Welcome to 'Engaging India at Almedalen 2021: Future Urbanisms' on July 5, 2021.
Over the past 18 months, the world has witnessed an unprecedented situation. The Covid-19 pandemic has compelled us to rethink existing systems and explore collaborations and solutions for a changing world. This year the series of seminars deepen the focus on how collaboration between Swedish and Indian innovation ecosystems can foster approaches, frameworks and solutions for sustainability that is available for everyone.
Accordingly, our theme for 2021 is, Sustainability and Innovation: What India and Sweden Can Learn From Each Other.
Organised within the umbrella of Future Urbanisms – a multidisciplinary research programme of Uppsala University at Campus Gotland, Zerocity and Content People AB, the seminar series connects the urban needs, innovative spirit and entrepreneurial energy of India with the ideas of sustainability and resilience, and the business models of Sweden and the Nordic world. This year’s seminar series will also showcase and formally introduce Zerocity, which is a collaborative network-based platform that has emerged from Future Urbanisms to create sustainable solutions for cities and its communities.
The seminars will focus on fostering cooperation, collaboration and connections between the Swedish and Indian Innovation and Sustainability Ecosystems and the various key stakeholders, particularly those from the research and thought leadership community. The seminars will showcase three perspectives of:
- Innovations for Sustainable Solutions for Everyone
- Start-Ups & the New Purpose Economy
- Urban centres as Circular Economies of Equitable Growth
The Seminar Series
Seminar 1 - Co-thinking Urbanisation, Technology & Sustainability in a changing world
Key Question: 'In a changing post-Covid world, what are the approaches to co-thinking sustainability, urbanisation, and technology?
Seminar 2 - New Energy Systems for the People: Insights & Models from India & Sweden
Key Question: How can we increase the per-person access to clean and affordable energy, while reducing the world’s carbon footprint?
Seminar 3 - SDGs & Industry 4.0: Creating a New Purpose Economy
Key Question: How can we design and ‘hard-code’ equity from a perspective of digital democracy, socioeconomic growth, and human development?
Seminar 4 - Indian ‘Sunya’ and Swedish ‘Lagom’: Towards a Zero city
Key Question: Can zero as an ethos bring about a new circular model and show the way towards a more sustainable world?
Future Urbanisms, Uppsala University
Prof. Owe Ronstrom, Professor, Uppsala University
Dr. Swaminathan Ramanathan, Researcher, Uppsala University, Director (Social Impact), Deloitte India & Curator, Zerocity Network
Rupali Mehra, Founder & CEO, Content People AB