SEASON 1: INNOVATIVE CONCEPTS, THEORIES, MODELS

Robert J. Shiller

Narrative Economics

Narratives have a massive impact on people's behavior and thus also on the economy. In his article, the Nobel Prize winner describes how such narratives are created, how they gain in influence, and how they can be used to better understand and predict economic interrelationships and developments. and which stories citizens, but also employees, need in difficult times - such as the COVID 19 pandemic.

 

Prof. Robert J. Shiller is is an American economist (Nobel Laureate in 2013), academic, and best-selling author. He is currently Sterling Professor of Economics at Yale University and a fellow at the Yale School of Management's International Center for Finance. He is ranked as among the 100 most influential economists of the world.

Stuart Umpleby

How We Realize that Our Science World is Changing

There is currently a lot of attention being given to reconsidering science. That is, scientists are not only working to advance their practice within their own fields, but some are re-conceptualizing the principals of science. Stuart Umpleby explores the causes of this movement in a number of his works, such as “Science 2.0,” “Science of science,” and “Second-order science.”

 

Prof. Dr. Stuart A. Umpleby is an American cyberneticist, Professor in the Department of Management, Director of the Research Program for Social and Organizational Learning at the School of Business of George Washington University, and former President of the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC). In 2007, he was awarded the Norbert Wiener Gold Medal of the ASC.

Sonja Radatz

The Relational Philosophy: We Can Shape Our Future

The concept of Relational Philosophy, developed by Dr. Sonja Radatz, provides the thinking and the methodology to shape the future we have deserved - instead of waiting for the future to "happen for us." In this lecture, she presents the thoughts central to making our lives shapeable and explores practical ways to practice Relational Philosophy, specifically within social and economic contexts.

 

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Luc Ciompi

Affect Logic - And its Consequences for the Future

Professor Ciompi’s theory of affect logic outlines the emotional foundations of thinking itself and describes the innate connection feeling and thinking. In his practice-oriented lecture, Professor Ciompi describes how the concept of affect logic can be successfully applied to a broad range of interactions, from everyday life to scientific practices in a number of fields such as psychology, psychotherapy, psychiatry, sociology, pedagogy, social work, advertising, and politics.

 

Prof. Dr. Luc Ciompi is a Swiss psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Berne and Medical Director of the Social Psychiatric University Hospital of Berne from 1977 to 1994. From 1982 onwards, he developed his theory of affect logic and the vulnerability-stress model, which formed the basis of his innovative therapeutic residential community, Soteria Berne. He has received several research awards and an honorary doctorate from the University of Lausanne.

Prof. Dr. Kenneth Gergen

The Relational Imperative in a World Beyond Reasons

While most social institutions are formed with an assumption of logical societal structure, the increasingly complex and threatening conditions of the world today seem to defy such a basis in logic. Thus, a relational perspective is crucial for shaping a viable future.

 

Prof. Dr. Kenneth Gergen , emeritus professor at Swarthmore College and president of the Taos Institute, is an internationally renowned scientist whose work has challenged the role of knowledge and culture in a digital age. His scientific articles on relational theory have stimulated new developments in all areas of life.

Dr. Wolfram Lutterer

Aspects of Systemic Thinking

Dr. Lutterer’s work introduces a number of important questions about systemic thinking: is it a challenge or an everyday practice? And most importantly, can it be learned? This paper traces a dialogue between some of the field’s most influential figures, namely Bateson, von Foerster, Piaget. The conflicting viewpoints suggest that while systemic thinking is a viable way of conceptualizing our future, the practice itself may be an obstacle.

 

Dr. Phil. Wolfram Lutterer researches in the fields of systemic theory, learning theory, and the development of world views and is an expert on Gregory Bateson. As an educational scientist and sociologist, he explores practical aspects of leadership coaching. He has published three books on the topic, "The Process of Learning" (2011), "Gregory Bateson: An Introduction to his Thinking" (2009), "On the Trails of Ecological Consciousness" (2000).

Barbara von Meibom

Fighting Against the Burnout Society

This paper traces a shift in perspective from specific concepts of gender to an analysis of how male and female principles interact in society, specifically within practices of leadership and self-management. According to Barbara von Meibom´s thesis, the art of leadership which ensures our survival, requires a harmonious balance between the principles of the male and female, a challenge which will be more and more essential in our future.

 

Prof. Dr. Barbara von Meibomis a political and communication scientist, leadership coach, director of the Communio-Institute for Leadership. She has 20 years of experience in further education in mindful self-management, leadership art, and spiritual coaching. She has published extensively on the subject and was the co-host of the Integral European Conference in 2016 and 2018.

Diana Whitney

How Appreciative Inquiry Invites People to Shape the Future

The practice of Appreciative Inquiry posits a method for creating a positive future, both interpersonally and within societal organizations. However, it is not simply a tool that to be used only in specific instances, but a whole mindset that follows the metaphorical image of the sunflower, which uses the full power of the sun by consistently turning to the desired state - the light; the source of heat.

 

Diana WhitneyPh.D. is a U.S. author, award-winning consultant, and lecturer whose 15 books and articles have advanced the theory of Appreciative Inquiry developed by her and David Cooperrider. Her research focuses on the positive principles and practices of appreciative research, and the theory of social construction worldwide.

Lucas Pawlik

Ikarus 5.0: How to Successfully Handle Complexity and Excessive Demand

Philosopher and digitization expert Lucas Pawlik speaks on the current progress in the science of evolution. He addresses numerous questions in the field such as, What can we hope for? Which challenges do we face? How can we cooperate with each other? And how can Cyborgs - units of human and machine - cooperate successfully?

 

Mag. Dr. Lucas Pawlik became a cyberneticist through his friendship and collaboration with Heinz von Foerster. Their work on the learning and interaction processes between organism, cognition, and environment formed the foundation for his lifelong research interests in the same areas.

Pille Bunnell

Panarchy and Our Adaptation Cycle: A Systemic View of Conservation and Change

The term “Panarchy” refers to the framework of nature´s rules which Dr. Pille Bunnell uses to explain the adaptive cycle crucial for our lives and our survival. She is particularly interested in the implications of how we think and act, especially in the ways that the assumptions we make can outwardly change our possibilities for success. More specifically, she explores how our reflections alter our perceptions and relationships with ourselves, with each other, and with the world around us.

 

Dr. Pille Bunnell, PhDis a systems ecologist and former director of environmental literacy. She wrote the first state of the environment report for BC and developed lasting public curricula for ecology. The later focus of her career has been on cybernetics and human-biosphere relations. She has served as president of the American Society of Cybernetics and editor of Cybernetics and Human Knowing and Constructivist Foundations.

SEASON 2: POLITICS, ADMINISTRATION, SOCIETY AND ENVIRONMENT

Humberto Maturana and Ximena Dàvila

How Can We Create Democracy?

In this talk, world-famous Chilean neurobiologist Humberto Maturana and his colleague, Ximena Dàvila, introduce us to their concept of democracy. They reflect on an understanding of democracy that they believe is vital to the continuation of humanity and government.

Humberto Maturana Romésin,Ph.D gained international importance with the introduction of his concept of atopoiesis (with Francisco Varela). He received numerous awards for his research on the emergence of living systems and the human, as well as for his research on language, perception and the biological-cultural matrix of human existence and development. He has written extensively on the subject, most notably in his book, "The Tree of Knowledge."

Ximena Dàvila Yánez is a co-founder of the Instituto Matriztico in Santiago de Chile where she works alongside Humberto Maturana in an interdisciplinary role. Her research spans the fields of yphilosopht, psychology, and sociology as she aims to form a better understanding of the biological foundations of humanity.

Amitai Etzioni

How We Can Change Society

Professor Amitai Etzioni, regarded as one of the 100 leading American intellectuals, discusses the ongoing process of social change and the ways that each of us can initiate and engage in this process. He highlights the importance of dialogue as a motivating factor in social movements.

 

Prof. Dr. Amitai Etzioni, 86th president of the American Sociological Association, is an American sociologist, best known for his work on socioeconomics and communitarianism. He founded the communitarian network and has been regarded as a "guru" for the communitarian movement of the early 1990s. Etzioni is noted as one of the 100 leading American intellectuals. He is currently a Professor and director of the institute for communitarian policy studies at George Washington University. He has published widely within his field and some of his notable works include, "The Active Society" and, most recently, "Happiness Is The Wrong Metric.”

Roland Düringer

(How) Does a mind change work in our society?

Our society urgently needs a change of mind, Roland Düringer is convinced. The question of how this can be achieved becomes more difficult. Because even COVID-19 has obviously not provided us with the necessary leisure to deal with our inner being and to find an answer to the question, "What is my concern, what are we really about? Do we want to let our being be guided by numbers and "facts" in the future or should we turn more to the living and strive for more power of existence?

 

Roland Düringerborn 1963 in Vienna has been working as a freelance actor, director and author since 1984. With feature films like "Hinterholz8", "Poppitz" or "Muttertag", TV series like "MA2412" and "Kaisermühlenblues" he achieved a remarkable popularity in Austria within a short period of time, which in his opinion means both a curse and a blessing. He describes himself as an "idea implementer" and, as a non-conformist lateral thinker, uses his reputation to pose critical systemic questions and, in his Puls4 talk format "Gültige Stimme" (Valid Voice), to pose the question of the good life to a wide variety of guests from the fields of science, art and politics. With his political art project "Meine Stimme GILT" he gave the invalid votes in the 2017 elections to the Natinal Council the opportunity to leave a message on the ballot paper.

Dr. Phil. Martin Hafen

The Myth of Prevention

One of the widest-reaching goals of human society is the desire to anticipate threats to societal and public health. In the wake of the COVID19 pandemic, we are experiencing the backlash of a failure to anticipate such a threat. However, the practicalities of the prevention of threats such are so nebulous that it is often hard for governments and individuals to come to a consensus and thus, nearly impossible for any concrete measures to be carried out. In his inspiring presentation, Martin Hafen analyses such prevention through the lens of sociological systems theory and believes that prevention does not only occur in programs of this scale, but in many professional fields. He specifically discusses the importance of preventive impact in politics, a field that is most straightforwardly involved in protecting societies from harm.

