With the New Global project, we have had the chance to take on very difficult challenges - poverty, climate change and resource scarcity - and experiment with finding practical solutions. It has been a unique opportunity for learning, and we want to share our experience.
Global sustainability challenges might feel overwhelming. At the same time, the vision of a more sustainable world is increasingly vivid in our minds and hearts, and technical possibilities abound. What remains an obstacle, it seems, is our ability to come together across diverse realities and co-create a sustainable future.
In the New Global project, we have studied multi-stakeholder innovation processes that aim to co-create sustainable solutions with low-income communities. We have identified new roles, new methods and new skills that help these diverse groups collaborate better.
We warmly invite you to explore our learnings, and to continue this work.
Minna Halme, Professor of Sustainability Management, Project Director
Sara Lindman, Ph.D, Project lead and initiator
Where New Global has specifically succeeded, is the hands on approach of trying out collaboration methods and platforms and boldly and quickly abandoning models which don’t seem to work and quickly picking up new methods or experimentation.
Jussi Impiö, Founder of Fuzu
It’s very often about the basic needs of people... because contexts are different, you can’t propose the same idea that worked in Nigerian village to a village in Zambia, because it might not work. Or it may but you don’t know before you test, talk to the locals and do the whole design process together with them.
Sini Numminen, Project Researcher
Explore the projects and themes that were designed, tested and tried around the globe:
Research on how to create circular economy business models across emerging and mature markets.
See more >
Research on cases of reverse innovation in Finland.
See Mira Mielonen’s Master thesis >
Research on grassroots entrepreneurs and the organisations that support them.
Learn more from Marleen Wierenga’s PhD >
Collaboration and research on human-centered maternity ward design.
Learn more here >
Work on the transition to sustainable energy in Nairobi.
See Erika Forstén’s Master thesis >
Research on new roles in the emerging innovation ecosystem.
For more on innovation intermediation, see Anne Hyvärinen’s PhD >
An in-depth study of the Grundfos lifelink work in Kenya – a pioneer in water sector innovation.
For more information, see Anne Hyvärinen’s PhD >
Education and innovation collaboration with Tecnológico de Monterrey.
Collaborative research on sector transition in Namibia. Collaboration with SAMK.
Research and innovation work. Study on innovation intermediation by the Private Forestry Program in Southern Highlands. Innovation advisory and start-up initiated.
Learn more about the forestry case >
Research and company collaboration on urban biowaste to biofuel in Dar es Salaam.
The rapid urbanisation in East Africa calls for urban densification and affordable housing. Research on how this can be reached in a co-creative way.
Collaboration and research on human-centred maternity ward design.
Learn more here >
Something that makes it good to work in multidisciplinary themes, is that you can’t know what other people know. You can’t be on the same level in every field of knowledge, so it’s a good practice to be able to show how little you know. And through that there is the possibility for great coincidences and totally new things to come up.
Helena Sandman, Project Researcher
People have fixed ideas about the developing countries that are not true, but are taken as truths. If only people would be braver and more empathetic, we could understand so much more.
Marleen Wierenga, Project Researcher
The New Global project in numbers: