It was a bright Saturday morning on the 21st of November, 2015, when we began arriving at the Swedish Residence in Jakarta. It was only 8.30 am, but the organizing committee was already there, as well as other participants who come from as far as Aceh and Makassar. Smiles were stretched, handshakes exchanged, name tags on – it’s time for the first Swedish Institute Alumni Forum 2015 in Indonesia!
The Swedish Institute Alumni Forum (SIAF) is a new initiative from SI to maintain and strengthen its alumni network. A pilot project for 2015, this forum is held in three selected countries: Indonesia, Belarus, and Uganda. The Swedish Institute fully sponsored this event, allowing alumni from other cities (and other islands!) to come and participate as well. It was such a privilege for us, Alumni Swedia, to be hosting this forum in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta.
Attended by about 60 alumni, the day’s schedule is packed with 3 different sessions, all of which aimed to provide alumni with aspiration and inspiration on how entrepreneurship – using our best skills, passion, and network – can create a better Indonesia. Moreover, we have chosen food entrepreneurship as our sub-theme because food unites people and it can open doors to countless opportunities, whether or not you are in the food industry.
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Pavel Makhnatch and Ivan Tsikota were granted funding to organise an alumni event in the first call for application in 2015. Below you’ll find a report from the workshop they organised on Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Creativity, 24 May in Minsk, Belarus.
The role of entrepreneurship is vital for both economic growth of a country and personal development of a person. There is plenty of opportunities for Belarusian youth to become successful entrepreneurs, many of them avoid starting up the business referring to a number of barriers. Meanwhile, the country has a number of prerequisites for starting up a business: good infrastructure, easy tax rules for private entrepreneurs, cheap labor and access to 200 million of customers within the trade union with neighboring countries. Read more » >>
Are you passionate about making our planet a better place to live? Do you observe changes that are happening around you and instead of complaining you search for opportunities?
On the Facebook page of the SI alumni event “Searching for opportunities” the event organisers write that “couchsurfing, Time Banks, different cooperatives, car sharing, eCOOP taxi, Dobra Lystivka, as well as Volonterska Sotnia” are all examples that demonstrate that crisis might spur innovative solutions for major sustainability problems.
For this event, to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine, on 30 June 2015, SI Alumni are encouraged to make short movies (no longer than 5 minutes) that show small-scale sustainable initiatives that could also be applied elsewhere in the world and do not require big economic investments. 10 short movies will be selected for screening at the event, where participants will also be able to listen to inspiring speakers, learn from each other, and discuss the different paths of sustainable development in Ukraine and Sweden.
Please note that alumni from anywhere in the world can submit videos for the event though they might not be able to attend the event itself.
Learn more about this event and how to submit your video at the “Searching for opportunities” Facebook page:
Deadline for application is 30 May 2015. If you have any questions, click here to send an e-mail to the organisers.
This SI alumni event was granted funding by SI in the first of two calls for event applications in 2015. The second call for applications is open until 10 May. More information about how to apply here.
Please find below a report from the organisers of the SI alumni event “Smart Sustainable Cities: Ecology, ICT and Architecture” held on 28 March in Ukraine.
On March 28th, SI alumni Anastasia Borenkova and Oleg Nesterenko organized an alumni event called “Smart Sustainable Cities: Ecology, ICT and Architecture”. The event attracted not only the SI alumni, but a large number of people who are interested in the topic of sustainable development. Thus all the participants could network and get new valuable contacts.
After organizing such an event it became evident that the issues of sustainable development in the various areas of life will be of great importance for the Ukrainian government, activists and companies working in Ukraine. Luckily, at the event there were many speakers from abroad – Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and Russia – who shared their expertise and presented some unique examples. For example, a lot was said about the Royal Sea Port and Hammarby district in Stockholm, and infrastructure projects in Malmo. Read more » >>
Please find below an invitation from SI alumni team in Ukraine to a round-table and webinar on “Multiple aspects of problems of safety in the modern society: global, regional and local levels”, which will be held 15 December 2014 at Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics.
Photo: Susanne Walström/imagebank.sweden.se
Dear Colleagues! We are inviting you to participate in the webinar “Multi aspects of problems of safety in the modern society: global, regional and local levels”, which will be held 15 December 2014 at Kharkiv National University of Radio Electronics for development of Ukrainian-Swedish scientific, cultural and business contacts and search partners for joint international projects.
The webinar will be organized as part of a seminar on global and local security issues. The seminar and webinar are organized by Alumni of the Swedish Institute (SI), a number of research, educational and social organizations of Kharkiv (Ukraine) with the support of the Swedish Institute (Stockholm, Sweden). Read more » >>