onsdag 30 april 2014

New at Living History Forum

I started out 2014 in a new position, as project manager at The Living History Forum in Stockholm. I was so incredibly happy to get the job - one that I have been dreaming of for a long, long time - and that after the most rigorous recruitment and interview process I've ever been through. So happy! And of course humbled by the hundreds of undoubtedly competent and eager other applicants that didn't get their wishes answered this time around. I know the feeling, and can only hope that great things come to them as well.

I first heard of the organization back in 1998 when I worked in the local Helsingborg municipality after graduating from UWC Red Cross Nordic. I was working with high school students on issues of racism, prejudice, cultural clashes and intolerance - starting dialogues, initiatives and projects. The monumental student book on the Holocaust had just come out and been spread to all 8-th graders in the country. It was something that I could then refer to as an official view from the government, which is indeed important in Sweden. So now, some almost 20 years later, I am on the opposite end of that relationship and can only hope that I get to help the organization reach out to and inspire someone new doing the work on the local level.

I join a team of around 30 colleagues in total, who make up the crew that works together with issues on tolerance, democracy and human rights, using the Holocaust and other crimes against humanity as a starting point. There are already around six other project managers, who all work on several parallell projects throughout any given year. I will work on three projects - one of which I am starting from scratch - a new government initiative to address lgbt-issues and homo-/transphobia among young people.

If you want to visit us in Gamla Stan, we are a cultural institution who produces and hosts exhibitions, and are open to the public the year round (with some exceptions for holidays). You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on twitter

See ya!

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