Dr. Phil. Martin Hafenis a Swiss social worker and sociologist. In his dissertation, he outlined a theory of prevention that he applies to numerous professional and societal structures. He focuses specifically on early intervention, which he believes is the most important field of preventive action. Martin Hafen is a highly renowned speaker and has numerous publications. He is a lecturer in Social Work at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Prof. Dr. Karl Schörghuber,

Digital World - Emotional City

This presentation seeks to answer a number of pertinent questions, such as: How can we create livable and lovable cities in the digital age? How can a city maintain a cultural "heart" while providing its inhabitants with security and a feeling of “home”? How can we shape and maintain a distinctive identity within the city that encompasses consumer demand for both physical shopping centers and fast online businesses? Schörghuber addresses the ways in which addressing these problems within the city can minimize the environmentally destructive habits of city inhabitants, such as weekend getaways.

Prof. Dr. Karl Schörghuber, 2019 recipient of the gold medal of honor of the republic for his life's work, has contributed to the fields of urban development and urban renewal for over 30 years. In 1994 he founded "Infrapool," a network for city and location marketing and in 2002, he developed the "BID model," a new form of development of urban districts in the German-speaking region. He has written several books on city and location marketing.

Nicholas Gruen

The Art of Shaping Democracy Around the People

By definition, electoral politics must be competitive, something that leads inevitably to dissention between political parties and to the misrepresentation of motives and policies in smear campaigns. Nicholas Gruen believes that a representative selection of people – similar to the formation of juries in court cases - can be built into our political systems, one at a time, to rebuild our democracy in a unique way around compromise and mutual accommodation.

Dr. Nicholas Gruenis a visiting professor at Kings College London Policy Institute and associate professor at the University of Technology at Sydney Business School. After earning his doctorate in economics and politics, Dr. Gruen founded Lateral Economics and Peach Financial. He currently serves as chairman of Health Metrics, the Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia) and patron of the Australian Digital Alliance. Until 2016, he was chairman of the Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), and until 2014 of the Australian Innovation Centre.

Elia Piovano and Carlo Guerrieri

The Intersection Between Theology and Sociology

Elia Piovano and Carlo Guerrieri draw their theoretical approach from the work of Max Weber's and Giovanni Calvino, which posits the idea of overlap in the fields of theology and sociology. They seek to address the following questions: Should the development of Industry 4.0 be limited? Can we leave everything up to the markets? What is the role of bioethics work life? How can social responsibility, technological innovation, protection of the weakest, and vocation come together in the workplace? And: What is the role of theology in this theoretical context?

Dr. Elia Piovano joined FIAT after completing his studies in political science. He works in the fields of information technology, continuing education, and current logistics, and writes for the weekly newspaper Riforma, focusing specifically on social issues in the workplace.

Carlo Guerrierireceived a Master’s degree in Modern Literature and Theology from Rome and currently works as a Baptist pastor with UCEBI (Christian Evangelical Baptist Union of Italy) and sales representative in the human sector.

Carola Reimann-Dittrich

Public Administrations in a Changing World of Values

In this presentation, Dr. Carola Reimann-Dittrich shows a shift in the fundamental values of public administration. She explains why this change has occurred and uses the research behind this study to outline a new format for public administration.

Dr. Carola Reimann-Dittrich works as a lawyer in a German city administration, an job that requires an open-minded approach to new issues, excellent communication skills, and the research background to form answers to any problem. She aims to replace the traditional image of public administration with a new, modern, method of thinking that mirrors our digital age.

Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek

Radical Cure for the Survival of our Planet

Humanity’s depletion of the earth’s resources and the irreversible damage to natural landscapes have begun to destroy the environmental foundations of human life. This presentation explores ways that individuals can work preserve our shared natural resources. He posits a new legislation that would limit individual use of raw materials to a maximum of 5-6 per person and year.

Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmidt-Bleekis a former nuclear chemist who founded and managed one of the first US environmental centers, initiated the German environmental research plan, and was head of the G7 environmental office, the department at the OECD and IIASA. He founded, and served as vice-president of, the Wuppertal Institute and is the founding president of the International Factor 10 Institute and the International Factor 10 Club. He is the recipient of numerous environmental awards, such as the Takeda World Environment Award and served as honorary president of the World Resources Forum. Professor Friedrich Schmidt-Bleek passed away shortly after the filming of his lecture. We hope to honor his wish to make this presentation available to as many people as possible.

Erwin Thoma

Worth living - worth living

We have already decoupled ourselves very strongly from nature - too strongly, says Dr. Erwin Thoma. In order to give our life and living worth living a chance, we must see ourselves as part of a circular economy. The wooden houses he has developed are not only 100% made of wood (i.e. they do not even contain glue as a composite material) from the immediate surroundings, but they also do not need to be heated or cooled, are six times more fire-resistant than steel, concrete and brick, and can be dismantled and reused again and again over centuries. This means that the house - whether it is a high-rise, public building or single-family home - acquires a lasting value over generations - exactly the opposite of our current situation. Thoma is convinced that if we work with this concept alone worldwide, we will save about half of the CO2 emissions. And we live much healthier lives, as he has demonstrated in his wood research center.

 

Ing. Dr. Erwin Thoma was born in 1962 and grew up in Bruck am Großglockner. His love for nature made him decide early on to become a forester. Important for him were meetings with violin makers, lumberjacks and carpenters, who taught him old wood knowledge. He also uses this knowledge in his timber construction company to build houses from 100 percent wood - with his building system Holz100, an international patent application. Erwin Thoma takes us into a world that has become alien to many of us: life with the forest, the fascination of trees and the good life with wood. He describes trees as companions - they are lived experiences. Erwin Thoma is father of three children and lives with his wife Karin in Goldegg.

Friedrich Hinterberger

How We Make the World a Better Place

In this presentation, Hinterberger suggests that if every person living on earth emitted less than 100 tons of CO2, it would ensure that the global temperature did not rise by more than 1.5 degrees above its approximate level before the industrial revolution. Logistically, this would require that waste be almost entirely recycled and the consumption of meat restricted. Despite these drawbacks to implementing this research in legislation and everyday life, Hinterberger believes that in the long run it would allow individuals greater leisure time to form relationships and expand their minds than is currently gained from mindless material consumption, which would, in turn, lead to a boom in the economy.

Dr. Friedrich Hinterbergerstudied economics in Linz and founded the Sustainable Europe Research Institute, where he currently serves as the Vice President and Secretary-General in the Austrian Chapter of the Club in Rome. From 1993-2000 he worked at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy as head of the "Ecological Economy" and the "Ecological Economic Policy."

Heike Woock,

5 Minutes Past Twelve

In this presentation, Woock outlines many of our current global challenges which range widely across social, economic, and ecological fields. She describes how attempts to address these challenges have so far been only through targeted relational action and posits that the best way to reverse the negative impact of these wide-reaching problems requires the creation of a brand new strategy.

Heike Woock, situated in France, Woock has worked in sustainability at the Institute for Sustainable Development for many years. She coaches institutions, companies, and the public sector in the implementation of sustainable development across all areas of the organization, and has many years of experience as a divisional, regional, and managing director of large companies.

SEASON 3: PERSONAL AND JOB FUTURE

Sonja Radatz

The Optimal Scenario: How to Design and Live Your Optimal Life

Dr. Sonja Radatz is convinced that each person both deserves to and can attain their own personal optimal life. In this presentation, she introduces an optimal scenario model which gives people the means of achieving their goals and optimizing the potential of their lives.

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Markus Fischer

Freedom Derives From Responsibility

Fischer believes that the thing people crave most in life is the abstract concept of freedom, and in this talk, he explores the ways in which every person might be able attain freedom. He posits that the solution could be as simple as reaching out to take it. However, the act of “taking” freedom requires a degree of responsibility and a knowledge of its consequences. In this lecture, Fischer describes how we can learn to overcome the consequences of freedom.

Markus Fischer is an economist and a pioneer of non-violent communication in Germany. He is renowned as a critical thinker and his research has expanded the concept of non-violent communication to include aspects of personality development. He has most recently published the book, "The New Non-Violent Communication - Empathy and Self-Responsibility without Self-Censorship," which trains coaches and mediators and addresses cultural changes in companies with the principle that “Freedom only exists with responsibility.”

Dunja Kalbermatter

Step Out, Break Free & Be Yourself!

In this lecture, Dunja Kalbermatter takes us on a journey into a self-determined life. She begins by using her own story as an example, in which she left behind her career and everything else holding her back in her life and set off to explore the world in a converted ban. She presents affirmative questions that help us to break free from the restrictions of everyday life and create the life we truly want to live. 

Dunja Kalbermatter is a business economist, psychologist MSc, and Relational coach. After leaving a successful banking career of several years, she moved into her converted van Frida with her fiancée, and dog Xena at the beginning of 2020, where she combines working, living, and traveling in the tiny space. She offers support via online coaching, helping people to break out from belief systems and basic assumptions adopted early in life in order to actualize their dreams. 

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Marcus Väth

How New Work Is Revolutionizing the Working Field

In this lecture, Markus Väth outlines the concept of New Work. He describes how New Work can help us build not only a new economy, but a new working world based on five life principles of freedom, self-responsibility, meaning, development, and social responsibility. He aims to free companies from the one-dimensional structure goal orientation and introduce concepts that will facilitate their growth into truly human organizations. 

Dipl.- Psych. (Univ.) Markus Väth is one of the most prominent "New Work" experts in the German-speaking world. He created the New Work Charter, which advocates for social and humanistic values in the working world. Markus Väth is a multiple award-winning author and co-founder of Humanfy, a think tank on the future of work.  

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Armin Kittl

How to Think In A Genious Way

In this lecture, Armin Kittl illustrates the ways that humans stimulate the neuronal network in the brain and describes how this network can be influenced to systematically expand perception and tap into new sources of innate knowledge. He believes that this way of enhanced thinking can allow people to become what he has termed “thought leaders.”

Dkfm. Armin Kittl is most known for his development of the hypercube model by means of hyperspace language. Over the last 30 years, he has developed seven techniques for each state of consciousness (alpha, theta, delta) based on each respective state to the five senses, starting from the waking consciousness. He aims to use this research to help individuals reach their own personal potential.

