Welcome to The Morning Sofa


Introducing the Cultural Concept Album.

Recorded 22-25 AUGUST 2017.


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Cast, in order of appearance.

James Byous (artist, singer-songwriter)
Mark Charmer (producer)
Amitangshu Acharya (human geographer and journalist)
Gloria Benedikt (dancer)
Merlijn Twaalfhoven (dancer)
Björn Ola-Linnér (climate adaptation research scientist)
Samson Kambalu (artist)
Malin Aghed (journalist and activist)
Fiona Harvey (journalist)
Sarah Cornell (planetary boundaries research scientist)
Eva Karlsson (business leader)
Fredrik Moberg (science communicator)
Cecilia Sjoholm (business leader)
Emil Hast
Luke Metelerkamp
Anna Emmelin (producer and sustainability communications)
Maxwell Jeffery (journalist)
Anne Svensén (a secretary general)
Pella Thiel

A unique art-science programme format,
exploring sustainability

Recorded in late August 2017 at the Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm's prestigious central culture house, a series of intimate urban theatre performances and talks explore the intersection of art and science – as a place for wonder.

This is the final release four-part album, which we intend to also make available as a 4 CD box-set, which you can pre-order below. We hope it will make a lovely gift, for someone you care about.

Your hosts

The Morning Sofa at the Stockholm Act features topics as diverse as songwriting and global planetary boundaries.  
All steered by a unique group of hosts.

Amitangshu Acharya

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"Human designs on the planet need to be a bit more humble.
The planet sees time, and we see time. They're totally at a different scale."

Amitangshu Acharya is lead host for episodes 1, 2 and 3 of The Morning Sofa at The Stockholm Act. He is a human geographer, and a writer for the Huffington Post, in India.

Your hosts

The Morning Sofa at the Stockholm Act features topics as diverse as songwriting and global planetary boundaries.  
All steered by a unique group of hosts.

James Byous


"Show me a way to be a human,
That doesn't hurt like hell, okay.
When is the day that I become one, and stop my narcissistic ways?

If I beg you lord to change me, would I change,
Or will I always be this way? Always living in peril."


James Byous is a singer-songwriter from California.

Throughout the Morning Sofa at The Stockholm Act, he brings depth to the discussions by helping people explore and appreciate the art of songwriting as a form of expression, and a way to handle change and transformation.

Over four episodes, he performs eight of his original songs and participates in five interviews. 


The Morning Sofa was conceived and produced by the Ekoske stamp, as part of The Stockholm Act project, in partnership with the Stockholm Coordination Initiative. The sessions were convened and recorded at the Kulturhuset in Stockholm, Sweden, between 22 and 25 August 2017. The Stockholm Act is supported financially by a variety of sponsors and backers, including SIDA (the Swedish International Development Agency) and the City of Stockholm, amongst other corporate and institutional funders. The Stockholm Coordination Initiative and The Stockholm Act are directly aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Key creative and production elements were undertaken by the #cont_ops, #ass and #bmf stamps, supported by The Movement Design Bureau Ltd, in London through its Stamp60 artistic ledger system. Maxwell Jeffery was the lead editor, and lead host for day 4. Both Amitangshu Acharya and James Byous are members of the Stamp60. James Byous is in Europe through the backing of AFPin (the Americans For Paris Investment Network), a Stamp60 crowdfunding / financial campaign.  Mark Charmer is founder of the Stamp60 and a co-producer of The Stockholm Act. The Stamp was conceived by Mark Charmer and Anna Emmelin.