About Pådriv

Pådriv (Front Runner) is a partnership between public, private and social actors who are working together for the improved sustainable urban development of Hovinbyen in Oslo. A development that is socially inclusive, environmentally friendly and economically feasible.

Pådriv was officially launched in March 2017 and aims to help create a paradigm shift within the current constructs of sustainable urban development in Norway and internationally .  Pådriv is characterized by concrete projects and continuous progress. Pådriv uses Hovinbyen as the geographic focus for its projects. Hovinbyen is Oslo’s largest urban development area, which will be vastly transformed in the next 20-30 years. Pådriv is already coordinating and assisting the development of small and large-scale solutions, and aims to do so for many years.

The strength of Pådriv lies in its network of individuals, called Pådrivere (Front Runners), and the knowledge and insight they share. The Pådriv network  is open to individuals from all sectors and industries. National and international actors can apply to become a Pådriv Partner, and thus become part owner of the initiative.

Pådriv’s Strategy for 2018-2021 is available here (in Norwegian only)


Pådriv is comprised of:

Pådrivere (Front Runners)

Pådrivere are individuals whose knowledge and skills are used to develop, enhance and reinforce the project ideas that come into Pådriv. They can also help in the planning and execution of events, holding presentations or updating web pages. Pådrivere get access to all of Pådriv’s events. Anyone who wants to contribute can sign up as a ‘Pådriver’.


Pådriv is an open and equitable network that is managed and owned by the partners. All partners contribute resources to Pådriv’s operations and have an equal influence on the direction and strategy of Pådriv. They are the leading body of Pådriv and they select the Steering Committee. The partners meet in an Annual Partners’ Meeting to evaluate any changes to the strategy. Any company wishing to actively contribute to Pådriv can become a partner.

The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee has the formal responsibility of ensuring that Pådriv achieves its set goals and grows in the desired direction. The Steering Committee exercises its work in accordance with the current strategy and annual meeting decisions. The steering committee has the following members:

Aasmund Bunkholt, Trefokus (Steering Committee Leader)
Knut Halvor Hansen, BYKON/Gaining by Sharing
Henning Lunde, Telia
Tor Inge Hjemdal, Design og arkitektur Norge (DOGA)
Bente Brunsgård, Tekna
Marianne Ellila, Sweco
Ida Faldbakken, Nordic Impact

Network Management

The Network Manager is responsible for the daily management of Pådriv and reports to the Steering Committee. The Network Manager works closely with a working group consisting of selected partners.

SoCentral (the Nordic Incubator for Social Innovation) is responsible for Network Management. Thomas Berman and Stina Låstad, both from SoCentral, are Co-Managers of the Network. Sandra Skretting and Cathrine Skar are also a part of the Network Management team.

The Work Group

The Work Group is  an extended part of the Network Management. It has collegial responsibility for defined operational tasks in Pådriv. The tasks are rooted in Pådriv’s target strategy, but are flexible and can accommodate initiatives from Pådrivere, partners and local actors in Hovinbyen.

Currently the group consists of the following persons:

Christine Frantzen, Husbanken
Eli Haugerud, Tekna
Henning Huuse, Telia
Hans Kristian Ryttersveen, Sweco
Tonje Frydenlund, Snøhetta
Lars Eivind Bjørnstad, Bydel Bjerke
Matti Lucie Arentz, Doga
Elisabeth Erlandsen, Spir Oslo
Eirik Eide, Skiforeningen
Thorbjørn Barrett Sele, Ferd eiendom
Ole Pedersen, Nedenfra
Gaute Hagerup, Innovasjon Norge


Pådriv is open for project ideas that contribute to the achieving the goals of Pådriv. Here are some examples of ongoing Pådriv projects:

Vollebekk Fabrikker (Vollebekk Factories) was an old factory space that has been converted into a neighbour incubator project. Today it houses 13 green and social entrepreneurs, artists and enthusiasts who have access to production facilities, workshops and offices to facilitate the development of their solutions. The project presents a model for the conversion of old, unused factories or warehouses into a value creation and experimentation space for local communities.

Mushroom cultivation in leftover coffee grounds – Gruten is a social entrepreneur that converts leftover coffee grounds into other products such as soaps, body scrubs and coffee cups. In this project, Gruten will use leftover coffee grounds as a substrate for the cultivation of oyster mushrooms thereby creating value from what is viewed as waste and showcasing circular thinking and innovative solutions in practice.

Beta:by (tomorrow’s sustainable city) – Pådriv is taking initiative to develop a ‘Beta City’ in Hovinbyen in Oslo. The Beta City is a geographically defined urban area for the development, testing and demonstration of tomorrow’s sustainable city. It will give high priority to social sustainability and will demonstrate how collaboration across sectors and the exchange of technology and knowledge can lead to better sustainability and social well-being.