Author: Mona Anita K. Olsen

Mona Anita K. Olsen is an associate professor at the Norwegian Hotel School at the University of Stavanger in Norway and now lives in Farsund. She is also the founder of Innovation Barn AS, leading the efforts to launch Yogibana in Norway. Yogibana is an artistic wellness concept fueled by the weaving of yoga and ikebana (Japanese style floral design) together in 12 steps.

The Longhouse at Lista

The Longhouse at Lista is located in a beautiful southwestern part of Norway. The Longhouse at Lista was built to generate an interest in nature while living in it. The immersive exposure is aimed to provide a unique coastal experience.

Lista Travselskab

Connecting with ponies in Lista Travselskab

As a visitor to Lista, Norway, Mona Anita K. Olsen had always passed the sign for Nesheim Travbane (racetrack) when driving from Borhaug to Vanse, wondering what it was used for. As a business professor, she wondered how Lista Travselskab could be utilized as an asset in the community on a more routine basis.


Oppskrift for my Norwegian heart

Rooted in the history of the migration of Norwegians across the pond, The American Lista phenomenon continues to draw people to the area. Approximately a two-hour drive from Kristiansand and nearly three from Stavanger, Lista is as physically close to America as one can get on Norwegian soil.

Yogibana for schools

Yogibana is an artistic wellness concept that weaves yoga and ikebana (Japanese style floral design) together in 12 steps. This innovative concept is a fusion of the arts, design, hospitality and wellness practices, and entrepreneurship. Yogibana can be done by anyone in any location.

Technology Hospitality Entrepreneurship

Experts share big ideas in Cornell roundtable sessions

More than two dozen industry leaders met in Ithaca, N.Y., in April for The Really Big Idea Sketchpad approach to the Technology Hospitality Entrepreneurship Roundtable, hosted by the Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship at Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.

underwater restaurant

Going down under, Norwegian style

Europe’s first underwater restaurant is scheduled to open in 2019 in Båly near Lindesnes, “the end of Norway.” The one-of-a-kind building will be half-sunken into the sea.

NACC at WeWork

NACC finds new home and new GM

The Norwegian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC) recently moved its national headquarters to the WeWork Grand Central location at 450 Lexington Avenue from the 18th floor of a skyscraper on Third Avenue, where they also have a new GM, Live Sletten Diakolios.

entrepreneurial roadmap course

Building an entrepreneurial map

Professor Mona Anita K. Olsen of Cornell University presents an overview of the Norwegian entrepreneurial ecosystem and the support services available to the public by both the Norwegian government and the entrepreneurial services community

Cornell online business courses

Bootstrapped tech helps startups

Mona Anita K. Olsen of Cornell University shares information on open online business courses for small enterprises, offered at no cost through its edX platform.