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It’s sometimes awakening to look at your own organization with critical eyes to see what will crystallize. Are we doing interesting things or just reproducing old stuff?
The risk is always to start reproducing and react, rather than producing and be proactive as the organization is passing the pioneer times to the more stable middle-age. Although ”stable” is not the most proper word within the cultural field; a field surrounded by uncertainties, flexibility, and changing political strands. But nevertheless. Self-criticism can be useful.
On the Nätverkstan Kick-off this year, the gathering of all staff-members to kick-start after vacations, this was on the agenda.
What norms and assumptions exist within the organization that effect how we work, who we work with, and what we do? The perspective was norm-criticism which means that we focus on the structure, rather than individuals. We look at power, which means questioning the norms that exist which influence our judgement on what is considered normal and therefore unreflected is considered desirable.
Around ten different norms where put up on large charts of paper, and we then discussed what is behind these norms? Are they true or not? What visible effects might they have? Is that good or bad?
Useful times spent with a great group of people at the magic Kärlingesunds Gård last week.
Learn more of Nätverkstan here: NV_English_2013.pdf.
A weekend in Göteborg full of films, seminars, discussions, and art works on the water situation in the world. The inauguration film Friday night, Like Fireflies, a film describing the consequences and human tragedies due to privatization of water resources in Chile, was the first of many important voices shown Friday through Sunday.
The festival, Voices from the Waters, is an initiative from Bangalore Film Society and has been running parallel in Göteborg this year with Nätverkstan, Världskulturmuseet (Museum of World Culture), Sjöfartsmuseet Akvariet (Maritime Museum & Aquarium) and funding from Region Västra Götaland.
Today was the final day and the festival ended with a debate on the situation of water with EU Parliamentarian Isabella Lövin, and researchers Henrik Svedäng and Sverker Jagers.
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