Change Maker Future Track

This extra-curricular track equips handpicked students with a strong interest in sustainability issues and an entrepreneurial mindset with the tools to be the leaders of sustainable transition. The training is based on the challenges of external stakeholders while having support from coaches within the trade and the university.

About the Change Maker Future Track

LUSEM is well known for its focus on sustainability, combined with strategic focus on developing ‘reflective practitioners’ with the skill sets required for taking on globally responsible management positions. The work on sustainability and global responsibility is a substantial part of LUSEM’s ‘triple crown’ accreditation. The Change Maker Future Track fits right in as an extra-curricular track running over 30 weeks parallel to master studies where graduating students will receive a diploma.   

Our experienced and well-renowned faculty member Stein Kleppestø will run the Change Maker Future Track, which is initiated by the School’s Sustainable Future Hub. 

Being a change maker for a sustainable future requires the ability to grasp complexity and uncertainty. Moving from an unsustainable to a sustainable world is as all about finding solutions to wicked problems. In our program we aim to develop our students’ maturity and change maker skills by working on very challenging, real life needs for change.
- Stein Kleppestø

Read more about Stein Kleppestø’s research

Challenge owners 2022/2023

We can proudly say that the 2022/2023 Change Makers will have challenges from Kraftringen, Stena Fastigheter, Kährs, Help to help, Oatly.

The four parts of Change Maker Future Track 


Hand picked students get the chance to preparing to be cutting edge sustainability leaders. The students come from different master programmes and many nationalities. Every one of them are entreprenurial minded individuals who want to take charge in the sustainable transformation.

Challenge owner  

The basic idea is to learn by doing, which is why we need to present the students with real life challenges of import to your business. 

The Change Maker Future Track program is one of several initiatives within the School of Economics and Lund University's sustainability work. The program aims to develop participating students' ability to drive and support complex change processes. 

Does your organization have sustainability-related challenges they could consider delegating to our students?  We take on challenges that are something:  

  • you would have worked on yourself if you had the resources for it, a real project with quite a high priority  
  • where you think a group of 5-7 ambitious students can contribute meaningfully to  
  • you are willing to put some resources into by for example appointing an internal owner and contact person  
  • that is open to some experimentation and letting the students work quite freely within your set framework and ongoing follow-up  

The students start the project in September, and end their engagement in March. The students will have the support of Stein Kleppestø both before and during the project work.   

Contact Martina Oxling for more information.  


We need committed external coaches for the students during the challenges, this could be for you if you have experience in driving change processes and sustainable development.

The students work hands-on in groups during the challenges. The challenges takes place between September 2022 - March 2023 and the role as a coach include about 3-4 days of work over that period.   

As a coach, you will also be invited to inspirational events and webinars, study visits and other exciting opportunities.  

Coaches 22/23

We are grateful to be able to offer our students such a wide selection of coaches from Footprint Level, PE, Hållbarhet Heimstaden, Nordea, Meta, Global recilience partnership och Stockholm recilience center, Barnfonden, Olsson Skärvad, Sony, Bilburry consulting, IKEA, Malmö Stad, Stormgeo, Självbildarna, UNOPS, Smile incubator, RISE and Jordbruksverket. Thank you all for your dedication and believing in sustainable change.


Contact Martina Oxling for more information.  


We believe that inspiration and sharing ideas plays a big part in change. 

That's why we invite guest speakers on the theme "How to be a change maker", where they speak about their exciting work to drive sustainable development.

We also invite researchers to comment from their perspective, and act as debaters with the guests. These types of events will be hybrids where selected people will be there live, and it will also be streamed for anyone to take part online.   

See our webinars so far at the LUSEM youtube (

Contact Martina Oxling for more information.  


Thank you!

The Change Maker Future Track is partly funded by an endowment from Sparbanksstiftelsen Finn, owner of Sparbanken Skåne.


Martina Oxling 
Project manager
Phone: +46 70 914 88 68

Martina Oxling

How to be a Change Maker talks

Inspiration is one of the four building stones that make up the Change Maker Future Track. 

Change Makers who has inspired us so far:

  • Oatly's John Schoolcraft on fearless leadership
  • Meta on social impact! with Anna Lerner Nesbitt
  • Building Resilience Top-down and Bottom-up with Jesper Hörnberg

  • Creating positive change in society, the IKEA business way

Go to the LUSEM youtube to see all earlier talks (youtube)

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Program topics


  • Theories and models for understanding open systems
  • Theories and models for understanding complexity
  • Theories and models for understanding learning and change in individuals and organizations
  • Theories and models for understanding incremental and disruptive innovation and large and small systems
  • Theories and models for understanding managing complex projects
  • Theories and models for understanding leadership
  • Theories and models for understanding team collaboration


  • Mapping complex systems
  • Changing complex systems
  • Managing complex projects
  • Leading teams and projects
  • Effective team collaboration


  • Growth mindset
  • Collaborative mindset
  • Innovative mindset
  • Ethical focus