Tuesday July 5, 2011, in Almedalen

Visby, Gotland

Visby, Gotland

So, yet another day has passed here at the political summit in Almedalen. Once again an interesting and fruitful day, although I did not manage to visit too many of the seminars I had planned to visit. On the other hand, I had very good meetings with people that I ran in to. There are two seminars I will comment upon today.

First the seminar arranged by ”Mötesplats för Social Innovation och Samhällsentreprenörsskap” at Malmö University.

Social entrepreneurship

Social entrepreneurship

At the seminar, professor Tapio Salonen, presented his book ”Hela staden”. A very interesting study of the city of Landskrona – a segregated city in the south of Sweden with tensions between different groups (a ”we-and-they” type of society).

Tapio Salonen

Tapio Salonen

The set up of the seminar (everyone sitting in a circle together with Tapio) really presented the good opportunities for an informal and honest discussion on the reasons behind the segregation and the identified problems of today, but also different possible solutions. To me, the Landskrona case (although definitely not the only example in Sweden or in this world) was a clear example where societal issues most likely creates illness in society. As you know, I am a strong supporter of ideas that promotes health and prevents illness. Hence we need to find ways to battle these types of situations Tapio Salonen describes in his book. Read more about my thoughts on social sustainability via this link.

I then went over to a seminar arranged by Stockholm University, where Christina Rudén and Åke Bergman among others discussed chemicals in society, and what needs to be done to avoid what they described as a global human catastrophe.

Christina R and Åke B

Christina R and Åke B

You may recognize Christina and Åke from previous blog posts here at Ansvarsbloggen. The reason is that I work together with both of them in the MistraPharma board. Today they gave a very dark and scary view of our future. We are exposed to a huge number of chemicals on a daily basis. And for most of those chemical substances, very limited knowledge exists. They gave exemples where the research society becomes more and more convinced that exposure can result in diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and allergies as well as reproductive disorders.

Christina and Åke were very clear with their message: There are huge risks associated with the exposure to all of these chemicals, and the regulatory system does not prevent a potential coming catastrophe. In addition to tougher legislation, they also asked for e.g. educational and information initiatives, for industry volontary programs, for global collaborations, and more research. Industry volontary programs was exemplified with BASTA, an initiative to phase out dangerous substances from construction products. I was happy to see the BASTA example being mentioned, since BASTA was partly a role model when the association for the research based pharmaceutical industry in Sweden, LIF, took the initiative to an environmental classification scheme for pharmaceutical substances on Fass.se.

Later on today I recorded an approximately 2 minutes long ”video blog” discussing corporate responsibility in general and green pharmaceuticals in some more specifics. You will be able to see the video blog at pfizer.se but it is also accessible directly via this link.

Recording the video blog

Recording the video blog

The issues discussed in the video blog are closely related to two seminars in the days to come where I will be part of the panel:

- ”Green pharmaceuticals” arranged by Kronans Droghandel tomorrow July 6 at 09.30 at Gotlands Museum (Strandgatan 14), and

- ”CSR – should there be legislation or incentives” arranged by CSR Sweden on July 7 at 11.30 at Cramérgatan 3 (the University).

I will come back with comments from these seminars during the following days, and don’t be suprised if one key message will be around ”green incentives”…

After the video blogging it was time for Lars Ohly from the Left party to give his talk in Almedalen.

Lars Ohly in Almedalen

Lars Ohly in Almedalen

To see comments from Ohly’s speech, see this link for instance.

Time to go to bed, there is a new day tomorrow with a whole range of interesting seminars and meetings:

July 6

0800-1000 ”Värdet av nya läkemedel”, SNS, Wisby Strand Congress & Event
0830-0930 ”Antibiotikaresistens – Läkare utan vapen!”, Läkarförbundet och Natur & Kultur, Kårhuset Rindi, Tage Cervins gata 1 (en trappa upp)
0900-1000 ”Var går gränsen för priset på ett läkemedel?”, Dagens Medicin, Kinbergs plats 3
0930-1030 ”Miljömärkta tabletter – Ja tack!”, Kronans Droghandel, Gotlands Museum, Strandgatan 14 (Bildstenshallen)
1000-1100 ”Hur kan man utveckla samhällsentreprenörskaplokalt?”, Mötesplats för social innovation och samhällsentreprenörskap”, Hamnplan
1000-1200 ”Miljölagstiftning utan miljönytta”, Svenskt Näringsliv, Bolaget Konferens (vid Stora Torget)
1000-1130 ”Organisationsmodeller i sjukvården”, Näringslivets forskningsinstitut Ratio och Vårdföretagarna, Bolaget Konferens
1000-1045 ”Miljöledningssystem gör affärsnytta av de svenska miljömålen”, SIS, Gotlands Museum, Strandgatan 14
1100-1200 ”Kan mångfald och jämställdhet leda till ökad lönsamhet?”, Veckans Affärer, DO och Svensk Chefsförening, Kårhuset Rindi, Tage Cervins gata 1
1130-1300 ”Hälsofrämjande sjukvård – politik möter verklighet”, Vårdföretagarna/Feel Good, Hästgatan 12, Almega
1300-1500 ”Greenwash – hur fungerar grönmålning och vem vinner årets greenwashpris?”, Jordens Vänner. Högskolan, Cramérgatan 3 (E41)
1330-1500 ”Grön tillväxt – från resurs till kommersialisering”, NMC och Swedish Water House, Högskolan, Cramérgatan 3
1430-1530 ”Lönsamt att behandla i tid”, NSPH (Nationell samverkan för psykisk hälsa), Högskolan, Cramérgatan 3 (B22)
1500-1545 ”Rosa cigaretter, stringtrosor och päronlikör – hur får man flickor att röka och dricka?”, KSAN (Kvinnoorganisationernas samarbetsråd i alkohol- och narkotikafrågor), Högskolan, Cramérgatan 3 (D24)
1500-1600 ”Kommunernas vilja i barnfrågor”, Fryshuset och SAMBA, Högskolan, Cramérgatan 3 (B24)
1700-1745 ”Etiskt pensionssparande – ett sätt att göra världen lite bättre”, KPA Pension, Gotlands Museum, Strandgatan 14
1700-1900 Mingel House of Social Entrepreneurship, Hamnplan
2000-2200 ”Hemligheten bakom Sveriges miljöbästa kommuner”, MiljöAktuellt, Gotlands Museum, Strandgatan 14
2000 NMC-mingel, Briggen Tre Kronor

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