agenda

11/NOV / 9:30 — 17:30
THEME 2020:
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 challenging 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?

Below you will find 4 specific headlines that our speakers will center their focus and stage time around. All headlines are linked to the three tracks.

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 recognise 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 environmental and climate crises we know are coming soon. 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 prioritised over others? How do we ensure, we do not go back to outdated solutions and instead invest in the news 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 it ss 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
In the magazine ‘Imagine’, published by Space10, it is estimated that the global urban population has soared from 751 million in 1950 to 4.2 billion in 2018, and urbanisation is not 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.
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:

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?

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 predominantly just looks great on LinkedIn? If we truly want change, where and how should we, the business community, go about ensuring that the needed transformation happens? By rethinking the criteria and demands we set for the companies and clients we do business with. During this session the digital marketing company, Precis, will share their own experiences from their journey - from realising there is no glory in merely being a CO2 neutral agency, to facing the daunting challenge of identifying signals and criteria for selecting - and rejecting - suppliers and customers alike. All while balancing the books and dealing with the obvious, underlying challenge of hypocrisy: so the clients and suppliers who got you where you are today suddenly are no longer good enough for you?! This will be a highly interactive session where we - together - will explore various ideas and frameworks to really move the needle.
Hosted by
Christopher Brixen & Anders Lykke, Precis
How to use the pandemic crisis to make our cities more resilient and liveable.
How can we turn the COVID-19 crisis in a opportunity to make cities more liveable and resilient? The global pandemic has forced us to rethink the way we plan, design, manage and live in our cities. This includes reevaluating public spaces, urban planning, transportation, housing, consumption and production. The forced reduction of production and consumption during the pandemic has had a negative effect on global economies, but also somewhat reduced emissions of greenhouse gases. The pandemic can be an opportunity to leap forward, accelerating progress in addressing both the causes and effects of climate change and making our cities more accessible and inclusive. In this session we will discuss the effects of the pandemic and the climate crisis. We will brainstorm concrete opportunities to rethink our cities and how to accelerate progress in making them more resilient and liveable, with a priority on opportunities for collaboration. The session will directly address SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, SDG 3: Good Health and SDG 13: Climate Action.
Hosted by
Nicola Tollin, SDU
How to unleash the power of business to engage citizens and drive systemic change.
What if business could mix dedication to progressive societal change with a thriving and profitable business? This session explores corporate activism, with examples of companies with commitment to progressive values, a desire to mobilise fans not as employees or customers, but as citizens, and who actively use business as a lever to drive systemic change. We will take a deep dive into the vital behaviours of successful activism and look closer at those transformative companies, who's ethos is fundamental to why they exist, who are committed to stakeholder capitalism, and repeatedly challenge the role of business in society. Bold, brave and with conviction they 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
Nicoline Olesen, Nordic B Corp Movement
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 a discusssion of how leaders can create inclusive organizational cultures that foster innovation and cater to the talent of the future.
Hosted by
Lykke Jeppesen, TDC
Clara Halvorsen, World's Best News
Sofie Winge-Petersen, Danish Youth Climate Council
How to transform your company with the SDGs
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 examine the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact and discuss concrete strategies for working with the SDGs. Learn how to select the most appropriate SDG targets and how to work with them to transform your business. The target group for this session is companies that are keen to integrate the SDGs into their business but are unsure of how to do so effectively.
Hosted by
Joachim Marc Christensen & Signe Fribo, Global Compact Network Denmark
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 initiate new projects between David and Goliath! This session is intended to share Waterkant's insights and mindset 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 core aspect 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 define new leadership standards for the 2030 agenda
It is time to create profound and long-lasting positive change for people and the planet. We were already in the midst of a climate crisis when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. These combined events have reinforced the fact that there has never been a more pressing time to start rethinking our established social constructions, economic systems and environmental impact. We need a profound cultural and economical systematic shift. We need to rethink how we are driving our businesses, our organizations and our investments. 
The current capitalist system takes advantage of both human and financial resources, and has also shaped our traditions in leadership models and cultural roles. In redefining and creating a more regenerative approach to resources, we need to identify new leaders to leverage the shift. We need to consider what traits we want them to possess and how they should build organizations.
Are you interested in understanding the leaders of the future? Do you want to explore what qualities and skills they should have, and how to attract them? Then this session is for you. With valuable insight from system changers and regenerative experts, as well as founders and investors, we will learn about approaches for identifying leaders and strategies to make the world better through effective leadership.

Hosted by
Ida Falbakken, co-founder of Katapult Future Fest 
Louise Kjellerup Roper, CEO of Volans
Tharald Nustad, founder of Nordic Impact
Uffe Elbæk, member of the Danish parliament

NETWORKING DINNER
ALSIK HOTEL & SPA
11 NOVEMBER, 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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