CV

Pekka Himanen

Introduction

Pekka Himanen’s research work has been translated into 20 languages. His best-known work is The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age which has been compared to Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Manuel Castells and others. Castells also writes: “Pekka Himanen's theory of the hacker culture as the spirit of informationalism is a fundamental breakthrough in the discovery of the world unfolding in the uncertain dawn of the third millennium.”

Himanen’s research work has been published by the world’s leading academic publishers, such as Oxford University Press. He has authored or been a writer in: 

  • The Information Society and the Welfare State: The Finnish Model (Oxford University Press 2002; 10 languages)
  • The Network Society: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Edward Elgar 2004; 2 languages)
  • The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy (John Hopkins University 2005; 2 languages)
  • Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis (Oxford University Press 2012)
  • Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age (Oxford University Press 2014; 3 languages)

Examples of comments by leading academics on the above works include:

  • Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age (2014)
    "This book will definitely make Dignity the most creative and respected word in the twenty-first century’s vocabulary, as Solidarity was in the nineteenth and Reason in the seventeenth.” –Alain Touraine, Professor of Sociology Emeritus, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris
    “This book stands out as one of the most provocative insights into the impact of the Global Information Age on all dimensions of the human experience. … This book is a landmark in the area of human sciences.” –Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Former President of Brazil
  • The Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis (2012)
    “The discussion of the crisis of global capitalism offered in this book marks a breakthrough.” –Anthony Giddens
  • The Network Society: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (2004)
    "Because of its analytical aims and a well-balanced presentation of empirical findings and theoretical insights coming from a remarkable variety of authors, this is a book that might become a model for collaborative research in the years to come" –International Sociology, Review of Books

Himanen is one of the internationally most cited researchers in his field: his international works have been cited more than 4000 times (cf. Google Scholar citation index where you can check any researcher’s number of international citations).

In line with the original form of philosophy, Himanen considers not only written but also spoken philosophy central. In his lecturing at Aalto University Studio Stage and Helsinki University Grand Auditorium, he systematically developed new formats for spoken philosophy while he was a professor at Aalto. He has given talks in 30 countries from Oxford to Berkeley. Examples from the range of talks include:

  • Keynote on the Hacker Ethic with Linus Torvalds and Manuel Castells, Web Rush conference, UC Berkeley, 1999 [link]
  • Talk to the group of CEOs of the world’s 60 biggest IT companies, from Bill Gates to the founders of Google, 2004
  • World Economic Forum, Young Global Leaders inaugural meeting keynote, Zermatt, 2005
  • World Economic Forum in Davos session on Dignity with Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel, 2009 [link]
  • Strategic advise talk for the Government of Bhutan, hosted by the Prime Minister, Thimphu, 2011
  • Dialog on the Culture of Dignity, with Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, Slush, November 2016 [link]

Himanen seeks to approach his topics in a more synthetic way, in a manner in which the research work on the philosophy of the information age can also be applied to the actual advancement of his philosophical goal: a dignified life. For this reason, in addition to his research work, he has also been broadly in direct dialog with different sectors of society: from policy-makers to the general public, some examples of such wider outreach being his articles for TIME Magazine and The Financial Times or public intellectual dialogs covered by The San Francisco Chronicle and Helsingin sanomat.

Curriculum Vitae and Bibliography 

(selection since 2000)

Positions

Professor, Aalto University (2005-2014)

Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley (2013-2014)

Visiting Professor, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford (2005-2013)

Principal Scientist, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology (joint institute of the University of Helsinki and Helsinki University of Technology, 2005-2010)

Visiting Professor, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (2010)

Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley & Director of the Berkeley Center for Information Society (between 2000-2003)

Education

PhD in Theoretical Philosophy, Department of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, 1994

Main Awards and Recognitions

Global Leader for Tomorrow – by the World Economic Forum, 2003

Young Global Leader – by the World Economic Forum, 2005

Governmental Award for exceptional teaching achievements, giving a university course that gathered an audience of over 10.000, 1995 (Valtion tiedonjulkistamispalkinto)

Helsinki University Alumnus of the Year 2007, for achievements in advancing science

Membership of selected international research networks 

World Economic Forum, Global Leaders for Tomorrow 2003-2004

World Economic Forum, Young Global Leaders 2005-2012

World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Councils 2008–2010

World Economic Forum, Expert Network 2016–

Policy Network, 2005–2010

The Club of Rome, 2012-

Selected key research projects (2000–)

