A Sustainable Tomorrow

A Sustainable Tomorrow

30 July - 5 August

Mohandas Gandhi is often quoted for proclaiming that each individual should strive to “be the change you wanna see in the world”. While being a mighty fine idealistic slogan, the statement is getting far too ahead of itself, for a simple reason: You can´t reach the destination of being the change and evoking change, if you don’t have the tools to get you there in the first place – a list of your own resources, skilled travel companions with different expertise, a map, a compass and a bag of experience.


Thus, this one-week summer school is not primarily about discussing where you want to go – it is about finding out how you will get there and which tools you will need on your journey. Getting to know this will prepare you to take the very firsts steps towards dealing with your own local sustainability issues in the broadest sense of the word across the production of energy and raw materials, our agricultural production and food culture, and the way we educate to create societies with social cohesion and thriving democracies.


The Workshops


The workshops are build around the concept of “innovation didactic”, a concept focusing on social process and exploration of possibilities, developed by Danish pedagogical researchers. The progression in this concept, is that participant will explore their own strengths and weakness as individuals and as participants in group discussions/assignments. Having mapped the resources, the group will start to identify a common problem, the arena of the problem and its actors, discussing which change they would like to see, and describing the effects it would have on practice in the arena. Later in the week, through dialogue and critical reflection among groups and along with the lectures, the group will start to develop ideas and strategies, that could bring a potential project to fruition.


Bringing Ideas Back Home


From participating the week A Sustainable Tomorrow you will get a greater insight into the complexity surrounding what we produce, learn methods to develop sustainable concepts and at the same time shape great ideas for how we can deal with the challenges across food, technology and education. The ideas and concepts generated during the week will be made available online, so that the collaboration that has begun during the week can continue afterwards. And maybe some of the ideas can become reality.

We will visit or be visited by these people and places:

(the list continuously be updated with new people and places)

Lene Lange, professor in biochemical engineering an bio-economy at the Technical University of Denmark

Today a lot of excess biological mass from e.g. agricultural production is considered waste. Through biotechnological methods it is now possible to turn this waste into valuable resources that can support the transition into more sustainable yielding ways of producing. Lene Lange take us through the potentials of bio-economical thinking in how we produce the biological raw materials for sustainable societies.


Brian Vad Mathiesen, Alborg University, professor in energy planning and development

Even though most individuals can agree on the environmental benefits of change towards renewable energy, there is still a lot of complex challenges that can only be solved by understanding the different on agendas on a Global scale – eg. international agreements, lobbyisme, research funding, etc. Professor Mathisen will provide us an understanding of the international structures working for and against the transformation towards renewable energy, in a lecture with the subject: “EU and International Renewable Energy Model, Technical & Political Challenges and Solutions”.

Lolland - Copenhagen Collaboration

In 2017, the rural muncipallity of Lolland made a innovative partnership with the danish capital Copenhagen, found 150 kilometers north of Lolland. The new deal between the two can be seen as an answer to the question of which role rural regions should play in relation to the metropolitan areas? What Lolland could offer the capital and its energy supplier HOFOR, was at first space - they could house the windmill parks, that the capital needed to realise its goals towards becoming the worlds first carbon neutral capital by 2025. But then, more circular thinking followed - eg. Lolland providing organic food for Copenhagens daycare system and the establishment of new research facilities at Lolland.

Ole G. Mouritsen, professor of gastrophysics

Taste is at the cornerstone of our experience of food and the sea is full of taste. Common for Denmark and Japan is that the ocean is never far away, but we have a very different food cultures of when it comes to eating what sea has to offer. Ole will take us through the tastes of the sea seen from a scientific point of view. Not to cast judgement over prefered tastes, but an exploration of what the sea brings us in regards to richness of flavour and nutrition.

Bio-economy in muncipality of Guldborgsund

Guldborgsund is developmening projects revolving bio-ecomics ressources. Together with engineers and universities, they are looking more closely in on how to turn leftover biomaterial from the coasts and farmlands into valuable resources. Program manager Anne Holl Hansen guide us into the field of bio-economy and perspectives for a rural municipality as Guldborgsund.

Visual climate center and "Science on a Sphere".

In 2012 the muncipality of Lolland brought the "Science on a sphere" to the region - a model of our globe in 3-d that is being fed by data from NASA satellites. "The globe" can graphically represent to its audiences (from public schools to professors), how climate changes can be traced visually by satellite measurements. Drawing on over 800 datasets - from enviromental changes to wave patterns from communication devices - from researchers all over the world, the globe can put things in a whole new, and concrete, perspective.

Rasmus Vincentz, sustainability consultant at Habitats and sustainability coordinator at the Association of Folk Highschool in Denmark (FFD):

In Denmark, the Danish folk higshschools are experimenting with a number of projects on how to translate the sustainability agenda – according to the UNs official goals for climate development - into an educational context. As both a consultant and a coordinator in regards to a lot of these projects, Rasmus will provide a speak on why the sustainability subject is a natural continuation of folkhighschool movement, and how this particular brand of non-formal education, can provide the freethinking and creativity that inspires sustainable thinking

Ph.d. Emil Urhammer, Aalborg University

Ph.d. Emil Urhammer: Last summer Emil handed in his ph.d. dissertation “Political Perspectives on Economic Growth and Sustainability - from narratives to model”. Based on his research, Emil will give us an historical insight into Danish energy politics. He will show how it is intertwined with the logic of the mainstream economical models used at the time to describe and prescribe the political choices and how the models framed, what was thought of as being political possible.

Associate professor Jette Steensen, University of Tromsø

The specific place as point of departure for educational thinking offers something different then the ongoing educational focus revolving around international surveys and the benchmarking of nations. A place-based educaional thinking draws attention to the concrete reality as it unfolds in near proximity to those undergoing education. Not as an idolising of a lost past, but as way opening up for other experiences and embeddedness. And maybe the challenges of growning inequality and enviromental issues, calls for a more grounded way of thinking.

Associate professor Marie Højlund Roesgaard, University of Copenhagen

The educational systems and traditions of denmark and japan is very different. At same time we are confronted with a more and more globalised world and how do we educate for common understanding and global engagement across cultures. Together with Marie we will explore the concept of global citienship and differences between the two countries and try to localize the potential of what we can learn for each other.

Cooking at Saxkøbing food Academy

Recently established in Sakskøbing city by the citizens union The Little Apple in cooperation with Saxkjøbing Hotel owned by food entrepreneur and Noma co-founder Claus Meyer. The food academy is part of a town development program alongside the yearly fruit festival and foodshop with local produce. The food academy offers different practical courses to all kinds of citizens, in how to do good with food on local conditions. We will we visit the Academy for a cooking session, while discussing the philosophy behind the project.




4.495 dkk

75.000 ¥

2.995 dkk

50.000 ¥

Limited places:

50 participants

(approx. 25 danes, 25 japanese)

Explore the detailed program:

Commen Challenges - Common Solutions

is arranged as a part of the work towards establishing a new Folk High School at Lolland-Falster, Denmark






Phone: 0045 2251 2780