Boosting Creativity to Solve Societal and Planetary Challenges.

Humans are innately creative. Somewhere on the way though, many adults lose their courage to be creative. Convenience is easy and safe, but convenience rarely challenges the status quo! Creativity does! Creativity feeds innovation and innovation has the force to change the world for the better!

We need creativity to solve societal and planetary challenges to design spaces that promote human well-being and happiness 2022 and beyond.

I call this our creative intelligence, cf. emotional intelligence, cognitive intelligence, and digital intelligence. You may exchange the word ‘intelligence’ with ‘literacy’.

In the scope of creative intelligence I’ve put together a few reflections on human development and learning in the times we live in.

We can create a better future. We are not victims to circumstances.

Humans thrive and are good at relationships, experiences and engagement.

Relationships: A trusting relationship is the foundation of what we can create together in a foreseeable future. With every human interaction you have, you scan the situation as safe or unsafe. That is socially safe, of course. We are not running away from lions and bears these days, but we want to make sure that the person in front of us is friendly. In a split second we read faces, we listen for indicators of friendliness in speech and we look at the body language. We search for rapport, are we on the same frequency level as this person, will this relationship be personally or professionally fruitful? A smile helps a lot, a joke even better. When we have fun together we feel safe, and creativity happens more easily. When you feel safe oxytocin is produced. Oxytocin is the neurotransmitter that is in our bodies when we feel safe, when there is love, when there is care.

Experiences: Humans learn best when we absorb experiences with all our senses. We get more motivated to learn and we learn better when we can connect our senses to what we are learning. We get more tempted too. Imagine walking past a bakery. The thought of getting some yummy cinnamon buns may instantly fly through your mind. Imagine walking into the perfume department at the airport. It smells cosmopolitan, it smells holidays, it smells of good memories! Imagine experiencing that special restaurant you saw on Instagram, the one with the special food. It’s mouth watering already before entering the restaurant. Imagine running and listening to your favourites songs. These songs can take you to an experienced moment that you loved, or even a desired moment that you would like to experience!

We have entered an experience economy. In our human illogical ways, we want both to be surprised by futuristic experiences, as well as being drawn into authentic lifestyles like the ones on eco-farms. When creating something memorable, create an experience! Think touch, smell, sight, taste, sounds.

Engagement: We like to engage H2H. This is something that the pandemic has clearly proven to us. Engagement comes when we find willingness to pursue on a purpose, a goal, we become driven and motivated to accomplish something.

If we look at the history of humans, one can see that we developed in small groups for the betterment of all in that group. When we are motivated and engaged to do something there is dopamine in our system and creativity flows easily. Engagement also inspires others to engage!

Collaboration. The future is not fixed. We can create it with our actions and non-actions. Humans are good at collaboration when it really matters. That’s how humanity evolved. The future is people, planet and purpose driven. When many things become automated we may be looking at the possibility of spending more time with what really matters to us. The question of purpose comes up. Something that humans always pondered.

A model like Ikigai can help you to understand your life purpose. Humans often feel that we are on purpose when we are at service for others, when we help and support our communities. It seems as we live longer too, when we collaborate with others and solve things together.

We need to collaborate in order to solve societal and planetary challenges. Wildfires don’t care about nationalities, wealth, religion and other things that may divide us. We are so small in universe. We live on a planet in a vast universe. Isn’t it about time we started unite in our humanity? Astronauts who saw earth from above come back to earth and wonder why we have wars. Borders are not seen from space.

New Success Formula. The new success formula is the balance of living healthily and living on purpose, which will feed prosperity and be more inclusive. The old success formula seems to have led us to the challenges we are facing now with a pandemic going on and climate change. We need sustainability for the planet first of all, and for ourselves as spices. I.e What is the point of getting a burn-out? Well-being needs to be enhanced at all levels. Without a good health, what are we?

