Discovery Corner

Financial Literacy & Fundraising by SuperPlan
Get Into Good Financial Shape While You're Young

This week we found a blog post "Get Into Good Financial Shape While You're Young" by Brian Breston, founder, broadcast personality and host of The Money Guy Show.

In the post Brian talks about why to start investing at young age and how to save money to invest. He also refers to many articles from The Money Show, that teach many important topics like how to benefit from compound interest and how to avoid lifestyle inflation.

It is relevant to the program since in the last workshop we talked about financial literacy and one of the coaches, Nelli Janson, also stated that it would be wise to start investing young. The article really motivates and gives many reasons to do that and it would be useful and an interesting read for all Superheroes, as being financially in a good shape would be crucial if we ever want to become good entrepreneurs.

Digital Impact & Brand Strategy by Alumnus
We chose a video of one of Steve Jobs' presentations where he talked about how he made Apple one of the most influential and biggest companies in the world. His marketing strategy isn't about selling a certain product, but showing the people what the company's and Apple's priority is. What they believe in. He included an example of Nike and how their ads show athletes and athletics-their core value. Apple's core value is that they believe that people with passion can change the world for the better. So when advertising, they use that. They make sure people know that they believe in something bigger than a product. He also talks about how the market constantly changes, they ways of getting to people change and the company constantly changes. But what the most important thing is that despite all those changes a company's core value is something that shouldn't change.

When coming up with a project for the Superheroes program, we had to keep in mind our own values and interests. What we are trying to change or help with. And that is something we have to keep in mind when making the project come to life. Other people need to know what we value. It's important to get our message out there and in today's world, social media is how we can do it. But keeping in mind that the product isn't always the main thing to advertise, it's the values.

Finding Partners by Starr Bag
The main material resource we need is fabric. We heard from a Big Sister that Uuskasutuskeskus could be willing to give us leftover textiles so we contacted them. We have now been to their warehouse twice to collect fabrics and have had great success. Our collaboration is smooth and effective.

Quite from the start we thought that the job - sewing bags - could be simple enough for disabled people to do. We contacted Eesti Puuetega Inimeste Koda and asked their opinion on this. They were very supportive and gave us three contacts. One of them replied immediately that their people can not do this, another said so after we had had a discussion for a while. We had one last option left - Põlvamaa Puuetega Inimeste Keskus. They are not located in Tallinn which adds transport expenses to our product price and makes face-to-face meetings difficult. However, we decided to contact them and now they are quite close to becoming our partner. We have sent them sample bags and their people are making the first prototypes to determine how many bags they can make in a month. We are currently calculating the costs and working on the sales price of the bags.

We understand that we need retail sellers because - at least now - our social media audience is far too small to reach a profitable number of customers. For that reason we talked to two shop assistants at Biomarket while we were conducting a market survey to have their opinion on our ideas. They were very positive about the concept and gave us some estimates of the optimum price and number of bags to start the sales with. We also contacted an online shop named Elamise Kergus that specifies in selling environment-friendly products. They are interested in collaborating, but are currently waiting for us to tell them the bags' price. Probably once we have calculated the price and established a production line with Põlvamaa PIK we will contact Biomarket again to talk more seriously about selling there.
Mindfulness by SuperPlan
This week we found a podcast "Create a Mindful Business, Gain the Skills to Succeed" hosted by Lawrece Ampofo about creating a mindful business and the importance of mindfulness to your company.
In the podcast different entrepreneurs like Joe Burton, Jim Gimian and many others talked about their experiences with how you can benefit as a company when incorporating yoga for your workers before meetings and how bringing in mindfulness to their their everyday life has made a huge impact to their business.

It is relevant to our program since we talked about how important is mindfulness in our last workshop and the podcast could be usable and interesting to superheroes, as most of us want to become entrepreneurs in the future.

Finding Partners by The Fantastic Beasts

We had to search a lot to get a right doctor/ partner. There is so many doctors who are dealing with HPV. That's good for us, because it helped us to get so many information about HPV. At first we wrote to Mairi Kaha who is a president of Sexual Health Clinic. We got good feedback from Mairi. She told that our idea helps them a lot because doctors don't have time doing some lector's, but it's so serious thing to talk about and with our help young girls can know about it more and maybe they will make the vaccine to be healthy. That would be good for us and them and to the doctors, because it's about their health and we want that they all be fine and don't have HPV.

After we wrote to Mairi, she send our email to Karin Salundi who is a Head of Communication in Sexual Health Clinic, also she send the email to Marijaana Siimson, who is a Midwife of the Sexual Health Clinic, Member of the Youth Advisor and Board of the Sexual Health Association. We had so much help with all of the doctors, who gave us information and send us good articles. We also got together with Marijaana. We talked over a hour about HPV. We also made questions before we met Marijaana and we send it to her before so she can get the answers.