Co-Director of the Sustainable development model in the information age research project with Manuel Castells. Members of the research group included AnnaLee Saxenian, You-tien Hsing, Fernando Calderon, Nico Cloete, and Isidora Chacon. Part of this time was at UC Berkeley as a Visiting Scholar. This research work produced the book Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Member of the Aftermath research network on the global economic crisis, with professors Manuel Castells, Craig Calhoun, John Thompson, Michel Wieviorka, Sarah Banet-Weiser, Terhi Rantanen, Rosalind Williams, João Caraça, and Gustavo Cardoso. This research group produced the book Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis (Oxford University Press, 2012).

Member of the Zaragoza International Expert Committee on urban and regional development with professors Manuel Castells, Saskia Sassen, Peter Hall, Dennis Frenchman, François Bar, Michael L. Joroff, Véronique Kleck, Ángela López (and formerly William Mitchell and Guido Martinotti). The publications building on this work include the World Policy Journal article "The New Incubators" (2011).

Member of the Lisbon research network that produced the book The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy (John Hopkins University, 2005). With Manuel Castells, Dale Jorgensen, Luc Soete, Geoff Mulgan and others.

Director of the Berkeley Center for Information Society, with Jerome Feldman, Steven Weber, Orpheus Crutchfield et al. as members and Linus Torvalds as a member of the research board, and Principal Scientist at the Helsinki Institute of Information Technology. During this time e.g. the book The Network Society: A Cross-Cultural Perspective (Edward Elgar, 2004) was produced.

Research project on the Information Society and the Welfare State as a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley, which resulted in the book The Information Society and the Welfare State: The Finnish Model with Manuel Castells (Oxford University Press, 2002).

Research on the Hacker Ethic as a Visiting Scholar of UC Berkeley, which led to the publication of the book The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age with Manuel Castells and Linus Torvalds in 2001.

Selected key academic publications (2000–)

The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age. New York: Random House, 2001.

translated into:

Chinese 

Taiwanese 

Japanese 

Korean 

Indonesian 

Turkish 

French 

Italian 

Spanish 

Portuguese 

German 

Dutch 

Catalan 

Finnish 

Estonian 

Croatian

A ética dos hackers e o espírito da era da informação: a diferença entre o bom e o mau hacker. Rio de Janeiro: Editora Campus, 2001.

L'ètica del hacker l'esperit de l'era de la informació. Barcelona: Editorial UOC, 2003.

L'etica hacker e lo spirito dell'età dell'informazione. Milano: Feltrinelli Editore, 2001.

L'éthique hacker et l'esprit de l'ère de l'information. Paris: Exils, 2001.

Die Hacker-Ethik und der Geist des Informations-Zeitalters. München: Riemann, 2001.

The hacker ethic and the spirit of the information age. London: Secker & Warburg and Vintage, 2001.

Hakerska etika i duh informacijskog doba. Zagreb: Naklada Jesenski i Turk, 2002.

La ética del hacker y el espíritu de la era de la información. Barcelona: Ediciones Destino, 2002.

La ética del hacker y el espíritu de la sociedad de la información, 2002.

De hacker-ethiek en de geest van het informatietijdperk. Amsterdam: Uitgeverij Nieuwezijds, 2001.

Hacker etigi: Is Hayatina Yikici Bir Yaklasim. Istanbul: Ayrinti Yayinlari, 2005. ISBN: 975-539-438-9

Hakkerietiikka ja informaatioajan henki. Helsinki: WSOY, 2001.

Häkkerieetika ja informatsiooniajastu vaim. Tallinn: Kunst, 2003.

黑客伦理与信息时代精神/(美)派卡·海曼 [Chinese]. Citic Publishing House, 2002.

駭客倫理與資訊時代精神. 大塊文化出版股份有限公司 [Taiwan Chinese]. Taipei: Dakuai wenhua chuban, 2002.

해커, 디지털 시대의 장인들 / 리누스 토발즈;페커 히매넌;마누엘 카스텔스 [공]지음;신현승 옮김 [Korean]. Seoul: Sejong Books Inc., 2002.

安原和見·山形浩生訳 「リナックスの革命 [Japanese]. Tokyo: Kawade Shobo Shiusha, 2001.

