Tor Rauden Källstigen
was @Sweden (2014-10-27 to 2014-11-03)

Partly Estonian Swede with a particular love for confusion. Deeply fascinated with how counties interact with each other. Very fond of the Far East in general – and the Korean peninsula in particular.
Ran a startup in Berlin, and a jeans company in Pyongyang. Now making Opinion, a pretty revolutionary podcasting app. Soon about to release my second album with Boeoes Kaelstigen. I’m normally called @torrauden on WWW.

@Sweden oktober 29, 2014 16:57

The media coverage of North Korea is mainly focused on haircuts and military parades. But the small and relevant details are seldom shared.

@Sweden oktober 29, 2014 16:15

The Swedish embassy in North Korea (@SweEmbassyinNK) has been promoting an »engage and expose«-methodology for decades. That is great.

@Sweden oktober 29, 2014 15:56

Noko Jeans turned out to be very controversial. People tend to think of isolation as the only way to change »rogue states« to the better.

@Sweden oktober 29, 2014 15:46

Noko Jeans turned out to be very controversial. People tend to think of isolation as the only way to change »rouge states« to the better.

@Sweden oktober 29, 2014 11:48

It took me a year before I got to visit Pyongyang, in order to lay out the ground work for a debated DIY-oriented diplomacy project.

@Sweden oktober 29, 2014 11:10

Later on, I took the chance to visit other places in the region. The fascination grew further. And then North Korea appeared on my radar.

@Sweden oktober 29, 2014 10:22

(For those of you who feel confused about that Flickr link, it was a service used after the Gutenberg printing press, but before Instagram)

@Sweden oktober 29, 2014 09:56

Compared to my easy life Sweden, China felt like something completely different. Things happened fast. The brutal optimism was thrilling.

@Sweden oktober 29, 2014 09:16

Let’s start with some background. I got blown away by the whole East Asian region during my first visit to Shanghai, close to 10 years ago.

@Sweden oktober 28, 2014 11:05

I’d been listening mainly to accordions before. The amateurish new trance wave changed my mind. The scene was extremely vivid and energetic.

@Sweden oktober 27, 2014 11:16

The Swedish embassy to virtual reality had to close. In hindsight, I really miss it. It was an irrational and futuristic thing.

@Sweden oktober 27, 2014 10:00

Simply put, I’ll just try to use these days to shed some light on matters/people/things/projects that deserves broader attention, imho.

@Sweden oktober 27, 2014 10:00

My only concern about this assignment is the… nationalistic part, of talking in the name of a country. I’ll try to deal with that.