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 is a conference speaker and Senior Staff Instructor at LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) with 60+ courses published on WordPress, web standards, design, UX, and future technologies. He also teaches Interaction Design at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and contributes to WordPress core and community projects. Morten enjoys playing with his son, reading philosophy and sci-fi, having conversations about the internet and how it shapes our society, and wearing out his shoes on the ballroom dance floor.

Contact

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Talks, topics, slides, and videos

I’ve spoken at a myriad of tech events over the years including Smashing Conference, TechDays, JSDay, Make Web Not War, MIX, WordCamps including US and EU, Meetups, and more. My talks cover a wide range of topics centered around web design and development, and are tailored to each event and its audience. In other words, I never do the same talk twice!

2019/2020 talks and workshops

  • 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.
  • How to Not Break the World – a “deep” talk on the ethics of design and development centered on four traditions of moral philosophy and how we can use them to design better futures for everyone.
  • Making Sense of the Modern Web – a process talk / workshop about how to build the web using modern standards, tools, and techniques.

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 it shapes 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 WordPress core and community projects. That last part also includes or working on WP Rig and the WordPress Governance Project.

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 education I am a philosopher, by culture I am a Norwegian, and by genetics I am a white norther 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, and most importantly, 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.