agenda

26/OCT 9:30 — 17:30
A GREEN INCLUSIVE RESTART

HOW TO ACCELERATE GREEN BUSINESS RECOVERY AND PROMOTE AN INCLUSIVE RESTART?

We can either be the problem or the solution.
 
The SDGs clearly state the urgent need for immediate change, a sustainable focus and resilient impact. The decade of change is NOW, and only by working together can we ensure that future generations will thrive. It is inevitable in a post–COVID-19 globalized society that we co-create to change the status quo.

Businesses have the power to invest, innovate and alter the world. They can challenge the old industrial methods and pave the way for a carbon-neutral future. Further, businesses can stimulate and vote for green economic growth, ultimately creating a truly green and inclusive restart.

Featuring three main conference tracks (People, City and Business), attendees will explore, interact and contribute to the global sustainability agenda by identifying how they can effectively incorporate the SDGs into their businesses and personal lives.

In order to create real impact, we have to step up our game and recognize all organizations as key players! No individual company, organization, government or person can single-handedly achieve the SDGs. We need to collaborate across industries, across countries and across cultures.

Most importantly, instead of competing, we need to learn from each other. By working together, we can build upon each other's strengths and apply an inclusive approach to our solutions, all working towards creating green and equal opportunities for everybody around the globe.


TOO broad?

The speakers will center their addresses around the four key themes below.

rebooting the capitalist system
“Capitalism as we know it is dead,” said Salesforce chief Marc Benioff at a conference in October 2019. Instead, a new model of business is taking its place. One driven by values, ethics and taking care of employees — not “the Milton Friedman capitalism that is just about making money.”

Marc Benioff is not the first to recognize that our current economic system does not work for the modern world. It fails to effectively address our social and environmental issues. In a time of health and economic crisis we are more aware than ever of its failures. Even before the current pandemic, social inequalities were widening for more than 70% of the global population. But what is the alternative? Can we change our mindset and growth instinct? How do we transform to an economic system that is more stakeholder-focused than shareholder-focused?
Speakers:
THE GREEN BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
We are in the midst of health and economic crises that know no borders. COVID-19 has impacted billions of lives and will continue to do so for many years to come. Our resilience as a global community is being tested, and we can look at this as preparation for the climate crisis. The global losses from climate change could total as much as $600 trillion by the end of the century, but more importantly, human life as we know it will be irreversibly changed if we do not act now. 

Therefore, we need to restart our economy with the environment at the center of both public- and private-sector strategies. But how do we create new jobs and economic success with the green transformation in mind? How do we ensure that we have the talent, governance models and business strategies to implement new systems in the food, water, energy and production sectors? How do we ensure that green business models are prioritized over others? How do we ensure that we do not go back to outdated solutions and instead invest in new ones?
Speakers:
A NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT FOR A DIGITAL WORLD
Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics and Blockchain Revolution, said “Technology is breaking down the agreements that grew from the industrial age — about employment, economic opportunity, public discourse, the integrity of democracy and other profound  issues.” In other words, we can say that for good or bad, technology has changed our lives and is here to stay. So it is time to create a new set of agreements. 

How do we ensure that technology is used to create better solutions for the people and planet? How do we handle data responsibly, and how do we steer innovation towards an ethical digital world? Can we ensure that new digital business models can thrive without compromising privacy, democracy and ethics? What steps can we take to ensure a strong and healthy connection between governments and business in the digital age?
Speakers:
DESIGNING CITIES WITH AND FOR PEOPLE
It is estimated that the global urban population has soared from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018, and urbanization is not slowing down. The UN predicts that about 2.5 billion more people will be living in cities by 2050. By then, almost seven out of ten of us will live in an urban area.

