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The Nordic Transition Workshop Series - No. 2

Mission oriented organizations 
& collaboration models

How can we organize for horizontal and cross-sectoral collaboration in order to reach long-term goals?

11 Feb

13.00 - 16.00 (CET)

Here is the link to a recording of this workshop and the post-pack documentation.

About the theme

How can municipalities organize themselves internally and in collaboration with actors from other sectors in order to reach long term goals like reaching climate neutrality and circular economy?


We will hear about different ways of connecting horizontally across departments and models for collaboration with the surrounding eco-system of actors from local business, academia and the civil sector/citizens. 

Some issues that will be discussed:

  • What does it mean to be mission-oriented?

  • What kind of long-term goals are needed in order to "sally the troops" from all sectors of the local community?

  • What kind of innovative models for collaboration and citizen involvement are available and used in the Nordics?

  • How can long-term goals be synced with the normal 4-year perspective in most municipalities?

  • What role can large events play in this context? 

Welcome to join the discussion! 

Who will be there? 

Municipality cases:

  • Umeå municipality (Sweden)

  • Lappeenranta (Finland)

  • Narvik (Norway) 


Kristian Widén, Halmstad University

Thor Moen, Smart Innovation Norway 

Olga Kordas / Åsa Minoz, Viable Cities

Workshop Design 

The workshop will be a three hour highly interactive experience where you will get to network, get inspired and share your own experiences and best practises. 

It’s a day for building relationships and finding new possibilities for accelerating the transition to climate neutral cities through nordic partnerships. Together we will explore great things that have already been done, current trends as well as future collaborations to come.


Come prepared to engage and share!


  • Intro & getting to know each other

  • Cases: Concrete examples and inspirations from real world cases to bring back home. (Umeå, Lappeenranta, Narvik)

  • Reflections and discussion with experts: An opportunity to hear from experts in the field about their perspective on current challenges. This will also include a short Q&A. 

  • Open Space: A co-owned and co-created interactive workshop that maximizes engagement and gives total ownership of the topics to the participants.

  • Networking and next steps: Creating new collaborations and deciding where we go from here.


Umeå municipality and Smart Innovation Norway

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