Beautiful March day in the allotment

We did have a fika break. In fact, I bought fika. My Swede had gone ahead.
We did have a fika break. In fact, I bought fika. My Swede had gone ahead.

It was nice to sit on the earth in the sun with a warm cup of green tea(for me).

Turning soil.
Turning soil.

But it wasn’t all fikas and sun. My Swede turned the soil and I pulled weeds. Gratifying.

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Re:mixed, re:used and re:produced – Entrepreneurial systems in the 21th century

Re:mixed, re:used and re:produced
– Entrepreneurial systems in the 21th century
Tid: Måndag 13 april 2015, 15.00-17.00
Plats: Unionens konferenslokal, Olof Palmes gata 17, Stockholm
Talare: Saara Taalas, Linnéuniversitetet, VäxjöMore information and registration

The study of entrepreneurship continues, surprisingly persistently, to focus largely on individual capability for creativity and innovation. Simultaneously, reuses, networked circulations of materials, and remixes are significant areas of innovation and value creation in contemporary markets. Professor Saara Taalas is interested in popular culture fandom and brand communities, grey market exchange systems of favors in planned economy, and reuses of industrial production sites for new production. These are all examples that could question the boundaries of our understanding of entrepreneurship, she argues.

During this lecture, Taalas will be looking at entrepreneurship in its systemic forms, in the context of everyday living: entrepreneuring in networks of active audiences, crowdfunding and crowdsourcing activities, and reuses of industrial production settings. She draws on practical examples from film production to opera making, from Google server farm to IKEA candle holder. Ties of trust and opportunities, rather than individuals, are key characters of this realm of entrepreneurship.


Saara Taalas will take you on an alternative journey to entrepreneurial systems from the Dabawalla lunch deliveries in Mumbai, via Wreck-a-movie film production network of science fiction fans, to Slush, the biggest start-up event in the Nordic countries.

Saara L Taalas is IKEA Professor in Business Studies and head of the Life at Home and Sustainable Production research initiative at Linnaeus University. Her research interests focus on decision-making as practice, systemic forms of entrepreneurship and roles of active audiences in production. Taalas has been research leader for more than 50 academic research projects, and has worked as an adviser to private organisations, industry associations, and government. She has worked with three European Commission DG’s relating to creative sector development and creative economy foresight. Saara Taalas is a provocative speaker and a fan of all fans.

Please note that the lecture will be held in English. It is free of cost, but we charge an administrative fee of 400 Swedish kronor for no-shows.



Welcome to Sweden! Dinner with my International Supper Club

Table is set.

It was my turn to host my International Suppler Club for dinner. So far my hosts have served me French, Scottish and food British people like to eat: Indian.

Roe starter and roast beef for one of the guests who doesn't like seafood and fish.
Roe starter and roast beef for one of the guests who doesn’t like seafood and fish.



Before the evening arrived I emailed the ladies and told them that when visiting a Swede at home one must never wear their outside shoes, inside. I suggested bringing your favorite slippers, those pumps that have never touched the ground, and let them know I’d have extra slippers on hand too.

With a glass of bubbly in one hand we toured the house, another Swedish tradition, before settling down to enjoy nibbles.

Gathered at the table.
Gathered at the table

Here we are gathered at the table surrounded by lit candles, Swedish flags and preparing to enjoy the cold plate of food.

Second course with traditional Swedish meatballs.
Second course with traditional Swedish meatballs.





The menu included Swedish meatballs, elk salami, red beet salad, Scandinavain potato salad, dill potatoes, gravad lax with hovmastare sauce, herring, liver pate, toast skagen, cheese, and crispy bread.

What's left of the Princess cake.
What’s left of the Princess cake.

Back to work in our allotment

our allotment

Our Finnish friend gave us expert advice on companion planting.

Our allotment

My Swede dug and dug turning the soil in preparation for seeding later this month.

Our allotment

Our spinach and leeks just keep coming so I weeded in between them and was happy to do it.

We growing!


Wednesday Plus – Oracle Networking Event

Oracle puff

Oracle would like to invite all talented Solution Sales and Presales professionals to an exclusive Networking Recruitment Event.

Shake hands with Sales and Pre-Sales Leaders from all of their lines of business and discuss career opportunities based in both Dublin and Malaga. John McGann, VP Oracle Direct EMEA Sales Consulting, Strategy and Programs will shed some light around the Oracle journey. This is the ideal chance if you aspire to a career with Oracle Direct.

Date: 5 March
Time: 18:30
Venue: Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel
Click here to RSVP (limited spaces)

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