A short summary of my political career and goals.
My name is Jyrki J.J. Kasvi and I am a member of the Finnish Parliament in 2003-2011 and since 2015 and the chair of the Espoo City Council. I am representing the second largest party of Espoo, the Green League.
I was born in Pyhtää, Finland, in 1964, and I have a Ph.D. in Engineering from the Helsinki University of Technology, where I worked as a research scientist until 2003, when I was elected to the Parliament for the first time. Between 2011 and 2015 i worked as the Research and Development Manager of the Finnish Information Society Development Centre.
I stumbled into politics in 1994. I had been observing the Finnish society for a long time and I did not like what I was seeing. I was whining about the stupidity of Finnish politicians, but I did not have any alternatives to offer. Finally I had to choose: Either I shut up or I put my money where my mouth is.
Originally, in 1994, I got involved with the people founding the new Young Finns
Party. In the 1996 municipal elections I got elected to the Espoo city council, but three years later, the short story of the Young Finns Party was over, and I had to find a new political home.
The choice was easy, as I had already collaborated with the Greens in many issues. We were united by liberal values, tolerance and pluralism. The thing I cannot tolerate is intolerance. We also share the worry for local and global environment. As a former scientist I understand what the statistics tell about the state of our planet. At the bottom of the Baltic Sea, there is the largest desert in Europe due to lack of oxygen caused by nutrient overload. Global warming is melting the Greenland glacier and arctic permafrost, which is disturbing the Atlantic Golf stream. If it stops, the average temperatures in Finland are going to cool by seven degrees.
I am a hopeless romantic. I want to make the world a better place, to question the obvious, to bring new thoughts into political debate, particularly on issues where I have such knowledge or perspective that the others do not necessarily have. My particular areas of interest include information society, quality of work life, university policies, entrepreneurship and equality and tolerance.
Information society: What will it be like to live in the Finnish information society? As forerunners we cannot learn from the mistakes of other nations. How are we going to gap the digital divide? How are we going to secure privacy but stop Internet crime? How are we going to fit together freedom of speech and intellectual property rights?
Work life: Finns are not feeling well at work. Disability retirement is the most common reason to leave work life, and mental disorders have become one of the most common reasons for an early retirement.
Universities: Finnish children excel in international Pisa-studies, but our universities fare much worse in international comparisons. We must ensure our universities sufficient resources for first-rate teaching and study guidance. Our students have to be able to study on a full day basis without working during semesters or support from their parents.
Entrepreneurship: It is entrepreneurs who create new jobs. If we want to tackle our unemployment, we must stop disdaining them. For example, entrepreneurs deserve as good unemployment benefits and sickness per diems as the rest of us.
Internet politician 1.0
In the web, campaign budgets do not decide elections. The Internet is going to become the greatest upheaval of Finnish democracy since female vote in 1907. In the web, candidates’ thoughts will be more important than the generosity of their sponsors.In the 2003 parliamentary elections my net based campaign was the cheapest of those who were elected: 6500 euros. This was only eight years after I conducted the first Internet campaign in Finland in 1995, when there were only a little over 100.000 Internet users in the whole nation.
I believe in:
- Equality of possibilities
- Unity of freedom and responsibility
- Civil society
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