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Our story. Until this day

Our story.
Until this day

The founders of Positive, Kaisa and Lotta, are originally special education teachers and have later become researchers of special education pedagogy.

Kaisa applied for postgraduate studies at the University of Helsinki and was inspired by the strength-based new pedagogy after talking with the university lecturer Lotta. Seeing the good and concentrating on what is functional in every pupil seemed like a promising approach for Kaisa. She already had years of experience in correcting errors and continuously correcting behavioural disturbances. The results had not been encouraging.

In 2018, Kaisa’s first peer-reviewed article was published. This study showed how special needs pupils benefit from strength-based teaching in forming friendships. The qualitative results were glowing. Both teachers and pupils spoke of how the meaningfulness of schoolwork had increased, they had freed up more resources, and the atmosphere had improved as a result of positive intervention. Many pupils said they now for the first time realized that they weren’t lousy after all and that others see a lot of good in them which they had not seen before.

The team

The team

Kaisa

Kaisa

Compassion
Perseverance
Enthusiasm

Kaisa

Kaisa Vuorinen

CEO, Founder
kaisa@positive.fi

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Lotta

Lotta

Love of Learning
Perspective
Social Intelligence

Lotta

Lotta Uusitalo

Head of Impact, Founder
lotta@positive.fi

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Elina

Elina Paatsila

Enthusiasm
Hope
Love

Elina

Elina Paatsila

Head of Teacher Training,
Founder, elina@positive.fi

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Kaisa

Kaisa

Compassion
Perseverance
Enthusiasm

Kaisa

Kaisa Vuorinen

CEO, Founder
kaisa@positive.fi

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Lotta

Lotta

Love of Learning
Perspective
Social Intelligence

Lotta

Lotta Uusitalo

Head of Impact, Founder
lotta@positive.fi

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Murdho

Mike

Kindness
Hope
Love of Learning

Mike

Mike Arvela

CTO, Co-Founder
mike@positive.fi

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Pasi

Pasi

Love of Learning
Humour
Creativity

Pasi

Pasi Kotilainen

Pedagogy Lead, Founder
pasi@positive.fi

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Sergio

Sergio Palomo

Perspective
Self-Regulation
Modesty

Sergio

Sergio Palomo

Head of Design, Founder
sergio@positive.fi

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Elina

Elina Paatsila

Enthusiasm
Hope
Love

Elina

Elina Paatsila

Head of Teacher Training,
Founder, elina@positive.fi

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Pasi

Pasi

Love of Learning
Humour
Creativity

Pasi

Pasi Kotilainen

Pedagogical Lead, Co-Founder
pasi@positive.fi

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Sergio

Sergio

Perspective
Self-Regulation
Modesty

Sergio

Sergio Palomo

Head of Design, Co-Founder
sergio@positive.fi

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Timo

Timo

Honesty
Perspective
Appreciation of Beauty

Timo

Timo Koro

UX Developer, Co-Founder
timo@positive.fi

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Petri

Petri

Creativity
Love of Learning
Fairness

Petri

Petri Kallio

Full stack developer
petri@positive.fi

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Louis

Louis

Kindness
Enthusiasm
Love of Beauty

Varis

Tuan Bui (Louis)

Marketing Lead
louis@positive.fi

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Timo

Timo

Honesty
Perspective
Appreciation of Beauty

Timo

Timo Koro

UX Developer, Co-Founder
timo@positive.fi

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Mike

Mike

Kindness
Hope
Love of Learning

Murdho

Mike Arvela

CTO, Co-Founder
mike@positive.fi

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Petri

Petri

Creativity
Love of Learning
Fairness

Petri

Petri Kallio

Full stack developer
petri@positive.fi

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Louis

Louis

Kindness
Enthusiasm
Love of Beauty

Varis

Tuan Bui (Louis)

Marketing Lead
louis@positive.fi

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Varis

Varis

Grit
Perseverance
Love of Learning

Varis

Varis

Chief Story Teller
hello@positive.fi

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Jussi

Jussi

Honesty
Leadeship
Perspective

Jussi

Jussi Laakkonen

Board Member
jussi@positive.fi

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Mari

Mari

Kindness
Enthusiasm
Humour

Mari

Mari Thure

Trainer
mari@positive.fi

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Jussi

Jussi

Honesty
Leadeship
Perspective

Jussi

Jussi Laakkonen

Board Member
jussi@positive.fi

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Mari

Mari

Kindness
Enthusiasm
Humour

Mari

Mari Thure

Trainer
mari@positive.fi

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Axel

Axel

Humour
Kindness
Perspective

Axel

Axel de la Chapelle

Swedish Speaking Trainer
axel@positive.fi

Axel

Axel

Humour
Kindness
Perspective

Axel

Axel de la Chapelle

Swedish Speaking Trainer
axel@positive.fi

Varis

Varis

Grit
Perseverance
Love of Learning

Varis

Varis

Chief Story Teller
hello@positive.fi

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Our Advisors

Niko Lindholm

Edtech Advisor
Nordic Innovation
House Singapore

Lauri Järvilehto

Professor of Practise
Aalto University

Lauri Toivonen

Marketing Director
SOK

Niko Lindholm

Edtech Advisor
Nordic Innovation
House Singapore

Lauri Järvilehto

Professor of Practise
Aalto University

Lauri Toivonen

Marketing Director
SOK

Najat Ouakrim-Soivio

PhD Educational Sciences
Assessment Research and Training

Sulka Haro

Lead Designer
Mainframe Industries

Olli Vallo

CEO
Education Alliance Finland

Najat Ouakrim-Soivio

PhD Educational Sciences
Assessment Research and Training

Sulka Haro

Lead Designer
Mainframe Industries

Olli Vallo

CEO
Education Alliance Finland

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Lehdistötiedote 12.4.22

Väitös: Luonteenvahvuuksiin perustuvat opetusmenetelmät lisäävät lasten hyvinvointia

Kasvatustieteen maisteri Kaisa Vuorinen tutki väitöskirjassaan, miten oppilaiden hyvinvointia, sosiaalisia taitoja ja mahdollisuuksia tavoittaa oma paras potentiaalinsa voidaan tukea luonteenvahvuuksien tunnistamisen ja kehittämisen kautta.

Kyseessä on yksi ensimmäisistä oppilaiden ja opettajien luonteenvahvuuksien tukemiseen keskittyvistä väitöskirjoista Suomessa.

Vuorisen ajankohtainen tutkimus auttaa lisäksi ymmärtämään positiivisen kasvatuksen mahdollisuuksia monenlaisten oppijoiden tukemisessa heidän koulupolullaan.