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New leadership programme

LEAP - a new leadership programme on human and planetary opportunities

Story highlights

  • LEAP is our leadership programme for entrepreneurship and systems change in the Baltic Sea region
  • The programme is a joint initiative between the centre and the Swedish Institute
  • Participants are future leaders and change makers who have the ambitions and skills to innovate at the system level

LEAP is a leadership programme designed for entrepreneurship and systems change in the Baltic Sea region. Together, participants will address some of the world’s biggest social and ecological challenges and explore opportunities to build globally relevant solutions. Together, they will begin a journey to co-create a new ecosystem of change makers that serve both people and planet.

The LEAP programme is a joint initiative between the Stockholm Resilience Centre and the Swedish Institute (SI). It is carried out in collaboration with the non-profit organisation Dedicated Institute (DI). The initiative is based on the centre’s research on planetary boundaries, resilience thinking and transformations to sustainability and DI's entrepreneurial expertise and mindset. The leadership programme builds on a similar programme which the centre hosted in 2014 together with the Swedish Institute.

The programme will connect participants to new ways of thinking around agency and systemic change and build capacities to lead in an ever evolving complex and uncertain world. Participants will learn from some of the most impactful people and solutions in sustainability science, social leadership, self-development, public narrative, tech, entrepreneurship and impact investment.


Our society is facing dramatic changes as we leave the industrial era and enter the networked society. Not only are these changes and challenges occurring on a social level, science indicates that we are transgressing planetary boundaries that have kept civilization safe for the past 11,000 years. What lies ahead is an opportunity to re-imagine the systems, institutions and economies that govern our world. Tinkering with the economic system that generated the global challenges is not enough. This journey requires new maps, new mindsets and new tools. The answers we seek exist not only in science and technology, but within and between us as humans. How we relate to ourselves, each other and the planet will define our new society. All in all, this requires all of us to lead in a whole new way.


The LEAP programme seeks future leaders and change makers who have the ambitions and skills to innovate at the system level: highly skilled developers, serial entrepreneurs, creative designers, intrapreneurs, who have new ideas or innovations that they have introduced or want to introduce. Also government officials, financiers, researchers, who work for institutions that enables innovations to flourish. An important part of the program is to link participants together and create ecosystems of actors who jointly increase the transformative impact on society.

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.

When and how

The Leap program is organized as a three-month “mindset expansion” with three in person learning modules:

4–8 September 2017 Module 1 – Human thriving

2–6 October 2017 Module 2 – Planetary thriving

13–17 November 2017 Module 3 – Social thriving

Two of the learning modules will take place in the Stockholm region, Sweden and one in Tallinn, Estonia. Each module has an overarching theme; human thriving, planetary thriving and social thriving. The programme is designed to operate as an iterative prototyping and learning process that does include lectures, discussions and presentations, but is focused on co-creation. It is also built on the premise of “group intelligence”, where participants are seen as the experts they are, with unique knowledge and insights that will contribute to the exponential learning experience of the group.

Participants will also be asked to join the three online courses, following each in person module. We estimate the participants should allocate 3-4 hours per week and 3 full weeks for the modules. Participants will also be asked to support each other in challenges and opportunities and have peer to peer coaching throughout the program.

Related info

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LEAP 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