Nordic Changemaker Map
- Finland

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Mapping trends, needs and Changemakers in Finland

The Finnish Changemaker Map aims to better understand the local Changemaking field; mapping connections, needs, ideas and emerging trends. The map investigates the state quo, and develops recommendations to strengthen and accelerate the sector. The data was collected in
collaboration with Sitra.

Hannele Laaksolahti

Leading Specialist at Sitra

“More people in Finland should identify themselves as the Changemakers that they are. We should help them create the valuable networks they need and build a culture of courage to
take action”


The map results in a set of public available and digital maps, in addition to an in-depth report with recommendations, trends, and facts around how the social entrepreneurship field can be strengthened. The map has engaged 140 Finnish Changemakers and the data has been collected through in-depth interviews and online forms. 

The map concentrates around 3 areas: the personal journey of the Changemaker, the organisational impact and needs, and the ecosystem level that targets the aspects of the sector. Moreover, to assure that the mapping has reached to every corner of Finland, we have utilised the so-called Snowball Analysis Methodology. This methodology is a nomination-based approach that enables the map to move beyond silos and describes the sector from a broader network-perspective. 

In the spring of 2021, we will be holding a series of events where Changemakers and relevant ecosystem actors will be discussing, thinking and developing ideas linked to the results of the Finnish Changemaker Map


Mapping and assessment of the situation in the Finnish Changemaking ecosystem. The result is a digital, visualized mapping, recommendations for strengthening the ecosystem, and a series of events, as well as an action plan on the SDGs. 


We want to create a collaborative platform for change agents, facilitate cross-thematic cooperation and help new actors find onboard onto the ecosystem.


Strengthening the ecosystem of Changemakers and social entrepreneurs so that change agents are in the best possible position to influence the development of society in their own field.


We measure our success by increasing awareness (Changemaking and the opportunities it brings) and by increasing the cooperation of Changemakers.  

Finnish Changemaker Map – three highlights

Visualization of networks  

How are the Changemakers linked in Finland? As a result of the questionnaires, we have produced digital maps showing the network of change agents and the main priorities of their solutions. The maps make it easy for different actors to understand what the Finnish ecosystem of Changemakers looks like. We also use the digital maps to strengthen the links between the different actors. Have a look at the interactive maps here

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Image by Markus Spiske


The Finnish Changemaker Map approached more than 250 Changemakers in the form of in-depth interviews and surveys. Based on this data, we have been able to analyze the prevailing trends and possible development paths in the future of social entrepreneurship across Finland. In addition to trends, we also seek to understand the challenges of the ecosystem and formulate recommendations based on them so that different actors can support Changemakers to achieve sustainable development.  

Events in the spring of 2021

This spring, together with Sitra, we are organising a series of discussion events in which we will delve deeper into the results of the map and the recommendations we have made based on them to strengthen the ecosystem. 

Read more and watch the recordings of our event series "How to become a changemaker?", "Funding social innovations" and "Changemakers Identity" held on March 2, April 14 and May 12 respectively. 

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Interactive Digital Maps from the Nordic Changemaker Map - Finland

Thematic areas and collaboration forms in Finland

Skills among Nordic Changemakers and how they spread Changemaking forward

Enabling and hindering factors & levels of impact among Nordic Changemakers

Measuring tools, reasons for not measuring impact and main income channels

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Nathalie Sajda

Nordic Changemaker Map
& Youth Manager 

Amanda Sundell


Country Manager