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Creativity Hive Posted on Tue, August 25, 2020 15:30:11

KREATIVITET er evne til å skape nye koblinger og anvende kunnskap. Kreativitet hjelper oss til å bli smartere. Det kjennes ofte som noen løse tanker som er litt rare, ikke helt logiske. Det virker som de kommer fra et annet sted enn hode, kanskje fra mage eller du ikke engang skjønner hvor disse løse tankene egentlig kommer fra?!

Vi mennesker er på vårt mest kreative når livet står i fare. Da mobiliseres alt vi har av kunnskap og erfaring. Mens den største fienden til kreativitet er komfort – det er å ha det alt for behagelig over tid.  Ubehag – liker ingen, men utviklingen skjer ikke før vi befinner oss utenfor vår komfort-sone. Derfor når vi blir utfordret med nye oppgaver, nye situasjoner, nye mennesker eller må gjøre større endringer i livet – da er vi på vår mest kreative – da mobiliserer vi, da lærer vi, da skjer utviklingen. Det er faktisk slik at vår hjerne utvikles når vi må anstrenge oss.

Alle er KREATIVE og jo mer du øver på nye måter å bruke din kunnskap og kompetanse på, jo flinkere blir du.

En måte å øve på er å skape kreative spenning – en slags energimodus som gjør at vi får nye tanker og ideer som «plutselig» fører oss nærmere til en løsning. Det er motsetninger som skaper spenning og utløser kreativitet og når kontraster møtes blir vi utfordret til å tenke nytt.

Prøv for eksempel følgende:

  • vær samtidig avslappet og fokusert – gå på tur i naturen og tenke på en definert utfordring uten å anstrenge deg og la tankene flyte. e.g. hvilke grønnsaker kan jeg blande inn i pastaretten slik at det både smaker godt, er sunt og alle liker det?
  • bland struktur og frihet – definer tydelige rammer men tenk helt fritt på mulige løsninger. e.g. jeg kan bruke kun erter i pastaretten, kanskje jeg kan koke dem sammen med pasta for å spare tid…. og tilsette smør for mer smak…
verdiskapning skjer oss mennesker imellom

Den beste måte å skape kreative spenning er å oppsøke ulike meninger – MANGFOLD.

Mangfold øker kunnskap. Mangfold trigger kreativitet. Ulike perspektiver og annerledes erfaringer kan være motsetning i segselv. Når vi møter et annet perspektiv blir vi utfordret til å forsvare vår egen oppfatning. Det kan føre til diskusjon, frustrasjon, konflikt. Så lenge fokus er på å få til den beste løsningen – vil denne frustrasjonen føre til at vi tenker hardere, prøver, feiler og samarbeider til vi får til en løsning som tilfredsstiller flere perspektiver. Det gjør at selve løsningen blir bedre og mer robust.


Uncategorised Posted on Sun, November 24, 2019 11:00:56

Great to be home! I am back after 5 weeks of cognitive rehabilitation, due to the brain strokes a year ago. These weeks at Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital ( have been an amazing experience. I am so proud that we have a world class rehabilitation institution in Norway with such a high quality, both in terms of theoretical knowledge and practical training with multi-professional teams.

Et bilde som inneholder utklipp

Automatisk generert beskrivelse

Many have asked me: “What are they doing to you there?” Cognitive rehabilitation therapy is about relearning cognitive skills after a brain injury.  

It has been like a “military bootcamp with great food and touch of spa”. I have learned about BRAIN – the organ that controls and runs every single function of our body. It is also the biggest enigma with its advanced biochemistry of electromagnetic waves – waves of energy that travel at the speed of light.

Some fun facts:

  • An adult brain has 100 billion brain-cells (neurons) interconnected in advanced networks, specialized in running our metabolism, different physical, mental and emotional functions.
  • Up to 80% of brain cells are in “little brain” (cerebellum) that is only 10% of the brain mass. Cerebellum is like “amplifier”, boosting all our functions.
  • 1/3 of population “acquire” brain damage due to strokes, accidents, tumours or epilepsy.
  • Our brain fixes itself all the time, mostly while we sleep. After a major trauma (damage), brain’s “self-recovery” (rebooting) lasts for about 2 years.

The great news is that our brain is constantly changing, functions we use develop and grow, those we do not use become weaker and might disappear. Use it or lose it!

What is important for brain to learn?

Structure is brain’s personal hygiene, discipline is detox

STRUCTURE increases cognitive capacity – the total amount of information the brain can retain at any moment. Structure is creating a disciplinary mode and focus. At Sunnaas, my day was structured by routines on group-level (meals, morning activities, lectures, always at the same time) and detailed personal plans including meetings, training and relaxation.

