About the Challenge

90 young professionals from around the world team up to learn about
leadership, sustainability and impact

Why the Nudge Global Impact Challenge?

We now know better what the tipping points in a system are to create positive change. At the Challenge, we bring together the leaders of the future to contribute to these tipping points. We connect them and give them the mindset and tools to really impact systems, now and in their future as influential collective leaders.

The Nudge Global Impact Challenge is a six-month personal development programme for young professionals that focuses on leadership, sustainability and impact creation. Our 1,155 alumni form a global network of like-minded young professionals creating impact within their organisations, networks and social environments. Participants join us from leading companies, social enterprises, governmental and non-governmental organisations, or while completing their studies.

Theme 2022 Moving towards Circularity
Date October 2022 – March 2023
Format Hybrid, starting with a Learning Experience on 24, 25 and 26 October in the Netherlands followed by online sessions till March 2023
Criteria for participation Participants are required to have at least a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, be between the age of 23 and 33, and fluent in English (verbal and written). Above all, they must demonstrate a clear passion for sustainability, a desire to develop their leadership skills, and are eager to make a positive impact.

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The Programme

A unique learning experience for future leaders who want to make a global difference

The Nudge Global Impact Challenge empowers a new generation of leaders that are able to create change, instill impact, embed sustainability, and positively influence organisations and society. The Challenge helps them develop the skills and competencies they need to become innovative leaders in sustainability.

This programme gives participants the support to act upon a sustainability topic they are passionate about. From October 2022 to March 2023, participants will work together with coaches, guides, trainers, experienced sustainability leaders, peers, and the Nudge team to improve and realise an Impact Project and work on their personal development as a leader in sustainability.

The programme starts with a three-day Learning Experience in the Netherlands on 24, 25 and 26 October followed by online sessions till March 2023. The Challenge will be concluded in October 2023 via an online session celebrating impact with the 2023 participants and the Nudge network.

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The Content

Theme of 2022: Moving towards Circularity

In our current linear economy, we take materials from Planet Earth, transform these into products, and get rid of them as waste. This must change. Resources are becoming scarce and our impact on the environment, and therefore on communities all around the globe, is catastrophic. We need to transform our ’take-make-waste’ system into a more sustainable model.

The notion of circularity, or circular economy, aims at the end of waste, and is a fantastic opportunity to tackle these issues. It goes beyond the principles of reusing, recycling or repairing, it gives us the possibility to build an innovative, more inclusive type of sustainable economic growth. A circular economic model gives us the tools to address climate change as well as social issues and reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Do you want to implement circularity within your company? Are you working on a project related to circularity?

Apply for the 13th edition of the Nudge Global Impact Challenge and join our community of international changemakers! 



Nudge’s method to create impact is by connecting Head, Heart and Hands.

The programme’s framework is based around four building blocks:

  • Changing Perspectives (keynotes, inspiration, interaction)
  • Changing Practices (skills development, presenting, friendly consulting, diverse workshops etc.)
  • Personal development (coaching, leadership training)
  • Purpose (creating a sustainable world)

The Nudge Global Impact Challenge enhances the leadership skills in sustainability of the participants, so they are better equipped to boost to the impact they want to create within their organisations or networks.” – Rick Koster, Founder LeaderScope (programme partner of the Challenge)

The Key Learnings

After the six-month development programme, you will have:

completed your Sustainability Impact Plan

developed leadership skills in sustainability

the ability to create more energetic teams

increased the courage to act authentically in realising your dreams and creating real impact

been inspired by top sustainability and leadership experts who give insights and tools on leadership in sustainability

a better understanding what difference you want to make in the world

a better understanding of how Systems Thinking can support you to see the big picture and give a nudge at the right moment to the right person

been motivated by other participants through shared experiences in leadership in sustainability

networked with like-minded individuals and made friends for life

the ability to create real impact with added value

  increased your possibilities to change people’s behaviours through inspiration by touching Head, Heart and Hands

strengthened your passion for sustainability