Hans-Georg Willmann

How You Discover Your Willpower

In this presentation, graduate psychologist and life coach Hans-Georg Willmann explains why it is often so difficult to achieve goals, even with a high level of motivation. He believes that willpower plays an important role in the process of "achieving,” as it is the key to overcoming our own negativity and remaining motivated over long periods of time. He outlines simple methods that help increase willpower and, more broadly, provide people with the tools to accomplish the goals they create.

Hans-Georg Willmannis a graduate psychologist and an expert in willpower and goal achievement. As a certified life coach, he supports people worldwide in mindful actions and aims to help them achieving goals. He has published widely on the topic and his works include such books as, "Success through Willpower" and "It´s amazingly Easy to Achieve Goals.” He is currently based in Australia, but his research has had a far-reaching global audience as they are translated into several languages.

Sonja Radatz

Yes, You´ve Got a Job. But Haven´t You Deserved to Discover Your Personal Vocation?

On a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 is not at all and 10 is fully, how much are you inspired by your current job? Is it a stimulating vocation or is it a "dead-end"? In this presentation, Radatz shares methods for increasing job satisfaction, including tips on inventing jobs that may not be on the market yet, based around your own personalized interests!

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Dr. Adel Abdel-Latif

How to Handle Highly Challenging Negotiations

Freedom always comes along with the responsibility of negotiation. In this presentation, Dr. Adel Abdel-Latif, a world leader in the field of pressure and crisis negotiations and former “ghost negotiator,” gives us insight into the high-pressure negotiations he has experienced and outlines ways to successfully handle similar interactions in everyday life. «ghost negotiator» provides us with nsights about highly challenging negotiations and how to handle them.

Dr. Adel Abdel-Latif worked for many years as a ghost, or shadow, negotiator and has helped his A-list clients succeed in the fields of business, politics, and culture. He runs a consulting firm, "Dr. Abdel-Latif Negotiation Academy," which has offices in Zug (Switzerland) and Dubai. He is a bestselling author and is considered the world's leading expert in the areas of pressure and crisis negotiations. His years of experience in the field have given him a vast wealth of knowledge that make him a highly sought-after guest in international TV, radio, and print media.

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Pamela Obermaier & Marcus Täuber

The Principle of Effortlessness

“The principle of effortlessness,” developed by Pamela Obermaier and Marcus Taeuber, outlines a creative and solution-oriented method of approach for the challenges of everyday life, in both private and professional circles. In this presentation, the two experts break down the success of top performers to show that their achievements all derive from the same basic principles. Obermaier and Täuber outline four brain states that they believe allow for the development of creativity and an overall ease in life decisions and introduce the steps required to make effortlessness itself into a lifestyle.

 

Pamela Obermaier is a successful entrepreneur and four-time bestselling author with a psychological and neurolinguistic background and an expert in the field of finding success through language. A popular trainer and speaker, she supports her clients in their attempts to increase their success through an optimized linguistic approach and a curated public image.

Dr. Marcus Taubert is a neurobiologist, mental trainer, and head of the Institute for Mental Success Strategies. He uses his scientific background in his work as a trainer in mental strength and has set new standards in business, health, and personality studies.

Lydia Schüttken

Simply Better Working with #workhacks

In the model of hierarchy followed by most businesses today, The Management Board is responsible for strategies for company cooperation. However, in many companies important elements of interpersonal relationships, such as a "culture of error tolerance" or "feedback culture" have been widely ignored. In this session, Lydia Schüttken describes simple but effective methods of improving the communication between colleagues. She introduces her concept of #workhacks, which she believes can permanently enhance workplace cooperation.

Lydia Schüttken is the founder of #workhacks. She has introduced some of the most successful strategies for cooperation and workplace organization, as well as developing a cross-industry change program for departments and project teams. For years, she has been a passionate pioneer of the New Work world and is known for her introduction of new, human approaches to transformation in her book, "workhacks.” Schüttken has many years of experience in the field working at Bertelsmann, Berliner Stadtreinigung, and in digital companies.

SEASON 4: PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH

Lucas Pawlik

Evolutionary Movement - The Tao of Appropriate Living

Our modern lives are plagued with a number of questions, such as What does a person need to grow old happily and healthily? And how can we define a successful movement into the future? Dr. Lucas Pawlik introduces a model for living in such a state of flux. He discusses his own experience with body consciousness and expands on the principle to show how this idea can be adopted by companies, organizations, and individuals to help them cultivate a successful life in accordance with their own personal ideals.

Mag. Dr. Lucas Pawlik became a cyberneticist through his friendship and collaboration with Heinz von Foerster. Their work on the learning and interaction processes between organism, cognition, and environment formed the foundation for his lifelong research interests in the same areas.

Erwin Gollner

How Healthy Is Your Organization?

The digital inclination of the current working world in Work 4.0 has created an increasing psychological demand on both employees and managers. This presentation explores various approaches to health in the workplace and applies this concept personnel, management, and organizational development. 

Prof. (FH) Mag. Dr. Erwin Gollner MPH MBA is the head of the Department of Health and head of the study program at the FH Burgenland College. His research focuses on mental health support in the workplace, based primarily on applied systems theory approaches. He also provides professional coaching in the same area.

Sonja Radatz

Body Language - How to Learn the Language of Our Body

Dr. Sonja Radatz believes that the body functions most optimally when treated with proper care. However, many of us experience a breakdown of our relationship with the body when it sends us negative signals, such as illness. Dr. Radatz expands on this feeling of separation from our bodies, describing how we should pay attention to the warning signs as they are the body’s way of telling us what changes it needs for us to remain happy and healthy for as long as possible. Dr. Radatz’s focus on building and maintaining a sustainable relationship with the body has helped hundreds of people live healthy lives.

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Pascal Bachmann

Health: What Does It Mean? And Who Is Responsible for It?

Most people associate holistic health solely with nutrition and sports, but Pascal Bachmann, founder of Body and Mind Transformation, believes that a holistic approach to health requires more than these two components. In his opinion, the key factors for a healthy life include not only an awareness of the elements important to such a life, but also the means integrating this knowledge into it. An interconnectedness of body, mind, and soul creates a strong foundation for a healthy and balanced experience in all areas of life. In this lecture, Pascal Bachmann presents his model for a balanced life, and further explains its practical holistic application.
Pascal Bachmann is an international speaker and author. He has developed several popular health concepts that outline methods for health, weight loss, and, importantly, the ability maintain results. His approach to the transformation of body and mind expands on previous research in the field. He offers coaching in the area based on his 25 years of experience in health studies, nutritional science, medical activities, professional sports, and his own unique life experience. Bachmann is highly regarded as one of the most experienced and passionate health experts in the world.

Andrea Christoph-Gaugusch

Dementia Seen From a Systemic Perspective, or: The Art of Forgetting

Communication is central to any interaction with people who suffer from dementia, as the mind is the most important element of all forms of interpersonal communication. Christoph-Gaugusch believes that the mind is not something that can simply be “lost” the way one might lose a piece of paper and in this lecture, she introduces a new communication-centered approach to treatment for those affected by dementia.

Mag. Dr. Andrea Christoph-Gaugusch is ais a clinical and health psychologist & Zen-Shiatsu practitioner at a private practice in Vienna. Her main research interests include embodiment and dementia and she follows a philosophy that includes elements of both realism and constructivism. She outlines her findings in the German book, "DemenZen" (2018). 

Dr. Harry Merl

The Personal Health Picture

In this presentation, Dr. Merl gives an in-depth explanation of his well-known model, the "health picture.” This research depicts an outline of a an individual’s overall health, giving them access to an intuitive method of diagnosing and addressing any health issues they discover.

Dr. Harry Merlis a former lecturer and head of the Institute for Psychotherapy at an Austrian psychiatric hospital. He is considered the father of family therapy in Austria most notably for his development of the "Personal health picture model,” an application of systemic family therapy.

Patricia Patz

Emotionally Healthy in a Rational World

One wide-reaching consequence of the prioritization of rationality in our modern culture is the belief that feelings are unprofessional. Many people learn to numb feelings by necessity, as they are seen as negative things that get in the way of professional productivity. This often leads to a lack of emotional growth as many are unable to deal with feelings of any kind and easily fall victim to emotional manipulation. In this presentation, Patz emphasizes that feelings are an integral part of the human condition and describes how, consciously felt, they can be a useful source of power and navigation in the professional world.

Patricia Patz defines herself as an “evolutionary crust-blower” and has worked for over 20 years to help clients discover their own personal possibilities and authentic vitality. Her unique background in business administration and alternative medicine as allowed her to combine the combining the fields of emotion and ratio in her work. She has written extensively on the subject and has published two books.

Dr. Klaus Siegler

The Healthy Way to Be Sick

In this lecture, Dr. Kalus Sigler discusses the importance of communication between patients and patient families and their therapists, an area currently lacking in healthcare systems which he believes should be approached from the perspective of both the patient and provider. He describes how patients can be empowered through "patient coaching," which shows a healthy way to be ill, and outlines a new method of patient communication for healthcare teams, which he terms "healing communication” and makes use of Motivational Interviewing (MI). He further encourages superiors, personnel managers, and his own colleagues to make use of these modes of communication when interacting with sick workers or peers.

 

Klaus Siegler MD has worked for 30 years as a physician and psychologist in an acute clinic and an aftercare clinic where he trained healthcare providers and offered services as a freelance consultant. His work centers around the concept of patient coaching ("The healthy way to be sick"), focusing specifically on the support of cancer patients, family-oriented aftercare for cancer, the rehabilitation of chronically ill patients, and training in patient-centered communication for healthcare professionals.

Prof. Dr. Gordon Emmerson, Ph.D.

Resource Therapy: How and Where It Helps Us

The brain’s awareness of our body is never straightforward; often the first indication that there is a problem with a certain part of us does not come from the part that is hurting, but from other areas of awareness that the hurt effects. Resource therapy is based on the concept of identifying the root of a problem first – for example, fear, powerlessness, or trauma - and focusing treatment directly on the central condition. In this lecture, Dr. Emmerson shows that Resource Therapy has been successful in numerous cases and outlines ways in which it can be implemented more broadly in therapeutic practice.

 

Prof. Dr. Gordon Emmerson, Ph.D. . is a clinical psychologist who teaches at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia. He developed the concept of resource therapy, which he based on the existing ego state therapy and has found success both practicing and teaching the practice. He has also published his findings in several books.

