5th World Responsible Leaders Forum

100 Innovations for Change

 

19.-22.05.2016, München

Die Bilder der in München zu tausenden ankommenden Flüchtlinge sind um die Welt gegangen. Sie haben ein Schlaglicht auf das neue Ausmaß der Flüchtlingsbewegungen geworfen und auf die Frage nach Europas Haltung dazu. Die Fotos haben darüber hinaus aber noch etwas anderes transportiert: das vergleichsweise effiziente Funktionieren der kommunalen Verwaltung und die Stärke einer gewachsenen und selbstbewussten Zivilgesellschaft in einer Stadt wie München. Zahlreiche Vereine, Kirchen, Schulen und Initiativen sind aktiv geworden und setzen sich aktuell für Flüchtlinge ein. Mit teils kreativen Ansätzen organisieren sie die Erstversorgung, helfen beim Deutschlernen, vermitteln Ausbildungsplätze und schaffen Wohnraum.

5th World Responsible Leaders Forum


Das sind einige Facetten Münchens, die wir allen Teilnehmern des 5th World Responsible Leaders Forums nahebringen wollen, wenn wir im Mai 2016 in die bayerische Hauptstadt einladen. Während des viertägigen Forums wollen wir uns mit der Vielfalt der Möglichkeiten für gesellschaftlichen Wandel und für ein besseres Verständnis der Gesellschaften untereinander auseinandersetzen.

Der 100ste Geburtstag unserer Stifterin, der BMW AG, bietet dabei den Anlass dafür, erstmals unser wachsendes Netzwerk der internationalen Responsible Leaders nach Deutschland einzuladen.


Über das World Responsible Leaders Forum

Das World Responsible Leaders Forum bringt Führungskräfte aus der ganzen Welt zusammen. Es wendet sich an die rund 2000 Teilnehmer und Referenten, die an einem der vergangenen Young-Leaders-Programme oder an anderen Kernformaten der BMW Stiftung mitgewirkt haben. Wir wollen die Ressourcen, Erfahrungen und das Wissen dieses außergewöhnlichen Netzwerks, das wir in den vergangenen 20 Jahren systematisch aufgebaut haben, regelmäßig neu mobilisieren und an den strategischen gesellschaftspolitischen Initiativen der Stiftung und ihrer regionaler und globaler Partner beteiligen. Die vorausgegangenen World Responsible Leaders Foren haben in den USA, in Indien, Argentinien und China stattgefunden.

Alle weiteren Informationen zum Forum finden Sie auf Englisch, unserer Konferenzsprache.

 

  • Michael Schaefer

    Michael Schaefer

    Chairman of the Board, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Berlin


  • Joachim Milberg

    Joachim Milberg

    Chairman of the Board of Trustees, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Berlin


  • Markus Hipp

    Markus Hipp

    Director, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Berlin


  • Sayu Bhojwani

    Sayu Bhojwani

    Founder and President, The New American Leaders Project


  • Amel Karboul

    Amel Karboul

    Secretary General, Maghreb Economic Forum (MEF)


  • Ana Sarkovas

    Ana Sarkovas

    Executive Director, Sistema B Brasil, Sistema B


  • Horst Krumbach

    Horst Krumbach

    Founder and CEO, Generationsbrücke Deutschland


  • Carl-August Graf von Kospoth

    Carl-August Graf von Kospoth

    Director, BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt, Berlin


  • Kailash Satyarthi

    Kailash Satyarthi

    Founder, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Childhood Movement) and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, New Delhi

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Innovation Tour

Allianz Pro Bono

Initiated by Allianz in 2009, the Social OPEX Program supports social initiatives by drawing on the quality management, know-how, and skills of the company’s employees around the world. Since 2016 Allianz has been collaborating with Proboneo to increase the social impact of its pro bono program across Europe.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn about how a multinational corporation has successfully combined human resource development with pro bono and what it has learned on the way. Also get insights into how corporations partner with intermediary organizations to boost impact.

  • Founded: 2009
  • Employees: Allianz Employees worldwide
  • Impact: Over 270 employees conducted over 100 projects with 80+ social partner organizations worldwide; scientific studies proved the positive effects on learning and development of participants.
  • Sector: Business, Insurance

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Innovation Tour

ArrivalAid

ArrivalAid helps refugees navigate their way through the asylum-seeking process.

ArrivalAid trains volunteers to prepare refugees for, and accompany them to, their official hearings at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Refugees seeking asylum in Germany often lack sufficient information about being granted the right of asylum. Moreover, they are frequently unaware of key issues that need to be addressed during the hearing in order for their individual situation to be acknowledged.

On this Innovation Tour: Join ArrivalAid founder Cornelius Nohl to learn how German civil society and administrative authorities deal with the arrival of refugees. Also help generate ideas how ArrivalAid can work towards integration.

  • Founded: 2013
  • Employees: 5, volunteers: 53
  • Impact: Has assisted 250 refugees since May 2015 and trained 600 mentors
  • Sector: Nonprofit

www.arrivalaid.org


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Innovation Tour

BMW DriveNow

DriveNow is a carsharing service offered by the BMW automotive company and the Sixt car rental company. Sixt provides the logistics and BMW the vehicles. Launched in Munich in 2011, DriveNow offers its services also in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Vienna, London, Copenhagen, and Stockholm.

Due to its pay-by-minute pricing model, the service is ideally suited for driving short distances in the city. Online or via an app, the customer locates and reserves the nearest car. It can be parked for free wherever parking is permitted within the designated city zone.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn about how carsharing works and how it transform mobility in cities.

  • Founded: 2011
  • Impact: 3,780 vehicles, 330,000 customers
  • Sector: Business

www.drive-now.com


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Innovation Tour

BMW Startup Garage

BMW Startup Garage partners with young, innovative companies in the automotive sector.

The BMW Startup Garage is a startup’s gateway into the global, multi-trillion dollar automotive industry. It helps companies jumpstart their automotive business through a no-strings-attached co-development partnership. The program aims at integrating a startup’s technology into BMW Group vehicles and at networking entrepreneurs with top automotive engineers and managers. The BMW Startup Garage centers on startups that help BMW improve vehicles and the driving experience.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn how BMW helps innovative ideas thrive.

  • Founded: 2014
  • Sector: Business

www.bmwstartupgarage.com


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Innovation Tour

BMWi

BMWi stands for visionary electric vehicles and mobility services, inspiring design as well as a new understanding of premium products defined by sustainability. The mobility concept of BMWi makes a fully electronic everyday life possible. There are two electronic cars on the market: the BMWi3 for urban traffic and the BMWi8 as a sports car for the future.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn from Dr. Julian Weber, Head of the Innovation Project E-mobility at BMW Group, about mobility and how BMW helps innovative ideas thrive.

www.bmw.de/de/neufahrzeuge/bmw-i/bmw-i/konzept.html


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Innovation Tour

Fraunhofer Venture

Fraunhofer Venture acts as a partner of founders, start-up companies, Fraunhofer institutes, and investors.

By offering access to Fraunhofer technologies, infrastructure, and know-how with more than 5,200 patent classes, it provides young companies with the opportunity of a faster and better establishment of their products on the markets. The portfolio offered by Fraunhofer Venture includes comprehensive support and consulting services, from the idea to implementation, covering the areas of technology, financing, founding, and participation management.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn about the work of the renowned Fraunhofer Society and its institutes, the birthplace of numerous innovations made in Germany. Dr. Bauer will talk specifically about how Fraunhofer Venture tries to support innovative ideas by helping them get to market.

