Communication & Social Media Internship

The Internship

Leaderlab is offering a three to six months Communication and Social Media Internship with start 1st Feb., 15 March  or 1st September  2017. As an intern at Leaderlab you will be part of driving a US-Nordic sustainability partnership LAUNCH Nordic between IKEA, Novozymes, Kvadrat, Nordic Ministries and US partners Nike, NASA, USAID, U.S. State Department among others. In addition you will be involved in other partnerships and help plan and handle the execution of events.

The organisation

Leaderlab is a small but dynamic and globally connected organisation that offers a meaningful internship where you can make a real difference. Through the internship you will have the opportunity to build a unique international network with pioneering companies within sustainability. We operate globally but most activities and the primary workspace will be in Copenhagen/Greater Copenhagen Area.

Your profile

We are looking for a structured, ‘hands-on’ profile who can help carry out communication, daily posting and editing of social media. Someone who is smart, independent has a strong work ethic, collaborative spirit and great communication skills. As we work with Social & Environmental Sustainability, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and Circular Economy is essential that you have a personal interest and basic understanding about these fields.

We expect that you:

  • Are a good and structured organizer, who can work independently and get things done
  • Are a strong communicator with a fluent English.
  • Are a problem-solver with a positive approach to things
  • Have experience using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and have an active LinkedIn profile
  • Are familiar with Excel and Google Docs/sheets
  • Experience with WordPress is a plus

We only accept 3-6 month interns and we expect that you will be joining min. 30 hours a week. The Internship is unpaid.

If you fit the profile please send your CV and cover letter to:

If you have questions feel free to contact, Project Manager Ole Høy Jakobsen: or +45 22920764 for more information.

We will evaluate the received applications on an ongoing basis, and close for applications once the right Intern is found, so apply rather sooner than later.


LAUNCH Nordic 2016 kicked off – Closing the Loop

Everybody is talking about the potentials in the Circular Economy. But how do we create closed loop systems and material streams? How do we design and manufacture for disassembly and recycling? And how do we shift to new business models that support durable products and re-use?

April 7, 2016 LAUNCH Nordic Partners: IKEA Group, Novozymes, Kvadrat, The Danish Environmental Protection Agency, The Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Region Skåne teamed up with representatives from The City of Copenhagen, The Capital Region of Denmark, Innovation Skåne, Dansk Retursystem and key representatives from the world of materials to kick of the LAUNCH Nordic Cycle on Closing the Loop.

The purpose of the ‘Big Think’ was to bring some of the different players it takes to close material loops into one room to discuss models for making it happen.

Circular Economy IKEA

To open the discussion the following people gave short presentations:

  • Håkan Nordkvist (Head of Sustainability Innovation at the Ikea Group)
  • Claus Stig Pedersen (Head of Corporate Sustainability at Novozymes)
  • Mikkel Stenbæk Hansen (Deputy Head of Division at the Danish EPA)
  • Lars Krejberg Petersen (CEO of Dansk Retursystem A/S)

Claus Stig Pedersen Novozymes

After sharing different perspectives on Closing the Loop the participants mapped out innovation opportunity areas and closed in on themes for the LAUNCH Nordic Innovation Challenge 2016.

Anders Byriel og Ida Auken

Over the coming month the LAUNCH Nordic partners will analyse the outcome of the event and finalise the Innovation Challenge, which will be announced in Q2 of 2016.

Closed loop

Within the next few months we will host a launch-event for this years Innovation Challenge and start the 2016 call for innovators from around the world.

See  more pictures from the event here

Read more about the 2015 LAUNCH Nordic Innovators

Copenhagen Mayor and 30 city planners and experts teamed up to explore next generation urban leadership

Copenhagen Mayor Morten Kabell and 30 city planners and experts teamed up Nov. 3, 2015 in Copenhagen to explore next generation Urban Leadership and how co-creation and collective impact partnerships can drive more liveable cities. Here are is a bit of background and the presentation from the day.

Cities are the epicenter of future growth and peoples lives and are key to catalyze more liveable and sustainable conditions for future living. Liveable cities are vital to global wellbeing. Cities are where people want to live, invest and work.


BY 2050 people living in cities will increase by 2.5-3.0 billion

“Creating Liveable Cities are at the top of the agenda for Mayors in both developed and developing cities around the world. But we see a need to innovate the processes for urban leadership and find new methods of putting the wellbeing of people at the center of planning.”

Helle Søholt, CEO, Gehl Architects

Cities are responsible for 70-75% of global CO2-emissions and air-pollution each year kills 7 million people.

Climate Change Cities

But climate change and air-pollution are not solved through silo initiatives – it’s solved through urban leadership, integrated city-planning and cross-sector innovation.

“Liveability is critical to attract and maintain global talents and drive sustainable growth. Liveability is a key to build the political case for more healthy and sustainable cities. By working with liveability from an holistic approach, cities can develop new solutions that create multiple benefits rather than just one.”

Henrik Seiding, Senior Director, Ramboll

Cities are driving the economy, but are facing grand challenges like population growth, shifting demographics, obesity, air-pollution, resource scarcity and changing climate.

Obesity & Diabetes Cities

Obesity cost 2.0 trillion $ globally in treatment.

With 65% of people with diabetes living in cities this calls for collective impact partnerships.

The city of Copenhagen has a long track record for both being a liveable city with focus on quality of everyday life and having ambitious goals for emission recution and climate adaptation. But even Copenhagen is faced with challenges, where no ready made solutions are possible.

