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Save the date: November 14th – 16th 2018

It is time to challenge the status quo!

We are a global network – connecting academics, practitioners, artists, innovators and all kind of change makers, with the common goal of creating a more sustainable and socially responsible world.

We live in a complex, volatile world filled with uncertainty about the future. This calls for courageous and responsible leaders who will challenge the status quo and lead the transformation of business, politics, and society towards sustainable development. Effective leaders inspire, motivate and ignite people to take action, enabling them to change the world for the better.

Globalization and digitalization have forever changed the socio-political reality of our world, and we have to acknowledge that with such dramatic change, also comes with challenges. For these reasons, we must be careful with regard to how we enact the necessary change, which has arisen from these shifts. We need to understand not just the role of businesses in enacting change, but the role that international institutions, governments, and society, play in this change. Such a transformation must be much more than radical disruption, but rather a fundamental character shift. Of course, achieving such a drastic change in character will not be easy, and for that reason we need to leave our comfort zones!

Given our increasingly globalized world, our conference examines the topics of sustainability and responsibility from an international perspective. Together, we are able to develop future-oriented solutions, taking the sustainability debate beyond moralizing and promoting a holistic approach towards shaping our institutions. We bring together different perspectives on global issues from various countries, actors and generations on responsible leadership, to foster ideas, practices, which can be applied in a global context.

We believe that it is not enough to provide future generations with the same opportunities. Instead we want more opportunities for present and future generations! -Prof. Dr. René Schmidpeter, Center for Advanced Sustainable Management at CBS

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