Fortunately, I always loved structure, so I added a few extra disciplinary measures: to keep away from sweets in particularly chocolate (being a proud chocoholic for a lifetime) and social media.

All these helped to keep focus on my main task – the rehabilitation.

The more love you give, the more love you have

RESPECT is essential for growth, development and learning. I have spent a great number of hours mingling with my fellow-patients. I heard their life-stories and witnessed a wide range of visible and invisible disabilities. I observed my own and others hard work, personal fights and battels, ups and downs, all being rehabilitation progress and personal development. It made me so HUMBLE – an amazing feeling that teaches RESPECT on a new level.

I cannot remember being surrounded by so much sincere generosity from complete strangers: sharing experiences, accepting and encouraging each other, laughing together, and more for no personal interest whatsoever. This safe and generous environment is not a coincidence – it is the result of hard work of the hospital and its 800 employees.

It helped me to show and express my vulnerability, find my strengths and embrace whatever might be coming.

You only fail when you stop trying

EFFORT makes the real change. Rehabilitation is not about getting back to your old version. It is about creating the new version. We were trained to set goals, learn and implement strategies, take small steps and regularly measure the improvements. All this reminded me of INNOVATION process: define, learn, develop, implement.

My first two weeks were about defining a goal and collecting insights. I read, I listened, I discussed, and I learned: about the brain, brain damages, rehabilitation, stress activation, patient rights, social-family-work life, the importance of sleep-nutrition-physical activity and intimacy. A massive amount of information to be understood and quite overwhelming. The next weeks were about developing strategies for rebuilding resilience and balance of cognitive functions. I worked particularly on developing my personal activity-accounting, measuring energy levels after different activities and testing attention-focus strategies. Now I am ready to implement.

Nature is medicine!

My cognitive changes after the strokes have been subtle. I used to have a quick, high preforming brain processor who loved multitasking, but suffered from restlessness. Now I have deep focus on one subject, easy going processor, craving for calmness.

From multitasking-junkie I have been forced to be fully present in whatever I do and to be patient. What a gift!

A huge thank you to my reinvention team at Sunnaas, both the stuff and my fellow-patients. It has been a big honour and a great pleasure!


Impressions Posted on Tue, July 30, 2019 11:36:50

My mother has been ill
for many years. Her illness is now in
the last phase that might last for some months or some years. There are no
regrets. We have been spending time together, sharing feelings and thoughts,
successes and disappointments, ups and downs of daily life, travelling together,
enjoying holidays. But still…

The circle of life is
so fascinating. Despite the challenging situation, I discovered an unexpected
feeling of gratitude – to be able to experience a new kind of love – taking
care of parents, those who were the first to show me love. What a blessing!

I am experiencing a
wide range of new insights, from health-related issues to emotional modes and
human interactions. It is a process to be addressed simultaneously by emotions
and logic, heavy training on the empathy muscle. It is all about EMPHATY –
undoubtedly the most important life skill to train.

Empathy is an ability
we are all born with. Unfortunately, like creativity, it is rarely
systematically trained. Kudos to school systems that include empathy and collaboration in education.

Cognitive Empathy is
ability to understand or comprehend another person’s feelings on an
intellectual level. But to understand sadness is not the same thing as feeling
sad. So, responding intellectually to a feeling can seem cold and detached.

Emotional Empathy is
ability to fully take on the emotional and mental state of another. But feeling
too much can create distress. So, responding emotionally to a feeling might be
psychologically exhausting and make even small interactions overwhelming.

The answer is COMPATIONATE EMPHATY – ability to integrate
intellectual understanding and emotional resemblance
. Feelings of the heart
and thoughts of the brain are not opposites – they are interconnected. So, responding
with compassion to a feeling honours another person’s state by considering both
the emotional and intellectual situation.

Some key learnings:

Being patient is a challenge. You feel weak, dependent
and out of control. But your instincts take over and you just know what you
really need. As a patient you also need support, motivation and most of all
encouragement – reasons to continue fighting. It is amazing how much we all
focus on medication and almost forget healing effect of nutritious homemade
meal – love and care on its best.

More love you give, more you have. Compared to many
other things in life putting an effort to help somebody in need, especially the
love-one is so meaningful. You feel good about being able to help. You feel good
about the effect of your effort. You feel good about your common experience,
increased intimacy and deeper love. Just “being there” is underestimated. Please
do not say to a somebody in a pain: “You have to be strong!” They don’t. You must
be strong to let them share the pain with you, like a generous gift.

