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Can you pivot a community?

This morning something happened that threw me in a direction that I have been wanting to go for a while: reusing Geek Girl Danmark and Geek Girl Magazine has been a priority for long – and something I wrote out about in the Facebook group before COVID.. but then COVID happened. 


This summer I stopped as Head of Brand and Engagement at CARE (that was my stint in the NGO industry – never again working for old NGO’s – new ones, I am still open for that…) A lot of stuff is happening personally too that I will fill you in on at some point. 


But this morning there was a Geek Girl Denmark portal open to finally start pivoting the community to something more aligned with where I am now.

The Geek Girl community has always had massive potential but deciding to shut it down due to my health was the best thing I could do. In the years where I haven’t build Geek Girl Danmark or doing events for people, I have focused on my healing and my own process back to life – another kind of life.

Another way for me to serve the world and serve the women who decided to give me so much love and backing back then – those awesome geek girls!

I have focused on building sustainable brands for others as in platforms and corners of the sustainability movement. 

Geek girls for Sustainability?


But how could I align this? Learning women to tech? with sustainability and climate action? I think the answer lies in the word ‘empower’ – Geek Girl Danmark is solid gold to me – so many cool stories and ventures have come from that platform. So much good, so many connections made – and it’s one of the things I have been proudest of leading in my career.

The planet needs us!

And now I will pivot it and empower women to act on sustainability – with a tech focus as well as an SDG /global goals focus. Making them a part of a movement for positive change for the planet. And even though the language will change to english also (hoping to make the group a bit broader) – we will start with doing Copenhagen based events.

I and the team will do this through events, stories and mentorship programmes. I have teamed up with Natalya Tarankova (founder of wespace copenhagen) and we have the support of Stine Mølgaard (who was a key driver in Geek Girl Denmark also) as well as Cathrine Fallesen (who will be driving our GEEK GIRL events). 
Now the first event is in the book – and it will be an event called ‘health tech for good’ – aligned around SDG 3: ‘Ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all at all ages’. Speakers, place, date and event information will be updated shortly.

Also we will change our name. It’s still going to be women-focused, and you will still be empowered. BUT – we want you to Shout your impact. That’s the new name. Website etc is coming soon. Until then, if you are a fierce techie/impact/startup woman please join us in the facebook Group.

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Business Unusual Climate Action Social Good

Combining Technologies For A Better Future

Have you ever thought about how combining technologies can be applied to the best future for humanity? The key to a more sustainable world lies in a better understanding of how we can contribute positively to the wellbeing of the planet. And I think I found one of many keys for that, through extensive reading and rearranging my creative curls.

I have been getting more and more into astrology as a pathfinding tool for myself. The reason is that I am going through some personal massive changes, where everything is ending and everything is up for grabs. It’s massively liberating but at the same time, it’s a bit scary and intimidating. Some of my favorite people to consult with when it comes to astrology is Mystic Medusa and Hare In the moon Astrology- they both have some amazing input and very unique ways of doing astrology.

Ancient as well as cutting edge

They have both been writing about the bridge between ancient and new. Two years ago I began a huge self-development process. I have been on my own path to find out what ancient technologies I had to integrate into my life. One of the most ancient technologies I have been working a lot with is creativity as well as nature. There’s a part of me that constantly wants to make a bonfire or climb a mountain. I constantly want to create art. I want to use some of these ancient technologies with new technologies. This could be anything from the internet, business skills, and community building as a way of creating.

The combination of technologies, the combination of ancient and new makes me stand more firmly in myself. It makes me more idealistic and raises my ideas (aka my livelihood) into new spheres. It makes me trust myself for more impact on the world, for new paths. How about you? How are you going to be combining ancient and new?

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Creativity Ideas

YES! – You Need To SELL Your Ideas

If you want to be a writer and a personal brand, you have to be very effective in how you sell your ideas. I would recommend reading some of the writings that are on The Middle Finger Project. I love how Ash writes and I love how she simplifies business. Especially around being a writer and a personal ‘brand’.

While you’re at it, you should also get her book, I read it, twice.

