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Is Finland Becoming Irrelevant for Teenagers?

Young people´s optimism regarding Finland is in rapid decline. Are they losing interest in institutional Finland for them or is it just cynicism spreading? Today is Finland´s independence day. I took a glance on how young Finns see the country´s future. The development is quite dramatic. The share of young people having optimism regarding Finland´s future has […]

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Concierge Government

If we want functioning neighbourhoods, we should build movements instead of groups. It means that we in government learn to hustle. Below some London-inspired ideas on how to develop government’s community engagement. The framework you use defines the resources you see. At its worst, government focuses purely on running its own services and sees the […]

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Learn from have-nots (and 7 other souvenirs from Stockholm)

Sweden, worth visiting. Learn from have-nots. Sociologist Erik Hannerz (Lund University) gave an excellent presentation on punk mentality. He asked whether youth work could adopt things from those subcultures, which start from having no resources. He meant punk rockers, anarchists and squatters. As he said, a notion of alienation – of not being like others […]

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How young people understand free time?

This year we interviewed 1012 10–20- year-olds around Helsinki on how they spend and understand their free time. Here are three main findings. The order of choices Key observations: Friendships rule over activities. Both ’what’ and ’where’ are commonly agreed in a WhatsApp group. We need to advertise the possibility to come with friends and […]

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Ten solutions for Finnish basic education

The Finnish basic education is not saved by putting more pressure on the individual teachers. Collaboration and sharing responsibility with the students are the ways forward. Couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post listing 10 strengths and 10 problems of the Finnish basic education. These are the problems I listed based on discussions […]

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