We got all the answers and she made it so easy to us to understand what HPV is about. We did read about it before but talking and arguing with a real doctor was more easy and we really appreciated that she had time to see us and talk with us. Now we are working with our presentation and we all write about it and after a holiday we will go to the schools and talk about HPV for girls.

Collaboration & Problem Solving by Alumnus

For our discovery, we found an article from The Army University Press (the US Army's premier multimedia organization that focuses on advancing the ideas and insights military professionals need to lead and succeed.) The article talks about problem solving and the three primary skills that are important when solving a problem. Problem-solving is understanding the problem, analyzing it and coming up with a solution.

Critical thinking comes useful when analyzing and evaluating the problem. It involves understanding the multiple perspectives of a problem and not just sticking to your own opinion. You have to keep an open mind. Oral and written communication is important in our everyday life. Oral communication is for expressing your point of view and making it clear for others in an organized manner. It takes confidence. Written communication on the other hand is the ability to deliver your plan so the other person correctly understands it in a written form. Communication is key to solving any problem. At the workshop in Tapa, Harris told us his 7 life stories that he learned from and the most noticeable lesson was how communication is the key to success. Most of the times a team goes further than an individual. Combining different strengths makes a complete picture. So listening to others and potentially doing something their way may lead to a better solution for the problem at hand.

These skills are taught in the military but they are also important in our day-to-day life. We face many problems every day and these are the important skills that help us solve them. These are also the main skills that the Superheroes program is teaching us. We come across many problems on our Superheroes journey and we keep on learning and becoming better at solving them. In a way by developing these skills, our daily life becomes easier.

Tech & Entrepreneurship by Alumnus
Our discovery is a movie recommendation: The Social Network. It tells a story about the founders and the creation of Facebook. The main character is Mark Zuckerberg - the co-founder of Facebook. The movie is set in 2004, when Zuckerberg was a student at Harvard University. He was studying computer science and was extremely good at programming. On February 4th he launched Facebook with his college roommates, which with time became more and more successful. But as every company or project has its ups and downs, so did they, and the movie gives a better look at what it is like creating and leading a website or an enterprise. It is a great example on how different people with different personalities can affect your choices and how your decisions may not always be the best or the right ones.

We chose this movie for our discovery because it is about entrepreneurship and technology and it just went well with our last workshop. I had been planning to watch this movie for a long time and it suited with The Superheroes program. So I told my teammates about the movie and they thought it was a good idea. It is true that the movie isn't a hundred percent accurate, as some details were different from what really happened, but that goes with almost every movie.

The Social Network is also related to our project, since we plan on creating a website.

Leadership & Decision-Making by Project Equality
We really enjoyed reading this article. WHY? Let's see.

The article begins with the example of "bad leading" - "I must admit, in my early days as a leader I was all about me. I had a title and I thought that was all I needed. I thought because of my title everyone would follow me and respect me. I didn't think leadership was something I needed to work hard at. I had already arrived." The writer tells her story and we understand that she speaks from her experience that wasn't ideal all the time.

Here are the main ideas that we really liked:

  1. "As leaders, we need to be able to recognize people who are not performing at their greatest level and provide support and feedback to them." So, a good leader always helps his or her team members, tries to give advice and improve members' weak and strong sides.

  2. "A good leader knows people." People that you work with are not your tools - they are still people. We absolutely agree that getting to know your team members in a more personal way will make them feel valued and increase their respect for you as a leader. Even more, it can help you find their strong sides and sometimes understand why they are not so effective as you want them to be.

  3. "Leave your ego at the door. Be proud, not jealous." It's 100% true that you must be proud of your team members' success because if they do well and succeed, your team succeeds. You are the team - there is only one option: you fail or succeed all together.
There is some very important advice in the end that we want to bring to your attention. "Everyone in the team deserves to be valued. Each one of them performs an essential part to keep the engine of your company running. When you can put your people's needs and interests before your own, you will be a more successful leader."

This article helped us understand what leadership is for us and what kind of leader we want to follow.

Ideation and Teambuilding workshop by The Fantastic Beasts

Honest engagement and connection are the basic elements of human experience. Without that it's almost impossible to build trust. And if you can't build a basic feeling of trust, then communication suffers, productivity lags. The truth is when group activities are done well, each type of exercise appeals to different people. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Each exercise must be carefully chosen to speak to a certain type of person.

It's related to Superheroes because Big Sisters told us stories about their beginning. They told that if they started Superheroes and their teams were put together they had no trust and did not like each other and they all had different ideas but they had to choose one, like we do. It was a problem for all of them. They all told that after first meeting they didn't want to go back because of their team, but it was only the first meeting. Some of them went away. It's not a problem to give up. We all are different but we need to get to know each other before we draw conclusions. First of all, don't give up!