  • Founded: 1999
  • Impact: More than 400 founding concepts have been developed, approximately 150 spin-off foundations supported, and roughly 90 participations set up.

http://www.fraunhoferventure.de/en.html


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Innovation Tour

IHK Munich

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria represents the interests of the wide variety of companies in the region.

As a long-standing public entity with over 380,000 member companies, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry for Munich and Upper Bavaria is the largest such chamber in Germany. Despite the region’s showcase collection of strong corporations as well as small and medium-sized enterprises, the task now is to link these established firms to the innovative startup scene.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn about the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Munich and the Chamber’s services in this “big meets fast” scenario. Discuss the ecosystem support structures and gain insights into the workings of the so-called Isar Valley.

  • Founded: 1842
  • Employees: 480
  • Impact: Parliament of the regional business world, service provider to companies, entrusted competence center for public authority tasks, ‘honorable merchant’ advocate
  • Sector: Business/ Adminstration

www.muenchen.ihk.de/en/business-departments


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Innovation Tour

Impact Hub

Impact Hub Munich is part of a global network of Impact Hubs that make up an ecosystem for positive impact.

Impact Hub offers a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow positive impact. This global network of spaces inspires, connects, and enables social entrepreneurs and innovators to succeed in their work. Members benefit from a diverse and global community that provides guidance, resources, and opportunities shared between all locations. Impact Hub Munich is one of two Hubs in Germany, the other being in Berlin.

On this Innovation Tour: Visit the epicenter of the Munich social entrepreneurship scene and experience the dynamic and fun atmosphere of this space. Joscha Lautner, co-founder of Impact Hub Munich, will give you a tour, share his entrepreneurial story, and talk about the Impact Hub and why it is much more than just a co-working space. You will have the chance to meet and engage with selected “Hubbers” – that is, social entrepreneurs operating from the Impact Hub.

  • Founded: 2012
  • Employees: 15
  • Impact: enabling people to do good
  • Sector: pioneering business towards an economy for the common good

http://munich.impacthub.net/


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Innovation Tour

Joblinge

Through the Joblinge initiative, the private, public, and volunteer sectors join forces to support young people from difficult backgrounds into the world of work.

A six-month program is designed to develop the participants’ job and social skills, ensuring their long-term success on the job market and helping them lead a self-determined life.

To be able to offer this concept in all regions where there is a need and to reach as many young people as possible, Joblinge is organized as a social franchise system. The local “franchisees” cooperate closely with the national parent organization (“franchisor”).

  • Founded: 2007
  • Employees: 110 in 18 locations across Germany
  • Impact: nearly 4,000 young people supported
  • Sector: Nonprofit

NOTE: This Innovation Tour is part of three combined site visits: Joblinge, Kiron Open Higher Education, and Rock Your Life! By registering for one of these sessions, you will have the possibility to visit a second one of these three Innovation Tours.

www.joblinge.de


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Innovation Tour

Kiron Open Higher Education

Kiron provides refugees worldwide with the opportunity to earn an accredited university degree, free of charge.

For refugees the long process of seeking asylum is often lost time: they are unable to continue or begin their education, despite being motivated to learn and fulfil their academic and professional potential. At the same time, the lack of job prospects makes it difficult for refugees to build a new life and integrate into the host society. Kiron uses an innovative combination of online and offline learning to provide accessible, sustainable, and cost-effective education.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn about Kiron, a fast-growing social enterprise and the first online university for refugees. Their unique model together with a huge network of partners seeks to transform the economy and society at large.

  • Founded: 2015
  • Employees: 32 employees fulltime, 500+ volunteers
  • Impact: active in 11 countries, 2,250 students reached, 135,000 study hours, 42 transferred into paid jobs, 127 partner universities offering courses to refugees
  • Sector: Nonprofit

www.kiron.ngo


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Innovation Tour

Kuchentratsch

Kuchentratsch is not just another bakery that offers mainstream cakes. No, it is far more, it is the bakery where you get your grandmothers’ cakes, cookies, and all kinds of sweets of your youth.

The bakery chefs are all grandmothers as well as one grandfather, who love to bake and put all their love and time into their cakes. Kuchentratsch is also a contact point where the elderly women who come together to bake cakes experience social integration. Their new job not only helps them become a valuable part of society, it also supplements their pension. And as a result, you get delicious, grandma-style cakes that are delivered to cafés, companies, and private individuals.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn how baking together fosters social inclusion and participation. Test your baking skills!

  • Founded: 2014
  • Employees: 2 managers, 3 students/interns, 25 grannys (1 grandpa), 2 volunteers
  • Impact: 35,000 minutes of coffee klatsch and gossip, 40 friendships, 2 New Year’s Eve parties, 2,000 cakes in 2015
  • Sector: Social Business

www.kuchentratsch.com


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Innovation Tour

Lernwerkstatt

Lernwerkstatt offers short vocational trainings in carpentry, plumbing, and painting for refugees.

Lernwerkstatt means “learning workshop” in German and is a newly founded association offering a variety of vocational trainings to refugees. Operating out of a former tank hall on the grounds of the former Bayern-Kaserne (Bavarian Barracks), the biggest refugee accommodation center in Munich, artisans and craftsmen got together and started to share their knowledge with refugees. At this stage, Lernwerkstatt is still figuring out the best way to support refugees on their journey to sustainable integration, given the many challenges such as language barriers and transfers to other refugee accommodation centers on short notice.

Lernwerkstatt produced some of the furniture that is being used during the World Responsible Leaders Forum.

On this Innovation Tour: Meet the makers behind the Lernwerkstatt, learn some of the amazing impact stories, and brainstorm around challenges this young nonprofit is facing. You will also have a chance to speak to some of the trainers as well as refugees who went through the program.

  • Founded: Spring 2015
  • Employees: 2 employees, 10 volunteer trainers
  • Sector: Nonprofit

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Innovation Tour

MakerSpace

MakerSpace is a 1,500-square-meter, high-tech workshop and home to a creative community.

It is a place to implement ideas and innovations in the form of prototypes and small-batch production as well as a meeting-place for a vibrant community of creatives, entrepreneurs, and startups. Members of MakerSpace have access to more than 80 high-tech machines, tools, and software. MakerSpace also offers training services and events for members with all levels of knowledge, providing them with support and networking options.

On this Innovation Tour: Speak with CEO Phill Handy and learn how the space supports the most promising tech startups in Munich. Among them is Mobile Hydro: They will show you the low-cost rotor they developed, creating energy for people living near rivers. You can also see 3D printers and other high-tech at work.

  • Founded: 2015
  • Employees: approx. 30
  • Sector: Business

www.unternehmertum.de/makerspace

www.maker-space.de

http://www.mobilehydro.com/


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Innovation Tour

Munich Kammerspiele

The Munich Kammerspiele is one of the most important stages in the German-speaking world.

Since its beginnings, the theatre has been known for its strong company, seeking the dialogue and confrontation with the present. The Munich Kammerspiele sees itself as an aesthetically innovative, contemporary and cosmopolitan municipal theatre with a socio-political focus.

On this Innovation Tour: Look behind the scenes of one of Munich’s most famous cultural institutions and learn how it opens the black box to the issues of the city, working specifically with refugees. You will also have the opportunity to gain practical theater experience in a short workshop.