Clearly there is a need to build more human-centric cities where we can live and thrive. But how do we rethink the urban model to work for citizens and for the planet? How do we ensure more inclusive and equal opportunities for all? Can we create enough jobs within cities while being environmentally and socially responsible?
Speakers:
How to CREATE RADICAL CHANGE BY SETTING THE NEW STANDARD FOR WHO WE DO BUSINESS WITH
How do we move beyond the easy, flashy sustainability that just looks great on LinkedIn? If we truly want change, how should we, the business community, go about it? By rethinking the criteria and demands we set for the companies and clients we do business with.

During this session, representatives from the digital marketing company Precis will share their own experiences. They'll discuss how they realized there is no glory in merely being a CO2 neutral agency and detail how they faced the daunting challenge of identifying criteria for selecting — and rejecting — suppliers and customers. All while balancing the books and dealing with the underlying challenge of hypocrisy. This will be a highly interactive session where we will explore various ideas and frameworks to really move the needle.
Hosted by:

Christopher Brixen and
Anders Lykke, Precis

HOW TO ENSURE AN URBAN RESILIENCE TRANSITION FOR A JUST AND GREEN RECOVERY
Cities are major centres of economic activity, social life and culture, innovation and knowledge-creation. At the same time, cities are both contributing to and affected by major global challenges such as unsustainable development patterns, rapid and unplanned urbanisation, climate change and pandemics.

The COVID-19 crisis highlighted dramatically the fragility of cities and urban communities. The resources available globally to foster the post-COVID recovery are an unique opportunity to accelerate a resilient transition of cities, based on a criteria of social and environmental justice, re-thinking radically the way in which we conceive, plan, design, manage and live our cities in face of multiple crises and global challenges.

In this session, we will discuss the causes and effects of the current urban crisis and brainstorm concrete opportunities to make our cities more resilient, liveable and just, by supporting local policies and actions that are evidence-based, inclusive and participatory. The session will directly address SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”, SDG 3 “Good Health and Well-being” and SDG 13 “Climate Action”.
hosted by:

Nicola Tollin - SDU

Torben Klitgaard - BLOXHUB

Peter Andreas Sattrup - Danish Association of Architectural Companies

Helle Søholt - Gehl Architects

Rafael Tuts - UN-Habitat

HOW TO UNLEASH THE POWER OF BUSINESS TO ENGAGE CITIZENS AND DRIVE SYSTEMIC CHANGE
What if we could mix dedication to progressive societal change with a thriving and profitable business? This session explores corporate activism, with examples of companies that have made a commitment to progressive values, demonstrated a desire to mobilize fans not as employees or customers, but as citizens, and that actively use their business as a lever to drive systemic change.

We will take a deep dive into the vital behaviors of successful activism and look closer at the transformative companies whose ethos is fundamental to why they exist, that are committed to stakeholder capitalism and that repeatedly challenge the role of business in society. Bold, brave and with conviction, these organizations are shaping a new playing field for business — one where the transition to a regenerative economy with shared and durable prosperity is accelerated.
hosted by:

Nordic B Corp Movement and Christoph Nagel, Kickstarter

HOW TO CREATE AN INCLUSIVE INNOVATION CULTURE WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION
Today, priority is given to companies that create positive impact and proactively address societal and environmental challenges. Future generations will continue to demand that companies tackle systemic issues including climate change and racial and gender equality.

The challenge for business leaders is to genuinely create more diverse and inclusive spaces for their employees and encourage entrepreneurship for all. Join us in our workshop on how leaders and change-makers can create inclusive organizational cultures that foster innovation and cater to the talent of the future.

hosted by:

Lykke Jeppesen - Nuuday (a part of TDC Group)

Sofie Winge-Petersen - Danish Youth Climate Council

Stine Bang Larsen - Danish UN Youth Delegate

HOW TO TEAR DOWN OBSTACLES AND BUILD A DYNAMIC FRAMEWORK FOR COLLABORATION BETWEEN STARTUPS AND CORPORATES
Waterkant Festival brings together corporate powerhouses with the changemakers of tomorrow. Multiple businesses and startups have begun to understand the value of these collaborations, creating the opportunity for Waterkant Festival to further develop meaningful relationships.

