October 21, 2005  ·  Lessig

I’m about to leave Norway for the second time. This trip was a bit different from the last. I spoke at a conference sponsored by the Network for IT Research and Competence in Education (ITU). The government in Norway has recently changed, and there’s lots of work being done to get some good thinking about matters digital.

Norway is an extraordinarily beautiful country, filled with brilliantly tri-lingual and warm people. Yet each time I travel out of the country these days, my thoughts are more brought back home than on the place I am. One cab driver had emigrated from Pakistan. He raged with anger at our “self-defeating” war. In another conversation, one of my hosts remarked that he lived in the same neighborhood as the Prime Minister, and would often see him answering questions as he “waited in line at the bakery.”

It’s hard to imagine a world where national leaders stand in line to buy bread. It’s not hard to see why such leadership would be so different from our own. There’s a perspective that our leaders cannot have. Sadly, as it is a perspective that would return an essential wisdom to these high offices.

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    When I saw your post I thought here I am again feeling a little weird about something or should I say someone. I started with working online several months ago. In the middle of busy schedule and deadlines to meet I had this chance to chat with my boss. He was teasing me about not having a boyfriend. So I asked him for some advice. He mentioned that it’s best if you have a guy from Switzerland and Norway. I asked him why and he immediately replied that guys from these countries especially Norway are honest and religious. I then found myself scrambling through my notes and dig into my boss’s history or origin. I saw nothing related to Norway in his bio-data except for one thing – he once had a Norwegian girlfriend which happened to be his wife now. Wow!!!