This is my last full day in Almedalen. I have been here since Monday, and to be honest, I am starting to feel a little bit tired. It is exhausting due to the input (people you meet, knowledge being shared, impressions 24/7 almost) received, but so much fun! My comments from Monday July 2, Tuesday July 3, Wednesday July 4, and Thursday July 5 have already been published. Now it is time for my reflections from today.
First of all, the sun was shining again. It makes the park in Almedalen look lovely!
Let me give you two examples from today's smörgåsbord of seminars:
1) "Storskalig elproduktion till havs - en lösning för framtiden" (in English: a seminar discussing off shore wind power farms). The seminar was arranged by VGR (the county council in the Göteborg region) and the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management (HaV). It was extremely interesting to listen to the opportunities Sweden has with off shore wind power farms. A study performed by IUC was presented by VGR, showing that the planned expansion of off shore wind power (right now roughly 25 TWh) would result in 60000 new jobs and 20 billion SEK in public revenue. The study will be published on powervast.se in August. Very promising! However, Björn Risinger (Director General of HaV) and politicians representing several of our parliament parties, all talked about the necessity to balance different interests in the marine environment and the removal of obstacles to the expansion, e.g. "the veto right" from our military. It will be extremely interesting to follow this development. This can be one very important part of the Swedish "sustainability solution"!
2) I will also mention the seminar arranged by "Mötesplatsen för social innovation och samhällsentreprenörskap" at Malmö University on social innovation and social entrepreneurship. The seminar discussed social innovation from both a practical and a theoretical point of view. The practical examples were presented by Pär Wiktorsson from Playing for Change, by Lars Jannick Johansen from the Danish Social Capital Fund and by myself.
Pär gave several examples of social entrepreneurs in their program, Lars discussed the strategies behind their investments, and I gave examples of social innovations within the health care sector. For details on the latter, please read my blog posts from e.g. June 21 2012, April 16 2012, March 22 2012, Feb 14 2012, and Oct 4 2011.
We then listened to Eva Engquist (chairman of the board for "Mötesplatsen") and Håkan Ekengren from Ministry for Enterprise, Energy and Communications who discussed social innovations from among other things the perspective of government's upcoming Innovation Strategy (to be presented in August) and the Reserach and Innovation Bill which will be presented during fall.
The seminar was closed by Eva, together with the project manager for "Mötesplatsen" Hanna Sigsjö and the principal of Malmö University Stefan Bengtsson. A huge thankyou from me to Eva and Hanna for inviting me today to the seminar. Social innovation and entrepreneurship is just so right! And by the way congratulations to the new funding!
On my way down to today's party leader speech, given by Annie Lööw from the Centre Party, I stopped by at Donners Plats, and watched one of our signs from earlier this week regarding vårdfrågan.nu. It just felt very up to date today...
Tomorrow I head back home. It has been a very good week. So many interesting seminars, meetings and discussions! Looking forward to next year already!