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 Close to 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 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 is good for the students to come to school, it is also time to think of the well-being of the teachers too. The mental stress is 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.

At the day when my school finally closed there was 32 people home, either with Covid, testing for Covid or with the flue. I was 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 a bit slower life.

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 (

✨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:

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! 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? Support 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.

The New Human

THE NEW HUMAN is evolving and needs a new mindset, in order to not only survive, but thrive. The new human needs the mindset of the future. That mindset is backed up by a set of competencies and skills. Here comes the oxymoron. The new human needs to tap into some old knowledge too, knowledge that is intertwined in our DNA.

Let’s look at what made our spieces survive: our capability to collaborate, communicate and solve challenges in creative ways, being friendly and caring to each other. Yes, we needed to be adaptable and resilient too, but I think you know that part already.

We are complex: we are both rational and emotional. That’s due to how our brain evolved thoughout the history of mankind. It can cause problems to us, hence the expression ‘human bias’.

Let’s make a brief attempt to unpack the skills and competencies that the new human needs now, during this time of reset that we are living in.

-Cognitive competencies: resilience, growth mindset, metacognition, research skills, complex problem-solving skills, creative thinking skills to come up with innovations that can solve societal and planetary challenges, STEAM skills, the learning how to learn, the knowing of where to go for knowledge

-Social -Emotional competencies: strong inter and interpersonal communication skills, self awareness, self management, collaboration, strong notion of community and creating a sense of belonging, equity, inclusion, peace, well-being, fun.

-Physical competencies: capability to listen inwards and have presence in a fast world that builds on dopamine, to take care of ourselves and be able to “hear our own heartbeat “ and develop a sense of awe looking at the stars, but also eat healthy, exercise daily, sleep properly, mindfulness / meditation to deconnect, awareness of the body-brain connection. The human body was made to be active, to walk long distances. Compare that to sitting in front of a computer all day long.

-Environmental competencies: retap into our natural surroundings more, spending time outside, take care of earth, grow more gardens with food and perhaps less with flowers, be conscious about habits that are harmful / not harmful to the planet like reflection over clothes consumption etc. A truly regenerative way of living. Policies needed.

-Digital competencies: developing a critical mindset to scrutinise what it is that we consume online, what is true, what is false, who is the sender, how may the algorithms work in different situations, what is reality 2021, what is the reasons for spending time on the Metaverse, is it ok to produce super babies just because it’s possible, what will happen with humanity when some of us will have a chip implant, is the internet of everything ok in the scope of personal integrity, and so forth. Above all: what does it mean to be human in this time of fast paced era of technology? What story do we want to write?

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A handwritten card sent by old-fashioned mail

Secret Santa and a Sustainable Christmas.

We design our reality. Our choices have impact.

At work we are doing Secret Santa before the Christmas break. This year we all agreed to do a sustainable version: a second hand gift or something homemade.

It had me think of value.

There are so many things we can give to each other that has high value and little impact on earth. Before I give suggestions, take a look at this video, “The Lifecycle of a T-shirt”
After having seen that video my clothes consumption drastically decreased. That was only a T-shirt. Think of all other things we consume at a mall…

Here are a few things that have high human value, but low impact on earth.

You can give:

  • A handwritten card sent by old-fashioned mail, with thoughtful words, describing why you appreciate the person you are writing to. This has a high surprise factor ( as so few people write cards these days ) and it touches someone’s heart. Smiles guaranteed.
  • Send seasonal, festive flowers on a Friday, delivered by the door. Same here, surprise factor and brings a moment of light and happiness during the challenging times we live in.
  • Spa : so many different options. Here we have sauna and winter swim, but massages are awesome and brings relaxation and balance. So much choice. So much happiness and new energy and peace.
  • Books for those “in the club”. Choose consciously.
  • Offer to babysit or dog-sit for friends with young children and/or dogs.
  • Boardgames like “the Hygge game”, where everyone around the dinner table gets an incentive to talk about things that really matter
  • A festive box with Christmas treats ( food, wine, etc ) add some personalised messages plus a card describing an experience that you can do together. I just gave my best friend a day in Copenhagen ( lunch, gallery, museum, etc ) for her birthday for example.

’tis the season to care for each other.

I Measure Things, Therefore I am

/ An over-rational society / – Are we so keen on measuring everything, assessing everything, that we forget about enjoying ourselves, spending time where it really matters, in more moments of immersive flow, where we are creative, where we connect on a deeper level and boost communities where everyone belongs?

How can we create balance in a society that is so dopamine-high on data? How can deep connection and community be created amongst people who are too much in their heads?

Maybe it’s because I am a teacher and I feel that I spend too much time assessing young people and giving them a number, and too little time being creative and innovative, that sparked this interest of mine.

My 14 year old daughter, going from one subject assessment to the other. When will middle years schools be more interdisciplinary, more entrepreneurial, more project based?

Maybe it was my son’s two week’s test-weeks #toetsweek that made me so frustrated? Will young people love school more after two weeks’ of tests every day? We know the answer to that!

16 years old, sitting one test after the other for two weeks. My question is : why, for what purpose? Can’t it be done in a more human friendly way?

Maybe it is the filling out of surveys and filling in my email address everywhere so I can be a member, a client , an ambassador ( whatever) – and a customer that had me reflect on this topic.

I do know the benefits of data and I love it when it enhances human life. I do love goal-setting and formative assessment is part of reaching goals. However, I just have a feeling that we over-assess and over-measure our lives. When I shop online there are always check-out questions, that I never answer. When I go to IKEA there are the smiling faces by the exit, to tell IKEA if it was a good day, which I never do either. It’s the innumerous surveys to fill out. There is even the check-in from my PostNord app asking me if the experience was a good one ( sending and receiving packages).

I do understand that companies (etc ) want to create great customer experiences, but then again, and here comes the crucial question:

-> To what and to whom am I giving my time and attention?
The companies, so we can be better customers? To idealistic entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place? To Zuckerberg? It’s getting quite difficult to actually know.

We need to use our brains ( sorry to be brute 😬) and not just buy into everything that is presented to us. We need to question things more, in this digital landscape of ours, use our critical thinking in order to benefit from a life where we are more present, more “there” with each other and connect better. What are the assessments, tests, surveys, data that is actually good for ME and my communities and not only so that someone can earn lots on money on me giving my time and attention to their product development.

“Everything in human life was a test. That was why they all looked so stressed out” -Matt Haig “The Humans”

What are your thoughts?