When changes run faster than plans – the OECD highlighted 4 ways how governments can cope with complexity

The OECD organized a conference for initiating an international dialogue between the best practices that aim to renew public sector functions. Demos Helsinki was invited to the OECD’s headquarters in Paris to present the Finnish approach to experimental policy making. The Finnish model was listed as one of the top four solutions that can help the public sector cope with increasing complexity and a rapidly changing landscape. According to the OECD, it is plausible that societies are in the midst of moving from one paradigm to another. Climate change, eroding […]

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Which is better: human or machine? Both, say these Finnish researchers

A woman in her thirties is gazing at a row of computer screens in a dimly-lit room. Each screen is running a video feed from a car driving on the sunny streets of Helsinki. “I must say I’d love to have some life around me”, she sighs, and continues to stare at the screens. “Humming of the motor, some noise from the nearby forest. Or perhaps just the mumbling of a co-worker would do it – anything really. It’s so boring.” What took us to this dystopian scene? Let’s take […]

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Thousands to receive basic income in Finland: a trial that could lead to the greatest societal transformation of our time

Finland is about to launch an experiment in which a randomly selected group of 2,000–3,000 citizens already on unemployment benefits will begin to receive a monthly basic income of 560 euros (approx. $600). That basic income will replace their existing benefits. The amount is the same as the current guaranteed minimum level of Finnish social security support. The pilot study, running for two years in 2017-2018, aims to assess whether basic income can help reduce poverty, social exclusion, and bureaucracy, while increasing the employment rate. The Finnish government introduced its […]

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A New Way to Manage Elderly Care is Tested in Three Nordic Cities

Ageing population is a tricky challenge for human-orientated welfare systems. Traditionally Finland, as well as other Nordic countries, has been emphasizing the societal benefits that happen through supporting self-imposed learning and coping of people. The number of over-75s is expected to double in the next two decades in Finland – causing the Finnish population to become the oldest in Europe. Furthermore, current societal problems such as weak economic growth, issues in public finance and increasing need for services, all constitute more difficulties in adapting to new shifts in country’s demographics. Nordic […]

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This is why Finland is able to implement the basic income experiment

BBC, Forbes, Independent, Mashable, Telegraph, Time and Quartz among other media outlets have have written about Finland’s experiment with basic income on a national level. However, none of the articles uncover the reason why Finland can pull off such ambitious policies in an age where so many government are left powerless with even smallest of changes in the way society works. The bigger change is buried under the stream of international news regarding the world’s largest basic income trial. With a closer look, one can see that basic income is […]

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