The ‘Say It With Pictures’ competition will be relaunched in the autumn of 2020

The competition jury has decided to postpone the ‘Say it with pictures’ competition which was open to everyone. The competition will be relaunched in autumn 2020.

The timing of the competition in the middle of the global emergency was not favourable. The competition goals will not be met, so the organiser has asked the jury to suspend the competition and restart it at a more appropriate time in the autumn of 2020. With this decision, the competition organisers have provided prospective participants with more time to plan and execute their entries.

The competition rules aim to give creative talents coverage in describing and visualising regional development in three different categories – infographics (eg graphs, maps, tables), photographs, and other visual or recorded presentations (videos, IG Stories, GIFs, audio works). or similar – and reward entrants for their good work.

Those who have already submitted their entries will automatically participate in the € 1,000 grand prize contest when the competition is restarted.

The competition is organised by the Regional Development Consulting Office MDI (MDI Public Oy) and the aim of the competition is to find illustrative visualisation methods to describe Finnish regional development while at the same time to stimulating a wider discussion about regional development. The rules of the competition can be found online at https://www.mdi.fi/en/say-it-with-pictures-competition-seeks-the-best-representation-of-regional-development-grand-prize-1-000-e/

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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