As a regional university with deep international ties, UL is primed to embrace a ‘cosmo-local’ approach
to social innovation. Doing so will encourage the development of an ecosystem of sustainable communities, achieved through the sharing of ideas, skills, technology, culture and resources. Ultimately, adopting this approach will allow UL to cultivate a creative and reciprocal relationship between the local and the global.
By 2030, UL will have developed a maker culture across its campuses, where repair, reuse and local production is widespread.
Mass production and planned obsolescence has eroded the presence of traditional crafts, leading to overconsumption and products designed for short lifespans. This mission sees UL nurture a campus maker culture that prioritises the reuse, repair and re- purposing of products. In doing so, the campus community will reduce its consumption rate and restore demand for high-quality and locally made goods.
By 2030, UL’s startup incubator will incorporate principles of sustainability into all of its startup programs and work to commercial opportunities identified by the Mission Lab.
Successful sustainability-led innovation requires a commitment to creating a positive impact for people and planet. This missions sees UL orient its venture incubator toward the nurturing of sustainability- led startups. In doing so, aspiring entrepreneurs will be supported by expert mentors on their journey to creating maximum social and ecological impact.
By 2030, UL will have co-developed a trade school that supports the growth of sustainability-based vocations within local communities.
The work of those in trade-based roles is foundational to the thriving of our community. This mission sees UL play an active role in propagating sustainability-led trade education within the region. In doing so, the local community will experience both an increase in educational opportunities and an increase in capacity to deliver trade-based services.
By 2030, UL will provide access to the mission lab process and learning content to its alumni, and offer them opportunities to engage with the mission portfolio.
In a world of exponential change and unprecedented challenges, engagement with societal missions is more important than ever before. This mission sees UL offer mission-based educational content and experiences to its alumni, available both online and in-person. In doing so, alumni will be able to engage missions at a point in their life-long learning journey that meets their needs.