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The Knowledge Seekers podcast discusses work, phenomena and the future

Knowledge Seekers (Finnish: Tiedon luo) is a podcast about leadership and the future of work. The podcast offers inspirational stories and analytical reflection by Elisabeth Rehn, Erkka Westerlund, Jarno Limnéll, Michaela Moua, Niina Nurminen and many others! In addition to current social issues, you will hear the guests’ thoughts about courage, success and life lessons.

Work efficiency must be balanced with humanity

In the Knowledge Seekers podcast, the topics of work, transformation and leadership are approached from the perspective of humans, society, economy and culture. The scriptwriter and host Henni Purtonen and her guests discuss questions from the topics of multilingualism, hybrid influencing and information interference, structural racism, the ethics of artificial intelligence, coaching leadership and creativity.

– The podcast features guests who have a vision about work transformation and leadership and about what is needed from services provided by authorities or how the work environment in both public and private sectors should be developed. I believe that through people’s experiences and stories we can learn to better understand the diversity of the global world, Henni says.

When the world changes, what should be preserved?

The episodes all deal with the question of what we should maintain as a nation so that we can get closer to the objective of a well-functioning public administration that listens to and understands its citizens. How to develop legislation so that citizens can effortlessly receive the statutory services they are entitled to from different authorities? Does artificial intelligence have a place in the fight against climate change or poverty? How can the lessons learned from top-level sports and ice hockey coaching be applied to a work environment more extensively?

What do Teija Tiilikainen, Director of the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, and Saara Jantunen, a researcher working in the Finnish Defence Forces, think about the hybrid influencing distinguishable in individuals’ everyday lives? How can discriminatory practices in social structures be identified and eliminated? Why does philosopher and writer Maija-Riitta Ollila find it important not only to discuss the ethics of artificial intelligence but also to ask how much algorithm designers can influence the purpose of artificial intelligence products, that is, what kind of thinking is promoted by artificial intelligence?

You can listen to the Knowledge Seekers podcast in Finnish or Swedish on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. The episodes can also be found on the State Treasury website and at

Join us in discussing the topics of the episodes on social media by using these hashtags: #tiedonluo / #knowledgeseekers

Inquiries or additional information:
Communications Specialist Henni Purtonen, tel. +358 (0)295 502 017, henni.purtonen(at)

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