Mark Stüttler and Lucas Pawlik

Mushrooms Save Our World

Mushrooms are the evolutionary architects of the biosphere, and, therefore, of the makeup of human health. In our increasingly technological age, both mushrooms and the human body are slowly being destroyed by digitalization. In this presentation, Mark Stüttler and Lucas Pawlik, suggest that elements of the evolutionary makeup of mushrooms can be applied to our own lives and ecosystems to keep both us and our planet healthy. They have based their own research on the work of American entrepreneur and mushroom expert Paul Stamet. They outline the ways in which an analysis of mushrooms can revitalize the economy and be beneficial to humanity on both an organizational and individual level.

Mark Stüttler is a pioneer in the research, cultivation, and distribution of mushrooms, mycelia, and spores. He is the founder of the MRCA - Mushroom Research Center Austria and the Mushroom Production Center GmbH ("Tyrolean Lucky Mushrooms") in Innsbruck/Tyrol, Austria.

Dr. Lucas Pawlikbecame a cyberneticist through his friendship and collaboration with Heinz von Foerster. Their work on the learning and interaction processes between organism, cognition, and environment formed the foundation for his lifelong research interests in the same areas.

Giorgio Nardone

Brief Strategic Therapy: Psychotherapy needs a Mind Change

Dr. Nardone’s presentation begins with the claim that not all therapeutic cases can be solved with the same method. He goes on to introduce his and Paul Watzlawick’s procedure of Brief Strategic Therapy, positioning it as central to therapeutic cases in the digital age. Nardone describes this strategy’s success in helping patients who suffer from eating disorders and panic attacks and extrapolates from this data to suggest that the strategy will continue to be instrumental in all therapeutic fields in the years to come.

Dr. Giorgio Nardone is an Italian psychologist and psychotherapist. He and Paul Watzlawick founded the Centro di Terapia Strategica (the Italian MRI) in Arezzo in 1987 and the School for Strategic Therapy in 1989. The two have also published a book detailing their research on Brief Strategic Therapy.

SEASON 5: CORPORATE MANAGEMENT, CHANGE, INNOVATION & CUSTOMER FOCUS

Jens-Uwe Meyer

Digital Disruption

The rapid digitalization of our modern world is changing markets and companies to an unprecedented extent. Indeed, by 2030 the pace of change is expected to increase even more dramatically. Dr. Jens-Uwe Meyer describes the ways in which people can take this changing landscape in stride and benefit from this digital world. He introduces the principle of disruptive thinking, outlining its technological benefits on both an individual and company level.

Dr. Jens-Uwe Meyer is Germany's No. 1 expert on innovation and digital disruption. He received his doctorate on the innovative ability of companies. He currently works as a software architect and internet entrepreneur at his own company Innolytics®, which specializes in disruptive innovation and consulting software. He is a keynote speaker at this conference, a lecturer, and he has published 10 books on his research in innovation.® , he provides disruptive innovation and consulting software. He is a keynote speaker, lecturer, and author of 10 books.

Sonja Radatz

The Relational Way of Leading a Business in the 21st Century

In this presentation, Dr. Radatz outlines the concept of relational business management, emphasizing its ease and the ways in which it allows companies new opportunities for success. She believes that this style of management is an advancement from many of the management methods currently practiced. If you are prepared to delve into a personal and therefore sustainable structure for business management, choose this lecture.

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Claus-Otto Sharmer

The Hypnoystemic Approach: How to use it in leadership. In teamwork. In the government. In critical situations. In everyday life. And for yourself.

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Dr. Claus Otto Scharmer is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a founding member of the Presencing Institute, He leads the MIT IDEAS program for cross-industry innovation. Scharmer developed the concept of "Presencing" - learning from the future - and wrote the bestsellers "Theory U" and "Presence" (the latter together with Peter Senge and others).

Juanita Brown and Amy Lenzo

World Café: Developing a new organization in a simple way

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Juanita BrownPhD, together with David Isaacs, developed the World Café, a highly effective dialogue process for shaping content solutions within an organization, and has been continuously developing the methodology ever since.

Amy Lenzo is the pioneer in the online world of processing the "relationship field" and is currently publishing a book about the World Café as a team research method.

Franz Röösli and Santhosh Kaduthanam

Beyond Budgeting as a Source of Inspiration to Make Organizations Sustainable

For many companies today the process of shaping sustainability above all requires the development of management and organizational prerequisites to promote innovation, adaptability, robustness, and efficiency, factors that are instrumental to all aspects of corporate culture. Beyond Budgeting is a management philosophy and organizational model adopted by some of the highest performing companies that has been proven to yield high results for sustainability.

Prof. Dr. Franz Röösli is head of the Center for Corporate Development at the ZHAW School of Management and Law, Zurich. He researches, teaches, and advises companies in the fields of organizational design, leadership, and strategy. He is also a member of the Beyond Budgeting Round Table, the group that developed the Beyond Budgeting model. Before joining the university, Professor Franz Röösli spent many years in management positions in SMEs and large corporations.

Santhosh Kaduthanam, MLitt (SK) is a research assistant and consultant for the Center for Corporate Development at the ZHAW School of Management and Law, Zurich, where he has worked for several years. His research focuses on organizational design and corporate management.

Guenter Faltin

Entrepreneurship for the Future

Prof. Günter Faltin introduces a new economic structure in which people actively participate in economic decisions as entrepreneurs. He describes how "we need to fight against the princes and generals of the economy and bring democracy into our companies; different values, new perspectives, and more intelligent solutions in order to face the pressing challenges of tomorrow´s world." Based on his findings from his research and experience running his own companies, Faltin outlines the steps necessary to work towards a more sustainable and personally meaningful economy. He describes how every individual can work towards a better world and participate in this structure as a "real entrepreneur,” namely, a friendly economist or as a social entrepreneur.

Prof. Dr. Günter Faltin.After forming the Tea Campaign 30 years ago Dr. Faltin established the Entrepreneurship Department at Freie Universität Berlin and today supports multiple startups as a business angel. In 2001, he established the Entrepreneurship Foundation, which organizes the Annual Entrepreneurship Summit in Berlin. In 2010, he was awarded the Medal of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany by the German Federal President for his role as a pioneer of the idea of entrepreneurship. His books have reached a wide audience, as they have been translated into 8 languages. Faltin currently lives and works in Berlin and Chiang Mai.

Dennis Lotter

Transformation Safari - A Journey Through the Wilderness of Digital Transformation

In this lecture, Professor Dennis Lotter introduces the concept of mental maps that allow us to navigate the figurative digital wilderness. He believes that this concept of mapping can serve as humanity’s compass for our technological journey, leading us directly to "The Big Five.” This theory aims to give people the tools to navigate and ultimately master digital transformation through the concepts of Inspecting & Adapting. Face to face and confidently keep an eye on it and finally inspires us with the idea of the Inspect & Adapt to master the digital transformation iteratively.

Prof. Dr. Dennis Lotter is an agent provocateur in the field of digital transformation, who has passionately claimed that he “chases the ghosts of the economy.” He is a highly regarded keynote speaker and mentor and he aims to move people out of their comfort zones and guide them through the process of digital change. His mission is to help companies advance towards an inevitably digital future.

Jean-Philippe Hagmann

How to Become Radically Innovative

In this presentation, Jean-Philippe Hagmann, a Swiss-Brazilian expert in innovation, reveals what he believes are the fundamental misunderstandings that cause the degeneration of “change processes” to “innovation farces.” Hagmann outlines four areas that companies can change to become radically innovative.

 

Jean-Philippe Hagmann works as at the Innosuisse (Swiss Innovation Promotion Agency). He is a keynote speaker, lecturer, and founding member of the Agency for Radical Innovation. An internationally renowned consultant, Jean-Philippe Hagmann has helped over a hundred companies and institutions identify the central conditions for their own radical innovation. He is the author of the highly acclaimed German book "Stop Playing Innovation Theatre!"

Sonja Radatz

How to Effectively Manage Disruptive Change

Radatz describes how disruptive change makes company performance less and less relevant overtime as they lose footing in an increasingly digital business landscape. Many businesses find themselves unable to compete with cheap and inexpensive competitors. Radatz applies her research to the fundamental question: How can we anticipate the future by thinking ahead and build security measures into our companies to ensure their survival in the modern world?

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Peggy Holman

Communication in the Disruptive Change Process

Disruptive change has an undeniable presence in the digital age as industries crumble and epidemics confront us with unprecedented circumstances. As individuals and businesses are forced into action, Holman stresses the importance of communication in navigating such drastic processes of change. She outlines various innovative and effective approaches to communication that she believes are best suited to our current landscape.

Peggy Holman works as an author and consultant, bringing people together to address complex issues. She strives to create dialogues around existing issues and to transform passive experience into active participation. In her manual on change, "Engaging Emergence," she and other authors outline key steps to help people shape their desired future. In her award-winning new work, "Engaging Emergence,” she presents methods of engaging with complex challenges by means of personal stories and innovative practice.

Professor Amy Edmondson

The Fearless Organization

The ability to attract and retain quality talent is fundamental to our current emphasis on innovation and creativity. However, Edmondson claims that talent alone has very little value if those who have it are unable to express themselves. In this lecture, she strives to answer many of the important questions surrounding this dilemma, such as: What is the link between psychological safety and high performance? How can workplace culture create a safe environment to express ideas, ask questions, and admit mistakes, and how can such a culture be implemented? How can people develop the level of enthusiasm required to participate fully in today’s economy? And how can businesses make psychological safety an everyday priority for their employees?

 

Prof. Amy C. Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School. In 2019, she was ranked #3 out of 50 by the biannual Thinkers 50 global ranking of management thinkers. She is the author of several books, the latest of which is “The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth” (2019).

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Richard and Emily Axelrod

New Change Management - How We Create Meaningful Engagement

It is no secret that engagement is the key to successful change, however, the best means of garnering engagement remain relatively unknown. The New Change Management outlines four principles and three leadership practices that Richard and Emily Axelrod believe can lead to successful organizational change. Richard Axelrod first defined these principles his award-winning book, “Terms of Engagement,” and these practices provide a framework for engaging employees in the critical issues of your organization. 

