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September 21, 7:30am • Göteborgs Konserthus • part of a series on Chaos

Say hello to May’s speaker Hanna Lindquist


The theme this month is ‘Commitment’ and on May 25th we’re really pleased to invite Hanna Lindquist who strives towards creating a world where all people have access to clean energy, to the stage.

Linda Larsson caught up with Hanna to ask her a few questions ahead of her talk.

A quick bio of yourself - who are you and what do you do?
My name’s Hanna and I’m from Gothenburg. I’ve always been very passionate about global issues. Due to this I’ve worked many years in the civil society and politics before I ended up at TRINE 2015. My years working with other change agents taught me that in a world where it is so easy to not care and not get engaged we all need to do just that. Because now we need it more than ever.



I joined TRINE when we were about to launch our very first loan in October 2015. Since then I’ve focused on building our brand, finding ways to communicate to people what you can do through our platform and really talked with our users and crowd-investors a lot. For me that’s key, no matter if you work for a tech startup or a governmental organisation: Understand and get to know your target group.

The theme this month is ‘commitment’. What does ‘commitment’ mean to you?
For me commitment is very much about also the things we don’t obviously think about as a commitment. We might think we’ve made a commitment when we signed up for a course or promised a friend to help him/her move but everyday we make commitments that we might not even think about. And some of those are the important ones because they might be the ones that break bad habits. For me one of the strongest commitments we currently have is our money, because depending on how you choose to save, invest, consume them you will also decide on what kind of world you want.

What can anyone do to become a solar hero?
If you want to use your money as a voting power I definitely think one way of doing that is to invest with a triple return. What does that mean? It means that instead of choosing between doing good and earning money you can get both. By investing with triple return you get social and environmental impact while at the same time having the possibility of return of investment. For me it’s obvious that if we all can make sustainability the new normal we never have to choose between “investments” and “sustainable investments”. It will all be about people, planet, profit. If you’re interested to see how it works you can check on jointrine.com and perhaps join some of the thousands of people who’s currently invested everything from €25 and more into solar energy in emerging markets.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
Best piece of advice is a tricky one. I constantly get inspired but not necessarily by what people say by what they do. My colleagues are a brilliant example of some of the most inspiring people I’ve met. They are all hard-working, high-achieving but at the same time goofy, without any prestige or need to prove themselves. But if I have to choose one I must say that fail fast, learn faster is one of the best ones because I never really had that mindset before. I was so used to making sure everything was 100% success so there was never any space for failure. And that’s a great piece of advice I think we all encourage at TRINE - celebrate failures as well as successes!

What super power would you like to have and why?
I think time travelling would be pretty neat. Or just the possibility to travel between places in no time would be amazing. If I could spend the rest of my life doing something it would be to discover the world. Despite what you sometimes might think when you follow the newsfeed the world is still such a beautiful place and there would be a shame to not have seen it all if you had the possibility. Discovering the world and show another side than what is sometimes broadcasted would definitely be on my top list of dream projects. Home for me has always been where I am at the moment, not a specific geographical place.

If you could select one person from history and have them truthfully answer one question, who would you select and what is the question?
I’d ask George W. Bush - if you knew what you now know about what would happen after, would you still have started the war in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Photos from April’s Event Are Here!

April’s theme was Game and we had none other than tv, movie, and game music composer Robert Lundgren as speaker. He even gave us a sneak peak of the hot new game he’s working on. We were also lucky enough to have two of our talented photographers on site. Thank you Sina Farhat and Sandi Habinc.

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All images are free to use in your social media, blog and other channels, as long as you cred the event and photographer(s). Please let us know if you’re talking about us so we can spread your words far and wide!

The next CreativeMornings event will be on May 25!

Photos from March’s Event Are Here!

March’s theme was Courage, with the talented artist AnnaLena Mayor Ekeblad. We were lucky enough to have two of our talented photographers on site. Thank you Sina Farhat and Sandi Habinc.

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All images are free to use in your social media, blog and other channels, as long as you cred the event and photographer(s). Please let us know if you’re talking about us so we can spread your words far and wide!

The next CreativeMornings event will be on April 20!

Photos from Februay’s (kind of) Event Are Here!

We ran on a skeleton crew for February’s event, which had to be pushed to March 1, but were still lucky enough to have one of our talented photographers on site. Thank you Sina FarhatGo to our Flickr album.

All images are free to use in your social media, blog and other channels, as long as you cred the event and photographer(s). Please let us know if you’re talking about us so we can spread your words far and wide!

The next CreativeMornings event will be on March 23!

The Photos from December’s Event Are Here!

