The WIN WIN Youth Award is an international award that aims to empower and reward young people who play an active role in the creation of a more sustainable future. We welcome contributions from individuals, organisations and movements from all over the world, with members between the age 13 to 29. The winner of the WIN WIN Youth Award will receive SEK 50.000 at the WIN WIN Award ceremony in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Applicants to the WIN WIN Youth Award 2022 have presented a past or ongoing project/work/initiative linked to the theme 2022: SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE. Nominations open February 1st, 2022.
WIN WIN Youth Network is a national platform which invites you to meet other young change-makers that share the same goal to make this world a better place. Members of the network are people between 13-29 years old, engaged in organisations in Sweden that tackle sustainability issues – either environmental, social, economic, or all of them. The purpose of the network is to improve communication and dialogue between different sustainability organisations in order to find synergy effects and to achieve greater impact through the activities we do.
To join the network, the organisation should be:
Youth-driven with members mainly between 13-29 years old.
Mobilising on a local or national level.
Part of the fulfilling of the SDGs.
Independent of any political party.
Based on democratic principles, working against any form of discrimination and standing behind values of equality.
The network arranges approximately 4 digital meetings a year. During the WIN WIN Youth Arena in October 2021, our aim is to invite you to a larger, face-to-face meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden.
If this sounds interesting to you and your organisation or if you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Email us at info[at]winwingothenburgaward[dot]com.
WIN WIN Sustainability Adventure addresses the leaders of the future, young change-makers from around the globe who already have initiated their own unique sustainability work to make a positive impact. It is a collaboration between WIN WIN Youth Award and the Forum for Sustainable Visions in Action – ViA, with the common goal of opening new perspectives and opportunities for youths engaged in making sustainability happen around the world.
The Sustainability Adventure is an exclusive skill-building program for the 20 shortlisted candidates of the international WIN WIN Youth Award. The program is specially designed for the participants to enable them to share experiences, discuss new solutions and strengthen their communication skills in order to enhance their initiative’s visibility. Together, they create a global network of active young citizens.
WIN WIN Youth Arena takes place every year in Gothenburg and in connection with the WIN WIN Gothenburg Sustainability Award. At WIN WIN Youth Arena, you get the chance to immerse yourself in sustainability issues, network with like-minded people and participate in activities and talks. Youth Arena is implemented with, by and for young people. During one day in October attendees can enjoy things like talks, debates, workshops, exhibitions, films and live music.
The overarching aim of this project is to gather young people in the Greater Gothenburg and Västra Götaland Region to take part in a two-day program that in a unique way combines sustainability and culture. The arena is carried out in collaboration with local youth organisations and the ambition is to build Västra Götaland’s main gathering for young change makers. The arena tackles difficult topics through interactive activities and encourages creative ways of expression. In this way, the arena is both a place for knowledge exchange and networking, as well as for music performance, theatre or visual art – with a common aim of stimulating sustainable change. Besides any young people who are interested in the arena, we make sure to invite inspiring people from schools, universities, civil society, politics and business.
Auktionsverket Kulturarena is located on Tredje Långgatan in Gothenburg.
The Colombian organisation Red Universitaria Anti-corrupción (RedUva) is the 2021 winner of the prestigious WIN WIN Youth Award.
Jury’s motivation: “Corruption hurts everyone. Not only does it have a negative effect on economic development and the distribution of resources across the globe, but also drives poverty and hinders effective climate action. Therefore, combating corruption is one of the most important measures to create a sustainable society, now and in the future. By making corruption from the governing elite visible and at the same time educating the population in principles and values to create a culture around transparency, the youth-led Colombian organisation RedUva proves that by mobilising youth, students can create structural change while challenging injustice. With innovative methods and inspirational young leadership that engages children and young adults in Colombia and beyond, RedUva is honoured with the WIN WIN Youth Award.”
The prize is handed over at the WIN WIN Award ceremony, 21 October 2021.
The winners of the WIN WIN Youth Award 2020 is Ariana Yuen with the project Forested Foods from Ethiopia. Forested Foods is an Ethiopian organization that fights to preserve forests and create justice for forest-based communities. Ariana is recognized for her work and receives a prize of SEK 20,000.