 

Richard and Emily Axelrod have worked in the field of change process for more than 40 years in. As Richard became increasingly dissatisfied with the approach most consulting firms used to bring about traditional organizational change, namely sponsor groups, steering teams, and project groups, which create the change and then “sell” their solutions back to the organization. In response, Richard and Emily developed their own Conference Model®–a process which involves the entire business system as it moves towards long term organizational change. The two currently have been work with Boeing, British Airways, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and many other well-known firms. They have co-authored many books on the topic, including “Terms of Engagement”.

Albert B. Blixt J.D.

Whole-Scale® Change - Creating a Desired Future

Whole-Scale® Change is a comprehensive approach to organizational change that involves theories, models, tools, and processes which aim to integrate all of the systems necessary to bring about positive change in a business. In this presentation, Blixt describes how such an approach can be used to motivate people to work to align their reality with their vision of the future.

 

Albert B. Blixt J.D.,Al Blixt is a senior partner in Dannemiller Tyson Associates (DTA), a consulting firm based in the United States that helps clients world-wide. His work focuses on helping people achieve their goals for the future. Blixt is known for his development of the “Whole-Scale® Change” methodology, which aims to help communities and organizations organize rapid, sustained changes in strategy, culture, processes, and design.

Florian Rustler

Is Your Company Fit for the Future?

As is nearly impossible to know exactly what the future holds, there is no foolproof way for organizations to make plans for their success in a trajectory they cannot anticipate. However, companies can still prepare for the future and invest in training to enhance their own likelihood of survival. In this way, they are able to adapt quickly and effectively to changing conditions on multiple organizational levels: operationally, structurally, interpersonally and individually. Rustler introduces numerous ways in which companies can find their own individual path towards what he calls “future fitness.”

Florian Rustler is the founder of Creaffective GmbH, where he currently works as a consultant. Creaffective supports organizations worldwide in their aims to prepare for the future, giving them the means to adapt quickly and effectively to changes and to innovate constantly. Rustler is the author of four books, the most recent of which is, "Future Fit Company.”

Marco C. Bettoni

The New Art of Collaboration: Digital. Knowledge-Intensive. Cooperative.

Professor Marco Bettoni posits that digital collaboration is an important method of dealing with the paradigm shift in collaboration required by digital collaboration. 

Prof. Dipl. Ing. ETH Marco C. Bettoni, Professor Emeritus of Knowledge Technologies, has been head of the Steinbeis Consulting Center of Knowledge Management and Collaboration (KMC) in Basel since 2018. His current areas of expertise are Digital Collaboration, Knowledge Management and Knowledge Theory (Radical Constructivism, Metodologia Operativa). From 2005 to 2017, he was Head of Research at the Swiss Open University of Applied Sciences.

Sonja Radatz

The Relational Change Process: No Resistance, No Tears.

Systemic change often begins with a single, pioneering group and then follows a familiar path: countless interviews about the past and work towards new structures in countless project groups, followed by months of resistance and suffering in endless workshops. The concept of relational change redefines the entire process of company change, leaving the method of transformation up to each individual employee, giving them the freedom to reorganize their own specialized field. In this lecture, Dr. Radatz introduces the key components to her philosophy of Relational change. 

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Lorenz Wied

Differentiation in hyper-competition

Jack Trout started there, what Peter Drucker was convinced of: with the customer and his needs and the perception of brands, markets and competitors. this changed the business world. in Trout's view, making profit was the consequence of clear positioning and excellent marketing: "right and good marketing makes money." in his article, Lorenz Wied assumes that positioning is the most important decision in the history of a company. and that it must be massively differentiated from all others.

Mag. Lorenz Wied has been a senior partner of Trout & Partners - Global Leaders in Strategic Positioning since 2001 and supports companies in Central Europe, as well as in Russia and China. he worked closely with Jack Trout and published 3 books with him for the German-speaking market: on strategy, differentiation in hypercompetition and positioning, the classic in the revised 2012 edition. he teaches at universities and in postgraduate courses.

Jan-Erik Baars

Design Management: Designing Instead of Administrating

In this presentation, Jan-Erik Baars, renowned expert and consultant in design management, explains the importance of creativity to the success of organizations. He discusses the common problems that occur when company leaders reduce their roles to simply administrative positions and outlines a method for modeling creativity in leadership. 

Prof. Jan-Erik Baars began his career as an industrial designer at Philips in 1990. He joined Telekom in 2009 as head of design management and later became a freelance strategy consultant. He was made partner in the PRENEW agency in 2019. Since 2011, he has worked as a researcher and lecturer at the Institute of Marketing at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Switzerland. Since the publication of his book "Leading Design" in 2018, he has been recognized internationally as an expert in the field.

Dana Arzani

Customer Centricity: Every Customer Counts!

Dana Arzani provides a fresh analysis of the customer perspective based on her almost daily consulting experience. She seeks to address the question: Who are our customers and what do they really want? She firmly maintains that every customer counts, but believes that the well-being of the customer must not take precedence over the well-being of the company and its employees. In this inspiring lecture, Arzani unpacks the term “customer centricity,” explains why friendliness alone is no longer enough to maintain customer loyalty, and methods for implementing customer centricity in your company in a profitable way.

Dana Arzani is an expert in successful customer contact and has developed the STEP 4 SPARKLE concept. Her unique professional perspective allows her to support medium-sized and specialized companies as they enhance their business models for future success. She has been a passionate entrepreneur for over 20 years and has experience in nearly all facets of entrepreneurial life, from sales to founding entire companies. She is the author of two books which focus on the topics of “inspiring customer contact” and “responsibility.”

Martin Bredl

Why Children of Inbound Marketers Are Happy

In this lecture, inbound marketing pioneer Marin Bredl explores his discovery of "just cause" within his own company. As he defines it, a just cause requires superior strategy for its implementation, and the methodology of inbound marketing has led Bredl to his. He outlines the ways in which the principle of the just cause can be applied to almost any business model.

Martin Bredl is the owner and CEO of the TakeOff inbound marketing agency in Vienna. He is a pioneer with a thirst for knowledge and has managed to climb the position of Vice President Corporate Communications at Telekom Austria without holding a degree. He is the former president of the Public Relations Association Austria and currently works as a lecturer at the FH Joanneum College. He believes that his passion for digital marketing is the main driving force for his career success. 

Dr. Heinz Kaegi

Leading Companies from the Future into the Future

In this lecture, Heinz Kaegi takes us on a journey into the future. He strongly believes that we have the power to prevent our fears from becoming reality if we use the present moment to work towards the future we want. He offers inspiring insight that outline a means of developing a vision of personal competence that is critical to success. He describes the ways that recognizing both challenges and opportunities can help managers lead their companies into the future and work towards an economy that truly benefits them.

Dr. Heinz Kaegi is an international speaker, executive visioneer, and bestselling author. He is most well-known for his concept of the “Laws of leadership” which he has developed into the LEX Leadership Excellence Program. His book, "Wanted: Leaders," has been translated into English and inspires international readers to find their own path to interpersonal leadership. Kaegi has designed and led more than 1000 development processes in 3 languages over 3 continents in the last 30 years. His clients have praised "his ability to move leaders and leadership teams forward.” The continued focus of his work is in "moving leaders from hard work to heart work®." Kaegi is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Swiss Leadership Institute AG.

Alex T. Steffen

Strategic Business Innovation

In this lecture, Alex T. Steffen discusses the ways that companies of all sizes can save both time and capital by avoiding four critical mistakes in innovation. He describes how they can develop personalized methods for distinguishing between the pertinent business orientation and short-term innovation trends.

Alex T. Steffen is an international speaker and expert in strategic innovation. He strives to make companies more robust and able to survive any unexpected future events. Steffen has worked in both large scale traditional companies and digital start-ups and currently has his own business. He is a bestselling author and was named management think tank of the year 2019 by change X.

SEASON 6: LEADERSHIP

Peter Senge

The Hypnoystemic Approach: How to use it in leadership. In teamwork. In the government. In critical situations. In everyday life. And for yourself.

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Peter SengePh.D., is a senior lecturer at MIT in Massachusetts and has spearheaded the movement of systemic thinking in the field of management. He has written extensively on the topic and his most notable works include "The Fifth Discipline" and "The Necessary Revolution.” He is also the founder of SoL, Society for Organizational Learning, a worldwide organization of companies, researchers and consultants.

Art Kleiner

Leadership at a High Level

In this presentation, Art Kleiner discusses approaches for cultivate strategic leadership skills specific to our individual decision-making paths. He seeks to answer a number of questions, namely: How do we become great leaders? How do we become quality decision-makers and how does this affect our ability to motivate a team? And how can we help teams succeed in difficult circumstances?

 

Art Kleiner, Ph.D. is an author, lecturer at New York University, and editor-in-chief of strategy+business, the award-winning management magazine of Booz & Company. He has published widely in his field, most specifically on his insights on neuro leadership in his new book, "The Wise Advocate: The Inner Voice of Strategic Leadership.”

Hans Rudi Fischer

Me Needs We to Be and We Needs Me to Be

In this lecture, Dr. Hans-Rudi Fischer redefines the concept of traditional systemic leadership, describing an overall need for balance: in the relationships between leaders and people, between egocentric motives of the individual, and between the needs of the “I” and the needs of the “WE,” the whole, the organization. 

Dr. Hans Rudi Fischer is a philosopher and psychologist whose research centers around the relationship between relational epistemologies and exceptional thinking to map the genesis of new ideas. He sees ambivalence as the motor of the creative processes. Dr. Fischer is the co-founder and leader of the Heidelberg Institute for Systemic Research and currently works as managing director of zsfb (Ltd) and as a member of the artist group STORYDEALER. 

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Hans Wüthrich

The Rationality of the Irrational in Leadership

Wüthrich believes that the success of organizations is dependent on their progress beyond pathological hyper rationality, as they must learn to embrace the unexpected in their models of business. He proposes that success is instead dependent on a healthy balance of curiosity and experience. Employees and management must learn to be amazed again, be allowed to make mistakes, and encouraged to embrace open-ended processes. In this lecture, Wüthrich introduces the methodical skills that most often lead to serendipitous discovery; most notably, he has found that leadership Experiments are an effective random generator. He describes importance of the mindset behind designing these experiments. He encourages leaders to disregard obvious solutions and to embrace the revolutionary. He believes that experimentally provoked accidental discoveries can dramatically improve the quality of leadership and enhance intelligent organizational development. 

