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Welfare at stake?

Dear friends, The new year marks new challenges and opportunities. In 2014 we will see two tests of two major political systems – the Swedish general election and the EU’s parliamentary election. Are politicians ready to face the challenges of the welfare state, climate change and other global issues? Let me propose one of the… » read more

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The planet’s atmosphere is constantly being flooded with more greenhouse gases. The more that we unleash, the more we warm the planet. Put simply: now is the time to let our fossil fuel reserves rest in peace. If we are to create a sustainable future, the International Energy Agency (IEA) says that at least two-thirds… » read more

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National governments have proven that they do not have what is required to meet the global challenges of climate change and the unsustainable use of our planet’s resources. The shortcomings of the COP meeting since Copenhagen acts as testament to this. With the burden of recession and austerity, short-sighted national governments have thus far shown… » read more

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I often find myself thinking about our ability to make decisions. Perhaps this is because the fundamental ethics that lie behind our choices can apply to both the large and small issues that we deal with each day – at work, with our families or when we go shopping. Psychologists and philosophers like Kant and… » read more

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A Question of Leadership

As regular readers of my blog will know, the reasons to embrace sustainability range from the moral (think: averting climate chaos) through to the hardheaded (think: job creation). Regrettably, one vital incentive is missing: government backing. Despite what the Freemarketeers like to tell you, government support has been critical to many of the great technological… » read more

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Urban Dilemmas

The Stockholm riots have come as a shock to many commentators. Riots, they say, happen in grossly unequal, racially divided cities like London or Los Angeles, not in the supposed social utopia of Stockholm. But tensions have been mounting in Sweden’s urban centres for years now. Anger on both sides sporadically spills over into violence,… » read more

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We are now approaching the time for Sweden’s biggest political event – The Almedalen Political Week (June 30-July 7). An event on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea which now brings together 20,000 participants from all Swedish political parties in the Swedish parliament, their stakeholders and foreign guests. A strong contributing factor to… » read more

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We have a wonderful word in Swedish, ’lagom.’ Its meaning, like all wonderful foreign words, gets lost in translation, coming out as something like ’sufficient’ or ’adequate’ in English. But these synonyms fail to capture the contentment or perfect balance lagom entails. I like to think of it in reference to the classic fairytale, ’Goldilocks… » read more

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It is no surprise that we see some Swedish Consumer Market giants acting more responsible in their markets. With a step by step approach, both IKEA and H&M, have positively moved their positions in the field of CSR. IKEA, based on its family values, developed its business strategy together with the values from the Natural… » read more

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In his new book, 21st Century Management: Leadership and Innovation in a Thought Economy, Mats Lindgren argues that modern management must adapt to the Thought Economy. We, in the West, live in a post-industrial world, where information, patents, ideas and services are drivers of growth. Mats identifies the leadership qualities that this era demands. In… » read more

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