Saturday, January 31, 2009

Reading habits?

I just posted a simple poll. Once the results are in place, I'll post them, too. Click on the picture to make your reply - it only takes three seconds ;-)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Young Ambassadors Scandinavian Tour 2009

I promised to share the Scandinavian tour details of the Young Ambassadors. Here it is:

As you can see, they will be visiting the Buskerud, Telemark and Vestfold (BeTeVe) region the 6th and the 7th of May. More specifically, the Young Ambassadors are performing in Skien Fritidspark Thursday the 7th of May 19:00-21:00. What a fantastic privilege!

Monday, January 26, 2009

IKT Grenland monthly meet

This upcoming Thursday ICT Grenland meets together again for our monthly evening event. In total, ICT Grenland consists of 70 companies or organizations, 500-600 people in the local IT industry. It's a small network, but we've gained national publicity - I'm proud to say - for the quality people and brilliant products and services it represents.

The ICT Grenland values are "Open - Happy - Creative", although any Norwegian will quickly see how difficult it is to translate the Norwegian equivalent: "Åpen - Blid - Skapende". "Blid" is more than just "happy" and "skapende" implies more action than merely being "creative". Like I pointed out yesterday, even the Norwegian language has nuances that enriches our communication.

Come, see for yourself at Klosterøya in Skien Thursday the 30th of January at 19:00 - 21:00. (We meet the last Thursday of every month - same time - same place.) Here's a short YouTube clip from the last ICT Grenland meeting in 2008. The place was packed!

Visit the ICT Grenland blog to find out more about all the stuff that's happening in this network!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Dugnad - a unique term?!

The past two weeks have been nothing but shoveling snow least that's what it feels like! Whereas December hardly had any snow, January appears to break all records - heh!

A friend of mine made me aware that Norwegian - even though it's a fairly poor language when it comes to vocabulary - has a unique term that apparently no other language truly covers - the word: "Dugnad". I find it hard to believe, but I wanted to check if there's anyone that knows. The dictionary translates it with "voluntary communal work". Got any input?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Young Ambassadors website

The Norwegian Young Ambassadors website is out. Tickets for the show Thursday 7th of May will be available 2nd of March. Things are moving fast now. Wanna be part of it?! Of course you do ;-)

Young Ambassadors performing "Take a Chance" by ABBA.

The Brigham Young University (BYU) does a lot of tours worldwide. This is an overview of 2009. I'll post the Scandinavian tour soon!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

New business cards

It's time to fully implement the new company design of One-on-One AS. What do you think of the new business card? Got an alltogether different and unique look and feel, don't you think? I like it. You..?

p.s. If you really dislike it and let me know, I might have to reconsider. However, if no comments to this post, silence means you and everyone else loves the simple design we put together - heh ;-)

This is the front of the card - obviously - in the new company color.

The back of the card focuses on the 3E concept with the concept logo and the URL to my professional blog.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Anders Vangen

Today I had the privilege of meeting personally with Anders Vangen. This Norwegian celebrity is beyond the ordinary hospitable and friendly. As a true Grenlanditt he's open and willing to share, both his friendship and talent.

I'm excited to announce that it looks like Anders Vangen will be part of the show on the 7th of May in Skien Fritidspark. More news to come ;-)

p.s. Last month Anders Vangen received the County Cultural Award, which is no small thing.

Monday, January 12, 2009

The Young Ambassadors

I am --WAY-- excited! Today it was decided; the Young Ambassadors are coming to Skien - again!

Last time was in 1978 and I was barely old enough to understand the meaning of "entertainment". But being 6 years old - what an amazing introduction I was given to the emotions of what a fabulous show can do to you. Even at the age of only 6 I was thrilled to my backbone and had every single hair on my back "stand tall".

If you've never experienced the Young Ambassadors like I have, then this is your opportunity of a lifetime:

On Thursday the 7th of May they will be performing at Skien Fritidspark. Better yet, I can even help get you a ticket as I am part of the local crew getting everything organized for this particular location of their Scandinavian tour.

Get your ticket NOW or die trying... but seven of those eleven hundred tickets are already reserved for each member of my own family ;-)

Here are a few photos just to get a sense of the amazing talent these performing artists share with us during the show - gives me goosebumps! (click any of the photos to view a sample performance - you gotta love it)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

My little hero!

