Today Akordi hosted a group of students from Virginia Tech Leadership in Global Sustainability program. The visit was part of their excursion to Finland to learn about Nordic transfomations. Akordi founders Jonna Kangasoja and Lasse Peltonen shared the origin story of the not-for-profit company and the research based foundations for Mutual Gains Approach Akordi is using in its work assisting multiparty negotiations around e.g. natural resource use and supporting the implementation of ambitious Nordic policies for climate and biodiversty. The students got first hand experience in integrating multiple viewpoints and interests through a negotiation simulation highlighting the importance of preparing, strategy, goal setting and understanding the meaning of trust building and accountability in relationships between the parties.
Written by: Juliane Boy, intern at Akordi