Redesigning learning. Routine learning should be replaced with a focus on skills, concepts and interdisciplinarity: creativity, collaboration, ability to discuss, critical thinking skills, metacognition, multi – lateral problem solving/entrepreneurial learning, applied neuroscience, physical activity and well-being, individualised learning where everyone can develop themselves, a sense of belonging, student agency in age-neutral settings, a classroom without walls where authentic learning experiences happening within local and global contexts, for the betterment of many. You hear where I’m going. One fits all is utterly outdated.

Change. The pandemic has offered us a time to change, a possibility, an opportunity. We often change because of pain or love. The challenge with change is that humans innately wants to stick to what is known and are not so keen to change at first sight. We need to be convinced of its necessity. We need to be courageous. Change happens when there is motivation involved. Societal and planetary challenges become real when extreme weather hits your neighbourhood, for example.

Keep, develop bin. The reset and the possibility of the now. Through crisis, through chaos, comes creativity. We need the helicopter perspective to see what we need to keep, develop and bin. What serves us 2022? Which are the next stories of humanity. What will we write? How will we collaborate? What decisions are needed?

We believe what we tell ourselves. If we believe we can write a good future, chances are bigger that we do so.

Happiness. Happiness can’t be downloaded, it’s not an app. Aristotle said that happiness is the purpose of life, how to be happy as often as possible. If happiness is the purpose, then we need to do our inner work and know what makes us happy and do that often! Happiness comes when we can submerge into the moment and make it great. Aristotle also said that the quality of our lives is our capability to make the most of our now. This is another challenge for us humans, as we are wired for scenario planning of what could possibly go wrong.

Hmm, we are not so easy to deal with. However, there is a cure. We can practice our capabilities of being present in the now, by practising mindfulness.

People living in the so called Blue Zones live the longest on earth. Many reach the distinguished age of 100 years. What has been noticed amongst them, is the sense of belonging in a community, the focus on friendships, helping others, the closeness to nature, the daily physical activities, the plant based diet, the possibility to recharge. These are things to be inspired by.

Critical thinking skills. In the scope of creative intelligence we need to use our critical thinking skills and start asking ourselves if we are becoming the technology or if we are just simply using technology. That is a relevant and important perspective in 2022 and beyond. In addition: what does it mean to be human in a global age of technology? For example: Trip Advisor never had a nice meal, but have information about nice meals. Data + information vs. wisdom are two different things. We need to start thinking of what we value, what is real. How do we define real? Is a concert in the Metaverse real for you? Are designer clothes made for AR/VR real? Holograms and 3D boards exist already. How will we use them in mainstream culture in a nearby future? When will our smartphones be replaced? When will humans with computer chips be common in our society? When will designer babies be a reality? How will it all match with humans needing the human touch, hugs, kisses, being close to each other to feel well?

We also need to become more critical to what we see and read in news media. Deep fakes are already difficult to distinguish from real films. This is important to think of when it comes to understanding political ideas and the way they are presented to us.

Law & ethics. We need governmental decisions on how to use A.I, our data, and biological engineering. We need tighter laws that protect young people on social media, to fight against cyber bullying. This part here is an area that needs a blogpost of it’s own.

People know purpose, know passion and have values. Robots don’t.

We need to use our creative intelligence when redesigning life, to promote human well-being, happiness and sustainability 2022 and beyond.

Yvette Larsson, ahaacceleratingeducation@gmail.com

Game-Changers Podcast Interview

/ GAME-CHANGERS PODCAST / Earlier this autumn I was interviewed by inspiring Australian team Adriano Di Prato and Dr Phil Cummins for their podcast. We spoke of learning and education in the times we live in: what it means to be human in a global age of technology, what happens when we educate the heart first and foremost and the importance of skills-based learning.

I’m an advocate for a ‘classroom without walls’ were learners are inspired to take action and agency in their local and global communities, to work on projects in a design-thinking way, projects that have the possibilities to change communities and give a sense of belonging to people.

We framed the conversation around global citizenship, living abroad, the importance of learning languages to create relationships across borders. -To be the game-changers and peace-keepers that the world needs now, we need excellent communication and collaboration skills. When these skills are taught in school learners WILL exceed.

