The weather here in Turku is not up to usual standards but the programme is. We had a great weekend. Archipelago on Saturday with a magic picnic on the granite coast of a small island south of Nauvo, and a warm and welcoming festive reception at Marie Christine’s summer house on Pargas. Time for saunas too. Then a bit of Koulou?
Sunday was Helsinki for some. Others stayed. Ars Nova museum, a visit to the HUGE city library and a good blues concert. Nighttime walk in our neighborhood.
Monday began with a 3 hour session with Toni Rumpumen, the product innovation manager of Teleste company. Why is such openness possible here but not in France (with the exception of ITMP alumni)? The Jean Paul took the buss to Helsinki (for 5 €) and the ITMPs learned abou plastic and solid markets as plasticine with the amazing Valtteri. This was followed by a reception at the sumptuous Donner Institute, which Ruth Illman, the director showed us round. At least 3 people want to go back this morning!!! Finally, Magnus gave us an overview of the Baltic freight shipping ecosystem at the PBI.
Then a short rest. Kids to Harald Viking restaurant. Mike and I had the pleasure of dining with Pertti Widėn, the originator, founder, primus movens of Finnovation and our great friend. It was wonderful to see him in such great shape. We saw his diploma of honor from the city of Turku for all the great work he has done here to promote multicultural understanding.
Finished at Koulou, where Mike helped me map out the next 18 months, the car almost got locked into the car park, the kids came, some went back, Gilles and Gabriel (whose birthday it wasn’t) played chess; Saad and I discussed his possible thesis.