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The Information Society and the Welfare State: The Finnish Model (with Manuel Castells). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

translated into:

Japanese 

Russian 

Spanish 

Catalan 

Ukrainian 

Polish 

Finnish 

Portuguese 

Italian

El Estado de bienestar y la sociedad de la información: El modelo finlandés. Madrid: Alianza Editorial, 2002.

La societat de la informació i l'estat del benestar: el model finlandès. Barcelona: Editorial UOC, 2003.

A Sociedade da Informação e o Estado-Providência. O modelo Finlandês. Lisboa: Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, 2007.

Società dell'informazione e Welfare State: La lezione della competitività finlandese. Milano: Guerini e Associati, 2006.

Suomen tietoyhteiskuntamalli. Helsinki: WSOY, 2002.

Spoleczenstwo informacyjne i panstwo dobrobytu [Polish]. Wydawnictwo Krytyki Politycznej, 2009.

Інформаційне суспільство та держава добробуту: Фінська модел [Ukrainian]. Vakler, 2006.

Информационное общество и государство благосостояния. Финская модель [Russian]. Moscow: Logos, 2002.

情報社会と福祉国家フィンランド·モデル [Japanese]. Minerva, 2005.

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Reconceptualizing Development in the Global Information Age (co-edited with Manuel Castells). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

translated into:

Spanish

Finnish

Reconceptualización del Desarrollo en la Era Global de la Información. Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2016.

Kestävän kasvun malli: globaali näkökulma. Valtioneuvoston kanslian julkaisusarja. Edita: Helsinki, 2013.

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The hacker ethic as the culture of the information age. In The Network Society: A Cross-cultural Perspective. Edward Elgar, 2004.

Institutional models of the network society: Silicon Valley and Finland (with Manuel Castells). In The Network Society: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Edward Elgar, 2004.

“The Nordic Model of the Information Society: The Finnish Case” in Palme, Joakim and Kangas, Olli (eds.) Social Policy in Late Industrializers: The Nordic Countries. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, 2004.

The Nordic model of the information society: the Finnish case. Social policy and economic development in the Nordic countries, 2005.

Desafios Globais da Sociedade de Informação. In A Sociedade em Rede: Do Conhecimento à Acção Política, 2005.

Challenges of the Global Information Society. In The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy. Johns Hopkins University, 2006.

Modelos institucionales de sociedad red: Silicon Valley y Finlandia (with Manuel Castells). In La sociedad red: una visión global. Alianza Editorial, 2007.

La ética hacker como cultura de la era de la información. In La sociedad red: una visión global. Alianza Editorial, 2007.

The New Incubators. World Policy Journal, 28(3), 2011.

Crisis, Identity, and the Welfare State. In Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

Selected policy-related research publications in Finnish 

Information society research work on the request of the Committee for the Future of the Parliament of Finland

Himanen, P. (2004). Välittävä, kannustava, luova Suomi. Katsaus tietoyhteiskuntamme syviin haasteisiin. Eduskunnan kanslian julkaisu nro, 4.

Himanen, P. (2004). Det intresserade, stimulerande och kreativa informationssamhället. Finland inför framtidens utmaningar. Framtidsutskottets teknikutvärdering, 21.

Himanen, P. (2004). Challenges of the Global Information Society. Parliament of Finland: Committee for the Future.

This publication built partly on the work done in:

  • the Berkeley Center for Information Society and Helsinki Institute of Information Technology research networks (e.g. The Network Society: A Cross-Cultural Perspective, 2004)
  • the World Economic Forum's Global Leaders for Tomorrow future thinking network

Comparative research on information society models for Tekes

Himanen, P. (ed.) (2004). Globaali tietoyhteiskunta: Kehityssuuntia Piilaaksosta Singaporeen [Global information society: developments from the Silicon Valley to Singapore]. Helsinki: Tekes.

Himanen, P., & Castells, M. (2004). Piilaakson ja Suomen tietoyhteiskuntamallit. [Information society models of Silicon Valley and Finland] in Globaali tietoyhteiskunta: Kehityssuuntia Piilaaksosta Singaporeen.

