Co-Founder What Took You So Long?
- Amherst, Massachusetts (Springfield, Massachusetts Area)
- International Affairs
Sebastian Lindstrom's Overview
- Co-Founder and Producer at What Took You So Long?
- Co-Founder / Chairman at Light for Children (Ghana)
- Nairobi Sandbox Ambassador at Sandbox-Network
- Assistant to the Chairman at SureTrace Security Corp
Sebastian Lindstrom's Summary
Traveler, NGO founder and filmmaker Sebastian Lindstrom has traversed 65 countries in the past three years, trekking deep within the jungles of Papua New Guinea, crossing Africa by bus and train, and crossed Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East tracking the rise of the camel milk industry. Double TEDx speaker at NHH in Norway on Camel Milk entrepreneurship and at TEDxAthens on Disruptive filmmaking. Sebastian has studied in Hong Kong, Seoul and Singapore.
Being a filmmaker is one layer of a powerful connection and network-based movement underlying the provocatively named the What Took You So Long?, which Sebastian co-founded in 2008. Guerilla filmmaking is about looking for untold stories in remote areas ; small equipment gives you this access. Use your feet. You are only as good as your last movie. The filmmaking field is wide open ; anyone can get access to some film equipment and start exploring how to tell compelling stories. Guerilla filmmaking is about going in without an agenda, integrating with the locals, using the smallest amount of gear to do the work you need to do. Quality is critical. No lights no boom no massive cameras.
New technology is enabling a new generation to participate. There's no need for a director or producer on a shoot today, they can work remote and roles can be combined.
Never stop moving.
Sebastian has also co-founded the NGO Light for Children in Ghana with Ghanaians Mike Owusu and Yaw Ochere, and the Sandbox-Network in Nairobi. He has been sharing findings associated with his projects at The Royal Geographical Society, on Swedish television, with Muhammad Yunus, radio's and at top universities around the world.
Specialties: NGOs, connecting dots, guerilla film-making, mobilization
Sebastian Lindstrom's Experience
Co-Founder and Producer
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Motion Pictures and Film industry
June 2008 – Present (5 years 11 months) world-wide
Co-Founder / filmmaker
Sebastian is the epitome of Guerilla filmmaking, managing to edit camels into every project he is working on, which are as numerous in number as they are diverse. He is always ahead of the pack and therefore the boundless Team Leader! Filmed in 65 countries ; traveled in total to 105 plus.
Nairobi Sandbox Ambassador
Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Education Management industry
March 2011 – 2012 (1 year)
Initiate, mobilize and start the first Sandbox Hub in Africa.
Sebastian Lindstrom's Projects
- September 2013 to Present
Served as a Production Assistant for What Took So Long?'s coverage of the TEDx UN Plaza. Filmed interviews and b-roll as well as co-edited a video produced under 48 hours for the second day of the event.
Sebastian Lindstrom's Skills & Expertise
- Social Media
- Film Production
- Social Entrepreneurship
- Social Networking
- International Development
- New Media
- Project Management
- International Relations
- Social Innovation
- Strategic Partnerships
- Public Speaking
- Team Leadership
- Corporate Social Responsibility
Sebastian Lindstrom's Education
Master in International Education, Development
2012 – 2014 (expected)
Non formal education solutions in complex / fragile regions
University of Hong Kong
International Business and Global Management, Business
2007 – 2010
Activities and Societies: Scholarship student (yearly intake; 25 students out of 800+ applicants) Selected to represent the University at UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen Clinton Global Initiative, NGO participant, Miami, United States Mobilized over US$30,000 from University funds for various volunteer expeditions
Bachelor of International Business, International Business
2009 – 2009
Business / Tourism
2007 – 2007
Sebastian Lindstrom's Additional Information
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