Feeling Safe to be Uncomfortable

45-minute Keynote

Growing requires leaving the comfort zone. Harder than it sounds so inclusiveness and safety helps


8:15 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday 15th


Room F1+F2+F3 - Plenary


Anyone who is interested in growing and learning


  • Safety is a prerequisite for sustainable learning
  • Safety and inclusiveness help people grow
  • Words and attitude do matter

Growing and learning are essential to us as humans unless we want to get stuck and become stale. It is not always easy to do so as it requires that we leave our comfort zones. We can learn some in the comfort zone, but real growth comes outside.

To some this comes naturally, to others it is almost impossible, and we each have individual zones that are also context dependent.

We can push people out of their comfort zones or we can help people leave their zone.


This is a story of learning and growth, of psychological safety, and the importance of feeling included. It is a story of how we work and how we can create a basis for growth.  It is also a story of a personal journey. Gitte spent the main part of her life being afraid to fail, afraid to be seen, afraid to not be liked. She has come far and uses many of her own tools to help people around her whether it is at work, on twitter, in slack groups, or spare time.

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