WHO AM I?
My name is Viveca Fallenius and I'm an international Stanford lawyer, legal designer, innovative thinker and yoga teacher. With a French law degree, a year of law studies in the UK, I worked as a lawyer in Brussels for nearly a decade, first as a communication consultant at JKL/MSL, then at the European Commission and finally at a Swedish law firm. I began to yearn for a more meaningful direction and decided to take a year off to pursue a Master's degree at Stanford University.
Free as a bird on campus, I naturally pivoted towards and felt the most fulfilled doing pro bono work, being creative with design thinking and diving deep into the criminal justice system. I studied design thinking at Stanford's leading d.school and worked on a legal design project for the California Department of Justice. I taught and mentored incarcerated youth at a juvenile detention center - my favourite hour of the week. I did community work and I spent hours at Windhover, the beautiful meditation center. Of course, I also explored the startup world and was inspired by the impact-driven leaders. It was all game-changing and opened up a new path in life.
After 16 years abroad, I moved back to Stockholm and started working as a tech lawyer at an innovative law firm.
I gradually redesigned my work and became a Legal Futurist, led design thinking workshops, facilitated diversity, helped guide startups through the legal jungle and constantly developed the business using value-driven design thinking. I was on the right path.
As a side hustle and driven by my strong belief that gender equality is crucial for building a sustainable future, I started working as a Board Member of UN Women Sweden. Speaking of which, is your salary orange yet?
That's an easy way to contribute to a better tomorrow.
After having burnt the candle at both ends, I turned to yoga and got hooked.
Since then, I've taken every chance to dive deeper. In 2018, I started my Yoga Teacher Training at Urban Om and I'm thrilled to be a certified yoga teacher and even more excited to share everything that yoga offers. I believe change starts from within and that yoga and meditation are terrific tools to get to know yourself.
- Synch, Stockholm, Lawyer and Legal Futurist 2016-2019
- Vinge Brussels, 2011-2016
- European Commission, DG Competition, Brussels, 2008-2011
- JKL/MSL Brussels, 2007-2008
- European Commission, Stockholm, 2006-2007.
- LL.M. Law, Science & Technology, Stanford Law School, US, 2015
- DEA du Droit Communautaire, University of Strasbourg, France 2005
- Exchange year, Exeter University Law School, UK, 2003-2004
- Maitrise de droit, Université Aix-Marseille, France 2000-2004
YOGA, PERSONAL GROWTH & OTHER MEANINGFUL STUFF
Ayurveda introduction course, Jan-Feb 2020
BYOND Member, Spring 2019
Door opener 1 and 2, Baravara, Siljan
Awakening of Love, Urban Om, 2017
200h Yoga Teacher Training, Urban Om
50h Advanced Assisting and Touch Methodology, Urban Om
Legaltech.se on Gentle Rev: Legal design-pionjären hjälper företagen tänka nytt, March 2020.
Legaltech.se om jurister som driver förändringsarbete, Jan 2020.
"Utvecklingen har fått fler jurister med erfarenhet av innovations- och förändringsarbete att sadla om till konsulter. Bland dem märks Viveca Fallenius, tidigare legal futurist vid Synch och grundare av Gentle Rev..."
Legaltech.se, Swedish Legal Innovator Award, Sept 2019.
Residus, Power Women Wednesday, May 2019.
Advokaten: Praktik kan öppna dörren för utländska jurister, 2017.
Stanford's Legal Design Lab on Hack for Justice, 2016, an event co-hosted by Stanford's d.school and the California Dept. of Justice, resulting in my group working for the California Dept. of Justice on a legal design project.