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Tuija Talvitie

Tuija Kristiina Talvitie
Born August 29, Lapua

Master of Arts (English philology) 1987, University of Helsinki

Executive director 2009–, Crisis Management Initiative (CMI)
Executive director 1997–2009, British Council Finland
Exchanges Officer and Assistant Librarian 2 1987–97, British Council Finland

Board member 2005–, CMI
Steering group member, Counterpoint
Board member 2015­–, Demos Helsinki
Board member Think Tank e2
Delegation member of the University of Helsinki Alumni Association 2015–

Photo: Tuomo Manninen
Written by Riitta-Ilona Hurmerinta
Translated by Matthew Billington

Think Tanks Work Towards the Future

Tuija Talvitie is attracted to fresh ideas and brave new ways of doing things. She wants to be involved in supporting think tanks.

– While working at the British Council Finland, I had the opportunity to get to know think tanks around the world. I am drawn to the courage they display in highlighting new ways of thinking, and how they dare to try different ways of doing things.

Talvitie says that along with research results, quicker action is needed to support political decision-making.

– At its best, inspired thinking and collaboration between different kinds of people can lead to a new type of environment for doing things which has a long-term effect instead of just a momentary buzz.

In addition to her work, Talvitie is actively involved in think tanks. She is a board member of Demos Helsinki and Think Tank e2.

– They are different kinds of think tanks, but I feel that they both bring something important to Finnish society. They come up with fresh ideas and experiment by doing and then seeing what happens. If something goes wrong or does not work, then they try some other approach. Tension often leads to new possibilities.

According to Talvitie, the important thing is to bring different skillsets together and take advantage of their intersection.

– I am proud to have been involved in founding Demos Helsinki through the British Council Finland in 2005. One of the role models was Demos UK. International activity is important to me, and that is why I am also part of the management team of London-based Counterpoint.

Being involved with think tanks is a way for Talvitie to gain some distance from her work. On the other hand, it also provides her with new ideas that she can then utilize at CMI.

– Above all, sharing my expertise and experiences is what inspires me to participate. It is good to share information with new organisations not only on how to succeed but also on what mistakes you have made.”

Photo © Tomas Whitehouse
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