I won’t lie. I love Sweden. It might just be that not being responsible for my own schedule and maintenance while I was there might have something to do with it. I enjoyed being herded to the next meal and mode of transportation. Someone is mothering me, and I love it!
But I think my enjoyment in Sweden went beyond that. I signed up for the Sustainable Sweden tour, to learn more about how the Swedes are implementing the notion of the ecomunicipality. Communities in my area and throughout Wisconsin are declaring themselves sustainable communities, and I can’t stand to be behind the times. In Sweden, it was a joy to be with people who embraced creating their own future, not just sitting by and watching it come.
I travelled with a colleague, Annie Jones from Kenosha County, and we joined up with the tour group. We were Argentinean, Danish, Mexican, Turkish, Chilean, Canadian, American and Swedish. Imbedded within the tour was a seminar (the sustainable community – rich and dematerialized), where we were joined by students from the nearby design school, as well as people from other Swedish municipalities, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia.
We came, we saw, we crayfished. Well, we didn’t actually FISH, but we did eat them. Think mini-lobsters. That’s another story, about Swedish weather…