Programme 2018
Ethical Leadership in Business


Ethical Leadership in Business 2018

Please note that this programme is subject to change.





1. How can we guide the impact of disruptive innovations to the benefit business and society?

Technology moves so quickly that today’s innovations become outdated within just a few months. In the rush to figure out how to use all these new tools, there is hardly any time to reflect on their wider impact on business and society. Many questions arise: will artificial intelligence and automation create a class of the permanently unemployed? Who is accountable for choices made by autonomous systems? Who is responsible for the socio-economic and ecological impact of innovations? What will innovators, companies, scientists, entrepreneurs and designers collaborative leadership roles look like if they wish to innovate whilst bearing in mind the ethical implications of their work? Which regulations and voluntary multi-stakeholder actions will help to build trust and accountability?

Date: 29 June

Speakers: Father Eric Salobir, Professor Nadia Magnenat-Thalmann, Barbara Smeltzer

Moderator: tbc.

2. What can leaders do to prepare the future workforce?

The world is being transformed by new technologies. Increased automation through artificial intelligence and the use of robots is already having an impact on the labour market. This will likely escalate in the future unless decisions are made today: there will be job losses, job creation and job transformation through increased human-machine collaboration. We cannot be sure how employment will evolve in response to this, as the statistics vary immensely. History has shown that each industrial revolution created more jobs than were destroyed. However, the ongoing fourth revolution is unique in its exponential speed and scope. We have very little time to adapt and need to be highly innovative learners to thrive in this new digital era. We must ask ourselves what and how we need to be learning. Will human skills such as creativity, critical thinking and emotional intelligence continue to give us the edge over the machines? Who should take the lead and responsibility for the necessary continuous learning, training and reskilling of the workforce?

Date: 30 June

Speakers: Japman Bajaj, Tanujah Swaminathan, Archana Rao, Peace N. Kuteesa

Moderator: Jacqueline Coté


3. How can we build personal, corporate and social resilience?

Today’s fast changing world demands that we constantly strengthen our resilience not only for the good of society as a whole but also for our own personal and professional well-being. Building resilience is about increasing our ability to adapt to changes and to recover quickly from difficult situations. In addition, resilience is built on a sense of opportunity to develop solutions that allow for new growth. How can we do that? By accepting and embracing new challenges and learning how best to meet them, we improve our capabilities of thriving in unexpected environments. Our panellists will discuss how developing resilience has played a role in their lives. 

Date: 1 July

Speakers: Silvia Quan, Peter Vickers

Moderator: tbc


Bay Window Talks

1. What makes us human in the machine age?

Today we are constantly online, leaving a trail of data which is aggregated and analysed by artificial intelligence (AI). Intelligent machines use this data to make predictions about our tastes, moods, health, financial trustworthiness, fidelity, etc. AI will soon know us better than our close friends and families, and maybe even ourselves. Whilst it can contribute positively by delivering targeted services and products, health diagnoses, and so on, it also blurs our human identity. Constant data collection reduces our private space, targeted information is limiting our free thought and choice, and potentially sharing our stored data endangers our personal security through hacks and leaks. We risk being reduced to the information read by AI descriptions and their predictions, rather than by ourselves. Participants will engage in an open discussion on our human uniqueness in times of machines becoming capable of human tasks.

Date: Friday 29 June

Moderator: Rainer Gude


2. Should we stop working?

Work plays a central role in our life: it provides us with a revenue, an identity, learning opportunities, a social network and inner fulfilment. As machines increasingly outperform humans, will there be sufficient employment possibilities for the entire workforce or only for a highly skilled elite? Will it still make sense to structure our society on a work-based model? What would a “work-free” society look like? How would society be able to provide income for all? How would we define ourselves? Where would we meet and connect? How would we grow and feel accomplished? Join this inclusive and participant lead Bay Window talk on the future of society without work.

