Alex Budak

I empower changemakers to create new futures for their communities.

I'm a fan of passport stamps, roadtrips, California burritos, good deeds and great leadership.

Sunset on my first day of #Almedalen. (at Visby Strand)

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#Failmedalen

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.

 

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at Nybrokajen

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Stockholm sunset: we’ve now passed 9pm and only getting later and later until midsummer (at Bergsunds Strand)

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Afternoon stroll (at Nybrogatan)

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Today is my Swediversary — one year ago, on March 8th, I arrived here in my new home of Stockholm. It’s been a challenging, but ultimately wonderful year. A year of being a hipster in Södermalm and an explorer in the archipelago. A year of $5 protein bars and $12 beers. A year of lots and lots and lots of fika. A year of ridiculously efficient transportation, clean public restrooms and absolutely gorgeous nature. A year of missing friends, family and Californian sun. A year of Swedes doing their best to scare me about how terrible the month of November is and a year of me trying to explain to incredulous Swedes how much I miss good Mexican food. A year of new traditions in All Saints day and Lucia, and a year of buying way more food in tubes than I ever thought possible. A year of more order, queues and calm, and a year of figuring out all kinds of new, unwritten, social norms. A year of not talking to a single person on the metro. A year where deer run outside my window, where an amazing swim is 3 minutes away yet a buzzing neighborhood with guys with crazy beards is just a 10 minute walk away. A year of expanding my knowledge of Swedish beyond the words yelled at me during crossfit. A year with a new job, filled with gratitude to be able to help build the social entrepreneurship ecosystem here. A year of new sites to see, taste and photograph. A year filled with new. I’m so thankful to friends here, especially Sandboxers for being so welcoming. And mostly I’m thankful to my Swedish valentine, Rebecca, the best partner in new Swedish adventures I could ever imagine.

4 months ago

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It was almost too cold to take off my gloves to snap this photo, but the sunset tonight in Malmö was beautiful. (at Kungsparken)

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