Patrycja Sławuta

Founder at SelfHackathon, M.A Psych, PhD. Experimental Social Psychologist 

Kopia Bez tytułu (24)
Speaking topics

Hacking, Rewiring and Upgrading the H:OS (Human Operating System)
Hacking Resilience – How to Stay Sane While Doing Insane Things
The Anatomy of a Hungry Ghost – Psychologist’s Guide to How We Hurt, Heal and Can Harness the Human Spirit
The Psychology of Abundance – When Having Affects Being
Reclaiming Human Intelligence
Hacking the Corporate OS. The Art and Science of Meaningful Innovation


The famous Moore’s law says that the computational power of machines doubles every 18 months. As a consequence, change becomes the only constant. We live in a world of constant hacking, rewiring and upgrading of various systems around us.  Same goes for the human OS. Programmed early in our development by powerful forces such as culture, religion and family, this system, more than any other, requires a continuous upgrade to reflect who we are, what we want to become and where we are heading.  Come join us for this powerful, immersive and interactive session as we learn how to hack, rewire and upgrade the ultimate supercomputer between your ears – your mind.’ 

The famous Moore’s Law observes that the computational power of machines doubles every 18 months. As a consequence, change becomes the only constant. We live in a world of constant hacking, rewiring and upgrading of various systems around us. Same goes for the human operating system. Programmed early in our development by powerful forces such as culture, religion and family, this system, more than any other, requires a continuous upgrade to reflect who we are, what we want to become and where we are heading. Especially if you are an innovative startup business. Companies today are at the forefront of change. Meaningful disruption is embedded in the DNA of every successful company. And so, surviving and thriving becomes a psychological game of mindsets, mental habits and resilience. The most skillful players are able to turn fear into fuel and uncertainty into business opportunities. Resilience, contrary to popular belief, is not robustness, redundancy or even bouncing back. It does not always equate with the recovery of a system to its initial state. Often times resilient systems have no baseline to return to, and so they reconfigure themselves continuously and fluidly to adapt to ever-changing circumstances, while continuing to fulfill their purpose. In the world of scientific research such a characteristic of a system is called dynamic disequilibrium and is widely observed from microbiome systems to human societies to even entire cultures. With such a definition, modest and often/frequent failures are actually essential to many forms of resilience – they allow a system to release and then reorganize some of its resources. The best resilient systems fail gracefully – they employ strategies for avoiding dangerous circumstances, detecting intrusions, minimizing and isolating damage, diversify the resources and re-organize itself in order to heal. Research from various fields shows that a seemingly “perfect” system is often the most fragile, while a dynamic system that is subject to occasional small failures are often the most robust. Resilience, just like the life itself, is messy, imperfect and dynamic. But that’s exactly why we survived as human beings. Resilience is a skill that can be learned, upgraded and perfected. It’s a practice that can be applied at the individual, team as well as organizational levels.

We live in an age of anxiety where restlessness and overwhelm keep us up at night, sometimes every night. Faster, better and harder appear to be the new baseline. Everything seems to be getting disrupted, innovated and re-invented on a shorter and shorter cycle. We compete daily against the seemingly perfect lives of social media nirvana. We know more and more yet understand less and less. (The hungry ghosts of our psyches always want more eventually leading to burnout and exhaustion. Or perpetual existential emptiness and sense of purposelessness.) In this immersive keynote we will take a deep dive into the invisible psychological architecture of you. We will also explore the newest science of the human condition, on both individual and collective level – where we hurt, what needs healing and how we can harness world’s most untapped natural resource – your mind.

Time, money, love, and meaning are all dimensions of wealth and poverty, both of the wallet and of the mind. Sometimes having plenty of one can result in the lack of another of these (the loneliness epidemic, being time-strapped). Sometimes it feels like we have it all. Why? Join NYC-based behavioral scientist and entrepreneur Patrycja Slawuta to explore the fascinating science behind the abundance and scarcity. In this session will take a deep dive into the psychology of having or having not. Psychological and neuroscience research shows that both abundance and scarcity are states of mind that affect not only how we subjectively see ourselves, but also how we think, feel and interact with others.

Today’s world is torn by actual wars, information wars, extreme weather events, a global pandemic, and various familiar systems getting disrupted. At the same time, innovation, invention and insight are taking place more often, in more places and en masse. The coronavirus pandemic has proven we can create meaningful solutions quickly and implement them efficiently. If necessity is the mother of invention then the timing is just perfect to build a global immune system for the interconnected and interdependent world of ours.

