Berivan Mine Ferhanoğlu from Turkey is the Stratleade grant recipient for 2014. You can now read her story here
Great news: the MSLS and MSPI programmes at BTH will be accepting late applications for fall 2014 enrollment in the spring -- so there's still time to get your application in and/or shre these incredible opportunities with people you know who might be interested!
The Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH) is a top ranked sustainability research and education institution currently recruiting talented, early- to mid-career professionals for its cutting-edge Masters programs. BTH is located in the beautiful coastal city of Karlskrona, a UNESCO world heritage site on the southeast coast of Sweden.
There are two MSc programs available drawing dynamic, talented individuals from all fields and backgrounds from around the world (the 450 alumni have come from 69 different countries), and taught in English.
The Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) program is a one-year program founded on the basic premise that a "whole-system," trans-disciplinary approach is needed to deal with the sustainability challenge. Two integrated streams are the focus: 1) a framework for strategic sustainable development; and 2) organizational learning and leadership required for sustainability decision-making. For more info and to apply, visit: www.bth.se/msls
The Master’s in Sustainable Product/Service System Innovation (MSPI) program is two-year program designed for students wishing to combine engineering competence with sustainability knowledge to help deliver new product and service systems. Specifically, students learn to analyze sustainability challenges for an organization in a scientific manner; introduce a strategic perspective on sustainability to a company’s product innovation process; use new methods and tools to work with sustainable product and service innovation in industry; and support a transition towards a more service-oriented economy. For more info and to apply, visit: www.bth.se/mspi
Both programs are delivered in a non-traditional educational setting through experiential and holistic learning methods. Tuition is 100,000 SEK (about US$15,000), and is paid by the Swedish government for EU and EEA citizens.
Here is the first of a great series of videos developed by Alex Magnin (MSLS '07). They bring the big concepts of sustainability to life through visualization and animation. Subscribe here... and enjoy!
Study an amazing MSc with inspiring people in a beautiful part of the world
Blekinge Institute of Technology (BTH), Sweden, is a top ranked sustainability research and education institution currently recruiting talented, early to mid career professionals for its cutting-edge 1 year Masters program 'Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability’ http://www.bth.se/msls The course produces graduates who can deliver organizational leadership for strategic change towards sustainability and is underpinned by the science-based 'Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development' (widely known as The Natural Step Framework) spearheaded by Karl-Henrik Robert, a global sustainability leader and course tutor.
The Swedish state kindly pays for tuition fees for this program for EU & EEA citizens and it is taught in English. The course was established in 2005 and has taught over 450 graduates from over 55 countries. BTH is located in the beautiful coastal city of Karlskrona, a UNESCO world heritage site on the southeast coast of Sweden.
Applications open 1st of November 2013 and close 15th January 2014. For more information please visit http://www.bth.se/msls If you're interested in attending this amazing programme, start preparing your application today; and sharet this announcement with anyone else you know who might be interested.
"The question of reaching sustainability is not about if we will have enough energy, enough food, or other tangible resources - those we have. The question is: will there be enough leaders in time?" Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt and Dr. Göran Broman program co-founders.
MSLS has a very different methodology than I was used to, and has taught me, in this fast-paced world that we’re living, the value of taking time to look at things from different perspectives, breathing deeply, and focusing on the process. I have also learnt the value of cooperation, co-creation; working together to create a better world that we all want.
Understanding the dynamics and structure for these collaborations to happen, and the importance of collaborative leadership, are the some of key lessons that I brought from Karlskrona, for my work, and my life. I feel confident and empowered, and grateful, for being part of the MSLS family, this community of sharing and understanding. I know that, wherever I go, I can count on them to support me, and inspire me.
Writing the thesis, in groups, was the best way to practice everything we had been learning - and still are. Together with my thesis mates, Johanne Gallagher and Peter Orell, we have researched about communication and planning tools for ecovillages from a strategic sustainable development perspective. We were really fortunate to count on the help of prominent experts on the field and ecovillages from around the world.
Next for me: I will work with the social and environmental programs for a mining industry in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, almost 2000 km from my home in southern Brazil.
I want to once more express my gratitude for the MSLS staff, my wonderful classmates, my thesis mates and our advisors, and my landlord in Karksrona. Most importantly, I thank StratLeade and everyone that supports it, for making this wonderful experience possible.
And now, as this new life begins for me, once again, far from home, I know that my home is within me, in my heart, in all these teachings, memories, and my wonderful friends from around the world.
