Independence day

This time of year I usually spend a lot of time at home, reading, writing, listening, thinking and enjoying the relaxed and at the same time merciful darkness. We have very little daylight, just a few hours, and the darkness surrounds us day and night. That’s how I feel anyway, as I go to work…

Branding by presence

I’ve only really started using Twitter this year (why did I not do it earlier?) and I feel it is just the right tool for me, in addition to blogging of course. It’s fast, there’s a stream(s) to follow, you meet random people and get involved in random discussions, it’s continuously on the move and…

Quality Hunters on the loose

I’ve written a lot about Finland: the society, design, politics. Or I don’t know if it’s a lot, but anyway I feel like it’s some. I noticed some time ago that Finnair and Helsinki Airport were planning to launch a second round for Quality Hunters, which is like a sophisticated version of mystery shopping. Except…

Apples, nachos and dignity with giggles

This week saw some interesting theme days. October 21 was the annual apple day. By accident, October 21 is also the international day of the nacho. What also took place on October 20 was the Global dignity day. October is busy, full of international theme days. In addition to apples, nachos and dignity, we also celebrate the UN…

Visiting slums

Someone at the opposite house is selling their flat. I saw the housing agent’s car and signs on the door as I came back from a walk. Houses, the places we live in, flats, small rooms, large villas, log cabins, tents. Some time ago I went through a phase of defining what home means to…

Bringing out the prejudices

People’s everyday prejudices seep out in strange places. No matter where, it’s always startles me. I was going somewhere the other day, taking the elevator instead of stairs. A lady with a dark skin stepped in, and pressed a button to get herself to one of the floors. It seems the elevator goes directly to…

Good enough

I’ve been thinking for a good while why is it that I never remember to use any of those beautiful words I find in wonderful novels? Many people write with such beauty, wit and eloquence that it makes me slightly envious. I wish I could do the same. But then, a good friend gave me…

Meeting the world in a village

Helsinki turns into a genuinely multicultural and cosmopolitan town once a year, for one weekend only. This weekend is the weekend. It’s World Village time. A festival organised in the middle of Helsinki, by the Service Center for Development Cooperation – Kepa. It’s a big event, gathering a crowd of tens of thousands of people.…