International experts give advice to Sweden

Published: 11 September 2020

At a webcast meeting on September 8, three internationally leading innovation experts gave their views on what needs to be done to transform to sustainable development in the wake of the corona crisis. Also participating were Vinnova's director general Darja Isaksson and Gabriel Wikström, national coordinator for Agenda 2030.

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Bertil Andersson, Banny Bannerjee and Mariana Mazzucato

The International Advisory Board has been appointed by Vinnova to contribute knowledge on how Sweden can strengthen its innovative capacity. Mariana Mazzucato participated from London, Banny Banerjee from San Francisco and Bertil Andersson participated from Tel Aviv.

Introduction with moderator Viktoria Raft and Vinnova's Director General Darja Isaksson

Darja Isaksson begins by talking about why it is necessary to use the opportunities that the crisis entails to invest in innovation on a large scale in order to transform to a sustainable society.
See introduction

Mariana Mazzucato, Professor and Founding Director Innovation and Public Purpose, University College London

Mariana Mazzucato says that we must do everything not to return to normal because it is our current systems that have created the great challenges we now face. She describes how innovation policy can be used to develop new solutions and create a different direction for growth.
See Mariana Mazzucato's speech

Banny Banerjee, Founding Director Change Labs, Stanford University

Banny Banerjee says that the challenges we have, for example the climate crisis, are of a systemic nature and that a system perspective is therefore required to deal with them. Banny Bannerjee believes that Sweden as a successful innovation country can contribute with solutions that make a difference in the world despite the fact that we are a small country.
See Banny Banerjee's speech

Bertil Andersson, former principal of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Bertil Andersson describes how Singapore and Israel, where he has lived and worked, are now changing in the wake of the crisis and what Sweden can learn from it. He believes that small smart countries may find it easier to transform systems than large countries.
See Bertil Andersson's speech

Gabriel Wikström, National Coordinator for Agenda 2030

Gabriel Wikström says that in Sweden many analyzes and a lot of planning have been done based on the global sustainability goals in Agenda 2030, but that there has not been enough action and that it is going too slowly. His role is to speed up the work and to be a facilitator for action.
See Gabriel Wikström's speech

Panel discussion with all participants

The participants discuss, among other things, why it is so difficult to create change even though the current systems are unsustainable. Where are the obstacles and how can they be overcome?
See panel discussion

Conclusion with Darja Isaksson, Vinnova

Darja Isaksson concludes by saying that Vinnova uses the advice and insights from the expert council and from research to, together with other actors in society, develop methods and initiatives that contribute to change.
See conclusion

The seminar is in English.

About the International Council of Experts

<p>Vinnova has appointed an international expert council with three recognized innovation experts who will contribute valuable perspectives and knowledge to Sweden. The Council's work started with a webcast full-day workshop.</p>

Last updated 16 September 2020

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