Theme: Centre and Periphery
Opposing concepts, “center” and “periphery” are ever-present at Samsø Energy Academy. The work we carry out both locally and internationally is based on the crisis that a loss of autonomy and resources presents for the rural regions of the world when political power is centralized and people move into cities. As part of the so-called “outskirts” of Denmark, Samsø, by way of geography, is relegated to the periphery. But does this really make sense when much of society’s physical and ideological development actually comes from the “periphery”? Artist Malene Lunden and political party Chair Uffe Elbæk, both have challenged the concept of “center” in their respective fields.
Uffe Elbæk is the leader of the Danish political party The Alternative Party and embodies the movement from the periphery to the Centre. Uffe writes about the theme Centre and Periphery on our blog.
Malene is a trained documentary photographer and artist.
She is also the head of the Samsø Energy Academy’s communications department.
Cecilie is a journalist and helps the academy with texts, news letters and articles. On the blog Cecilie writes about Samso both in a global and local perspective.
What is happiness?
Randområder er både fremtidens og samfundets vækstdynamoer. Derfor er samspillet mellem centrum og periferi noget, der kan give liv og økonomi på BNP.
Centre and Periphery
Da Uffe Elbæk på et gadehjørne i maj 2013 besluttede sig for at danne Alternativet, satte han gang i en forbløffende insisterende bevægelse, der i dén grad kom fra periferien: ingen troede i starten på, at det ville lykkes, for alt hvad Uffe gjorde, var både meget anderledes, og meget forkert.
Cecilie Meyer: Water flows from the periphery to the center
What alternative knowledge is there on how we handle and treat our water? Water is one of the most exciting resources we must learn to handle much more sustainably.