Ola Nilsson

Project Manager, Facilitator, and Changemaker Coach in Stockholm, Sweden

Ola Nilsson

Project Manager, Facilitator, and Changemaker Coach in Stockholm, Sweden

Equality, community, compassion. That's what I live by and for.

I moved back to Stockholm, Sweden in April of 2018, after almost two years in New York City. I love the city and have some of my favorite people in it. This time around I got a completely different inside view.

The city of extreme contrasts brought me to the inner rooms of the UN, in meetings with global diplomats and celebrities, while other days brought me to the not so fancy rooms of shelters, sharing a coffee with folks who bounced between temporary housing. I got first hand accounts of many of the down sides of the metropolis. I spent time with and worked along side many more who lived a harsh reality on the daily, and without a dollar to their name.

I've seen up close how addiction and mental health can destroy everything a person has, all the way to the final breath.

I am thankful for the experiences I carry. They challenge me and move me towards seeing and feeling a broader spectrum of life. I strive to be authentic and true, so that I can meet the world with a rootedness, and from a place of love and empathy. It's a continuous exploration and journey.

What I want is to enable and be a part of community. I really enjoy co-creating empowering spaces, where people can access and develop tools they need to be all they dream of as individuals and collectives. Seeing that happen is amazing!

My main strengths are: making connections and facilitating welcoming, safe spaces for dialogue, co-creation and development.

I have over 18 years of professional experience in initiating, managing and facilitating projects for positive social change. Primarily through getting people together, supporting leadership development, driving equality issues, lgbtq and youth empowerment work.

I can do the full range of non-profit work - from planning, designing, and fundraising, to training, executing, communicating and reporting. I thrive on working across borders and continents.

My passion lies in facilitating dialogue, designing programs, training, coaching and co-creating with emerging leaders, and harvesting the positive social change that we can accomplish together through community.

I like to merge perspectives from various walks of life. Creativity is born when unlikely combinations of people get together and spark the unexpected.

Pop me a note if you want me to buy (or make) you coffee and chat about how we could create change together!

  • Work
    • Quelle Différence
  • Education
    • Macalester College
    • Political Science
    • UWC Red Cross Nordic