Celebrating International Women´s Day

On International Women´s Day I pulished some photos that I took to celebrate women and our bodies no matter our shape, forms, age, ethnicity or age. This is called Imperfectly Perfect, a collaboration and project with me and the artist Pernilla Pramberg. We wanted to do something to challenge society’s ideal of beauty and norms which often sexually objectifies women. We went out of social media and called for women who wanted to join and challenge the image of the female body, and also strip down naked in the middle of Sergels Torg in Stockholm. And this is the result.

 

Unfortunately after only a couple of hours my photo got deleted on Facebook because of nudity. I uploaded it again but then together with another picture that a man published on his page. This was my post.

Not long after this post, my photo got deleted again, but his was still left. Facebook deleted my picture and then blocked me. It is because we show the nipples and this dude doesn’t. This is just another case showing how unethic Facebook is when it comes to sexism. We can see this in animal cruilty, women breast feeding, violence and children abuse.

 

I still want to give a BIG SHOUT OUT to all the women that took the courage to do this with us, and we made a national buzz in Sweden and got Romanian news, and this also brings up the subject of why some pictures of women are allowed and some are not. How come sexual objectified and sexists pictures are still up? Well, the struggle continues and I am willing to do all I can in my power to continue to challange the norms and empower women and young girls all over the world through photography. THANK YOU ALL!!!

You can support this and buy your own picture here

This years 101 Super Talents by Veckans Affärer

I can’t believe how blessed I am to be surrounded by so many inspiring friends and people. Thank you once again Veckans Affärer for this remarkable nomination to be one of your 101 Super Talents this year, in the category Influencer.

”Social entrepreneur who founded a creative organization for girls, OhSnap!, where they uses the camera as a tool for social impact. She has previously worked with an antiracist movement and got an award from UN. In 2015 she published her first book ”Connected – a guide to social medias opportunities”.

Keep your head up high and follow your heart! Ishtar Touailat Gül Alci Siavosh Derakhti Alexander Pärleros Suad Ali Siduri Poli Caroline Lidman Kajsa Lundborg and so many more!

#allasvårlucia – bryta de traditionella kvinnliga Lucianormerna

En vecka har gått sedan Iamproud och OhSnap Sweden lanserade vår kampanj #allasvårlucia, för att utmana de traditionella kvinnliga Lucianormerna. Att kampanjen skulle väcka känslor hade vi förberett oss på, men att genomslaget skulle vara så stort och att ert engagemang skulle vara så otroligt kunde vi inte i vår vildaste fantasi drömma om. Kampanjen har nått nära EN HALV MILJON personer, fått över 50000 gilla-markeringar och delats sammanslaget tusentals gånger. Vill vi genom detta inlägg tacka alla som står upp för allas lika värde och framförallt tacka våra fantastiska modeller; Simone Rishede, Josephine Öhrlund, Eva Von Wernstedt, Tereza Luyirika, Gunilla Wenngren, Lana Lana, Ester Macova och Moha Frikraft. Dessutom vill vi önska er en fortsatt trevlig Lucia.

Önskar jag, Casandra Hallberg och Sophia Anderberg

Fotograf: Felicia Margineanu

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My first visit to Nairobi, Kenya!

Jamo jambo my dear friends!

I´m home again after a short, intense but very excited viset to Nairobi, Kenya. This visit was within the project that I am a part of with The Swedish Insitute and The Swedish Embassy in Kenya together with different Kenyan entrepreneurs, artists and others in the creative sector.

In November we will have a conference in Nairobi where we want to lift up and disguss the challenges and opportunities within the creative sector. Different aereas that we will discuss is about sustainibility, fashion/tech, the creative sector as a business and public spaces.

