Defining boundaries, in which to excel.


The goal of The Stockholm Act is to deepen and accelerate sustainable development by bridging the gap between abstract policy and tangible action and impact.

Our starting point is we’re all developing countries, and we need to look at the world as a whole. And as we talk about global, it is important to appreciate that everything local contributes to global dynamics and connections.

The Stockholm Act Principles are a way to bring art, science, politics and business together to focus on sustainability, through better dialogue and co-creation around the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 global goals agreed in 2015.

A series of ten design principles for how to convene, engage and educate people around sustainable development, they are carefully conceived to resonate at a human level across many cultures, and help people examine ways to transform their lives or their work and embrace sustainability.

They are the outcome of a unique co-creation process involving collaboration with Stockholm Resilience Centre, a world-renowned centre of excellence for sustainability and complex systems education and learning. The Stockholm Act brings this process into a cultural context – with the premise that where art and science meet is the place for wonder.

Debuting in August 2017 in a city-wide sustainability festival in Stockholm, the Principles are central to the integrity of the festival, process or project they apply to, and used in an explicit contractual form with all partners, sponsors and co-creators who:

  • Agree with the design principles and want to engage in a space built on them.

  • Are willing to be challenged during the process by different dimensions of society.

  • Will end the cycle by reflecting and deciding what they can and want to do, in order to take bold transformative steps towards the Agenda 2030.