Pan de Bono Diplomacy (PBD) powers up scientific collaboration between Colombia and Finland
- Post by: Kourosh Maheri
- November 2, 2018
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Longlasting strategic partnerships are built on trust and a common agenda. With this in mind VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and UCC Universidad Cooperativa de Colombia have been co-creating scientific research and innovation collaboration opportunities between Colombia and Finland.
On October 12th and November 2nd VTT successfully piloted a new and rather promising Pan de Bono Diplomacy (PBD) approach while hosting a series of high-level meetings in Finland with representatives from UCC, the Embassy of Colombia in Finland, LUKE Natural Resources Institute Finland, Ecopetrol (a Colombian energy company), Neste (a Finnish oil refining and marketing company), Finland Futures Research Centre, Pertec Consulting Oy (a Finnish consultancy specialised in intelligent leadership) and RTT Rakennusmestarit Oy (a Finnish construction company).
At some point during the discussions my lovely, caring and thoughtful Polish wife (Monika Popper) brought a special package – still warm from the oven! – full of homemade Colombian cheese bread (aka Pan de Bono), which is very difficult to find outside of Colombia (It was a big surprise indeed. A real wild card!).
Our original idea was to make the Ambassador and the Consul of Colombia feel at home in VTT-organised meetings but, due to its broader positive impact in the group dynamics, this innovative “approach” was soon baptised as Pan de Bono Diplomacy (PBD), as it proved to be an excellent trust-building and multi-stakeholder engagement tool
The overall purpose of the PBD meetings is to jointly identify and scope future opportunities for collaborative research, technology developmnet, innovation and education activities in areas such as bioeconomy (e.g. biorefining), circular economy (e.g. waste to energy), strategic foresight and intelligent leadership, among others.
The first two PBD meetings have resulted in over a dozen concrete ideas for future collaboration (including customer projects, shared benefit projects and collaborative projects, among others).
A third, and follow up PBD will take place on Wednesday November 7th at the Embassy of Colombia in Helsinki and will focus on the most advanced project ideas related to circular economy and bioeconomy. This meeting will try to mobilise representatives from Business Finland, SITRA and the Finnish Ministry of Environment in order to discuss about the most suitable instruments to help us transform ideas and opportunities into winning project proposals and action roadmaps. More updates on the outcomes of PBD meetings will be shared in future blog posts, so stay tuned if you would like to learn more…