Bureo Skateboards, co-founded by MSLS graduate Ben Kneppers, has just been accepted into the Startup Chile program! Bureo Skateboards designs and manufactures a unique line of sustainable skateboards by utilizing the growing amount of plastic pollution in Chilean communities and coastlines. By offering recycled high quality products, Bureo enables ethically conscious consumers to support recycling development and job growth for local inhabitants. Bureo comes from the language of the Mapuche, the native Chileans, and means ´the waves’. The name was selected in honor of the Chilean people, and it represents the journey they are embarking on through their work at Bureo. Just as a wave originates from a disturbance of wind along the ocean surface, they are making a small change in the greater surface of plastic pollution. Eventually through time and energy, the waves of Bureo will develop the force required to cause real change.
Bureo Skateboards. Make waves.
They have a great journey ahead with the goal being to become the most environmentally and socially responsible skateboard that has ever existed.
Please follow and spread the word through their Facebook page.
Dear friends of Stratleade,
We are pleased to commence this year's annual fundraising campaign!! Please see the message below from past grant recipient Samuel Brizuela (MSLS '11). Stratleade will provide at least one grant for a deserving student studying sustainability at BTH next year in memory of Michael Henson (read more here) -- and hopefully support additional grants and activities as well. --
Hello from beautiful Guatemala to all the MSLS / MSPI Alumni across the globe! As some of you know, three years ago I had the privilege to receive the StratLeade Scholarship which gave me the opportunity to be part of MSLS, opportunity which I wouldn't have been able to take if it had not been for the support of many of you. Because of your support I am now able to hold a degree from BTH and I am able to serve better my community here in Guatemala as wonderful opportunities have opened and I know more will. Now, it is this time of the year when we are kicking off our fundraiser campaign to be able to provide more grants for the next generation of MSLSers and MSPIers. Our goal this year is to raise $10,000 by September 30th. This is our stretching goal and we are aiming to pass it if possible. Take a moment to remember all those great moments you lived while studying your master's course and I am sure you would like more people to be able to have this opportunity. Giving is easy, just go follow this link www.stratleade.org and share a life changing experience with someone else.
I leave you with some inspiring quotes on giving:
“The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving.” -Albert Einstein
"It is more blessed to give than to receive." -Jesus
“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” -Albert Camus
“They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing” -Hindu Proverb
CORPORATE AND ENTREPRENEURIAL SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANT
MSc Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability
In Toronto this month? Check out these upcoming events from MSLS graduate Timothy Nash, the Sustainable Economist:
Sustainable Investing 101 Wednesday, August 07, 2013 at 07:00 PM · $30.00 CAD · Centre for Social Innovation - Annex in Toronto, ON, Canada Thinking about investing, but want to learn more? Want your portfolio to create a more sustainable future?
The purpose of this seminar is to arm you with basic knowledge and understanding t (show all)
Online Investing 101 Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 07:00 PM · $30.00 CAD · Centre for Social Innovation - Annex in Toronto, ON, Canada Canadians pays some of the highest Mutual Fund fees in the world.
The purpose of this seminar is to help you start investing your own money online. It will empower you to lower your annual (show all)
Green Investing Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at 07:00 PM · $30.00 CAD · Centre for Social Innovation - Annex in Toronto, ON, Canada Tired of investing in evil companies that are hurting the planet? Think the green economy is the way of the future?
Since 2007, more than $4 trillion has been invested in the green economy (show all)
Impact Investing Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 07:00 PM · $30.00 CAD · Centre for Social Innovation - Annex in Toronto, ON, Canada Want to have a profoundly positive impact on your community and/or your planet? Thinking about becoming an impact investor?
Impact investing is a new investment strategy that invests direc (show all)
We are pleased to announce that Stratleade has selected two repients for grants to support studies at the MSLS programme at BTH for the upcoming acadmic year of 2013-2014!
Many thanks to our fantastic selection committee comprised of volunteers from the MSLS programme alumni network.
One recipient is Bervian Ferhanoglu of Turkey. She has worked in corporate marketing, brand management, CSR and investment projects for a large Turkish company. She is interested in changing the business environment, designing new business models, and integrating sustainability into business supply chains.
The other recipient is Christopher Busiku of Zambia. Christopher was awarded a grant for studies last year, but was unable to attend the programme at that time; through great perserverance, he has put himself in a position to attend the upcoming class, and we have reserved his grant for the coming year. He has worked in the field of human development with groups like UNDP, CARE, LWF, and FHI-my.
Congratulations to this year's recipients! And our sincere thanks to all of you who have provided the financial support and assistance to make this possible.