Please join us to explore this ambitious project to coordinate global efforts, meaningfully utilize machine intelligence and tap into unique human ingenuity. In the face of many existential threats humanity has an upararel opportunity to upgrade itself – one mind at a time. And it starts right here and right now.

In the world of hacking, disrupting and upgrading, purpose is one of the few life activities we can’t outsource to anybody else other than us. Purpose is a deeply psychological and personal journey one embarks on more than once throughout a lifetime. If done right, the journey becomes just as important as the destination.

Purpose is the talk of the town, notably in business circles, and is particularly relevant as we try to make sense of the pandemic “new normal”. However, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to what it actually means to pursue one’s purpose. Is there one big purpose we should search for? Is our purpose discovered or developed, or both? Does persistence and profits ever trump passion and purpose? To answer these and many other questions please come join eminent psychologist and mindhacker Patrycja Slawuta as she breaks down the newest research around the psychology of purpose.

The concept of scarcity stretches from the very objective and tangible to deeply subjective and psychological. Sense of lacking and not-enoughness extends beyond just the reality of money and finance. The newest scientific research shows that scarcity also applies to the realms of love, time and opportunity – each one deeply affecting how we feel, make decisions and relate to others and the world around us.

The journey from a sense of scarcity to a sense of abundance is one of hacking, reviewing and upgrading one’s mindset. It’s a mind-shift and a different state of being. Please come and join us in this immersive and intensive session led by eminent psychologist Patrycja Slawuta and explore what being and having “enough” means to you.

We will cover the four facets of scarcity and abundance:

1: Money

This section is focused on understanding the psychology of wealth, money and finances.

What is the deep psychology behind money, wealth accumulation and the meaning humans ascribe to it? What are the money stories we (often unconsciously) tell ourselves that affect our choices, decisions and particularly relationships? Why and how does self-worth sometimes determine our net worth and how to meaningfully disentangle these two concepts?

2: Time

Is time really equal to money? Are we running out of time to do everything we want to do? How does trauma freeze time and make it repeat over and over again on a strange auto-loop? How do we break that vicious cycle so many of us are trapped in? And finally, how do we create space for a compelling future to be called in and come in?

This module explores the fascinating psychology and practice focused on time, space and how our minds construct both. We will explore the ancient wisdom concepts of deep-time, the recent realizations on how trauma affects time and will practice the art of deep presence to create more space and time.

3: Opportunity

As Warren Buffett, one of the top world’s investors said “Opportunities come infrequently. When it rains gold, put out the bucket, not the thimble”. How can we  spot a great opportunity and let go of average ones? How do we embrace and learn from failure – the ultimate fire-walk of any successful entrepreneur? How can we lean into uncertainty despite the brain’s hardwired avoidance of lack of control and not knowing?

In this module we explore the psychology of growth mindset – one that ascribes to life-long learning, uses failure as a growth opportunity and adapts to changing circumstances. Abundant mindset recognizes the wealth of opportunities that life provides and turns failure into fuel for reflection, learning and growth.

4: Love

Human beings are hardwired to be not just social but hyper social. The need to belong, to be accepted and to be valued is one of the major motivators, sources of dis-ease and conflict across human history. Despite the fact that psychological research shows that love is abundant in this world, many of us feel lonely and misunderstood. A recent significant study shows that the average American has not made a new friend in five years. This pandemic of disconnection affects not only individuals but entire families, communities and societies causing collective grief, dis-ease, and disease. As relational therapist Esther Perel states powerfully “the survival of the family depends on the happiness of the couple.”

In this module we will explore the science of the wide spectrum of love – from romantic to more general, universal love that we can create and feel on a moment-to-moment basis (called by some scientists as Love 2.0). We will also take a deep dive into the fundamental communication tools that foster love, affection and belonging: making requests, honouring one’s needs, making an offer, and finally, delivering on promises.

Bio note

Patrycja Slawuta, is Australia-based behavioral scientist. After spending 10+ years in academia, Patrycja founded SelfHackathon, a boutique behavioural consultancy that uses cutting edge scientific research for business innovation. As an expert on the complexity, nonlinearity and messiness of the human nature, Patrycja lectures globally and works with some of the most exciting and disruptive startups and organizations in the world helping them hack, rewire and upgrade.  Her latest initiative is called PsychTech, the seamless fusion of psychology and technology. That is – how to leverage human ingenuity with machine intelligence. In her free time she runs ultra marathons, reads scientific articles and meditates. In that particular order.


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