Neglecting yourself is the biggest mistake you can do.
In order to be able to “give care”, you must put yourself as priority. You have
to take breaks on a regular basis and if somebody else is in charged for an
hour or a few days – you do not need to involve, worry or intervene. Be wise
with your energy use and do practice companionate empathy first on yourself. Life
must go on – crisis or not.

“The living and the dead,
The awake and the sleeping,
The young and the old are all one and the same.
When the ones change, they become the others.
When those shifts again, they become these
The beginning and the end of a circle are

SARAJEVO/ Amela Koluder


Impressions Posted on Sun, June 16, 2019 14:01:52

Hvert år i juni markeres det
Verdens flyktningdag. I år er det torsdag 20.juni. Og hvert år opplever jeg
stormfulle følelser rundt 19. juni som marker at det har gått enda et år siden
jeg måtte forlate mitt barndomshjem, i 1993. Det er nå en god stund siden.
Likevel fylles hjertet mitt fortsatt med lengsel.

En migrant er en person som flytter fra ett land til et annet.
Ordet omfatter både arbeidsmigranter, flyktninger, utdanningsmigranter,
familiemigranter og alle andre som skifter bosted over landegrensene, uavhengig
av om flyttingen er frivillig, ufrivillig, lovlig eller ulovlig. – store norske

er noen felles trekk ved migranter:
1. Vi bærer på nostalgi, rastløsheten, og har en ekstra driv for
å skape
en ny og bedre tilværelse.
2. Vi stoler på våre instinkter og intuitivt
forstår omstendigheter
, en særkompetanse på overlevelse.
3. Vi er villig til å ta sjanser, men er sjelden
når risikoen er for stor.

trenger all den kunnskap, kreativitet og talenter vi kan få, fra hele bredden
av befolkningen – kommer det nå stadig oftere fra politikere og næringslivet i
Norge. Endelig!!! Mangfold er forutsetning for verdiskapning.

næringsminister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, E24 12.6.2019

På vegne av næringsminister Torbjørn Røe Isaksen og
kunnskaps- og integreringsminister Jan Tore Sanner arrangerte Innovasjon
Norge Innspillskonferanse om mangfold i norsk gründerskap, den 12.
juni, hvor 100 gründere, representanter fra næringslivet og investorer ble samlet
for felles erfaringsutveksling og innspill til hvordan tilrettelegge for økt
mangfold i norsk næringsliv.

Viktigheten av mangfoldig næringsliv for vårt
velferdssamfunn blir fremhevet. Mangfold handler ikke bare om kjønn eller
etnisk bakgrunn. Mangfold handler også om ulik alder, bakgrunn, kompetanse og

Innledning er svært inspirerende med innlegg fra Aiman
Shaqura, Charge Incubator; Maria Amelie, Startup migrants; og Olivier Mukuta,

Mangfold som øker kunnskap, mangfold som utløser kreativitet.
Mangfold av ulike perspektiver som forutsetning for verdiskapning, innovasjon
og vekst. Hjertesaken min. Jeg føler meg ydmyk, takknemlig og stolt mens jeg
fasiliteter diskusjon rundt bord nr.10. Jeg kan nesten fly på energien som
skapes av smarte, ivrige hoder med et genuint ønske om å skape et enda bedre
samfunn for alle.

Det er over 100 mennesker i Kanonhallen. Vi kommer fra alle
verdensdeler, unge og voksne, ulike erfaringer, livshistorier, drømmer.

Deltagere er fordelt i 10 grupper og jobber med flere tema:
mangfold som forutsetning for vekst og mangfold som konkurransefortrinn i en
stadig tøffere konkurranse for norske selskaper.
Felles arena, bedre tilrettelegging og enklere byråkrati for å starte bedrift,
statlige instanser som fremmer mangfold i ansettelsesprosesser,
anskaffelsesprosesser, ledelse, styreutnevnelser, samt krav til større
selskaper om mangfold i ledelsen og styrer, og mange andre innspill deles med

Underveis får vi rørende underholdning fra Oslomester i Slam
Poesi Jeaninne Masika Lukusa, og smakfull mat fra Inshalla Catring.

Det er mange kjente og mange å bli kjent med. Det slår meg at alle 3 innleggene
ble holdt av tidligere flyktninger som har vokst opp i Norge og har blitt
gründere, har enorm drivkraft og er lidenskapelig opptatt av å skape. Samtidig
er de ydmyke og svært opptatte av å åpne dører for andre, vise muligheter og
fremme andres styrker. Inkludere og utvikle andre.

