Developing new understandings about the National Dynamics of Finland
This article is the result of the work of six members of the Finnish Think Tank: Dynamics of Groups and Societies (RYD). It is the continuation of a workshop led by Dr Mannie Sher of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations in 2019. The authors of this article are Aki-Mauri Huhtinen, Sinikka Torkkola, Pertti Ahonen, […]
Elitism and self-importance are embarrassing cultural remnants and customs of past times
Finland has a small population and, in most important tasks, everybody knows each other. It is considered that the strength of Finland is equality and how we share joys and sorrows together without the cultural heritage of a class society. This is why it is weird that every important event has separate sections for VIPs […]
Meeting the one who is ‘the other’
National identity has risen to be a topic particularly in the political rhetoric. What it consist of is difficult to define. The differences between the nations and the people can anyhow engender a rich starting point to creativity and innovations, if only we can be curious and respect the ones that we think are “the others”.
Redundancy – What it does to people *
In our society work is a source of self-esteem, of social gratification. The loss of a job, therefore, means that the whole structure of the meaning of their life collapses. Redundancy results in profound bereavement as if the redundant were mourning their own death.