This publication built partly on the work done in:

  • the Lisbon research network (e.g. The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy, 2005)
  • the World Economic Forum's future processes

Innovation research work on the request of the Finnish technology industry

Himanen, P. (2007). Suomalainen unelma – Innovaatioraportti [Report on Innovation]. Helsinki: Teknologiateollisuus.

This publication built partly on the work done in:

  • the Zaragoza International Expert Committee on urban and regional development
  • the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leaders future thinking network

Research work on the culture of creativity, based on the request of the Finnish government (Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen)

Himanen, P. (2010). Kukoistuksen käsikirjoitus [Culture of Flourishing]. Helsinki: WSOY.

This publication built partly on the work done in: 

  • the Aftermath research network on the global crisis (e.g. Aftermath: The Cultures of the Economic Crisis, 2012)
  • the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Councils and the Policy Network

Research work on a sustainable development model in the information age, based on the request of the government of Finland (Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen)

Himanen, P. (2012). Sininen kirja. Helsinki: Valtioneuvoston kanslia. (Based on the international research project on the sustainable growth model with Manuel Castells, AnnaLee Saxenian, You-tien Hsing, Fernando Calderon, Nico Cloete, and Isidora Chacon.)

Castells, M., & Himanen, P. (eds.) (2013). Kestävän kasvun malli: globaali näkökulma. Valtioneuvoston kanslian julkaisusarja. Edita: Helsinki, 2013.

These publications were produced by:

  • the Sustainable development model research project, partly at UC Berkeley as a Visiting Scholar
  • they benefited from the future work done simultaneously in other networks, such as the Club of Rome

University lecturing as Professor of Aalto University

The following lectures have typically been fully packed and ended with a standing ovation, such as for example the Helsinki University Grand Auditorium lectures that have had more than 1000 registered participants.

Helsinki University and Aalto University cooperation courses

(as the University of Helsinki Alumnus of the Year and as a Professor of Aalto University)

Helsinki University, Grand Auditorium, October, 2011 (in co-operation with Aalto University)

Helsinki University, Grand Auditorium, September, 2010 (in co-operation with Aalto University and the Helsinki Festival of Arts)

Helsinki University, Grand Auditorium, September-October, 2008

Helsinki University Alumnus of the Year lectures, February and November 2007

The final format in the above was a five-year development process. It integrated some elements from theater.

Examples of Individual lectures to advance the new learning culture

Helsinki University, Grand Auditorium, for developing the teaching and learning culture, March 2011 (for the professors, teachers, and administration of the university)

Helsinki University, Faculty of Humanities, August 2011

Helsinki University, Faculty of Behavioral Sciences, August 2011

Helsinki University, Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, August 2011

Helsinki University, Faculty of Medicine, August 2011

The above were developing a new learning culture for the new students.

Annual courses on the “Culture of Creativity” at the Aalto University

Aalto University, School of Arts, Studio Stage, January 2014

Aalto University, School of Arts, Film Studio, September 2012

Aalto University, School of Arts, Film Studio, September 2011 (in cooperation with the University of Helsinki)

Aalto University, School of Arts, Film Studio, September 2010 (for all schools of the Aalto University)

Aalto University, School of Arts, Studio Stage, September 2010 (in cooperation with the Theatre Academy)

Aalto University, School of Arts, Studio Stage, September 2009 (in cooperation with the Academy of Fine Arts and the Theatre Academy)

Aalto University, School of Arts, Studio Stage, September 2008

Aalto University, School of Arts, Sampo Auditorium, August 2007

Aalto University, School of Arts, Sampo Auditorium, October 2006

The final format above was a ten-year development process. It integrated some elements from theater.

Examples of Individual lectures at Aalto to advance the new learning culture

Aalto University, Design Factory, for developing the learning culture, March 2011 (for the professors, teachers, and administration of the university)

Aalto University, School of Arts, August 2011

Aalto University, School for Sciences, August 2011

Aalto University, School for Engineering, August 2011

Aalto University, School for Chemistry, August 2011

Aalto University, School of Business, August 2011

Aalto University, Master of Arts Festival, May 2011

The above were developing a new learning culture for the new students.

