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Kaj Lofgren

Director | The School of Life

Melbourne, Australia

"Good Ideas for Everyday Living"

Generally thinking:

Education & Academia
Business, Work & Strategy
Arts & Entertainment
Body, Mind & Science

My tags:

ArtBusiness DevelopmentCommunityCultureEducationEntrepreneurshipEventsFoodPoliticsProduct DesignPublishingRetailSocial ChangeStrategy General

Very good at:
+ Business development and strategy
+ Entrepreneurship
+ Communications, relationship management and public speaking

About me & my work:

I'm originally a civil engineer and worked for many years at Engineers Without Borders (EWB), working both in Australia and overseas. EWB connects the world of engineering and the technical disciplines, with the world of community development, focusing on issues such as water and sanitation, shelter, ICT and land management. Later I worked with Engineers Australia on their strategy towards the new discipline of Humanitarian Engineering.

In more recent times I was the Director of Strategy at Small Giants, a private Impact Investment Group based in Melbourne. After piloting The School Of Life inside the Small Giants portfolio, I stepped into the Director role in late 2013. I am now working on opening the first permanent School outside of London.

The School of Life Australia is a cultural enterprise dedicated to exploring good ideas for everyday living. We look at helping people improve their emotional intelligence with the aid of philosophy and culture. We do this through classes, workshops, books, retail products, retreats, intensives, secular sermons and other fun things.

A common thread in all my work has been to try to connect people with their passion and purpose. EWB, Small Giants and The School of Life are all trying to make people more conscious of what is important to them in their lives, whilst also connecting them to opportunities to do something about it.

My links:

The School of Life

Small Giants

Engineers Without Borders

@kajlofgren

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