Skaperkraft School of Entrepreneurial Leadership
Over the past 11 years, the Oslo-based think tank, Skaperkraft, has offered its leadership program to Norway’s emerging leaders. Now, this program is being made available to young adults across the continent. The region is facing unprecedented challenges and change. Europe is desperate for innovative leaders, ready to serve.
"Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others." -Jesus of Nazareth
A central focus of the program is learning from current and historical leaders such as William Wilberforce, Mahatma Gandhi, and Mother Theresa. One would be hard pressed to find a leader who made a more lasting global impact than Jesus of Nazareth. The life and teachings of Jesus continue to impact our world in positive and powerful ways and his model of servant leadership is just as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago.
In regard to Jesus’ impact as a leader, consider the following:
2000 years after he walked the dusty roads of Galilee, several billion people can recite major portions of his principle speech, the “Sermon on the Mount.”
Billions of people on all continents continue to study his words and seek to follow him.
Our calendar is dated from his birth, and major worldwide holidays like Christmas and Easter center on events in his life.
Jesus achieved tremendous global influence in only three years of public life.
His influence was accomplished without money or mass media, without writing any books, without holding an elected office, and without commanding an army. Yet, his teachings transformed the world.
Today, Jesus is regarded by many as a great prophet, a healer, a teacher, an avatar, and/or the savior. Despite what one believes about Jesus, his example of innovative leadership is unique and universal. We will study key principles of Jesus’ teachings including: reconciliation, servant leadership, integrity, purpose, love, clarity, and freedom.
“The best part of the course is the good teaching, the focus on character building and not least the network of socially engaged people that you get to know.” -Former participant
We are looking for participants who:
Are between 21 and 26 years of age (can turn 21 during the program year)
Have shown leadership initiative (in study, organization, politics, business, communities of faith, etc.)
Want to practice servant leadership in life
Have a high degree of motivation
Will commit to fully participating in the program, including three virtual weekends, one in person weekend (if COVID-19 allows) and completing one of three special projects (approx 1-2 hours of time per week) to be presented and/or published at the end of the program.
What is Entrepreneurial Leadership?
Entrepreneurship is usually defined as the creation of new products or services and as such is limited to the field of business. Over the past decades, the notion of social entrepreneurship has developed, which broadens the scope to creating goods and services to solve social, cultural or environmental issues, either for-profit or as NGOs. In our course, we aim to empower young leaders aiming for careers in all sectors to develop a more entrepreneurial mindset.
Examples of this use of entrepreneurial leadership:
In the city of Turku, Finland, one of the universities training nurses includes a mandatory course in business start-ups, including starting a student business. The reason: The expected percentage of old people in most European societies will grow in the next decade, requiring nurses to have a more innovative way of approaching their jobs in order to serve the growing number of older patients.
Among the most important minds behind the establishing of the European Coal and Steel Union in 1952 (what became the European Union), the frenchman Jean Monnet used his entrepreneurial skills in shaping the solution and connecting government leaders in order to see the solution to the centuries-long feuds between Germany and France settled for good. Being from the french cognac producing family Monnet, where he in early age worked to increase the firm's global exports, he utilized his entrepreneurial skills in the field of politics.
As the world is facing unprecedented challenges such as the weakening of democratic institutions, migration, climate change, decreasing resources such as water and species of the world`s insects and animals, we believe the ability to enhance one´s entrepreneurial thinking is pivotal. The course aims to do just that.
Through the leadership development program you will:
Get to know yourself better; learning who you are as a person and leader, and become aware of how you invest your time and your energy
Cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset, being equipped with leadership skills to follow the principles of Jesus, integrating them with their career and work
Learn how you can follow Jesus' principles of leadership, integrating them into life and supporting your vision for addressing societal challenges
Learn to tackle various aspects of leading yourself, others, and society. We will look at: vision, strategy and planning, problem solving, communication, conflict management and change management.
Complete one special project to be presented or published at the end of the year. (Time commitment 1-3 hours per week)
Gain insight into community management; solve specific societal needs, by means of innovation.
Connect in small group settings and with mentors
Build character, be challenged and equipped to create entrepreneurial solutions for the common good, across all spheres of society.