We need a brand new language and set of tools for better understanding and dialogue, and to initiate new projects between David and Goliath! This session is intended to share Waterkant's insights and to propel participants into committed actions for a new decade of collaboration.
hosted by:

Tim Logan - Waterkant Festival

HOW TO TRANSFORM THE CITY OF SØNDERBORG TOWARDS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Since 2007, citizens, businesses and politicians in Sønderborg have taken action instead of talking. The public-private partnership ProjectZero was created to inspire and drive Sønderborg´s transition to become a carbon neutral community by 2029. Through improved energy efficiency, conversion of energy sources into renewables and by encouraging the participation of all stakeholders, Sønderborg is on track to reach the ambitious goal.

New, clever and innovative green thinking is required to combat the climate crisis, both in Sønderborg and elsewhere. Because ProjectZero is about creating sustainable cities all around the world, a coreaspect of its activities is providing education — from kindergarten to PhD, the climate must be in focus. Through its efforts, the Sønderborg area will serve as a role model for the rest of the world. Not by wagging fingers, but by simply demonstrating a better way to utilize energy. This session will examine how we can all become independent of fossil fuels while creating thousands of new green jobs in industry, trades and service, using Sønderborg as an inspiring real-world example.
hosted by:

The municipality of Sønderborg together with ProjectZero represented by Peter Rathje and Allan Pilgaard-Jensen and the Bitten & Mads Clausen Foundation represented by John Knudsen.

How to integrate the SDGs into your core business
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) represent the world’s most important agenda and a to-do list of global challenges to solve by 2030. Yet when the goals were agreed upon five years ago, they were accompanied by few guidelines for businesses on how to use them operationally and strategically. In this session, we will hear from Danish UN Global Compact signatories and how they have integrated the SDGs into their core business.

Participants will learn how to select the most appropriate SDGs, the advantages of using the SDGs to inform a company’s business strategy, as well as the challenges that accompany this process. The target group for this session are companies looking to integrate the SDGs into their business but are unsure of how to do so effectively.

Global Compact Network Denmark is the local network for Danish companies and organizations that have joined the UN Global Compact - the world’s largest voluntary initiative for responsible companies.
hosted by:

Djouhara Westberg - Global Compact Network Denmark

Geraldine TY Lin Bagger - Chief Sustainability Advisor, Grundfos

Jess Fleischer - Founder & CEO,  Son of a Tailor

Niels Fibæk - CEO,  Matter

How to maximise your impact as investor or startup by using Theory of Change
We are taking the temperature on the status of ‘impact’ and will explore how you as investors and startups can use Theory of Change to intensify your impact journey. We all know we have a responsibility to do what we can to reduce negative impact and create positive change. However, impact covers more than whether a product addresses a problem. Impact needs to be the business's DNA. Walk down the difficult path with us to find out if you are truly creating impact - in your startup, within your business, and as an investor within your portfolio.

Highly applicable to both impact investors and startups, this inspiring and thought-provoking session explores how to create strategic building blocks using the Theory of Change for maximising impact. The discussion will draw on real-life, complex impact journeys experienced by current promising startups and operating impact investors.
hosted by:

Alison Fort - Katapult Foundation

Ingrid Maurstad - Katapult Ocean

How to create a new democratic movement that will bridge the gap between generations and ensure that all voices are heard
In Denmark and in other Western Countries we have been fortunate to have experienced many technological, scientific and political developments that have made our lives materially better. Nonetheless, this success has turned us blind to several societal and environmental challenges that we are now facing. One of these is the disparity between previous generations and the one currently growing up. The current youth generation is the first since World War II to stand to become poorer than our parents, and never have more children and young people been affected by stress, anxiety and depression than now.
This session will look into the new models of democratic participation and structures that are necessary if we are to successfully bridge the gap between generations, and make all voices heard in the democratic process.
Saga is a youth democratic, non-partisan movement, brought together with the shared goal of doing our part in solving what is not only ours, but the greatest political challenges of all future generations.

hosted by:

