I’m spending this week at Almedalen — an amazing political/NGO week on the island of Gotland in Sweden. The week features over 3000 events — social mingles and panels on everything from the new capitalism to policy debates.
Today featured the culmination of a couple of months of hard work, putting on a panel with Reach for Change and MTG entitled: Business and Entrepreneurial Success Through Celebrating Failure. Since moving here last year, I’ve been frustrated with many Swedes’ approach to failure — avoiding it at all costs, and seeing so much opportunity in shifting this mindset.
We brought together an amazing panel featuring leaders from the social entrepreneurship world, the business world and the political world:
Mia Brunell Livfors, styrelseproffs
Mona Sahlin, fd partiledare för Socialdemokraterna
Arkan Asaad, Right 2 Choose
Georgios Karpathakis, Underbara ADHD
Together, in front of a packed house, we discussed the question: how can we create a culture in Sweden that celebrates, rather than fears failure.
For more photos, and audience responses, check out the Twitter hashtag for the panel: #Failmedalen.
After today’s panel and the ensuring response, I believe we really are starting to forge this new mindset.