Korpi ForRest at SHIFT 2020

We are very excited to be a part of SHIFT this year! SHIFT Business Webstival 2020 brings together business leaders and developers to celebrate intelligent business 2728 October 2020. The program zooms into different aspects and building-stones of intelligent business, which is sustainable, profitable, technology-oriented and future-ready. Korpi ForRest is going to have our very own room in the festival venue where you can experience a virtual forest break from the comfort of your own home – just like the rest of this event.

Since we are in the middle of a global pandemic, this event like many others had to move online. But this really doesn’t take away from the event, in fact we think SHIFT might even more interesting this year because of how it is organized! The webstival is 100% virtual production and thus accessible from all around the globe and the venue takes your online networking to the next level. Visitors move in the virtual world as avatars, which gives a genuine feeling of togetherness, unlike any traditional webinar. There’s a real sense of space that helps you interact naturally with other attendees. This really is the future of business networking and we can’t wait to test it out.

Quote from a partner 

”Accessing the virtual SHIFT venue for the first time was a full experience. I was able to walk side by side with someone while speaking to them, bumped into some business acquaintances by accident, and even danced with my colleague. I have been working remotely for seven months and none of these things have existed for me since March!

The virtual SHIFT venue enabled me to interact with others in a way that hasn’t been possible in 2020. It’s a place where you meet people virtually yet actually.” says Anna-Kaisa Berisha, who will join SHIFT as a showcasing partner at the virtual expo hall.

Sounds awesome, right? We certainly think so. And this is event especially interesting for the team at Korpi ForRest, because one of the ways we could possibly implement our forest break product is remotely in digital venues. So we are looking forward to hearing feedback from the visitors at SHIFT!

Come join us at SHIFT 2020 virtually, yet actually.

 

The whole program: https://theshift.fi/program-2020/ 

Get to know the virtual venue:  https://theshift.fi/venue-2 

Tickets: https://theshift.fi/tickets/

 

Did you know that people are dying in work?

More than 2000 Japanese people killed themselves due to work-related stress in the year to March 2016, according to the government, while dozens of other victims died from heart attacks, strokes and other conditions brought on by spending too much time at work. The word Karoshi (過労死, Karōshi) was created specifically for this issue. The word, which can be translated literally as ”overwork death”, means occupational sudden mortality. The major causes of karoshi deaths are due to stress. The problem is that long working hours are not just a phenomenon in Japan, but all over the world. Jeffrey Pfeffer, a professor at Stanford university, says people are dying because of their jobs. According to professor Pfeiffer’s research, 61 percent of American workers believe that work stress is the cause of their illness.

Our brain operates like a muscle — meaning that, just like your biceps, it can get worn out and fatigued if you use it too much, and it needs rest in order to recover. Everybody is familiar with the saying “Even God rested on the seventh day.” For centuries, humans have understood that rest is fundamental to success, health, and happiness. But over the past few decades, with the increasingly fierce competition in the industry, the pressure has been piling up and more and more workers are skipping their day of rest in exchange for more hours at the office. 

Today, we are happy to see that companies are starting to understand the importance of employee health and wellbeing for the performance and success of their business. It has now become a common employee benefit to offer an onsite fitness center or a gym reimbursement. But companies still don’t spend enough time coaching employees about the importance of rest. The existing ways of rest in the company are often no more than offering a break room or providing some refreshments like snacks and beverages. The effect is limited and mainly physical. Employees are still in the busy CBD, and can’t pull themselves away from the depressing workspace.

Imagine you are going through an unproductive workday, sitting in your cubicle for five hours straight typing on a computer screen. Don’t you ever have that desire to rush out of the office, out of the busy city centre and into the forest without looking back? This is reasonable, and more and more evidence suggests that walking in nature can be effective in relieving stress and reducing the risk of mental illness. Also, the color green you can see everywhere in a forest is considered the most relaxing color, agreed by designers, psychologists, feng shui practitioners and advertising designers. Research shows that green can make us feel calm, balanced and emotionally stable. 

This is why Korpi ForRest exists. Korpi ForRest can provide a 1-6-month project that monitors staff stress levels and well-being while utilizing our virtual forest break service. We use a digital audiovisual forest experience that works as a preventive and restorative break solution during the working day. 

– Ruyi  Xu

 

PODCAST: Minna Huotilainen

Aivotutkija ja professori Minna Huotilainen kertoo tässä mielenkiintoisessa podcastissa luonnon ja taukojen merkittävästä vaikutuksesta meidän kognitiiviseen palautumiseemme. Laita siis kuulokkeet korvaan ja kuuntele vaikka taukojen lomassa kun Minna jakaa ajatuksia siitä, miten meidän ihmisten aivot reagoivat kuormitukseen ja miten ne ovat kehittyneet (tai olleet kehittymättä) vuosisatojen ajan. Hän myös muistuttaa luonnon ja musiikin voimasta kognitiiviseen hyvinvointiimme. 

Minnaa haastattelee harjoittelijamme Melissa Welander Projekti Ässien projektiosaamiskurssilta. 

Kuuntele täällä!

Give the Forest a Chance!

