Business Bled Strategic Forum

Business Bled Strategic Forum

11 September 2018

Organised in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia, the business forum will focus on the evolution of work and its impact on jobs, businesses and society at large.

Globalisation, technological progress and demographic change are having a profound impact on work. While the future offers unparalleled opportunities, it also presents significant challenges. How will these changes affect workers, employers and society? The future of work is already here. And we will all have to deal with it.

 

AmCham Business Leaders Club Breakfast – Shaping the (Digital) Future of Work: How to Bridge the Divide Between Humans and Technology?

What do automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) mean for today’s workforce?

What effect will technology have on jobs, skills and wages and how can companies best prepare for a sustainable future?

What are the skills and competencies of the future and how can we best achieve them?

We are in an economic cycle in which jobs as we know them are rapidly changing. The World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs” study predicts that 5 million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers. The good news is that those same technological advances will also create 2.1 million new jobs. But the manual and clerical workers who find themselves out of work are unlikely to have the skills required to compete for the new roles. According to the latest research, we will soon be only as good as the skills we possess, and for this reason we will have to refocus skills education.

What will automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) mean for tomorrow’s workforce and what effect will they have on jobs, skills, and wages? What are the skills and competences of the future, and how can we make sure that we keep pace? How do we bridge the rising divide between human beings and artificial intelligence?

 

Session 2: Bridging the Divide: the Human Brain and Artificial Intelligence

The power of the human brain is enormous, and in order to behave more productively in complex business situations, we need to better understand how the brain works. With new technological advances such as AI, many opportunities related to solving these complex issues emerge, but also many challenges. How is the power of AI transforming society? Is the fusion of technology and human brain capacity creating a new hybrid species?

 

Session 3: Moving from a Physical to a Digital Society

A digital society is quickly emerging and blending the physical and the virtual worlds. It is affecting not only business models and how we work, but how we live and interact. More than ever, technology is becoming a part of our identity, while our digital and physical worlds are increasingly converging. The Internet of Things, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are changing the nature of work in ways that could empower and liberate people and reduce inequalities between people and between countries; or the outcome could be diametrically opposite.

 

Session 4: The Positives and the Dark Side of a Hyper-Connected World

The world in which we live is more interconnected than ever. Physical and cyber boundaries have almost vanished, and almost every move we make affects every other individual in society. As interconnectivity simplifies many areas of our lives on the one hand, many challenges and security threats persist on the other.

In partnership with:

Tourism as an Instrument for Cultural Co-Operation

Strengthening cooperation between the tourism and culture sectors has become a major driving force of destination attractiveness and competitiveness in recent years. Meanwhile, tourism has not only economic effects, but also influences social and cultural relations at the national and international level. Therefore, tourism is an excellent instrument for connecting people, and learning about and accepting the diversity of cultures. Cultural tourism based on tangible and intangible cultural assets is one of the biggest and fastest-growing global tourism markets. Culture and the creative industries, with the support of innovative ICT, are increasingly being used to promote destinations and enhance their competitiveness and attractiveness. The creation and promotion of local distinctiveness is becoming a very important comparative advantage in the competitive, globalised tourism market.

The tourism panel will discuss the wide possibilities of cultural tourism, new technologies in tourism and opportunities for international co-operation in this field, including a presentation of good practices.

In partnership with:

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InvestTalk Slovenia 2.0
In partnership with Bank Assets Management Company.

The session will aim to provide crucial answers and speaker insights into the main characteristics of foreign direct investments (FDI) in South-eastern Europe (SEE, FDI-related policies and privatisation as a vehicle of FDI in SEE, trends of economic development in SEE, main risks and challenges for the reform agenda to achieve a more competitive SEE). The representatives of participating institutions will also share their experience and examine best practices for attracting FDI to Slovenia.

AmCham Business Leaders Club Breakfast – Shaping the (Digital) Future of Work: How to Bridge the Divide Between Humans and Technology?

by Patrick Cowden, Tina Mendelson, Tamara Pavasović Trošt, Alexander Plekhanov, Ajša Vodnik (Moderator)

Sonce Hall, Rikli Balance Hotel  

In partnership with AmCham Slovenia.

