Posts Tagged ‘ oregon ’

International Comparative Rural Policy Studies (ICRPS) Oregon 19.juni – 05.juli 2010

Årets ICRPS konferanse var viet ”rural/urban divide and public policy, agricultural communities in transition”. 27 høyt kvalifiserte og kompetente internasjonale studerende ledsaget av rundt 15 professorer og eksperter innen områder som waste and water management, ecological sanitation, food security, public policy and migration som tilbrakte i overkant av to uker sammen i Oregon. Det var en fantastisk erfaring, tettpakket med læringsopplevelser, inputs og inspirasjon rundt utfordrende og viktige temaer som:

–       Demographic change

–       Public services

–       Global warming

–       Developing rural economies

–       Assets and inequality

Jeg hadde under tiden gleden av å jobbe tett sammen med Ian Shanghvi fra Tanzania og Smit Cabbalero fra Mexico på et forskningsprosjekt vi ga tittelen ”Demographic change: Impact of labour emigration on sending rural communities”. Forskningsspørsmålet vi gikk etter i sømmene denne begrensede, men intense tiden var „What are the economic, social and cultural impacts of labour emigration on sending rural communities?“ – sett i et sammenlignende perspektiv. Spennende tema som utvilsomt har en helt annen umiddelbar relevans i eksempelvis det rurale Mexico enn på landsbygda i Norge…

THANKS Ian and Smit, – loved to be your first lady!

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FACTS AND NUMBERS II

Inspired by the last week’s events, conferences, world happenings and my forthcoming departure to the States, I’ve collected a couple of interesting facts and numbers…


  • Between 2007 and 2011 the European Union estimate to subsidise nuclear energy with 2,75 billion Euros
  • Among the 10 largest revenue producers in the world, seven are in the energy industry. Oil being number one
  • Wikipedia is now the 5th most visited webpage and they’ve got only 23 employees… (paid employees that is) …
  • In this part of the world, green facades will save you 0,3% of your energy costs
  • Talking about SROI; what you measure matters, and you measure what matters…
  • To any given time of day there are about 3500 containerships out there, on its way to a harbour near you….. 90% of all goods transportation world wide is done by containerships

And I’ll be rounding up this post with the best statement that reached my ears last week: „We do the right thing when we have tried everything else

Enjoy June! I’m off to Oregon for a couple of weeks and will keep you posted on life and learnings over there….