Debates #1 with Tuure Parkkinen

Debates #1 with Tuure Parkkinen


We were actually talking – this may not be a question, but a challenge for you – on our way from Helsinki to here we were talking that maybe we should start thinking of some sort of like startup pedagogy in higher education so
that you could actually take the values of start-up mentality and attitude
within university studies. It might be that at some point you might get another degree in analysing this? Maybe. But yeah, that’s a good
point, because a startup is a constant learning process. It is effectively a similar kind of process, a good way of learning
in other things as well, like not just higher education, but also lower education as we discussed here. Kind of that you’re allowed to develop your own hypotheses and then develop ways of testing that. -Yeah, yes. And then you learn by
by trying out. Then you analyse: did this test actually falsify or
validate this hypothesis or not? I think that’s a good learning methodology that could be applied in more different spheres. Of course it’s
not the only one. -Yeah. And you have to be able to just make the literature studies as well and combine – just study theory – but if you want to learn something that is applicable to practice the best way of doing that is trying to apply it to practice and test it. -Exactly, and learning from
one’s mistakes or wrong ways and maybe also arrogance. We have a lot of arrogance also within the university. Something that we are learning together to get rid of at some point. Arrogance is a word with a negative connotation. -Yeah, but it could also be positive. The positive connotation is self-confidence. -Yeah, that’s good, yeah. So there’s added value to arrogance as
well, like the 40 – 45 years old anniversary slogan for our study guild, the industrial engineering and management
guild, was: “45 years of disgusting self-confidence.” So one thing I learned from university, was arrogance, ther kind of can-do attitude as it’s called. But that was from another university? -Yes. -Exactly, yes, don’t worry about it. That can be very valuable as well. -Yeah. As a startup entrepreneur you do need a bit of that kind of hubris and kind of irrational faith in your own abilities and you have to kind of fake
it till you make it. -Yeah, exactly. But you also have to be
able to question the ways you’re doing it. -Yes, exactly and I think that it also can be called like serious, that you are
serious about something. You are defending it. And you want to get your result or idea concretised. I think we need much more of that. Thanks a lot Tuure. I think
we can take a few questions now…

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