Time to vote if you haven't already!
I'm writing this short entry from Copenhagen, where I'm visiting as a part of Sitra's Elivoima programme. We are trying to tackle important issues the Finnish society is facing like; "What is new work?", "How to solve the alienation of the youth?", and "How to avoid the social exclusion of immigrants?" etc. Interesting topics and all quite much in the long term field. The other members of the group come from quite different background; starting from ex-ministers etc.
Short term stuff, then;
17th of April is our parliamentary elections date, that's just 6 or so away. Many have already voted.
I am going to vote this candidate from Helsinki:
Lasse Männistö, number 77
I'm a public supporter of his campaign, my own video clip where I explain some of the reasons why so is here:
Miksi Taneli Tikka äänestää Lassea? from Lasse Männistö on Vimeo.
This probably doesn't come as a surprise to anyone as me and Lasse just recently introduced a proposal to change startup funding towards the better.
Naturally I don't agree with Lasse 100% on all the issues - but I don't have to. You don't have to either. He still comes on top out of the candidates I want to be supporting. Energetic, smart, courageous, knows a great deal about startups, good values and view of the world, and already plenty of real experience from politics. Just the kind of person I would like to see making decisions in the parliament.
If I would live in the Uusimaa electorial precinct I would probably vote for:
Elina Lepomäki, number 93
If I would live in Oulu electorial precinct, my candidate there would be:
Henri Heikkinen, number 132
All candidates write very good blogs. Especially Henri has written some brilliant stuff; so definitely check that out. The others are worth a read as well. Unfortunately all the stuff is in finnish.
(We need to fix this electorial precinct system btw, if feels ancient, inefficient and I think it would be about the time for it to go away for good)
All the candidates are from the National Coalition Party, I would probably much rather vote for the Liberal party if it would be possible without the Pirates getting mixed up in there..
So there you go! Who are you voting for and why?