The whole book is built on the notion that you’re not selling yourself, instead, you’re selling your ideas. It makes me feel liberated because if you’re not selling yourself and you’re selling ideas, you’re tapping into a vast infinite pool of creativity. It makes everything seem abundant and even though it might seem a bit overwhelming to keep coming up with ideas, it’s a resource that everybody has available.

Sell your ideas as a way to build your legacy

I believe that the biggest thing we can do as humans is to serve a greater purpose than ourselves – that the coolest thing you can build on the planet is a legacy that will leave your own personal mark. I also believe this is one of the greatest things you strive for as a career.

If you have a career where you feel like you’re serving a bigger purpose, research shows that 9 out of 10 people are willing to earn less money to do more meaningful work. Then you’re spot on. You can use it to build your own personal rock-n-roll empire. So, begin selling those ideas and add them up into something amazing. I have written an essay about this a while back (13 years!=) myself, that I stumbled upon just now, and I actually think it’s pretty descent

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Branding Entrepreneurial life Freelancing Writing

A Personal Bio: My Game of Life

Let’s talk about your personal bio. I recently read Switchblade Lemonades’ excellent e-book ‘Bio Like Beyoncè’. Those of you who have read this blog long enough knows that I am a sucker for musical analogies. I want to end every article I ever have written with “keep on Rockin in a free world” or something like that. I LOVE that somebody has built an e-book around Beyonce.

However, it made me write a document called ‘My Game of Life‘ – which is a very very personal bio, in addition to my ‘professional’ bio. I think sometimes we need to go a bit deeper than looks and actually explain our traits and where we come from.

What to add in your personal bio

It can be hard to figure out where to cut the personal bio, meaning what you leave out or what you put in. There are some things in my personal bio that makes me cringe a bit – and I don’t know if I will keep it in there (who cares about whether or not I get tipsy at tech conferences?) however, this bit of information I also believe makes me… well, human. And I do believe that it’s something that others would love to know too, because, it’s a part of my personality.

To me, I would rather work with somebody where I know a bit about their history, in addition, to know about their achievements – but how deep should you go? How many of these traits should you be adding, and still not expose yourself completely, but simply giving you some twists and some of that sassy ‘je ne sais quoi’.

So get on with it! Personal bios in addition to your professional bio can teach you a thing or two about how you want the world to see you – it was good considerations for me at least. =)

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Climate Action Social Good

Sharing: This Is How I Support A Global Movement

I have a concrete way to support a Global Movement. And I want to share a personal piece of advice I have always followed. If I am supporting a cause, it doesn’t mean that I hit ‘Like’ on an update or a tweet from a contact. A ‘Like’ is the very least I can do on social media to be able to show I care. I think one of the biggest things I can do is to support multiple global movements.

But why would I stop there? Support means sharing and speaking up. ‘Likes’ don’t get my message further. However, if I like an update, it shows that I am inclined to agree, but I won’t put in the 2 minutes’ work to pass it on to my own network.

Global movement: Outraged by challenges

I could support a new global movement. I could be outraged by climate change or the death of George Floyd. Or even by the lack of gender equality at my workplace. However, I would first use that outrage proactively when I decide to share, to show up for the cause. I will sign that petition from a contact of mine. I will change my profile picture so that the movement will be heard and seen all over and that it will grow larger. Sharing is what is needed for a better world. A simple change in your mind that makes ideas spread further.

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Creativity Identity + purpose

Humanity Needs A New Renaissance

Not a renaissance in terms of invention. We need a renaissance in order for us to make the world a better place.

The world needs a new era of creativity and creative approaches apart from putting stuff on your website and sharing stuff on social media. A new ‘Belle epoque’.

We need something that breaks with the ‘old-school’ way of doing business or even personal development. We need something that aligns that small part inside of us (some people call it imagination) with what we’re doing every day.

People need to feel fulfilled, seen, and aligned with our purposes. I don’t see our purpose as one thing. I don’t feel like a human has one purpose but several, and it’s time for us to let lose the fear that lets our one purpose live in a box. Or let ourselves live in a box. It’s time to stop defining stuff like that.