Last night our twins were both suffering from a seriously bad cold and at times their coughing was so intense that we wondered how they were able to breath at all. Indeed, sometimes it sounded like they were choking. During the middle of the night, my wife Lillian, anxiously went downstairs to check on them. When she entered the room, their older brother, Philip (6), was standing next to their bed - half asleep - watching over them.

Attaboy!! We have no idea how long he'd been standing there, taking care of his younger sisters. Anyway, I thought that was a truly heroic gesture from a tired but responsible little fellow next door, don't you? ;-)

Thank goodness for the wonderful example of small children serving each other!

Thursday, January 8, 2009

When does Christmas end?

Did you ever make a web search by asking "when does Christmas end"? Wow, that gave a lot of thought provoking reading material. Why don't you try it? It may surprise you the amount of different viewpoints that are out there ;-)

...not to mention hot topics like why is Christmas in December or what happened to the core message...

p.s. Click the picture and find a wonderful and touching surprise!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Transcending the ego

Almost done reading another book! (I'll be reading a lot more this year ;-)

A good friend of mine encouraged me to read "A New Earth" by Eckhart Tolle. After reading a few pages I have to admit I was thinking: "What in the world - this is the weirdest stuff??! I'm done reading - give me something else". But then he got me. Boy does he reel you in. I'm pretty sure I disagree on a lot of what he says, but... I'm not done, yet, so I might be wrong. A lot of his reasoning feels eXcellent!

...and feelings and self awareness is exactly what he's on about. His point about transcending the ego is exceptionally good, I think. He also connects a lot of the concepts I myself have written about. Maybe that's why he triggers my interest - heh. Too bad he reveals his being an evolutionist, though. It kind of breaks with his "perfectly logical reasoning" during the first half of the book.

Click on the cover picture of the book and listen to some of the stuff Eckhart Tolle says online.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Small things - BIG difference

Tonight I finished reading "Microtrends" by Mark Penn and E. Kinney Zalesne. I have to say, even though he's a self confessed supporter of the Democratic party, that it's a very good and well written book.

The core message is that in the past we've considered the big masses of people to predict the future. However, significant changes are often brought about by only 1-2 % of the population.

If you want to read the intro just to get a feel for what it's like, you can read the first chapter of Microtrends here.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Why we live in Skien

Skien is the place to be! You wonder why?!

Some of my business contacts keep wondering why I'm living in Skien; hinting that it's neither central nor "significant". Besides it being my birth place, is there any other reason why I've made this my base? Of course there is!

You know, both my family and I myself have been living quite a few places abroad, so we know full well Norway is not the center of the universe. But we're back in Telemark again, anyhow. Of all the reasons I could give you, here are a few of the most meaningful criteria to me.

Enough quality people to make a difference
It's all about people. My human network is in fact mostly abroad, but there are a few quality people in Skien I just love being around. Not only are they excellent, but they want to achieve something bigger and more meaningful than just "conquer the world". I spend my time with people that believe in more than just fame and money.

Peaceful and less costly
Crime is relatively low. People are mostly good to each other. Optimism about Grenland is growing. It's not hectic, not even in the city center. (Above is a picture from 1910 of what it used to be like. Slightly changed - heh.)

And then there's the price tag. This totally gets me! I really don't know why, because it does not make sense at all. Living in Grenland is less costly than many other places in Norway. I only hope we can keep it a secret (not really ;-) but I'm sure it won't last long.

Small, but well built
I like it small, but not too small. Skien is perfect that way. We have everything we need and then some, and most of what we need and where we need to go only takes 7-8 minutes to reach. Among those, the office!

Rich culture
Everybody seems to know that Henrik Ibsen comes from Skien. However, the heavy emphasis on the Ibsen brand has caused all the other "good stuff" to suffer from being discovered. I guess someone will have to speak up - some time - in English!! For instance, one in a million things is the UNESCO Geopark. Why is this website in Norwegian only? That's marketing for ya' - NOT!

Family and friends
Most of all, my family has reached consensus; home is where the heart is, and our heart lies with family and friends. Most of them live in Skien, so for now, this is where we'll stay.

p.s. If you read this and can think of other reasons why Grenland is nice, please feel free to add them.