Day 1

So on day one we went to the GoDown Art Centre where we met Joy and her crew. The GoDown Arts Centre is Nairobi and Kenya’s first center for current and innovative culture. The center acts as an incubator for companies in the creative industries – and artists – assisted by active and customized business support, facilities, technical and commercial networks, and financing. A development of the physical location of GoDown Arts Centre is meant to serve as an engine of renewal of the entire area. The GoDown located in an industrial area, but operations are being phased opening the possibility of a renewal of the entire area.

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Day 2

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It was truly inspiring to meet these different artist and to see and hear about their art and work. Afterwards we went to The Nest Collective and met up with George, Sunny and their crew. The Nest explores the troubling modern identities, re-imagine their pasts and remix the futures. They are createing work together using film, visual arts, music and fashion – dissecting and subverting the layers of how Africans are seen and unseen, what Africans can and cannot do, where Africans can and cannot go, and what Africans can and cannot say.

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Day 2
Day two was all abot work and planning for the conference in November, we met with our different groups and visited Marc Kamau at BRCK and iHub. BRCK is a team of software developers, engineers and technologists who are from Africa. They a long history of building things, such as Ushahidi, Crowdmap and the iHub. The BRCK was designed and prototyped in Nairobi, Kenya. They wanted a connectivity device that fit our needs, where electricity and internet connections are problematic both in urban and rural areas.

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Here is my awesome group! Mutua Matheka, photographer, Mwaniki Mageria, film producer, ME, and Brit Stakston, digital media expert and strategist. We are brainstorming and talking about how the creative sector can be a transformative force for change, and also how the creative sector IS A BUSINESS and the people who works in are doing very important work and that it´s not ”just a hobby”.

We also went to Mutuas studio and met his crew, Mutua and I are very similar in many ways. We both love photography and uses the camera as a tool for social impact, encourage new perspectives and lifting up young people. Mutua is one of Kenyas most popular photographers and has a very inspiring Instagram account, make sure to follow him! @Truthslinger

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Mutua also showed me and Brit around in Nairobi city. Wow the city is ALIVE! People everywhere, cool builings both new and from the brittish colony time. We got the best view over Nairobi on the top of the The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC).

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DAY 3

We all got invited to the Swedish Ambassador´s recidence and had a lovely lunch and work day planning once again, for the conference in November.

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And finally, can you possible be in Nairobi and not go to the national park to see the animals? OF COURSE NOT! 🙂

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Felicia Margineanu Föreläsning!

TEDx talk – Felicia Margineanu

In autumn I wrote in my manifestation book that one of my goals in 2016 was to do a TEDx talk. I April this happened! I was so nervous is was shaking and this is for sure one of the biggest dreams I’ve had so far!!!

I’m sharing my personal story and the idea of finding yourself behind the camera, how to break free of the norms and break the stereotypical idea of a man and a woman. Our media society and popular culture is not only hurting, but also pulling back a lot of young girls and guys into becoming their own authentic self.

Please enjoy my talk and share it with your friends if you like it ? THANK YOU!

600 kids about social media

Ever wondered what 600 kids does on social media? I have the answer!

I was invited to a school here in Stockholm to talk about social medias opportunities, since that is what I focus on. I am so sick and tired of the medias picture of internet and social media when it comes to kids using. Net hate, bullying, suicide, stress, gaming etc etc. I am NOT saying that those things doesn´t excists, but we have to show the positive sides too. How could we cheer and encourage the positivte sides if we´re not aware of them?

I started the day with meeting the whole school, over 600 students in two lectures. After the lecture I sent them back to their classrooms with their teachers where they got some questions to answer, discuss and write them down – or however they wanted to illustrate their answers.

1. What social media do you use, and what do you do there?
2. What positive/negative things are there in social media?
3. What responsibility do you have on internet? And what can you do if someone gets bullied?
4. What could your parents/teachers do to learn more about social media and to understand you more?
5. How are you being critic to the source? Do you believe in everything you see/read?

I got over 100 papers back with some really inspired drawings, ideas and thoughts. I sat and gathered all the information from every single paper, to later meet their parents and talked with them about the results. This was a really fun and inspiring way to work, I love to interact and envolve people, not just to stand and speaking for one hour and then I´m gone.

