Hello, my name is Stian. And i am currently living in Norway. I am a northerner (which is about as close as you can get to the north pole) but now live in the south of Norway.
I don't really have that much free time at the moment but what little i have i spend with my kid and family, otherwise everything is spent on work or personal projects. And my work (which periodically consumes a large amount of time) is security, i work freelance as an intelligence consultant and military contractor, and my field of expertise is south-east asia, so obviously it's a busy time these days
Personal projects however is something i always set aside a certain amount of time for, and this usually varies from pro bono services or "pet projects" or hobbies, like games or literature.
My previous experience with political activism probably goes back to my years in high school, when i was younger (and i'll admit, naive) i was very fascinated with the ideas of social-democracy, communism and socialism. Over the years i moved on to classical capitalism, environmentalism, technocracy and finally meritocracy. Learning more and more on each step forward. But looking back i have realized that i was always a meritocrat,
Over the years i have participated in a number of political movements and parties here in Norway, helping out in elections, participating in questionnaires and debates, and both ran and financed a campaign.
Parties i have helped create, campaigned for or just been a member of are:
SV (Socialistic Left)
Borgerrettighetspartiet (The Civil Rights Party)
Folkets Velferdsparti (The Peoples Welfare Party).
I try to participate with volunteering when i can, i currently help two humanist European organizations by smuggling or transporting secularists out of oppressive regimes, primarily in the middle east and north-east Africa. I also help out at the local salvation army when they are doing something for poverty alleviation.
My native language is Norwegian, but i speak English pretty much fluently and i am "kinda tolerable" in other languages necessary for my work.
I suppose my formal skills would be both vocational and academic, well, close to academic at least. I study any subject i can whenever i get a hold of new books, as for personal qualities, i do try to be open-minded yet objective. Perhaps even a little bit pragmatic i guess, i am also a quick learner and well-articulated, much thanks to my current job.
My understanding of Meritocracy is pretty straightforward i think, its a system of merit, practically speaking, to let the expert govern the field correlating to the expertise, or to say it differently: To have an economist in the finance department, and to have a civil engineer or structural architect in the department of infrastructure. Simplified of course, but hopefully the point is easy to understand The meritocratic system appeals to me for many reasons, first of all, and just to clarify; I very much believe that most people will support a political system which would profit or serve them personally (that is the pragmatist in me speaking by the way) and in that sense, meritocracy is appealing to me personally because it would be a system which would benefit me.
The second reason, and the strongest one; Meritocracy works. Its been tried again and again in history, and it has so far never failed. It brings technological advancement that benefits all people, it creates economic growth in a sustainable way, it encourages responsible governance, and it has made previously unstable societies both safer and more secure.
So before this post gets way to long (I suspect its already a bit over the edge) i want to contribute in any way possible. My skills might be a little unorthodox, but i offer them to any here who might need it. And i can write, i am well articulated and have experience debating so that might be useful, i can create advertisement strategies, help with wording of a message or translate to both tagalog and norwegian.
As for practical contribution i can start immediately?
I want to connect with other people from Norway, i need at least two other persons. Once we meet, and agree on a platform we can register for a political party at once and "get to work". I have a network that can be usefull, both for getting into media or having financial support, i am also close to a number of people in national industry and entertainment through my work which could be beneficial. I also have access to web related resources to have videos and web pages up and running in less than a week.
What i am basically saying is this: Once i connect with two other meritocrats from Norway, we can have a Meritocratic party in Norway up and running the very same day.