A warm thank you to Michael Collan who led the documentation of a great journey in Ragunda, Sweden.
We had the pleasure of spending a few days with Peter Ladan as our guide on our journey in Ragunda, where he took the time to introduce us to local entrepreneurs, as well as enabling us to experience the natural beauty of the area.
The meaning of this was to get new views, tips and ideas to help Ragunda navigate into the future.
First off we visited Jamtli (the regional museum of Jämtland and Härjedalen in Östersund). There is so much interesting material to see.
Close to Nälden, 95-year old Curt Lofterud has built and administers the many attractions of the private museum Glösa Älgriket. There is an authentic winter dwelling with exhibitions. There is also an area with authentic trapping pits for moose.
Rock carvings from 6000 years ago are the main attraction.
Maria Stenman at the Strömsnäsgården farm has a lot to take care of. Bed and breakfast is offered as well as a café and a shop.
There are many own high-quality products sold at the shop: artesanal items, spices, soap, jams, marmalade and juices.
My impression was that some food articles are very interesting and should be able to find a market. There are however many obstacles such as lack of financing by the banks, prohibition of selling raw milk in the regular food stores and not enough workforce to deal with everything. Focusing on agriculture and going vegan could be a solution.
The company Breach produces high-quality content and solutions for virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality platforms. They also produce the interesting VR-meditation, Iceland-landscape content introduced to us by Tristan Gibbin at AIM in Frösön.
The Impact Journey group, after visiting Jämtland, traveled by train to Trondheim, Norway. Many spectacular nature views during the journey.
Trondheim is more than 1000 years old, a center for trade, industry and politics. Dating back to the 11th century, the Gothic Nidaros Cathedral features an ornate rose window and a detailed west facade.
This was about how we can help scale social-good concepts & initiatives while supporting/nurturing entrepreneur ecosystems around the world.
The group that Bert-Ola Bergstrand organized to travel to Jämtland and Trondheim consisted of people with different nationalities and backgrounds:
Chairman and co-founder at Social Capital Forum. He lives in Gothenburg.
Vanessa is originally from Colombia, has studied at Uppsala University and lives in Gothenburg.
Isabel Solis Navarro
Isabel works with kids, teenagers and families in Mexico.
Leila Pais de Miranda
Leila is a network science fan and a network action person. Her main location of action is in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Glocal thinking and empowerment amaze and interest her.
Works at Chalmers University of Technology. Studied at Chalmers University, INSA Toulouse and Université de Pau et des Pays de l’Adour. Lives in Gothenburg.
Business owner, cryptocurrency enthusiast (A cryptocurrency is a medium of exchange using cryptography to secure the transactions and to control the creation of new units.), leadership development, public speaker. He eradicates banks.
Cynthia is passionate about how open source technology and the use of global networks and resources can create social, economic and environmental local impact. She works to enable communities to reinvigorate their local economy by providing them with the tools and support to collaborate and become resilient.
Venture catalyst active in the Nordics, Silicon Valley and Greater China region. Oxford educated engineer turned strategy consultant turned tech entrepreneur and impact investor. Over a decade of experience, advising Fortune 500 companies, governments and start-ups. Frequent speaker/panelist. Active community builder, adventurer and citizen of the world. Lives in Stockholm.
Michael is a marketing professional in medicine. Active in product management and various marketing and social media.
Australian, but mainly USA & Europe based global citizen. Joy is super passionate about innovating the impact investing space.
Luigi is a co-founder and research lead at 1000001 Labs, a cooperative established to study artificial intelligence solutions to manage environmental data and to advance international initiatives on citizen science, and a member of the Knowledge Engineering and Machine Learning group (KEMLg) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC). He is also the trustee from Spain in Greenpeace International.