SivistysSilta / Shake Hands

Logo, jossa keltainen sarjakuvamainen käsi ja punaisella teksti "paiskaa tassua"

Why Shake Hands?

Lack of respect for others, fake news and hate speech. Finland in 1918. Finland in 2018.

People don’t always have to agree. But let’s be civilized. On social media and in real life.

Shake Hands is a campaign run by KSL Civic Association for Adult Learning. Anyone visiting a variety of events can go to the campaign stand and say what they think it means to be a good debater. Participants also get to shake a giant yellow hand. Those who share their handshake photo publicly on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #paiskaatassua can win 191.8 euros in a prize draw on International Human Rights Day, December 10, 2018. KSL, which runs a wide variety of training events for organizations, will also donate 201.8 euros to the Finnish NGO of the winner’s choice.

The Shake Hands campaign stand will tour public events in Finland this summer, including:

19.5. Mahdollisuuksien tori, Hämeenlinna
26–27.5. World Village Festival, Helsinki
30.6. Helsinki Pride, Helsinki
26–29.7. Workers’ Music Festival, Valkeakoski

The autumn’s public events will be announced in June. The Shake Hands campaign stand will also appear at events arranged by KSL Civic Association for Adult Learning’s member organizations in the summer and autumn.

> Rules of the Shake Hands prize draw

SivistysSilta (EducationBridge) from the Civil War to today

May 15, 2018 will mark 100 years since the end of the Finnish Civil War. The lesson of the Civil War is that even difficult matters should be able to be resolved non-violently, and that problems do not have to escalate into violence. The Shake Hands campaign is part of the KSL’s SivistysSilta (EducationBridge) cultural-activism project, which promotes respect for other people’s opinions and a civilized conversation culture.

Besides the Shake Hands campaign the project also includes SivistysSilta workshops open to all. The campaign materials were made in April 2018 in Eläkeläiset ry’s (the Pensioners’ Association’s) Ristipistoja sivistyneesti workshops in Joensuu and Kolari. The themes of dissent and civilized encounters will be to the fore in hands-on drama and photography workshops in autumn 2018 (times and places to be announced later).

KSL has been active in workers’ and civic education for more than 100 years. At the core of the Association is civility of the heart, which means respecting other people even when you hold differing opinions. Different viewpoints and ideologies are a part of democracy. In a civilized society it is the issues that argue, not the people. Once this is truly learned, there can be no violence acts or hate speech. The core message of the SivistysSilta campaign can be summed up by the philosopher Eero Ojanen’s definition of civilization: let’s all be civil.

The SivistysSilta project takes place May 15–December 6, 2018, and is being staged with support from the Kuluttajaosuustoiminnan säätiö.

More information about the project: Producer of Cultural Activism Kai Artes,, +358 (0)40 725 6171.

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Kai Artes

Producer of Cultural Activism

+358 (0)40 725 6171