Date: Saturday 30 June

Moderator: Rainer Gude



Tech for social good

Date: Friday 29 June and Saturday 30 June



Parallel Workshops

29 JUNE | Friday: Is there a recipe for trust in the digital age?

1. How foresight can help to build trust

This workshop will explore with business leaders how strategic foresight can be used to develop a common understanding of the future and in turn build trust amongst different stakeholders. Emily will outline the concept of strategic foresight and how certain structured methods can be used to help us grapple with the uncertainty and fast-moving nature of the current environment. The focus will be on a three-phased solution: developing a mindset of strategic anticipation, creating an environment for foresight in organizations, and fostering the necessary skills to apply foresight methodologies. Participants can expect the workshop to be highly interactive, with an opportunity to apply a foresight methodology and reflect as a group on the challenges and opportunities of building a shared future.

Workshop Leader: Emily Munro

2. Ethical Behaviour: Transparency and Accountability

What words do you associate with many companies? Companies now have new challenges to consider in order to achieve social acceptance and business legitimacy.  They need a strong moral compass to gain their stakeholders’ trust. The participants will learn from the real business cases, how to build a trust-based and ethical corporate culture.

Workshop leaders: Hiroshi Ishida & Chikako Miyata

3. Ethical Blindness: Opening our eyes and shunning darkness

Why do good people make unethical decisions and act unethically? How are they drawn into the dark side, without even realizing that their actions are wrong? Are we ourselves being drawn into acting unethically? This workshop will bring participants face to face with these questions, which are especially relevant in competitive business environments where we are tempted to forgo our values for a variety of reasons. By the end of the interactive workshop, participants will have a solid understanding of ethical blindness and the factors that provoke unethical behaviour, assess the ethical dimensions of decisions, and prepare a personalized prevention strategy.

Workshop leader: Sarah Stephen


30 JUNE | Saturday: How can we learn and innovate in the digital age?

1. Social and Emotional Learning

This workshop will explore the ways in which business leaders can use social and emotional learning (SEL) to create corporate cultures that build trust amongst teams, resiliency in the face of change, and positive impact for society as a whole. Focusing on emerging trends in the US education sector, Marjorie will present theories such as the Growth Mindset, Emotional Literacy, Empathy, and Mindfulness and highlight how they can be applied in the business world. Participants can expect the workshop to be interactive with opportunities to practice fundamental workplace skills such as giving and receiving feedback and managing conflict.

Workshop leader: Marjorie Stamper-Kurn


2. Culture of Learning: Values and Attitudes that Encourage Innovation

How can you create a culture of learning in your organization? What values and attitudes encourage innovation and resilience in the face of new challenges? This workshop will guide participants as they explore these questions, which have become increasingly important in the digital age. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to identify values and attitudes that encourage innovation. You will also have a practical framework which you can adapt to encourage learning in your own life and in your organization.

Workshop leader: Kim Nicol

3. How to create a simple life in a complex and digital world

Our minds are constantly overwhelmed by information overload and yet the statistics shows that we are no more efficient than 20 years ago. The reason? We are highly disengaged and disconnected. To reverse this trend, we need to reconnect with our inner potential and nurture a profound sense of inner calm. Only then can we start inspiring, innovating and creating positive change around us. Marcel will talk about the simple techniques he has explored over the years to simplify his life. The techniques will show you how simple and relaxed our lives can be, even in a highly digital and complex world.

Workshop leader: Marcel Gasser


4. Innovation for business leaders: new tools, new responsibilities

In Addictlab’s ideation and brainstorm sessions participants are pushed to find new ideas by collaboration, co-creation, collective intelligence, and thinking out of the box.  Amongst the tools you will use, are the unique “creative chemistry” cards, an idea green house and even a virtual reality set up.  But there is more. How do our newfound ideas create a positive or negative impact on our environment and the world around us? The SDG Impact Evaluation Kit allows you to integrate the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in your ideation process.

Workshop leader: Jan Van Mol