Communicate science

in a non-scientific way

Jukka-Pekka Heikkilä

A curious impact-driven scholar who is…
  • Dedicated to work between communities in uncertain territories.
  • Fascinated to co-create science-arts blendings.
  • Inspired to share knowledge for diverse audiences.
  • Committed to deliver high-quality content.

Jukka-Pekka has done the walks to his talks and lectures. He is a seasoned speaker, and has been a founder of new openings in planets´ extreme ends, for example, Pyongyang Startup Week in North Korea (2017) and Burning Stories, a scienceart collective studying transformational festivals, such as Burning Man (2018 – ongoing). His expertise is grounded to the disciplines of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship education and organisation science.

Jukka-Pekka´s speech 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, editing a special issue on scholar-activism in the journal of Sustainability and in Finnish in Hallinnon Tutkimus, Aikuiskasvatus and Futura (H-index 8, more from Google scholar). The societal impact of his projects has been featured media outlets such as Financial Times and Finnish national broadcaster YLE. For most recent stuff, check the blog postings from Medium. See speaking & workshops section for latest (2022/2023) content. JP’s affiliations include:

  • Universidad de los Andes, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship
  • 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 collective, founder (2018 -)
  • The Shortcut, Member of the Board and Lead of Research (2016-2019)

Academic & media 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. Wish to know more? Feel free to reach out via LinkedIN or email For corporate inquiries, contact speaker agency MySpeaker

A snapshot of 2022 / 2023 talks & workshops

Lunden Architecture – creative organizations
Alko – future forecasting models
Tequtalks 2021 – leading in challenging environments

Musta Norppa festival keynote – Why do scienceart?

Demos Helsinki Untitled Conference crushing social preset

Black Rock City leading organiser of  Burning Nerds gathering 
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 organisational context.  He has been keynoting in large-scale events since 2015, for example, in Slush (Fin), Startup Grind (US), Princeton University (US) and Chaos Computing Conference (Ger). Recent online example speech (in Finnish) is about sustainability-driven entrepreneurship. Feel free also to tune in to listen podcasts (2020) with topics of Peace & Entrepreneurship from Geneva Peace Week and Science of Participatory Cultures. Most recent blog postings are available in Medium.


Dr. Heikkilä


Wish to do collaboration? JP is interested in co-building impactful platforms, especially on openings that are blended with the fields of entrepreneurship, organizational science, and arts. His particular expertise is rooted on leading in extreme environments and building co-created volunteer initiatives that apply self-organizing governance models.

Earlier references on the above include founding and co-creating the WTSUP! Beirut, Pyongyang Startup Week and Burning Stories platform and Startup Circus, a blend of circus and pitching competition. He is a supporter of intentional communities such as the Embassy Network, Blivande Stockholm and Alter Ego and a regular contributor to Burning Man and Chaos Computing Club participatory culture communities.

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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 science-art initiative Lux in Fabula.

All projects below have been applying novel forms of governance and blend disciplines, with the aim to create, both, high-level societal and rigorous scientific impact. This is also 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