The purpose of this training module is to challenge your problem-solving and collaboration skills. As we like to say, sustainability is a team effort. Multidisciplinary collaboration along with space and tools for innovation is key to embracing and solving problems. Therefore, this module is designed with an extra focus on core competences #2 - Extreme Collaboration Skills, and #3 - Curiosity and Critical thinking.

This module is mostly about the process, not the end result. This is a safe space and we’re all here to grow, learn and have fun!

Some questions to get you started:

  • What does Extreme Collaboration Skills and Curiosity and Critical Thinking mean for you, both in general and in your everyday life?
  • What are your strengths in regards to this core competence? What do you need to practice?
  • Think back on a successful teamwork you’ve had, why was it successful? Any key learnings?
  • Are you already familiar with some tools, processes or methods that can be useful for creative problem solving ?


For this module we ask you to challenge yourself to find team members, identify a challenge related to food, farms and forests and suggest a solution:

1.Create a team of 3-4 members: find fellow students that want to take on this challenge with you, using your network or make a shout out in the Linkedin group ASAP 2020. Remember that you need to be able to argue for the diversity/multidisciplinarity of your group in your hand submission. Tip: Get to know each other by using the value tool provided in module no 3!

2.Understand the case challenge: For this exercise we want you to put yourself in the shoes of a Swedish farmer or forest-owner (a fictive LRF member) and “Identify a challenge they are facing today and present a solution that both meet the needs of the farmer and contribute to a more sustainable society.” In your solution we want you to consider both the economic, social and environmental aspects of sustainability. It is an open case formulation - for a reason; we want you to deep dive into the problem and research and explore the topic in different ways.

3.Download your innovation toolbox: This your guide on how approach the case challenge. This includes the Sustainable Business Canvas developed by Albaeco, Rebecka Carlsson and Stockholm Resilience Centre and instructions on how to construct a pitch deck (final submission). You’ll automatically get access to the toolbox and other resources when you register with your email.

4.Share expectations and decide on a game plan: How much time do you want to spend on this as a group? (Totally up to you! Again, it's about the process!). How do you want to work? What are your milestones?

5.Game on!:)

6.Submit your pitch deck in the Progress form: Each team member needs to submit the team pitch deck (PDF) using the Progress Form. Make sure to write the name of your team + each team member name on the first page of the pitch deck.

More resources and inspiration:

  • LRF Memo on Swedish Agriculture and Sustainability
  • Email an LRF member that wants to engage in discussions about sustainability
  • OECD report on agriculture in Sweden
  • IVA report on how Swedish agriculture meets the climate goals
  • Eat-Lancet Commission on how to feed a future population of 10 billion people a healthy diet within planetary boundaries
  • Stay tuned for more information on ASAP Local Talks, a student-farmer dialogue in your region.

Jens Berggren, LRF

“To be able to drive change, extraordinary collaboration skills is key. It's all about understanding something and seeing possibilities in how to change it for the better. Then you partner up with people with the right competences - because you won't change the world alone!”


Are you interested in getting your Certificate of Completion for ASAPs Sustainability Leadership Training? And be eligible for the selection ASAP Leaders 2021? If that is the case, you need to complete all 4 modules. 

In order to receive points for this module you need to go to the Progress Form and check the box for completion and follow the instructions for that particular module. A link to the Progress Form is sent out as soon as you sign up to be a part of the journey, using your email. You can save and update your Progress Form at any time.

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