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Missions - a new way to meet societal challenges

The challenges we face in today's society are both complex and global. Whether they are about poverty, climate change or inequalities in health, individual efforts are not enough. Changes are required at the system level. If we are to achieve a sustainable future in time, we must think and cooperate in new ways. Therefore, we use a mission-oriented approach where different actors work in the same direction towards common objective.

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Current seminars in missions

What does mission mean as an approach?

A mission-oriented approach aims to achieve system change. Actors from different sectors, industries and disciplines gather around a boldly inspiring and measurable objective that must be achieved within a certain period of time. The goal must have an effect on society and politics and be relevant to a large part of the population.

  • Missions as an approach are based on cross-sectoral and cross-industry collaborations.
  • The approach presupposes a mix of "top-down" and "bottom-up" initiatives with a common direction.
  • The work is coordinated by actors at the system level, but is based on a joint concentration of forces, where the change takes place by everyone moving towards the objective they have formulated together.
  • The approach addresses the Agenda 2030 goals in a new way. The complex objective that are addressed in the mission work deal with the real societal challenges that, among other things, span several of the goals in Agenda 2030.

We are testing ourselves

Over the past year, Vinnova has worked intensively with missions. We have so far been in an exploratory phase and in dialogue with a large number of actors. Now we conduct dialogues with new actors from different parts of society in a new way of working with complex challenges, from a systems perspective. The hope is that we will succeed in covering all the different parts - to together find the best way to make a bigger difference for sustainable development.

Are you interested in knowing more? Do not hesitate to contact us!

Team missions

Dan, Andrea and Tobias for general questions:

Team mat

Joanna, Jenny or Camilla for questions about mission food:, or

Team mobility

Filip or Sara for questions about mission mobility:

Andrea Råsberg

Acting Head of department

+46 8 473 31 59

Tobias Öhman

Programme manager

+46 8 473 32 17

Dan Hill

Director of Strategic design

+46 8 473 30 84

Last updated 17 December 2021

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