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Lene Andersen
Lene Rachel Andersen
Economist, author, futurist, philosopher and Bildung activist
Economist, author, futurist, philosopher and Bildung activist
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From Lene’s personal website:

I am an economist, author, futurist, philosopher and Bildung activist. After studying business economy for three years, I worked as a temp teacher before I studied theology. During my studies, I wrote entertainment for Danish television until I decided to quit theology, become a fulltime writer and focus on technological development, big history and the future of humanity.

Since 2005, I have written 15 books and received two Danish democracy awards: Ebbe Kløvedal-Reich Democracy Baton (2007) and Døssing Prisen, the Danish librarians’ democracy prize (2012).

Among my books are The Nordic Secret (2017), co-authored by Club of Rome member Tomas Björkman Metamodernity (2019) and Bildung (2020).

I am a full member of the Club of Rome and one of the co-founders of the Copenhagen based think tank Nordic Bildung and the European Bildung Network.


Nordic Bildung
Nordic Bildung
Creating new models for society

About civic empowerment and a humane future


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Nordic Bildung has five tasks:

  1. To develop new models, ideas and visions for societies and the globe of the future.
  2. To share these with as many people as possible in order for them to challenge our thinking and come up with better solutions.
  3. To provide knowledge and venues that can empower people in order for them to make the best possible changes and adjustments in their own lives, in their societies and for the globe as a whole.
  4. To reach people in all walks of life.
  5. To contribute to a flourishing planet, flourishing societies and circumstances that allow individuals to flourish too.

Nordic Bildung is the combination of future studies, a think tank and folk-bildung.

In order to handle the technological development and planetary challenges wisely, we need a deeper understanding of ourselves and our inventions throughout our societies.

Nordic Bildung is about civic empowerment and a humane future, and Nordic Bildung builds on the Scandinavian folk-bildung tradition that lifts society from the bottom.


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The Club of Rome Global Youth Summit
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Bildung and The Bildung Rose introduced at Humanistic Management International
Published on: 27 Sep 20 in Lene Rachel Andersen – Website by Lene Rachel Andersen

The Bildung Rose finally has a website of its own
Published on: 24 Sep 20 in Lene Rachel Andersen – Website by Lene Rachel Andersen

The Nordic Secret
The Nordic Secret
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A European story of beauty and freedom
How massive focus on personal development helped transform the nordic countries 100 years ago

How do societies go through major technological, economic and structural changes peacefully? The Nordic Secret explores how Denmark, Norway and Sweden went from poor feudal agricultural societies to rich industrialized democracies thanks to the German educational concept of Bildung. The book also investigates the close relationship between Bildung and contemporary developmental psychology, i.e. the concepts of “ego-development” and “transformative learning”. The Nordic Secret concludes with a discussion about what we can learn from this positive transformation and how to apply it in the current global crises.


Bildung is moral and emotional maturity

Bildung is moral and emotional maturity. Bildung is also to have the education and knowledge necessary to thrive in your society; bildung is to be deeply embedded in culture and community while having the autonomy to carve your own path in life. Bildung is always personal and unique.Bildung is a German word that has no word in English. Beginning in the 1770s, German philosophers explored bildung as a secular form of inner development and it became popular among the bourgeoisie.In Denmark, a pastor realized in the 1830s that the peasants needed bildung too, and he envisioned a new kind of school: the folk-high-school. In 1851, a Danish teacher, Christen Kold, figured out how to teach in such a way that young farmhands learned to think for themselves: he told them moving stories and let them ask questions. Once he had their attention, he could teach them new farming techniques, science, philosophy, history, religion, literature, art, economic theory, and political science. Norway, Sweden and Finland copied the folk-high-school concept in the 1860s and by 1900, a critical mass of youngsters in the Nordic countries had upgraded their skills and their thinking, and the Nordics had gone from being among the poorest countries in Europe to being among the richest. This development and the bildung that carried it also meant that the Nordics made the transition from agricultural feudal societies to modern, democratic, industrialized nation-states peacefully.As we are facing new challenges from digitization, globalization, a pandemic and environmental changes we need bildung for the 21st century and the book concludes by exploring what that might look like.


