THE ROLE OF POLITICAL NETWORK
Gothenburg, Sweden’s second largest city, suffers from the growth of “segregation”, a common problem of many large cities. Authorities are planning to solve these main social and political problems, and different solutions by different political parties are currently being proposed to integrate Swedish society, especially in large towns.
In Gothenburg, all parties as a network are planning through the Municipality to support comprehensive ecological activities concerning immigrants. These plans are based on cultural groups arranged by different nationalities. Of course culture has different interpretations and varied interests in each community.
Nowadays, the concentration of citizens from different parts of the world together in communities makes the difference of such interpretations even more evident. For some groups, culture means visiting art exhibitions, to others cultural anthropology, some groups are convinced that culture is the maintenance of heritage and ancient traditions, while young ones find it in music, folklore dancing, etc.
In each advanced society there are many such activities organized by citizens in CBOs (community-based organizations) and NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations), and other culturally active groups. A large part of these activities are financed (or partly financed) by Municipality. In Sweden, politic parties often have parallel cultural activities, as well.
There are many multicultural-friendly political party organizations in Sweden, which try to integrate different social groups through organized cultural activities. These activities are mainly based on the presentation of different nations to each other via traditions, music, food, art, folklore ceremonies, etc.
In Gothenburg, the Municipality (through the proposed network) has arranged local regular activities for interested citizens arranged by the local Authorities in each District called &ldquoStadsdel&rdquo. These activities are similarly based on the cultural presentation of different ethic groups to each other, but the main theme of such meetings is ecology.
The District activities introduces the usual cultural identities and ceremonies of each country through their art, customs, etc. and then starts a movement onto the more global issue of each country’s ecological situation with exhibitions, slides, video films, etc.
These proposed local activities with global visions are based on ecological material collected by Gothenburg University from 155 countries at two main conferences held in November, 1995 in Dubai and in June, 1996 during Habitat II Conference in Istanbul. The collected material mainly concerns sustainable societies in sustainable cities and gives a realistic, visual, and comprehensive vision of these countries.
In all cases, when these activities begin locally in Gothenburg, the next step has been to extend such activities throughout Sweden. Hopefully, the simultaneous development of such activities can extend in other Nordic Countries as a Nordic Eco-Network. Once a Nordic Eco-Network is established developing such activities in other countries around the world the result will be a real Global Ecological Network.