In 2010, the people of Reykjavík, still reeling from the collapse of the Icelandic economy after the global financial crisis of 2008, elected a man with no previous political experience as their Mayor.
That man was Jón Gnarr, whose life up to that point encompassed teenage rebellion, anarchist punk and starring in hit comedy The Night Shift (subsequently adapted into what became Iceland's highest-grossing film ever).
Setting up the Best Party in 2009, he campaigned on policies such as a polar bear for the city zoo, palm trees on the harbourfront and 'all kinds of things for weaklings'. Campaigning alongside other well-known figures from the arts world, such as singer Björk and novelist Sjön, he found himself in power and immediately declared that he would refuse to work with anyone who hadn't watched The Wire.
His Facebook page attracts fans worldwide and sees him share his personal thoughts and campaign on equal rights issues; pictures of him in drag at Reykjavík's annual Gay Pride march are especially popular. He has been cited as an inspiration by figures from Noam Chomsky to Lady Gaga.
As his well-received term in office comes to a close, Jón joins us to discuss his unconventional approach to politics, documented in How I Became the Major of a Large City in Iceland and Changed the World, a book that will be an inspiration for radicals everywhere and proof that open, honest government is possible. It's also very, very funny.
Jón will be in conversation with Guardian journalist and author, Zoe Williams.
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