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Here are some of their thoughts and ideas:

Social media platforms
Instagram, Kik, Snapchat, ask.fm, Periscope, Youtube, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, Skype, ooVoo, 9gag, Viber, momio, vine, musicali.ly, Minecraft, Roblox, Google, Wikipedia, Netflix

What do I do?
– Talk to friends, family, cousins, extended family both in other countries and at home.
– Listen to music
– Following celebrities
– Viewing images, like and follow each other
– Play games
– Chat
– Homework
– Uses filters
– Make free calls and text messages
– Check out funny clips
– Music Videos

To parents
– Do not follow, or stalk your children
– Talk, be curious, ask
– Start with yourself, how are you online?
– Get your own social media that we use to understand us more
– Adults should understand that it is not possible to pause games anymore
– Parents has to understand that we not only use mobiles for social media but also to get information about the world’s problems
– Look at the children’s text messages
– Create rules! Talk about what to watch out for example not to provide personal information, how should we behave online, what is cool / not cool
– Ask who we’re talking to right now and if someone makes us feel uncomfortable
– Trust us
– Stay away
– We understand that they have not grown up with the Internet and social media, rely more on us and we tell if something would happen
– Judge not, try to put yourself in the child’s situation and feelings
– Ask how we feel in the morning
– Show that you too have been young too, tell your story
– Allow the child to come to you, but also show that you are there for them
– Help us, but also give us your own time
– Try different apps that we use
– Let your child / youth show you how an app works

Positively:
– Communication
– Meet new people
– Keeps me updated on what is happening in the world
– Keep in contact with friends and family, far and near
– #spreadlove
– New cultures and learn languages
– it is fun!
– We get a chance to dare to say what we think and feel
– Easier to talk about difficult things via the Internet
– Easier to spread the message of love
– New friends
– You can find a new hobby
– You can find a new job
– Tell our opinions
– Keep an eye on trends and get inspiration such as fashion and fitness
– Get girls
– Get more likes and followers
– Documenting your life, memories
– Take part in other people’s lives

Risks:
– One’s image is online forever
– Anonymity
– Fake accounts
– Hard to notify if one is anonymous
– Getting filmed without permission
– Easier to spread hatred, false rumors
– We may get the wrong picture of the world
– Searching attention in the wrong way, show challenging images
– You can be hacked
– It can be persecuted
– You can be bullied
– Pedophiles can contact you
– Grooming
– Online bullying
– You feel uncomfortable with their body / appearance
– Comparing yourself with others and do not feel good or adequate
– You do not go out as often
– We are becoming more antisocial
– Create a false identity
– Everything found there on the internet forever


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Responsibilities
– Ask if you want to be in the picture and get permission
– Block
– Breaking contact with the one shitty
– Like each image and give nice comments
– Do not give attention to those who hate
– Trying to stop bullying!
– Do not force someone into something they do not want, such as show themselves naked
– Listen to parents, not to use ipad, mobile long
– Spread postiva comments
– Do not offend, förlämpa or threaten anyone.
– If I write something lousy, I must take responsibility and apologize
– Do not give out their tasks wherever you live
– Understand the impact it can have
– We do not know myckte about our rights and responsibilities, but we should not offend anyone
– Do not hurt the soul

When someone / self is exposed:
– Police report, report on the website.
– Stand up for those who are vulnerable and show support. Show that it is wrong to be shitty
– Talk to the counselor and tell me what happened
– If there is a serious threat, hatred or violation, you can notify the police accompanied by an adult
– Save evidence, conversations, images, screenshots
– Talk to another adult, you can call BRIS – Children’s Rights in Society
– Join together in a group chat to the bully and say STOP, it is not OK
– We have a friend who has suffered and she was very sad and can not cope with life more (class 7a, Elizer, Teddy, Burak, Domian)

