On April 24, we had the pleasure to listen to a lecture by Saara Kankaanrinta, who is an environmental influencer with many tools and says that “everything I do, is for the nature and for the Baltic Sea”. Kankaanrinta is involved in the Baltic Sea Action Group (BSAG), which is an independent foundation aiming to restore the ecological balance of the Baltic Sea by uniting resources of the public, private and third sectors. She is also one of the founders of the Qvidja Farm, that is addressing climate-related issues with a holistic and systematic approach, which will be introduced in more detail below.
Based on Raisa Foster’s online lecture ‘Art, EcoJustice, and Leadership’ on 20.03.2020
We are living in an era of eco-social crisis, says Dr. Raisa Foster, a multidisciplinary artist and scholar based in Finland. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and other ongoing background crises, she claims that “everything we have taken for granted has suddenly collapsed”.
“Socially just transition to a carbon neutral society” is the topic presented by Sonja Finér, Executive Director of Finnwatch, at a serial event hosted at Tampere University by the students of the Leadership for Change Master´s programme.
Sustainability is an important topic for the majority of program students, and the practical implications as well as a better understanding of “social justice” which then leads to “just transition” is a good start for building the knowledge.
Six new LFC students have successfully graduated from the programme – congratulations! The LFC students graduate from three different tracks according to their chosen specialization – business studies, politics, or governance; but one can clearly see multidisciplinarity in the students’ works.
The theses this time have focused on a wide range of topics including solidarity economy in the Nordic welfare states, co-creation for sustainable development, water diplomacy in Central Asia, social construction of retail digitalization, depoliticization in Finnish politics, and the neoliberal agency in feminism. Below we provide the short abstracts of the theses with the permanent links to the publications. Enjoy!
This year, the LFC master’s students again organize the LFC lecture series, which discusses topical societal change issues. This year, the series got the name “Mindset changers”. The first lecture in the three-part lecture series is given by Sonja Finér, Executive Director of Finnwatch.
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.
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!