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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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I want to talk to you about TeliaSonera, a telecoms operator, and Vattenfall, an energy company. Both these companies are Swedish. Both are giants in their respective sectors. And both have recently been embroiled in scandals that have cost their CEOs their jobs. Vattenfall in 2009 and TeliaSonera in 2013. TeliSonera stands accused of bribery… » read more

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Bankrupting Nature

As you may have noticed, a theme I return to time and time again on this blog is the disconnect between the scale of the environmental crisis we face globally – which, arguably could be more devastating, widespread and enduring than any of the 20th Century’s World Wars – and the limp response from the… » read more

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A message for the new year

In the final days of December, one finds oneself looking back at the year that has all but ended and looking ahead to the year that is about to begin. For those of us working in Sustainable Development, this involves reviewing 2012’s disappointing outcomes at the climate negotiations and anticipating the growing problems our planet… » read more

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The figures for 2011 are now compiled and show the per capita carbon dioxide is now 2.7 tons less of carbon dioxide compared to the 1993 levels. Their goal is to reduce it to 55% by 2015 and by 100% by 2030. I asked one of the responsible civil servants in Växjö administration how they… » read more

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The unprecedented success of the London 2012 Olympic Games has once again shown the global role that cities now hold.The opening ceremony focused on work and health as it celebrated the community spirit at the heart of the Olympic ideal. Over the two weeks that followed, London emphasized the importance of cooperating around a joint… » read more

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Arriving in Almedalen, the political arena in the summer city of Visby, Gotland, Sweden. The city of Visby change its character from a summer city to a crowd hot political arena with 17.000 people involved. This year the Almedalen week counting record of events (1800) but also the number of organisers (900). Each party in… » read more

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John Elkington asks in the Guardian today if innovation and new business models can do the same for sustainability in the 21st century? The biggest problem and challenges we have is that our society not working with a balance the aligning human and nature system. Since we developed the Natural Steps 4 system – method… » read more

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I spent three days this week attending the Stockholm+ 40 conference. We were a pretty eclectic group, formed of politicians, business people, young thinkers and legislators from many countries but with one common goal: to try and progress in this very complicated and difficult process to establish concrete changes to secure a sustainable environment changes… » read more

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