Source criticism:
– Check from different sources
– Do not think only of what a person says
– Common sense, it seems unreal, it is 99% percent sure that it is so
– Use Google image search to see where the image came from
– Check who is the sender – who is the most reliable, Aftonbladet or any website with the strange name type gilla.se
– Read the books too
– There are always multiple perspectives on things
– Is it factually or more values, beliefs and thoughts
– Is a blog more credible than a fact page, or a book from school
– Listen to the teacher

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I am on YOUTUBE! @InTheHeartOfFelicia

I have had this idea for several months now and I KNOW that when a thought or idea just won´t leave your head be – it´s a SIGN to do it!

Follow, subscribe on my channel here!!!

I will share some tips and advices on social entrepreneurship, how to start and build up your company, different creative processes – for example my book process, social media and a lot more  🙂 I am really excited! If you have any ideas or suggestions, PLEASE contact me felicia@feliciamargineanu.com or on social media.

Here is a video I did yesterday about the day that CHANGED my life and perspective on social media.

LOVE <3

Mindfulness working

The sun is shining here in Stockholm and so is my soul and energy too! It´s amazing how much light and warmth can do to you. I am so happy that the spring is here after a long, cold and grey winter.

I have lived in my apartment for 5 years now and the last years I have had both time and money to spend on my apartment to make it feel more like MY HOME. Of course, Ice and Magic, my cats, are the best investment 🙂

But one thing is for sure holy and spiritual for me, where I can reload myself. It´s the balcony! So today I gave myself some spiritboost and worked on the balcony. I am so thankful for being able to work like this, I feel free, happy and focused.

What do you do to work mindfulnessly? 🙂 Here is also my playlist for today:

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Peek a boo Magic!

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Ice enjoys the sun!

Dream coming true! TEDx Stockholm

Wow! No… No I mean, WOOOW! Ever since I started speaking professionally in 2014 I have had my eyes on this goal: talking on TEDx. TEDx talks has been a huge inspiration for me, I mean c´mon you literally have EVEYTHING you could ever wish to listen to, amazing speakers and revolutionating ideas. In autumn 2015 I bought the book by Carmine Gallo: ”Talk like TED”. My intention was simple; I was gonna learn by the best. And yesterday I got the offer to be one of the speaker at a TEDx talk event in Stockholm this April.

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I am so excited for this, it´s an honor and a real boost for me. I will start to prepare my speech and, like in all I do, do my very best and put my heart and soul into it 🙂 I will keep you guys updated for more info about the event.

Never ever stop dreaming and WORK HARD for your dreams. I don´t believe in luck, I believe in hard work, dedication and really enjoying what you do.

Året med författar debut, brustet hjärta och stora karriärssteg

Vart ska man börja… 2015 har nog varit ett av dem mest känslosamma och mest framgångsrika år. Jag fick tidigt på året behöva granska mitt hjärta än en gång och ta modet till mig att acceptera när saker inte funkar längre. Mitt i stressen och pressen inför bokdebuten Uppkopplad, så led jag av ett brustet och förvirrat hjärta då jag och min dåvarande partner var på väg att gå skilda vägar. Jag kände ingen mening i något, men jag fann styrkan i att fokusera på det hårda arbete jag lagt ner under tidigare år för att ta fram boken. Våren var mycket turbulent både på jobb och kärleksfronten, men den dagen jag hade min bokrelease så kände jag att jag föddes på nytt. Den dagen kommer jag ALDRIG glömma, jag vill tacka bokförlaget Modernista och Kult PR för ert fantastiska arbete med boken, och för att ni trott på mig 🙂 och ett stort tack till alla fantastiska människor som stöttat mig under processen och som deltog på releasen.

