Category Archives: Leadership and Sustainability

Crowdsourcing supports innovation

Tweet Can crowdsourcing and collaboration offer new solutions where older, traditional ways of doing business have failed to deliver? The answer is a resounding ‘yes’. As digital technology has grown, so too has the number of tools that can be … Continue reading

Mind the gap: Can the cooperative movement deliver sustainable cities?

Tweet My belief that Bilbao is a stronghold of sustainable city developments is growing immeasurably. Why? Because after visiting for a week of creative dialogue between 800 participants from 200 cities, I found myself inspired by the city’s culture of … Continue reading

Failure to reach UN climate change agreement could be “very dangerous,” warn influential city mayors

Tweet Twenty city mayors from five Nordic countries have joined forces in urging world governments to reach meaningful agreements at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. In an op-ed published in the magazine Cities Today, the influential group … Continue reading

Can city mayors lead the way on sustainable development?

Tweet On a recent trip to San Francisco and Austin, Texas, I found myself accompanied by two potential agents of change – Benjamin Barber book If Mayors Ruled the World and a newly appointed Swedish city mayor, Niklas Nordström. The former … Continue reading

The role for co-op’s in today’s social challenges – healthy people, planet and profit

Tweet Upstream along the Hudson River and a few hours’ train journey from New York City lies the state capital of Albany, a city comparable in size to Stockholm (with a population of around 1 million). After more than 20 … Continue reading

Political leadership in a new era

Tweet IPCC. Drought. Storms. CO2 levels of 400 ppm. In 2014, climate change and sustainability moved from being distinct environmental concerns to becoming systematic welfare issues. Agricultural production was effected by both droughts and floods in many areas around the … Continue reading

From Bangladesh via New York and Wall Street to Stockholm

Tweet On a Sunday afternoon at the restaurant Vapiano in the Old Town of Stockholm , I met 33 years old Patrick Botlero.  He was born in Dhaka in Bangladesh, grew up in Queens, New York, worked in Wall Street … Continue reading

Circular economies: a new industrial model, not “business as usual”

Tweet The move from linear business models to circular ones is an exciting development. More and more companies are rejecting the “business as usual” model by maximizing the value extracted from resources and reusing them to generate new products as well as by … Continue reading

Climate strategy is a welfare issue

Tweet Europe is facing a shift political agendas. This transition will place greater focus on welfare, in both the short- and long-term, and in both policy and action. The organizations and individuals involved in social dialogue feel that the political … Continue reading

Welfare at stake?

Tweet Dear friends,   The new year marks new challenges and opportunities. In 2014 we will see two tests of two major political systems – the Swedish general election and the EU’s parliamentary election. Are politicians ready to face the … Continue reading