Sitra has raised future themes and knowledge, but the utilisation of future knowledge in decision-making remains problematic

The new evaluation report assesses to what extent Sitra has attained its impact target of “Well-Known Future Trends in Finland 2011–2018”. According to MDI’s evaluation, Sitra’s role is particularly emphasised in the maintenance of future faith and in discussing the importance of shared visions. As such, Sitra has had a significant impact on the following themes: the sustainability crisis, circular economy, weak signals, sustainable wellbeing, collaborative economy and experimental culture.

According to the evaluation, Sitra’s challenge is to help overcome the poor utilisation of future knowledge in decision-making. The evaluation produced five recommendations for Sitra:

  1. There is a need to make wider use of international networks
  2. Sitra’s own future capabilities should be supported by increasing its activator and mentor roles
  3. Thoroughly select those topics where widespread civic engagement is needed and focus on the expert ecosystem
  4. The role as a networker of various actors needs to be clarified
  5. Sitra needs to play a more active role in supporting the interpretation, understanding and application of knowledge

Read more: https://www.sitra.fi/uutiset/arviointi-sitra-tekee-tulevaisuutta-tutuksi/

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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