Note: The tour leaves at 2:00 PM from the foyer of BMW Welt.

www.muenchner-kammerspiele.de/en


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Innovation Tour

Munich Department of Social Services

The Department of Social Services of the city of Munich ensures that socially disadvantaged people have access to the cultural and social life of the city. It also is home to a special task force helping refugees that arrive in the city.

On this Innovation Tour: Discuss with Bud A. Willim how the city and corporations work together to improve the livelihoods of its inhabitants. Also learn how the city deals with the thousands of refugees that have arrived in recent months.


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Innovation Tour

Polarstern

Polarstern is a green energy provider with a local approach going global.

Polarstern was founded to change the world by offering 100 percent green electricity from German hydropower and biogas made from organic matter. Their goal is to inspire people to use energy consciously and respectfully and to have a global impact. Each customer directly contributes to the worldwide advance of renewables: Polarstern invests into projects in Europe that help promote renewable energy and, for each customer and year, they help a family in a developing country build their own micro-biogas plant.

On the Innovation Tour: Learn from CEO Florian Henle how Polarstern has become one of the few social businesses in Germany that actually work.

  • Founded: 2005
  • Employees: 15
  • Impact: Has built more than 1,000 micro-biogas facilities in Cambodia; has saved 17.000 tons in CO2 emissions
  • Sector: Social business

www.polarstern-energie.de


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Innovation Tour

Prater Island Power Plant

While standing on the Maximilian Bridge overlooking the river Isar, people most certainly won’t think of a socket or a lightbulb. And yet the youngest hydro power plant producing enough “green” electricity to power 4,000 households for a year is right underneath them. The modern, underground hydroelectric plant, a joint project of Green Energy City and Stadtwerke München, was launched in 2010.

On this Innovation Tour: See for yourself the Prater Island Power Plant by descending to the turbine deep under the river Isar. Martin Betzold, company spokesman of Green City Energy AG, will tell you about the history and special features of this project and also share his insights into the German “Energiewende” (energy transition).

  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 0 employees as it is operated fully automatically
  • Impact: electricity for 4,000 households, 9,000 t in CO2 emissions saved
  • Sector: business

https://www.greencity-energy.com/energieanlage/hydropower-plant-praterkraftwerk/


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Innovation Tour

Rock Your Life!

Rock Your Life! builds bridges between pupils, students, and companies all over Germany.

In Germany, a young person’s prospects are to a large extent determined by his or her socio-demographic background. Rock Your Life! wants to support pupils on their career pathways and help them discover their strengths and talents, so that they can manage their lives accordingly. To achieve that, Rock Your Life! offers one-on-one mentoring in which pupils from socially underprivileged families are advised and supported by university students for two years. The Rock Your Life! network currently comprises more than 40 local chapters throughout Germany, from Hamburg to Munich.

NOTE: This Innovation Tour is part of three combined site visits: Joblinge, Kiron Open Higher Education, and Rock Your Life! By registering for one of these sessions, you will be able to also visit another of these three Innovation Tours.

www.rockyourlife.de/sonstiges/international


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Innovation Tour

SchlaU-Schule

SchlaU-Schule is providing education to currently 300 young refugees to help them finish secondary school.

Besides teaching the regular school curriculum, the school provides targeted and individual support enabling the students to enter the regular German educational system. The ISuS program prepares illiterate refugees to gain access to formal education. SchlaU’s support continues after graduation to assist refugees access employment or education, allowing sustainable integration.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn from SchlaU-Schule CEO Björn Schalles how SchlaU supports young refugees, from teaching them how to read to preparing them for job entry or secondary education. In addition, two SchlaU graduates will talk about how SchlaU has influenced their lives. Finally, we will brainstorm around a new SchlaU project that involves revitalizing a neighborhood in Munich.

  • Founded: 2000
  • Employees: 60
  • Impact: 300 refugees
  • Sector: Nonprofit

www.schlau-schule.de


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Innovation Tour

Social Entrepreneurship Akademie (SEA)

SEA is a university-based competence center for social innovation and entrepreneurship.

In 2010, the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie was established as a joint initiative by the four university-based entrepreneurship centers in Munich. Under the slogan “Education for Societal Change,” this unique networking organization educates social entrepreneurs, or social changemakers. It also introduces entrepreneurial thinking to all disciplines and aims to make social impact a key category in organizations. The goals are to scale local practices, educate future decision-makers, share knowledge and resources, and help society move towards a more responsible way of life encompassing social, ecological, and economic factors.

On this Innovation Tour: Join founder and director Andy Goldstein to learn more about the academy, discuss the value of entrepreneurial thinking, and get an insight into Munich’s entrepreneurship scene.

  • Founded: 2010
  • Employees: 6
  • Impact: 70 start-ups incubated, 25,000 students reached
  • Sector: Nonprofit

www.seakademie.de


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Innovation Tour

Stiftung Pfennigparade

A Unique Offering for Physically Disabled People

Graduating from school, being able to work, living on your own – three completely normal wishes that appear unattainable to many physically disabled people. The Stiftung Pfennigparade with its 14 subsidiaries is Germany’s biggest rehabilitation center for people with disabilities and encourages them to lead a self-determined life.

Pfennigparade fosters the independence of physically disabled people and responds to their individual needs with a wide range of assistance. The foundation operates kindergardens, schools, outpatient and residential facilities, nursing services, sheltered workshops, and an integration company. Providing disabled people with an inclusive education, work, and living environment, Pfennigparade helps them become an integral part of our society.

On this Innovation Tour: Take a closer look at the work of the Stiftung Pfennigparade and change the way you look at disability. Talk with Responsible Leaders Thomas Heymel and Britta Hauf and learn how people with disabilities become part of the value chain and how this sparks innovation.

  • Founded: 1952
  • Employees: 200
  • Impact: More than 1,500 disabled and 1,000 non-disabled people live, work, and learn together at Pfennigparade.
  • Sector: Nonprofit

www.pfennigparade.de


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Innovation Tour

Working Between Cultures

Working Between Cultures provides training, coaching, and consulting on communication, teamwork, and conflict management for global teams and groups with diverse backgrounds. This social enterprise has been nominated to become one of 2016’s 100 places of Innovation in Germany with their program “Come to Munich - be at Home” which allows international and local students to experiences the advantages of diversity.

On this Innovation Tour: Meet co-founder Maria Prahl who will share the story of Working Between Cultures and demonstrate some of its methods. You are invited to share your knowledge and experience and contribute promising practices from around the world.

  • Founded: 2012
  • Employees: 3 full-time employees and 5 freelancers
  • Impact: 1,000 participants every year in our trainings and workshops; 100 train-the-trainer participants each year; 1-2 publications a year
  • Sector: Social Enterprise

working-between-cultures.de/english


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Innovation Tour

BayStartUP

BayStartUP offers navigation through the Bavarian startup scene.

They help innovative startups find their way through the challenges of setting up their company and accelerating growth. Supported by private sponsoring partners and the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, BayStartUp advises startups on business development, financing, and acceleration. To provide efficient matching between startups and investors, BayStartUP helps young companies to prepare thoroughly before addressing potential investors. The BayStartUP team then creates various opportunities to establish contact between startups and more than 200 business angels and around 100 institutional investors such as (corporate) venture capital funds or public investors.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn about how the state of Bavaria supports startups and get to know the unique governance structure of BayStartUP.