Selection of other talks in different countries

Argentina

Universidad Nacional de San Martín, Buenos Aires, November 2012

FLACSO talk, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales, Buenos Aires, November 2012

Austria

European Union Conference on Culture keynote, Vienna, Austria, March 2006

Belgium

European Union Conference, ICT 2010 Conference, September 2010

Bhutan

Strategic advise talk for the government of Bhutan, Thimphu, January, 2011 (invited by the government of Bhutan, hosted by the Prime Minister)

Chile

Universidad Diego Portales, November 2012

China

World Economic Forum keynote talk for the Young Global Leaders, September 2011

World Economic Forum, Young Global Leaders, Tianjin, China, September 2008

World Economic Forum, Young Global Leaders, Dalian, China, September 2007

Finland

Youth Chamber of Commerce, “The Outstanding Young Person” award recipient talk, Turku, April 2007

Helsinki University, talk at the reception of the Alumnus of the Year recognition as an academic ‘ambassador’ of the university, Helsinki 2006

The Presidential Forum keynote talk, Helsinki, March 2009 (with Presidents Tarja Halonen, Martti Ahtisaari, and Mauno Koivisto)

France

Université Paris Sorbonne, Paris-IV, CIGREF, September 2009

Centre Pompidou, Paris, October 2008

Germany

DLD talk, Digital-Life-Design, München, January 2009

Keynote on a sustainable development model to the ministers and CEOs from 50 countries, Leipzig, May 2008 (with Dr. Pachauri, hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel)

Italy

University of Rome La Sapienza, April 2007

World Political Forum, Venice, June 2006 (invited and hosted by former President Mikhail Gorbachev)

Japan

Waseda University, Tokyo, October 2003

Netherlands

Policy Network talk, Amsterdam, November 2005 (with Anthony Giddens and others)

HAN Creative Masterclasses, Arnhem, November 2006

Creative Capital Conference keynote talk, Amsterdam, 2005

Norway

Nobel Peace Center, keynote on dignity, May 2016 (with Crown Prince Haakon and others)

Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training conference, keynote on the future of education, November 2015 (hosted by Queen Sonja)

Poland

European Culture Congress, Wroclaw, Poland, September, 2011 (as a member of the European Culture Congress Council)

Portugal

A special seminar of the President of Portugal on the Policies of Transformation to the Network Society, Lisbon, March 2005 (invited by President Sampaio)

Cultures of the Economic Crisis talks, Gulbenkian Foundation, 2009-2011

Qatar

World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Councils, Doha, Qatar, June 2010

Russia

The Center for Strategic Studies, talk on The Role of IT Policy in the Information Society, Moscow, November 2002

Vyshaja School of Economy, talk on The Interaction of Public Policy and Business in the Information Economy, Moscow, November 2002

Singapore

National University of Singapore, Department of Sociology, talk on The Information Society and the Welfare State, October 2002.

Spain

UOC lectures, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, May 2010 (several talks as a Visiting Professor)

UAB inaugural keynote lecture, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, October, 2010

Guggenheim, Bilbao, November 2006

The Club of Madrid, March 2005 (for the network of former heads of states)

Sweden

Konstfack, Stockholm, May 2011

Switzerland

World Economic Forum talk to the Technology Industry Leaders, a group of the CEOs of the world’s 60 biggest IT companies, from Bill Gates to the founders of Google, February 2004

World Economic Forum, Young Global Leaders, Zermatt, July 2005 (a starting-point for what became the Global Dignity initiative)

World Economic Forum, Davos, Closing Ceremony with Desmond Tutu, Chaired by Professor Klaus Schwab, February 2009

World Economic Forum, Davos, Closing Ceremony with Crown Prince Haakon of Norway, January 2008

World Economic Forum, Davos, Closing Ceremony introductory remarks to a Global Dignity film, 2010

World Economic Forum speaker in Davos, 2002–2010 (except in 2002 when it was held in New York City to show solidarity after 9/11)

Turkey

Middle East Technological University, Ankara, Turkey, November 2006

United Arab Emirates

World Economic Forum, Global Agenda Councils, Dubai, September 2008

United Kingdom

Oxford University, Oxford Internet Institute talk on The Hacker Ethic and the Spirit of the Information Age, November 2011

Oxford University, Oxford Internet Institute talk on Cultures of Creativity, August 2007

Oxford University, Oxford Internet Institute, talk on The Information Society and the Welfare State, November 2002

London School of Economics, Systems and Innovation Group, October 2011

London School of Economics, talk on The Information Society and the Hacker Ethic, 2001

Policy Network, talk on the Inequalities in the Information Society, Selsdon Park, May 2006

