The mayor of Ringerike, a town of 28,000 people northwest of
Oslo, Norway, parks himself on a bench in the town square each
Wednesday at noon to meet with his constituents, according to
reports from the Global Ideas Bank (
Kolbjörn Kvaerum has been checking in with the people at this
locale since 1993, regardless of the weather.

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