  • Founded: 2014
  • Employees: 15
  • Impact: 1,600 innovative companies have emerged, generated a turnover of approximately one billion Euro and created 11,000 jobs. Each year the financing network matches between 20 and 38 million Euro.
  • Sector: Private-Public Partnership

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Innovation Tour

European Patent Office

The European Patent Office (EPO) offers inventors a uniform application procedure that enables them to obtain patent protection in up to 40 European countries. Supervised by the Administrative Council, the Office is the executive arm of the European Patent Organization, an international organization based in Munich.

A field in which large businesses with sizeable patenting operations are increasingly developing strategies and technology is the so-called Industry 4.0. The term is rapidly becoming a catch-all description for the accelerated changes in design, manufacturing of products, and operational processes at all levels of industry. It is defined by interconnectivity (IOT, Internet of Things), big data, and on-demand manufacturing (smart industry). Industry 4.0 is expected to have a major effect on global economies, contributing significantly to GDP in the foreseeable future. However, the question as to when Industry 4.0 will mature remains unanswered.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn about the European Patent Office and dive deep into the discussion around Industry 4.0: big hype or the next big thing? In his talk on this topic, Grant Philpott, principal director of the main information and communication technology area at the European Patent Office, will explore the impact of Industry 4.0 in general and on patenting in particular, highlighting the challenges and changes that it may bring.

  • Founded: In October 1977 on the basis of the European Patent Convention (EPC) signed in Munich in 1973.
  • Employees: Some 7.000 staff members from 30 different countries working in five locations across Europe.
  • Impact: In 2015, European patent filings grew further (+1,6% over 2014), reaching a new high of nearly 279,000.
  • Sector: Public

www.epo.org


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Innovation Tour

Tat:funk

Initiated by the Eberhard von Kuenheim Foundation, Tat:funk is a project for German Oberstufe (senior level Gymnasium) students. The students are encouraged to produce their own radio program over the course of one school year. From the initial idea to its implementation to the final event where the students have to present their project to the public, students learn to take responsibility. Students are guided throughout by a mentor. A professional journalist, the mentor can give valuable insights into the basics of journalism and provide students with a deeper understanding of his or her profession. By researching interesting topics, organizing interviews, and coordinating production dates, students obtain valuable entrepreneurial skills such as teamwork, commitment, and communication skills.

On this Innovation Tour: Learn more about Tat:funk from Birgit Echtler, director of the Stiftung Zuhören. Get to know students, mentors, and teachers who are part of the project and get a first-hand impression of the practical and interactive training at Tat:funk.

Employees: 3 permanent employees and nine freelancers Impact: Until today, more than 2,300 students from six different German federal states have taken part in the project. Sector: Nonprofit

www.tatfunk.de


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Innovation Tour

Schwabinger Tor

Schwabinger Tor (Gate of Schwabing) is a construction project in Munich-Schwabing. The new urban quarter aims to showcase the future of living in the city. Realized by the Jost Hurler Group, the project aims to bring together people from various backgrounds and allow greater inclusion. Modern concepts of urban living, co-working, and mobility are integrated into the overall slogan “Talent. Sharing. Tolerance.”

On this Innovation Tour: Experience the unique setting of the quarter and learn from Steffen Warlich, Head of Communications, about the holistic concept of the Schwabinger Tor. Discuss ideas of what the future of the city might look like and explore the completed parts of this project.

  • Impact: Some 3,000 people will live and work at the Schwabinger Tor
  • Sector: Private

www.schwabinger-tor.de/en/


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Commitment Pitch

Global Pro Bono Network

Pro bono service providers strengthen civil society by connecting NGOs and social change organizations with business professionals who donate their time and talent in pro bono service. Expertise in HR, marketing, strategy, and IT are difficult for often under-resourced social change organizations to access. The Global Pro Bono Network exists to promote knowledge sharing, mutual support and collaboration among pro bono intermediaries from around the world and is currently composed of 42 member organizations from 28 countries.

https://probonosummit.org/


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Commitment Pitch

Impact Hub

Impact Hub is a global network of entrepreneurial communities, workspaces, and programs that inspire, connect and catalyze social and environmental impact. Developing local entrepreneurial ecosystems and supporting ventures from idea to operations and scale, Impact Hub hosts a diverse community of 12,000 members in more than 80 cities around the world.

www.impacthub.net


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Commitment Pitch

Kiron Open Higher Education

Kiron is disrupting higher education by marrying elements of digital education with traditional education and fostering international cooperation to transform universities. Kiron is a social start up whose mission is to eliminate barriers for refugees to access higher education by allowing enrolment based on performance and using digital technology.

www.kiron.ngo


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Impact Session

Educat Social Enterprise

Educat confronts poverty through private sector development. We operate from the belief that job creation is the most viable tool for poverty reduction, and we act on this belief by supporting entrepreneurs and high potential youth, and by advocating for a more conducive and innovative private sector. Our approach combines a highly customized accelerator program with access to finance and robust advocacy through The Accelerator, our quarterly magazine.

The challenge:

Despite boasting impressive development over the past two decades, the reality remains that Rwanda is still one of the poorest countries in the world – and one that only twenty-two years ago experienced one of the worst genocides in modern history. Unemployment and underemployment – especially among youth – remains a huge challenge, and a potential societal and economic time bomb if not addressed. It also presents a crucial opportunity for the private sector, and more importantly, for the country.

Expertise sought:

Our next step is to establish a seed capital fund to benefit early startups and to refine and test our model that combines business acceleration, investment through a for-profit enterprise, and advocacy. We need support from people with expertise in impact investment and fund management, and from people with interest in a profitable and responsible model of private sector driven development, who have the resources needed to see this through, and who want to see Rwanda and other emerging economies benefit.

  • Active in: Rwanda
  • Impact Candidate: Andreas Nørlem Christensen
  • Facilitator: Simona Paravani

www.educat.dk/n


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Impact Session

Finest! Tap Water

Finest! Tap Water is an initiative of the Hamburg-based NGO Viva con Agua and the Berlin-based social business Soulbottles to promote the consumption of tap water (as compared to bottled water) as the most ecological and economical choice of water consumption. Finest! Tap Water seeks to use the money that would be spent on bottled mineral water (especially in restaurants, bars, cafés, and hotels as well as in companies) and that is instead given in the form of donations for tap water to realize water projects in other parts of the world.

The challenge:

How can the Responsible Leaders Network help us gain wide acceptance for the consumption of tap water in households, cafeterias, and restaurants in countries where tap water can be safely consumed. What key influencers can be helpful, and how should we approach the different organizations in order to succeed?

Expertise sought:

  • Hotel and restaurant industry
  • Companies with an interest in sustainability
  • Representatives of government institutions such as ministries and agencies

  • Active in: Germany, Austria
  • Impact Candidate: Christina Veldhoen
  • Facilitator: Dennis Hoenig-Ohnsorg

http://feinstes-leitungswasser.org/


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Impact Session

Iftiin Foundation

Iftiin Foundation is a social enterprise that incubates entrepreneurs and social ventures in conflict-affected countries to accelerate peace. It was founded especially to drive social change, peace, and innovation among entrepreneurs and young leaders in Somalia.

The challenge:

One of the biggest obstacles to the success of entrepreneurs living in developing countries, especially in fragile nations, is the lack of local capacity and expertise that they need to launch and scale their enterprise. Expert mentors and partners can be instrumental in bridging the gap between business start-up and continual growth and scale. The challenge is to connect entrepreneurs in these countries to global partners and mentors who can help them to transform their ideas into profitable and thriving business entities.

Expertise sought:

Experts in social impact investment, experts in capacity building and incubation for entrepreneurs and start-ups, and those interested in supporting entrepreneurs in developing nations are encouraged to attend.

