Perspektiv på Brexit

Av ren hobby har jag följd Brexit relativt nära, främst via Quora, som har många intressanta perspektiv från olika personer, både i Storbritannien och utanför. Vet att många lite har gett upp att förstå hur läget är, och varför. Vill man ha lite inblick, kan jag rekommendera läsa följande svar, som säger rätt mycket på lite olika sätt.

Om Storbritannien lämnar, kan de gå med i EU igen?
Can you realistically see the UK in the next five years activating Article 49 to re-enter the EU? How easy or difficult would it actually be in practice to ‘get back in’?

Ljög de som kampanjade för att lämna EU?
Was the entire Brexit campaign based on lies?

Att visa ser detta som Tyskland vs Storbritannien, och freden i Europa
Is it true that because of Brexit Germany has won the peace?

Är det EU som är hård och taskig?
Why are the EU making negotiating hard for Theresa May? Can any compromises be made?

Why does it seem like Britain is accepting ridiculous terms from Europe for Brexit? It seems like Europe is being very aggressive and Britain is simply laying down like an injured puppy. I may be wrong, but this is my perception of the issue.

Vad blir effekterna av en ”hård Brexit” om förhandlingarna in löses?
Do people realise the effect a hard Brexit could have on the UK economy?

Why is Westminster so afraid of a no deal Brexit, as if the UK has never existed without the EU?

Vad skulle man kunnat göra annorlunda?
If you were the Prime Minister of UK, what would you do about Brexit?

Vad tycker man i Europa om Brexit?
What do Europeans think of UK’s vote to postpone Brexit?

Och så klart, humor

How to stay healthy?

Being involved in Wellbefy has the advantage of being surrounded by people with a passion for health. Because of this, I have gotten plenty of recommendations for different books and reports. Currently I am reading (listening in one case) two to books on health this winter. First one is Hjärnstark by the psychologist Anders Hansen about the mental benefits of exercise, and how the body can handle stress better if we stress it by exercise. Very healthy to hear and understand better the physiological effects of moving. Second is Der Ernährungs Kompass by Bas Kast, the Science Editor at Tagesspiegel, who set out to really understand how what we eat affects our bodies – and went for a couple of years almost thru all diets and studies regarding food that he could find! A really impressive and nuanced book about how food can by used to loose weight, live healthier and live longer.

Interesting conlcusions so far (not thru them yet)

  • 20 minutes of exercise, preferably running, makes wonders for you mental and hearts health. Everyone should do this, especially if you dont have them time, then is when you need it the most.
  • Eating a pescetarian diet (vegetarian + fish) is probably the best food for our body in the long run. Vegan is also very good. And depends on what fish, as some fish are bad, so not all fish is equal.
  • Fasting or not eating occasionally has most likely a very good effects on the long term health, and can prolong lifespan.

I have myself been running (but not every week, unfortunately) and doing lighter exercise weekly, and follow already a pescetarian diet (but have tried to go to vegetarian + mussels as basic, but eat fish (sushi) every now and then). I will continue with this during 2019, but also make sure to exhaust my body physically at least once a week, and at least 5 days of fasting during the year (not sure if in a row or separate days, any recommendations are highly appreciated)

How to live a happy life

Mountain View

This twitter thread i an interesting reflection that hits me, as it is what I also think is important in life – that we have a choice of living here and now, or reflecting about it. And we cannot do both at the same time. We have a choice of living in the present, and living in the thoughts of future or the past. You cannot be happy in both of them, as they are, paradoxically, destroying each-other.

9 unexpected rules for an awesome life from TEDxYouth @ Helsingborg

Earlier this year I was asked to give a TED Talk during the TEDxYouth. An event held in Helsingborg, at Dunkers Kulturhus. I wanted to find a theme that I thought could help the audience, both young- and old adults, to find inspiration in life. So I sat down, and looked thru notes I had taken over all the years, about small insights and details that I realised are important. Some things are self-tought, others have come to my realisation thru books or long discussions with smart people.

I boiled it all down to: 9 rules for an awesome life. Watch below (but please endure the first minute of not-so-good introduction, it gets better)

Loved doing the talk, and got nice and very positive respons. Made me, and still makes me, happy.

A different view on management and life

With those that have had discussion about management, I often say that I recommend reading “The Seven-day weekend”, a book about a Brazilian company that is radically democraticed. When I read that book, I went “wow, this is exactly what I have thought about running a business”. I have however not had the guts to push it all the way, but I still believe it is the right path. Now I saw that the author has done a TED talk, and just watched it. I recommend it, if you want an alternative look at how to live life, and run a company. It is not all gold. But I think it is a very interesting approach. I wish I could be more extreme myself in this.

And I just love a quote like this:

“If you are giving back, you took too much”

Community building, part 2

I have talked about community building before. Recently I gave a talk at Foo Café about my experience and observations from being part of, and creating, different communities. From volunteer organisations such as CreativeLab, to business communities such as Mindpark and E-commerce Park. But also wider and more organic ones, such as #cphftw, #malmostartups and YEoS. I draw on a lot of different experiences. Recommended for anyone who runs or is an important part of any community.

Talking about community building at IFW15

I was invited as a guest to the Internet Freedom Weekend ’15, held in Gothenburg, to talk about community building. I have never really made a public session about the topic, but it is something I have realized I have worked with a lot – both in my ‘own’ projects, such as Mindpark and CreativeLab, but also as a part of #cphftw and #malmostartups. And I have observed communities and their evolution from the inside, within a wide variety of circumstances, such as Young Entrepreneurs of Sweden, Burning Man and Round Table.

So I collected and distilled some wisdom from the last couple of years, into a presentation of 30 minutes. It was filmed, but is not online yet, but I will try to link to it once it is. I think it went OK – always hard to know the first time you present on a topic how to bring it across the best.

Some of the things I talked about where the difference of starting a community with a strong leader, in contrast to a community that has a large ‘buy-in’, not having one leader but many that believe in the same thing. Both are definitely options that can create good communities, but they require different strategies to prosper. A topic that is very interesting for me.

Soundcloud, Berlin and business angels for a startup eco-system

Last week I was invited to join a small group from the City of Helsingborg that explored inspiration for a new creative meeting spot in the city. The group made a trip to Berlin. As Joakim Jardenberg was a part of that group, a lunch was arranged with Eric Wahlfors from Soundcloud.

Together with Emma and Dimitrij we talked with Eric for an hour about Berlin as a startup city (even thou it probably was a question he had answered too many times already) as well as co-working, entrepreneurship and startup community.

One of the takeaways was the opinion that Rocket Internets and Zalandos IPOs had an unnecessary flaw – that the IPO only made the investors and the three owners rich. If instead key employees, or maybe even all employees, had owned shares, then Berlin would now have 100 or even 1000s of new business angels. Something that would have propelled the citys startup environment in unprecedented ways. A very interesting insight, that I think is important when reflecting about building good communities for startups.

It was also very inspiring to hear Erics opinion that he will make sure Soundcloud does not make a similar ‘mistake’. Great business angels, but even better, great entrepreneurs, are really what builds a community at it’s core.

And really nice for Eric to take the time, from his no doubt extremely busy schedule.