Is there a need for a Swedish School of Governance?

Sweden, like many other countries, is facing a major need to secure long-term sustainable development. Our future rests to a large extent on having competent and adaptable leadership within the public as well as the private sector. This places considerable demands on education and research in the field of governance. A pilot study funded by the Swedish Innovation Agency, Vinnova, will investigate the preconditions of and opportunities for a Swedish School of Governance – from both a national and an international perspective.

Vision

Globalisation, climate change and new technologies are examples of global challenges which require a high degree of societal adaptability. The public, as well as the private sector, must be able to tackle a growing complexity and leverage new knowledge and technologies. The Nordic experience of sustainable economic, political and social development has sparked international interest. A Swedish School of Governance could become an important knowledge hub, nationally and internationally, in order to meet increasingly complex societal challenges.

Project

The idea of founding a Swedish School of Governance of high international standing has emerged from numerous discussions in smaller and larger groups about the need and demand for change and renewal in the public and private sector globally. We share the conviction that a functioning and deepened democracy is an essential prerequisite for a successful transformation to a sustainable society ensuring the future welfare of its citizens.

The aim of the project is to investigate the prerequisites for creating a leading School of Governance from both a national and international perspective. By governance, we mean leadership and coordination in broad terms, but with a special focus on transborder collaboration in complex processes involving many stakeholders. The pilot study will investigate, document and disseminate knowledge about the preconditions and possible forms of an internationally leading educational program within the field of governance.

The project is administered by the politically independent think tank Global Utmaning.

Team

The members of the project team are:

Advisory Board

The project has an Advisory Board representing a broad range of experience and many aspects of Swedish society. It is chaired by Lars Anell. The Advisory Board includes the members listed below as well as Leif Pagrotsky and Michael Sohlman. A number of key figures are also linked to the project as advisors or referees for specific issues.

News

29 January 2019

Governance systems for a green sustainable development

The topic of "Sustainable Development and Global Cooperation on Green Urbanization" was discussed by a variety of organizations and enterprises during The Green Sustainable Development Conference, held in Beijing on the 17th and 18th of January 2019. The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and China Urban-townization Promotion Council (CUPC) together with the Nordic Council of Ministers. During the second day of the conference Kristina Persson, former minister in the Swedish Government, and one of the initiators of Swedish School of Governance, addressed the assembly to highlight governance systems for a green sustainable development. Read her speech below.

29 January 2019

Innovation of technology, business models and governance for a sustainable future society

At the Green Sustainable Development Conference which recently took place in Beijing, Jonas Törnblom, coordinator of Swedish School of Governance, spoke about the Innovation of technology, business models and governance for a sustainable future society. The conference was co-hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers together with The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and China Urban-townization Promotion Council (CUPC). Read the speech in its entirety below.

29 January 2019

Governance systems for a green sustainable development

The topic of "Sustainable Development and Global Cooperation on Green Urbanization" was discussed by a variety of organizations and enterprises during The Green Sustainable Development Conference, held in Beijing on the 17th and 18th of January 2019. The conference was co-hosted by the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and China Urban-townization Promotion Council (CUPC) together with the Nordic Council of Ministers. During the second day of the conference Kristina Persson, former minister in the Swedish Government, and one of the initiators of Swedish School of Governance, addressed the assembly to highlight governance systems for a green sustainable development. Read her speech below.

29 January 2019

Innovation of technology, business models and governance for a sustainable future society

At the Green Sustainable Development Conference which recently took place in Beijing, Jonas Törnblom, coordinator of Swedish School of Governance, spoke about the Innovation of technology, business models and governance for a sustainable future society. The conference was co-hosted by the Nordic Council of Ministers together with The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and China Urban-townization Promotion Council (CUPC). Read the speech in its entirety below.