En flyktning er en person som har måttet flykte på grunn av
fare for sitt liv og helse. – Wikipedia

Vi er som regel stolte foran de fleste, men
blir ydmyke foran de som lider nød, en særkompetanse for et
hjerte som har vært på flukt men aldri sluttet å drømme

OSLO/ Amela Koluder


Creativity Hive Posted on Sat, May 25, 2019 18:00:18

Leaders are built, not born. And leading yourself is the most important life skill to develop. Your focus and energy creates your life. Never give up on what you truly care about!

We live today in a world where little is
certain, change is fast, and development dynamics are getting ever more
complex. A large part of living in today’s complexity
is dealing with unintended consequences.

Recently a friend told me:” I feel like I should live my
life, but it feels more like my life is living me”. I asked: “What do you want? What is your
dream?” The answer was:” I don’t know anymore.”

After this conversation, I reflected for a
while about “the luxury problems” we deal with when our safety is granted, and
comfortable existence secured. But aiming for the next level is our human

Hannah Arendt, American philosopher and
political theorist, has this beautiful question: “Who are you when
you are with no one but yourself?”

Knowing who we are at the deepest level is
the first step to building a strong identity, which brings both stability and
direction. This is the basis for leading authentically both ourselves and

Leaders are built, not born. And leading
yourself is the most important life skill to develop. Leadership goes
far beyond managerial competency, technical knowledge, and functional skills. Real
leaders have the drive to create – to bring something they truly care about
into being.

The most important skills to build are:

Flexible mind with genuine curiosity and inclusion of different perspectives

intelligence and self-awareness,
knowing who you are and what is your aim

3. Strong, empathic interpersonal relationships
seeking and appreciating diversity of thought, letting go of the need for
certainty, and listening and thinking from a place of not knowing

What we all need is continuous “software” upgrade, continuous development, blissful maturity.

In the 1970s, Harvard psychologist Robert Kegan
developed his Theory of Adult Development, which outlines five stages of mind’s maturity:

  1. Stage 1: Impulsive mind – early childhood
  2. Stage 2: Imperial mind – adolescence; 6% of the adult population
  3. Stage 3: Socialized mind – 58% of the adult population
  4. Stage 4: Self-authoring mind – 35% of the adult population
  5. Stage 5: Self-transforming mind – 1% of the adult population

In Stage 3, external sources shape our sense of
self and understanding of the world. For example, we take too much personal
responsibility for how other people experience us and we look for external
validation to derive our sense of self. For many people, social maturity seems
to stop here like my friend who forgot his dream.

In Stage 4, we can define who we are, and not
be defined by other people, our relationships or the environment. You know who
you are and have developed an internal sense of direction and the capacity to
create and follow your own course. You can take responsibility for your own
inner states, emotions and realize that you are always changing. These are the
leaders we look up to.

In Stage 5 one’s sense of self is not tied to
particular identities or roles but is constantly evolving through the
exploration and interactions with others. You continuously expand who you are
reinventing your identity according to changing circumstances in your life. You
integrate multiple ideologies and can understand things from many different
perspectives. These are really, really free people indulged in serenity.

“Any intelligent fool can make things more complex. It takes a touch of
genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.”
— Ernst F.

OSLO/Amela Koluder



Kick-off Posted on Tue, April 02, 2019 16:05:14

Some months ago, my brain decided to
reboot. I experienced a brain stroke. “Nothing” was damaged, no cause found, my
body declared perfectly healthy. Although everything was apparently the same, my
brain on reboot was about to develop a new version of itself. I was quite satisfied
with the brain I used to have. I did not want a new version, but maybe I needed
un upgrade.

I will share some of many lessons I
have learned during these last few months of my recovery.

LOVE & CARE – the more you give,
the more you have
I was very grateful to be at the
hospital, receiving good professional care. But I hated being a patient, being
weak, dependent and out of control. I realized how tricky skill the empathy was,
both to give and to receive. As a patient you are always right. Your instincts
take over and you just know what your really need.
am sure that my medication was effective. But what made the biggest impact on
my recovery was love & care I was surrounded with: my loved ones visiting
me every day, countless messages, phone calls, thoughts and wishes from
friends, colleagues, acquaintances. It made me strong from within.

