Arctic Aha! Foorum

Hybrid Seminars 24 - 25 March 2022

Arctic AHA! programme


4  dialogues – 4 solutions

24—25 March 2022 in Arktikum & on-line

Umbrella theme Inspiring Awareness — To make participants feel that they want to, and that they can do. What? To mitigate climate change, see it rather as an opportunity for their business and for the society, not a threat. To grasp the opportunity, participants need to understand climate change better. The ultimate goal is to support businesses, societies to succeed. Success means we as a society, and businesses reach the ambitious goal of Europe being climate neutral by 2050, and we relate this to Finland’s, Lapland’s, businesses’ ambitions.


Two days, two dialogues in both days, max 120 minutes per dialogue.


Thursday 24 Mar 2022  Arktikum, Polarium  & on-line

13:00—14:30 FI (12:00—13:30 CET). Language finnish.

Regorded dialogue, please find it here

AHA! Dialogue 1 —  Sustainable and responsible is best business.

Target group local SMEs.


Specific topic

Share success stories from the near. SMEs who already mitigate climate change and have made a prosperous business out of it. Find unlikely successes, share the seeds of success for inspiration. Ensure link to Reconnecting with nature — or rather in Lapland, continue connecting with nature.


Invited experts:

Mikko Hauru, Haurun Jäteauto, toimitusjohtaja, CEO

Jaana Hjelt, Lapuan Kankurit, markkinointijohtaja, omistaja

Taija Sailio, Oikiat Design Oy, Design Manager, Vaatelaastari

Anna Kärävä, Kaleva Media, Brändi- ja kulttuurijohtaja, Brand and Culture Director

Juho Uutela, CEO Beyond Arctic


15:00-16:00 FI (14:00-15:00 CET)  Arctic AHA! cafe


15:30—17:00 FI (14:30—16:00 CET). Language — English. 


AHA! Dialogue 2Collaboration! Europe is round the corner, for regions and businesses alike.

Share success stories from Europe. Scale SMEs. Regions that one way or other can relate to Lapland. Use i.e. Interreg projects as a frame (consult Erwin Siweris). Success stories but also impact analysis. Target group SMEs in European regions and regional development agencies.

Invited experts:

José Miguel Oliveira Reis, Porto Design Factory, Also RegionArts project,

Marlou van der Cruijsen, Project director, Baltan Laboratories, Eindhoven, Netherlands

Miikka Niemi, Flatlight Creative House, CEO and Creative Director, Y-North


17:00-18.30 FI (16:00-17:30 CET)  Arctic AHA! cafe  


Fryday 25 Mar 2022 Arktikum, Polarium Sali & on-line

9:00-10.00 FI (08:00-09:00 CET)  Arctic AHA! cafe 

10:00-11:30 FI (09:00-10:30 CET) Language — English


Dialogue 3 — Together you succeed better. Collaboration across disciplines essential to Reconnect with Nature.

Collaborate. No collaboration, no success. Who to collaborate with. How to collaborate. Invite businesses with success on this to discuss. Invite regional developers to discuss. Use NEB as a case but not only NEB. Find success stories, analyse why collaboration does not always succeed. Elements of success. Target group enterpreneurs, regional developers, financial sector 

Invited experts:

Katariina Imporanta, Kaltio Creative, Rovaniemi, Finland.

Henryk Stawicky, Change Pilots, PL

Michela Magas, designer, Chair of the Industry Commons Foundation, innovation advisor to the European Commission

A Dutch business case. Embassy of the Netherlands in Finland.


11:30-12:30 FI (11:00-12:30 CET)  Arctic AHA! cafe


12:30-14:00 FI (11:30-13:00 CET)  Language — English


AHA! Dialogue 4Lets raise the bar. Sustainability is a long term effort. How do we prepare ourselves to emerging,                                  still vague challenges?

Raise the bar. Raise the awareness of the next big questions. What should we think about next. What should we know next. Discussion on new growth defined by the economics of biodiversity. Invite biodiversity experts and experts on economy to discuss the consequences of the approach, and experts who can discuss how do we start to define and measure the value of biodiversity as an asset. Target group businesses, researchers, NEB enthusiasts. Collaborate with EU NEB team, BEDA, other key partners of NEB.

Specific topic

Raise the bar. Raise the awareness of the next big questions. What should we think about next. What should we know of/about next. Discussion e.g. on new growth defined by the economics of biodiversity. Context Reconnecting with Nature.


Invited experts

Fredrika Klarén, Sustainability Director, Polestar (SE)

Simón Ballen Botero, Designer (born in Colombia, lives in The Netherlands).

Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen, Board member, chairperson the Danish Unesco National Commission, Former Minister of Culture in Denmark, Former Rector of Design School Kolding

Lisa Lang, Director for EU & Policy Affairs for EIT Climate KIC



15:00-16:30 FI (16:00-17:30 CET)  Arctic AHA! cafe



More information

If you have questions on the theme or your proposal, contact

Päivi Tahkokallio
CEO of Tahkokallio Design+ and Producer of Arctic Aha!
+358 50 324 3517