Meaning and hope in a complex world

Technological development, climate change and globalization are challenging the national institutions and modes of governance we created during the industrial era. Our old knowledge and general understanding of the world do not provide sufficient answers anymore. In order to maintain meaningful lives, social calm and liberal democracy, we need to upgrade our meaning-making to match the complexity of the world we are creating. Metamodernity is an alternative to both modernity and postmodernism, a cultural code that presents itself as an opportunity if we work deliberately towards it. Metamodernity provides us with a framework for understanding ourselves and our societies in a much more complex way. It contains both indigenous, premodern, modern, and postmodern cultural elements and thus provides social norms and a moral fabric for intimacy, spirituality, religion, science, and self-exploration, all at the same time. It is a way of strengthening local, national, continental, and global cultural heritage among all and thus has the potential to dismantle the fear of losing one’s culture as the economy as well as the internet and exponential technologies are disrupting our current modes of societal organization and governance. Metamodernity will thus allow us to be meaning-making at a deeper emotional level and a higher intellectual level compared to today; it will allow us more complex understanding, which may match the complexity of the problems we need to solve. Appropriate meaning-making is the best prevention against the frustrations that generally lead to authoritarian ideologies and societal instability. Using metamodernity as the filter through which we see the world and as a template, we can create, among other things, new and appropriate education, politics and institutions for our societies of the 21st century. A vision such as this may even give hope.


The annual meeting at the Club of Rome also has a Global Youth Summit, this year it is via Zoom in three “continental time zones:” East Asia, Afri-Euro-Middle-East, and the …Read more

This Friday, I was a guest speaker at the Humanistic Management Professionals Lunch and Learn, and you can watch the result here: or here: …Read more

The Bildung Rose was first described in English in this article published by Nordic Bildung in October 2019: In June 2020, it appeared for the first time in print …Read more

Ready to Reboot? …Read more

RT @LeChouNews: Merkel Loses Schleswig-Holstein To Danish Queen In Botched Game Of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ …Read more

RT @KarenSkjoldager: Yes! …Read more

RT @ZoneNature03: Rescued Leopard absolutely LOVES getting scritches! …Read more

RT @RichWoodUK: This is how you transfer democratic power to a new government in Norway. Outgoing Foreign Minister Ine #EriksenSøreide (literally) hands over the keys to her successor @AHuitfeldt and wishes her well. #nøkkelseremonie …Read more

RT @DanPriceSeattle: The problem isn’t that 10 million jobs are open, it’s that 40% of homeless people are employed. …Read more

RT @copenhenken: A new generation of sleeper cars and short-haul routes are helping railways compete against discount airlines. And we’ll be able to bring our #bicycles along, won’t we? …Read more

Why we (desperately) need #bildung …Read more

RT @SteveStuWill: There are no plants in this photo, only animals. …Read more

#nature at play What an #AmazingPlanet ❤️❤️❤️🌎🌍🌏🐳 …Read more

For everybody interested in #TheNordics: Great work at UC Berkeley. …Read more

Agree. …Read more

RT @DollyParton: Everyone showing up to @Twitter today while @Facebook @instagram @WhatsApp are down like… …Read more

#Danish #Queen #Margrethe II (81) on stage honoring retiring comedian Ulf Pilgaard (80) for 40 years of Queen Margrethe II parodies. Some days, I love my country. ❤️❤️❤️🇩🇰🇩🇰🇩🇰 …Read more

Always a pleasure talking to @jim_rutt! This time about #bildung, which I always love to talk about 🥰😎😎😎🤓 …Read more

This book “What is #Bildung?” is really cool: (I know, because I wrote it.)😇 …Read more

“Mike, I live in Arizona,” Mr. Quayle said. “There’s nothing out here.” The movie scripts coming out of the you-know-who presidency are writing themselves: …Read more

YESSSS!!! Including in #cyberspace. …Read more

Wanna meet other #bildung people in #Europe? Or from around the globe? #BetterBildungBetterFuture …Read more

RT @rabbisacks: On #YomKippur, we plead with God for forgiveness and reassess our life. Here is a powerful clip from Rabbi Sacks zt”l talking about how to find your purpose in life, which he describes as: “Where what you want to do meets what needs to be done, that is where God wants you to be.” …Read more

RT @HamillHimself: How it started… How it’s going… …Read more

#Brexit, I suppose. …Read more

Another reason for taxing the rich: aesthetics. #TaxTheRich …Read more

Exactly. …Read more

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