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Let’s pontifex.

A friend just passed me a book by Aldous Huxley, “The Human Situation” (actually a series of lectures he presented at UC Santa Barbara in 1959). Now I feel bad blogging about it since I’ve only read, ahem, 10 pages, but they’ve been great!

pontifex – latin for ‘bridge builder’

Now, I think originally the Romans used this in a religious context building a bridge between the material and the spiritual, but I think this word should come back into fashion.

Huxley used the term to show his dissatisfaction with highly specialized learning and its pitfalls for dealing with human problems (the more deep you go into one subject, the less able you are to understand another).

I couldn’t agree more.

It’s not just that I’m now a pondering PhD student (in the deep waters), but I think it’s a fundamental problem that holds us back from solving complex problems. In a University, when knowledge is in such close proximity, why am I so distant from the engineers, the teachers, the sociologists etc. when their knowledge combined with mine could really get somewhere in solving a big problem? Where are the ‘bridges’ between faculties? Between students with different knowledge and skill sets? We talk a lot about collaboration but it rarely happens in practice. Even the marketing student can feel distant from the accounting student.

So we need some bridges between:

ARTS     and SCIENCES     and BUSINESS     and TECHNOLOGY     and EDUCATION and

Last year at my University here in Finland, I organized an event called JYU Talks to kind of pilot something in my head… my head is spinning with ideas (it’s now just a matter of building my own bridges to the talent that I need to get something lifted!)

More on pontifexing next post. Thanks Ben for the book – this word is just too cool for school;)

On a personal note, can’t believe it’s been 2 months. I went back home for a few weeks traveling around Canada, watched my sister drop the Porter name and become a Carey:),  and now just prepping for what looks like a busy Fall. And yes, I’m still in Finland – at least for another year… but life questions abound…

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Elämä on laiffii (re: life)

Ever get the feeling that life is whizzing past you, yet, time is slowing down?

I was just complaining to friends today that by not blogging lately, I feel like a chunk of me is missing – my critical- thinking/know-what’s-going-on/feel-stimulated – chunk. Life has been so packed with ‘things’ that you occasionally forget what’s really important… my thinking out loud on this blog is one of those things.

But, to give the brief update on life:


At work, we launched Global Venture Lab in Finland on March 23rd. I’ve briefly talked about this here but I’m working with a ‘startup’ team at the University of Jyväskylä creating a global platform to grow global businesses – bringing the rich knowledge inside a university out (science of commercialization) and bringing business competence skills in (i.e. bringing serial  entrepreneurs/new companies into the classroom etc.) Oh yeah, main motto is “for problems worth solving” – my passion in those 4 words.

I was the event planner for this launch, which was part of the 9th annual V2C Forum (Venture-to-Capital) which was 2 days longs… and I was  event-coordinator for an event I thought up last year, JYU Talks. (I could go on for a while about this one – so I’ll paste it into a new post to not make this a novel;)

Aside from planning/running about 2 weeks worth of events in the last weeks of March, I also…


Yep, I’m a Masters. Handed in my thesis (eek, almost a month ago) “Growth Venturing for Sustainability” or rather – Conceptual Analysis and Insider’s Empirical Case of Growth Venturing for Sustainability if we want to get real academic;)

All I need to do now is write up a quick acknowledgement letter and get it into a black cover and send it to my sponsors. Exciting task actually – I’ve always loved seeing a finished product.


I’m out of the student ghetto! (Was never in one here in Finland to be honest.. but out of student housing at least). I have my own two-room downtown (ahem, of a tiny city) apartment – complete with a shower which goes over the toilet to save space:) To touch it off, I have new Iittalla wine glasses that make me feel oh so classy cooking dinner, listening to jazz, having friends over. The Finns love their glassware and I’m hooked as well.


Yes, to add to the graduate/move/work-like-mad mode, I turned 24.

I just looked back to my 23 things that I’ve learned (or at least trying to learn…) post. Oh, the wisdom in me 1 year ago… What can I say – still learning;)

That being said, I need to add one more to the list.

24. Toughen up.

I’ve had it fairly easy my whole life – I need to learn how to take some hits;)

Lots going on yet i should listen to #7 more often… life hasn’t been quite balanced… But getting back into writing this post feels like a step in the right direction.

Will post more on my baby – JYU Talks & GVL soon enough.

Oh, and “Elämä on laiffii” just means life is “life” – spoken by a true Finnish hero – Matti Nykänen – the olympic champion & national drunk.  It’s a finnish joke.

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