 

Professor Dr. oec. Hans A. Wüthrich leads the Department of International Management at the University of the German Federal Armed Forces in Munich and is a private lecturer at the University of St. Gallen.

Sonja Radatz

Relational Leadership: Focusing on Reliable Results

The existing concept of the manager as a "doer,” "driver," and "process designer" has little relevance in the increasingly rapid pace of everyday life in the modern world. It has become increasingly more important to reinforce the flexible competence of direct reports and to be able to continuously track reports, rather than progress itself. Dr. Sonja Radatz uses her Relational Leadership Model to inspire leaders to revolutionize the concept of leadership itself to ensure their success today´s and tomorrow´s VUCA world.

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Fritz B. Simon

Finding a Balance Between Routine and Disruption in Organizations

Prof. Dr. Fritz B. Simon believes that organizations function as social systems: they communicate and their methods of communication are essential for their success. In this lecture, Simon will discusses the challenge in prioritizing both routine reliability and organizational disruption. He goes on to suggest ways to overcome this challenge in business organization.

Prof. Dr. med. Fritz B. Simon is a psychiatrist, systemic therapist, and organizational consultant. His research focuses on the organization and disorganization processes of mental and social systems. He has written extensively in his area, and has published over 300 scientific articles and 30 books, which have been translated into 15 languages.

Kathleen Minardi

Family Systems Theory and Practice in the Workplace

Minardi’s presentation aims to outline an understanding of the emotional field that makes up family systems, including the organizational system of the workplace. She describes the leader’s role in lowering the levels of anxiety in workplaces in our current VUCA world. She offers insight into the process of evolving and leading a healthy organizational system.

Kathleen (Kathy) Minardi, MEd is an organizational consultant in the United States. After 45 years of school leadership, she founded of the Whole School Leadership Institute, a nonprofit transformational leadership program for school leaders. Her experience is primarily in the field of Montessori education, as its methodological approach aligns well with systemic thinking. She has worked in developmental psychology and in the field of adult development, focusing specifically on emotional intelligence and community building.

Heinz K. Stahl

The New Role of Management

The gage of successful management is often concerned with its practicality. However, under the conditions of high contingency – the idea that the future might bring about unexpected change – the exaggerated nature of this claim becomes evident. In this presentation, Stahl discusses the role of management in addressing the future and offers strategies for successful intervention.

 

Prof. Dr. Heinz K. Stahl is a Professor of Behavioral Management and research partner at the Center for Systemic Research and Consulting in Heidelberg. His research focuses on the concept of building bridges between underutilized human and social sciences and management, topics which by definition concern humanity. He has published widely on the subject of his research.

Reinhard Lindner

The Highest Art of the Samurai was Intuition

Linder believes the samurai’s highest art of the samurai was their intuition, which he sees as an essential factor in the success of modern management. Linder bases his own method of systemic improvement on the principles of the samurai, which is based around revitalizing and sharpening intuition to enhance the decision making process. He posits that the success of the leadership of new generations comes from its basis in western and eastern methods of negotiation and leadership.

 

Dr. Reinhard Lindner, MBA, Senator h.c holds a 6th DAN (master’s degree) and has won four European cup tournaments, leading the Austrian national junior team to the European championship title. He has a doctorate in Chinese and economics and international management and he is one of the most booked management trainers in the German-speaking countries since 1996. He has appeared as a guest lecturer at universities in China, Japan, Austria, and Poland. His research has been strongly influenced by his ongoing study of Budo, the form of Traditional Karate, which he has practiced for nearly 40 years, most notably under the tutelage of the "last samurai," Hidetaka Nishiyama.

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Dr. Wolfgang Winter

Executive Excellence – The Important Role of the Entrepreneur

In this lecture, management consultant Wolfgang Winter outlines the questions he believes to be central lasting effective entrepreneurship: What are the most important elements of effective company leadership company? What are the components of good and lasting leadership? What kind of leadership do your company’s projects require? And how can leadership excellence be cultivated within your company?

 

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Winter: is currently Professor of International Management at the Baden-Württemberg University of Applied Sciences and Assistant Professor in Frankfurt, Friedrichshafen, Zurich, Krems/Austria and St. Petersburg. He is an expert in integrated corporate development and is the author of numerous books.

Paul Z. Jackson

Practical Approaches for More Agile Leadership

In this presentation, Jackson addresses the new and changing needs for leaders in our modern world, which he suggests include vision, adaptability, and communication skills. He believes that all exceptional leaders excel in these areas. Solutions Focus and Applied Improvisation makes use of these concepts and describes the ways in which leaders can increase their practical skills in these areas. 

 

Paul Z Jackson, MA works as a presenter, coach, and trainer to bring out the best in people from across the world. He co-authored the groundbreaking book, "The Solution Focus - Making Coaching and Change SIMPLE.” Previously, Jackson had a successful career in journalism and comedy production at the BBC. He has lectured at the London Arts Centre, Columbia University, and the Imperial and London Business Schools, among others, and is a co-founder of the Applied Improvisation Network.

Dr. Heinz Kaegi

Wanted: Real Leaders

In this lecture, Kaegi discusses the importance of sense, vision, and focus to success and fulfillment in everyday life. He offers insight on his internationally renowned leadership model and into qualities necessary for growing one’s own personal brand of leadership. This is based on the space to develop passion, courage, and a sense of responsibility necessary in both present and future leadership, and allows people to strive towards the creation of an "economy of heart".

Dr. Heinz Kaegi is an international speaker, executive visioneer, and bestselling author. He is most well-known for his concept of the “Laws of leadership” which he has developed into the LEX Leadership Excellence Program. His book, "Wanted: Leaders," has been translated into English and inspires international readers to find their own path to interpersonal leadership. Kaegi has designed and led more than 1000 development processes in 3 languages over 3 continents in the last 30 years. His clients have praised "his ability to move leaders and leadership teams forward.” The continued focus of his work is in "moving leaders from hard work to heart work®." Kaegi is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the Swiss Leadership Institute AG.

Alois Huber

Exploring the Life Phases of Employees in the Concept of Company Social Work

Systemic social work requires an innate knowledge of phases of employment. It uses EAP (Employee Assistance program), a program designed to ask questions in a specifically targeted way to provide companies with a specific perspective into the setbacks of their employees. Huber elaborates on this process and outlines ways it can be integrated into an everyday business model.

Mag. (FH) DSA Alois Huber is a lecturer at the College St Pölten (Austria) and is the head of social work for Voestalpine Krems Ltd. He also works as a freelance coach and supervisor. The main focus of his research is the professional integration of "supported employment," which he integrates seamlessly with the theory of Paul Watzlawick´s. He has written about the intersection of their work in his book, “Paul Watzlawick 4.0” (2018).

Ingrid M. Winkler

Potentials Versus Potential Conflicts

It is a truth universally acknowledged that all people want to get the best job and, similarly, all companies wants to hire best candidate. In this lecture, Ingrid Winkler discusses the far-reaching consequences that this economic desire has on both applicants and hiring companies. Specifically, she discusses the potential problems that can arise if the applicant´s potential is not fully recognized or if companies are unable to correctly match applicants with the expectations of the firm.

 

Ingrid Michaela Winkler has been worked as an independent consultant, trainer, and coach for over 20 years. She has experience in business, trade, and health care (clinics) and her research focuses mainly on personal development, potential diagnostics, talent management, leadership, conflict management, and communication.

Dirk Osmetz & Stefan Kaduk

Pattern Interrupting® Experiments: The Smart Future Projects

In this lecture, Osmetz and Kaduk discuss the overuse of meaningless, or “plastic,” words - "personal responsibility," "trust," "values," etc. - in professional mission statements. They believe that these words can be given new life when combined with leadership experiments, which can be far more effective than any process or method. This entertaining and informative lecture outlines the substantial differences between pattern interrupters and lateral thinkers, discusses the reasons that the former often find success in the professional world.

Dirk Osmetz and Stefan Kaduk both hold doctorates in economics and together they founded the Pattern Interrupting Initiative at the University of the German Armed Forces in 2001, long before the concept of "lateral thinkers" gained the popularity it has today. Their research focuses on the importance of breaking patterns in specific and meaningful ways despite the "constraints" of inflationary management fashions.

SEASON 7: CONSULTING & COACHING

Gunther Schmidt

The Hypnoystemic Approach: How to use it in leadership. In teamwork. In the government. In critical situations. In everyday life. And for yourself.

In this lecture, Dr. Gunther Schmidt introduces his concept of a hypnosystemic which he believes can be used to communicate effectively in any conversation. This approach is based on changing the focus of attention towards what works in a conversation, and both promotes change and breaks through obstacles of fear and other unhelpful emotions.

 

Dr. med. Dipl-Vw. Gunther Schmidt is a pioneer in the integration of systemic models. He has integrated the competence-focusing theory of Erickson's hypnotherapy into his own holistic hypnosystemic model for consulting and psychotherapy. He is head of Meihei and works as the medical and managing director of the SysTelios Private Clinic in Siedelsbrunn, Germany.

Sonja Radatz

Consulting Without Advice: Why and How Relational Coaching Works

In this lecture, Dr. Radatz outlines the future-focused questioning techniques fundamental to her theory of relational coaching. She describes how the success of this method relies on its focus on creating a vision for successful a successful future, rather than placing emphasis on the past failures of the interviewee. This technique enhances conversational ease and the flow of creativity, two things that are prioritized strongly in other Relational Coaching methods. This talk breaks down the fundamentals of future-focused coaching, emphasizing their positive outlook and easy application.

 

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Katharina Anger

Challenging Beliefs

Anger believes that we are often held back by our most rigid beliefs. These beliefs in particular affect our concept of moral truths on which we base our actions and judge ourselves and others. This lecture posits that challenging such integral beliefs can give us new perspective and can often help us find solutions to seemingly impossible problems.

Katharina Anger, Ph.D. works providing training and supervision for the MRI model of brief strategic therapy. She is the co-founder of the Center for Systemic Action, an organization dedicated to training and exploring the expanding possibilities of the MRI Brief Therapy model. Dr. Anger currently has a clinical practice in New York City where she works with a culturally diverse clientele with a wide range of problems, she specifically focuses on counselling for couples and families.

