Impactful Engagement

Gain transferable skills in engagement and become more employable in your industry.

Any person involved with innovation, entrepreneurship, or change-making knows the importance of engaging their target audiences and stakeholders—to understand their needs and co-create value with them. However, what that truly means and what it actually looks like is rarely explained. How we actually engage these targets in order to do value co-creation, and how empathy can be our main ally in this work, is the key learning opportunity in this workshop.

During this intensive weekend, you will get a crash course in theories and associated tools on empathy, value co-creation, inclusion, and engagement that will expand your skill portfolio and accelerate any change-making or entrepreneurial project you might have. Creating impact and amplifying value is the key, even for those wishing to stay within academia. 

Enhance your understanding of impact and engagement by discussing the use of empathy and compassion, using prototyping, storytelling, and dialogue dynamics as tools for insight, and applying communication competencies to influence citizen engagement and stakeholder networking to really create change.

Skills gained in this workshop

  • Empathy skills—how to empathise to empower 
  • How to apply sensemaking via tools from design thinking, service design, and others 
  • Understanding the value of co-creation and how it amplifies impact 
  • How to plan and work with engagement 
  • Understanding how to facilitate brave inclusive co-creation spaces


All students and alumni of SSES member universities are eligible to apply to this weekend workshop. We get many applications and unfortunately cannot accept everyone. The selection process is outlined below.

For this specific workshop, you as an attendee will be requested to present yourself and what motivates you to learn about frugal innovation by uploading a short personal video. We also ask that you share in what area you would like to identify opportunities for frugal innovation and why.


  1. Application is reviewed
  2. Selection is made and a confirmation email is sent out
  3. Participants must confirm their seat in order to secure the spot
  4. If spots are not confirmed in time, the waitlist will be reviewed and new participants selected

About the teacher

Anna Birgersdotter, PhD, is a facilitator at the Unit for Bioentrepreneurship, head of bioentrepreneurial culture, and project coordinator for EIT health projects at the Karolinska Institute (KI). Anna has a PhD in Tumorbiology and pursued a career as a cancer researcher for many years. She is now the program director of three separate courses in communication and has built up two master courses from scratch, as well as reconstructed a PhD course. She is especially motivated by working with empowering women entrepreneurs in health innovation. With expertise and experience from working in the market unit and programme unit at Tom Tits Experiment, she possesses extensive proficiency in science communication and facilitation. In her own words, her personal goal is to “create spaces that work as bridges between different realities through meetings, conversation and reflection.”


Jun 10–11 - 2023
10:00 - 17:00


SSES Office, Saltmätargatan 9, 4th floor


Applications are open until May 29th.


This workshop is free of charge.