From the bare naked fields on the periphery

Uffe Elbæk

In many ways, the leader of the Danish political party The Alternative Party embodies the movement from the periphery to the middle. Uffe was born in 1954 in the small town of Ry, far from Denmark’s central government, yet due to his political career he ended up living in Frederiksberg, an independent enclave of Copenhagen. Unlike most other politicians, he started out by studying to be a social worker, getting his degree from Peter Sabroe Seminary in Aarhus. Since then, Uffe became famous as a cultural entrepreneur and founder of the Chaos Pilots school. Yet starting in 2009, Uffe has spent most of his time in politics, and since 2015 he’s been the leader of The Alternative Party.

Samsø Energy Academy is proud to welcome Uffe Elbæk as a guest blogger. Despite his position in the Danish center of power, Uffe has a particular understanding of the periphery’s significance in a democracy. It was out in the bare naked fields of the political periphery that few politicians visit or think of, that The Alternative Party blossomed, and it is this experience that we are curious to hear about in The Positive Change blog.


The multidimensional word under the loupe

Ole Fogh Kirkeby

Ole Fogh Kirkeby Ole Fogh Kirkeby (født 1947)

As Professor of Leadership Philosophy at Copenhagen Business School, Ole is one of the Denmark’s great academics, who in his amazing way approaches theory with the sensitivity of an artist.

In his philosophical work, he is especially concerned with event as a concept, of body and mind, and not least the value and meaning of words.

With inspiration from protreptics, a special dialogue developed by Aristotle that aims at good conversation based on values instead of intentions, Ole has developed a special way of coaching where a leader’s human virtues come into play.

For Ole, words have the freedom to both expand and contract under a loupe until they let their true dimensions be dissected. Ole cultivated the art when he for example wrote the dramatic discussion paper Cantabile 2 in 2010; performed as an actor in 2007 when he developed an experimental theater together with Bent Noergaard in conjunction with the play The Creative Human Being; or when he in 2004 wrote the Danish novel Philosophical Stories, published by Lindhardt and Ringhof.

It was precisely the beauty of Ole’s double-edged approach to his own philosophical work that led the Energy Academy to select him as the Positive Change’s first guest blogger. For many years, Ole has been part of the Energy Academy’s creative community, and by virtue to his love of words, he was invited to examine the term “resilience.”