Maxim Zalesskiy

The Life Flight Model

Do you feel more like a passenger in your life than a pilot? Maxim Zalesskiy often utilizes this flight metaphor in his work coaching people on their plans for the future. In this lecture, he uses his own model of the "Life Flight Model," which outlines ways for people to sit in the cockpit of their own life and achieve success for the lives they truly desire.

Maxim Zalesskiyis a lawyer and life coach, who co-directs the IRBW Institute for Relational Consulting and Further Education in Vienna Schönbrunn Palace. He worked for an airline for some time after his degree before he found success in coaching, where he was inspired to develop the life flight model, which is now central to his coaching. He aims to help people identify and follow their own optimal life paths. Zalesskiy is a co-creator and organizer of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Daniel Meier

Solution-Focused Brief Coaching

In this lecture, Meier emphasizes the importance of embracing the unknown in life as he outlines ways to help people along the process of personal change.

Daniel Meier is based in Switzerland, but works worldwide as an Executive Coach and uses her expertise to train other coaches in his field. He is a Master Certified Coach of ICF and co-founder and owner of Solutionsurfers®, a world-leading institute for solution-focused coaching methods. Daniel Meier is the author of numerous books which have been translated into more than 12 languages.

Prof. Dr. habil. Gernot Barth

Skills in Understanding and Mediating

Barth brings his expertise in mediation to the everyday context of conversation in both corporate and family contexts. He outlines a novel approach to identifying conflict solutions that allows for new methods of cooperation.

Prof. Dr. Gernot Barth is a Professor of Conflict Management and Mediation and president of the German Society of Mediation. He previously held professorships at the universities of Erfurt, Rostock, Braunschweig, and Chemnitz and, in 2004, he founded the Institute for Communication and Mediation. Since 2007, he has been director of the Academy for Mediation, Social Affairs and Law at Steinbeis University Berlin. He is also the chief-editor of the German journal "Die Mediation."www.akasor.de , www.ikome.de For the past 8 years he has also published the most important and highest-circulation professional journal in the German-speaking world, "Die Mediation" (www.die-mediation.de He sees himself in his activity as a "pacifier".

Kirsten Dierolf

Solution-Focused Strategies for Self-Organized Teams

Organized and multifunctional teams are often cited as a requirement for focused and content employees. While this is often the case, there are many times when team organization is not enough to maintain the overall health of a workplace. In this lecture, Dierolf outlines solution-focused strategies for important questions, such as "How can we make fast decisions with high rates of satisfaction?", "How can workplaces facilitate a collective willingness to change?", and "How can we focus on learning together as a team?"

Kirsten Dierolf, MCC, M.A., MASFP is the head of SolutionsAcademy (www.solutionsacademy.com) and a member of the assessment teams of ICF. She has written numerous books, most notably, "Solution Focused Team Coaching" and is a co-author of "The Solution Tango," as well as many articles. She has appeared as a guest lecturer at the Protestant University of Applied Sciences in Freiburg. In 2008 she started the magazine, "InterAction."

SEASON 8: RELATIONSHIPS & FAMILIES

Sonja Radatz

The Relational Art of Balance in Relationships

There is a seemingly ubiquitous pattern to the cycle of romantic relationships: the relationship begins, and then it ends after only a few short months, or sometimes years, ultimately ending in disappointment. In this lecture, Radatz outlines her concept of the Relational art of balance in romantic relationships, describing methods for balancing individual relationships and creating a specialized pattern for the kind of relationship you want to experience. She addresses confronting questions, such as, How can you consciously make sure that your relationship lasts? The biggest life journey you and your partner will embark on together is the process of maintaining and nurturing your relationship.

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Ansgar Röhrbein

Systemic Biography Work

The advances of the 21st century offer innumerable possibilities in life and just as many uncertainties. The learning curve for any skill is steeper than ever; temporary work contracts often lead to patchwork resumes; and the prospecting of planning life at all becomes a lottery. In this presentation, Röhrbein describes how compiling a personal biographical narrative can help to bring clarity to one’s life path and allow us to shape our existing lives into the ones we truly desire.

 

Dipl.-Päd. Ansgar Röhrbein is a systemic therapist, coach, and supervisor. He is the head of a child protection center and works as a therapist and teaching supervisor at several institutions in the German-speaking world. He is also the author of several books.

Maria Borcsa

Globalized Families, Mobility and Mediatization in the 21st Century

In the shifting identities of the modern world, the word family no longer automatically refers to the sharing of a household, a nationality, or common identity. Contemporary forms of family life are not bound to a single place, and important milestones can be discussed and shared over digital media. In this presentation, Borsca discusses the effect this shift in the concept of family has had on counseling and therapy, specifically when working with mono- and transnational families.Nowadays, families no longer automatically share a household, a nationality or an identity. Newer forms of family life are less bound to a single place, and important life decisions can be made across countries and continents through digital media. Which changes are caused by these facts in counseling and therapy? Which possible blind spots should we illuminate when working with mono- and transnational families?

 

Prof. Dr. Maria Borcsais a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Applied Sciences Nordhausen (Germany). She is a Psychological Psychotherapist (VT), Systemic Therapist, Supervisor, Lecturer. Founding and board member of ISRV (Institute for Social Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences and Health Services Research). For many years, she served as a board member of the Systemic Society (SG) and the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) and from 2013-2016, as president of EFTA. Psychological psychotherapist (VT), systemic therapist, supervisor, lecturer. Founding and board member of the ISRV, Institute for Social Medicine, Rehabilitation Sciences and Health Services Research; for many years on the board of the Systemic Society (SG) and the European Family Therapy Association (EFTA) and from 2013-2016 president of EFTA.

Margit Stadler-Schauer

How We Can Pass On Values and Successes

How can we succeed in passing on our values and goals to our children in the modern world of digital distractions? More specifically, how can we insure that we leave our children with the ability to implement these in their own lives? In this inspiring contribution, Margit Stadler-Schauer outlines the ways in which we can successfully in create positive meaning for our children without pressure or coercion.

 

Margit Stadler-Schauer is a former rhythmic gymnastics, who ranked 11th in the world and 5th in Europe and today works as a national coach and event manager. She is still closely connected with sports and fitness world through her daughter, who has followed in her footsteps and pursued a career in sports.

Elisabeth Gatt-Iro & Stefan Gatt

Facing the Challenge of Love: How Relationships Can Succeed

The growing influence of social media has led to the emergence of technological obstacles in relationships, such as throwaway content, "relationship consumption," and patchwork families. However, facing the challenges of personal growth in relationships head on allows us to identify strategies for shared happiness in a digital age defined by shorter relationships and a higher distraction rate.

Mag. Elisabeth Gatt-Iro is aclinical and health psychologist and psychotherapist in a private practice in Linz, Austria. Her main areas of work include self-experience seminars and therapy programs for couples and the empowerment for women. She recently published a book with Dr. Stefan Gatt on relationships. 

Mag. Dr. Stefan Gatt is ais a coach, trainer and sports scientist. His research focuses on the development of teams, leaders, and relationships. He is the author of a book on leadership and has recently published a second book relationships with Mag. Elisabeth Gatt-Iro. happy - how I and our love blossom in the relationship", 2015, Goldegg)

SEASON 9: LEARNING, TEACHING AND EDUCATION

Gerald Hüther

If You Want to Survive, Free Yourself from Entanglement!

Humans are the only living beings who have developed the ability change our surroundings with ease. In fact, we are able to affect our environments so radically that our own survival now hinges on our ability to free ourselves from the entanglement we have created. As our experience shows, simply adapting to the conditions we create is no longer enough to free our society from the environmental damage we have caused, making humanity slave to the changes we ourselves have engineered.

Prof. Dr. Gerald Hüther is a neurobiologist and previous head of the Central Office for Neurobiological Prevention Research at the Psychiatric Clinic of the University of Göttingen. His current research focuses on the effects that anxiety, stress, psychological dependencies, and nutrition have on the brain, as well as the influence of psychosocial factors and psychopharmacological treatments on the brain development of a child. Prof. Huether is the author of several books.

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Mario Herger

Artificial intelligence: Its implications. Its future. Its potentials.

What is the difference between human and artificial intelligence? Do machines have the ability to develop consciousness – and if so, how would humans recognize this? Are machines capable of showing and feeling empathy? What ethical questions arise from the creation of intelligent machines? Dr. Mario Herger, an innovation expert based in the heart of Silicon Valley, discusses these and other questions posed by the increasing actuality of AI. He describes how the concept of “work” is no longer important to people and illustrates the positive effects that AI might have on all aspects of social and economic life, despite its potential ethical drawbacks.

Dr. Mario Herger worked for many years at SAP as a development manager and innovation strategist. Since 2001, he has lived in Silicon Valley, researching technology trends and writing books on the subject. He works to help companies transfer the innovative and entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley to their own organizations to increase innovation and monitor emerging technological trends as they affect society, politics, and the labor market situation. He is the author of several books, including "When Monkeys Learn from Monkeys.”

Lothar Abicht

The Future of Learning in the 21st Century

In this lecture, German pedagogue, futurologist, and author, Lothar Abicht seeks to answer the foreboding question posed in the title of his book: How much humanity can the future take? He outlines his unique perspective on the process of learning in a world where we now share our knowledge with intelligent digital assistants (avatars) and in which man and machine have both homo digitalis.

 

Prof. Dr. Lothar Abicht  has focused mainly on the connection between demographic development and the digital revolution in numerous, studies, and books. His work has outlined conclusions for the world of work, the development of values and norms, and for the design of learning processes themselves, many of which he has tested in innovative practical studies.

Rolf Arnold

How to Reinvent Learning

In this presentation, Arnold addresses the following important questions: What educational and vocational training is most effective in the digital age? How can we successfully implement such innovative methods of learning? How can cognitive-emotional capacity be transformed through methods of systemic adult education? And can we use the same methods to professionalize company education?

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Rolf Arnoldis a Senior Professor of Pedagogy at the TU Kaiserslautern (Germany) and Chairman of the Virtual Campus Rhineland-Palatinate (VCRP). From 1992-2019, he served as scientific director of the Distance and Independent Studies Center (DISC). Professor Arnold is a member of the Innovation Circle for Continuing Education of the BMBF and sits on several advisory boards.

