LEAD presents innovative projects

Participants from eight countries in the Baltic Sea Region presented their innovative project ideas as the third and final LEAD module took place in Stockholm in December.

The LEAD programme is intended for future leaders and change makers introducing novel concepts and how they relate to sustainability and human wellbeing. The final module of LEAD focused on Earth as a dynamic system, trans-disciplinary research and big data. The participants were encouraged by the experts and mentors to start thinking about how technology can help humanity to save ecosystems. They met experts and discussed global sustainability research, crowd-sourced research, and how digital age affects our ability to solve problems together.

According to Viktor Galaz, Associate Professor at Stockholm Resilience Centre, it is not always necessary to focus on big innovations or projects. He believes in inspiring communities to take small steps towards sustainability and to combine technology, resilience and deeper emotional connections to people, places and nature.

The project ideas presented were about reducing food waste, business incubators, and using big data to better understand ecological processes. The feedback from external mentors and experts was very positive.

One of the participants, Peter Svensson, head of Stockholm Google Developer Group, says: “I’ve learned a lot about ecology, and it’s been amazingly fun and challenging. We were told to be ambitious and create projects that will save the world!

“The participants are fantastic people with a lot of expertise. I think that this network will last a lifetime. There are many people I will contact directly after the programme, so that we can start other projects together,” says Svensson.

LEAD is a joint initiative by the Swedish Institute and Stockholm Resilience Centre.