Ett Bättre År – A better – Une meilleure – Ein besseres – Un año mejor 2021

Gott nytt år – Bonne Année – Happy New Year – Feliz año nuevo

In the beginning of the Christmas days we had heavy snow, that melted within 24 hours. Arriving by boat to the island we had to dig for our bikes. At the house, a streak of light on the horizon.

For everyone this has been a very different year.
As for us, we spent most of our time at home on Södermalm, and also on our island Runmarö. Working from home, with occasional meetings in the office or at school.
We did not go to Copenhagen like we use to do. Neither to my home province Värmland and home town Säffle. But below there are some links to events and music related to ’Dear Old  Värmland’. Enjoy!
I hope your year 2020 was fruitful in one way or another and that you are all healthy and will stay so.  And we will meet again!
Warmest regards,  Åke & Co

Ways to learn and keep in touch with Värmland. The province of poets.

Spotify – Värmlandsvisan, or as the jazz community  calls it ’Dear old Stockholm’ Listen and enjoy Stan Getz, Miles Davis, Scot Hamilton …

Advent calendar by the young ones in Säffle’s Cultural and music  school. In 24 short videos they show what they leart – wonderful!

Kompisarna (The Friends) is a band from Värmland and Säffle, several of them are my friends. December 19 there was a live streamed concert from the church in Säffle, while money was collected for those in need. As of today 135 000 SEK have been collected.  Start listening 30 minutes into the video.

Bengt Berg, old  friend, and poet from northern Värmland, was reading poems all along the month of December, here his December 24 poetry reading and reflections, and even song! There are 23 more videos on Bengt’s facebook  (in Swedish)

Back in Stockholm, on youtube a live streamed New Years Eve concert from the Royal Academy of Music (Musikaliska).  … And by the way, our co-housing unit here, our living community Tullstugan has a new facebook page. Come visit, and like our page. And post-corona perhaps also in real life.

Approaching New Years eve Klara thought I needed a haircut. There was storm,20 meters/second, the wind was blowing and so was my hair both uncut on my head and blowing in the wind. The result was excellent I think. With the new haircut we welcome the new year hoping for the best for all of us.


World Inequality Report 2018

World Inequality Report 2018, by  Thomas Piketty m fl har jag kikat på. Den ger en myckt spännande och oroande bild av växande ojämlikhet snart sagt överallt.  Men den visar också på stora skillnader mellan i övrigt jämförbara länder. De nationella modellerna, till exempel den skandinaviska modellen på arbetsmarknadens och välfärdens områden gör skillnad. Men växande ojämlikhet oroar. Vad betyder det på arbetslivets områden?  det är spännande att reflektera över de många diagrammen och tabellerna. Här finns en sammanfattning.

We show that income inequality has increased in nearly all world regions in recent decades, but at different speeds. The fact that inequality levels are so different among countries, even when countries share similar levels of development, highlights the important roles that national policies and institutions play in shaping inequality…
Since 1980, very large transfers of public to private wealth occurred in nearly all countries, whether rich or emerging. While national wealth has substantially increased, public wealth is now negative or close to zero in rich countries. Arguably this limits the ability of governments to tackle inequality; certainly, it has important implications for wealth inequality among individuals…
Tackling global income and wealth inequality requires important shifts in national and global tax policies. Educational policies, corporate governance, and wage-setting policies need to be reassessed in many countries.””

Challenges for the organizing of work and for research – a new book


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Now published: Our new book in Swedish ”På jakt efter framtidens arbete” is now published and may be downloaded here. Translation of the title:  ”On the hunt for work of the future – Challenges for the organizing of work and for research”.

Twenty-eight authors write on research policy and the need for a really work-oriented worklife research, with a focus on which work organizations contribute to decent work, health and human development,  rather than how to cure individuals already ill from working. Good and productive work is a theme. Work-oriented worklife research does also study management but from the perspective: what are the consequences for work and workers, rather than as in business studies -how can workers best be controlled and managed. Macro issues, power and industrial relations are crucial aspects,and not only the level of the individual.

You may download below an English version of the table of contents and a separate document with abstracts in English of all the twenty-four chapters. The book may be downloaded here and at the publisher, Tankesmedjan Tiden, and you may also buy the printed book. Photo below, some of the authors at a seminar in June with a draft edition of the book. Unfortunately several women on the programme could finally not participate, but you will find them in the book!

Download the whole book in Swedish here
or at Tankesmedjan Tiden.  Download the first chapter

Download   Table of contents in English  
Download   Abstracts in English 

There is a more complete page in Swedish
Welcome to our Facebook page  (in Swedish)
You may buy the printed book at Tankesmedjan Tiden
and at

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In the picture, from left to right at a presentation of a draft version of the bok (June 10, 2016): Ernst Hollander, John Sjöström, Fredrik Movitz, Åke Sandberg, Åke Walldius, Lennart Sturesson, Jesper Bengtsson (moderator), Carola Löfstrand. Unfortunately several women on the programme could finally not participate.


In English – Tag

Tagging posts in English

As a service to non-Swedish speaking visitors I have a project: I will start giving new, and slowly also old, posts in the English language a special tag: English.

In that way you should be able to find posts that you can read. All for now. Cheers /Åke