Services

I offer both Big Picture Trend Analysis and Big Picture Talks.

1 Big Picture Trend Analysis 

I am convinced many of the political patterns now playing out are much more predictable than commonly understood; so are the economic effects. I tend to focus especially on important trends not seen or not sufficiently reflected upon by mainstream 2015-02-15-huffpic-thumb(crowd) thinking. Why? Because that is how it is possible to make a difference and where the real client rewards – voter rewards and investment rewards – can be reaped. While providing clarity of thought – and a multidisciplinary (multidimensional) approach – my services can also in a big way help clients evolve as thought leaders. I work internationally with policy makers, research institutes/think tanks as well as corporations. Over recent years I have focused heavily on the practical effects – both political and economic – of the growing divide between European politicians and voters. As well as on the Baltic Sea security situation. I am presently working on an international multidisciplinary Master Mind project: “Resolving Populism: How to Make Back-to-Basics Politics work”.

I am politically non-partisan per definition while I believe in counterbalance rather than
in the superiority of any individual political ideology. I am however unafraid to choose DifficultRoadsBeautifulDestinationssides on individual issues if I conclude that the evidence points in a certain direction. As an example I believe there should be no doubt that political systems that weaken the links to the people on the field of practical reality – regardless of which political ideology is dominating at the top – will lead to both political instability and deteriorating growth prospects. To me this is neither a political nor an economic statement but a conclusion abundantly supported by empirical evidence.

 

2 Big Picture Talks

Ten regular themes:

  • Why political excess dressed up as moderation is inevitable when one political camp has been in charge for a long time
  • How social liberalism, until recently the camp for those seeking reality based balancing acts, was hijacked by la-la-land idealists; and what the social liberal parties need to do to get back in business
  • Why alarm bells should be attached to everyone in power seeking “consensus”
  • How to understand the establishment vs the people divide – the populist phenomena – if you really want to look beyond tribal point-scoring
  • Why academics are more politically influential than ever; and the intellectual debate simultaneously more one-eyed than at any point since the democratic breakthrough
  • How to build a power centre web of vested interests that makes you get away with claptrap
  • The Seven Deadly Myths that top-down power structures such as the EU could not survive without
  • The economic side of EU membership that the EU federalists do not want you to hear
  • Why real voter divisions are much smaller – and the future much brighter – than many people think
  • How to yet again revitalise Europe

 

Almedalen

EU seminar in Swedish Almedalen including Olle Wästberg, Fredrik Erixon, Mark Brolin, Nils Lundgren and (moderator) Karl Sigfrid