  • Active in: Africa
  • Impact Candidate: Mohamed Ali
  • Facilitator: Barbara Boerner

www.iftiinfoundation.com


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Impact Session

New America

New America is dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity, and purpose in the Digital Age.

The challenge:

This Impact Session will advance a groundbreaking effort to harness the power of Blockchain technology to ensure fair and secure voting in elections around the world. In partnership with BitFury, the leading provider of Blockchain infrastructure, we are working to utilize distributed ledger technology to bring an unprecedented level of accountability and security to election processes.

The Impact Session will focus on developing strategies for utilizing and deploying this technology with the goal of reducing corruption and increasing transparency.

Expertise sought: We invite responsible leaders with expertise in technology, governance, innovation, and civic engagement to join us in this exciting discussion.

  • Active in: Global
  • Impact Candidate: Tomicah Tillemann
  • Facilitator: Osama Abdelmoghni

www.newamerica.org


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Impact Session

Sinal do Vale

Sinal do Vale is a living laboratory for the transition to sustainability, an international learning community for social entrepreneurs, and a retreat for people and teams to reconnect and revitalize. Sinal is currently transforming into a school for change agents – a place to train young leaders to make their communities more resilient. The school will offer practical courses in landscape restoration, regenerative agriculture, green infrastructure, and nature-based education for children as well as an inner resources development program for empowering young leaders with the interpersonal skills needed for transforming communities and systems.

The challenge:

Our challenge is to create a viable business model that turns our assets (hospitality services, land and capacity for productive restoration, and educational products) into revenue that supports the school. Our challenge is also to develop a proper marketing and communications strategy to attract students and funders to Sinal School in order to launch by 2017.

Expertise sought:

Marketing and fundraising experts, sustainable business experts

  • Active in: Brazil
  • Impact Candidate: Thais Corral
  • Moderator: Denise Chaer

www.sinaldovale.org


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Impact Session

The DO School

We bring together leading organizations and social entrepreneurs to co-create and implement innovations that transform communities and the way business operates. All our programs combine working towards concrete innovative results with trainings that equip employees and individuals with entrepreneurial skills. Our two campuses are located in Berlin and New York and have welcomed fellows from over 70 countries around the world. Our global partner portfolio of customers includes H&M, American Express, EY, Covestro, Siemens Foundation, BMW Foundation, and Marco Polo.

The challenge:

Working with our local partners including nonprofit institutions, DO School in 2016 aims to develop and deliver programs to empower Chinese as well as non-Chinese companies to tackle challenges they are facing in creating impactful solutions in China. We would like to invite the participants of the Impact Session to work on a market entry and sales strategy for the DO School and address the following questions: What are the key challenges, both internal and external, that corporations in China are currently facing? What companies should be addressed first at the market entry point in China? How can we reach those companies? How do they make the buy decision? And what are the key benefits we can offer?

Expertise sought:

We would like to have participants who have corresponding experiences/networks or are simply interested in entering new, global markets like China.

  • Active in: China
  • Impact Candidate: Mei Wang
  • Facilitator: Henning Werner

www.thedoschool.org


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Impact Session

The League of Intrapreneurs

The League of Intrapreneurs is a global action learning community of corporate and institutional innovators. We help to unlock the human potential and organizational assets of our most powerful institutions to have a positive impact in the world. We have reached over 5,000 people with our Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, we regularly engage thousands on social media and have around 200 active members participating in monthly workshops and meetings as part of our membership network.

The challenge:

We have been able to secure foundation funding from the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt and are beginning to bring in membership revenues. Still, most of our funding comes from volunteer/sweat equity of our chapter leads or cross-subsidization of chapter lead’s consulting work to support community building. Our challenge now is how to sustainably fund both the development and growth of both the community and the work of our wider advocacy movement – such as storytelling and media outreach.

Expertise sought:

The types of experts we would like to invite to this conversation are:

  • business model innovators
  • community builders and movement makers
  • business decision makers – such as heads of innovation, talent or C-suite 
  • Active in: Global
  • Impact Candidate: Maggie De Pree
  • Facilitator: Ariana Gonzalez

www.leagueofintrapreneurs.com


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Impact Session

Union of Women Journalists

The Union of Women Journalists in Egypt is a support network for women journalists. It offers legal, moral, and professional support to women journalists, who are currently facing many challenges in Egypt.

The challenge:

The Union has so far been a voluntary effort, funded from the pockets of a few committed. This small and unstable financial basis is a major risk and constraint to the growth and development of the Union. As Egyptian NGOs are barred from receiving foreign funding, the Union is searching for innovative ways to raise funds from diverse sources. In the Impact Session we will develop ideas and sketch concrete ways of fundraising for the Union.

Expertise sought:

Experience in fundraising, marketing, campaigning, and upscaling small business is very welcome to help the Union grow and develop.

  • Active in: Egypt
  • Impact Candidate: Shahira Amin
  • Facilitator: Jacob Rohm

www.egyptianstreets.com/2016/03/02/egypts-union-of-media-women-nominated-for-german-award-one-year-after-launch


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Impact Session

United Actors

The world is facing diverse global challenges but lacks one adequate central forum for all relevant stakeholders to discuss these challenges on an equal footing and to find and implement joint solutions. United Actors brings together city and country governments, business, and civil society organizations to discuss and plan joint projects tackling global challenges.

The challenge:

One subgroup will work on the business plan. We have existing ideas around membership and participation fees combined with initial philanthropic seed funding, which need to be further developed and improved. A second subgroup will work on marketing and focus on developing ideas for getting this large-scale, ambitious initiative off the ground in a professional manner.

Expertise sought:

  • Financial and strategic expertise for improving the business plan
  • Marketing expertise
  • General global diplomatic/political interest
  • Creativity and optimism
  • Active in: Global
  • Impact Candidate: Susanne Salz
  • Facilitator: Constance Hybsier, Vivian Valencia 

www.united-actors.org


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Impact Session

Peer Counseling – Integration and Self-Efficacy

Every society faces the challenge of offering people who do not enjoy the same opportunities as the majority of the population a chance to participate in education and employment, whether it’s refugees, national or ethnic minorities or socially disadvantaged population groups. What can I do both inside and outside my working environment to contribute to the integration of these population groups and help them unfold their potential? These and other questions will be discussed during this Peer Counseling Session, where six participants with similar question but very different perspectives aim to develop new solutions and approaches within their organizations.


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Impact Session

Peer Counseling – Digitization and Responsibility

Digitization’s speed and momentum affect all areas of our lives and lead to major social, ecological, and economic transformations. These ongoing changes contain enormous opportunities but also challenges for decision-makers in government, business, and civil society: How can I, within my own work environment, incorporate and promote the responsible use of sensitive data without limiting digitization’s potential? How can I help my organization to adapt to a changing work world, and what does this mean for my interaction with colleagues and clients?

These and other questions will be discussed during this Peer Counseling Session, where six participants with similar questions but very different perspectives aim to develop new solutions and approaches within their organizations.


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Thematic Session

Civil Society in Eastern Europe – New Forms of Collaboration

The task of (re-)building civil society in Eastern Europe is an increasingly difficult one, given the ongoing crises and restrictions, which make it hard for change makers to achieve real impact in those regions. This session seeks to describe and discuss the new landscape of civil society across Eastern Europe. We are going to explore how the citizens in changing societies take responsibility, how an idea grows into an initiative and becomes an institution. What motivates people to participate? What influences the choice of the organizational form? What does the collaboration with other actors look like? What role will civil society actors play in the future, and where is the potential for joint action?

