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 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?

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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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 setfor 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 agencyand 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 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 duringthe pandemic has had a negative effect on global economies, but also somewhat reduced emissions of greenhouse gases. The pandemic can be an opportunity to accelerate progress in addressing both the causes and effects of climate changeand in 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.
hosted by:

Nicola Tollin, SDU

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 drivesystemic change.

We will take a deep dive into the vital behaviors of successful activism and look closer at the transformative companies whose ethosis fundamental to why they exist, that are committed to stakeholder capitalism and that repeatedly challenge the role of business in society. Bold, brave andwith 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:

Nicoline Olesen, 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 a discussion of how leaders can create inclusive organizational cultures that foster innovation and cater to the talent of the future.
hosted by:

Lykke Jeppesen, Clara Halvorsen, TDC,
Sofie Winge-Petersen, World's Best News and Danish Youth Climate Council

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 becomea 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 serveas a role model for the rest of the world. Not by wagging fingers, but bysimply demonstrating a better way to utilize energy. This session will examine how we can all become independent of fossil fuels while creating thousands ofnew green jobs in industry, trades and service, using Sønderborg as aninspiring 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. Weneed 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 Cosmina Popa, Co-founder Heartful

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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