The next step would be trust! If we are team we have to trust each other and support. It's the most important. We are put together and we have to work together. It's challenge for all of us. Don't give up and see what you really have. In future we all can maybe be leaders. But to be leader you have to consider others and be able to work as a team. We are young but it's challenge for us to work as a team and for that we have to trust each other and support all ideas. That's impossible that we all like one idea and have only one idea. There's needs to be plan B all the time. We can never know what can happen. Most important thing about teambuilding is trust and cooperation. If we don't have that then we can fall through. We have to do what we have to do and trust each other and not give up. Giving up is not a solution.
Finding Superheroes by The Sunny Sisters

Paying it forward to the next generation

by Founder and CEO, Kaidi Ruusalepp

When I was fifteen years old, Estonia had just regained its independence. During this time, growing up quickly was necessary. In order to grow and survive, we needed to be capable and strong — both individually and as a country. Collectively, we wanted and needed to be recognised by the global powers for the value we could contribute. Looking back, this environment and the experiences which came with it were self-defining. They provided life-lessons I've passed on to my children, friends, and colleagues.

So when Eva, the founder of a leadership programme for 13–16 year old Estonian girls (Superheroes), came to me and asked if I could hold a seminar to teach teenage girls about how to finance a project, I immediately said, "Yes, of course!" Though, at the time it sounded insane — I'm leading a rapidly growing global startup, am a mother to a lively pair of boys (Hendrik, 9 and Teodor, 6), and am a wife. Needless to say, my most important resource — time — was at a minimum.

But Superheroes and its mission reminded me so much of when I was a teenager and of the struggles I overcame at the time. It is about thinking big and outside of the box, learning from professionals, executing plans, and being proud of one's accomplishments. These are the kind of go-getters who happily wake up at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday to take a bus and ferry in order to learn, connect, and build their inner strength.

This is precisely why I fell in love with the group and asked Eva how I could further contribute to building the next generation of ladies seeking to achieve their dreams. It was at this time I decided to mentor a group within the Superheroes programme called The Sunny Sisters. I adore these girls because I was once just like them and I know how meaningful it is when someone with experience offers you guidance. To think I initially assumed I would pass on some of my knowledge and experience, and that would be the end of it!

But I've learned so much from them, and most of all am consistently amazed and inspired by the amount of work this group of girls does. For example, in February they told me:
"We've completed our olympiads (competitions in physics, math, geography, etc.), so now we'll make this project BIG."
I asked how many olympiads they had completed since we began meeting two months prior, and to my astonishment they responded, "EIGHT!" Yes that's right — they go to school, play music, compete in their studies, and play various sports. They even find time to sleep and eat.

The Sunny Sisters
' latest achievement was an art exhibition called, "Answers," which we hosted at Funderbeam's office. It was their introduction to a series of art exhibitions in which youngsters share their views on various topics. This first exhibition focused on equality (gender, religion, race, age, size, etc.), where they — along with three schools in Tallinn — helped to turn our office into a beautiful art gallery. With more than 100 visitors coming to see the student's pieces and listen to the seminar, I can't tell you how proud I am of these girls. See photos from the event below!

It's during these kind of moments that you feel life has treated you well. It served as another excellent reminder that it actually doesn't matter where we come from or what our gender, age, religion, and culture is. It's more important what our dreams are and what values we share and hold dear. Do we support those who need support and do we keep an open mind? Do we recognise and celebrate the efforts of young girls and boys in order to help them grow capable and strong without unnecessary conflicts and wounds?

The same can be said for entrepreneurship — people from all walks of life come together to see a common goal realised. We join forces to support each other during our most important growth periods to achieve a goal greater than us. As I work with teams like The Sunny Sisters, Superheroes, and Funderbeam, I'm reminded everyday that through recognising our collective equality anything is possible!
Reflections on the Superheroes programme by HS Agenda
I'm Triin from Homo Sapiens Agenda squad in the Superheroes Estonia programme 2017. Our project is to make a short film about different religions.

This journey, for me, started in November when one of my friends, Kretel from The Sunny Sisters, told me about this cool programme. At the beginning I didn't understand very well what it was really about. I knew there were going to be great inspirational speakers involved and some hands-on action, but I had no idea we were going to create our own project. So, on the day of the deadline, I was on my way to a friend's house which takes about 1,5 hours, and I filled in my application on the bus. I didn't really know what to expect, because I didn't know how big the competition would be. Some weeks later Kretel messaged me, sending me a photo of the email, she got in! Then, with relief and excitement, I discovered that I was accepted, too, to join the big Superheroes family.

I was already impressed with the first session. We played some cool interactive games to break the ice and communicate. Then the food was absolutely incredible. In the afternoon we were divided into 10 groups and had to agree on a project. I was taken aback, because we had had very little time to come up with an idea we would want to pursue for 3 month or more! But maybe it was a good thing, because people tend to think better under pressure. At the end of the session, after some heated arguments, we agreed on doing a film about religions. How, exactly, we had no idea.

