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Leadership for people and planet

Our leadership programme on human and planetary opportunities is held again this autumn, together with the Swedish Institute

Story highlights

  • BALTICLEAD is a leadership programme for system entrepreneurship and transformations to sustainability in the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe
  • The programme is a joint initiative between Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and the Swedish Institute (SI)
  • Participants are future leaders and change makers who have the ambition and skills to innovate at the system level.

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 BALTICLEAD programme is a joint initiative between Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and the Swedish Institute (SI). The initiative is based on SRC’s research on planetary boundaries, resilience thinking and transformations to sustainability, as well as an entrepreneurial expertise and mindset. The leadership programme in 2017 and builds on a similar programme hosted by SRC and funded by SI in 2014.

BALTICLEAD will help 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 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.


Our society is facing dramatic changes as we leave the industrial era and enter a more networked society. These changes and challenges are not only occurring on a social level; science also indicates that we are transgressing planetary boundaries that have kept the civilization safe for the past 11,000 years. What lies ahead is an opportunity to re-imagine systems, institutions and economies that govern our world and to start building new futures where people and nature can thrive together. This journey requires large-scale transformative change where new mind-sets, institutions, maps, practices and tools are needed. How we relate to ourselves, each other and the planet is key to navigating such transformations and requires new leadership skills.


The BALTICLEAD programme is intended for leaders and change makers who are promoting innovative ways of tackling complex, linked social and environmental problems at their roots: highly skilled developers, entrepreneurs, creative designers and intrapreneurs, who have new ideas or innovations that they have introduced or want to introduce and develop in the context of the programme. Government officials, financiers, or researchers who work for institutions that help innovations to flourish are also welcome to apply. An important part of the programme is to link participants together and create ecosystems of change makers who jointly can act as systems entrepreneurs and 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. Learn more and apply at


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. Develop skills in value-based leadership and systems entrepreneurship that enables sustainable development that combines technological, ecological, economic and social aspects.
3. Learn to identify and create social innovations with the potential to contribute to large-scale systemic changes and transformations needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
4. Develop skills in linking innovations to necessary social, political and economic resources to scale solutions in ways that strengthen the relationship between people and planet.
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
18-24 September 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden

Module 2 – Societal change and sustainability transformations
10-16 November 2019 in Tbilisi, Georgia

The programme has three overarching themes: (i) human thriving, (ii) planetary thriving and societal change, and (iii) sustainability transformations. It is designed to operate as an iterative prototyping and learning process that includes lectures, discussions and presentations, but is focused on co-creation.

BALTICLEAD is also 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 also be asked to support each other in challenges and opportunities, as well as participate in peer to peer coaching throughout the programme.

Read more and apply on the BALTICLEAD dedicated homepage.

Topics: Collaborations

Related info

Applications closed for 2018

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