Member Profile: Fredrik Lyhagen

Member Profile: Fredrik Lyhagen
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What is your name? Fredrik Lyhagen
Where are you from?
Landskrona, Sweden
What’s a fun or interesting fact about where you’re from?
It was founded in 1413 when the southern part of Sweden was Danish and the city was intended to become the capital of the region called Scania. Landskrona directly translates to “the crown of the country”.

What do you do?I’m currently running the alliance with IBM for American IT-company Juniper Networks covering the Middle East, Turkey, Africa region. And in my spare time, I’m building a business around my passion for leadership in a context of purpose beyond profit so I work with senior management teams to transform business for good. Note the dual meaning of “for good”.
What are you currently working on that you’re most excited about?At the moment I’m focused on delivering three-day experiences for management teams in large international companies. The course is centered on self-leadership on the premise that leadership is the conversation and you can’t relate to others greater than you can relate to yourself. It’s through a partnership with Oxford Leadership.
Why did you choose to work from Prague?
My wife is Czech. We met in Amsterdam where we were both working, and when we became parents we moved to Prague after a 3 years detour to Sweden.
Why did you choose to work from a coworking space?
I was either sitting at home or traveling. I have stuck at Locus because I’m much more productive and there are fewer distractions. There’s a social aspect as well, so I have someone to get lunch or coffee with. Now over the years I have developed friendships and have collaborated with some people business-wise.
Why did you choose Locus in particular?
I heard through word of mouth about Locus originally. I tried a few other coworking spots in Prague, but I’ve stuck with Locus because the atmosphere is unique compared to those other spaces. The mix of nationalities, different professions, and it’s very laid back.
What best describes the kind of location-independent work you do?
Stable because I am settled here with my family, but still work remotely and travel.
Before you joined a coworking space, what were the biggest challenges of doing that kind of work?I felt lonely and was struggling to stay focused. Since joining Locus my productivity has gone up and both my personal life and business has benefited from being a part of this environment.
What is the main benefit you’ve gotten working from Locus (not already mentioned above)?
I do my best work here, and the social network.

What’s the best thing about living and working in Prague, from the perspective of being a location-independent professional?
It’s the perfect size for a city; big enough to have everything but small enough to get around easily. The big international community, the beauty of the city, and the location in Central Europe makes it a great place to live.
Any other interesting projects you’re working on that you haven’t mentioned already?
Yes, observing what’s going on in the world as well as drawing from my experience from both corporate life and general life experience, I’ve become very interested in male identity. I think the male identity is in a crisis so I’m now working on setting up a community to help men live closer to their heart. I think it’s critical for a sustainable and inclusive development of this world that we have positive male role models, and this work starts with each one of us.
What is a fun fact about you?
In 1998 I released a five-track CD.

Member Profile: Morgan Childs

Member Profile: Morgan Childs
What is your name?
Morgan Childs
 
Where are you from?
Houston, Texas
 
What’s a fun or interesting fact about where you’re from?
The movie, Rushmore, directed by Wes Anderson was filmed in the high school I went to, St. John’s.
 
What do you do?
I’m a journalist. I got my Master’s degree here and then stayed in Prague. I got started as a food writer, but now my work is all over the map—I write about food, culture, politics, mostly in the Czech Republic and Central Europe, but not entirely. I’m a total generalist.
 
Pierogi photo shot in Warsaw in 2015 while reporting on a story for Saveur magazine

What are you currently working on that you’re most excited about?
I can’t get into specifics, but the projects I have up in the air couldn’t be more different than each other. Recently I’ve begun to take a step back to say, “What is most interesting to you, and why do you want to pursue certain topics?” before pitching new pieces. That’s one of the luxuries of being a freelancer—getting to adjust your levels every so often.
 
Why did you choose to work from Prague?
I did my Master’s degree in English with a specialization in critical and cultural theory at Charles University in Prague, and have stayed working here since I finished.
 
Why did you choose to work from a coworking space?
I have a very small apartment and I wanted to increase my productivity. It’s hard to get work done when you can touch your bed with your left arm and your oven with your right.
 
Why did you choose Locus in particular?
The location, it’s very close for me. I was working a lot at night and Locus was open 24 hours. The more time I’ve spent here, I have felt more a part of the community and have met new people.
 
What best describes the kind of location-independent work you do?
Freelance. I do some travel and am often outside the office doing interviews even though I spend most of my time here.
 
Photo shot by Morgan, which can be found along with others on her website: http://www.morgan-childs.com/
Before you joined a coworking space, what were the biggest challenges of doing that kind of work?
Working from home I cooked a lot, I was always cooking. It was important to find some set space outside of my apartment and away from my personal life.
 
What is the main benefit you’ve gotten working from Locus (not already mentioned above)?
Having space and more of a complete day. When you’re independent you have to find a sense of intentionality each hour of your day, and being here helps with that intentionality.
What’s the best thing about living and working in Prague, from the perspective of being a location-independent professional?
This is a wonderful neighborhood. There’s this great market at Jiřího z Poděbrad four days a week where I run into everybody I know, then I come to work here and slowly I’m starting to get to know people at Locus. Prague is a city of 1.3 million people, but sometimes it feels like a college campus, there’s always something going on. Also, because of its size, you have access to resources and people that you might not have elsewhere.
 
Any other interesting projects you’re working on that you haven’t mentioned already?
Nothing that I haven’t already mentioned, but I’m always looking for new stories. My best pieces come from conversations I’ve had with friends, so I’m always eager to hear about stuff going on around the country.
 
What is a fun fact about you?
I studied and focused on playwriting in New York and majored in Theater