.