Liveblogging the 2019 Nordic Innovation Conference (14): “Panel: Nordic Ways–what can we learn? What should we not?”

moderator, Robert Strand; panelists, Ketil Solvik-Olsen, Former Minister of Communications; Alf Karlsson, Former Minister of Housing and Digital; Gro Eirin Dyrnes, Nordic Innovation House; Tuula Rytilä, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft

  1. Nordic advantages from several panelists: natural advantages, natural resources; shared social status; people aren’t afraid to lose in taking risks, because of social welfare system; sustainable development experience (want to be a role model in sustainable development)
  2. Nordic social responsibility–how your actions affect others; low social hierarchy structures; negative consequences for your actions for other people (Ketil Solvik-Olsen)
  3. Strand: lessons learned: need to build democratic structures; also need Nordic ; also Nordics have data
  4. What have we learned today? (moderator)
  5. Karlsson: one word: data, we have. Drawback: we are hampered by individuals not wanting to work across boundaries
  6. Solvik-Olsen: need systems that benefit all people, not just profit for single company
  7. Dyrnes: concerned with complacency in Nordic society; maybe can live a better life than these superlatives accorded Nordics; Nordics need to redefine “unicorn” company (not billion dollar company), what is it besides economic success, what about social and environmental success
  8. Rytila: Best idea today: “data for good”; “the only thing that matters is what happens next”; “Data and AI for good for society; so that the Nordic way can be everybody’s way.”

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