Theme: Centre and Periphery

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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.

 

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Uffe Elbæk

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.

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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.

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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.

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