A red thread that developed throughout our conversation was the theme of trust, freedom and autonomy to explore and create. For school leaders, educators and learners it all narrows down to being able to try, and try again, learn and also have some fun on the way. I seek to foster resilience skills and a growth mindset in the work I do with regards to enhancing healthy relationships, well-being and human development when working with young people.

We all have a personal story to tell. Mine starts in Swedish Lapland, above the Arctic Circle, where I developed a deep sense of appreciation for nature, that tags well into what we now call ‘green skills’. Growing up there also made me the creative person I am today, focusing on innovation and solutions. I bring that into learning and innovation. Innovation has the intrinsic power for change in general, but also to tackle the urgent societal and planetary challenges we are facing.

When asked about role models I thought of Leonardo da Vinci, as an artist and scientist, combining the rational and the emotional / expressive sides in us as humans.

Please check out the podcast and lean into the conversation: https://lnkd.in/dNwmABw5

Thank you Adriano and Philip for the invite! Keep inspiring us!

Freedom

This week my 14 year-old daughter Emma wrote a short story that moved me a lot. She was inspired by a photograph of a train station. She connected it to the war in Ukraine and our family friend Elena, who we know since 2011. Please read Emma’s story and give her some feedback.

However, before reading her story of 2022, please read my short text of 1990, that I wrote when I was 18. I had a friend from Romania and it impacted me a lot during my teenage days, thinking deeply about what freedom means.

Yvette Larsson, 1990/04/18

“History was written in the autumn of 1989. It was the autumn of Democracy in Eastern Europe and revolutionary winds blew. The scenes of happiness we saw on TV started after the Berlin Wall fell. Eastern and Western Germans could meet again after that long and horrible time being separated by the wall. People cried out of happiness. The feeling was amazing!

Country after country followed like pieces in dominoes, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Bulgaria, and so forth.  There were many experts who thought that Romania, with its’ Stalinistic leader Ceaușescu would be kept away from those scenes of happiness.

The experts said: “The Romanians do not have the force and energy to engage and collect themselves to a revolution”. They said that the Romanians’ strength wasn’t sufficient enough more than to keep theIir every- day life going. The daily problems with lack of all: be it petrol, pens, oranges, or heat, would stop the Romanians’ big wish to get rid of Communism in their country.

Soon, it proved, times of wonder were a reality.  The revolution took place end of December: a people’s revolution that later came to include the military too. They took the president and after the hunting down of all his Securitate men started.

There was one country that stayed communistic in the East and that was Albania. But, speaking of wonders, who knows about Albania?

How did it go with Romania? Well, we can’t really answer that question already now. Because that is the now we live in.

It is now they have to take the democratic dream and put it into reality, practically speaking.

A task that is difficult to solve. People in the East don’t know either how to think democratic, nor do they know how to LIVE democratically. Suspiciousness has also always been omnipresent and it will be difficult to build something completely different. Open. Democratic. It will surely take a long time to make the democratic way of life to be a reality.

The living standards must ameliorate. At present, there is a diaspora in the east: eastern Europeans leaving their home countries with their newly pressed passports. They want better living standards fast. Highly educated people see their chance to get a decent life abroad. However it will go, I will never forget the autumn and winter of 1989. The thing I will never forget is when my friend from Romania called after Christmas time and screamed out his joy: “ We are finally free!!!! “

Please now read Emma’s fictive story of March, 2022.

The great escape

It was a dark and cold morning. The somberness swept over the village as the clouds that hung in the sky covered up the sun that tried to peek through with its beaming rays. What woke me up today was the ambience that filled the air. It was different than ever before. The feeling was ineffable, but it wasn’t positive. Was I hopeful? Was I scared? Was I disappointed? All of those sentiments were swaying around in my head like a kite dancing in a storm. It was as though my own presence had caused this, yet I wasn’t worried. These feelings made sense to me, because the war had after all just started. The whole of Ukraine was on the edge of their seats, waiting to see what his next move was.

