Economics and politics rule our world, and the two are inextricably intertwined. As part of its revised strategy Omniflit is trying to impact the national infrastructure and mobility management agenda. This summer’s Almedalen visit inspired the extension of our outreach. In order to influence organizational attitudes towards new ways of thinking regarding mobility we have learnt it may be a good idea to try to influence the influential.

When faced with something I know I need to learn more about I tend to turn to a good old library for some catching up. I find these institutions are quite often unfairly overlooked, at least if you know which ones are worth a visit. As I’ve relocated myself for a couple of days to Österlen (a working internet connection and computer combined with the famous calm and serenity of the area is pretty much all you need, for a few days at least) I turned to Simrishamns stadsbibliotek for some advice and ended up with a newly published book on the entrepreneurship of politics. Hopefully it will give me some of the insights I’d like on how best to target politicians. I look forward to understanding the process of procurements more fully, for one. As Omniflit has a meeting with a Swedish Member of Parliament coming up I hope he will turn out to be an entrepreneurial one which my reading tells me is ”an energetic politician who is visible, honest and an expert”.

Infrastructure was mentioned by our Minister for Education and Deputy PM, Jan Björklund, in his yearly summer speech this Sunday as number two of his three wishes for this fall’s budget regarding investments for the future. He argues that the government’s infrastructural investments should increase a number (sic!) of billions per year. According to him infrastructure politics has so far been all about promising to initiate new projects leaving maintenance of existing roads and railways behind. Let’s hope ride-sharing and the coordination of transports finds its way into next year’s political summer speeches, and beyond.