Argumentti deals with language in written and spoken form. As you see from the examples below, Tommi Laitio is an experienced moderator of events and journalist both in Finnish and English. Strong background in journalism and political science is used to produce and demand clarity.
(PAMPHLET ON FINNISH CULTURAL POLICY: TOUCHING ALLOWED - 10 TRICKS TOWARDS STRONGER CULTURE.)
Antti Järvi ja Tommi Laitio: Saa koskea - 10 konstia väkevämpään kulttuuriin (Huutomerkki 1/10, Kustannusosakeyhtiö Tammi)
Publishing date 26.5.2010
Description on the back cover:
At its best culture can make us understand what makes life worth living. Culture should belong to everyone but the current Finnish cultural policy is only producing half-empty monuments and self-obsessed creativity. Although participation is a popular catch phrase on speeches, the audience is not expected to do anything else but to pay for a ticket, switch off their mobile phone and sit still. Saa koskea provides a 10-trick reform programme, which connects culture to everyone´s daily life.
"Finnish cultural policy gets and earful in the new pamphlet by Journalist Antti Järvi and Researcher Tommi Laitio." – Teemu Luukka, Helsingin Sanomat
"Saa koskea is a good pamphlet, freshly written and with love. It is not angry or sarcastic, but it sincerely searches ways to do things differently, in a more creative and relaxed manner. I don´t fully agree with the authors but why should I, that would just end the debate. This is only where it starts."
– Jarmo Papinniemi, Parnasso
"If you are looking for stimuli, it is worth reading the new cultural pamphlet by Tommi Laitio and Antti Järvi. It gives a rough ride to cultural institutions." – Riitta Monto, Turun Sanomat
"Järvi and Laitio say out loud what the recent cultural policy report by the ministry and the Manual for Bloom by Pekka Himanen kept silent about. The pamphlet siphons an incomprehensible stock of facts on Finnish cultural life." – Anu-Elina Lehti, Vihreä Lanka
"The young authors of the Saa koskea pamphlet published by Tammi question practically everything done in the country during the term of Culture Minister Stefan Wallin." – Ilkka Kuosmanen, Etelä-Suomen Sanomat
"Saa koskea is an interesting read. It surely gives new ideas for politicians, artists and the audience: even if you would not fully agree with the writers." – Sari Saloranta, Uutispäivä Demari
JOURNALISM (see examples below)
Immense curiosity on a broad scale has led from TV critique to political analysis. In terms of topics Laitio has focused mostly on culture, politics and equality. Most of the articles have been published in Finland´s leading daily Helsingin Sanomat (it´s weekly edition NYT) and leading political weekly Suomen Kuvalehti. Laitio has also worked as a columnist for the women´s website Ellit.
Tommi Laitio is an experienced moderator and facilitator of events. Laitio´s content-driven approach combines frankness, humour and enthusiasm. Recently he has moderated amongst others a workshop on open design at DMY International Design Week in Berlin, a panel discussion on European Dreams (British Council), a debate on resistance in 1968 and 2008 and several working meetings for the British Council. Laitio also facilitates the work of TheStrangers, an expert group of young video makers for StrangerFestival.
As a result of his work and studies, Laitio´s writing has moved recently more towards esseistic writing on diversity and plurality, youth and the media.
For example: Superlocal identities (Eurozine, 2008)
Culture of Exclusion and Prejudice (provocation paper on identities and multiplicity for British Council´s leadership project Network Effect)
Recording Europes (article for the Finnish National Gallery´s publication on intercultural dialogue, pg. 12)
Moderating a debate in Istanbul in 2006.
Suomi rikastuu lähempää katsoessa. Article on the impact of immigration to quality journalism together with Matias Möttölä. Published in the professional magazine for journalists Journalisti 18/2009.
Sanan äärellä - Reportage on how the new leader of the Greens, Anni Sinnemäki, prepared her first speech as a party leader and who influenced the content of the speech. (HS NYT 21/2009).
Näkymätön kaupunki – Helsinki of a visually impaired (NYT 23/2001)
Interview with furniture designer Bang Jeon Lee upon graduation from the University of Arts and Design Helsinki (Arttu 2/2009)
Big features on equality and domestic violence (Helsingin Sanomat NYT 50/2001 and 10/2004)
Joutilas - Rowing on a lake with philosopher Ilkka Niiniluoto talking about the importance of being idle (Helsingin Sanomat NYT 26-27/2004)
Harkittu ja hallittu Tony Blair - Rise and fall due to rhetorics (Suomen Kuvalehti 16/2005)
Hyvä kuva - Ethics of photo journalism according to World Press Photo Winners (Suomen Kuvalehti SK 23/2006)
Sexual harrasment in male-dominated trade unions (Tulva)
Minister of Labour Tarja Filatov explaining why her hands are tied in solving unemployment
EasyEurope: the young continent (Volume 19, NL, 2009)