Folkemødet is a political festival taking place each year in June on the island Bornholm in the Baltic Sea. Some 60-70,000 people visit the festival, including members of parliament, the press, NGOs, lobbyists, and people from the business world.

ISSP participated at Folkemødet on Bornholm for the first time this weekend. Quite successfully; here is what we accomplished:

  • Hosted five events in the Syddansk Universitet / Next Scandinavia tent
  • Designed, produced and handed out about 1,800  “Driver’s licences” to the future  – see below
  • Steen Rasmussen and Lene Rachel Andersen participated in debates in other tents
  • Steen Rasmussen interviewed the following politicians for Kristina Korsholm’s documentary film:
    • Lars Løkke Rasmussen (MP, Venstre, former prime minister)
    • Peter Skaarup (MP, Dansk Folkeparti)
    • Morten Løkkegaard (MEP, Venstre)
    • Christian Friis Bach (MP, Radikale venstre, former minister)
    • Peter Utzon Berg (Chief Strategy Consultant, Konservative)
  • And we had a quiz:

Steen getting our tent ready:


Professor Rasmussen (and tent) ready to change the world!


Two young scientists ready to rock! Madeeha Mehmood and Leif Coqc Rasmussen.


Lene Rachel Andersen talking to the crowd! (They’re behind the photographer.)

Lene in our tent

Lene Rachel Andersen in a panel debate at Nordic Council of Ministers:

Lene at Nordisk Ministerråd

The “driver’s licences” that we handed out:

kørekort til fremtiden

kørekort til fremtiden2

The text here is very much what we have written more extensively about here: Technology Driven Societal Transitions

Steen Rasmussen interviewing former Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen and asking one of ISSP’s most important questions: “From where do politicians get their knowledge about new technologies before they implement them through legislation?” (You’ll have to wait for the documentary to get the answer…)


Steen Rasmussen asking the same question to Peter Skaarup from Dansk Folkeparti (Danish People’s Party) – you’re really gonna want to see that documentary!


Steen Rasmussen getting some really good answers from Christian Friis Bach, former Minister for Development Cooperation.


(Update Jan 2015: Friis Bach is now Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).)