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Cookbook for Sustainability Innovation encourages co-creation with diverse stakeholders
New ‘Cookbook’ highlights sustainable and innovative co-creation models of companies. The transition to a sustainable future requires companies to pursue innovative co-creation with diverse stakeholders and many companies are already doing so, as illustrated in the new Cookbook for Sustainability Innovation. ‘Advancing sustainability requires that we rethink all aspects of our lifestyles, which is no Read more >

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Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day tackled social inclusion challenges
SED 2017 focused on social sustainability and inclusion in collaboration with the City of Helsinki. Local election candidates also discussed their views. Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day 2017, held on 31 March, highlighted the work of students on this year’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship course with a particular focus on social sustainability and inclusion. ‘Solving real-world challenges is a Read more >

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Aalto Global Impact to strengthen problem-based learning in East African universities
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland has granted Aalto Global Impact 700,000 euros for a three-year project establishing best practices in problem-based learning in East African universities. The project entitled Strengthening Problem-Based Education in East African Universities (PBL East Africa) is one of 20 projects, out of 78 applications, to receive funding from the Read more >

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CodeBus Africa is halfway through its journey
CodeBus Africa is a mobile programming school that moves through 10 African countries in February–May 2017, organising creative coding workshops for up to 2,000 youth. The CodeBus project is on the road and has already been to Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, with the next stop being Tanzania. The project has had a positive Read more >

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Socially Sustainable Helsinki 2030 – how to leverage impact business?
How can we accelerate change towards a more sustainable Helsinki? Come and hear what local election candidates, Aalto students and the City of Helsinki have to say about driving sustainable change, sustainability start-ups, and the role of entrepreneurship for asylum seekers. Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day: Accelerating Social Sustainability and Inclusion Time: Friday 31.3.2017 at 10.00-19.00 Place: Read more >

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Irena Bakić joins AGI to lead Coding Bus Africa
Irena Bakić has been appointed as the coordinator of an upcoming Finland 100 project Coding Bus Africa. Bakić is a recent graduate of Aalto School of Chemical Technology. Over the past five years she has played an active role in Aalto-UNICEF collaborations and worked for UNICEF Innovation Units in Uganda and New York. She also Read more >

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Get to know Aalto University’s global impact projects
At Aalto University, sustainable global impact takes many forms from educational programs to research projects, capacity-building initiatives and entrepreneurial activities. The projects are inherently multicultural and interdisciplinary, and typically involve multiple partners such as universities, governments, NGOs and private sector companies. To share this global impact work with the public, we created a poster exhibition Read more >

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Workshop at NBII on “Designing and Developing Digital Businesses”
Almost 30 participants from business, universities, and government took part in a workshop on “Designing and Developing Digital Businesses” that was arranged at NBII, the Namibian Business Innovation Institute, on 10-March-2016. The focus in the workshop was especially in the development of digital services and applications for communities in emerging markets. Silas Newaka of NBII Read more >

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Digital services addressing societal issues
Aalto University launched a new collaborative project “Digital Infrastructure Platform for Communities in Emerging Markets” (DIPCEM) in January 2016. The goal of this ongoing planning stage is the creation and gathering of a core group of academic, industrial, and government actors that are capable of forming a network for future research and development projects around Read more >

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Promoting inclusive and sustainable innovation in Africa
Aalto University representatives Ms Teija Lehtonen, Director of Aalto Global Impact, and Prof Marko Nieminen, Department of Computer Science, attended the 2016 STIAS – Wallenberg Roundtable on Innovation for Prosperity in Stellenbosch on 22 and 23 February 2016. The Roundtable event afforded the opportunity for lively discussions and debates with close to 60 South African, Read more >

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Digital Design and Construction, Education collaboration between IIT Bombay and Aalto
Aalto University is taking the lead in a cooperation project on Digital Design and Construction Technology, with Indian university IIT Bombay. The project is part of CIMO’s Asia Programme 2015 for education cooperation with China and India. Digital design is taking a more and more prominent role in construction technologies, to which the global construction Read more >

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United Nations JPO positions through CIMO
CIMO, the Finnish Centre for International Mobility, is advertising 6 JPO positions with different departments of the UN. The positions are advertised through Suomen YK Liitto, as well as through CIMO‘s pages. You can find more information and the experiences of Kaisa Antikainen, who started her UN career as a JPO for the World Food Read more >

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What design can do & IKEA foundation announce global design challenge to help refugees
Design platform What Design Can Do is partnering with IKEA Foundation on a global design challenge aimed at improving the lives of refugee families in urban areas. Designers, artists and imaginative trouble-shooters from all countries and disciplines are invited to take part. The challenge will launch in early 2016 and conclude with the awarding of Read more >

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IDBM Industry Project on Refugees
Each year, Aalto Global Impact coordinates projects for different courses within Aalto University, related to societal impact. During fall 2015, Aalto Global Impact worked on a case regarding refugees in Finland. The students, Jonna Härmävaara, Sara Nyyssölä, Oona Casalegno, Yunkun Niu, and Emilio Zamudio Murillo, have worked on this case intensively during the past months, Read more >