So all of those questions that you can find online where you find your passion and your purpose and make a living, be happy, have the dreamhouse, etc? Fuck them so hard because it’s not gonna make you happy and fulfilled.

It’s not gonna make you get up in the morning screaming YEY! It’s a new day! I need to go sit in my office for 8 hours (after 2 hours of commuting) and work the numbers because it’s my passion. Because it is my purpose. It is what I live for. You’re still going to have a small voice inside of you saying ‘we can do better than this’.

Introducing the multi-purpose renaissance person

A renaissance person is a person dedicated to finding out what multiple things they are really good at. I personally have been trying to find out what that ‘one thing’ that I do really well is. And Yes – I have more than 15 years building empires as big as the sky from gravel in the startup space. Yes, I have made concepts and business models that have changed the world. But it only gives me so much to gather people around a cause, to make them fall in love with a brand, to have them sign up to something that makes you happy, that spurs some inspiration apart from saving stuff on Pinterest.

I don’t believe it anymore. I don’t believe in a specialist approach and schooling towards one thing.

Why? Because it doesn’t make me fulfilled. It doesn’t make me go to the work I do with passion.

Do you know how many different skillsets Leonardo da Vinci practiced? Apart from being a genius, he was a painter, a sculptor, an architect, an engineer, an inventor, a botanist, an anatomist, a lifelong vegetarian and… a writer.

Why wasn’t he just a writer? Or just a painter?

Or you could ask yourself – what wasn’t he? Was there a part of himself that he didn’t practice? It’s hard to believe. He created. And he created all sorts of things. He was inspired by everything in life.

He was multi-faceted and he had multi-faceted ways of purpose and passion. And, get this, he was ignored by the scholars and the experts of Florence, because he didn’t know mathematics or Latin. And it was first after his death that he really was celebrated.

I believe what you want to create is the tip of the iceberg of creativity – what everybody can see. But I believe that under the surface, that iceberg is a build-up of several different layers.

It’s not important to find one purpose. It’s important to find as many of them as possible because when you find out what fuels your fire in several directions, you can keep building on your joy and happiness.

This is not a ‘find your purpose’ cosmopolitan article that I used to read as a teen in the 90s. Because what is a purpose. It’s like answering the questions in the amazing book ‘Sophie’s world’ that I read as a teen. Finding your purpose is like answering the all over-shadowing question of ‘who are you’.

Your true North / Your inner wiring

So isn’t purpose just doing the right thing for you? What you’re aligned to do? I see it as much more complicated than that. It’s like creating an arrow of activities that points to your own personal ‘true north’. I love writing and building concepts and carry them out in life. BUT I also love gardening, playing guitars, partying, dancing, and when I relax I do it with a game of civilization – a game that has been a standard feature on all my computers since I was 15.

I can compare myself to Leonardo da Vinci, (even though no one is comparable to him) – we are both practicing several skillsets at the same time. We’re both doing several things to reach our status quo – our own true north. He’s on ‘another world-ly’ level compared to me (and most other people) – BUT the mark up is the same. If you’re into woo-woo or ju-ju or what you call spiritual development these days, you’re aligning all the things that ‘spark your joy’ maybe you can even talk about Marie Kondo’fying your purpose?

If it doesn’t spark your joy, it’s probably not a part of your purpose. Sometimes when we have dreams and we are afraid to pursue it, it’s not that we don’t want to work on that dream, it’s more inclined to the fact that we haven’t built the pretext yet. The more I look into this whole purpose, it can be completely daunting – you keep hearing ‘but what if this isn’t really my purpose after all in your head?

We have to start thinking about the new renaissance people – you have to go back to the multi-purpose renaissance person.

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Creativity Entrepreneurial life Ideas

Wield Yourself

Sometimes you need to stand back and take a breather. Other times, you need to wield yourself.

I have been obsessed with the word ‘wielding’ and the phrase ‘wield yourself’ since I started on my scary yet rockin’ path of being healthy, as well as doing a whole lot of self-development. I love the words ‘rising, ‘uprising’ as well as ‘creating’, ‘building’, and my favorite word for what I am in the process of: ‘wielding’.

