Wonderful commentary by David Brooks about what makes Scandinavia great: that Nordic secret of ours, Bildung. Please enjoy: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/opinion/scandinavia-education.html
Besides the public event at Perspectiva, Jonathan Rowson interviewed Lene Andersen about her writing and philosophy prior to The Nordic Secret, the paradigm shift that we are in as a civilization–and much more.
The room was full and people were on a waiting list when Jonathan Rowson from Perspectiva interviewed Lene and Tomas about The Nordic Secret.
As the picture indicates, the first part of the evening was rather conventional.
But then the creative Perspectiva people, not least Pippa Evans, turned the event into a game of Simon Says. We all had to work ourselves through the phases of indigenous culture, pre-modern, modern, and post-modern culture in order to eventually land in metamodernity–when Simon said so.
We were all so occupied by this exercise touching our heads and standing on one foot that we forgot taking pictures. Sorry.
If you are in London on March 5th, please join us when we present The Nordic Secret:
7 pm to 9 pm at
42 ACRES Shoreditch
66 Leonard Street
London EC2A 4LW
You may buy your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-nordic-secret-a-european-story-of-beauty-and-freedom-tickets-42977922122
Jonathan Rowson from Perspectiva will be the moderator of the event.
- If you can't wait, you can watch Jonathan interview Jordan Peterson here:
The lecture hall was packed when we presented The Nordic Secret in Stockholm on January 23rd.
Our publisher, Fri Tanke Förlag had organized a wonderful event and to our great pleasure, it was a very diverse group of people who attended. We also ran out of books.
Our launch party was quite the blast! Wonderful people participated, excellent food and drinks, and a really great location: the old COOP warehouse in Copenhagen. The event was kindly sponsored by COOP; thank you so much for making this launch extra special!
You can watch our presentation on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nordicsecret/videos/1260897714016317/ and soon we’ll have an edited version here on the site as well.
Lene and Tomas forgot to take pictures, and the guests just took pictures of them, not of each other, so we have no pictures of the people participating–shame on us! Many thanks to Jens Østergaard and Teddy Hebo Larsen for the photos on this page.
This is it: the book is officially available, and we opened the day with our sixth roundtable, this time in the heart of Copenhagen in Vartov:
11 people joined our roundtable.
Per Paludan (the Danish Adult Education Association), Nadja Pass (Samtidens Akademi), Bente Meinhardt (Clavis Danish for foreigners), Peter Bendix (Danish Free School Association) (hidden behind Nadja), Lisbeth Trinskjær (chairman of the Danish Folk High School Association), Joachim Juel Vædele (CEO Vartov), Jakob Kvist (philosopher), Dan Andersen (historian), Flemming Jørgensen (COOP and Samvirke), and Teddy Hebo Larsen (CEO, entrepreneur and author), Hans Grishauge (who is not in the picture at all), Lene and Tomas.
These are not the best pictures and we particularly ought to have had a better picture of Dan (fourth from the left): he did not buy the main points of The Nordic Secret and gave us the harshest criticism we have faced so far. We thus strongly urge Dan to share his view points and open the debate here on the website.
Lene went to Oslo in order to meet with Norwegian folkbilders and researchers. Participating were also two board members of the youth wing of The Nordic Association and professor Christian Welzel from Lüneburg who is one of the master minds behind the World Values Survey.
From the left: Johan Lövgren (NKF), Arild Mikkelsen (author), Marie Wiland (NKF), Sturla Bjerkaker (Bjerkaker LearningLab), Kent Johansson (chairman of the Nordic folk high school council), Tor Grønvik (NKF), Albin Ringstad (Nordic Association Youth (FNU)), Jonas Roelsgaard (FNU).
Everybody listening to Christian Welzel’s presentation of Values around the globe; in front and clockwise around the table: Øyvind Brandt, Johan Lövgren, Arild Mikkelsen, Marie Wiland (hidden), Sturla Bjerkaker, Kent Johansson, Tor Grønvik (also hidden), Albin Ringstad, Jonas Roelsgaard.
After lunch, we split up in two group sessions, here Sindre’s notes in Norwegian:
Gruppesamtale – The Nordic Secret — 14.nov 2017
Lene, Tor, Øyvind B., Sindre
Empowerment – Hvorfor lyktes empowerment så godt i Norden?
Ideen om at skal kunne forandre seg?
Frem til 1700-tallet: Bildung – bildet av Gud
Senere: Bildung – å bygge mennesket
Deformation – mer informasjon, mindre forståelse
Genteknologi, digitalteknologi etc — presser menneskesynet
En verden som vil kreve en etisk standard. Fra en nærhetsetikk til en global etikk.
Fra det føydale til demokratiske samfunnet — prosjektet pågår fortsatt
Det du allerede kjenner skal vi ikke ta fra deg, men det er ikke nok..
Ikke nok til å ta tak i dagens og de kommende utfordringene..
Etiske kapasitet kom i utakt med den teknologiske utvikling?
Forskjell mellom verdier og personlig utvikling – Forskjell mellom artikulerte verdier og etterlevde verdier
Transformasjon til level 5
Dersom danning er perspektivering, refleksjon så er jo også en bok
Å vite vs Å lære
Man må ha et kart å navigere etter
Det vil alltid være en balansegang mellom det å vite og å lære
Bildungakademiet i Amsterdam
Følte at det manglet noe for dem i deres utdannelse.
Ønsket mer dannelse
Det liberale dilemmaet – Hans Skjervheim
Er demokratiet den eneste rette form for samfunnssystem?
Ønsker alle mennesker frihet?
Hva vil Bildung 3.0 være?
Folkehøgskole / kostskole – å være en del av noe som er større enn seg selv.
Fag & internat – samvirke er gullet
Hva var Bildung 1.0 og Bildung 2.0?
hva blir Bildung 3.0?
Selve samtalen om Bildung 3.0 er i seg selv opplysende.
Norway copied the folk high schools from Denmark and gave them their own twist. On the one hand they were started to promote Norwegian identity as Norway had been liberated from Denmark and was still in a union with Sweden, on the other hand, from the very beginning, they faced harsh competition from free, state-run adult education. Traditionally, folk high schools in Norway have thus had both the strong Norwegian bent and a strong focus on academic performance.