         I lifted my heavy, stale neck from my pillow and let out a groan of relief as I twisted my back, cracking my spine. With every crack, I felt the tension in my body fade away. I wish I could do the same with my brain, and just let go of the thoughts that fill it, but it remains the same as it has been recently; cramped and full of concern. With my groggy eyes still closed shut, I shuffled my lanky legs over the side of the bed and threw my blanket off of me. The cold air met my skin and made me shiver and want to crawl back into my only place of comfort.

It was peculiarly cold today. The freezing temperature simulated the bone-chilling cold of the outside world. I then quickly got reminded why life had felt so cold lately, when I finally opened my eyes and faced the world outside my window. Putin’s decisions had led to a shut off in electricity in many rural villages, including mine. Our homes were now colder than ever.

I stood up, with my stare fixated on the street outside. With every blink and with every step closer to the window, my heart sank down to my stomach more, and more “how could this happen, even in a modern world like today?” I asked myself out loud as I felt a change in my tone. Tears welled up in my eyes as the sorrow in me erupted and I broke down into a cluster of despair. Pain was all around me like a bridge over troubled water, but the sun that now made an appearance, flashing on my eyes, gave me a sense of warmth that I longed for. I lay there on the cold wooden floor, with the glowing sun on my skin for the first time in days, and my head in my hopeless hands.

A sharp knock from behind me then pierced the silent air like a silver bullet. I slowly let go of my heavy head, and peered behind my shoulder. Zalskimir stood there in the doorway dressed in the worst possible thing you would want to see your father in; a jacket and cargo pants in green, embedded with a blue-yellow flag on the left arm.

With his head hanging low, he looked at me straight in the eyes and said “I have to leave now, sweetie,” sniffling between words. My father, like most men in Ukraine, was obliged to go to war. I couldn’t imagine how miserably my mother felt about this, but I knew one thing that worried me. We wouldn’t know what to do once my father left us.

I got to my shaking feet and started to feel the gut-wrenching feeling inside me grow. I couldn’t wrap my head around the fact that my own father would leave, and maybe never come back. This was the type of thing you read about in books, or saw in depressing music videos. But instead, it was happening to me. The thought of that uniform haunted me daily. Having to see your loved one dressed in one, knowing what it implied, was unimaginably painful. Not knowing if they would make it out alive, or how many steps they would take before it was over. We’ve all heard the stories of “those who never came back”. To me, it has always been so baffling how the decision of one person who isn’t in their right mind, could determine whether or not those stories become a reality.

“Papa, you can’t leave,” I said as tears flooded down my pale face. My words didn’t change or mean anything anyway, and I felt so hopeless acknowledging that I could do nothing, absolutely nothing, to stop my father from departing.

The car ride was long, silent, and reflective. Sitting in our black beat-up honda, gave me a sense of nostalgia I had never felt before until now. My mother sat tensely in the passenger seat, wrapped up in blankets. Her mascara ran down her face as she sobbed quietly. I couldn’t see my father’s expression, but his thick, Slavic eyebrows were tilted upwards, and his hand was on my mother’s leg. He wasn’t like other fathers, he was the warmth in this family. He gave us happiness and strength.

 I recognized the smell of the interior that held so many memories, and the trips we went on during the summer. The arguments we had, and how we solved them. My father was a good-hearted person, who always drew his mindset to the positive side of things. He was a modern man who didn’t believe that war was a solution, for anything. A couple of days before the war started, we had an argument in the same car we sat in now driving to the train station, packed with refugees. I told my dad I hated him, and that he should disappear. That whole day was full of regret and misery because I saw the look on my father’s face when I spat out those words that did nothing more than scar his heart. The next day he got the message, telling him to go to war, and my heart sank when he showed me the letter. I looked into his eyes and he looked back at mine and whispered “I forgive you, Elena,” as he put his hands on my cold cheek and smiled softly. I felt so relieved. He knew that I was sorry. He knew that those words that came out of my mouth made me feel sick. I couldn’t believe I said it. How could I?