The jury’s motivation: “Deforestation and over-exploitation of natural resources are two of the main drivers of biodiversity loss, while it also accelerates the effects of climate change. At the same time, land use is an essential source of income for a lot of people and communities around the globe. Ethiopian based Forested Foods and its founder Ariana Yuen demonstrate well-grounded action for Biodiversity through an agroforestry model that unifies local economic development with environmental conservation. Taking responsibility all the way from farm to table, Forested Foods partners up with small farmers to explore and develop sustainable forms of agriculture. For the holistic method, engagement and young leadership that hopefully will inspire many more young future changemakers, Ariana Yuen and Forested Foods are honoured with the WIN WIN Youth Award”
ADVOCATE MANAGER, SWEDISH OUTDOOR ASSOCIATION
Ahmed Al-Qassam has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Malmö University. He is the founder of the award-winning podcast Miljöpodden and has a long experience of working with strategic sustainability at different national and international levels. As a former youth representative at the United Nations Climate Change Convention’s and former president for youth climate organisation PUSH Sweden, Ahmed believes in the crucial role of the civil society to achieve systemic change on a global level.
SENIOR MANAGER AT SIWI
Stefan Heilscher has a MSc in Biology from Freiburg, Germany, and a degree in Marine Science from Otago New Zealand. Stefan gathered experience on sustainable salmon farming, seaweed and sea urchin culture, and land based aquaculture in Norway, New Zealand, Sweden and the Pacific. As senior manager at SIWI, Stefan combines knowledge from management consultancy and project & result management with a passion for water and sustainability challenges to contribute to a water wise world.
HEAD OF SUSTAINABILITY, AKADEMISKA HUS
Mia Edofsson has long and extensive experience in the field of sustainability, from several industries. She has worked as head of sustainability at Akademiska Hus since 2012 and is responsible for the development and execution of long-term sustainable strategies. Mia is a board member of the UN Global Compact Network Sweden and is deeply committed to contributing to the United Nations Global Goals and Agenda 2030
SWEDISH YOUTH REPRESENTATIVE TO UNFCCC
Ludwig Bengtsson Sonesson is the Youth Representative to the Swedish delegation to the UN Climate Change Convention (2019-2021). He’s a passionate storyteller, working in the Climaginaries project at Lund University with climate futuring—most notably as the curator of the fiction museum Carbon Ruins. He has a Bachelor in Political Science and is pursuing a Master’s in Sustainability Science.
CEO & FOUNDER, WE DON’T HAVE TIME
Ingmar is serial entrepreneur with background from the financial industry. Today he is CEO and founder of WeDontHavetime.org – the world’s largest social network for climate action. Official “eco-warrior” according to The Sun and “Mark ZuckerVert” according to FranceTV2, He’s a member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality and European Climate Policy Task Force.
PHD CANDIDATE, UNIVERSITY OF GOTHENBURG
Alexina T. Williams is a PhD Candidate specialising in Educational Sciences at the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg. Her research focuses on how out-of-school science environments, such as science centers, can become science teachers’ learning and integration of theory in practice. Alexina is also an educator at Universeum Science Center in Gothenburg.
HEAD OF SOCIAL SUSTAINABILITY DEPARTMENT, VGR
Viveca Reimers has a master of science degree from Chalmers University of Technology and a long experience of working with social, economic and ecologic sustainability, from different sectors and fields. At Region Västra Götaland she works as head of department of social sustainability. Viveca thinks Win Win Youth Award is important because real participation is crucial in the work for a sustainable future, not least the participation of children and young people.
DIRECTOR AT DEP. OF ECOLABELLING, NATURSKYDDSFÖRENINGEN
Eva Eiderström has since 1989 been the Director of the Department for Ecolabelling and Green Consumption with The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. Besides working with the ecolabel Bra Miljöval, the department is also engaged in mobilising consumer power globally through campaigning, and the establishment of steering mechanisms and policy frameworks supporting sustainable consumption patterns nationally and regionally.