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Is todays education killing creativity

Today we are educated out of creativity. Our school system need to take care and spark creativity, not kill it!

For a long while I have been fascinated by education as well as how to cater creativity in the best way. Education is such a great thing we have almost all over the world, and in the parts where education is not available for everyone, we all struggle to make it available so every child on this earth could get an education.

Creativity on the other hand is something considered positive before school, pushed away during the time in the school system and then creativity is sincerely missed when entering the work life that will last for about 40 years.

The question I have been thinking about a lot lately is the following:

Almost every education in the world follow the same path and almost everyone uses the same method of teaching (small variations). Is the way we do it really the best way? Is math, literacy etc really the most important things today, because there is a clear hierarchy in education and math, literacy etc is on top of that list, but where is creativity?

To be honest I hated school. The first school I ever even considered liking was the first part of Military Academy, the part that was focused on leading special forces units at war. I loved it, the second part of Military Academy was way more focused on theory and again I lost interest. I even forced the academy management to insert an exercise where we as cadets again put on our harness, backpack and weapon for a short but intense 24h exercise. The operation was called “The Horse” and was a big failure, mainly due to the fact that I as a young cadet left all alone without any guidance to facilitate and plan an exercise for app 200 military cadets. I was at least creative. Now back to the subject….

How many creative souls do we loose during the school years?
Creativity is as important as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.

If kids do not know the solution to a problem, the will at least give it a creative go to solve the problem, take a chance. Adult are afraid of doing wrong, kids are not. That is a big difference that really puts the finger on how school and we as adults kill creativity. We should instead focus on keeping that creativity alive.

We don’t grow into creativity, we grow out if it

Or put in other words, we are educated out of it.

Thera are more backlashes of this type of school-system. Highly talented creative individuals are treated as “different”. Their specific creative spark (dancing, art and other creative categories) is considered weird and actions are taken to “make them normal”. That is pure talent destruction. Some will fight back and if you think of it we all know who they are when you look back at your school years? You see them on TV, read about them in the papers, but then you have all of those who’s creativity was killed…….and now they are constantly struggling to get it back.

Dinewhere

Great Simians is announcing a new studio company, Dinewhere

Dinewhere is a mobile app (and later webb) that will solve two things:

  1. Restaurant discovery
  2. Great prices
  3. Includes only curated better casual and fine dining restaurants

Dinewhere will be released to a limited group in September and dependent of the result from that group, to the hole world as soon as possible. Do sign up to be one of the first to try Dinewhere out.

Discover only those great restaurants

How many times have you not been in the office or at home and though “Where should we eat tonight?”….and always end up at the same restaurant as you usually do. In 30s you want to find a restaurant that suits your need and also be able to book a table at that restaurant. You have tried Yelp, Foursquare, Open Table, Tripadvisor, Google etc but the variety is to wide, too many choices. You just want the a great casual or fine dining restaurant in the area you want and then book it. Well, that is Dinewhere.

Dinewhere will offer a curated list of great restaurants for you. All curated by the team as well as by the users. Filter and sort by location, type of cousin, area, ratings etc. Simply no bad restaurants.

With just a few clicks you will have made the booking.

Fine dining at a great price

This is as straight forward as it gets. We will offer great discounts on the restaurants we have partnered with. Only the best restaurants at great prices, sounds kind of nice doesn’t it?

We will have those great prices for all restaurants that are available in Dinewhere. Also it is for the entire menu, so no fixed menus or just on some choices.

Too good to be true?

With the risk of sounding as a sleezy salesperson with that headline I still believe that above two points of value delivered will be a great product that really solve two problems. They are also totally independent of each other.

For some, the discovery feature is the greatest value. To find a great restaurant really fast and since it is curated you know it is a verified great choice.

For others, the price Dinewhere can offer compared to what you would pay if going without doing the reservation through Dinewhere is in it self a great value proposition for the app. Eat fantastic food, have a great experience and pay less.

The name Dinewhere?

Dinewhere will be a global product. The team will launch in Singapore first, this to be close to the users and the restaurants (since it is a Singapore company) and to be able to iterate when the very first beta is launched. As soon as possible Dinewhere will aim to launch in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Shanghai, Barcelona, London, Paris, Stockholm etc. No committed plan in terms of cities is in place yet, so stay tuned for the decided list.

With this in mind the name and especially the URL becomes kind of a fun game with words. For Singapore the URL will be: dinewhere.in/singapore and for Hong Kong it will be dinewhere.in/hongkong etc.

Dinewhere is a product that will help you find a great place to eat at a really great price. Dine where?

FundedByMe raises round through equity-crowdfunding

FundedByMe is an equity-crowdfunding platform. To really show that the believe in changing the financial system they eat their own dogfood and just launched an equity-crowdfunding campaign on their own.

UPDATE 2 24/3: FundedByMe reached the stretched goal of 6MSEK and have now opened an oversubscrription list.
UPDATE 1 21/3: Now it is 4.5MSEK raised and a new stretch goal is set to 6MSEK!

3 233 420 SEK in 32h (USD 540 000)

…and 6 000 000 in just 6 days.

The goal was a round of 3.000.000 SEK (app US$500000) and in 32h from launch they raised 100%. That is impressive

Invest in FundedByMe you too! I did!

The capmaign: FundedByMe equity-crowdfunding campaign
e27: Shares of equity crowdfunding platform FundedByMe up for grabs!
Techcrunch: Equity Crowdfunding Platform FundedByMe To Raise ~€315K, Adds Crowd-Lending Option

Fun Fact: The person on the startscreen of the video (the last few seconds of the actual video) is a Singaporean intern at the FundedByMe office in Stockholm. KTH and NUS (National University of Singapore) has a great exchange program.

Personally I have both invested as an angel previously, but have also reserved shares in this round. I am a strong believer in this kind of financial eco-system that changes the rules and make them more entrepreneur-friendly. It also makes the money go back into the hands of the crowd and not to disapear in the financial cloud.

The history of communication

The history of Ericsson, the company that enabled us to communicate in so many ways. It is a fascinating story with great interviews and some fun stories.

As a Swede I am proud that the Swedish company Ericsson, has been the company driving this evolution. Ericsson has been and still is, the world leader when it comes to enabling communication.

A fascinationg 27min story. Well worth every minute.

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