Rebel Stories

Marie-Anne Bernasconi

A traveler and facilitator, I try to change the world at my own level through collective intelligence and frugal innovation in the company I co-founded : EstreLab.

What has been your most notable rebel accomplishment or experience?

I decided that life was about following instinct and passion. I quit my job and built a company based around the dreams I want to achieve. I decided to have a positive impact in this world and therefore shaped the best fitting tool for me to do it : EstreLab.

When did you first realize that you are a rebel?

I felt a rebel as a kid, when I first noticed that I didn’t want to share regular codes : behavior, clothing, friendships… At that time, I felt rejected and shy. AlongĀ  the years, I learned to turn it into a powerful strength: accept my differences and leverage them to make a difference.

What advice do you wish someone had given you earlier in your career?

See positiveness in everything and forgive people that you think do wrong.

What is your favorite rebel characteristic?

Thinking a lot, and doing even more.

What’s your favorite question?

How are you going to handle it when you are successful?

What one clue tells you you’re effecting positive change?

The people who believe in my actions and trust me.

What do you think it’s most important for people to understand about rebels?

Rebels try to understand future trends and act to make things better. In order to do that, they go beyond boundaries and adopt disruptive thinking. They aren’t afraid of multiple realities and of deconstructing stereotypes.

What’s your one word piece of advice for rebels?

Share.

What’s your one word piece of advice for non-rebels?

Open up.

Where do you think rebels are most needed today?

Everywhere : every single organization needs rebels to help it step back from routine and look at the overall picture.

Who is your favorite rebel from the past 100 years?

Einstein.

What’s the one thing you should never say to a rebel?

You’re naive and inexperienced.