Happy New Year! The last event of the season was full of laughter, smiles, design, singing, and more smiles. We were fortunate enough to have four photographers on site to capture it all on camera:  Sandi Habinc, Sina Farhat, Terese Mörtvik and Björn Olsson

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All images are free to use in your social media, blog and other channels, as long as you cred the event and photographer(s). Please let us know if you’re talking about us so we can spread your words far and wide!

The next CreativeMornings event will be on January 25 (a Thursday).
See you in 2018!


Photos for November’s event!

In November, we were lucky to have two of our brilliant photographers on site: Sandi Habinc and Sina Farhat.

The photos are free to use for your blogs and social media feeds as long as you name the photographer. And hey, if you do blog, let us know so we can spread your words far and wide! We’d love it if you’d link to our official website as well: creativemornings.com/gbg

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Don’t Panic—Come to CreativeMornings!

We hear there’s some worry about EU diplomats blocking the roads on Friday, November 17, but we also hear it’s not really going to be that bad. You just need to get a head-start on getting to the city, which is why we’re opening the doors to Stenhammarsalen at 7am this time (talk still starts at 8:25 though, no worries). We’ll keep you updated on the latest news concerning this, primarily on our Facebook page, but here’s some info from Västtrafik. Remember—breathe in, breathe out, and don’t panic, come to CreativeMornings instead!  

The Pictures from October’s Event Are Here!

CreativeMornings October was a real visual treat with an art exhibit, a workshop, shoemerangs flying around Stenhammarsalen, and of course the colorful Erik Thorstensson in all his inspirational glory. We were lucky enough to have several photographers with us on site: Magnus RönnkvistSandi HabincSina FarhatChrister Hedberg and Björn Olsson.

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All images are free to use in your social media, blog, and other channels as long as you cred the event and photographer(s). Please let us know if you’re talking about us so we can spread your words far and wide!

The next CreativeMornings event will be on November 17. See you then!

Meet October's speaker Erik Thorstensson

Interview by Terese Mörtvik

Our speaker for the month of October is Erik Thorstensson, serial-entrepreneur and Maker of Things. Erik is behind such brands as Strawbees and AssSavers and with the theme for this month being pioneer, few things would be more fitting than a genuine inventor on stage. We caught up with him for 10 quick questions before Friday.

Who is Erik Thorstensson?
I’m a slightly crazy maker from Sweden that somehow got thrown into educational technologies. I build things for no reason at all and sometimes they turn into interesting things. 

What inspires you?
People who are passionate about sharing their ideas and having fun.

How do you become a Maker of Things?
You start making ridiculous things just enjoying yourself. 

What’s the first thing you ever invented?
An incredibly shitty transformer made from a mix of old toys. 

AssSavers is such a peculiar name, who came up with it and how did the discussion go?
I can hardly remember now, but AssSavers as a project was aimed at just having fun and getting to travel and working with bikes. We needed a good brand name people would remember that conveyed the functionality in some way, and saving our wet asses was what it did and I think Staffan came up with it. We were a bit afraid that stores wouldn’t want to sell it (our Australian contacts said we can’t sell this profanity in stores), but it worked out quite opposite. 

Being an entrepreneur has its fair share of challenges, can you tell us about one you’ve faced over the years and how you overcame it?
Lots of them. Surviving growth and getting food on the table are the two biggest ones. The bank told us to grow slower, we chose to cut other costs and grow faster. 

What’s your best advice to people wanting to make it in the start-up world?
Find people you can work well with that have the same Grit but different skillset from you. Grit is everything, enduring the inspiring but painful startup years demands confidence and believing you can make it more than the product.  

Strawbees seems like a lot of fun, what’s the most ambitious thing anyone’s every built with it?
Hard to pick what’s most ambitious but our Japanese colleagues just built their entire booth in Strawbees. Crazy. But we have seen big flapping drones, Tensegrity Ferris wheels and massive robots popping up all around the world. 

Where would you like to have a cup of coffee with a stranger at 4 o’clock in the morning?
On a night train on the way somewhere so we can start a parallel journey because we randomly ended up needing coffee just then, that morning. Serendipity is amazing.

Why do you do what you do?
Humanity has so many problems to solve in an ever faster changing world. We don’t know what you need to know tomorrow so to learn how to learn, build creative confidence and empower future problem solvers is an incredibly important task, and one that I both love and seem to be good at. Easy choice :)

Sounds like a worthwhile effort to us. Thank you, Erik. Looking forward to seeing you up on stage on Friday. 

The FREE tickets for October’s CreativeMornings event are up for grabs at https://creativemornings.com/talks/erik

Image: Creatables
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Interview by Terese Mörtvik 

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