I am sitting crouched by my desk, with ten different tabs on my computer. My brain is fried by the excessive information that my studies and work require. Oh, did I tell you what I do? I am going to be a nurse, while I also work at a retirement home and finish my master’s degree in English. During some days, my brain is like a store that ordered 2000 liters of milk instead of the 200 liters – laws of nature come against you at some point. Or if I actually manage to fit the 2000 liters of milk into my brain, it surely does not stick, instead the milk leaks out of my ears immediately. And that is the reality for many of today’s employees and students – oversupply of information.

Therefore, I was especially interested in working with the three bald guys of Korpi ForRest. They try to create a balanced mental well-being to work environments by using Finnish forest as a way to generate recovering breaks. As science has proved, forest offers many health benefits (see for example Payne and Delphinus 2019; Lee et al. 2014; Shin et al. 2010). And let’s be honest, many of us, me as well, spend our breaks with our phones, giving our brain an overflow of stimulus all the time. Of course, sometimes, during a break, after having a great moment of being spit on by a patient, I certainly do not feel like trying to find my inner zen in a virtual forest. At that moment, I will open my phone and look at funny memes about my future profession to relieve the stress, but in general, I certainly could switch some of my phone concentrated breaks to a soothing forest environment.

For me forest means serenity. I basically grew up in the middle of a forest, and for example the smell of logs calms my nerves. And I know that now if you, yes you, on the other side of the screen, are a dyed-in-the-wool city dweller, you might see this as a first-class craziness. But give the forest a chance! I learned to appreciate the city buzz, perhaps forest can offer a few tranquil colors to your life. All in all, I am eagerly waiting to see what Korpi ForRest can develop with future technology – visual effects, senses, sounds and smells!

– Pauliina Rinne

References:

Lee, J., Tsunetsugu, Y., Takayama, N., Park, B.L., Li, Q., Song, C., Komatsu, M., Ikei, H., Tyrväinen, L., Kagawa, T. and Miyazaki Y. Influence of Forest Therapy on Cardiovascular Relaxation in Young Adults. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014. (2014). https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/834360.

Payne, M. and Delphinus, E. The most natural of natural therapies: A review of the health benefits derived from Shinrin-Yoku (Forest Bathing). Advances in Integrative Medicine 6, Supplement 1 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.aimed.2019.03.316.

Shin, W.S., Yeoun, P.S., Yoo, R.W. and Shin, C.S. Forest experience and psychological health benefits: the state of the art and future prospect in Korea. Environmental Health Preventive Medicine 15, 38 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12199-009-0114-9.

 

Miten olet saanut onnistumaan etätyössä jaksamisen jatkuvuuden?

Kun saamme valita, on tällöin helpompaa oppia ja omaksua. Tällöin olemme tai meillä on yleensä aikaa ja tahtoa suunnitella. Nyt monilla tätä vaihtoehtoa ei ollut ja kaikki tapahtui hyvinkin äkkiä. Tällöin on tärkeää pysähtyä, vetää henkeä ja ottaa happea.

Etätyö on parhaimmillaan hyvinkin antoisaa, mutta ei silloin kun siihen joutuu pakotetusti, ilman suunnitelmaa. Tällä hetkellä moni meistä on etätöissä, joka ei perinteisesti ole sitä mitä etätyöllä tarkoitetaan. Eli rauhaa, vetäytyä tarkkaavaisuutta / luovuutta vaativiin projekteihin. Nyt etätyö voi olla pahimmillaan avokonttori, jossa on kaikenlaista hälinää ja tämän lisäksi tarvitsee myös mahdollisesti pitää huolta muista ja olla jopa riidanjakajana.

Ensisijaisen tärkeää on huolehtia rytmistä. Parhaimmillaan tämä on yhdessä suunnittelua, miettiä minkälainen tämä rytmi voisi olla, joka auttaisi kaikkia jaksamaan. Rytmityksessä on tärkeä muistaa tauot. Nämä niin pienet kuin pidemmätkin helposti meiltä unohtuu. Seuraukset ovat nopeasti keskittymiskyvyn heikkeneminen, virheet ja hermojen kiristyminen.

Lyhyesti, jos et ole vielä tehnyt suunnitelmaa. Niin nyt siihen olisi viimeistään tärkeä kiinnittää huomiota, varsinkin tauot, jotka auttavat sitten jaksamaan myös työpäivän jälkeen.

Voi hyvinkin olla, että etätyöstä tulee isompi osa meidän kaikkien arkea, joten nyt on oiva paikka harjoitella tällaisissa tiukissa olosuhteissa, niin se voi olla ehkä helpompaa sitten, kun saamme itse valita. Eikä tästä suunnitelmallisesta työrytmistä ole varmastikaan haittaa siellä työpaikallakaan.

Tauollisen voimaannuttavaa viikkoa sinulle! toivottaa Sampo – ihminen

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Miten sinun omat hetkesi näin stressaavan poikkeustilanteen keskellä?

Olen aina ollut sitä mieltä, että kriisi ei ole yksiselitteinen! Omat ajatuksemme, valinnat johtavat siihen, miten tämä kriisi otetaan vastaan, vain meillä itsellä on avaimet tähän.