At first the project stood still. We met with the mentors in the second session, Kristi gave us some good ideas and Maksim gave us good execution advice, but we didn't start doing anything except for the homework. That was always done. After winter holidays we got together again and things started moving. Maybe it was that we were more used to each other, but maybe we just wanted to stop talking and start doing.

Things took really off in February, when we wrote a scenario and planned our first interview. After that things began to go more smoothly, but it was also quite stressful. We started writing blog posts and making videos to, in all honesty, get more points.
I was a bit stressed, but had never been so productive in my life. We had always something to do. Be it our main project, homework or just points to gain. It may sound frustrating but I did love it. In the end we accomplished a lot. We have 6 videos on Youtube, made in a month. We have filmed 4 out of 5 interviews and will start editing soon, as the film launches on April 15th. Right now we are on the second place in competition, but hope to change it by tomorrow, when the final Gala takes place.

The sessions were always interesting. At first they felt a little bit too long, at about 3 o'clock I wanted to go away and rest my poor head that had to take so much in, but in hindsight long sessions were good. We got so much done and not once was I bored. I was really surprised how good inspirational speakers and coaches and mentors we had! It all feels like the real deal. I say it, because first-time projects tend to come off worse. Sometimes the problem is money, other times the project is not thought through well enough, but Superheroes is the real deal, already on the first time! That makes me really happy and I hope that I can help next time. I loved everything about this program and would do all of it again and maybe even better.
The Final Pitch
by The Sunny Sisters

The morning of 19th March started very well, the Estonian superstar Tanel
Padar gave us advice on how to feel comfortable on stage. But when he had
finished we started to get nervous. It was the day where all Superheroes
had to perform their pitch.

In the audience there were all the fellow Superheroes and a jury in which
there were our inspirational speakers and Estonian entrepreneurs.

The pitches were diverse, some had slideshows, some had pictures and
videos. Everyone had made an effort and it was very interesting to listen
how all the projects went. All squads had done an amazing job despite all
the obstacles, they had always stuck together no matter what.

The Sunny Sisters would like to thank you all for being part of this
project and making it to the end. It is so good to see how many strong
friendships grew from this programme. Now it is time to celebrate!

Tuule Kangur

The Sunny Sisters
Final Pitch and Feedback workshop
We feel we accomplished a lot and we were all working hard together to show all the deep thinkings and progress we've done so far. The final pitch was exciting and scary at the same time, but we were confident when we presented.

We learned so much about sisterhood, putting commitment into our project, having equally divided tasks, encouraging each other in bad times, about our voice and will, ways to raise money, and leadership. There are a lot more that we have learnt, but the mentioned ones have been the most remarkable.

We would like to say thank all of the inspirational speakers that shared their amazing personal experiences, our mentor Merlin Salvik, Eva K. Ponomarjov, Made By, and Aleksander Seeman!

If you want to know more about our wonderful squad, please follow us on our different social media pages. If you are interested in the new video we just created, please go to our MelodyArt Facebook page and like our page.

In conclusion, a big warm hug and thank you to everyone who has helped us during this 4 month programme. Have a nice day and hope you enjoy our visuals!
Penta C's Pitch Practice with Speaksmart
After we won The Great Debaters workshop and got the opportunity to meet
Helina Loor from Speaksmart everything went great! We contacted her and
found the best time to meet. First time we met on March 10 at their office
at Telliskivi. All of our squad members were there, but because Silvaliis
lives in Tartu, she joined us through Skype. We introduced our project and
the practice began. We talked through everything starting from the slide-show
to what we are going to wear at the pitch.

At the beginning we brainstormed about everything that is connected to our
pitch. Before we met Helina, we had done our pitch for a couple of times,
but it still wasn't perfect and it was more than four minutes long. We presented our pitch to her and it was pretty bad.

Helina said that we have too much information on our slides and we need to
have rather more keywords on the slides. We had previously divided the talking points between us. We put in place where we make pauses and when Katarina changes slides. Helina told that she wouldn't mind to meet us again and we should contact
her again.

On March 18 we went to Speaksmart again. This time our mentor Tiina was
also there. For that time we made totally new slides and we illustrated
them more. Also everyone knew what and when to talk. Helina liked our new
and better slides very much! Even our presentation time was four minutes as needed.
We practised our pitch a few times more before we left.

And so our pitch was ready, Anna started our presentation and talked about who we are and what we do, Greete and Anastasia talked through the main part, Katarina switched slides and Silvaliis was was ready to answer to the jury's questions.
Our Ray of Sunshine - Communicating with our Audience
By The Sunny Sisters

When The Sunny Sisters began thinking of hosting an art exhibition in Tallinn, we faced one problem; how do we get our word out?

