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BALTICLEAD: Leadership for people and planet

Our leadership programme on human and planetary opportunities is held again this autumn. Application open until April 14, 2020

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• BALTICLEAD is a leadership programme for system entrepreneurship and transformations to sustainability in the Baltic Sea region and Eastern europe

• The programme launched as a joint initiative between Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and the Swedish Institute (SI), created together with entrepreneurs and learning designers

• Participants are future leaders and change makers, who have the ambition and skills to innovate at the system level, with a solutions and sustainability oriented mindset

BALTICLEAD is a leadership programme designed for system entrepreneurship and transformations to sustainability in the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe. Programme participants will address some of the world’s most pressing social and ecological challenges while exploring opportunities to build meaningful and scalable solutions. Together, participants will begin a journey to co-create a new ecosystem of change makers that serve both people and planet.

The programme launched as a joint initiative between Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Swedish Institute. The initiative is based on SRC’s research on planetary boundaries, resilience thinking and transformations to sustainability, as well as an entrepreneurial expertise, leadership and mindset. The programme builds on a similar programme hosted in 2014.

BALTICLEAD helps the participants develop new ways of thinking and capacities to drive large-scale systemic change in an ever-evolving, complex and uncertain world. Through participation, lectures and course activities the participants will learn from some of the most impactful people in sustainability science, business, social leadership, social innovations, self-development, public narrative, exponential technologies, entrepreneurship and impact investment.


The accelerating global environmental challenges call for sustainability transformations in order to achieve a just society that thrives within planetary boundaries. Such transformations include fundamental change in mind-sets and values, rules and regulations, and practices and tools. How we relate to ourselves, each other and the planet is key in this regard and requires capacities to re-imagine systems, institutions and economies that govern our world and to navigate towards regenerative development and new futures where people and nature can thrive together.

Who can participate?

An important part of the programme is to link participants together and create ecosystems of change makers who jointly contribute to the systems entrepreneurship that is needed for navigating transformations toward sustainable and equitable futures.That is why the programme is intended for leaders and change makers who are promoting innovative ways of dealing with complex, linked social and environmental problems. The participants are highly skilled developers, entrepreneurs, creative designers and intrapreneurs who want to share or introduce ideas or innovations as part of the programme. Government officials, financiers, or researchers who work for institutions that help innovations to flourish are also welcome to apply.

Participants need to be permanent residents or citizens of one of these countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Sweden or Ukraine. Candidates should be fluent in spoken and written English. Learn more and apply at

What will the programme focus on?

The programme focuses on key capacities needed to drive large-scale transformations to sustainability, and aims to achieve five learning goals:

1. Gain an in-depth understanding of human influences on the planet and how humanity is an integral part and fully dependent on functioning ecosystems.
2. Learn to identify and create social innovations with the potential to contribute to transformations needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and move towards regenerative futures.
3. Develop skills in linking social and technological innovations to necessary social, political and economic resources to scale innovations in ways that strengthen the relationship between people and planet.
4. Develop skills in systems entrepreneurship that can unlock and reconfigure social-ecological systems at multiple levels, and
5. Learn to build networks (ecosystems) of change agents that span regions, sectors and problem domains for new, effective collaborations for planetary and social sustainability.

When and how?

The BALTICLEAD programme consists of two week-long modules, including an online home assignment in between Module 1 and 2.

Module 1 – Human and planetary thriving
4-9 September 2020, in Stockholm, Sweden

Module 2 – Societal change and sustainability transformations
25-30 October 2020, Tbilisi, Georgia

The programme has three overarching themes:

(i) human thriving

(ii) planetary health and biosphere stewardship

(iii) societal change and sustainability transformations. It is designed to operate as an iterative prototyping and learning process that includes lectures, discussions and presentations, focused on co-creation.

BALTICLEAD is built on the premise of group intelligence, where participants are seen as the experts, with unique knowledge and insights that will contribute to the exponential learning experience of the group. Participants will be facilitated by the delivery team and be asked to support each other in challenges and opportunities, throughout the programme.

Read more and apply on the BALTICLEAD dedicated homepage.

Topics: Collaborations

Related info

Applications closed for 2018

Read more and apply on the BALTICLEAD homepage.

BALTICLEAD is a joint initiative with:


Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Stockholm Resilience Centre
Stockholm University, Kräftriket 2B
Phone: +46 8 674 70 70

Organisation number: 202100-3062
VAT No: SE202100306201