Kolding has decided on a new vision


On December 10th Nikolaj, Esben and I were in Kolding, presenting the vision for the town council. I was exited to learn if the town council of Kolding would pass the new vision, which Stagis has been working at over the last couple of months. You might already have read about it in earlier blog posts, if not, check them out:

–       A new vision for the city of Kolding part 2. A vision forum involving over 500 people from Kolding, working with three possible new visions.

–       A new vision for the city of Kolding. Find out more about our vision seminary where almost 100 people were joined, selecting three out of four possible visions for the citizens to work with at the vision forum

After having discussed the vision, a unanimously town council of Kolding passed the new vision which is both bold and ambitious. Through the authentic strengths of the city of Kolding, the vision is going to ensure entrepreneurship and growth in the municipality. And there are already a number of ideas on how to make this possible. There are initiatives to create an award for entrepreneurship and a theme week on all schools in Kolding with focus on design and entrepreneurship. Also, Kolding is focusing at an annual design festival. Their goal is to become the World Design Capital in 2018. This year Helsinki became the World Design Capital.

Kolding also wishes to create a ‘Living Design Lab’, for experimenting with the development of society and new social forms, for the benefit of the municipality of Kolding and the rest of the world.

This is the new vision for Kolding:

“Together we design potentials for a better life through entrepreneurship, social development and education.

With a passion to explore and to use design, Kolding is known as the European design city abroad, and as a place where entrepreneurship, social development and education together form a proud municipality of growth.

Kolding serves as a model for entrepreneurship and the viable concerns of growth attracts investors. We develop knowledge starting from design. Kolding is an attractive place to live where many citizens become inventive entrepreneurs in the innovative companies of Kolding, and in social projects”.

Take a look at some of the articles (in Danish) written about the new vision.

With the new vision, Kolding’s ambition is to become an inspiration for all municipalities in Denmark and an international beacon for the good life.

But our work in Kolding is not over yet. Right now I am working at an external communications strategy for the municipality of Kolding. This will help them achieve their goals and I am looking forward to seeing the strategy in action, making the municipality of Kolding known in Denmark as well as abroad.

Interested in finding out more? Stay tuned…