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UniWASH
UniWASH, Aalto University’s educational collaboration with Unicef was one of the highlights presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his visit to Helsinki on 9.12. UniWASH is a multi-stakeholder innovation project aiming to co-create sustainable water and sanitation (WASH) innovations in Uganda. The 3-year project is funded by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. It Read more >

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Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day –focus on Refugees
On December 1st, Sustainable Entrepreneurship course together with Impact Iglu organized the first Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day focusing on recent group of asylum seekers and refugees. The event was held at Urban Mill, with about 140 highly diverse participants. The event started with a workshop, organized by Demos, allowing the participants to get to know each Read more >

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Impact Iglu @ SLUSH 2015
SLUSH 2015 was more than just the ordinary technology conference. The impact track, which was started last year with a handful of people, was the most talked about theme this year. “Slush Impact” created more attraction and provided an open platform for many to come together. In addition to great keynote speakers and honorary guests Read more >

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New Global featured in Finnair Magazine
Blue Wings magazine, the monthly in-flight magazine of Finnair, has published an article about New Global. The article gives an easily understandable explanation of frugal innovation, by comparing it to a stripped down version of a computer: how much more affordable would it be if the software you never used, hadn’t been developed and installed?

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Sustainable Entrepreneurship Day
Are you passionate about finding a sustainable solution to the societal problems in entrepreneurial ways? Aalto Entrepreneurship program and Impact Iglu are organising the first sustainable entrepreneurship day with a special focus on Asylum-Seekers’ Situation in Finland. The program will be held at Urban Mill, on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, starting at 10:00. Different sustainable Read more >

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Startups in Emerging Markets Magazine
Startups and entrepreneurs bring new ideas and innovations to the market and play an important role in changing the world. Enormous potential exists for frugal products and services responding to the needs of societies in emerging markets. In this magazine we highlight a few business cases, which aim to improve the wellbeing of people.

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INNOFRUGAL 2016 First Speakers Announced
Do you want to know how to innovate under resource constraints and cost controls? Are you already working on or want to learn more about high impact, new tech and affordable solutions? The 2nd edition of Innofrugal will be organised April 25-26, 2016. InnoFrugal is a non-profit event organised by The Nordic Frugal Innovation Society. Read more >

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Solve the societal challenges of today through sustainable business in the Sustainable Entrepreneurship course
Did you know that entrepreneurship and small businesses can be seen and studied from the sustainability perspective? Did you know you can solve the societal challenges through sustainable business? Join the Sustainable Entrepreneurship (25E18000) course to find out. What is the course about? Sustainable Entrepreneurship will introduce you to the practices of sustainable entrepreneurship and Read more >

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CLIC Innovation & FinCEAL Plus Seminar: Re-Energizing International Cooperation – Renewable Energy Research with Third Countries
19th November 2015, Marina Congress Center, Katajanokanlaituri 6, Helsinki CLIC Innovation (Finnish Bioeconomy and Cleantech Cluster) and FinCEAL Plus are organizing a joint 1-day seminar on international cooperation in Renewable Energy research, focusing especially on research collaboration with Third Countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean region. The purpose of the seminar Read more >

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Professor Olli Varis appointed to the Matti Pursula professorship at Aalto University
Olli Varis, Professor of Water Resource Management at Aalto University, has been appointed to the Matti Pursula professorship. Dr Varis has worked as a professor at the Helsinki University of Technology and thereafter at Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, from 2008. He has been the Vice Dean responsible for Read more >

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Impact Slush speakers and program published
Slush Impact is a program within Slush for startups and social innovators addressing the global development agenda and making a positive societal contribution. Slush Impact features leading development and technology speakers, exclusive networking sessions, hands-on workshops and thematic side events. There will also be ample opportunities for impact and emerging market investors to meet with Read more >

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Article by Minna Halme, Sara Lindeman and Paula Linna won the Emerald Citations of Excellence for 2015 Award
The article “Innovation for Inclusive Business: Intrapreneurial Bricolage in Multinational Corporations”, Journal of Management Studies, 2012, won the Emerald Citations of Excellence for 2015 award. Professor Minna Halme wrote the article together with the Project Manager of New Global, Sara Lindeman from the faculty of management and grad student Paula Linna. Emerald Group Publishing awards Read more >

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The preliminary list of UniPID online courses for the academic year 2015-2016
New courses will be added when the semester draws nearer New courses will be added when the semester draws nearer The list of UniPID online courses during the academic year 2015-2016 – Public Health in Humanitarian Crises 3.8. – 31.8.2015 – Sustainable Water Supply and Sanitation 1.8. – 6.9.2015 – Concepts of Sustainability 17.8. – Read more >

