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What Will Schools Teach in 2040?

July 19, 2016

I gave a talk last week at Suomi-Areena, the annual event collecting Finnish decision makers to discuss work, learning and the future among other topics. Our session consisted of seven talks on the future of work and learning that were commented by the members of the Finnish parliament, as well as our former President Tarja […]

Founders Forum 2016

June 22, 2016

We had the chance to participate in Founders Forum in London last week. The event was nothing short of amazing. A collection of some of the most influential technology founders and executives convened together for a few days to exchange ideas and reflect on where the world is – and should be – headed. In the event, […]

Finnish Gaming Industry is Only Getting Started

June 9, 2016

Finland is a strange country. Despite our small population of 5.5M, all distributed to a vast area of land relatively to the population, Finland is world leader in several fields, such as education, technology – and games. I visited London yesterday as a part of a Finnish delegation of next generation gaming companies at an event […]

Meet the Team – Lightneer as Marvel Super Heroes

May 24, 2016

It’s really inspiring and humbling to get to work with some of the brightest talent on the planet. Not the least because our challenge is, while a tall order, a unique opportunity to make a huge difference. To make great things you need great people. Being the comic book geek I am, I wanted to write […]

Talent is Everywhere, Opportunity is Not – Reflections from the ASU/GSV Summit

April 26, 2016

I spent the last week in San Diego at the ASU/GSV Summit. The summit is the leading US event in education technology. Both the speaker lineup and the attendee list were nothing short of impressive. Speakers included edtech superstars like Bill Gates, Jim Collins and Salman Khan. The attendee list looked like a practical Who’s […]

Our First Learning Game “BIG BANG” Is About Particle Physics

April 19, 2016

It’s an exciting time! Yesterday, we announced our first game at the ASU/GSV Summit in San Diego.  The game has been in production for the last 11 weeks and is due to launch by the end of the year. The question we’ve asked ourselves is, what if a four-year-old could learn quantum physics? At the […]

Why Learning Needs To Be Fun

April 17, 2016

One thing that I bump into constantly is that learning isn’t supposed to be fun. It’s supposed to be hard work. I think this is derived from the fact that schools – where learning is supposed to happen – usually demand hard labor from their students. But the thing is, the whole assumption is wrong. […]

Do You Think Your Job Will Survive?

April 5, 2016

This stopped me on the social media a few days ago: “If your job is boring, it will be replaced by a robot soon.” We live in extraordinary times in terms of the evolution of work. There are two reasons for this, both stemming from technology. First, new technology enables massive boosts in productivity. Making […]

Finland and Amazing Education

March 29, 2016

It’s pretty amazing to be Finnish and working with education. Our schools are world renowned. Our educational practices score dozens of Top 10 lists. Our PISA scores are great. Foreigners wax poetic about how amazing our schools are. In a nutshell, Finnish schools are some of the best in the world. Yet Finnish schools are […]

Frustrating Fun

March 24, 2016

Learning, when it happens, is amazing. It’s one of the most inspiring experiences a human can have. This is the rationale behind our maxim at Lightneer that learning should be fun for everybody. Since it often turns out that in our educational settings people feel everything but fun when they’re supposed to learn. So does that […]