I used to be the master of multitasking.
It gave me a rush and a false feeling of control. Newest research shows that
multitasking is stressful, exhausting and, unproductive!?
Abruptly, I could not do the very
simple daily chores. Driving was forbidden. Making dinner was too advanced.
Taking shower was exhausting.
My multiple to do
lists, projects and initiatives were replaced with a simple need – just to rest.
Tempo, effectiveness and multitasking became focus, simplicity and patience.

One of my strong sides was to quickly
move on, but not necessarily let go. Anger used to be my driving force. This time,
I could not just move on, I had to stay and let it be. I suddenly had plenty of
time to walk, to read, to rest and eat late breakfast while watching Netflix. One
of my love ones said:” Only good things came out of this. You laugh more and do
more things.” I did so much less than before, but I did what was important.
I am now able to do only what I really want and what I really must. I am not in
a rush to move on, but I can let it go. What a freedom!

I am still taking baby steps towards
full recovery. I do not know the final result of my brain upgrade, but I do
like the changes so far. Less is so much more in many ways.

OSLO, April 2019


Kick-off Posted on Mon, March 04, 2019 11:55:54

Hvorfor og hvordan kom jeg til Norge?

Manus og regi: Dino Prohic
Kamera og redigering: Awar Saab
Produsent: Tove Midtli

Januar 2004, OSLO


Impressions Posted on Thu, February 14, 2019 18:49:44

Some weeks ago, I
visited Izmir, the ‘Pearl of the Aegean’, a prosperous port
city, with deep roots in antiquity – 8500 years of history as a human settlement
since the Neolithic period, allegedly established by Amazonas – the
women warriors, re-established by Alexander the Great, birth place of Homer, ruled
by Lydians, Persians, Romans, Ottomans.

Izmir is the third
largest city in Turkey and densely populated Izmir province counts over 4
million inhabitants. Due to its geographic position, Izmir has been NATO’s
headquarters for southeast Europe, one of largest ports in the area, the
stronghold of industry and trade.

İzmir is full of
museums, cultural centres and packed with events, exhibitions and festivals, crowned
by more than 80-year-old International İzmir Fair.

“Izmir is like a princess with the most beautiful hat.” , Victor Hugo

It is a busy place, a
crossroad. Still, it has unusual grounding and calmness, something special in
the air – hava, something so
appealing to me. I felt like I was travelling back in time. While in Izmir, I
experienced several déjà vu, remembering blissful moments from my childhood and
youth in Mostar, and my student days in Barcelona.

Izmir has a lot to
offer, but its beauty comes from the inside. Sometimes it feels modern,
energetic, pimped up – like Alsancak; sometimes old, slow, wrinkled – like Kemeraltı;
sometimes unpredictable, curious, tense – like Basmane; or just moody – like Karşıyaka;
or calm, joyful, romantic – like Kordon.

Hisar Cami – the largest and the oldest mosque, next to historical kemeralti bazaar

Food is so delicious,
either you are vegetarian, pescatarian, meat-lover or sweets-junkie. Apart from
tasty coffee and salep – a warm milk drink, I got addicted to ada çayı.

In Izmir, I came
closer to understanding the meaning of being present in the moment. It is about
three simple things:

joy (keyif) – doing something you enjoy often and regularly

sharing is
caring – a silent moment, a meal, a problem or just time

being useful –
to yourself and others involves discipline and feels so good

I remember so well,
the smiley face of guy at Merdane Borek Ustasi, where we ate breakfast almost
every day, fresh orange and pomegranate juice and tasty boreks, eggplant borek
– becoming my new favourite.

Or amazing baklava at Hisarönü
Tatlıcısı, where I fall for diverse chestnuts’ sweets. Despite a lack of language
fluency, mixture of Turkish, English and Bosnian, the master – usta, knew
exactly my preferences – he read it from the joy in my eyes.

Even before I landed
in Izmir, I was lucky to meet two gentlemen sitting next to me on a plane, with soft eyes and genuine intention to make sure I would go to the right place to
pick-up my luggage.

I must mention an
adorable meyhane in Konak where I eat
the best sarma ever. It is a neighbourhood
restaurant, also a book shop. I remember a warm welcome and calm, cosy
atmosphere. I just felt at home.

a loose dog
covered with blanket

The blissfulness I was
experiencing was about the sea, the sun and the people. I love so much the feeling of a genuine human
contact, just a smile or simple chat. Strolling around and randomly involving
in chit-chats has always inspired me.

Izmir is contemporary
and relaxed. It has always been there, and it will always stay there, watching
over the Aegean.

Teşekkür ederim. Görüşürüz!

IZMIR, December 2018

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