The train station was crowded with people eager to get on the train, the one train that would take some to freedom, and some to terror. The air was dirty and packed with hundreds of yelling voices. The floor was dusty and full of footprints that belonged to so many people either leaving their home country, or fighting for it. My mother insisted that we stay, to put a foot down and show that we stand with our country. That we aren’t showing weakness towards Putin, who wants nothing more than to bring the Ukrainians down. We would stand our ground.

As my father put down his suitcase, we heard the announcement that the train would open shortly. Over two hundred people swiftly formed lines in front of the three train doors. My father was one of them, who started walking towards the line nearest us. The first door. The setting was chaotic, and I couldn’t think straight. The lifeless light, the noise, and the sadness that filled the air. As I hesitantly neared the line, I recognized more soldiers dressed in uniform in front of my father. I saw that they exchanged looks of disappointment. I could smell the fear of the soldiers and the relief of the Ukrainians.

The doors then opened, and I witnessed something I had never seen before. The whole train station clamored into the doors. Shoving each other side to side, fighting for their freedom. They screamed of pain as some got trampled on, like animals in a herd. I stood there, observing the situation. The war made all of us into animals, and this train triggered the fight or flight. Clearly, everyone was fighting. Fighting for peace and freedom.

With my mom by my side, we ran up to my father who stood there by the doorway of the train with open arms. We plunged into his arms and felt the comfort of his love that we wouldn’t miss for a long time. I thought all my tears had been used up but then broke down into his arms again. He caught me and lifted me up to the ground like he always did.

         “Don’t let yourself fall down,” he said as he looked at me. His eyes filled with tears, and he himself started to whimper. His lip quivered, and his arms shook as he let go of my hands. He turned his head away slowly, keeping eye contact for as long as possible. He walked in following the other soldiers, who sat by the chairs closest to the window. I threw my hand on the glass where he sat. He lifted up his hand and put it by mine. We were so close, yet so separated by the train. He smiled, and dropped his head, and the tears streamed down his face. The conductor blew the whistle, and I froze. It was time for him to leave. I wailed and screamed in pain. My heart physically hurt, and I had never felt this way before in all my ten years of living.

         The train slowly but surely started to drift away. I followed it with my hand on the glass, until I couldn’t. The last glance I got of my father was him mouthing the “I love you,” that I heard in my heart even through the glass. The train roared away in the distance, mimicking the roar that left a permanent scar inside my soul. 

Gone.

Humans and Icebergs

{ HUMANS & ICEBERGS } Imagine the size and the content of our inner lives, our imagination. It’s seldom linear, and very often ran by emotions.

It can’t be seen, unless we manage to express it somehow.

A human has an inner AND outer life.

An iceberg is a great visual analogy.

When thinking about it I can’t help but making the comparasion with the vast universe too.

The universe and the space of our inner lives seem endless, eternal. They can’t really be measured ( yet ), but can be experienced.

Imagine a painting, a poem, a song, a sculpture, a story, a book, a project, a crazy idea, a beautiful idea, a fun idea, a courageous idea, a disruptive idea, a life changing idea, an idea that can make life better.

They all started in our imagination, in that inner space where you spend a lot of time, your inner life.

The Swedish author Astrid Lindgren once said “Everything great that ever happened in this world happened first in somebody’s imagination.”

What do you need to boost your inner life and imagination?

Me, I read a lot, books, articles, magazines, I talk, I network, I love travelling but reduced it during Covid but a change of scenery always sparks my imagination, music, spending time with family and friends, poems, art , exhibitions, quiet reflection by myself, immersive experiences, and outdoor fun.

Walking by the seaside makes me more imaginative, taking in the beauty of the sea and clearing my mind.

My encouragement is this: dare to imagine crazy, beautiful, fun, life changing things.

We are here for a short while.


Let’s make it awesome.

Slow Living by the Arctic

On the plane from Stockholm to Luleå I got my first panic attack ever in my life. I felt claustrophobic in the plane, and all of a sudden all the captivated stress came over me and overflew me like a tsunami of emotions.