Panel:

  • Zoya Lukyanova, MitOst, Moscow and Berlin (Moderator)
  • Valeria Svart-Gröger, EcoVisio, Moldova. EcoVisio is an environmental association that aims to empower civil society through education, smart action, and networking. EcoVisio supports young people in the implementation of their volunteering and startup initiatives and facilitates multistakeholder discourses on sustainability and entrepreneurship issues. For three years, the team of EcoVisio has been developing and implementing programs for beginner social innovators.
  • Yuriy Fylyuk, Teple Mesto, Ukraine. Teple Misto is a platform that aims to motivate and mobilize the intellectual middle class in the city of Ivano-Frankivsk to achieve better standards of living and realize their potential as citizens. The platform implements various projects and programs for sustainable urban development in the fields of education, culture, architecture, energy, urban mobility, entrepreneurship, and others. Among the most successful projects of the platform is Urban Space 100, which raised money from 100 donors to go towards city development projects.
  • Anastasia Gulyavina, Impact Hub Moscow, Russia. Impact Hub Moscow is a community center, innovation lab, and business incubator in the heart of Moscow. Hub community members work on cutting-edge solutions in education, responsible tourism, food, reuse and recycle and many other fields combining social and financial outcomes. Since the start of the center in 2014, Impact Hub Moscow has helped initiate over 15 social businesses and provided infrastructure and expert support to over 50 businesses that together opened over 90 job opportunities.

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Thematic Session

Good Governance

Moving governance away from the state – a risk for democratic legitimacy or a chance for more effective governance?

Good governance has become an important part of international agendas. But it means different things to different organizations and different actors. And there are many types of governance: global governance, corporate governance, IT governance, participatory governance, and so on. In many parts of the world, the struggle for the basic elements of good governance continues: democracy, rule of law, human rights, equality, transparency, and efficiency of the public sector.

What happens when non-state actors take on governance tasks? Does it improve governance or is it a threat to democracy? And who profits from this shift? The panel will discuss these and other questions around new forms of governance and explore the consequences of this shift for business, politics, and society.

Panel: 

  • Sabine Porn, BMW Foundation, Berlin, Germany (Moderator)
  • Monica Tanuhandaru, Partnership for Governance Reform – Kemitraan, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Brenton Caffin, Nesta, London, UK

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Thematic Session

Why Corporate Social Responsibility Is Going to Die

The panel will explore this proposition from the angles of business, politics, and society to highlight the trends and developments in the field.

In today’s complex world, managing multiple stakeholders is the norm but how does one best accomplish this in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), or Corporate Sustainability? Most CSR programs have many stakeholders, including the corporation itself, management, the consumers, and society at large. The necessary interactions between these stakeholders include, for example, definition of intent, internal and external communications, and implementation under public scrutiny. How deeply can and do corporations work with their customers, governmental institutions and/or local communities to define their goals? And how can these be balanced with management preferences? How can sometimes quite broad CSR outcomes be measured and communicated to both management and the larger population?

Panel:

  • Nandani Lynton, Siemens AG, Munich, Germany (Moderator)
  • Vanessa W. Folkesson, GoodPro Strategy Advisory, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Aylin Gezgüç, Koc Holding, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Alexander Nick, BMW Group, Munich, Germany

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Thematic Session

Promises and Pitfalls of Doing Business in Countries of Transition

Doing business in countries of transition may be a blessing or a curse. While some economic activities may pave the way for a new system, others secure the privileges of those in power. Irrespective of moral concerns, it is clear that economic transactions shape the development of societies.

Fostering employment to increase GDP, ensure stability, and promote good governance – these arguments are used not only in the European Union but also advanced in favor of adapting political systems in transformative states. Issues such as poor governance or financial shortcomings may deter foreign direct investments, but promoting entrepreneurship and discovering business opportunities also create dynamics that help rebuild the economy, attracting first movers who want to be part of the reconstruction and gain access to new markets.

In this session we want to discuss the consequences of doing business in and with countries in transition. We will shed light on the motives and expectations of these business dealings and analyze their implications. We are interested in exploring the possibilities to shape new markets, adapt products or learn from the dynamic environments those conditions offer.

Panel:

  • Dominik Domnik, Social Entrepreneurship Akademie, Munich, Germany (Moderator)
  • Therese Anthony, SwissRe, Zurich, Switzerland
  • Kerstin Duell, Political Analyst, Yangon, Myanmar
  • Sebastian Rubatscher, enpact, Berlin, Germany
  • Shikha Sharma, Nutri Health, New Delhi, India

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Thematic Session

Recalibrating Western Democracies

Join us for a discussion on the reasons and implications of citizens’ growing distrust in political institutions and the rise of populist parties and movements.

In recent years, trust in democracy has been declining all over the world. In Germany, Poland, the United Kingdom, France, Greece, and Hungary – to name but a few in Europe –, populist parties are on the rise. At the same time, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have gained unexpected support for their presidential campaigns in the United States. Apparently, a growing number of citizens in Western democratic countries do no longer feel represented by the political elite, have lost faith in political institutions, and experience a loss of identity in times of global crises.

Has democracy failed to perform? What are the reasons for this development, and what does it mean for our democracies? Do we have to rethink political institutions and the ways politicians are elected? What can we do to make people again feel represented by politicians – or by politics in general? How can we build a more inclusive and representative democracy?

Panel:

  • Alexander Thamm, Kreuzberger Kinderstiftung, Berlin, Germany (Moderator)
  • Sayu Bhojwani, The New American Leaders Project, New York, USA
  • Helga Flores Trejo, Inter-American Development Bank, Washington, D.C., USA
  • János Kóka, Cellum Global, Budaörs, Hungary

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Thematic Session

The European Union – A Failing Project?

Join us for this session to explore the challenges and chances for the further development of the European Union.

The EU is the most extraordinary project in the history of Europe, having ensured peace and prosperity for more than a generation. While ever more countries are eager to join the EU, it seems close to collapse and having a hard time upholding the key European principle of solidarity. In view of the multiplicity of challenges – international and homegrown terrorism, the largest migration movements since World War II, a sovereign debt crisis, doubts about the Euro’s viability, and the rise of extreme right-wing movements and parties, to name only a few – the EU seems to be incapable of finding answers to these complex problems. In addition, a disturbing return to the nationalism of the 19th century threatens to limit the EU’s capability to act as an active stakeholder in a new, multipolar world order. The EU seems to be reduced to its role as a global payer instead of becoming a global player.

Is it really the poor efficiency of European institutions that is preventing progress or is the problem rather the renaissance of the concept of the nation-state?

Panel:

  • Fernando Costa Freire, Edeluc Investment, Caxias, Portugal (Moderator)
  • Nereo Peñalver García, European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
  • Janusz Reiter, Center for International Relations, Warsaw, Poland
  • Michael Schaefer, BMW Foundation, Berlin, Germany

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Thematic Session

The Paris Climate Agreement – Implementing the Breakthrough

Come and join our debate on approaches and ideas for making this historic diplomatic breakthrough a reality.

In December 2015, over 190 states agreed in Paris on concrete steps towards mitigating climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. 175 of them signed the Paris Agreement at a ceremony in New York held on Earth Day, April 22, 2016. Moreover, support was pledged to help countries cope with mitigation and adaptation challenges related to climate change.