Sonja Radatz

Relational School: I Have a Dream...

In this lecture, Radatz applies her theory of Relational Philosophy to theories of education, constructing a vision of her ideal school. She posits that such a school would include pupils who seek out a wide range of knowledge to answer poignant questions, schools that structure a curriculum around giving students access to the knowledge of how to individually shape their own future, pupils who actively engage in new methods of thinking, and a structure that allows students to focus on their passions rather than on standardized testing.

Dr. Sonja Radatz originated the concept of Relational Philosophy and has written 19 books on the topic, most notably, “Create. Or you will be created.” She is the editor in chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation, which has published more than 1000 articles from the Relational point of view in the last 20 years. In 2003, she was awarded the German Prize for Social and Organisational Cybernetics for her life's work. Dr. Radatz is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal LO Lernende Organisation. She and Maxim Zalesskiy are the organizers of the Mind Changer conference 2020.

Mag. Samuel Koch

Wizhub - Redefining Education

Samuel Koch heads an an international education campus, called WizHub, which aims to support and educate students so they can succeed in the fast-changing digital labor market. At WizHub, young people not only learn the professional skills necessary for adult careers, but focus specifically on personality development, leadership, social skills, and community mindfulness. Wizhub encourages interaction between experienced teachers and enthusiastic students, an environment cultivates sustainable business models and mature personalities.

 

Mag. Samuel Koch is the CEO of wizhub, a software company that teaches digital skills. In October 2019, he published his first book, "Inside digital revolution,” which explores generation conflict in the digital age. Additionally, he is a founding member of the Startup Challenge Austria and is currently working to develop a new educational campus.

Dr. Ben Furman

How to Teach Seven Basic Life Skills

In this presentation, Furman introduces his new book, "Seven Life Skills," which outlines seven practical psychosocial skills that he considers essential for positive interaction with oneself and with others. He presents exercises that that allow participants to both learn and teach these skills to outside party through practice led research.

Dr. Ben Furman is a Finnish psychiatrist, psychotherapist, and co-founder of the Helsinki Brief Therapy Center. He is an internationally recognized expert in solution-focused therapy, coaching, and organizational consulting. His book, "It's never too late to have a happy childhood," was included in the list of 100 masterpieces of psychotherapy. Furman has been a key speaker at several international conferences and his books have so far been translated into 10 languages.

Christof Arn

How to Shape Effective Education

In this presentation, Christof Arn discusses his own past failures to show how relationship-oriented and situational education can shape even large groups. He describes the ways that agile methodology helps can help us more effectively achieve our goals, the advantages this has, what kind of knowledge lies behind situational didactics, and how these areas are connected to the personal development of teachers. He elaborates on the ways that teachers can work to develop such skills themselves.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christof Arn isteaches: internationally on the subject of education and further education, at technical colleges and at universities. While his theory of "agile didactics" is not new, but suitable for everyday use and has a wide reach. It affects many different areas of education, as it focuses more on goal achievement than on

Andrea Koehler-Ludescher

Paul Watzlawick - Building Bridges Between Old Masters and Innovative Future

In this lecture, Andrea Köhler-Ludescher discusses the radical constructivist philosophy of the brilliant therapist, and her great-uncle, Paul Watzlawick, providing a unique insight into the colorful life of such a popularly criticized lateral thinker. Her talk addresses the science of (pragmatic) communication and the epistemology of constructivism, and outlines ways to create meaningful bridges for an innovative future.

Dr. Andrea Kohler-Ludescher: studied law in Vienna, Paris, and London and has trained as a systemic business coach where she focuses specifically on leadership and organizational development. She currently works as a communication expert, freelance journalist, and author in Vienna. Paul Watzlawick was her great uncle and she draws on her family connection to him in her book, the first biography of Watzlawick, titled "Paul Watzlawick. The Biography. The Discovery of the Present Moment.”

SEASON 10: COMMUNICATION, ART & CULTURE

Mary Catherine Bateson,

What Do We Have In Common?

The majority of societies seem to focus on the differences between their inhabitants. Mary Catherine Bateson believes that we should instead focus on the many things we have in common. In this speech, Bateson examines humanity from an outside perspective, emphasizing the importance of things that hold us together.

 

Mary Catherine Bateson, the daughter of world-famous anthropologists Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead, is herself an internationally recognized writer and cultural anthropologist and a member of the International Leadership Forum. She has taught at Harvard University and is a former President of the Institute for Intercultural Studies in New York.

Jeffrey K. Zeig

Evocative Communication: The Heart and the Art of the Message

Zeig believes that informative communication and evocative communication are two of the most important elements of human interaction. These two methods of communication can be most succinctly defined by their association with different fields of study. Informative communication is most commonly used in scientific research, consisting of information that is concrete, precise, and cognitive. Evocative communication is more often used to describe artistic fields, with language that is ambiguous, heartfelt, and often transcends practical meaning. Many professionals do not utilize evocative communication to its full effect and Zeig describes how therapists, coaches, and managers might benefit from a deeper understanding of evocative grammar in their practice. After all, he believes, happiness, motivation, responsibility, connection, teamwork, and leadership are concepts that must be elicited to be realized.

 

Jeffrey K. Zeig, Ph.D. is the founder and current Director of the Milton H. Erickson Foundation. He has (co-)published more than 20 books on psychotherapy in fifteen languages and regularly organizes conferences, one of which is the well-known, “The Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences.” He own a therapeutic practice in Phoenix, Arizona where he offers marriage and family counseling and he has conducted workshops in 40 countries. He is currently the president of Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc., publishers.

Alexander Shimansky

The Future Role of Influencing

Influencers have become important and commonplace, as they have dramatically affected many elements of our everyday life. They have had a specifically influential role in fields of communication and marketing. In this lecture, Schimansky outlines was that we can use influencers in our own communication and encourages us to take inspiration from the communication methods of such influencers.

 

Prof. Dr. Alexander Schimansky is a Professor of Brand and Communication Science at the University of Applied Science and Art (HAWK) in Hildesheim. He worked as a marketing professor at a private management university for many years and was partner in a Berlin brand consulting firm, assisting high-profile customers like Mercedes-Benz. He is the author of numerous books, such as "The Power of Opinion Leaders" and "The Value of the Brand.”

Erwin Wagenhofer

The Art of Inspiration

In order to be inspired, people must feel affected. Once we have the ability to move their emotions, we can succeed in prompting reflection and activity in a desired direction. In this lecture, Erwin Wagenhofer uses his experience as an internationally renowned filmmaker to examine ways that we can help our ideas can reach the people who are important to us.

Erwin Wagenhofer is an internationally renowned filmmaker. He has worked on such titles as, "We feed the world" (2005), "Let's make money,” which was awarded the German Documentary Film Award in 2009, “Black Brown White" (2011), the internationally very successful film, "Alphabet" (2013), and most recently, "But beautiful" (2019). His films raise critical questions and seek to portray varied and unbiased perspectives. 

Albert B. Blixt J.D.

How We Can Use Spiral Dynamics® to Change the Organizational Culture

The concept of Spiral Dynamics depicts the development of consciousness on varying levels: personal, social, and organizational. Based on the work of the American psychology professor Clare W. Graves, the model of Spiral Dynamics shows the eight stages of cultural development in value systems, which range from simple cultural structures to growing complexity. In this lecture, Albert Blixt describes how this model can be used to positively influence organizational culture.

 

Albert B. Blixt J.D.,Al Blixt is a senior partner in Dannemiller Tyson Associates (DTA), a consulting firm based in the United States that helps clients world-wide. His work focuses on helping people achieve their goals for the future. Blixt is known for his development of the “Whole-Scale® Change” methodology, which aims to help communities and organizations organize rapid, sustained changes in strategy, culture, processes, and design.

Bill Seaman

Media Research - Recombinant Informatics and Neosentience

Seaman’s research focuses on the production of meaning and he investigates the central ideas in computational meta-meaning systems— systems that encourage their users’ awareness of the inherent meaning in their interactions. He is fascinated by new forms of computation, learning systems, and the concept an electrochemical computer. His work also draws strongly from the field of Computational Creativity, and his ideas are influenced by the concept of using the computer as a creative tool and as a means of identifying the future of creative potential through computational devices, as he describes it: the creativity of creativity.

 

Prof. Dr. Bill Seaman holds a Master of Science in Visual Studies from MIT, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wales at the Center for Advanced Inquiry in Interactive Art. He is currently working on a new book entitled “From the Architecture of Ideas: The Life and Work of Ranulph Glanville, Cybernetician.”

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Peter Flume and Nicola Bartsch

Talk to Each Other, Generations!

The current labor market reflects an overlap of four different generations in which Z is just starting to emerge, Y is established, and X and the baby boomers are still active. This generational fusion of different values, cultural backgrounds, and realities of life come together to shape varying attitudes, methods of communication, and action. This presentation describes how successful future-oriented intergenerational communication requires constant shifts in perspective and an open-minded attitude. Flume and Bartsch believe that it is time to construct a sustainable level of understanding and trust between the generations to facilitate synergetic learning. Such an intergenerational understanding would allow for a much brighter outlook for the future of the professional market.

Peter Flumeis a coach in rhetoric and communication. He has published widely in the field, mostly on rhetoric, communication, and business theatre. He is also a producer of films and radio plays.

Nicola Bartschis a coach and trainer, personnel and organizational developer, drama teacher, and film director.

Peggy Holman

Journalism in a Complex World: Inclusive, Constructive and Committed

Horrible news; fake news; declining trust; declining interest: these are just some of the words we see thrown around the media today. Holman asks us to consider what we really want from the media of today and, more importantly, from the media in the future. We are currently experiencing a movement towards new methods of engagements with media audiences that have seen largely positive results, such as stronger relationships, more diverse audiences, and varied and constructive stories which better represent the interests of the public sphere. In this lecture, Holman elaborates on these media trends and discusses ways that we can engage with and contribute to them.

Peggy Holman works as an author and consultant, bringing people together to address complex issues. She strives to create dialogues around existing issues and to transform passive experience into active participation. In her manual on change, "Engaging Emergence," she and other authors outline key steps to help people shape their desired future. In her award-winning new work, "Engaging Emergence,” she presents methods of engaging with complex challenges by means of personal stories and innovative practice.