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Lab#4 w/ Jonah Chesum – Driving Change is a Marathon

Audio version of Green Exchange Lab #4. Watch the video here.

Change takes hard work, dedication, sweat and sometimes even tears. Oh, and lots of patience. Just like running a marathon. Camille spent time with one incredible marathon runner, Jonah Chesum, to find out what it takes to be the best, and what lessons we can take with us from the track to our own work in change making.

A Paralympic distance runner from Kenya, Jonah was hired as a pacesetter, and he’d never completed a marathon before. But in 2017 he sped past the top performers and won the Barcelona marathon, surprising everyone and himself. And that’s only one part of his story. We talk mental toughness, rural life, corruption in Kenya, the importance of respect, and social change.

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We interview remarkable change makers and those who help shape our world via their art, mission, projects or enterprises. Through our discussions we study how change happens in society, talk about the future, decrypt stories and brainstorm ways we can accelerate social & environmental change.


Augustenborg Eco-city: Fighting Climate Change in the Urban Context


Augustenborg, a neighborhood of Malmo, Sweden was revitalized in 1998 thanks to a government-funded program and is now a leading example of an eco-city. The district is also an inspiration for urban planners and sustainable practitioners in solving a puzzle of climate change mitigation (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions) and adaptation (responses to adverse environmental impacts). The article provided insights into an inclusive approach to avoid potential conflicts between short term responses and long term impacts on the journey of building resilient communities.

This case study is published by Norregio, Nordic Centre for Spatial Development Research Institute.

Photo by Scandinavian Green Roof Institute.


Transforming Occasional Activity to Daily Habit: Bike-sharing Best Practices

Bike-sharing programs are gaining popularity internationally and play a strategic role in an integrated green mobility system in the urban landscape. This report examined successful programs in different cities with a closer look to Paris, Copenhagen and New York. According to the report, bike-sharing is a proven solution to short distance travels, encouraging more public transport use, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and engaging citizens to adopt sustainable lifestyle. It also highlighted key indicators and challenges for city planners to take into consideration when launching their programs.

Published by Land Transport Authority of Singapore (2012).

Photo by Chris Hamby / CC BY-SA.


Hyllie – A Holistic Approach in Urban Planning

With an ambition to be a low-carbon city powered by 100% renewable energy by 2030, Malmö, Sweden keeps setting new targets to achieve its sustainability agenda. In this context, under a public-private partnership starting in 2011, the City of Malmö, VA SYD and E.ON have joined forces to transform Hyllie to become the Öresund region’s most climate-smart city district and a global reference for sustainable urban development. This article has shown their inspiring and holistic approach in urban planning. Hyllie is truly a laboratory to experiment exhaustive list of elements that define a sustainable city.

The case study was published by the City of Malmö at Sustainable City Development portal (2015).

Photo by Magnus Franzén / CC BY-NC


50% Less Cars, More Cycling & Public Transportation – How the Nørrebrogade Project Leads the Way in Copenhagen


It’s in 2012 that City of Copenhagen started revitalizing Nørrebrogade, a major transportation corridor which connects the Center of Copenhagen to its suburbs. Currently reaching completion, this project is a reference for city planners who wish to increase cycling and public transportation in an arterial road in order to lower environmental impact and make the urban space more attractive.

This case study was published by ICLEI within the Urban-LEDS project funded by the European Commission.

Photo by News Øresund – Johan Wessman / CC BY