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One year after leaving Minnesota for Finland to study the future…

Photo: Molly and Nick at River City Review 2014 in St. Paul Recently, the City Pages—an alternative weekly paper in Minneapolis-St. Paul—ran this story featuring a photo of my wife Molly and I at last summer’s River City Revue produced by Works Progress. Seeing that photo brought me back to an incredible moment. We were going to Finland so I could study Futures Studies at Turku School of Economics. The tremendous change that came with that decision was beginning to happen. The photo was taken a half mile from our house, and we are surrounded by people from our community of artists, thinkers, and doers. River City Revue tours St. Paul’s riverside featuring arts installations, talks, and music. Molly’s part that year involved participants in singing songs to the river. Moments before the picture was snapped, I had learned my residence permit had been approved—I was allowed to live and work as a student in Finland. Was this the craziest idea ever? Undoubtedly. Was it the right thing to do? Couldn’t be certain. Was it too late to change course, if I was wrong? Not totally, but there would be a lot of explaining to do.  Continue reading One year after leaving Minnesota for Finland to study the future…