For two years we have lived with the pandemic.

For two years primary schools teachers in Sweden have been working onsite.

For as much as it has been good for the students to come to school, it has been very challenging for us teachers to go to work, especially during the time when we were not vaccinated and the rest of society pretty much stayed at home.

It is time to think of the well-being of the teachers. The mental stress has been enormous, and the number of teachers who have had Covid is big. At my school I lost count how many they are.

Add the teacher burn out even before the pandemic and you can imagine that the profession needs a reboot.

Teacher well-being needs to be prioritized. A healthy teacher in the classroom is one that will inspire the students to learn the best.

On the day when my school finally closed, there was 32 people home, either with Covid, testing for Covid or with the flue.

Everyone, myself included, were just simply trying to keep it together until the Christmas break.

This is where I am from and this is where I got my love for the outdoors; northern Sweden, close to the Arctic.

Here is a glimpse from my holiday at my parents’ place, a place where I truly could recharge my energy and live life a bit slower, less harsh, and more balanced.

My parents live by a river, and now during winter it is frozen. People love coming there to walk, ice-skate, run, bike, snow-scootering and windsurfing.

The sun plays a big role in life up here as it is so scarce during winter.

I hope you could feel the calmness coming through from these pictures.

Wishing you a fantastic 2022!

A Human Renaissance

/ A Renaissance of Humanity/
Life behind the screens need to be balanced with an analogue life.

This is becoming so clear to me when I spend the holidays up by the Arctic, where I was born.

What is the chase about?

I have met so many people “in the tunnel” last year, people being so busy all the time that they lost their resonance with life. Like putting on a broken LP record. I have stopped giving these people my time.

Modern people spend too much time in a performance state of being, and too little time in a state of enjoyment and emotion.

Dare to start a conversation that really matters.

If I ask you: “How are you?” It means that I really want to know how you are. I love it when people are honest when they answer that question.

It’s so easy to say “I’m fine, and you?” because we think that the other person may get bored about hearing us talking in detail about our life.

However, us humans connect best when there is vulnerability involved, when there is authenticity, when we are pretty real and specific. It doesn’t mean that we are going completely unfiltered, but it rather means that when we dare to open up to another person that is when the real stuff happens, the real connections, the real creativity, the real rapport, the smiles, the cries, the possibilities. Otherwise it becomes cold, plain, blasé.
Our societies are becoming too measured, too rational, too professional. I recently read a post of a leader who was so tired about end of year reports, that nobody reads, and what happened? His post just exploded with comments of people who thought the same, who simply wanted more presence in their lives, and less stuff to be measured.

After having been to the cinema the other day , I was asked to do a recommendation. I didn’t want to. I just wanted to fully experience the majestic feeling I had from the film. I wanted to ask my mum what she thought of the film and how it related to her life. Good question is : what are we giving our time and data to?

I’m going to strive to give my data to scientifical purposes, not to markets.

Humans are highly driven by emotion and intuition. That comes from the older parts of the brain. The executive, analytical skills are younger.

Think of all the decisions you took today. Think of the holiday season. You want to do the things you love, you want to be with the people you love.

In the world of digitalisation, we need a renaissance of a humanisation.

Leadership of 2022 needs an enormously high sense of EQ.

Leaders need to see the human behind, the person with hopes and dreams, with a family, with passions, who yearns to be seen for who she / he is, to be appreciated. If not, there will be an exodus.

In the { reset } we live in I hope that the digitalisation will enhance humanity, so that in parallel we will see a post-digitalisation and a renaissance of humanity.

Yvette Larsson
January 2022
Very close to the Arctic Circle

Teacher Exodus: We Need to Talk About Teacher Well-Being

/ TEACHER WELL-BEING / Going to work today thinking that it’s time to talk about teacher well-being. For real. Serious talk.

✨In Sweden we are lacking 22,000 teachers

✨69 million teachers are needed worldwide by 2030 (https://lnkd.in/dgiMkRCK

✨Young people are not pulled to the teacher profession

✨Teachers are leaving the profession

✨Burnout is a big thing amongst teachers.

