Sweden in Transition


Sweden in Transition #28 - Henrik Blind

Season 3, Ep. 28

Henrik BLIND is group leader for the Green Party in Jokkmokk.

Henrik is also Sami and together we will speak about the Sami people, their history and culture as well as their rights and fights.

TheSami are Europes’s only indigenous people whose land called Sápmi encompasses large northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia. An intact territory

made of mountains, wild rivers, pristine lakes and streams, tundra and forests,

where the Sami have lived since time immemorial. Their best-known means of

livelihood is semi-nomadic reindeer herding, even though nowadays only 10% of

the Sámi are connected to reindeer herding,

This conversation will touch on the history of Swedish colonization and how it affects society today, the question of land and disputes with the forestry and mining industries, the impact of climate change

on reindeer herding but also explore the indigenous spirituality and how it

could inspire us today.

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Sweden in Transition #25 - Sanna Ghotbi

Season 3, Ep. 25
Very happy to welcome Sanna Ghotbi to talk about Participatory Democracy !After working in politics for four years, Sanna is now working with municipalities and public institutions to design participatory democracy processes. Together we discussed the need to reinvent democracy. We reviewed inspiring examples in various countries: in Spain following 15-M movement in 2011 (Indignados), in France with the tops & flops of the Citizen Convention for Climate, in Ireland on very controversial topics and even in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan).  We then made a focus on Sweden, known as a Democracy landmark. Partly a myth according to Sanna, who hightlighted opportunities, challenges and specific initiatives going on at the moment.  At the end of the interview, Sanna shared her dream for Participatory Democracy in the future. She would want it to be built on 3 pillars: 1/ Better Representation: Allowing more people from different backgrounds to enter into politics, inspired by the movement "Brand New Congress" in the US, led by AOC (Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez), 2/ Better everyday participation: thanks to permanent structures, such as for example rotational Citizen Assemblies,  3/ Better Organising on a grassroots level: through Community Organising  within Civil Society,  "and for that for people in Sweden to wake up ! We are not in this perfect equal country, we need to get organised ! to demand things, to cross pollinate between different movements (equal health care, less discrimination on the job market, better pensions, less segregation and dismanteled public services in disadvantaged areas)".Hope you you will like this conversation as much as I did !