HERÄÄMÖ XL: Societal Innovations and Global Challenges

HERÄÄMÖ XL: Societal Innovations and Global Challenges

Start your morning at HERÄÄMÖ XL – a triple wake-up call from leading international speakers!

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How do societal innovations differ from the traditional innovations in services and products? Societal challenges require innovation capabilities that bring together different parties around the issues they share. Societal innovations cannot be made by small groups and behind closed doors. HERÄÄMÖ XL (Wake-up room XL) is this autumn’s highlight of Sitra Lab’s breakfast event series, where leading international practitioners share their work related to these new approaches and their applications.

The event’s speakers include Indy Johar from Dark Matter Labs, Joseph D’Cruz from UNDP’s global Accelerator Labs network and Piret Tõnurist from OECD’s Observatory for Public Sector Innovation. The speakers and their organisations represent some of the most interesting international societal innovation practitioners.


Indy Johar is a designer and an architect and founder of the London-based, internationally acclaimed Dark Matter Labs. The organisation develops institutional infrastructures and new forms of collaboration that help build democratic futures. Indy works with international partners, for example in Sweden where he is a consultant for the multi-organisational MIND//SHIFT network that seeks to develop the future of the country’s work on mental health and well-being by creating spaces for shared learning through societal experimentation.

Joseph D’Cruz works as a senior advisor in strategy and planning at the New York office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) where he supports the work of the Accelerator Labs network that functions in 60 countries. Joseph will be speaking about the ways in which the network simultaneously helps the resolution of local problems and improves learning internationally.

Piret Tõnurist, an Estonian, works for the OECD’s Observatory for Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) where she promotes practical approaches in Systems Thinking and Anticipatory Innovation Governance. Piret works internationally with public-sector partners on these topics.


8:30 Breakfast is served: come to network!
9:00 Good morning and welcome!
9:10 Piret Tõnurist’s talk with Q&A
9:40 Joseph D’Cruz’s talk with Q&A
10:10 A moment for reflection
10:30 Indy Johar’s talk with Q&A
11:20 A moment for reflection
11:25 Discussion with guests and participants
11:50 What’s coming next?
12:00 Event ends

The event is open to all who wish to broaden their horizons on positive societal change and who want to network with others engaged with similar topics. The event is free of charge.

The language of the event is English. Space is limited so please enrol by 14 November 2019 at the latest. You can also follow the presentations on Zoom by registering as a participant using this link.

The video stream will be recorded and shared on YouTube afterwards.

What is HERÄÄMÖ?

HERÄÄMÖ is Sitra Lab’s new breakfast series in which we create a shared understanding of how we might tackle wicked problems with leading experts in the field.

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