Årets Ladejarl 2016

Johann Olav Koss wins the “Årets Ladejarl” award 2016

 

Reitangruppen’s annual value award, “Årets Ladejarl” goes to Johann Olav Koss for his outstanding results in giving children who have been faced with war and violence the right to play. Since Koss quitted his professional speed skating career in 1994, he has provided several million children with quality education, development of personal goals and values and, not least, the joy of physical activity, play and sports.

“One of the greatest challenges facing mankind today is our failure to provide safe environments for children to grow up in. This leads to repeated conflicts, various epidemics and suffering. Children who live under such tragic circumstances harden from violent experiences, trauma and conflict, and are often ignorant of the concept of a playful childhood. It is my passion to change this,” says Johann Olav Koss.

Right To Play is a global organisation established in 2000 as a continuation of Olympic Aid and founded by Johann Olav Koss. Their programs are based on more than 16,500 local voluntary coaches and more than 600 international employees. Right To Play helps children in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America.

 

  Odd Reitan
With strong values, he has built an organisation reaching out to more than a million children every week.

Reaching out to more than a million children every week.

 

Johann Olav Koss has been on the top ten short list of candidates since the award program of “Årets Ladejarl” started five years ago. The jury considers Johann Olav Koss an excellent example of how strong values and value based leadership can deliver unique results.

“I am not sure if the people of Norway really know what Johann Olav Koss does, and how valuable and important the training Right To Play carries out actually is. With strong values, he has built an organisation reaching out to more than a million children every week. “Årets Ladejarl 2016” provides deprived children with important moments of joy, and helps them develop own skills to create safe and peaceful communities with others,” says Odd Reitan, CEO of Reitangruppen.

Play and sports as a method for educating children and young people

Right To Play’s play and sports activities reach a million children every week. The activities raise smiles, engage, create dreams and build friendships that strengthen the ties between different groups of children and young people. The laughter and joy of games and play are common for everyone, no matter who you are and where you are from.

Giving children the opportunity to take part in decisions that influence their lives, is very important. This increases their skills to handle challenges such as poverty, conflict and illness.

 

  Johann Olav Koss
In my heart and mind I believe the world could be transformed through child-centered play and sports − based on learning, development and a feeling of safety. All children have the right to play.

Reitangruppen’s annual honorary award for outstanding value-based leadership and work

The award is presented to a person who has contributed to social development through value based leadership and value based work, fought indifference and shown courage. The award winner has also shown the ability to express praise and admiration for others. The award is presented by Odd Reitan on 11 September each year at Lade Gaard in Trondheim, Norway.

The jury’s assessment

“Årets Ladejarl” 2016 is a value driven role model of high personal integrity, who rates equality and fellowship highly.

“Årets Ladejarl” 2016 has shown an exceptional ability to make value-based decisions and promote value-based organization and leadership. Based on strong faith and values, he makes use of enjoyable and engaging methods. The winner is a fellow human being who has provided new thought, created growth and raised funds for social entrepreneurship during several decades, throughout the world.

Over 22 years, Johann has headed a global value-based project − Right To Play − which has made an enormous difference for millions of children all over the world. He had made children, young people, parents, employees and tens of thousands of volunteers dream and take an optimistic view of the future. He has shown that he is extremely good at portraying and communicating a vision of a future that people want to belong to. Johann builds a common platform and common pride across national borders, throughout the world.

He is a role model of inspiration. He is a role model of personal responsibility. He is a role model of responsibility for the community.

Johann believes in people, and through many years, he has helped build thousands of robust and great people who create action through trust. He has fought bureaucracy, fought indifference and shown courage. Johann has created values in an eternal perspective, for the entire world, through play and simple principles. Look after yourself. Look after one another. This is the message of “Årets Ladejarl” 2016.

Previous winners of the “Årets Ladejarl” award

Last year, the “headmaster of dreams”, Per Solli, was selected for the “Årets Ladejarl” award. Exercising value-based leadership, Per Solli has transformed Elvebakken upper secondary school from a high absence institution into a “dream” school where it is hard to be admitted, and which has become an attractive place to work.

Atle Vårvik, the founder of MOT, an organisation working to improve the social environment and basic quality of life of young people, received the award in 2014 for his more than 20 years of work with attitudes to make young people all over the world more robust.

Anlov Peter Mathiesen received the award for his work with social outcasts, poor people, drug abusers and other deprived groups. The award winner from 2013 is the founder of the street newspapers =OSLO and =NORGE.

The award was first given in 2012, and was then presented to the founder of the organisation Hvite Busser (white buses), Helga Arntzen. Hvite Busser is an organization focusing on educational trips for school children.

Statutes for “Årets Ladejarl”

  • 1 Årets Ladejarl

The “Årets Ladejarl” award is a honorary value award established by Reitangruppen and its founder and CEO, Odd Reitan. The award comprises NOK 2 million. The award winner also receives the sculpture “Colonialmajoren”, made of the artist Per Sverre Dahl. The award is financed and provided by Reitangruppen, motivated by the company’s vision of being recognized as the most value-driven company, and is laid down in the articles of association of Reitangruppen AS. The“ Årets Ladejarl” award is given by Odd Reitan on 11 September each year at Lade Gaard in Trondheim, Norway.

  • 2 Purpose and award criteria

The award is presented to an individual who stands out for a particular and outstanding contribution to social development through value based work, as an alternative to rules management, who has fought indifference and shown courage, shown the ability to express praise and admiration for others, and become a role model and an inspiration for commitment and personal responsibility.

  • 3 Use of award money

There are no guidelines or limitations regarding the award winner’s use of the award money.

  • 4 Nominations and selection of award winner

Anybody may nominate candidates for “Årets Ladejarl”. The jury selects the winner of the award, cf. section 5.

  • 5 The jury

In addition to Odd Reitan (chair), the jury consists of five people, appointed for a period of four years. A jury secretariat consisting of two people is also appointed to assist the jury in its work. The jury meets as often as the chair considers necessary, but no less than once a year prior to the award ceremony. The position as member of the jury is unpaid. All travel and residence costs related to jury meetings and the award ceremony, in addition to any other documented costs related to jury work, will be covered for the members of the jury. A juror must withdraw from the jury when candidates with a close relation to the juror are considered, and he/she must immediately notify the chair of the jury of such relation.

  • 6 Further provisions

Reitangruppen may, in agreement with the jury, prepare further provisions for the award of “Årets Ladejarl”.

The jury decides

The “Årets Ladejarl” award is laid down in the articles of association of Reitangruppen AS, and is based on the company’s vision of being recognized as the most value-driven company. The award of NOK 2 million is financed by Reitangruppen AS. There are no guidelines or limitations regarding the award winner’s use of the money.

The jury consists of Lars G. Norheim, Solfrid Flateby, Marvin Wiseth, Kristin Krohn Devold, Atle Vårvik and Odd Reitan.

  • 1/7Fra venstre: Lars G. Norheim, Marvin Wiseth, Odd Reitan, Kristin Krohn Devold, Atle Vårvik og Solfrid Flateby.
  • 2/7Odd Reitan og vinner av Årets Ladejarl 2012, Helga Arntzen.
  • 3/7Odd Reitan og vinner av Årets Ladejarl 2013, Anlov P. Mathiesen.
  • 4/7Odd Reitan og vinner av Årets Ladejarl 2014, Atle Vårvik.
  • 5/7Odd Reitan og vinner av Årets Ladejarl 2015, Per Solli.
  • 6/7Odd Reitan og Årets Ladejarl 2016, Johann Olav Koss.
  • 7/7Odd Reitan og Årets Ladejarl 2017, Ada Sofie Austegard.