Building enriching networks – Tuunaa tuottoa Vol. 2

MDI got a delightful job as a facilitator and coach in Tuunaa tuottoa Vol. 2  project. Project brought together forty entrepreneurs from creative industry from five areas in Finland. Entrepreneurs who participated were from Eastern and Western Uusimaa, Southern Ostrobothnia, Central Finland and Southern Savonia. Project was carried out in 2016–2017. Project created both regional and national business networks. It offered participants a great opportunity to develop their own sales skills and inspired them to develop new products together. It also encouraged SME’s to do more joint offers to potential bigger customers that they could not reach alone. During the project, networks, new businesses (new startup entrepreneurs), new products and new customer relationships were created. Best of all, the network that was born during the project continues to work actively on it’s own and is opening doors also to new network members.
Further information (in Finnish): www.tuunaatuottoa.fi.

Information for municipalities and new national policy instruments for steering climate change mitigation and circular economy in municipalities

National goals in respect of preventing climate change and boosting the circular economy require strengthening. This entails the creation of viable solutions and indeed the adoption of a new approach in the municipalities. Based on the National Urban Strategy, a preliminary study has been produced which considered a number of potential policy instruments for climate and circular economy work. For the municipal level, the publication provides information on what kinds of instruments already exist, while for the state level, it suggests a number of new ideas for prospective policy instruments.

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PhD thesis defence: Urbanisation lacks vision

Ilppo Soininvaara (M.Sc.), MDI’s specialist in urban development and politics, researched for his PhD thesis the policy of urbanisation in Finland. The PhD thesis illustrates the development of urbanisation, the related political debate and various strategic interests. Soininvaara defended his thesis on May 25, 2022 at 12 noon at the faculty of science of the University of Helsinki. The thesis’ subject is “The politics of urbanisation – From a global imperative to national struggles”.

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