Wielding instead of creating- what’s the difference?

Wielding is the concept of creating/building based on deliberately using previously acquired concepts and skills that you already know brings you joy and happiness. Maybe I would even say that wielding happens from a place of fulfillment? It’s building stuff based on where you are already fulfilled, where you already know that you enjoy doing things like this. Well, what if you mash the things that you like to do, up?

I have thought a lot about why wielding feels like such a strong word for me.

Probably because it lets you see yourself as a tool. It’s in the word, that you will use everything you’ve already learned to create something new. It seems stronger for me and I believe that all rockers should be wielding, not creating. I have the same thing about ‘forging’ instead of creating. Forging is stronger to me- you melt things together.

A femtech entrepreneur; a case for wielding yourself.

I remember talking to one of my old friends at a conference in Copenhagen a while back. Her name is Ida Tin and she’s the founder of a femtech company called Clue, which is an ovulation tracker. Before that, Ida had a motorcycle travel agency together with her dad. And that’s actually where I got to know her – through a danish female entrepreneurship network called ‘morgendagens heltinder’. It was all the rage 15 years back. However, when I asked her how she came up with the idea for Clue she said that she had simply sat in her apartment and had a blank wall where she put post-it’s of all she liked to do in her life – all the things she was passionate about. Then she combined those things and started building because it was the perfect fit between feminism, technology, and reproductive rights.

What’s interesting here to me is that it simply wasn’t an act of creating everything from scratch. It was ‘deliberately’ using the things Ida knew made her feel fulfilled in order to create her next venture, her next dream.

I don’t see ‘wield yourself’ as an either/or from creating. It’s more like ‘upcycling’ (creating new things from old materials’ where creating is ‘DIY’ (creating new things from materials). It’s a layer above or below creativity depending on how you look at it.

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Branding Business Unusual corporate activism

How To Rise Up To Huge Opportunities

We’re in times that are both challenging but also filled with opportunities. I am grateful for this global time-out because there’s something in it that has to teach us something bigger as humanity.

It’s a horrible horrible way for us to learn though. So many lives lost, so many numbers thrown at us daily and behind each number is a person, with a family, with a legacy and with a contribution to the planet.

We are in emergency operations now as part of my work at CARE. Most of the country offices have closed down their operations and are focusing on preparing for #Covid-19. What will happen when and if it hits Africa and what I am particularly concerned about is the refugee camps. How can it become within or under control in places where people live very close to each other and there might not be clean water and everything spreads faster? But instead of me looking at it from a place of fear, I will not only look at it from a place of hope –  I want to look at it from a place of action and creativity.

How to rise up to opportunities

When I was working at the biggest sustainability Think Tank in the Nordics as a Brand Director, my mission was to create a whole corner in the sustainability movement that we could work from and build more content and ideas into – huge opportunities that we could execute on, on the daily.

I have a couple of key principles when it comes to building movements and rising up as a person and a brand:

Showing the World who you are by DOING instead of TALKING

INCLUDE – Don’t see yourself as separate, and don’t act like others are separate either. You’re united for world dominion, rockers! Yes you need to participate and share stuff for others too. These are like important relationships rockers! – you have to give some to earn some.

PARTICIPATE: There are so many virtual calls for everything out there these days. So many ‘us vs COVID’ digital hackathons and programs. Instead of watching Netflix – become a part of those. Contribute. Share your skills and create magic.

TELL EVERYONE: Pitch your ideas. Not just to potential clients – pitch them to anyone. Are you passionate about technology? Tell everyone. Ideas around sustainability need to be bolder than life. Challenges we want to rise up to, and find possibilities in such as Covid19 can have Big Hairy Audacious Goals.

It’s one of the greatest things about working for a planet that’s fucked up environmentally and healthwise: The sky is the limit when it comes to how bold and audacious the ideas needed can be. The opportunities are there – but the question is: will you rise up and take them?

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Climate Action corporate activism Entrepreneurial life

My Personal Combination Of Fashion, Revolutions and Sustainability

Are you working within revolutions and sustainability? First off, if you haven’t been introduced to Fashion Revolution you should check out their manifesto. Fashion revolution week is what I would call a ‘fashion industry bashing’ that’s needed. This is where the social good fashion rockers look at the fashion industry and sustainability as a whole and talk greenwashing and where it’s more than allowed to ask ‘who made my clothes’.

Remember to participate on the 24th of April by reversing your clothes and use the #whomademyclothes hashtag. We need more conversation starters and activist statement.

reduce, reuse, recycle, rethink, retweet

Apart from giving a shoutout to the Fashion Revolution Week, which you have to be a part of, I want to dive deeper into fashion and sustainability. So, the fashion industry is one of the heaviest emitters of CO2 in the world. Are you ready for my take on it ? here you go:

Revolutions and Sustainability: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse, Rethink AND Retweet

reduce, recycle, reuse, rethink, retweet

You need to be able to update your skillset. I wrote about how to live like our grandparents a couple of days back. In addition to that I think it’s vital that we all:

Think about what we are purchasing. How are we spending our money?

Think about how we can reuse the stuff we have.

Think about how we can recycle goods that have been worn out.

Rethink the way we act around materials

And then share (retweet) the whole bunch to your network and beyond as inspiration for the world to see.

A rocking trick to reuse more:

I am biggest on reusing and sharing. And I want to announce something: I have gotten my first gig as a style ambassador for the startup ‘WISHI’. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. No, I will not become a fashion blogger. But I am looking good even at the end of my ’20s’ and we need more people preaching and practicing fashion revolutions and sustainability. SO I will carry that torch as well.

WISHI is something I have been crazy about for half a year. A couple of weeks back, the founder asked if I would join as an ambassador and I said ‘Yes – if I can focus on sustainability, 2nd hand and vintage’. So that’s what I have been doing. The featured image on this article, is all 2nd hand clothes – apart from the t-shirt.

I have become a real bargain hunter online for the clothes that I want to be a part of my style and WISHI helps me out with that. In addition to WISHI for style advice, I am using Gem which is vintage clothes search engine. So these are two of my favorite tools to elevate my style.

P. S. If you want to join WISHI, let me know – I have a special gift for you then.

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Climate Action Creativity

Self-Sufficiency: Live More Like Grandma

At the Punkborough there’s a patch of about 12 square meters that has two metal frames sticking up from the ground. It’s something that has been constructed at the shipyard in Helsingør by my great grandfather when he built the house back in the 50s. Those metal frames are to strip plastic rope in between and are used to dry clothes. I would be so sad to see it go because it’s so convenient to have a place to dry your clothes outside and not using an electrical dryer.

My grandmother used to wash her plastic bags when she had used them. She also used many nights fixing holes in socks for my grandfather or for herself. Materials were precious. Nothing from the garden was wasted. Everything was used as produce.

When I think of it, it’s not really that many years since we did things like this. Treasuring what we have, and fixing what needed to be fixed.

Self-sufficiency and honouring materials

Back then, they were more aligned with non-consumption than consumption. Yes, it was a different time to be living and things were more scarce, but there’s a lot of pointers saying that this is one of the ways forward, or backward if you might say. We can all bring these solutions to the table again. Figuring out how we are going to be honoring materials and produce. Recycling as much as possible, from a viewpoint of.. well life.

Sufficiency on a global scale

-The most sustainable fashion is buying used clothes.

-The most sustainable way of buying new furniture is to upcycle it from old, or finding what you need on the 2nd hand portals.

-Swapping seeds and plants with others, instead of purchasing in the store is the most gratifying way of starting a garden.

– Most vegetable scraps can be regrown

-If you have a place for a drying rack outside, it’s an amazing way of saving electricity

There are so many more things you can do – head over to this Pinterest search on self-sufficiency to find more

It’s a beautiful world, rockers! We need to remember the old times in times like these- taking the best solutions with us for the future. Self-sufficiency is one of the best ways of doing this- honoring what we already have around us.