“Copenhagen is by many known for our integrated planning and efforts to combat climate change. But going forward we need to find new ways to engage city stakeholder in cross-sector innovation and partnerships that will drive an even more living, diverse and responsible city.”

Brian Hansen, Head of Department City Strategies, City of Copenhagen


Liveable Cities - What constitutes Liveability

November 3rd we gather 30 leading nordic cities representatives and experts to identify how stakeholder engagement, cross-sector innovation and partnerships can drive a more sustainable and liveable Copenhagen.

“Cities holds the key to future growth, wellbeing and sustainable lifestyles. Next generation Urban Leadership will be all about how cities can mobilize stakeholders across sectors to partner in solving the complex challenge of balancing sustainability, liveability and a strong economy. “

Sofus Midtgaard, Founder & Managing Partner, Leaderlab

Behind the initiative are Gehl Architects, Leaderlab, Ramboll, Climate-KIC and The City of Copenhagen. We are group of organizations concerned with the challenge of how cities, civil society and private companies through collaboration, co-creation and collective impact partnerships can accelerate more liveable cities around the world.

“We need to empower cities and develop next generation urban leadership practices and partnership that will drive sustainable change.”

Susanne Pedersen, Nordic Director, Climate-KIC


Integrated city planning and cross sector innovation

Cities all over the World – are struggling to find the key to combine sustainable and economic development with creating a healthy and liveable city for people.  Rather than compete cities must unite to take urban leadership to the next level.

Behind the initiative are Gehl Architects, Leaderlab, Ramboll, Climate-KIC and The City of Copenhagen. We are group of organisations concerned with the challenge of how cities, civil society and private companies through collaboration, co-creation and collective impact partnerships can accelerate more liveable cities around the world.

Presentation from the day:


Moderator Slides - Sofus Midtgaard, Leaderlab

Moderator Slides, Sofus Midtgaard



Morten Kabell, Mayor of Copenhagen



Helle Søholt, CEO, Gehl Architects


Brian Hansen, Head of City Strategies, City of Copenhagen

Brian Hansen, Head of City Strategies, City of Copenhagen


Henrik Seiding, Executive Director, Ramboll

Henrik Seiding, Executive Director, Ramboll


If interested in engaging in driving or supporting this agenda, please contact:



Leaderlab, Danish Ministry of The Environment and the City of Copenhagen hosted a partnership session on Rethinking Packaging at this year’s Global Green Growth Forum (3GF) pre-meeting May 13, 2014.


The session united participants from IKEA, Unilever, ARLA, UNDP, Danish Ministry of The Environment, Danish Ministry of Business & Growth, City of Copenhagen, WRAP, WEF (YGL), Ellen MacArthur Foundation, EPEA  and Copenhagen Cleantech Cluster to Rethink Packaging.


Mervyn Jones, Head of Products & Materials, WRAP.


Ida Auken, MP & Former Minister of The Environment & WEF YGL

The session was kicked of by Ida Auken, MP & Former Minister of The Environment and WEF YGL and Mervyn Jones, Head of Products & Materials, WRAP.


The Challenge

With the rise of a new global ‘middle class’ with an increased buying power, the challenges around packaging and its environmental footprint will escalate globally. It’s a challenge that calls for international collaborations and innovations all the way through the value chain: from raw materials, chemistry, design, production, retail, use, disposal to recycling.



Pre-competitive collaboration around new packaging formats, material standards, reversed logistics, sorting systems and recycling facilities have the potential to dramatically reduce the footprint of the packaging industry and create new green jobs.

The Potentials in a Partnership

The partnership session attacked the current packaging challenge from two complementary perspectives:

1. A global collaboration focused on precompetitive industry collaboration and systems innovation

2. A local collaboration focused on sorting and recycling of plastics with Copenhagen City as test-bed


The Global Collaboration

The Global Collaboration session focused on engaging key stakeholders within packaging in identifying barriers and levers for a sustainable shift of the packing system. Ensuring that new innovative solutions within packaging that lowers the CO2, weather and chemical footprint are brought to scale requires an effort beyond that of the individual company or legislative organization.

systems-innovation-packagingThere is an urgent need to rethink packaging and to find innovative sustainable methods and approaches to the making and use of packing, across materials usage, packaging design, policy frameworks and consumer engagement.

The goal of the partnership is to engage key stakeholders in the packaging value chain in systems innovation to identify barriers and potentials for collaborative innovations and partnerships to drive a more sustainable packaging industry both globally and regionally.  We will aim at:

  • Engaging global actors across the value chain and society in greening the system of packaging
  • Help form precompetitive industry collaboration and system innovation to drive sustainable packaging
  • Identify and help scale disruptive innovations in sustainable packaging.

The Regional Collaboration

The Local Collaboration session took its outset in Copenhagen City. Copenhagen has been using a major share of waste generated in the city as a source of heat and electricity.  However with the plan for making Copenhagen carbon neutral by 2025 a disruptive shift will take place with the recovering of plastics from the waste stream and avoidance of incineration corresponding to about 12% of the required CO2 emissions reductions.

An important milestone in the Copenhagen plan for carbon neutrality is to ensure that by 2018 the following targets are met:

  • 20 percent reduction in waste to incineration – from 324,000 tonnes in 2010 to 260,000 tonnes in 2018
  • 45 percent of household waste to recycling – from 55,000 tonnes in 2010 to 100,000 tonnes in 2018.

Meeting these goals require significant technical and behavioral changes throughout the city that can only be achieved in collaboration with public and private partners. Implementing the circular economy approach and shifting the existing material stream of plastics in Copenhagen therefore requires strong public-private partnerships.


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