This fall is all about “Global Economies on Students’ Daily Lives”. METKA DeCo group’s project has started with many exciting events on various topics. We have met professionals and students from different fields, had inspiring discussion and learned from each other.
And more is to come! Do not worry about missing out on something but join the ride for the rest of the project. Here’s a quick look to what has happened so far.
The first event in the series was held in Myyrmäki campus on September 2. “Global Food Production” consisted of coffee related stands: a quiz about coffee supply chain and tasting by ethical coffee brand Arvid Nordquist. Also a short film “The Story of Bottled Water” was shown. Stands and coffee were present also at Metrosport at the Olympic Stadium on September 16.
Later that month there was a DeCo Day on sustainable development in Leppävaara campus. With Metropolia’s adjunct professor Arto Salonen we took a glimpse into the future in an interactive lecture “Ideal Future – Prosperity and Sustainability”. Kehys, the Finnish NGDO Platform to the EU, was taking photos for their social media campaign as part of the European Year for Development 2015. Unfortunately, due to a rescheduling we didn’t hear Antti Tohka’s lecture on solar energy but hopefully we will have another chance for that later this fall.
October started with a panel discussion on “Women, Employment and Development” at Tukholmankatu, where different phenomena were presented by three expert panelists. Researcher Tiina Vaittinen from University of Tampere was discussing the effects of Filipino nurses’ work-related migration on their families. Freelance researcher Anne Rosenlew was talking about small businesses and microfinances of Senegalese women, and Ulla Sarasalmi from Finnish Church Aid shared some of the organization’s achievements in their livelihood related projects. The METKA DeCo group had prepared some questions that were answered thoroughly.
Our latest event was a workshop about global consumer goods, a topic that concerns us all. At Bulevardi campus Marika Nokelainen from Pro Ethical Trade Finland gave an introduction to the life cycle of textile products and Anni Kiviranta from Friends of the Earth Finland had us think about the supply chains of our electronic devices.
Our next event will be a workshop on future employment in Finland and globally. Jukka Pääkkönen from SASK (Trade Union Solidarity Center) will discuss threats and possibilities of the globalizing labor market as well as the role of trade unions in all this. So if you’re interested in employment and snacks – and why wouldn’t you be – make sure to be around on November 4. Updated information will be found on our FB page so stay tuned at https://www.facebook.com/groups/studentsforstreetchildren/.
See you next month!