United States

University of California Berkeley, the Web Rush conference keynote talk on the Hacker Ethic with Linus Torvalds, April 1999 (and several talks since that as a Director of the Berkeley Center for Information Society and a visiting scholar of the UC Berkeley)

University of California Berkeley, International Computer Science Institute, March 2001 (and several other talks, as a visiting scholar of UC Berkeley and as the director of the Berkeley Center for Information Society)

Yale University, talk on The Hacker Ethic, March 2001

MIT Media Lab, talk on The Hacker Ethic, March 2001

University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication, The Hacker Ethic as the Culture of the Information Age, October 2003

New York University, Center for Advanced Technology, The Hacker Ethic, January 2001

International forum talks in Finland (for European or global forums)

World Bank, InfoDev Global Forum keynote talk, Helsinki, May 2011

Bright Conference keynote talk for students of the leading European universities, Helsinki University, Grand Auditorium, August 2008

World Social Forum in Helsinki, April 2005

European Centre for Parliamentary Research & Documentation, A Visionary’s Address, Parliaments on the Net, keynote, Helsinki, March 2002

Policy Network talk on the European Social Model with Anthony Giddens, 2006 [link]

Other research-related networks: Global Dignity

Professor Himanen is a Co-Founder of the Global Dignity initiative in 2005, with Crown Prince Haakon of Norway and John Hope Bryant, a member of President Obama’s advisory council on financial capability. It has operated in over 50 countries worldwide. Global Dignity initiative includes Nobel laureates Professor Amartya Sen, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, President Martti Ahtisaari as well as Sir Richard Branson and Ambassador Andrew Young as its Honorary Board members.

Selected talks on dignity that have been given on all continents include:

Global Forums

Global Dignity Forum, with Desmond Tutu, President Martti Ahtisaari, Crown Prince Haakon, John Hope Bryant, 2011 [link]

Global Dignity Forum, Atlanta, Ebenezer Baptist Church, with the living family of Martin Luther King Jr., chaired by Ambassador Andrew Young, November 2012

One Young World keynote on dignity, Zurich, September 2011 [link]

One Young World keynote on dignity, London, February 2010 [link]

World Economic Forum, Davos, Closing Ceremony with Desmond Tutu, Chaired by Professor Klaus Schwab, February 2009 [link]

Keynote talk on dignity & dialog with Al Gore, Nordic Business Forum, 2011 [link]

Dialog on the Culture of Dignity, with Crown Prince Haakon, Slush, November 2016 [link]

Austria

Dignity Day, Vienna, Austria, March 2008

Belgium

Dignity presentation, University of Leuven, CEGO, February 2008 (with Princess Mathilde)

Canada

Dignity Day school session, Young Global Leaders, Vancouver, June 2006 (the first Dignity Day session of Global Dignity)

China

Dignity Day school session, Tianjin, September 2008

Finland

Global Dignity Day, Alppilan yläaste [Alppila junior highschool], October, 2010 (with President Tarja Halonen)

Ihmisarvon foorumi, Diakonissalaitos [Forum for Dignity at the Helsinki Diaconia], for homeless, substance abusers, unemployed, and otherwise excluded, October 2010

VoxHelsinki talk on dignity, Helsinki University, Grand Auditorium, September 2010 (in cooperation with Helsingin Sanomat)

Dignity lecture, Helsinki University, Grand Auditorium, November 2009 (in cooperation with the National Broadcasting Company YLE) [link]

Global Dignity Day, Helsinki normal school, October 2008 (with President Tarja Halonen) [link]

Dignity session, Helsinki normal school, November 2007 (with Crown Prince Haakon and John Hope Bryant)

India

Dignity Day school session, Khushii Shikshaantra Devli school, New Delhi, India, November 2009 [link]

Jordan

Dignity Day school session, Jordan, May 2007 (with Queen Rania) [link]

Norway

Dignity Day, Asker highschool, April 2013 (with Country Chairs of Global Dignity) [link]

Dignity Day, Drammen highschool, April 2012 (with Country Chairs of Global Dignity)

Global Dignity Day, Stovner highschool, October 2011 (with the Co-Founders of the Global Dignity) [link]

Global Dignity Day, Bodo highschool, October 2010 (with Crown Prince Haakon) [link]

