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Governments around the world are exploring ways of getting citizens more involved in making complex policy decisions. Can this trend toward "deliberative democracy" lead to braver decisions for a more sustainable world? To find out, Nordic Talks spoke to a democracy activist and a political researcher and discovered some of the innovative ways that individual citizens can get involved in democratic decisions in their own communities.

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‘Nordic Talks’ is a series of talks and podcasts addressing the biggest global challenges. 

Through conversations with some of the brightest minds in the Nordics and their counterparts from around the world we want to provide a space for contemplation and to share inspiration on how to take action on sustainability issues in our everyday lives. All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the UN's Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) challenges.

 
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Thinkers and doers from around the world who are concerned about the planet we all share.

Claudia Chwalisz

Claudia Chwalisz (Ireland)

Claudia Chwalisz is leading the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's work on innovative citizen participation, which explores the paradigm change underway towards a more participatory, deliberative, and collaborative governance. In June 2020, the OECD published its first report on this topic was published: Innovative Citizen Participation and New Democratic Institutions, which she co-authored with Ieva Cesnulaityte.

Anu Partanen

Anu Partanen (Finland)

A Finnish journalist who has lived in New York for more than a decade. Author of the book “The Nordic Theory of Everything” which debunks some of the most common myths about Nordic societies and discusses what the United States might be able to borrow from Nordic societies in order to help restore the American dream.

Robert Strand

Robert Strand (U.S.)

Executive Director of the Center for Responsible Business and Lecturer at the Berkeley Haas School of Business. PhD. Robert Strand researches and teaches in corporate social responsibility, the SGDs and Nordic sustainable business.

Robert Reich

Robert Reich (U.S.)

Professor Robert B. Reich is Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration, which introduced 12 weeks' unpaid family leave, the first legislation of its kind in the States.

Afton Halloran

Afton Halloran (Canada/Denmark)

Host of the Nordic Talks podcast. As an independent consultant and a transdisciplinary scientist, Dr. Afton Halloran has worked on sustainable development issues with organizations such as the World Bank, World Health Organization, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and Sustainable Cities International. Afton is also an External Consultant to the Nordic Council of Ministers and a researcher at the University of Copenhagen. Originally from Canada, Afton has lived and worked in Norway, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda, Japan and Thailand. She currently resides in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Erik Void

Erik Vold (Norway)

Organizational and business development project leader at MatVett. Matvett is a non-profit corporation owned by the food industry in Norway, that aims to prevent and reduce unnecessary food waste by working with the food value chain and the government while sharing information with media and consumers to raise awareness.

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All Nordic Talks are dedicated to addressing the SDG challenges. We want to inspire each other to act – for a better, more sustainable future.

In August 2019 The Nordic Council of Ministers set the ambitious goal for the Nordic Region to become the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030. Read the council's 'Vision 2030' here.