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New SI Alumni Networks in 2016


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Six new SI Alumni Networks have been established in 2016: Egypt, Kenya, Lithuania, Pakistan, Moldova and Rwanda.

A network in Armenia is currently being set up.

The purpose of a local network is to offer a platform for former Swedish Institute scholarship holders to stay in touch with each other, to get professional development and together work for social change in their local context.

If you want to start a local network, send us an email and we will support you by reaching out to alumni and with materials and ideas etc. A recommendation from the SI Alumni team is to find a few other alumni who also are willing to get involved and to create a communications platform for your local alumni community; it can be a group on Facebook/ LinkedIn or similar.


Lithuanian Ambassador to Sweden greets SI Alumni Lithuania

Text from Laura Burauskienė, SI alumna and employed by the Embassy of Sweden in Vilnius:

With around 100 atendees, the first SI Alumni Lithuania event proved to be a success!

Our event took place during the World Lithuanian Youth Summit. The Summit attracts some 3,500 participants from around the world.

The SI Alumni Lithuania event was open to the public, so a great deal of people have learned about the SI and its possibilities for the fist time.

Our guest speaker H.E. Eitvydas Bajarunas, Ambassador of Lithuania to Sweden, shared his insights on topic “Communication is a power“. Everyone had an opportunity to ask questions and get to know what Lithuania could learn from its Northern neighbour. The Q&A session took us from business culture to education, from trade to establishing networks. It was an inspiring, lively and useful discussion. Thank you, Ambassador!

A great many people stayed for networking with a traditional fika. Countless useful contacts were established.

For us, the SI Alumni in Lithuania, the event was a great kick-start for our developmet. It allowed not only to get know each other, but to create future plans and inspire even more members to get actively engaged in local network of the SI and Sweden alumnae.

Thanks to the Swedish Institute and both the Embassy of Lithuania in Sweden and the Embassy of Sweden in Lithuania for supporting us and our activities.

We are already planning events in September, so keep on following us. Let‘s meet again soon!

Something’s cooking in Vilnius!

Vilnius is full of action. An alumni network, SI Alumni Lithuania, was formally established last week during meetings held at the premisses of the Swedish Embassy. The Swedish Ambassador to Lithuania, Ms. Cecilia Ruthström-Ruin came to greet us and supports our activities!  Read more » >>

Alumni events in Vilnius 7-8 January

Non-profit umbrella organization Youth to Youth Initiative, Malmö University and the Swedish Institute invite you to two alumni events in Vilnius, 7-8 january:

Social Innovation: Youth Participation in Governance

When: 7 January 2016 13:00/ Thursday

Where: Restaurant KITCHEN – Didžioji g. 11, Vilnius

Non-profit umbrella organization Youth to Youth Initiative which aims to foster change and to construct an effective environment for youth participation in the decision making process and community development, Malmö University (Sweden) and Swedish Institute are inviting to a discussion by a cup of coffee.

An important part of social innovation is the opening of governance structures and processes to diversity. There can be any number of drivers for this and it also reflects the extent to which these initiatives enables sustainable change and inclusion. In this seminar, more or less successful examples of youth participation in governance from different countries will be discussed.

Fredrik Björk a lecturer in Social Innovation and Environmental Science at the Department for Urban Studies, Malmö University will arrive directly from Sweden to share his knowledge, insights and ideas with Vilnius Community.

Fredrik Björk is locally is also engaged as a board member of Yalla Trappan, a social enterprise, and the Center for Public Entrepreneurship, a third sector initiative to support civic entrepreneurial initiatives in the region on Skåne.

In 2014 Björk was part of the team that developed an Agenda for an ecosystem for social innovation in Sweden, an initiative financed by VINNOVA, the Swedish governement’s innovation agency. Some months back, Björk joined the Global Wellbeing Lab, a network of people from different parts of society, and all corners of the world. The lab focus on how leadership and organisations can develop beyond the narrow metrics of GDP, towards an approach were the wellbeing of people and ecosystems are at the center. The Lab is a joint initiative by the MIT-based Presencing Institute, GIZ’s Global leadership academy and the Gross National Happiness Center in Bhutan.”

Please confirm your participation via email to karolina@y2yinitiative.org


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First, but not last, SI Alumni networking event in Lithuania

Here’s an article from Laura Sudintaitė of the Embassy of Sweden and the Lithuanian-Swedish Society in Vilnius about an alumni event in Lithuania last month!

On May 21, 2015, people from various backgrounds started gathering at the Embassy of Sweden in Vilnius residence premises. The time had come for the first Swedish Institute Alumni networking event in Lithuania.

And it seems that SI Alumni from this Baltic country were indeed keen on getting together. Many of them gladly used the chance to meet each other and learn about the opportunities that cooperation with the SI might provide. Read more » >>