Carl Kronika - SAGA

HOW TO REDEFINE MOBILITY – A Driver for the SDGs
Mobility as a whole is an overarching factor for achieving the 2030 Agenda – but what exactly do we mean when we say mobility is a universal enabler for human development? We intend to look at the topic from a 360% perspective: we see mobility as providing spatial and social access to opportunities, allowing citizens to take part and advance their life in all senses regardless of social background, gender and race. Mobility, we believe, is at the heart of a balance between the mantra of ‘People & Planet & Prosperity’ where the whole society and not only the few have the power to develop and decide. This goes hand-in-hand with ideas on ‘inclusive urban development’, providing accessible learning and job opportunities, concepts around decentralization or ideas on democratic systems with commons driven approach to data.The session will directly address SDG 11 “Sustainable Cities and Communities”, but beyond that also SDGs 8, 9, 10, 13 and 16. Its goal is to explore the leadership and actions required to enable our urban environments to be more resilient, intelligent, sustainable and equitable (RISE).
hosted by:

Melanie Stefandl - RISE Cities Program, BMW Foundation

Charles Landry - Chairman RISE Cities Sounding Board

Benjamin de la Pena - CEO, Shared-Use Mobility Center

Jonas Schorr - Partner, Urban Impact

Nidhi Gulati - MBA Candidate, INSEAD

HOW TO LEAD IN THE AGE OF A LEADERSHIP CRISIS
Are we, the people, equipped to bring about the green and inclusive restart that we seek?With dominant, traditional models of leadership reinforcing inequality and aggravating social problems, it is increasingly apparent that we are facing a crisis of leadership. While the “impact space” does not lack insight, there is often too little practical implementation or follow-up. Despite the responsibility to lead through collaboration and an understanding of interdependence, results too often fall short of ambition. Instead, while our systems are being radically disrupted, we are hamstrung in our response, lacking the necessary scale, speed, and scope required – across both sectors and cultures.
In this interactive session, the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders Network invites participants to explore how we might lead more collectively and build more resilient bridges to foster genuine long-term collaboration. Together, we will step into our collective responsibility to reflect on how and why our own leadership has failed, and invite participants to authentically share their challenges and success stories. This session will explore how and where each of us can start individually – and discuss what we can do together to be more effective responsible leaders.
The session will directly address SDG 17 “Partnerships for the Goals”, and indirectly – all of them.
hosted by:

Marie-Louise Harritso - Partnership Director, Reach for Change; Network Driver, BMW Foundation

Scott Young - Special Projects Manager, Ideon Science Park; Network Driver, BMW Foundation

Thandi Allin Dyani - Advisor on Equity, Diversity & Belonging; Network Organizer, BMW Foundation

Valerie Marouche - Network Organizer, BMW Foundation

How to scale socially, environmentally and financially sustainable housing that fosters inclusive and resilient communities
The global urban population is rapidly growing. In just 30 years, we need to make room for an additional 2.3 billion people. Lack of housing will lead to growing inequality and population groups more vulnerable to climate risks and socioeconomic shocks. There is therefore an urgent need for affordable housing and urban spaces designed with the aim of fostering inclusive and resilient communities [Social Agenda in urban development]. 
At the same time, our planet cannot sustain the way we build. The design of housing and development of our urban committees therefore need to embrace circularity, nature and technology that will help minimize the CO2 footprint of buildings [Urban Holistic Development].
This session will address new governance and urban development approaches that are needed if we are to develop housing and urban communities that are more resilient, sustainable and inclusive for all societal groups.
Home.earth is a European real estate company setting out to develop urban communities with inclusivity, liveability and sustainability at its core.

hosted by:

