This week I ended up in a discussion at work with interesting people from across Europe on how human rights advocates can use social media to raise awareness and change attitudes. Excited after our short talks I continued thinking about what is needed, and pinpointed a few preconditions that we tend to pay too little attention to.
Perhaps Brussels have made me more European and less Swedish, or maybe it is the idea of reinvention that attracts me. Both ways, as an EU-citizen expat I am privileged and don’t face the challenges my migrant parents did as third country nationals. A difference worth putting in question.
I just read a fascinating book, telling the story of parents in Afghanistan raising their daughters up until puberty disguised as boys, in a ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ manner. At first glance this is about how families with only daughters can gain the societal status and pride that comes with having sons. A closer look it is more to it.
Reading Kahneman’s ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ (2011) has helped me to better understand how come human rights lobbyists in the European Union (like me) – despite our solid arguments – often lose against populists and eurosceptics that seemingly effortlessly glamour voters with their simplistic rhetorics and appealing emotions.
‘Be green, keep it on the screen’ has become my alert every time I consider hitting the print-button or taking out my pen and paper. Do I really need to print whatever document or email I receive? From organiser wallet to smartphone, from documents on my desk to documents on my desktop – this is how I am going paperless.
Why do I listen to podcasts? Because I like to walk instead of taking public transport. It makes household chores more endurable. The gym is a necessity rather than a pleasure. I always felt guilty when I didn’t finish reading a daily newspaper before the post delivered the next. These are my top ten news podcasts!
My name is Annica, and this is my blog. I will be sharing with you mainly two topics: politics and tech. This is my first post with a short introduction to who I am.