Category Archives: Sweden

Reflections on the European commons conference

My article about the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC) European conference in Sweden has appeared in the IASC’s Commons Digest, winter 2015.  I reproduce it below. ‘Do not be afraid to go out on a limb.  That’s … Continue reading

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Commons under threat worldwide

The pleasure of an international gathering about commons is to discover that our English and Welsh commons are just a small (though vital) part of a very big picture.  Commons are global—land, water, air, knowledge—and boundless.  But the common denominator is … Continue reading

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A pretty nice office

‘This is my office’ said the representative of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA), the Swedish company which manufactures wood and paper products.  She was standing in a clearing in the forest near Vindeln, Sweden, and it looked a pretty nice office … Continue reading

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Found in translation

I have only just got around to translating (with computer aids) the words on a memorial stone which I photographed at Vindeln, Sweden, last September.   The translation is (roughly): ‘In memory of local volunteers who actively contributed to the government’s announcement, … Continue reading

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The brain of the power station

‘This is the brain of the power station’, said Örjan Karlsson, head of maintenance at Skellefteå Kraft’s Finnfors hydro-power plant in northern Sweden. He pointed to a 1990s clunky computer of the type we had all forgotten.  It seemed extraordinary that this … Continue reading

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Birch-tree town

Umeå in Sweden is known as Björkarnas Stad, the City of Birches.  In June 1888 the eastern part of the city was devastated by fire and in the restoration which followed, silver birch trees were planted along the avenues, apparently … Continue reading

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Finding the fruit

Do not be afraid to go out on a limb.  That’s where the fruit is. With these perceptive words, Camilla Widmark opened the third European conference of the International Association for the Study of Commons (IASC) today in Umeå, Sweden. Camilla, … Continue reading

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