Do you see opportunities, even in large complex challenges? Are you a change maker that wants to grow even stronger in your leadership? Do you also want to learn from some of the most impactful people and solutions in sustainability science, leadership, technology and impact investment?

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BALTICLEAD is a leadership programme that aims to increase your capacity to work for humans and the planet as an individual leader and as a part of groups. Through the programme we work with seeking new solutions and methods to the planets problems. BALTICLEAD is a joint initiative between the Swedish Institute and the Stockholm Resilience Centre, at Stockholm University. It is a leadership programme designed for entrepreneurship and systems change in the Baltic Sea region and Eastern Europe.

The initiative is based on the Resilience Centre’s research on Planetary Boundaries, Resilience Thinking and Transformations to Sustainability. The programme is structured over three integrated fields: human, social and planetary thriving. Participants of BALTICLEAD will address some of the world’s biggest social and ecological challenges as opportunities. Participants will build global solutions with the Planetary Opportunities model as framework. The programme aims at starting a journey to create a new network of change makers that serve both people and planet.

BALTICLEAD will give you:

  • Theoretical and practical know how on technological and social innovations and how technological enablers can be used for social-ecological transformations
  • Knowledge about the planet’s climate and ecosystems and understanding of key concepts like; planetary boundaries and opportunities model, system entrepreneurship (and society’s need for it), transformations to sustainability, biomimicry – nature-based solutions
  • Access to knowledge from, and the chance to work with, top leaders from science, business and the public sector
  • Chance to develop as a leader and entrepreneur
  • Awareness around one’s own impact as human and skills on self leadership and Neuroleadership
  • An opportunity and generator mindset, mapping one´s resources and knowing how to share
  • Access to a global network consisting of leaders, with the common aim to promote sustainable change at local, national or global level.
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Can I apply?

  • You are a permanent resident or citizen of one of these countries: Sweden, Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Moldova, Azerbaijan or Armenia
  • You are approximately 25-40 years of age
  • You are fluent in spoken and written English
  • You have an international aim and thinking
  • You are an expert within your field
  • Your interest is deeply rooted in social and environmental sustainability and new technological and social innovations
  • You have a distinct motivation for participation
  • You can be present at all modules and courses
  • You have experience of leading and mobilizing around urgent issues
  • You are a team player and a generator for your community
  • You have been trained in social intelligence and ability to listen
  • You have the capacity to contribute opinions and reflections whilst accepting and learning from different perspectives in the group

Programme timeline:

The programme is designed to operate as an iteractive prototyping and learning process that includes lectures, discussions and presentations, but is focused on co-creation. The programme is 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.The BALTICLEAD programme consists of two week-long modules, including an online home assignment in between Module 1 and 2. We estimate that participants should allocate 3-4 hours per week for the online sessions.

Module 1: 4-9 September, Stockholm, Sweden

Module 2: 25-30 October, Tbilisi, Georgia

Costs covered by Swedish Instiute:

  • All costs related to accommodation, food and transport during the BALTICLEAD programme are covered. The programme will pay for transportation to and from the modules locations.
  • During the programme all participants will be insured against acute illness and accident
  • Training and content

Costs covered and arranged by you

  • participants are responsible for costs related to transport within their countries.
  • the cost for the visa will have to be borne by the participant



How to apply


Contact details

Programme manager
Ulrika K. Engström

Contact details

Stockholm Resciliance center
Project manager
Helene Karlsson <>