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1000 young talents will save the planet in Denmark

One thousand of the world’s best young talents will gather on Danish ground in August to collaborate with Danish companies to develop ideas that can be transformed into concrete solutions to global issues.
UNLEASH culminates on 20 and 21 August in the European Culture Capital Aarhus. Here, the public is invited to UNLEASH Festival ‘Be the Change’.

Publiceret: 03.08.2017
Af Felix Bekkersgaard Stark mail

The ideas of young people and concrete cases from partnering companies form the focal point when 1,000 young talents from 115 countries visit Denmark between 13-21 August.

The event is called UNLEASH, and it is being held for the first time. But the goal is that UNLEASH will become an annual event that travels to a new country each year and develops new solutions.

“The cornerstone in UNLEASH is our ‘Innovation Lab’ where young people develop and refine their ideas. We will be pushing them, and it is our expectation that with the help of our professional facilitation teams, they will end up with concrete solutions that can be realised after UNLEASH,” says Henrik Skovby, Executive Chairman of Dalberg Group and leader of the UNLEASH secretariat.

Se also: More about UNLEASH

Selected participants

The young participants have been carefully selected on the basis of their visionary ideas, insights and experiences. Everyone from tech entrepreneurs to talented researchers to leaders of NGO programmes will participate to develop innovative solutions to the UN’s Global Goals, agreed upon by all 193 member countries in 2015. 

The talents will develop solutions within seven themes:

• Education & ICT,
• Food,
• Energy,
• Health,
• Water,
• Sustainable production and consumption
• Urban sustainability

“Without innovation - without disruption of the entire way we think sustainability and development - it won’t be possible to fulfil the global goals by 2030,” says Chairman of Carlsberg Group, the Carlsberg Foundation and UNLEASH, Flemming Besenbacher, and continues:

“It is important that we activate young people and let them challenge conventional thinking, which unfortunately continues to constitute a cornerstone in many businesses. The aim is to get some of the best and most creative minds to rethink and transform the essential issues in relation productivity and sustainability. ‘Rethink’ is the key word.”

See also: CSR also makes good business sense

Good publicity for Danish companies

The Confederation of Danish Industry has, together with the Carlsberg Foundation, UNDP, Deloitte, Dalberg and the Danish Folk High Schools, among others, contributed to the planning of the nine-day programme. Moreover, several of DI’s member companies are involved in UNLEASH, where they will provide inspiration and work together with the talents.

“Danish companies are already ahead when it comes to developing sustainable solutions that can support the UN’s 17 global goals. To stay in the lead, it is important that companies can attract the best skills and the most visionary talents - those who can both challenge our current mindset and come up with new ideas and insights. With UNLEASH 17, DI members will get a unique opportunity to meet the next generation of executives, entrepreneurs and students, who can bring innovation to Danish companies,” says Linda Duncan Wendelboe, Head of DI Global Talent.

See also: Human rights and sustainable development goals

Programme for UNLEASH in Denmark

UNLEASH will kick off on 13 August, where the talents will spend the day at the Train Workshop in Copenhagen. A number of international thought leaders will participate.

On 14 August, the talents will tour green, innovative companies in the capital and will also visit companies across the country. They will then be sent to ten different Danish folk high schools, where the innovation process will properly begin.

UNLEASH will culminate on 20 and 21 August in the European Culture Capital Aarhus. Here, the public is invited to UNLEASH Festival ‘Be the Change,’ where refugee shelters will form the focal point in activities for both adults and children.

Meanwhile, the talents will pitch their solution proposals to a panel of judges in a Dragon’s Den format.

On Monday, 21 August, “UNLEASH Award Show - Presented by BESTSELLER” will take the stage at Musikhuset in Aarhus, where awards will be given to the best solutions and a series of world-famous speakers will offer inspiring insights on sustainability and innovation.

A foundation has been set up in collaboration with the World Bank Group, and all participants will become part of a global support network.

The organisation behind
UNLEASH is supported by a number of Danish and international companies, more than 15 Danish foundations and several international foundations and has more than 200 global partnerships with some of the world’s leading institutions, organisations and NGOs. The executive partners are the Carlsberg Foundation, Dalberg, the Confederation of Danish Industry, Deloitte, the Danish Folk High Schools and UNDP.

The aim is to get some of the best and most creative minds to rethink and transform the essential issues in relation productivity and sustainability.
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PUBLISHED: 8/3/2017 LAST MODIFIED: 8/3/2017