The success of Paris now depends entirely on achieving a dramatic reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the next decades. To this end, critical climate policies are to be implemented quickly as well as in a coordinated and efficient manner. But the agreement lacks clear actionable commitments and binding financial contributions. It is now up to governments to comply with their pledges, to science and business to develop appropriate technologies, and to civil society to watch over the implementation of the commitments.

Are governments really ready to live up to their pledges? What authority is to hold them accountable to secure further compliance? How can civil society, local communities, and other non-state actors be empowered to drive the transition?

Panel: 

  • Andrzej Blachowicz, Climate Strategies, London, UK (Moderator)
  • Mome Saleem, Sustainable Development, Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Tasso Azevedo, Climate Observatory, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Verengai Mabika, Development Reality Institute, Harare, Zimbabwe

www.climatefocus.com/sites/default/files

www.iddri.org/Publications/Collections/Syntheses


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Thematic Session

The Rise of the Co-Creators – A New Type of Business Model Innovators

This hands-on and interactive session will explore new business models and methods of co-creation as pathways to creating value.

While being very important for economic growth and social development, most industries have been harmful to the environment, causing climate change, creating health issues, accelerating the extinction of species, deforestation, and more. No single organization is responsible for any major social problem, nor can any single organization solve it.

In today’s complex and interdependent world, the best way to tackle our global social and environmental problems is through a real multi-stakeholder collaboration. This vision has brought forth system leaders that are breaking down the walls between sectors and building new business models and collective impact strategies that will accelerate the transition towards a new economy.

Panel:

  • Juan Carlos Diaz Bilbao, Promotora Social Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico (Moderator)
  • Andrew Morlet, Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Isle of Wight, UK
  • Gonzalo Muñoz, TriCiclos & Sistema B, Santiago de Chile & Sao Paulo, Chile & Brazil
  • Raj Thamotheram, Preventable Surprises, London, UK

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Thematic Session

Social Finance – Flash in the Pan or Future of Investing?

Social finance is one of the hottest topics in the foundation scene and also in mainstream financial circles. Will it live up to the hype or is it a passing trend?

Social finance, also called impact investing, is an investment approach that values both financial returns and social and environmental impact. It is increasingly becoming a mainstay of progressive foundations and high net worth individuals with a social disposition.

Institutional investors really took note when Norway’s sovereign wealth fund — the biggest single investor in the world — declared it was divesting of fossil fuels and of companies with poor environmental records - a necessary precursor to the more active approach of investing in impact. The irony that Norway became rich from oil was not lost on investors but the move has nevertheless set a precedent for ethical investment at a massive scale.

Is big money really moving in the direction of valuing social and environmental benefit alongside profit, or is this a case of a few privileged exceptions? A global panel of social finance experts will give their views on whether this is a passing trend or a movement that is here to stay.

Panel: 

  • Arnaud Gillin, Innpact, Luxembourg (Moderator)
  • Andrea Armeni, Transform Finance, New York, USA
  • Yasemin Sirali, FIBA Holding, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Jane Newman, Social Finance Ltd., London, UK

10

Thematic Session

China's Silk Road Initiative – Xi Jinping's Prestige Project and the West

The One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative is the main foreign-policy initiative of the People’s Republic of China. The vision to create a comprehensive infrastructure network and to connect people throughout Eurasia, based on the principle of inclusiveness, is a very tempting one. However, in order to achieve concrete results, it takes innovative and implementable mechanisms of cooperation between China and Europe. [What should these mechanisms look like?

Could the EU-China “Connectivity Platform,” which was initiated in June 2015, be the right means to link Chinese and European visions for connectivity in Eurasia? Or is it bound to fail due to the traditionally different approaches to policy making of Chinese planners and EU bureaucrats? Could there be lessons learned from the Russian-Chinese attempt to link the Eurasian Economic Union with OBOR, and what are the possible implications for EU-Russia relations?

Panel: 

  • Moritz Rudolf, MERICS, Berlin, Germany (Moderator)
  • Liudmilla Filippova, Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow, Russia
  • Astrid Skala-Kuhmann, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Eschborn, Germany
  • William Y. Zhang, Europe-China Culture & Economy Commission, Beijing, China

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Thematic Session

From Job Seekers to Job Creators - Promoting Entrepreneurship to Fight Poverty

Get to know two projects, in India and Ukraine, that are teaching entrepreneurship to people who thus not only get the chance to shape their own fate but also to empower their communities.

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Teaching entrepreneurship is a powerful means to empower people to take charge of their own lives, become master of their own fate, and create a sustainable living basis for themselves and for others. We want to introduce to you two very successful models, from India (Dharma Life) and Ukraine (Impact Hub), of how teaching entrepreneurship can enable people to live up to their potential, or to ignite opportunity – so that they will be fed for a lifetime.

About Dharma Life:

Dharma Life believes that “entrepreneurship” is one of the most powerful and scalable solutions to addressing the issue of unemployment. Dharma Life identifies, trains, and mentors aspiring individuals, especially the rural youth, to become Dharma Life Entrepreneurs, and equips them with a range of health and livelihood products that positively contribute to their communities. The social impact products include solar lights, clean cooking solutions, and water purifiers and are provided by various best-in-class product partners.

About Impact Hub Odessa:

The Impact Hub Odessa is part of the Global Impact Hub Movement, gathering a network of like-minded people who are focused on making the world a better place to live in. Creatives join efforts to develop business approaches designed to solve social problems in the fields of education, health, environmental protection, the creation of conditions for people with disabilities, etc. Their activities include an incubation program, New Countdown, designed for refugee entrepreneurs from the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk region, and Impact Academy, a business incubator for young people with a specific focus on social entrepreneurship.

Panel:

  • Sebastian Gallander, Vodafone Foundation, Berlin, Germany (Moderator)
  • Maryna Pluzhnyk-Gladyr, Impact Hub Odessa, Ukraine
  • Gaurav Mehta, Dharma Life, New Delhi, India

www.impacthub.odessa.ua

www.dharma.net.in


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Thematic Session

Funding Mechanisms for NGOs in Transformation Countries – Curse or Blessing?

As mediators between civil society and political elites, NGOs and think tanks play a major role in countries going through a process of democratic transition. They nevertheless face the challenge of developing a sustainable fundraising strategy enabling them to focus on long-term systemic contribution.

NGOs operating in transformation countries can contribute immensely towards rethinking the social contract and identifying new mechanisms for civic participation. Through leadership development programs they can also empower civil-society actors to become active drivers of inclusive economic growth and political stability.

But they need a sustainable fundraising strategy that enables them to do long-term project planning without endangering their public credibility. Diversifying the nonprofit’s donor base and providing transparent information regarding their funding can help them deal with assumptions about their alleged lack of independence. But even then, they continue to suffer the consequences of old-fashioned mechanisms of project-based funding that paradoxically hinders institution building.

The question remains how to secure the financial sustainability of such organizations so that they do not end up compromising their systemic contribution in order to accommodate the preferences of foreign donors.

Panel:

  • Amel Karboul, Change, Leadership & Partners, Gerrards Cross, UK (Moderator)
  • Ivana Ponjavic, Government of the Republic of Serbia, Belgrade, Serbia
  • Kamel Lazaar, Swicorp, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Pawel Rogalinski, Democratic Association, Lodz, Poland

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Thematic Session

Improving Accountability – Are Entrepreneurs the New Redeemers?

