At the speaker summit on April 4 in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Barack Obama will appear in front of a sold-out audience. As part of the event, GEDANKENtanken has also invited the holders of an honorary work card "Ehrensache NRW" to take part in this premium event. In recognition of their civic commitment, a total of 2,000 volunteers will receive free admission.
Cologne, April 1, 2019 - Looking ahead to his appearance at the GEDANKENtanken World Leadership Summit in Cologne's Lanxess Arena on Thursday, he may be Barack Obama can look forward to a full house: 12,000 tickets have already been sold. In keeping with the spirit of the former US president, the organisers have also offered 2,000 holders of the "Ehrensache NRW" honorary activity card, introduced by the North Rhine-Westphalian state government together with cities, districts and municipalities, free tickets to attend the event. The response has been enormous: the majority of these honorary tickets are already sold out. Irrespective of this, there is still a contingent of tickets available at the box office for those who make up their minds at short notice and present their Ehrenamtskarte.
Elfi Scho-Antwerpes, First Deputy Mayor of Cologne and member of the GEDANKENtanken advisory board, has supported the free access for honorary activity card holders and emphasizes: "It is great that volunteers are included in the event in this way. Whether they are coaches at a football club or helpers at refugee shelters, these people ultimately do valuable work for society as a whole in many places in our country by working tirelessly and unpaid for others. This is now an excellent opportunity to say thank you to them. They deserve our appreciation."
"We want to make this event, which features Barack Obama live, accessible to people who have made special contributions to the community," said Dr. Stefan Frädrich, founder of GEDANKENtanken. "That is also the reason why we have made 2,000 tickets available for volunteers. This campaign is not least in the spirit of Barack Obama, who is very committed to the topic of 'community building', and that's what volunteering is all about."
"We are very pleased with the advance ticket sales," said Alexander Müller, CEO and co-owner of GEDANKENtanken. "To have sold over 12,000 tickets in just four weeks is rather unusual and really a great success. Usually an event like this has at least a year's lead time. At the last event, the sold-out big speaker night also in Cologne, it was even one and a half years. In the last few days, and especially on the weekend, advance sales for the GEDANKENtanken World Leadership Summit have really picked up again. We are very pleased to have a really full arena and to be able to do good through our campaign for the holders of the Ehrenamtskarte."
At the GEDANKENtanken World Leadership Summit, numerous other renowned visionaries and decision-makers will appear and give impulses for a progressive and peaceful future, among them the American best-selling author John Strelecky ("The Café at the Edge of the World"), the Bonn entrepreneur Frank Thelen ("Die Höhle der Löwen") and the key note speaker and pioneer in questions of sustainability Dr. Auma Obama. By the way, non-German speaking contributions will be translated simultaneously and comprehensible for the entire audience.
The GEDANKENtanken World Leadership Summit on April 4 at the Lanxess arena in Cologne is being organized by Klaus Ulrich in cooperation with GEDANKENtanken. Only a few tickets are still available in advance at www.eventim.de and at the usual ticket agencies. Exclusive VIP and box seats are also available.
The Cologne-based company GEDANKENtanken, founded in 2012 and run by the owners Dr. Stefan Frädrich and Alexander Müller, has been organising seminars, online courses and speaker nights on a wide range of topics since 2012. The goal is to accompany people on their individual paths to self-realization by effectively teaching them good thoughts. Stefan Frädrich, CEO Alexander Müller and a team of more than 70 people accordingly attach great importance to bringing relevant content to the point together with professionals, experts, trainers and coaches. The aim is to create a motivating environment in different formats and to impart knowledge that helps people to progress, for example as self-employed people and entrepreneurs, but also on a very personal level.
As recently as November 2018, GEDANKENtanken held a big speaker night in the LANXESS arena, which was sold out with 15,000 people, and featured numerous top speakers. During the event, journalist Dunja Hayali and rock musician Peter Maffay were presented with the GEDANKENtanken award "The Blue Tongue". In their laudatory speeches, comedienne Carolin Kebekus and TV presenter Bettina Böttinger honored the award winners for their commitment to freedom of expression and tolerance as well as their clear stance against xenophobia and racism.