“In addition to the knowledge I gained through teaching, team building challenges and collaboration in the note group (and conversations about this with mentors) have been particularly helpful. This will definitely come in handy later!” -Former participant
In addition to the program managers, you will meet leaders in business, politics, media and other social sectors during the leadership development program. They will equip you with good, inspirational and steady teaching on leadership, and will share their life experience in following Jesus in an integrated way.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program gatherings will take place virtually via ZOOM. We will virtually meet over three weekends (Friday evening to Saturday afternoon) and, if health safety allows, meet face to face over one long weekend in April 2021.
The program cost is €200. This covers administrative costs as well as accommodation and food during the face to face weekend in April 2021. If the weekend is canceled due to COVID-19 a portion of the funds will be reimbursed. Travel expenses are covered by yourself. The course is conducted with a high degree of sponsorship and has an estimated value of at least €3000 per person, per year. Skaperkraft is investing in you!
Four weekends beginning September 2020, Ending April 2021.
Virtual Weekends Begin Friday Evening, End Saturday Afternoon.
Virtual Weekend #1: September 25-26, 2020
Virtual Weekend #2: November 13-14, 2021
Virtual Weekend #3: February 19-29, 2021
In Person Weekend: April 23-25 (Friday-Sunday) - Location TBD
Application deadline is Sunday, September 6.
Number of Participants:
We only have 15 spots, and we encourage both women and men to apply. The number of applicants has been high in recent years, so we recommend that you spend time writing a complete application.
Application should include:
Motivation for participation in the program, shed light on previous leadership experience from study organizations, society, or business, what you as a leader have delivered and achieved and your aspirations for the future. Please also include CV and photo, and provide at least two references.
Please send application and/or questions to:
“It is valuable to have so many talented people who really invest in me and my life.” -Former participant
Program Administrators and Resource Team:
Hermund Haaland (NO) - Co-Founder/Program Leader
Hermund Haaland is a serial-entrepreneur, passionate about seeing the world and our societies moving in the best possible direction. With a broad experience from politics, business start-ups and church work, he co-founded the Oslo-based think tank Skaperkraft, where he functions as it’s International Director. He is the author of several books and an inspiring speaker who loves to empower young leaders. When he needs to feed his introverted side, nothing is like a few hours of cross-country skiing or hiding away with a good Hemingway-book by himself. Based in Tønsberg, Norway and married to Linn, they have the kids Ingrid Hermine, Jakob August and Caspian.
Linn Haaland (NO) - Co-Founder/Program Leader
Amanda Moore (US/IT/FR) - Program Leader
Throughout her career, Amanda has had the privilege of working on initiatives of peace, mentoring, and leadership development, both globally and in the United States capitol, Washington DC. A self-proclaimed relationship broker, Amanda is passionate about making human connections for good. After a decade in Washington DC, Amanda now resides in Rome, Italy where her French husband works on issues surrounding global food insecurity. Amanda has two young children, loves studying culture and art, the outdoors, cooking, and comedy.
Arttu Makipaa (FI)
Arttu Makipaa is a senior policy officer at the European Commission in Brussels. He has just returned from a longer assignment in Cyprus, where he was involved in technical assistance and reconciliation work for the reunification of the island. Trained as economist and theologian, Arttu is close to completing his PhD thesis in theological anthropology and social ethics. He is passionate about topics that help to understand our contemporary cultures through the eyes of faith, and to help followers of Jesus be salt and light in the world. Arttu is married to Sara, a Dutch jazz singer-songwriter, and they have three children.
Camilla Nelson (NO)
Camilla Nelson works as a high-school teacher in the city of Drammen, Norway. She also leads the work of Initiatives of Change from its base in Oslo, and have sat on the International Board of IofC, overseeing work around the world. IofCs vision is a world-wide movement of people of diverse cultures and backgrounds, who are committed to the transformation of society through changes in human motives and behaviour, starting with their own. Camilla`s passion is bridging the gap between differences of faith, culture and politics. She is married to Axel and has raised three kids, now entering adulthood.
Christel Ngnambi (BE)
Gboyega Olusoga (UK/NIG)
Markus Österland (FI)
Susan Kerr (UK/BE/LU)
Suzanne Avery (UK)