Sophie Gripenberg grew up in a small town outside Stockholm. Her passion for the wellbeing of our planet started already at an age of eleven when she decided to become an vegetarian long before that started to become a norm.
At university she decided to study a double bachelor degree in peace- and development studies and economics since she found that social and economic interests were often contradictory. To develop her understanding of conflicting interests and interlinkages between different development issues she did her masters in socio-ecological resilience for sustainable development. She is trained in topics such as planetary boundaries, resilience, system-thinking and measures of welfare that goes beyond GDP. Her major academic interest is how we measure prosperity and human wellbeing.
A part from the academic work she started her carrier as a change maker at the age of 21 when joining the Red Cross Youth organisation. She spent the first months coordinating education to promote fair trade. Eventually she became the chairperson of the local youth organisation that became one of the first in Sweden to create a platform within the movement where newly arrived young refugees could meet young people in Sweden. A path that later would lead her to coordinate the sustainability work at the Swedish Red Cross.
Her first consulting for the private sector was when she at age 23 started to organic certify restaurants in her local town. From restaurants it went to the hotel business where she has been working hands on with sustainability according to the method of Nordic Choice Hotels. Recently, she joined the clean energy sector to provide customers with hydropower made of plastic waste.
Despite the years of studies and work in Sweden her major passion is to travel. She went on her first world around trip when she was 21 where the inequality in Brazil and Peru first made her interested in social issues. Since then she has scubadive in the Great Barrier Reef, volunteered in rural areas in Nepal, learned about small-scale Agroforestry farming in Kenya, spent Christmas in Bethlem, interviewed migrant workers in Indonesia, lived on a abounded island for a week, hitchhiked from Sumatra to Myanmar, stayed in several monasteries, explored India and Sri Lanka by hitchhiking form state to state for several months, worked remotely from Bali, Vietnam and the Philippines and road tripped the West coast of USA.
Did I mentioned she has ten years of experience of yoga and is a qualified hatha yoga teacher with four 10-days silent retreat of vipassana too?
She loves to live and to create possibilities for healthy living. Get to know her.
Started as a volunteer in 2011 and has then developed their sustainability work in terms of sustainability reporting, global goals mapping, developed a plan to cut CO2 emissions and creating educational material for volunteers and local branches in sustainability.
After finishing her master’s degree she has been collaborating with a some professors to write the up-coming article about how to measure prosperity from a social-ecological perspective based on her thesis where she compared different ways to measure welfare with the global goals from an socio-ecological perspective.
For three years she has been consulting and assisting the environmental coordinator in their sustainability work. Most of the work relates to make sure that the hotel are following criteria’s, are improving their environmental aspects and that the staff stays informed and engaged in sustainability issues. For example have we organised a candle-night dinner at the restaurant at the night of Earth Hour.
“Anyone can be a change maker and a contributor to human prosperity”
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