Facebook became the answer. Well, to be fair it started with Facebook and Instagram but our Facebook page spread quickly amongst friends and family, making it our go-to place to communicate with our audience. There is also so much you can do with a Facebook page… You can share inspiring videos and photos, make a post about what The Sunny Sisters stands for and, most importantly for us, create an event that you can share and invite people to.

Facebook was definitely the biggest ray of sunshine for us Sunny Sisters, as it let us connect with our audience in a way that we would not have been able to do otherwise. As the Superhero programme comes to an end, we are still super active, sharing videos to break stereotypes, offer different opinions and shed light on major social issues in today's society. We love to share our experiences with our audience and they love hearing from us too. It is definitely a source of inspiration and motivation for all of us.

Check out our Facebook page if you aren't following already, to see what we've been up to and what could be coming next for The Sunny Sisters:
Sisterhood by HS Agenda
For one of our homework we had to make an ultimate sisterhood action.

Boys are often seen as a brotherhood. Usually we don't hear much about big conflicts between some guy-friends neither in the media nor in our friend groups. But do we see catfights - girl fights and not rarely. In Estonian there's a word "õelus", which means bitter meanness, but comes from the word "õde" - sister.

We wanted to bring a little sunshine to random people's day, to make their mood a little better. In addition, we wanted to include strangers to make the grasp bigger. So one of our member came up with the idea to just tell people compliments, the simplest way to make someone's day.

We wrote many different compliments on illustrated papers, wrapped them up, included a candy to it and went off to the streets to share them. As we were filming people's reactions to compliments, about ⅔ of the people we asked said no. Some were busy and some didn't want to be filmed. This experience helped us accept rejection and realise that it may not always be a bad thing.

After giving people compliments we all felt very good, our mood was great and mindset much more positive. What we learned was that giving can be just as fulfilling and maybe even better than taking, and that's what sisterhood is really about.

Here's the link to the video:
Interview to Hea Kodanik
On March 8, 2017, Penta C was one of the squads who got the opportunity to give an interview to the magazine ''Hea Kodanik''. Our squad was represented by Katarina. Besides Katarina there was boy named Rene. Also through Skype there was Säde from The Sunny Sisters squad, and Samuel.

Our interviewer was Grete Duubas, she is Kadrioru Saksa Gymnasium's eleventh-grade student.

The whole interview was about what youngsters think about today's society and what's it like when we think of our future society.

The first question was about what we would like to change in the society. Almost everyone said that we would like to see more open-minded people. We all agreed that sometimes people who are from a different generation are quite intolerant.

We also talked about our schools and homes. Some of us said that if there's decision making involved about the future, they always listen to their parents, but others said that they will make decisions by themselves and do not care what parents think. Concerning school we thought that the school-system is old fashioned and we would like to have a new and a better system. Why we have to study biology or history if we don't need it in the future? We thought that when at school there's a boring or not that good teacher, there is a chance that in the future we don't want to work at a job that is connected to this subject. But Samuel was really sure that the school-system as it is today is okay and there's no need for change, also he was sure that we should study all these subjects because maybe in the future we are going to need it.

At the end we discussed how does our dream future society look like. We all said that we would like to see a society where older people and people in general are more tolerant and open-minded to different races and the LGBT community.

Before we left we had a few photos taken of us for the magazine. It was a really interesting interview and we can't wait with to read this article!

Written by Penta C
Why an art exhibition?
By The Sunny Sisters

There are a lot of young people in Estonia who are very talented. The Sunny
Sisters wanted to show how gifted teenagers are and bring Tallinn as a
community closer together. So we decided to hold an art exhibition where
the art was provided by students and the venue was an office.

The theme of this exhibition was "Equality". We had Mari-Liis Lill, Kai
Aareleid and Triinu Meres talking about their feelings, we had over 70
pieces of art and close to 100 people visit our exhibit. Throughout the day
visitors could donate money for a charity "Minu unistuste päev". By the end
of the day we had collected over 200 euros and we had handed out fliers
that introduced the organization.

The feeling we had after the day was so good, we knew we had achieved our
goals we had set and we were overwhelmed by the amazing feedback. Visitors
said that it is incredible how young people can accomplish so much. And
honestly, to see dozens of people leave with smiles on their faces and
thank us for doing things like this made the Sisters undescribably happy.

In the future we would keep organizing events like this on different topics
but we would love to have more art (therefore more schools involved) and
more visitors.

Thank you for reading!

The Sunny Sisters
Everyone deserves everything

We are The Sunny Sisters, a squad of five powerful girls, Säde, Mackenzie, Tuule, Maria and Kretel, and we are making a series of art exhibits called "Answers". Every exhibit has its own theme with a deep meaning about social problems, feelings or things that are important for young people.

