MY STORY. I am Yvette Larsson, an international Swede, who is passionate about learning and innovation so that we can create a better world together. I use applied neuroscience, focusing on our human potential and the question: What does it mean to be human in a global age of technology? My personal story starts 100 kilometers above the Arctic Circle, where I grew up with a lot of freedom and adventure to roam the mountains and the forests of Swedish Lapland. I must admit that I was bored often. With hindsight I realise that I developed my sense of creativity and entrepreneurial mindset from growing up in a UNESCO protected area with omnipresent nature as my playground. I became an avid reader, I traveled in my imagination and explored ideas. I still do that. I am an introvert extrovert. I became a vivid traveler early on, as my grand parents and my parents where explorers. I remember clearly, the first time when my grand mother came back from one of her travels, with a whole bag full of seashells, that she picked for me at a faraway beach. That ignited my imagination to see the world and connect with people from other countries. I got curious of the world, different perspectives, languages, habits, architecture, art, design, literature, nature, food, what it means to be human, what unites us. I speak Swedish, English, and French. I manage Norwegian and Danish. If I was left on an isolated island where people only spoke Spanish and Dutch I think I would manage to make myself understood. I have lived on The Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. I had a dream, as a teenager, to “live on a tropical island where they dance salsa”. On the Reunion Island they dance zega maloya. Good enough! I also lived in Provence, southern France. I love living my everyday life under the sun, and I hope I will be doing that again, one day. I spent 3 years in vibrant London, 3 years in cool Copenhagen and 6 years in breathtakingly beautiful Norway. Changing lives need courage and open-mindedness. It can be very challenging to change countries. I like to challenge myself both physically and mindfully. I dream a lot, and set up goals for myself, my communities and the world. I am looking at what is possible. I am notoriously ( and for some, annoyingly) positive. If challenges occur, I am thinking of ways to solve things, to make things happen. Solutions run as a default in my system. Speaking of running. I ran Copenhagen Marathon and London half marathon. I spoke at TEDx twice.