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Svenia Busson, Founder of LearnSpace

Learning Inspiration 🌈 #76

Svenia Busson, founder of LearnSpace – the first EdTech accelerator in France – is an EdTech entrepreneur and explorer. She co-founded the Edtech Tours in 2015 and since then has been traveling the world to shed light on the best practices in Education innovation. In all, she has travelled to 19 countries and wrote a series of articles and reports. For her latest tour in Europe, she was asked to write a book that tells the stories of 24 initiatives that are shaping the future of education and learning: Exploring The Future of Education. To write this book in English, Svenia was assisted by talented writer Sairica Rose. Svenia is now supporting organizations in their learning and transformation via LearnSpace

Svenia Busson, founder of LearnSpace

Who is your biggest source of inspiration?

These days, I’m really inspired by Satish Kumar, an Indian-British activist, former monk, and peace and climate change advocate. Kumar is founder and Program Director at Schumacher College in the UK and is Editor Emeritus of Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine

How do you keep learning on a daily basis? What are your learning routines?My two biggest challenges:

Wonderful question! You know, my job is all about learning 🙂 I support my clients in finding the best, most innovative learning methods and tools. 

When it comes to me, I learn best from others. And I am lucky enough to meet super inspiring people every week: entrepreneurs who pitch their startups, teachers or trainers who discuss their latest innovations, researchers who share their latest studies. It’s part of my job to stay informed on the latest developments in the learning/people development fields.

What are your favorite books, and why?

The Spinoza Problem by Irvin D. Yalom

It’s a wonderful book, beautifully written, on Spinoza’s life and work. It’s super easy and reads itself, like a novel – which it kind of is.

Sentimental Education by Gustave Flaubert

I just love Flaubert’s prose. He’s one of my favorite writers of his time. This book in particular keeps me up at night – an impossible love story between a young, inexperienced boy and this older, married woman.

Last but not least, Elegant Simplicity: The Art of Living Well by Satish Kumar

Very inspiring book on how to be more mindful in relation to one’s self, to others, and to nature.

What is your favorite podcast, and why?

I love short & catchy podcasts. Vlan! is one of my favorites. I just love the diversity of topics Greg explores on it. I also love How I Built This with Guy Raz, especially the episode featuring Whitney Wolfe 💛.

What are your favorite articles that you have read recently?

How Google’s New Career Certificates Could Disrupt the College Degree (Inc.)

This article details the release of three new Google Career Certificates on Coursera in Project Management, Data Analytics, and User Experience (UX) Design. These programs are 6-month long and cost $240 for U.S. students. Some may only need three months, which would cut that cost in half.

Academic Leadership Already Lacked Women Representation Pre-Pandemic. Now What? (Harvard Business Publishing)

Academic leadership is lacking in women and that’s a problem, in terms of role models and biases. In this article, five leading women in Business Education share their experiences and their call for change.

Jeff Bezos Wants to Go to the Moon. Then, Public Education. (EdSurge)

This is a great piece to understand and know more about Jeff Bezos’ $2 billion investment to establish a Montessori-inspired network of preschools.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome this year, and how did you do it?

Like many other startups, Covid hit us pretty hard in Q2 2020. The hardest part for me was to let go and accept the situation. There was little we could do since the crisis was global and was hitting our clients even harder.

So I decided to take some time off and spent the first lockdown in a 17th Century castle with other entrepreneurs and creative minds. It was the perfect occasion to reflect on the company’s vision and goals and recharge my batteries.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell the 18- or 25-year-old version of yourself?

I would tell the 18-year-old version of myself: Live your life to the fullest because it can end at any time. Don’t be scared of daring and don’t let anyone tell you you’re not capable or worthy enough.

If you were stranded alone on an island and could bring one item, what would it be?

My kindle with thousands of books on it. Reading allows me to think, grow, travel, feel… and if I’m completely alone on a Desert Island, I think I’ll need that. 😁

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