Sitra Lab

The future needs its makers. Sitra Lab is a change programme that develops the ability, will and opportunities of changemakers to achieve a change. 


What is Sitra Lab?

Sitra Lab is Sitra’s change programme for makers, developers and those inspired by experiments – teams, projects or individuals – with the burning desire and motivation to change and reform society’s structures in a meaningful way.

You will accelerate a sustainable and fair future

Do you have an idea that will shake up the future? What have you always wanted to experiment with but lack the faith, support and methods? Are you already societally networked – and would now like to inspire the networks to promote change?

Excellent. In that case, Sitra Lab is just for you.

Experiments and promoting a culture of experimentation are an essential – and traditional – part of what Sitra does. Of all of Sitra’s project funding, approximately 46% is allocated to experiments and pilots.

The value of experiments is in being able to test, research and improve society’s functioning and solutions. Attitudes and mindsets play a major role in this.

Four Sitra Lab change programmes
Sitra Lab promotes building a sustainable society through joint learning and social innovation.

The three previous Sitra Lab programmes have:

The themes of the programme are tailored according to Sitra’s strategy. During the current strategy period (2020), the new themes are connected to democracy, a fair data economy and climate and nature solutions.

In 2022, the theme of the application process is new forms of participation.

Driving change with impact

Even if the change programme at the general level builds systemic change, from the point of view of the individual, the programme builds and strengthens capacity for change.

The impact of the programme is at two levels.

  1. Experiment portfolios. The programme participants’ own development projects and individual experiments combined make up distributable experiment portfolios that promote impact.
  2. A scalable model of models. Based on all of the projects, the programme induces deeper understanding of a broader change phenomenon. A scalable “model of models” provides basis for future experiments and social innovation.

Even if an individual experiment involves the risk of not achieving a broader impact, the model for models is a genuine driver for change in relation to complex wicked challenges.

Mindset and way of doing

We do not believe that a single mindset or method would be sufficient for solving the wicked problems of the future.

The change programme also exposes one’s own and the team’s mindset to change – together, you will learn to use several mindsets and points of view in parallel, such as:

And because we learn from each other through joint development, you will add something revolutionary and new to our joint thinking.

This is how you will develop as a changemaker

One of the goals of the change programme is to grow the participant’s internal motivation and curiosity – both are absolutely necessary traits for an individual for change to be possible.

During Sitra Lab:

  1. your knowledge and skills related to societal capacity for change will develop
  2. you will strengthen your functional capacity as an active driver of societal changes
  3. your ability to perceive and make use of opportunities for societal change will improve

Sitra Lab uses professional facilitation based on years of experience, which gives room for the participant’s own thinking to develop. You will be in a psychologically safe environment where we are thinking, experimenting and learning together.

Our interaction is based on community-driven learning and a multi-sectoral approach – however so that practicality and the goals remain clear.

Change programme

More information on the training programme is provided on the pages dedicated to each training topic.

A community of changemakers

Sitra Lab’s passion is the pursuit of societal change. The pursuit of that goal is a team sport. We believe that the future is made together. This is why we bring together those who are interested in understanding wicked problems and making change. We want them to share their thoughts, learn from each other, build networks and create a shared understanding. We are especially inspired by questions that start with the word “How”.

Want to get involved?

What is Heräämö?

Heräämö events are two-hour morning seminars held from 8:30 to 10:30. They consist of an informative presentation and networking opportunities over a cup of coffee or a bowl of porridge. At these events, we focus on how to achieve societal change and explore ways to tackle wicked problems. You will get to meet international pioneers in societal change-making as well as Finnish agents of change who share their knowledge and help us expand our understanding through interesting examples, without forgetting theoretical frameworks.

Join the community! Get involved in the Sitra Lab community of changemakers! Our Facebook group provides opportunities for learning, networking and building a deeper shared understanding of achieving societal change and solving wicked problems.


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