Tällä hetkellä Covid-19 tarjoaa mahdollisuuden. Voimme muuttua tai olla muuttumatta. Tämä myös suhteessa stressiin. Stressi on sekä hyvästä, että pahasta. Hetkittäinen stressi saa meidät toimimaan ja jopa hetkellisesti ylittämään tavanomaisen aktiviteetin, mutta jos tämä jää päälle ns. kumuloituu, silloin olemme haitallisella tiellä sekä mielen että kehon näkökulmasta.

Stressi vaikuttaa siis sekä mieleen, että kehoon. Jokainen meistä stressaa eri asioista ja eri tavalla tai sanoisinko omalla tavallaan. Stressi on siis hyvinkin yksilöllistä ja mikä ehkä pahinta, niin siihenkin tottuu. Vähän niin kuin toimiessani päihdepuolella sanottiin, että toleranssi kasvaa. Joka ei kuitenkaan tarkoita sitä, että se olisi vähemmän haitallinen meille. Päinvastoin, kun emme enää huomaa, niin se vain tekee salakavalammin tuhojaan.

Mikä sitten neuvoksi tällaisessa tilanteessa kuin missä nyt olemme, poikkeustilanteessa, joka tuli kuitenkin aika puskista, eikä siihen ehditty kunnolla varustautua. Ehkä yksi asia, jonka voimme jokainen tehdä on pysähtyä, en tarkoita mitään radikaalia pysähtymistä, jossa muutamme vuorille. Vaan, ehkä silloin tällöin päivässä, vain kuuntelemaan itseämme, mieltä ja kehoa. Ottaa hetki itselle, oli se sitten töissä tai kotona. Voit tehdä jotain, joka rauhoittaa, kuunnella hyvää musaa, rakentaa legoilla, mennä metsään, jotain mikä saa juuri sinut pysähtymään ja rauhoittumaan. Tällä tavoin saamme tai meillä on ainakin parempi mahdollisuus saada kroonistunut stressi katkeamaan tai edes hellittämään.

Kun nyt taas viikko alkaa, niin ota itsellesi hetki tai toinenkin, sekä työssä että vapaalla (koska vapaallakin helposti unohtuu tämä rauhoittava tekeminen). Jos tämä ei tule luonnostansa, niin aina voi harjoitella, vaikka laittamalla herätys itsellesi. Kyllä, herätys pysähdykselle.

Mukavaa ja tauollista viikkoa, toivottaa Sampo – ihminen 🙂

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A little tired

…but above all grateful and happy on the way home from TTC2019.

From one perspective, life is a series of choices that always lead to something…. Here’s one such set of them 😊

It all started when Mikko remembered that his friend Eeppi had taken part in Transformative Technology Academy (https://www.linkedin.com/company/the-transformative-technology-lab/) sometime ago and had praised it. So, we ended up applying to it. Perhaps, as a result of this first choice, it was already a small surprise that we were chosen. In addition to the Academy lectures, there were challenges you could attend and submit your own 3-page deck of your own service / product. At this point, we thought that, hey what can we lose if we just participate. And so, it went into the ether. According to this stream of thought, getting thrown in, maybe second surprise was that we got to pitch our service online. At this point we were very grateful and glad that heard ourselves and jumped in.

Every time you make a choice, either conscious or unconscious, something will follow. This time this series of selections gave us a mail telling us that we had been selected to present / pitch in this #TTC2019 / https://www.ttconf.org/ in Palo Alto. At this point, we had to take few breath’s and sleep overnight in order to get all the emotions that came out of the thoughts or at least the spikes of feelings to calm down. Of course, after all our fears and gratitude, we were unanimous in saying that, of course, we would pick up this card. Well a little rush came…  It was less than two weeks that the conference would be. And there was much to do, the pitch and deck in addition to the trips.

So, we were happy to get on the scene, we didn’t clot on stage and much was experience gained. So, what was the outcome… Probably way more than what we still understand or can still realize at this point, it was such an amazing experience. But in practice; lots of interesting products, outrageous new encounters with gorgeous people and most of all, great learning about yourself and the team!

The big factors were that they dared to be who we are and open our mouths to both question and asking, can we? This led to many wonderful and unique encounters with the most wonderful and interesting people. These encounters are likely to result in follow-up encounters in one way or another, and we have already agreed on some initial meetings and collaborative meets. And what else does that follow…

What struck us so much was the atmosphere these people have created for this community. Very immediate, compassionate, encouraging and above all supportive of the individual. It’s great to see how the in the so-called money oriented, tough Silicon Valley / tech world, there are a number of people who really care about what is well-being and how we can support and prevent this mental well-being with today’s tech, which will inevitably lead to greater good for humanity.

A Big beautiful thank you for all the people we encountered; Paola, Nichole, Rui, Dmitri, Thomas Kohler, Axel Roselius, Agnis Stibe, Nicolai Joergensen, Matson Kaleb and all of you others with whom we had a time to share a moment! Thanks TTC2019!

And also thanks for us 😊