[Okfn-no] [Okfn-se] [Okfn-dk] question : suggestions for nordic cooperation

Mattias | OKFSE mattias at okfn.se
Wed Aug 12 08:38:08 UTC 2015

Hello Scandinavians!

Great initiative Miska, thanks for taking the lead again!

I have these suggestions so far:

- Reading the report at
http://blog.okfn.org/2015/07/09/democratising-the-data-revolution/ and
following and taking note of what ideas and proposals comes up globally
over at
Many is probably applicable to Scandinavian countries as well. Doing
this before the meeting will probably bring in a lot more innovative
perspectives than if we are limited to our own societal & world views.

- I concur with Martin Malthe Borch's idea of working with
Folkehøjskoler (Folkhögskolor in Sweden are slightly different).

- I also suggest using the well-developed infrastructure of adult
educational associations (available in Sweden as Studieförbund
<https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studief%C3%B6rbund> and Norway too). It
can support growth for Open Knowledge both organisationally and
economically but also simplify the potential of reaching different
target groups. An example would be to fund e.g. any kind of
(un/)employment-related data via e.g. ABF
<https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABF> the association which sprung out of
the workers' rights movement. Another example is sustainability & census
data via the association for a living countryside
<https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Studief%C3%B6rbundet_Vuxenskolan> or
perhaps openspending & opengov projects and study circles with
Medborgarskolan <https://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medborgarskolan> (often
educating private & public sector). Why I suggest this idea is that all
of these associations have some kind of political connection
historically (you can guess or click the links to learn more). In this
way we can be agnostic to the political system just like a technical
solution like WikiData is language agnostic. Co-developing School of
Data and Open Science course for local languages are concrete projects
which could be run with support from these. It's very easy to get
monetary support for good things from this system. :)

- We could also run something in each country collaboratively like
Betahaus <http://www.betahaus.com/berlin/> in Berlin with a stricter
focus on openness & democracy. Like a physical "OpenLabs" (there's
already a OpenLabs <http://openlabsthlm.se/> which is restricted to
Stockholm). There is also a location-independent alternative which could
be used for challenges with Open Data called Folklabbet
<http://folklabbet.se> (n.b! partiality, I co-founded it) resulting in
social innovations. Open Knowledge Sweden is also collaborating with the
Swedish branch of Betahaus <www.betahaus.net>. It does not run a
physical Betahaus currently but we could probably do that
collaboratively. I know that at least VINNOVA has been very eager to
fund a Swedish one. All that Betahaus do is open, collaborative and
strengthens democracy.

I hope to come to the workshop meeting as I will be in Denmark but will
perhaps be busy at my education in Aarhus...

Best regards,


On 2015-08-11 13:32, miska knapek wrote:
> Hey Martin,
> Very good plan. That would be very cool. 
> From sustainable decentralised energy power to sustainable
> decentralised people power :)
> miska
> On 8 August 2015 at 01:37, Martin Malthe Borch <mmborch at gmail.com
> <mailto:mmborch at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     One idea..
>     I would suggest that we organise a one week summer curse on a
>     peoples highschool (Folkehøjskole).
>     This movement have already been central to the development of the
>     Scandinavian democracy and was the free educational frame in which
>     one of the first big wind turbines where build.
>     Who knows maybe it could develop into a full program at the school
>     and a yearly summer event where people could meet chat and
>     collaborate..
>     2015-08-06 10:01 GMT+02:00 miska knapek <miska at knapek.org
>     <mailto:miska at knapek.org>>:
>         Hey good open data/knowledge folks,
>         Forgive me for being a bit vague, but I promise it’s to your
>         benefit ;) (erhm… though maybe not entirely “open” ;)
>         I wonder whether you'd care to offer some ideas and
>         reflections on Nordic cooperation. Some of us inter-Nordic
>         ones will meet physically to discuss what can be done, and
>         how, in terms of developing Nordic cooperation in open
>         data/knowledge, at the end of the month.
>         It would be really great to gather some ideas from civil
>         society about what kind of efforts that could be good and what
>         kind of activities one could run, in a Nordic open data context.
>         Though it’s very kind of governments being the primary pushers
>         of this workshop, I fear there might be some ‘innovation’
>         centric ideas being pursued. It would be good to balance this
>         out with some civil society perspectives.
>         This is where you come in :)
>         While of course, a lot of things are primarily realised on a
>         national level, as there are many impressive Nordic examples
>         of, there are initiatives that are easier realised once
>         there's Nordic Council / governmental pressure to realise
>         things, such as something that could come out of a Nordic
>         cooperation (and maybe even some government support :)
>         We need ideas and things to suggest.
>         Please list ideas where Nordic cooperation could be good - eg.
>         ideas that aren't possible to realise locally due to political
>         pressure, lack of people, data, and/or funding. Or just
>         mention project that would be great to do internationally, in
>         the Nordics :)
>         Any notes are very welcome!
>         Thanks and all the best,
>         miska
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