This was a fact even before the pandemic started. Read again.

Teachers are usually not the type of people who goes out and protest wildly. We stay loyal and dedicated towards the main characters in the room; the learners.

What happens is that we work until burnout and then simply quit.

Teachers’ health need to be prioritised.

Teachers need to be heard. Internally we voice our concerns about all areas that needs to be fixed, developed, on the “How to do school”.

I am concerned that we will soon see headlines in newspapers saying “Teachers leaving the profession in heaps”.

If you know me, you know I am a solution-oriented person. Where there is a problem, a challenge, I wish to try and find a solution.

Covid is back and we have a fourth wave in Sweden. Teachers are working onsite at school. Christmas holidays is in a week. Students and teachers are getting Covid. Why aren’t teachers protected more? Why are we risking our own health? Now, during the fourth wave it’s still better as most of us are vaccinated. I do remember pre-vaccinated days very vividly, going to work when most people were working from home. I have lost count of how many times I tested myself and I have completely lost count of how many colleagues have had Covid.

Here is our Aha! WellBeing contribution to support educators: https://lnkd.in/gZbtgtuQ

If today was a book it would be called “Working Onsite During a Pandemic – the Know-How of Staying Resilient and Sane” Authors: Teachers across the country.

December 2021.

This was my most read post on LinkedIn 2021. Nearly 10.000 readers.

Transformative Learning Experiences and the Building of Future Mindsets

The Future Mindset & Project Based Learning / I was invited to Hong Kong based American Kyle Wagners podcast “Transformative Learning Experiences” to talk about project based learning and the know-how’s to get started.

Project based learning is entrepreneurial, immersive and motivational.

The learners become highly independent and really drive their own learning, showing ownership and student agency, with the support of a design thinking framework and micro learnings on the way.

Our Winter Fair was a six weeks mini accelerator program for young people to take their ideas and make them real.

Please check out the podcast and tell me what you think!

https://open.spotify.com/episode/42TSGLYRfMQxR3dlTSfXYp?si=Zy2OkYFbQyiUz0VoBpiHbQThe Future Mindset and Project Based Learning

It’s the first time someone calling me a future mindset guru, so Kyle Wagner you are our Project Based Learning guru!

Thank you for uniting us and keep inspiring us! I loved your questions, your energy and your enthusiastic approach! Thank you for having me 🙏

Educonomy, when human growth is the revenue

/ Investing in a sustainable future / EDUCONOMY / WELL-BEING’CONOMY / How can healthy venture capital investments look like for the 21st century? Capital is needed for the ideas that can positively have an impact of the many and change the world. Ideas that tackle societal and planetary challenges.

Been talking about this subject this week, with some edtech people. We want to offer products for free for our users, the learners, but edtech people also need to eat. What do you see happening in that area? How can funding in that area develop?

A development of business models to accelerate growth for social impact startups is needed.

  • How to make human growth, peace, education for all, no poverty, the revenue?

Illustration: Yvette Larsson The Future Mindset (c)

To all the educators who show up everyday

Here is for the educators who show up everyday and help young people to thrive. The educators who don’t have LinkedIn, who don’t get interviewed in podcasts, who don’t write articles, but who simply show up, who are there for young people every day.

The picture is me, 19 years old and just started University. I had started studying French, but realised quickly that the level was to high for me. I was sad and disappointed at myself. I drew the conclusion that university wasn’t for me and that I would drop out and travel the world instead.

One conversation with a supporting adult changed the scene.

A simple conversation has the power to change our mindset. She asked me: – What if you check if you can simply change the major subject, do English instead of French?

The Swedish university system is quite rigid so I really didn’t think that would work. But I was lucky. Seven years later I finished university with double diplomas. I went to live in both the Reunion island and Provence, France, so my French these days is ok.

Let’s be those adults that support young people to grow, those adults who have presence enough to deeply listen to what young people have to say.