Lecture series “Mindset Changers”: Talk by Sonja Finér, Feb 7, 14-16

This year, the LFC master’s students again organize the lecture series, which will discuss topical issues. This time, the series got the name “Mindset changers”, and the first lecture in the three-part lecture series is given by Sonja Finér, Executive Director of Finnwatch (https://www.finnwatch.org/en/).

Sonja Finér overseas administrative and communication’s work and is responsible for labour rights research and advocacy. Before her position in Finnwatch, Finér has worked for Amnesty International Finland and for Fairtrade Finland. She has also acted as researcher/consultant in Kepa ry, which until 2018 was a Finnish development cooperation organisation and that today works under the name of Fingo. Finér has studied Environmental Planning, Sustainable Development, Biology and Literature.

Her experiences and background in NGOs and sustainable development make her a strong player in today’s global issues, inequality and (climate) change. Her lecture will take us through issues such as energy transformation in developing countries and socially just climate tax policies, as well as citizen-activism in leading of change.

The LFC Lectures bring together skillful leaders with experience in dealing with change. The lectures explore what kind of knowledge and expertise is needed to explain and understand complex phenomena, become a visionary leader, and to change the world. The lectures are open to the public. The link to the FB event: https://www.facebook.com/events/571251156792176/.

The event is hosted by students in LFC Master’s programme.

Briefly,

WHAT: Mindset Changer Sonja Finér’s lecture on social sustainability in the process of transforming towards a carbon neutral society

WHERE: Tampere University, Paavo Koli Hall in Pinni A

WHEN: 7th of February 2020 at 14 -16 o’clock

WHY: Because the only constant in life is change!

Publication by LFC student Marina Danoyan

An article written by a second year LFC student Marina Danoyan has been published in “The Caucasus Edition: Journal of Conflict Transformation”. The article called “Communities of Practices: Prospects for the Armenian-Azerbaijani Everyday Engagement across the Conflict Divide” develops an alternative approach for supporting local inter-community peace processes within the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict setting, based on Etienne Wenger’s concept of community of practice.

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New academic year has begun: We welcome the new LFC students

The new academic year has began, and the Master’s programme “Leadership for change” has welcomed 27 new students: 9 students at each track (business studies, politics, and governance). We wish the students all the best in pursuing their studies!

Orientation day, 20.08.2019: the Dean, Matti Sommarberg, is welcoming new students of the LFC master’s programme

First Students Graduate from the LFC Programme

The first intake to the Masters’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change was in 2017. In Spring 2019, the first LFC students are graduating from Tampere University. Congratulations!

The LFC students graduate from three different tracks according to their chosen specialization – business studies (BUS), politics (POL), or governance (GOV). However, the multidisciplinary approach of the LFC programme is visible in the versatility of master’s thesis topics.

A ceremony is organized at the end of each semester for students graduating from Tampere University.

The theses cover a wide range of topical issues, including the EU-Turkey Statement on migration, value propositions in mobile payments, the development of foreign policy consensus in Estonia, celebrity endorsements in marketing, legitimization of the Nord Stream2, sport as a tool of immigrant integration and much more. You can access and read the theses by clicking on the title.

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Timo Ritakallio: “One must continue to learn new things”

On the last Leadership for Change (LFC) Lecture of the academic year 2018–2019, we had the honor to host Timo Ritakallio as our guest. Timo Ritakallio, President and Group Executive Chairman at OP Financial Group, has been working in the banking industry for the last 20 years, and he is an expert of his field. The banking sphere is something that affects people’s everyday lives, which emphasizes its social relevance. The field has been facing changes in its operational environment, and thus it is important that the companies are agile and leaders keep learning actively. In this blog post, we have gathered some of the key takeaways of Mr. Ritakallio’s LFC Lecture.

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Kirsi Henriksson: “Everyone is guilty of the past, and thus everyone is needed for reaching a better future and solving the situation”

 The world is full of crises – caused by wars, hunger, water scarcity and poverty – and humans need leaders who can deal effectively in complex situations and who obtain the required leadership skills for resolving the issues. Peace operations are, however, always based on collectivism and not on the actions of a few individuals. Passion and care for fellow humans is necessary. Leadership in peace operations was discussed on Tuesday, March 12th when the Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change had the pleasure of hosting a guest lecture ‘Leadership in International Peace Operations: Managing the Changes and Challenges’ by Kirsi Henriksson, Director of Crisis Management Centre (CMC) Finland.

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Anna-Kaisa Itkonen: “It is significant to speak out at the right time in order to be heard”

Climate change, one of the largest environmental threats today, is among the issues that can’t be solved on a small scale. It needs to be combated collectively, which requires international negotiations and agreements. Climate change is not only a political, but also an economic agenda, and it is not solely owned by the politicians. How to reach a consensus with such a heterogeneous group of various actors? The Master’s Degree Programme in Leadership for Change had the pleasure of hosting a guest lecture titled ‘After Paris – Communicating Climate Policy in the EU’ with Anna-Kaisa Itkonen, the European Commission Spokesperson for Climate Action and Energy.

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