Emil Bender Lassen - Home.Earth

Sinus Lynge - Founding Partner, EFFEKT

Indy Johar, Architect and Co-founder, Project00 and Dark Matter Laboratories

Kerstin von Aretin - Senior Manager, BMW Foundation

Signe Sand - Advisor, Green Transition Denmark

Rasmus Nørgaard - Founder, Home.Earth

How to create education formats & systems where talents learn to create the green transformation
This session will be streamed live from Berlin to Sønderborg. In this panel conversation hosted by Kaospilot+ Berlin we will hear from experts representing the intersection of educational, entrepreneurial and technological sectors. Our experts will discuss the role of progressive educational formats in the green transformation. Representing inspiring and real-life examples of creating impactful green business via education, they will share experiences and challenges they have encountered in creating educational formats that challenge the status quo of their sector and help create the green businesses we need.
hosted by:


Edda Luisa Rosset - Co-founder Kaospilot + Berlin

Florian Hoffman - Do School

Manuela Mohr - Education Inovation Lab

Christer Windeløv-Lidzélius - CEO and Principal, Kaospilot

NETWORKING DINNER
ALSIK HOTEL & SPA
26 OCTOBER, 7 PM

Join us in closing this inspiring day with an exclusive evening of great food and good people. The banquet dinner is an opportunity to make connections and discuss the day’s themes while enjoying a beautiful view of the waterfront.

The dinner includes:
Three courses
Two glasses of wine
Three inspiring speakers

€80 + VAT. Tickets are limited.

Reserve your place now.

RESERVE DINNER

REBOOTING THE CAPITALIST SYSTEM

“Capitalism as we know it is dead,” said Salesforce chief Marc Benioff at a conference in October 2019. Instead a new model of business was taking its place, he continued. One driven by values, ethics and taking care of employees — not “the Milton Friedman capitalism that is just about making money.”

Marc Benioff is not the first to recognize that our current economic system doesn’t work for the modern world. It doesn’t address our social and environmental issues effectively. In a time of health and economic crisis we’re more aware than ever of its failures. Even before the current pandemic social inequalities were widening for more than 70 % of the global population. But what is the alternative? Can we change our mindset and growth instinct? How do we transform to an economic system that is more stakeholder-focused than shareholder-focused?

THE GREEN BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

We are in the midst of health and economic crises that know no borders. COVID-19 has impacted billions of lives and will continue so for many years to come. Our resilience as a global community is being tested, and we can look at this as preparation for the environmental and climate crises we know are coming soon. The global losses from climate change could be a total of $600 trillion by the end of the century, but more importantly, human life as we know it will be irreversibly changed if we don’t act now. 

Therefore we need to restart our economy with the environment at the center of both public- and private sector strategies. But how do we create new jobs and economic success with the green transformation in mind? How do we ensure that we have the talent, governance models and business strategies to implement new systems in the food, water, energy and production sectors? How do we ensure that green business models are prioritized over others? How do we ensure, we don’t go back to outdated solutions and instead invest in the news ones? 

A NEW SOCIAL CONTRACT FOR A DIGITAL WORLD

Don Tapscott, author of Wikinomics and Blockchain Revolution, said “Technology is breaking down the agreements that grew from the industrial age  – about employment, economic opportunity, public discourse, the integrity of democracy and other profound  issues.” In other words, we can say that for good or bad, technology has changed our lives and it’s here to stay. So it’s time to create a new set of agreements. 

How do we ensure that technology is used to create better solutions for the people and planet? How do we handle data responsibly, and how do we steer innovation towards an ethical digital world? Can we ensure that new digital business models can thrive without compromising privacy, democracy and ethics? What steps can we take to ensure a strong and healthy connection between governments and business in the digital age?

DESIGNING CITIES WITH AND FOR PEOPLE

In the magazine ‘Imagine’, published by Space10, it is stated that the global urban population has soared from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018, and urbanization isn’t slowing down. The UN predicts that about 2.5 billion more people will be living in cities by 2050. By then, almost 7 out of 10 will live in an urban area.

There is clearly a need to build more human centric cities where we can live and thrive. But how do we rethink the urban model to work for citizens and for the planet? How do we ensure more inclusive and equal opportunities for all? Can we create enough jobs within cities while being environmentally and socially responsible?

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