The topic of the first exhibition was "equality" because it's close to all of our hearts and we would like to raise awareness about that theme. It's a major problem all around the world in many different forms like differences in skin color, religion or sexuality.

Every person deserves everything! That's a sentence everyone should remember and act with that in mind so we will bring some more happiness and kindness into this world.

We found an inspiring article about a man with very similar views on society and his amazing portraits about people all around the world. His beatyful art and praiseworthy acts reached us and we wanted to share it with everyone. Now, please go and read an article because "Everyone Deserves a Portrait!" ;)

Thank you!
Penta C's big filming day
February 12th was the day we filmed our video about mental health. We settled in Redeye Studios and were immediately faced with beginner-movie maker problems - where to sit our interviewees, where put the lights. One of our group had brought two stage spotlights, but when we turned them on, our first interviewee looked like a ghost. Luckily we found a simple solution fast and were able to start filming the video.

The first one to be interviewed was Kristel Aaslaid. We were amazed by how well she answered the questions. She was very thoughtful, funny and inspiring. All of us could relate to her. Our second interviewee was Tiiu Kaarlõp, an Estonian rapper. She was lovely and shared one of her personal stories to us. We loved how she talked about mental health. She shared great tips about how to take care of your mental health.

Lastly, we asked two nine year olds about their thoughts on mental health. They spoke about what they would do when they saw their classmates alone crying and how they would help them. They were really cute and answered very seriously - took the topic to their hearts as much as the grown-ups.

The filming took about two hours and we had a lot of fun. We had a great time and learned a few tips from our interviewees. The video will be published on our FB Ma ei ole uhhuu.
Practice and Pitch by Power Squad
This workshop was in Testlio's office and at the beginning we had inspirational speaker Kristel Kruustük. She told us about her life, her work and how she created Testlio.

Next we had skills session with Jaak Prints. He is an actor and a speech coach. He told us how we should talk on stage in front of audience and he also gave us some tips:

1) Feel the space
2) Ways to use/not use the microphone
3) Divide the space in sector/sections
4) Remember to breathe (also if your hands are shaking try to relax and breathe)

We then had to prepare a speech (4 min) about our project and represent it in front of everyone. Jaak gave us some advice!

At the end of the session we talked to our mentor Calum Cameron about our project presentation and we also practiced our final pitch.

It was very successful and an interesting worksop! Thank you Superheroes and Testlio!
Why did Homo Sapiens Agenda choose to focus on different religions?
We wanted to do something that was new for us
You would think that we would make our project about something we love and know much about. This time, we wanted to challenge ourselves and choose something new and exciting, something for us to discover. At first we started with a lot of research, because we wanted to be sure that we know as much as possible. We believe it was a really good choice to make a project about something that we didn't know so much about. It was a learning process for us and we got so much new information about different religions. At this point we have had a chance to meet so many beautiful, wise people that are very passionate about their faith.

We knew that we wanted to make a film
When our squad got together, the first thing everyone said they are passionate about is making a film. We have a girl in the group who has studied in the Baltic Film and Media School and knows a lot about filming, editing, making a scenario etc. We decided a film to be the most effective way to get our points across when raising awareness and reaching out to a big audience. With the technology today we knew it was the best option. As we are all very passionate about making movies, we got to do it with much joy! We think it's the key to success when everyone loves what they do.

We have always wondered about the impact religion creates
Religion plays such an important role in the world and to so many people, 84% of the world's entire population, has faith. Estonia is the second least religious country in the world and religion studies aren't mandatory in schools. We wanted to know more about religion, because the majority of the world is religious, and we feel we don't know enough to understand differences in customs and cultures. We thought that there might be more curious people in Estonia who want to start a dialogue instead of shutting down from the unknown.

We are all very happy with our choice. We have met amazing people and got new knowledge!
Homo Sapiens Agenda at the Career Seminar
On March 7, 2017, Homo Sapiens agenda was one of the squads that got to introduce the Superheroes programme along with a Superheroes mentor Maris Jõgeva and another programme participant at the Free Career Seminar in Kultuurikatel.

The Free Career Seminar is thought for everyone who wants a job. There are many options to choose from. In addition to that, there are discussions on many different issues and ideas on stage.

Representing the Superheroes programme this time was one of the mentors, Maris Jõgeva, and two participants: from Penta C Katarina Raud and from Homo Sapiens Agenda Triin Vaino. Most of the discussion was led by Maris. She explained what the project is about and why it was founded. The reason being to empower and educate young women, especially in the age between13-16, since not many initiatives are focused on girls in this age group. Maris also explained what we are doing during these 3 months in the programme. We talked about creating our own project within the Superheroes programme that would benefit the world in some way or another and then bring the idea into reality.

We got to introduce our projects and shared our learnings and opinions about the programme.

