The Earth cannot support an endless increase in human consumption. In fact, for everyone on the planet to live like the average people now, it would require the resources of three Earths. If we do not rapidly adopt sustainable lifestyles, our civilisation will soon be at risk. Social business should have a cool product while still caring for the environment.
The session is expected to both inform and inspire audience about sustainability for the future and how we can apply it in our lifestyle. On the other side, businesses with circular economy philosophy are expected to slowly mainstream the market.
This session is about the recent development in sustainable energy management.
Many companies are aware that there is no longer a luxury to assume availability of unlimited energy without proper efficiency management and exploration of new renewable energy. Audience will get the latest information on energy efficiency management practices and innovation in renewable energy for people with lack of access to electricity and energy.
The simple fact that business impacts and serves more than just shareholders—it has an equal responsibility to the community and to the planet. Today, over 500 companies worldwide are recognized for their exceptional social and environmental impact.
This session is to share information with the audience about what B-Corp is, important reasons why be a B-Corp, and how to become a B-Corp.
Demo Day is a public event where the social enterprises showcase their businesses in front of the general public, investors, media and corporate. It is hoped that through this event, the social enterprises can form connections and publicity with potential funders, corporate partners, and media.
While on first day much learning and sharing are initiated by wonderful panelists and speakers as well as entrepreneurs sharing their stories in areas on circular economy, sustainable energy, B Corp and various kind of social innovation in diverse sectors, second day is devoted for a time for unpacking thoughts, questions, and wild ideas in responses for the first day. To enable this process therefore an unconference mode is used. Facilitated by four experts the Unconference will be divided into 4 groups, namely Green Living, Technology, Women, and Impact Investing. Participants can choose which group they want to be part of for a 2.5 hour lively discussions on specific topics generated by themselves in the beginning of discussions.
Circular economy has a wide application in daily life. Various ways are available if people want to adhere to principles of sustainable consumption and production. Both on consumption or production side people can be more aware and conscious of their options in personal and professional matters. This topic can discuss existing options for sustainable consumption and production, as well as practical and economical challenges which constrain those options to be fully executed.
Technology has been influencing and shaping the way people live and conduct businesses. It dictates even social interactions, life choices, and possibilities for the future. Will technology be a hindrance or enabler for a more sustainable living? What are the caveats in utilizing technology for sustainability practices in daily life and businesses?
Sustainability living is only possible when it also means equality, including in gender terms. While gender balanced roles are needed, it is self evident that women’s role in decision making is more in need for escalation if glass ceiling in family, business, and society is to be broken. What roles can women play more significantly in creating a more sustainable living? What conscious and unconscious constraints are there to prevent an ideal situation to be created?
Sustainability also means financial sustainability. How can financial sustainability go hand in hand with environmental sustainability? Is finance working against or working for environmental sustainability? How can financial investment be used to create and maintain sustainable living?