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AALTO LAB MEXICO -Making the world a better place
Aalto LAB Mexico (ALM), which started in 2012, is an ongoing collaborative design project between Aalto University and two Mexican universities: Technological Institute of Monterrey, Mexico City Campus and National Autonomous University of Mexico. ALM is a long-term project that aims at creating a positive impact with small-scale actions inviting learners from multicultural and cross-disciplinary Read more >

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Inventive networkers succeed in developing markets
Aalto University has drawn up a practical guide to establishing sustainable business ventures in developing markets. Enterprises are attracted by the promise of growth, but a lack of networks can severely hinder business development. The hub of the global economy is increasingly moving south. In fact, by the year 2100, the part of the world Read more >

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Introducing Nanomaji
Aalto-born startup tackles water purification issues in Tanzania Nanomaji (Maji refers to water in Swahili) was developed as part of the New Global innovation project, as a joint project between IDBM (International Design Business Management) and SGT (Sustainable Global Technologies) Masters programme´s. The student project was carried out in cooperation with Ahlstrom, a Finnish high-performance Read more >

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Kehittyvillä markkinoilla menestyy kekseliäs verkostoituja
Aalto-yliopistossa koottiin yhteen konkreettinen opas kestävän liiketoiminnan käynnistämiseen kehittyvillä markkinoilla. Yrityksiä houkuttelee kasvu, mutta verkostojen puute hidastaa toiminnan aloittamista. Maailmantalouden painopiste siirtyy jatkuvasti etelämmäksi. Vuonna 2100 siinä osassa maailmaa, jota kutsumme länsimaiksi, on alle 10 prosenttia maailman väkimäärästä. Talouskasvu Afrikassa ja Aasiassa herättää toiveita kasvun hyötyjen jakautumisesta myös vähävaraisille ihmisille ja toisaalta huolta planeetan kantokyvystä. Read more >

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AGI in Numbers
We put together a summary of our activities and outcomes of the past three years in ‘AGI in Numbers’ in a visual and easy-to-read format. AGI is about to finish the third year of its mission. We put together a summary of our activities and outcomes of the past three years in ‘AGI in Numbers’ Read more >

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Impact Iglu makes a great entrance to startup scene
The kick-off event connected dozens of people interested in impact business The official start for activities of Impact Iglu happened on December 15th in fully-packed Lavaklubi. In addition to the inspiring guest speakers, the newly recruited lead for Impact Iglu, Makeda Yohannes, introduced herself. The activities for Impact Iglu, co-organised with the community itself, will Read more >

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Feet on the ground
The New Global is preparing for an Innovation Camp in Tanzania The New Global is a multidisciplinary action research project from Aalto University. It aims at co-creating frugal innovations for emerging large and low-income markets while creating new business opportunities for Finnish companies. For 2014 The New Global is focusing on markets in Tanzania, India, Read more >

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The Dark Side of Reverse Innovation
It has now been more than a decade since C.K. Prahalad and I first published the article “The Fortune at the Bottom of thePyramid” which launched the “BoP” business movement. Over the past decade, there have been fits and starts: many BoP ventures have failed; others have been converted to philanthropic programs; but only a Read more >

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Sustainable Technologies for Low-income Markets
Interview with Matleena Muhonen Matleena Muhonen is a landscape architect who has since 2007 been working as a trainer and educator in the field of sustainable development at Aalto University. She coordinates a Master’s level educational programme on sustainable global technologies (known as SGT Programme) in the School of Engineering. Matleena has done complementary studies Read more >

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Eye-opening lessons and thoughts
Aalto Global Impact organized in co-operation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland an outreach event for United Nations Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) on April 3-4. The purpose of the event was to stimulate new partnerships, strategies and innovations for financing sustainable development. Six Aalto students participated in this outreach Read more >

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Showcasing AGI Projects
Interview with Antti Hellgren Aalto Global Impact organized in co-operation of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland an outreach event for United Nations Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) on April 3-4. The purpose of the event was to stimulate new partnerships, strategies and innovations for financing sustainable development. In addition to Read more >

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Rowing the Boat Together
Interview with Pertti Majanen United Nations Intergovernmental Committee of Experts on Sustainable Development Financing (ICESDF) held an outreach event at the Aalto University Design Factory on April 3-4. The purpose of the event was to stimulate new partnerships, strategies and innovations for financing sustainable development around the world. As the interest for the private sector Read more >

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Living+ programme – Creating better living environments
A multidisciplinary research programme to create better and sustainable living environments. Presentation in the exhibition opening 24.2.2014, and a video screen in the exhibition. Aalto University’s Living+ programme takes the WDC2012 Helsinki and Aalto University’s WDC2012 legacy further. The programme will be presented in the opening event of the Shaping a shared world exhibition in Read more >

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Map-readers for the 21st century
Researcher Susu Nousala talks about project based learning and Aalto LAB Mexico. Susu Nousala (PhD) is a Social Complex Adaptive Systems scientist. She works as a researcher in the research group NODUS (sustainable design research group) and in Creative Sustainability at the Department of Design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Her Read more >