Penta C's project is about mental health. More and more people, from teenagers to middle-aged parents are dealing with various problems that are not possible to see to the naked eye. They are in people's minds and the school does not teach how to handle things like that. Penta C makes lectures in schools to raise awareness.

Homo Sapiens Agenda's project focuses on religion. We are making a short film based on five major world religions, because in today's world there are a lot of misconceptions and misunderstandings about different beliefs. This film is aimed to raise awareness and make people want to search for more information about things they don't understand.

These are just two of the nine incredible projects that have come to life, only thanks to the Superheroes programme.

We, Homo Sapiens Agenda, think that this programme in absolutely necessary. It has taught us valuable and fundamental knowledge about life, such as, leadership, teamwork, entrepreneurship, expressing ourselves on stage - things that school doesn't focus on that much. Superheroes has opened our eyes to the world of entrepreneurship. We have understood that doing something bigger than a school essay is possible to achieve with a stromg will and hard work. To accomplish goals, one must just begin, take the first step. The future of the world is in our hands and we must do everything we can to make it as good as possible.

The presentation was a success, people in the audience were very interested and fascinated about the programme, they expressed it by commenting and asking a few questions, all of which found a good answer.
Our insights so far
We started developing our project - a film about different religions three months ago. Since then we have learned so much and would like to share it with everyone!

At first it's always hard to develop a project with a group of strangers. We have learned that the key to a successful project is that all people know what they need to do, and if not, the whole team helps and works together. It was hard in the beginning but as time has gone by we have become really good friends and that has definitely helped us, because we want to work together for a project that we all love. It is important to hear everybody's opinions, but at the same time propose your own suggestions!

Spreading the word
It's really important to promote your project - in our case an educational film with a title: "Religions- uniting or dividing us?" In today's society there are so many start ups that are trying to get big by promoting themselves. We used Instagram the most and it has been beneficial for us! Because our film will be screened at schools and quite a number of students are following our Instagram account, they already know what we are up to. Also, it's easier to attract collaboration partners and media if you already have a small fan base. Because we want to start our own student enterprise that will make educational films, it's important to spread our word to an even larger audience. We plan to create a Facebook page soon as well!

Writing to possible partners
We have learnt that we need to be very specific when writing to people that we want to interview for our film. Because we are quite inexperienced, people need to know why we are doing this, who we are, what we plan, etc. It's very important to know what you are doing and is the topic really important? We also need to have a plan B, because some people will say "no". Of course you need to be polite at all times, because being unfriendly isn't going to bring any success!

Accepting help
At first we thought that we are going to do it all by ourselves and it is going to be very easy. But we were wrong. You always need a helping hand- it can be a mentor/mom/friend, really whoever believes in you and has the skills, knowledge or experience you need! Accepting help is one the best things you can do, because otherwise it's quite easy to get stuck. Hearing opinions from the outside is like a breath of fresh air with new suggestions and thoughts for improvement.
Melody Art:
We are matching cool music with great art!

Hello, we are Melody Art!

We are creating an online platform where musicians can upload their singles and artists can create designs for it. We have 5 members in our group: Laura the visionary, Anjali-the communicator, Heli-the fixer, Maria-the moneymaker, Helena-the detective. Our platform is all about scouting future talents and uniting different cultures. We want to give an opportunity for youngsters to be creative and share the joy of music and art with the world! With the help of Melody Art, designers can receive awards and are matched with musicians to create t-shirts or new cover photos for singles.

It will be very nice if you follow us on social media!

Instagram: supermelodyart
Facebook: Melody Art
YouTube: Expresso Superheroes
It's not about colour of our skin, religion, or sexual indentity, it's about our thoughts and actions.
Who are we?
We are Homo Sapiens Agenda. Our project is to make a film about different religions. With the film we want go a little deeper with the topic our education system is not covering enough. We really feel that this topic is very important in today's society and we should pay more attention to it.

Who is in the superhero squad?
There's six of us and we are all students of different schools in Estonia. We are: Triin, Lisl, Maria, Alexandra, Polina and Emili.

What is our project?
Our project is to make a film about different religions, raising awareness about the main principles as well as discover what are the common threads to unite us.

Why did we chose the topic of religion?
This topic is very important in today's unstable society and we should learn more about each other to have a healthy dialogue. We think that everybody should have some basic knowledge about different religions.

Why did we decide to make a film?
In an extremely visual world, where people are always in a hurry, making a film sounded like the best idea to spread our message in a fast and engaging way. Social media makes it simple and impactful.

What do we talk about in our film?
We plan to have five interviews, each with a representative of a different religion, including buddhism, christianity, islam, hinduism and judaism. We will talk about the nature of a particular religion and ask for opinions of different issues related to religion in general in today's society.

