An interesting approach for us is Yves Leterme’s when he talks about bottom-up ownership for sustainable development. “Public Authorities alone won’t establish change; in order for that to happen, you need the people on board.”

Evolved civil society represents only one of Mr. Leterme’s pillars for sustainable transformation. During our first series in September 2018 concerning the work of the Sustainability Council and the Open Source Lab, he explains his goals for the lab and the future of mobility:

“I think the answer to the problem of mobility lies in the challenge of offering affordable and accessible mobility to citizens in the future. The answer to that is a multi-faceted answer. The Open Source Lab should bring a lot of different ideas that help us customize and adapt to the specific needs of people in different places in the world.”

Yves Leterme is the Secretary-General of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and a former leader of the Christian Democratic and Flemish Party (CD&V) in Belgium as well as a member of the federal Chamber of Deputies and Senate.