A brief life story and an outline of political attitudes in a number of areas.
We must think about quality of life more than GDP and hard economic figures. Not just nationally, but for the individual family and citizens of all age groups. I’m very inspired by Gross National Happiness, which is explained in this video.
The system must exist for the people. Laws and rules should not come before common sense.
Sharing economy can provide secondary income and reduce household costs for the less wealthy. It increases welfare equality. It also reduces resource consumption and promotes sustainable social development. The rules of society must not slow down the development and adoption of sharing economy.
A community who has unemplyed people has surplus human resources. The resources must be utilized for society in creating benefit and quality of life and lead the individual back to a meaningful self-supporting life.
Olav Hansen in brief
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The parents had a potato farm. In 1981, the police issued a missing person report for a 12-year-old boy. He was found. He was on his way to Africa to fight a battle for the pygmies and the rainforests. Very idealistic and very unrealistic.
He became self-employed at the age of 18 alongside studies, then soldier, was sent to war, came home, studied again. He worked in the United States, later in England, before returning to Denmark and starting his own Danish entrepreneur businesses. CRM and Intelligent Planning Software for field sales people became his livelihood. It reduced driving and CO2 emissions, while increasing producticity. He presented solutions for politicians on traffic, CO2 and growth challenges. He invested in an international project that could mean a great reduction of CO2 – and give great social benefit and economic growth. But the bank rejected. Politicians said praising words but did nothing but talk.
Olav Lange Hansen wants political courage, common sense, cooperation and visionary politics for a bright future for the generations to come. He wants action – not talks. Stop the talks – start to “Walk the talk”. Act – and do it now!
The municipalities have become too distant and proximity and humanity have been replaced by centralization and large-scale unilateral economic optimization. Denmark is distorted and the Danish volunteerism is under pressure. The financial gain is lost by consequences. We must not let rules make barriers for rural- and city communities to take over municipal tasks and receive means to carry them out.
Municipalities are subject to rules that can lead to human unhappy solutions and even very heavy and unnecessary economic costs. Often, community and voluntary work can better perform such tasks for needing people and economically much cheaper for the municipality. The welfare system emerges from the worst side when rules divide families. Rule rigidity goes beyond the vulnerable people, but also the employees in the municipalities suffer injury to job satisfaction and get sore hearts when the rules mean they are not allowed to help people in need. We have an ombudsman’s institution. One could imagine a democratically elected “common sense institution” who, with full transparency, could give common sense dispensation.
Danish politicians in both municipalities, regions, parliament and the EU do not have the opportunity to assess the legal aspects in the many circumstances they have to decide on. It is the administration and lawyers who assess matters and present their assessment and recommendations to the politicians. The votes of the politicians are therefore given on the basis of the recommendations of the administration and the lawyers. There is assumed to be uncritical objectivity, but in many circumstances critical issues of objectivity can be posed.
There are grave examples at national level. A known example is an passed law that was preserved in the administration for years. In municipal politics, many politicians state obvious frustration that law, rules and subjective technocrat judgments are highly inhibitory to a real democratic political process. Technocrats and lawyers are increasingly guiding the political decisions and what initiatives taxpayers’ money is being used for. The EU’s huge injections of money into the financial sector and the conditions that came with it are among the decisions of world history that have been the most comprehensive dispositions of taxpayer’s money and the one with the most comprehensive influence on the development of society and in benefit of one particular society sector. One can rightly ask questions about the democratic process of that decision.
I know the system – unfortunately. GreenDriveThinking and Young Villagelift are together one social benefit mobility project, for the benefit of rural areas and for the benefit of the environment. “We want to get started” says several municipalities. But it is a project you can get state aid or EU funds for, so now all the energy is put into writing applications. It costs administration, and since there is now funding, then large amounts are added to the application for control and administration. Applications for state funding easily take ½ to a full year. It can take 2 ½ years for the EU. All energy goes into applying for grants, instead of DOING something. Many projects are rejected in an undemocratic technocrat decision process. Decisions that are of great importance to society’s development. Young Villagelift was rejected funds twice by Danish State technocrats. An EU project that a private company had invested large sums in was approved for a grant, but the private company could not receive – only state employees, who was more interested in getting grants for the next project, than to do anything in the project they just received funds for. Travel, meetings, case processing, project writing for several years and the exclusion of the innovative companies are indeed not what creates action on sustainable social development. Nor does the administration of funds. But that is what an excessive amount of money is spent on.
The funds society needs to be reformed so that the money goes for the purpose and so you don’t have to wait years to take action.
The agriculture is one of Denmark’s leading sectors for Danish exports and jobs. It is also a sector under severe pressure from external factors. Conflict with Russia pushed revenues, political demands on banks increased costs of capital, environmental requirements, increases in minimum wages has increased construction and operating costs. At the same time, political demands on the banks made the possibility of investing in increased productivity or conversion to organic operations disappear.
Now we see the result. The small farms are bought and combined in large industrial farms that run industrial large scale profit only focused business. It is not a development towards sustainability. It harms the environment, it distorts Denmark, Denmark loses jobs, and it costs life joy and quality of life.
Ecology is good, but not at all costs, and Denmark’s agriculture must be reformed. But it must be done with common sense. Agriculture must be sustainable, for the environment, but also economically sustainable. If we do not keep that balance, the result is sad and unfortunately very predictable.