The Queen and The Prince Couple attend a seminar on seeing differences as strengths

On Tuesday 21 November, Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's Foundation held a seminar at the Royal Palace of Stockholm. The theme of the seminar was dyslexia and the strength of being different – within society, at school and in the job market.

The Queen and The Prince Couple took part in the seminar, which was held in the Bernadotte Libraryopens in new window. The invitees were representatives from organisations, industry and the world of research, who listened during the afternoon to speakers including lecturer Susanna Cederquist, who is also the founder of A Picture of Dyslexia, entrepreneur and business leader Pigge Werkelin, intellectual historian Gustav Källstrand, Regional Manager of recruitment company TNG Elin Öberg, and Minister for Education Gustav Fridolin.

During the discussion on seeing differences as an asset, both at school and at work. Photo: royalcourt.se

The foundation's Operational Manager Sofia Ewerlöf welcomed the attendees and described Dyslexialand, a project initiated by the foundation to share information and experiences about dyslexia. Dyslexialand brings together narratives from individuals who have reached where they are thanks to their dyslexia.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia then gave a speech:

"Since starting our foundation to address online hate speech and dyslexia issues, many children and adults have told us their own stories. This shows that we, as participants in the foundation's Dyslexialand project, play an important part as role models. It also demonstrates the importance of showing that dyslexia really should not be underestimated.

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"A society that has room for different types of talents is a society in which more people can achieve their potential. This is something that benefits everyone. It is also the theme for today: that differences equal strengths."

Musician Vera Nord sang "Writing in Granite", accompanied by Lisa Lindal on the piano. The song was presented as the national anthem of Dyslexialand. Photo: royalcourt.se

Susanna Cederquist spoke about research into the strengths of dyslexia. She emphasised that everyone is naturally different, and that this is how things should be: Dyslexia is a natural consequence of a different way of operating. What is unnatural is trying to squeeze everyone into the same circumstances instead of seeing the unique potential of each individual.

Entrepreneur Pigge Werkelin then explained how dyslexia forced him to learn to be the best at being the worst, and how this in turn meant that he was not afraid to ask, to dare and to act.

After a coffee break, recruitment expert Elin Öberg spoke about ways of succeeding with diversity and achieving a more mixed composition in work groups. Nobel Prize expert Gustav Källgren spoke about personal drive as a quality that makes a Nobel Laureate.

The subject for the seminar in the Bernadotte Library was seeing differences as strengths. Photo: royalcourt.se

The afternoon concluded with round-table discussions. The seminar participants discussed issues such as why being the same is rewarded and how differences can be seen as assets at school and at work.

Sofia Ewerlöf and Minister for Education Gustav Fridolin concluded by discussing learning methods, the need to get the right support early on, daring to be at the boundaries of one's abilities and promoting an environment where people are able to dare – including to give the wrong answers.

The Bernadotte Library in the northeast wing of the Royal Palace of Stockholm. Photo: royalcourt.se

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's Foundation

The purpose of the foundation is to counteract bullying, with the vision that children and young people should have the right and the opportunity to be themselves. The work focuses on combating online hate speech and raising awareness of dyslexia. The Prince Couple's own involvement in these issues forms the basis of the foundation's work.

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia's Foundation was established to mark their wedding on 13 June 2015.