Communicate science

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Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

A curious impact-driven scholar who is…
  • Dedicated to work between communities in uncertain territories.
  • Fascinated to co-create at the intersection of science & arts.
  • Inspired to share knowledge with diverse audiences.
  • Committed to delivering high-quality content.

Jukka-Pekka has done the walks to his talks. He is a seasoned speaker and a workshop facilitator who delivers content from wide-ranging work experience and cutting-edge science. JP’s talk and workshop content is always rooted on his peer-reviewed  top-tier academic journal articles, such as Academy of Management Discoveries, Journal of World Business, Environment and Planning A and in Finnish in Hallinnon Tutkimus, Aikuiskasvatus and Futura (Google scholar). His impact-driven openings have been featured media outlets such as Financial Times and Finnish national broadcaster YLE. For most recent, check the blog postings from Medium. JP’s affiliations include:

  • Harvard University, Visiting Scholar (2022 –) 
  • Stanford University, Visiting Scholar (2019-)
  • The Royal Society and British Academy, Newton Fellow (2014 – 2024)
  • Academy of Finland Postdoctoral Fellow, (2017 – 2020) at Aalto Uni. School of Business, Helsinki
  • Artlab, Member of the Board (2021-)
  • Burning Stories science-art association, co-founder (2020 -)
  • The Shortcut, Member of the Board and Lead of Research (2016-2019)

Media articles

and scientific journal articles

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October 2, 2021

Academy of Management Discoveries publication focusing on visioning entrepreneurial engagement

May 18, 2021

From a myth to machine realism? An overview of the common future of AI and art

February 16, 2021

Call for papers on special issue focusing on Entrepreneurship, Scholarship, and Fundamental Uncertainty


and workshops

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Science, peer-reviewed science, and disseminating it for those who benefit from it is more important than ever. This becomes reality in JP’s keynotes and workshop topics related to entrepreneurship, leading in challenging environments, new ways of meaningful and participatory organizing, community building, novel forms of science dissemination, the impact of AI and latest models on business forecasting.

Snapshot of late 2021 / early 2022 talks & workshops

Demos Helsinki Untitled Conferencecrushing our social preset
Lunden Architecture – creative organizations & psychological safety
Alko – future forecasting models
Tequtalks 2021 – leading in challenging environments
OsloFreedomForum – keynote on scholar-activism
SUGAR Network – innovations in extreme settings

JP delivers content with passion in a new format, with visuals and sound, and can apply it to any given organizational context.  He has been keynoting variety of topics at large-scale events since 2016, for example, in Slush (Fin), Startup Grind (US), Princeton University (US) and Chaos Computing Conference (Ger).

For knowing more, feel free to contact or tune in and listen the most recent podcasts (2020) below with topics of Peace & Entrepreneurship from Geneva Peace Week and Science of Participatory Cultures. Most recent blog postings are available in Medium and for corporate inquiries, contact speaker agency MySpeaker


Dr. Heikkilä


JP is interested in co-building impactful platforms, blended with the fields of entrepreneurship, organizational science, and arts.  His particular expertise is rooted to lead in extreme environments and build co-created volunteer initiatives that apply self-organizing governance models. From science, the ability to understand research, the variety of journals, and find relevant research for a particular audience is his core skill. This is a topic that he not only speaks about but also used on leading and co-creating the WTSUP! and Burning Stories platforms and Startup Circus. He is a supporter of intentional communities such as the Embassy Network, Blivande Stockholm and Alter Ego.

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Values and interests



Below are featured projects that Jukka-Pekka has co-founded or been contributing. Current most active project is a science-art initiative Lux in Fabula.

All projects are applying novel forms of governance and blend disciplines, with the aim to create both a high-level societal and a rigorous scientific impact. This is evident in academic top tier publications covering below projects.

The Shortcut: Grassroots initiative aiming to integrate immigrants to the Finnish society via tech entrepreneurship education

Burning Stories: Combining science and arts, studying the impact of participatory cultures

WTSUP!: The bridge between the Nordics and the Middle East to to foster equality

Pyongyang Startup Week: Entrepreneurship in extreme settings

Startup Circus: The most colourful pitching event in town

Space on Fire: A high-tech art project combining wooden architecture and space technology