South Africa

Dignity Day school session, Cape Town, South Africa, May 2008 [link]

Switzerland

World Economic Forum Open Davos session with Desmond Tutu, Richard Branson, Peter Gabriel, Crown Prince Haakon, John Hope Bryant, January 2009 [link]

Dignity Day, Freies Gymnasium Zürich, March 2011 [link]

Dignity talk for the World Economic Forum management & staff, Geneva, October 2009 (with Paolo Coelho)

Tanzania

Dignity Day school session, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, May 2010 [link]

United Kingdom

Dignity Day, Dragon school, Oxford, 2009 [link]

United States

Dignity Day school session, Washington D.C., October 2009 [link]

Selected advisory roles (2000–)

United Nations:

  • UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Commission on Sustainability for Rio+20, Chaired by President Tarja Halonen (advisory meetings)
  • UN ILO World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, Chaired by President Tarja Halonen (advisory comments)

European Union:

  • on innovation
  • on culture

Other international organizations:

  • World Economic Forum
  • Policy Network

Finland:

  • President Martti Ahtisaari
  • President Tarja Halonen
  • Government of Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen
  • Government of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen
  • Parliament of Finland

To companies:

  • Nokia and other European companies
  • Silicon Valley

Selected cultural activities

General

Member of the European Culture Congress Council, European Union, 2011

Classical music, opera, ballet

Member of the Advisory Board for Savonlinna Opera Festival

Advising Judge for the Bagnolet Dance Competion, chaired by Jorma Uotinen

Advisory role for Helsinki Festival of Arts (with Erik Söderblom): dialogs with conductors and composers

Rock, pop and rap music

Lyrics with Dave Stewart and Nadirah-X for the song Dignity, Hollywood 2009 [link]

Session with Ville Valo at Helsinki University with piano, January 2009 [link]

Pirates of the Baltic Sea performance at Tavastia with piano, September 2008 (with The 69Eyes, for environment)

Events with Musex at Tavastia and Ruisrock to advance pop music (with Ville Valo and others), negotiating new funding for pop music with the Minister for Culture

Award Presenter for the Best Rock Band at the EMMA gala

Theatre and TV

Cooperation with the Theatre Academy and the Student Theatre

Digni.fi – a TV and Internet series with the national broadcasting company YLE, including dialogs with Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, Anthony Giddens, Peter Gabriel, Paulo Coelho, Queen Rania et al. [link]

Host of the Global Dignity Forum, Barona Arena, broadcasted on TV by Nelonen, 2011, including Desmond Tutu, President Martti Ahtisaari, Crown Prince Haakon, John Hope Bryant, and Nadirah-X performing [link]

Other

Member of the Marimekko Design Competition jury, 2011 [link: Vogue]

Strategic work

Strategic recommendations regarding the Aalto University (in strategic research reports, including Suomalainen unelma)

Strategic recommendations for supporting the cultural fields (in strategic research reports, including Kukoistuksen käsikirjoitus). The conclusions were discussed e.g. at the Tuusula Rantatie symposium, with Antti Herlin, Risto Siilasmaa, Krister Ahlström, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Jorma Uotinen, Stefan Lindfors, and Minna Haapkylä

Strategic guidelines for what Finland needs for a sustainable basis for the culture of creativity

  • a small country's only way is research and development investment: 4% of GDP, including an emphasis in basic science
  • combined with the best education system by investment in, and renewal of, it: integrating the culture of dignity deeply in it
  • differentiation through culture: after a long technology focus, investment must now additionally be increased in humanities and arts, by a +5% real increase per year throughout the 2010s; science, arts, and culture are ends in themselves, not only means
  • culture of enlightened leaders and patrons: tax exempt donations for science and arts
  • investment in the open-source culture: including public spaces and commons

These strategies have been presented in The Information Society and the Welfare State: The Finnish Model (2002), Välittävä, kannustava ja luova Suomi (2004), Suomalainen unelma (2007), Kukoistuksen käsikirjoitus (2010), Sininen kirja (2012), and Kestävän kasvun malli (2013).

“Pekka Himanen” as a cultural figure

There have been several books, novels, poems, plays as well as TV shows written on or with the figure “Pekka Himanen”, including e.g. the theatre play Cherished Disappointments in Love by Jouko Turkka, performed in Finland and London (Soho Theatre).

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