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.
There are many great reasons to donate to Stratleade – here are just a couple from our incredible, generous network of supports:
Kelly Baxter, Chair of The Natural Step International:
I support Stratleade because:
Scott Perret, Director of Communications and Network Relations, The Natural Step International:
Supporting Stratleade has become particularly critical for getting students from less economically advantaged parts of the world, since international students now have to pay tuition in Sweden (2011-12 was the first time). Enrollment from these parts of the world dropped dramatically last year for this very reason – the class was almost entirely North American and European. Let's do what we can to fund the desperately needed geographic and cultural diversity in the global sustainability movement, by supporting these scholarships!
Please share with us your reasons for giving to Stratleade – leave a comment below, or drop us a note at stratleade [at] gmail [dot] com.
A beautiful video about how seeing the Earth from space can shift our perspective, and help us understand the complexity, fragility, and interconnectedness of the Earth's biogeochemical systems -- and the concept of "Spaceship Earth".
Thanks to MSLS '12 alum Edwin Janssen for sharing this.
If you are interested in joining the MSLS class of 2014 at BTH, please note that this year, application will open on November 1, 2012. You can find out more about the application process on the BTH Admission page.
Please note that if you are a non-EU applicant, you will be required to pay both an application fee and tuition fees. You are eligible for free assistance with your application from Kitesh Leadership Development, a company run by former MSLS Programme Director, Tamara Connell. Contact Kitesh if you would like assistance with your application, and tips on finding scholarships.
Click here or on the image to download a copy of the MSLS brochure (pdf).
Many MSLS alumni are happy to speak with you about their experience in the MSLS programme. You can find some of their contact information on the Stratleade Network page. They are also active on various social media sites (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.), so just reach out to them. We're affectionately called 'The Swedish Mafia'. For news related to our recent alumni reunion, you can check this site.
There are also a few videos available:
Get your application ready today!
by Olivier Mazimpaka, MSLS '12
This past year was an incredible experience studying at the MSLS programme at BTH. My two colleagues and I focused our thesis on “The Contribution of Religious belief in Moving Society Towards Sustainability”, because we believe that “Religious communities have achieved remarkable behaviour change in situations where non-faith-based communication failed” (Palmer and Finlay 2003). We ended up finding that religious concepts such as stewardship and the Golden Rule are key motivations, which can give guidance on sustainability. However, these concepts are not consciously exploited.
Furthermore, our research found that both religious leaders and people lack a full understanding of sustainability and are not strategic about moving towards sustainability, and that religious communities could greatly benefit from adopting a strategic sustainable development (SSD) approach. It was a very good experience since it was the first time in our university to link religion to sustainability. We found that connecting religion and sustainability was powerful in engaging people and our colleagues. Our most interesting findings came when we started interviewing church leaders and religious experts.
Now I am back in my home country, and at my university, the National University of Rwanda. I have already talked to my rector and he encouraged me to continue on with my work in the sustainability field, and suggest a proper plan on e-waste management, and recycling. I am working on this already. I am also trying my best to get the university working with the MSLS program of BTH, in order to share knowledge and learn from their sustainability experience.
I believe our students and researchers could benefit from MSLS experience and improve the sustainability program in Rwanda on the academic side as well, especially by training many institutions and universities to use FSSD. I would also like to pursue my sustainability studies to PhD level so that I can better provide my contribution to the National University of Rwanda and to my country and region in general.
Peter Senge joined the MSLS program and others via video feed to participate in the Art of Hosting Karlskrona in March 2011.
Click here to see the full conversation hour long conversation (go to minute 3:30 to skip the technical set-up).
A champion of love, acceptance and equality.
Michael Henson was a member of the MSLS class of 2007. He was a joyful, energetic, kind and passionate sustainability advocate. He passed away suddenly on September 18, 2012, at far too young an age.
Michael’s thesis work at BTH focused on the campus sustainability movement – evaluating how higher education was and could be educating the next generation of citizens. He was an active supporterof LGBT rights.
As his obituary stated:
Michael's soul soars high because of his generous spirit of giving himself to human rights advocacy, environmental awareness… He was a champion of love, acceptance and equality. We will all be better people because of him.
In loving memory of Michael and his legacy, Stratleade is proud to announce the naming of The Michael Craig Henson Memorial Scholarship.
Each year, this grant will be awarded to a deserving student, who would not otherwise be able to study at the MSLS programme at BTH. It will support individuals with a passion for promoting equality, acceptance, and human and civil rights to reach their full potential as sustainability effective champions.
We are nearing the end of the 2012 Annual Campaign -- just two more days until Sept. 30th. And while we are getting closer, we need one big final push to get to our goal of $12,500.
As of today, we've raised $8,271 ... that leaves $4,229 to go. Please donate today to help close the gap!
The MSLS alumni have stepped up with 15% of the aluni network participating -- a very strong show of support, especially when you consider that this is a young program with only volunteers to support fundraising efforts.
We're encouraging everyone to reach out to friends and family, encouraging them to chip in whatever they can to bring us closer to our goal over this final weekend. Please help by sharing the following messages on facebook and twitter:
Facebook post: Please join me in supporting the education of dynamic sustainability leaders -- a small donation can lead to a lifetime of effective, strategic sustainability leadership, dedicated to addressing some of world's most pressing challenges. www.stratleade.org
Tweet: Join me in donating to @Stratleade and support strategic #sustainability #leadership - http://ow.ly/e4Whs cc @sustainBTH
THANK YOU! to everyone who has donated so far to this year's Annual Campaign -- we're up to $5,134 ... that's more than 40% of the way to our goal of $12,500 -- which is about what it costs for a deserving student from a developing country to attending the Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability programme.
These extraordinary leaders will come away from this programme well-equipped to tackle some of our world's greatest challenges -- and inspire hundreds and thousands of others to tackle these issues as well.
It's a great investment, so please help us in reaching our goal -- click the "donate" button to the left and give what you can today!
Thanks so much,