Today I attended a very interesting conference at Pak Kau college, where I gave the keynote on the underlying difference between the education system in HK and in Finland. From my perspective to key difference comes from the culture of each country which is to some extent then reflected in the approach to education. For Finland the culture can be said to be one of collaboration, for Hong Kong, the culture is driven more by the need to compete, one approach is WE the other is
Looks like we have made a statement that resonates with many people here in HK, how do we link Finnish success in education with the HK approach to education, which achieves success but by a different process. At this point we have 170 people signed up in two days and we have not yet really advertised, so it's word of mouth. We have also pulled in my community partners and media partners, thus my new poster from the previous blog..... watch this space for more !!
There is much debate about the future of education, lots of talk but not always much action, because action means change, and for some change means risk and fear, for other change means opportunity and growth, it's a mindset issue. Polkuni HK along with xEdu Helsinki and our new best friend Natalie, founder of Own Academy HK are looking to at least start the discussion with like minded people here in HK. Keeping checking this blog to see how we are doing, but change is coming
I was walking towards Hong Kong park and accidentally came across kindergarten and music school district. I was amazed by the approach and posters of the walls of the schools. All my kids study music in a music school but as a parent a slogan "Your Child could be the next Beethoven" on a music school wall would certainly make me turn away and run. Would you put your child to a learning centre focusing on the weaknesses of 3-6 year old childrens math skills? In Finland we als
Today we finally got to have a meeting with the bank in HK to open our business account, because banks in HK insist on meeting Directors in person, and have them sign in person, Pasi had to make the trip from Helsinki, long way to meet a bank !! We had to book the meeting 6 weeks ago, such is the demand to open companies in HK, we understand on average 1,000 companies per week. Even though we booked the meeting 6 weeks ago for 4.30pm, we started the meeting at 6.30pm, you nee
How to establish and support an environment which support children's growth optimally? That puzzle is made out of many pieces and in Nepal it's all agreed now and shown on the poster below. Education and attracting awareness of CFE issues related to that is one big part of it and requires a lot of creative mindset, action and monitoring. First communities have a already been declared as CFE's and amazing results have been reached. http://www.unicef.org/teachers/environment/
My oldest daughter Mirna just got out of school and there was an opportunity to tour with her around in Nepal organised by Unicef for a week. I have been partnering with them for many years to support girls and womens education. This unforgettable trip was about empowering people (in this case women) to take action to make a difference in their lives. We met Dalits (untouchables), trafficking victims, schools drop-out girls, teenage groups and visited many schools, where Unic
It's all official now. SongHi Entertainment joins Polkuni and is now fully owned by the company. It was a heavy 8 months to sort out but now we are finally there. Let's see how things start developing from here. We apology for any inconvenience caused and lack of service during this bankruptcy period. We did a lot of things right...let's continue the journey. Check the historical pics.
Few notes from the first day at Arctic15 . StartUps are dead by Layne Skinner: What's LOVE got to do with startups? How about you invest to love, the extension of yourself, focusing to people around you. Let's face it, most startups fail and the only thing left then after crash is the relationships you have built during your journey. It is an investment that always gives you back maximum ROI (Return Of Investment). Pyongyang StartUp Week by Muaffak Ahmed: My friend Faku was h
Today Polkuni participated into something really crazy. Psyongames takes a different path to building awareness in Edumarket by challenging US candidate Donald Trumps tweets. The energetic CEO Olli Rundgren gambles ALL IN to get into fast marketing traction. This is a card that Polkuni could NOT resist betting on to find out. Decide yourself if this going to make it not http://trumpvsscience.com/