Creative Climate Leadership training courses take place worldwide. They are facilitated by Julie’s Bicycle in partnership with cultural and environmental experts with on-the-ground experience in each location.

Creative Climate Leadership Sweden and Scandinavia

Led by Julie’s Bicycle, CCL will be presented in Sweden and Scandinavia thanks to a collaboration with visual artist and sustainability scientist Diego Galafassi and the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation.

The next CCL training course will take place online from  March – June 2022, supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation. This course is open to artists and creative and cultural professionals living and working in Scandinavia, including: Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland. We are looking to recruit roughly half of the participants from Sweden and half from the wider Scandinavia region.

Application deadline: Sunday 6th February 2022

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About the Creative Climate Leadership training course

CCL Scandinavia offers:

  • An online intensive program of leadership and peer-to-peer exchange for 24 talented and motivated participants living and working in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland (adapted from our one-week residential programme)
  • A limited number of ‘seed funding’ grants are available to participants to support projects after the course.
  • An international network of CCL alumni
  • Participation at a Creative Climate Summit in Stockholm in 2022

The program will:

  • Explore the role of culture and creativity in responding to climate change and environmental challenges;
  • Bring together a range of expert guest speakers to share case studies, research, approaches and practical solutions for environmental sustainability in the cultural sector;
  • Enable each participant to develop their leadership and ideas;
  • Prepare participants to apply their learning and new skills when they return home, and support ongoing learning and exchange through an alumni network.

During the program, participants will learn from and engage in conversation with invited guests such as global change scientists, organisational change and participatory experts. Together you will develop an up-to-date picture of creative climate action and develop the leadership skills and networks to lead artistic practice and institutions for transformative climate action.

Topics will include: historical, scientific and political drivers of climate change and their dimensions of justice; the role of culture within the global environmental and climate movements; ‘leadership’ for climate action, including personal development and movement building; strategies and practical tools for managing change and bringing climate and ecological action into the heart of organisations, networks, and ways of working; communicating climate change.

In the 6 months following the training, participants will be supported through: a one-to-one session with CCL facilitators; regular webinars; the opportunity to apply for one of several CCL in Action ‘seed grants’; and an alumni newsletter.

Note the programme will be in English.

Who the course is for

Creative Climate Leadership is for performing, visual, media, music, and other artists; cultural and creative workers including producers, presenters, curators, administrators, funders, policy makers, and others who are ambitious and passionate about using their cultural and creative expertise in service to the ecological crisis and climate justice.

Applicants must be based in and/or working in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland.

Logistical details


  • Tuesday, 8 March, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Wednesday, 9 March, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 10 March, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Friday, 11 March, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 31 March, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Friday, 1 April, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Wednesday, 20 April, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Thursday, 21 April, 09:30 – 12:30
  • Tuesday, 21 June, 09:30 – 12:30

Note: all times given in CEST. Participants are expected to be available for participation on all the above dates/times.

Language: The course will be conducted in English.

Location: CCL Scandinavia will take place online.

Eligibility: CCL Scandinavia is open to artists and creative/cultural professionals working in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Faroe Islands, Åland. We are looking to recruit roughly half of the participants from Sweden and half from the wider Scandinavia region.

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Digital ‘pay if you can’ participant fee for CCL Scandinavia online 2022: SEK 3,000.  Fully subsidised places are available to those unable to pay – we do not want cost to be a barrier to entry for anyone. Details below.

The fee covers full participation in the digital programme; inclusion in the on-going network of CCL alumni including three post-course webinars; potential to apply for one of several CCL Action ‘seed grants’ of up to SEK 18,000 (note that only independent freelancers/artists or not-for-profit organisations will be eligible to apply for the seed grants); and attendance at a CCL Summit in Stockholm in autumn 2022.

In recognition of the impact COVID-19 continues to have on the creative community, fees for the digital course have been significantly reduced. We suggest anyone working for an organisation with SEK 2,000,000+ annual turnover pay, but applicants are able to state if they are unable to as part of the application. Independent artists/freelancers and those working for non-profit, charity, or grassroots organisations with smaller turnovers are not expected to pay.

Participants are expected to contribute around 7.5 days in total across the duration of the course (4.5 days online contact time on the above listed dates, and around 3 days of independent work between sessions). We are limiting participation in the online CCL to 24 participants and expect demand to be high, so please only apply if you feel able to commit this time.

Participants are also expected to organise an independent ‘CCL Action’ legacy project (in a format of their choosing) after course completion.


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Testimonials from previous CCL Participants

“Participating in the Creative Climate Leadership programme transformed me from a passive, mostly pessimistic spectator into an empowered participant. It connected me to a network of passionate actors from all parts of the globe and of various backgrounds. I keep on seeing the added value of hearing everyone’s voice and unleashing our potential in solving probably the most pressing challenge of our time.”

“The CCL course has given me a much clearer understanding of climate change as an ethical, socio-economic and political issue and of how my thinking around equality, human rights, collective rights and environmental justice interrelate.”

“CCL was an invaluable experience for me. It was a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people who have similar concerns to myself around climate and environment and are trying to figure out how the ‘creative industries’ address these issues. Since the week took place I have benefited from belonging to an international network, through which I have been able to share ideas, thoughts and receive feedback.”

“I broadened my network, and felt I was able to return from CCL to the crisis around the pandemic with a stronger perspective on the role I can play.”

“It gave me a better sense of the community of creative practitioners I was a part of, and what my role within that community could be.”

Previous CCL Training Programmes

CCL was piloted in 2017 through a Creative Europe funded programme, with training taking place in the UK and Slovenia, co-facilitated with PiNA, a sustainable development NGO working in Slovenia and across the EU. CCL USA was presented in the US in 2020 thanks to a collaboration of EcoArts Connections, the University of Arizona-Tucson, and the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) based at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

The CCL Sweden Online was held in 2021 in collaboration with visual artist and sustainability scientist Diego Galafassi and the Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies (LUCSUS), supported by the Swedish Postcode Foundation.

Previous programme participants include artists and freelancers working in music, visual arts, theatre, film, museums, design, fashion, festivals, and more and people working at organisations including Live Nation, Arts Council England, Forestry Commission England, Manchester Museum, La Monnaie, Association of Performing Arts Professionals USA, Royal Court Theatre London, Fondo Accion Colombia, Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC), Counterpoints Arts, Green Events Netherlands, Somerset House Trust and many more.