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Under våren fick jag också möjligheten att prova på en av mina drömmar – att vara lärare. Tillsammans med Skolverkets satsning ”För det vidare” och ”Lärarkandidaterna” fick jag tillsammans med Andre och Signe prova på yrket som lärare. Eftersom att jag inte har någon gymnasieutbildning är läraryrket såååå väldigt långt borta, dessutom har jag mina företag jag satsar på. Så att jag fick chansen att prova på, var en fantastisk gåva. ”Lärarkandidaterna” är en serie på 8 avsnitt, se dem alla på YouTube 🙂

Efter bokreleasen var det som att det bara small till. Föreläsningar, media och massa intervjuer – hard work really do pays off! Se nedan för några av dem intervjuer och föreläsningar jag gjort under året:

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Föreläser för Kommunal tillsammans med Medlemsutveckling
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föreläst för årskurs 1,4 och 6 på Slättgårdsskolan om sociala mediers möjligheter och nätkärlek.

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Debatt artikel i Metro med underbara Madeleine Opira från A million minds. Läs den här

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Debatt artikel i Metro om att visa civilkurage

Lite TV har man också fått 🙂

 

Ja… som ni ser så har det mist sagt varit ett GALET år. Om det är något jag är stolt över och vill ge mig en stor klapp på axeln, tillsammans med hela teamet i OhSnap! Sweden, så är det hur vi i raketfart har utvecklat under 2015. Vi har expanderat till flera städer då vi till hösten kommer öppna upp i Göteborg, kursen i Stockholm har stort intresse och dessutom har vi tagit steget till att driva det som ett AB då jag ser mig själv som en riktig entreprenör, då jag tror på att man kan driva företag och göra gott för samhället. 2016 blir ett mycket spännande år för oss och för mig. Jag kommer lägga ännu mer av min vakna tid på att bygga upp och driva OhSnap! framåt tillsammans med teamet. Här är en glimt från OhSnap! Swedens 2015 🙂

OhSnap! Sweden är en normkritisk fotoverksamhet där vi utbildar inom fotografi och använder kameran som verktyg för samhällspåverkan. Vi öppnar också upp arbetsmarknaden och skapar en ny generation av unga kvinnliga fotografer via vår fotoagentur.

Stort tack till Företagarna för stipendiet ”Årets stipendium till en ung entreprenör” och till Fryshuset för titeln ”Årets Samhällsförbättrare”

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Wow… Jag blir lite rörd nu när jag sitter och skriver och får en överblick över året. Mitt liv är inte enbart jobb, karriär och framgång. Det är något som jag verkligen tar med mig in till nästa år. Jag värderar mer och mer för varje år som går min hälsa, spiritualitet med meditation, naturen och att lyssna till mitt högre jag. Mina vänner och familj, blir mer och mer viktiga. Det är lätt att man bara kör på, med all den energi och drivkraft jag har finns det sällan en stoppknapp. In i det nya året tar jag med mig många nya fantastiska människor… Jag vill tacka många, och passar på att också dela med mig utav några av dem finaste människorna och minnena jag har under året.

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Jag är grym på spontanitet, jag bokade en resa knappt 24 timmar i Madrid för att se Marc Anthonys konsert. En gåva för kropp och själ!

 

Jag tar med mig mina nära och kära och nya vänskaper in i nya året som jag hoppas kommer finnas med mig under min livstid.

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Jag vill avsluta med att dela en bild som när jag tog den, var som en räddare i nöden. Jag tog min dagliga promenad och just den här dagen var jag riktigt förbannad, trött och nedslagen. Vi hade fått ett avslag från en viktig ansökan och jag kände mig helt tom på energi… Jag ser en solros sticka upp, mitt från ingenstans bland betong och ogräs. En enda blomma. Jag stannade upp och stod och stirrade på den i flera minuter… Tog min hand över bröstet och hjärtat och bara söööög in all kärlek och energi. Den blomman var till mig, ett tecken på att ALDRIG ge upp. Den vill jag ge med mig till dig, så varsågod kära vän. Trots mörker, och det mörker som finns över vår värld idag, så låt aldrig det vinna och ta över. Kärleken är alltid starkast.

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God Jul, och gott nytt år.

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