What do we want to achieve?
Our main goal is to make the audience think and reflect on religion. There's too much discrimination happening as a consequence of misunderstanding. We hope our film can help people to open their minds to respect the differences, be less scared of the unknown and cherish diversity. We would also like our film to be used for educational porposes in schools.
Workshop V
Critical Thinking & Media Literacy
For the inspirational speaker session, we had Yoko Alender to share her story. She talked about her life, gave tips and also talked about letting go of perfectionism.

Next, we had Kätliin Lember to tell us key things about critical thinking, how and which news sources to trust. We also learned what makes up a good arguement, aswell as how to refute a bad one. Each squad had to make an argumentexplaining what problem their project was fixing or how it would helppeople. We had to use a claim, a reason, provide evidence and form a conclusion, while also clearly explaining how the project would help to solve the problem.

At the end of the workshop, we talked to our mentor, Calum, and made some plans concerning our project.

For more information and news about Paperplane, find us on Facebook:
Workshop IV
IT & Financial Literacy
This workshop was different from other workshops. It was held in a start-up office called Funderbeam. We also got a new member Hanna to join our squad!

The inspirational speaker for the workshop was Kirke Saar. She is Chief Technology Officer of Telia Eesti AS. She told us about her life and work and how to make smart choices.

At the skills session, Mads Emil Dalsgaard (he is from Denmark andhas worked in marketing and with startups for the last 5 years) and KaidiRuusalepp from Funderbeam told us how to become marketing superheroesand here's some good advice:

  1. Communication and project management (make sure to decide early on who does what, when do you do things and what has already been done)
  2. Content creation (find photos that you can use, there are a number of good apps to help you do that, make sure to edit and add text, where needed)
  3. Communicate with your users (send e-mail updates/newsletters about your project; respond to incoming questions from users/clients, keep your users/clients informed)
We also discussed how to raise and earn money and had to present our case, how we would use finances in our project. As homework, we had to write about our project and why should people support us.

At the mentoring session, we talked to our mentor Calum Cameron about our project's presentation and decided that we will:

  1. Create a Facebook group
  2. Get 30-50 people involved
  3. Get 10 countries represented
  4. Get 50% of friendships
  5. Get our company promoted
It was a really good and successful workshop! Thank you Superheroes and Funderbeam!

P.S. We have a new project name and a slogan, as promised! Our project is called Paperplane and the slogan is: "The world is in your hands!"

For more information and news about Paperplane, find us on Facebook:
Workshop III
Visual & Verbal Impact
At the beginning of the workshop we had Ottavio Cambieri as the inspirational speaker. He's a creative entrepreneur and Mo'Joes co-founder. He talked about his life and how he and his friends created the Mash Machine: He showed us how it works (it's a kind of a music instrument, where you create music by placing and moving blocks on its surface). We tried it out and it was very interesting and fun :)

We then had a skills session with Rain Uusen (Telia Eesti AS), MartinDremljuga (Photo Passion) and Oliver Vesi (GoWorkaBit). They told us how to express ourselves in verbal and visual communication. They also told us how to deliver a message in social media. Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Content (the attention span is short, just 5-10 sec, test and find the best formats foryourself; visual content is more effective)
  2. Mobile (focus on the clear and short message; people can't often listen to sound or video so use good graphics and subtitles)
  3. Influencers (they help you get more followers and gain trust)
  4. Insights (make sure to know your data)
  5. Getting followers (follow people of similar accounts/business; use hashtags for people to find you; be active!)
  6. Promotion (boost your message)
  7. Tools (;
  8. Be brave, curious and rock the world! :)
We got to test our skills by making a video that would introduce our project. Making the video was a very funny experience and in the end we made a really good video! You can watch it on YouTube, just click the button below.

We discussed the project with our mentor Calum and decided to create our logo, think of the name and slogan!

It was a really successful workshop!
Mental illnesses are not something to be
ashamed of
We are Penta C squad and our "Ma ei ole uhhuu" project's aim is to change the way students in grades 7 and 8 think about mental illnesses with the help of psychologists from Why we believe that matters?

Kids at this age are often insecure. Friends and social media affect their opinions and beliefs more than their parents. At this age children are often afraid to talk about mental problems, fearing that their friends will laugh at them or they won't be so popular anymore.

At this age young people look up to different celebrities. They idolize them and want to be more like their famous role models. Some celebrities understand that they can do something great with their fame and help kids and teens. They have opened up about their mental health so kids can see that they are not alone. That even their idols can have the same problems as they have. They can see that everyone can have mental issues and it's not something they should be ashamed of. Read more at Buzz Feed.

"Ma ei ole uhhuu" has put together questionnaires with about mental illnesses for students to talk about these at special "Ma ei ole uhuu" events at shcool, where the psychologists will discuss the most important issues students want to know more about.

More about us, our partner and our project can be found here: