I grew up in Norway
and have a deep-seated love for the Norwegian countryside and scenery.
Other interests and personal background
- My professional interests centre around languages, which have fascinated me
since I was a child. Apart from that, I am interested in most things that have to do
with the world around us and the physics and mechanics of the world and of the
I think it's everybody's duty today to be concerned about the future of the
earth and of the various forms of life on it, not least the future of
mankind. I feel a strong affinity with movements that work for a more livable
future for mankind, and a sustainable lifestyle.
I lived in Oxford, England, during much of the 1980's. While I was there I
was engaged in the activities of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND),
which seemed very relevant at a time when the Cold War was still blowing
chill winds and a nuclear holocaust appeared to be a real possibility
(after the development in various parts of the world in 1998, one wonders
if the threat has really been removed ...). After reading The Future
in Our Hands by Erik Dammann - Oxford, 1979: Pergamon Press Ltd,
ISBN 0-08-024284-7 (Hardcover), 0-08-024283-9 (Flexicover) - I was
touched by a sense of injustice on the part of the less privileged
majority of the world's population and of the responsibility that
rests with the privileged minority, and became involved in the Norwegian
popular movement with the
same name (Framtiden i våre hender,
or FIVH for
short (for an English version, go here),
see also the Future in Our Hands International Network ).
I then became engaged in the setting up of a British sister
organization, The Future in Our Hands UK. We never managed to get the same
momentum and interest going as had been the case when the movement started
in Norway a decade earlier, and I lost touch after some years. But
the organization is still active.
Until recently I had a summer retreat in the countryside in western Sweden. This is what
it looks like there:
I have lived and worked in Stockholm, Sweden, since 1990. My work has been split between
KTH (the Royal College of Technology), where I am part of the speech group at
TMH (the Department of Speech, Music and Hearing)
and Acapela Group
where I work as a linguist, helping to develop languages and voices for our high quality speech synthesisers.
Places where I have lived and worked:
I've been to some exciting places. As I develop this page I'll add details
about some of them. Here's a list of some places that I'm going to write a bit
To read about my professional background, click here
To a clickable map of the world: Virtual Tourist - Europe
This page was last updated November 7, 2003.
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