NBC NEWS: Iceland's answer to gender equality

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NBC NEWS: Iceland's answer to gender equality

A girl jumps off a table while shouting "I am strong" at the Laufásborg kindergarten in Reykjavik, Iceland.Brynjar Gunnarsson / for NBC News

Iceland's answer to gender equality: Compensate for differences between boys, girls

Boys put on nail polish and play with gender-neutral dolls, while girls are taught to be more courageous and self-confident.

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Does Iceland Make Better Humans?

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Does Iceland Make Better Humans?

Gabrielle Motola in conversation with X-IÐ 97.7 FM Radio host Frosti Logason on his morning program Harmageddon.

Gabrielle Motola in conversation with X-IÐ 97.7 FM Radio host Frosti Logason on his morning program Harmageddon.

"Glöggt er gests augað" is an Icelandic saying which means "the guest's eye sees clearly". Frosti Logason invited me on his morning show to have a chat about "An Equal Difference" which is essentially a book of mixed perspectives (both local and foreign).

Our discussion is based on the book, and for the first time, shares a local perspective out loud.

We discuss tourism in Iceland, motorcycle travel (as I did a round trip between London and Reykjavik this past year), patriotism vs nationalism, is Iceland just better at humans, and more.

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Grapevine Magazine

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Grapevine Magazine

Gabrielle Motola makes eye contact. When she speaks, she speaks directly to you. And when she listens, she invests herself in what you are saying. If there were such thing as “ear contact,” I’m sure that Gaby is making it.

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Falmouth University and Sunday Assembly

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Falmouth University and Sunday Assembly

I spent two days at Falmouth University giving a talk and then spending time one on one with students. It has been tremendously rewarding to hear from students about their process and share some of mine. It makes me realise what a long way I've come since my days at the University of Miami and what a struggle creative pursuit is at times. I then went back  to London and gave a talk at the Sunday Assembly.

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The Icelandic Model in Mosiac and The Atlantic

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The Icelandic Model in Mosiac and The Atlantic

Photo: DAVE IMMS / MOSAIC

It’s a little before 3 p.m. on a sunny Friday afternoon and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looks practically deserted. There’s an occasional adult with a stroller, but the park’s surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school’s out—so where are all the kids?

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The Guardian, Noreena Hertz

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The Guardian, Noreena Hertz

Photograph: Nicholas Rhodes/Corbis via Getty Images

Since 1975, the Nordic country has blazed the trail in gender equality and now, from infancy to maternity, women and girls enjoy a progressive lifestyle. But how did they achieve it?

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Guest Post for Pixel Magazine

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Guest Post for Pixel Magazine

One sunny London morning in September 2008, I was having breakfast in a café across from my office in Shoreditch. The gang from the Financial Times office around the corner came in looking deflated and explained that Lehman Brothers had just crashed and that a lot more people would lose their jobs. It was a grim day for the world, and soon recession was spreading across the globe.

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43 Rumors Guest Post

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43 Rumors Guest Post

One of the main things I love about small cameras is they get out of your way leaving more space for you and your subject. It is important to have the tools you feel are right for you to operate seamlessly. Because at the end of the day, portraiture is not about cameras. It is about connection.

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