Sonja Finér: “Socially just transition to a carbon neutral society”

“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.

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LFC case studies: solving complex challenges through research

Helping a local food bank tackle foodwaste, identifying socially sustainable public procurement practices, increasing the youth turnout in European elections. These were some of the topics that the multidisciplinary teams of LFC students tackled during the case study course organized during the autumn semester 2019.

LFC students presenting the results of their case study research to fellow students, representatives of case organizations and members of the university community in December 2019.

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New graduates from the LFC programme

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!

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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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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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