All around the world, poor accountability of power-holders to citizens is often the root cause of development challenges such as poverty, exclusion, and violence. It leads to corruption and impunity, saps citizens’ trust in their governments, undermines economic opportunities, and perpetuates inequalities. Corruption alone costs 2.6 billion a year, more than 17 times the amount the world spends on international aid.

We want to discuss how accountability can best be established and how it can transform communities to enhance their standard of living (growth), create economic and social opportunity (equity), and prevent violent conflict (security). How can entrepreneurial approaches adopted from civil society contribute to improving accountability? Do entrepreneurial approaches make up for the deficiencies of traditional aid models?

Panel:

  • Karolina Merai, Policy Advisor on Economic Cooperation and Development, State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Zurich, Switzerland (Moderator)
  • Govindraj Ethiraj, Founder, IndiaSpend, Mumbai, India
  • E. Benjamin Skinner, Founder & Principal, Transparentem, New York, USA 

www.indiaspend.com/about/about-indiaspend

www.transparentem.com


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Thematic Session

Innovating Civic Participation

Join us for a discussion on how technology and innovation are changing the way citizens engage and the challenges and opportunities these changes bring.

We are currently living in an era of rapid change and innovation that has been called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution.” How has citizen participation changed, and how has it remained constant? There are many examples from the technology sector that can teach us how to “disrupt” civic engagement. But what core principles and values must remain untouched? What challenges to civic participation arise from this rapid technological progress? How to deal with populist and anti-democratic actors using new tools and approaches? What role do the government and other sectors play in the innovation of civic participation? And how can civil society support disruption and innovation?

Panel:

  • Ilona Dougherty, Youth Engagement Expert, Montreal, Canada (Moderator)
  • Claire Bortfeld, Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Berlin, Germany
  • Gregor Hackmack, Parlamentwatch e.V., Hamburg, Germany
  • Anya Margaret Ogorkiewicz, The Keryx Group, Warsaw, Poland

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Thematic Session

Man vs. Machine – Are Algorithms Better than Humans?

Online matching tools are no longer synonymous with Parship or other dating sites. Using algorithms and online questionnaires to match teams in the professional world saves time and delivers reliable results. Are these tools as good as it gets? Or does it take human intuition and emotional intelligence to find the perfect match?

The advantages of online-based matching are evident: it brings together people who are a good fit, helps create new effective and inspiring combinations and thus lays the foundation for well-functioning teams. The BMW Foundation knows from experience: As part of its Lehr:werkstatt project, teachers and teacher trainees work together over the course of a school and academic year. Within a short period of time, we had such an increase in the number of applicants that it was no longer possible to manually match the teams and ensure high-quality supervision of the participants. So we developed a matching tool based on the deferred acceptance algorithm proposed by Nobel-Prize-winning economists Alvin E. Roth and Lloyd S. Shapley. This way, we could not only make appropriate matches but also expand the project’s reach and save and redirect resources to other projects.

But the question remains whether such technological solutions can really do justice to the needs of individuals. Where do human beings fit into this system? Can such tools really succeed in representing all facets of a human being? And can they really ensure a team’s success? These questions will be discussed from the perspective of various nonprofit projects with different experiences.

Panel:

  • Nick Barniville, European School of Management and Technology, Berlin, Germany (Moderator)
  • Stefanie Leiendecker, BMW Foundation, Munich, Germany
  • Claudia Leißner, ProBoneo, Berlin, Germany
  • Philipp Aigner, Lehr:werkstatt, Munich, Germany

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Thematic Session

The Transatlantic Partnership – Is the Rift Widening?

Join us for a discussion on transatlantic relations with a focus on shared values and opportunities for collaboration.

Close transatlantic relations can no longer be taken for granted. When narrowing in on US-German relations, we can see that the political rift over the Iraq war, Guantanamo, the NSA surveillance affair, and TTIP has given rise to anti-Americanism even in parts of the German mainstream. At the same time, the American government has redirected its foreign-policy focus towards Asia and the Pacific. Finally, given the enormous societal changes in both Germany and the United States – as a result of, among other things, immigration, demographic change or the loss of trust in the political system – the historically close relations have also suffered on a wider societal level.

What are the cultural and political consequences of weakened trust and understanding between Europe and the US? What challenges are in store for the transatlantic partnership, and how can we reach common standards regarding, for example, intelligence cooperation or TTIP? How and in what areas can the young generation strengthen transatlantic relations in the future?

Panel:

  • Chris Fowler, Creative Science Labs, Washington, D.C., USA (Moderator)
  • Christina R. Sevilla, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, D.C., USA
  • Simon Vaut, Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Berlin, Germany
  • Bettina Wiedmann, Experiment e.V., Bonn, Germany

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Thematic Session

What Makes Millennials Tick?

Millennials are the first generation to believe that the primary purpose of business is to improve society. But will they look up from their smartphones long enough to do something about it? The paradox of the first generation of digital natives.

The Millennial Generation, those born between 1980 and 1995, are difficult to pin down. They have been pegged as the first generation to believe that the primary role of business is to improve society, are the first generation to have grown up with the internet and smartphones, have for the most part not known job security, and are, to many, the most entitled generation. So what drives these digital natives? How can employers attract and retain Millennials? This panel will provide an overview of what makes Generation Y, as it is also known, tick.

Panel:

  • Ryan Little, BMW Foundation, Berlin, Germany (Moderator)
  • Fatène Ben-Hamza, Cogite Coworking Space, Tunis, Tunisia
  • Justin Blake, Edelman, New York, USA
  • Tom Rippin, On Purpose, London, UK
  • Naomi Ryland, The Changer, Berlin, Germany

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Thematic Session

What Money Can’t Buy: Learnings in Venture Philanthropy

Moving away from project funding towards capacity building – this session will dig into the challenges investors and investees are facing when it comes to sustainably strengthening organizational effectiveness, and further discuss the specific role corporations and corporate foundations could play in this attempt.

Venture philanthropy is an approach to build and strengthen organizations by providing both financial and non-financial support in order to create social impact. The knowledge of what kind of support is needed lies within the organization, prioritizing their needs over those of the investor. Too often, though, investees – driven by their passion, funders’ restrictions and expectations – focus their resources on programs or services, without investing in their organizational capacity to maximize impact and sustainability. Throwing money at the problem does not necessarily solve it. In order to strengthen core capacities within an organization, investors and investees need to consider resources that sustainably improve performance and effectiveness of the recipient in the long run, going beyond project based financial support and time frames.

What kind of capacities are investees looking for besides money? What tools can be applied to allow for more productive partnerships? And, how can these partnerships benefit from corporate social impact strategies? Together with the head of the most important industry body for this field in Europe, investors and investees, we want to talk about today’s challenges in the field of venture philanthropy.

Panel:

  • Michael Alberg-Seberich, Active Philanthropy, Berlin, Germany (Moderator)
  • Hinnerk Hansen, Impact Hub, Vienna, Austria
  • Kurt Peleman, Art of Giving, Brussels, Belgium
  • Steven Serneels, SI² Fund, Brussels, Belgium
  • Ruben Walker, African Clean Energy, Maseru, Lesotho

The Open Space facilitated by Impact Hub invites the Responsible Leaders to collaborate around solutions and initiatives that emerge at the forum. You will have an opportunity to pitch ideas and projects and solicit real-time collaborative engagement from across the network, join in generating solutions for the pitched project of your choosing or simply engage conversations with people you’ve met at the forum. You will also have a chance to express yourself and inspire others via storytelling, song, dance or other creative means that may not fit more traditional conference formats. Please contact program organizers to reserve a pitch or open stage time as slots are limited.