We are in an economic cycle in which jobs as we know them are rapidly changing. The World Economic Forum’s “Future of Jobs” study predicts that 5 million jobs will be lost before 2020 as artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology and other socio-economic factors replace the need for human workers. The good news is that those same technological advances will also create 2.1 million new jobs. But the manual and clerical workers who find themselves out of work are unlikely to have the skills required to compete for the new roles. According to the latest research, we will soon be only as good as the skills we possess, and for this reason we will have to refocus skills education.

What will automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) mean for tomorrow’s workforce and what effect will they have on jobs, skills, and wages? What are the skills and competences of the future, and how can we make sure that we keep pace? How do we bridge the rising divide between human beings and artificial intelligence?

8:30 - 10:00

How Will New Technologies Affect Cultural Tourism – Science Fiction or Reality? Tourism as an Instrument for Cultural Co-Operation

by Zdravko Počivalšek (Address), Maja Pak (Address), Manuel Butler (Address), Tomi Ilijaš (Keynote), Urška Starc-Peceny (Keynote), Zenel Batagelj, Helena Bulaja Madunić, Dominik Kobold, Georg Steiner, Nienke van Schaverbeke, Eva Štravs Podlogar, Verena Vidrih Perko, Igor Evgen Bergant (Moderator)

Grand Hall, Grand Hotel Toplice

In partnership with Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia and Slovenian Tourist Board.

Strengthening cooperation between the tourism and culture sectors has become a major driving force of destination attractiveness and competitiveness in recent years. Meanwhile, tourism has not only economic effects, but also influences social and cultural relations at the national and international level. Therefore, tourism is an excellent instrument for connecting people, and learning about and accepting the diversity of cultures. Cultural tourism based on tangible and intangible cultural assets is one of the biggest and fastest-growing global tourism markets. Culture and the creative industries, with the support of innovative ICT, are increasingly being used to promote destinations and enhance their competitiveness and attractiveness. The creation and promotion of local distinctiveness is becoming a very important comparative advantage in the competitive, globalised tourism market.

The tourism panel will discuss the wide possibilities of cultural tourism, new technologies in tourism and opportunities for international co-operation in this field, including a presentation of good practices.

9:00 - 12:00

Session 2: Bridging the Divide: the Human Brain and Artificial Intelligence

by Nikolaos Dimitriadis

Sonce Hall, Rikli Balance Hotel  

The power of the human brain is enormous, and in order to behave more productively in complex business situations, we need to better understand how the brain works. With new technological advances such as AI, many opportunities related to solving these complex issues emerge, but also many challenges. How is the power of AI transforming society? Is the fusion of technology and human brain capacity creating a new hybrid species?

10:15 - 10:45

Session 3: Moving from a Physical to a Digital Society

by Frank Barz, William Entriken, Boris Koprivnikar, Samir Sharma, Nanna-Louise Wildfang Linde, Jaka Repanšek (Moderator)

Sonce Hall, Rikli Balance Hotel  

In partnership with Microsoft.

A digital society is quickly emerging and blending the physical and the virtual worlds. It is affecting not only business models and how we work, but how we live and interact. More than ever, technology is becoming a part of our identity, while our digital and physical worlds are increasingly converging. The Internet of Things, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are changing the nature of work in ways that could empower and liberate people and reduce inequalities between people and between countries; or the outcome could be diametrically opposite.

11:15 - 12:45

InvestTalk Slovenia 2.0

by Imre Balogh, Gregor Benčina, Michael Hummelbrunner, Shengke Liu, Matej Skočir, (Moderator), Gregor Umek (Moderator)

Voda Hall, Hotel Rikli Balance

In partnership with Bank Assets Management Company.

The session will aim to provide crucial answers and speaker insights into the main characteristics of foreign direct investments (FDI) in South-eastern Europe (SEE, FDI-related policies and privatisation as a vehicle of FDI in SEE, trends of economic development in SEE, main risks and challenges for the reform agenda to achieve a more competitive SEE). The representatives of participating institutions will also share their experience and examine best practices for attracting FDI to Slovenia.

11:15 - 12:45

Session 4: The Positives and the Dark Side of a Hyper-Connected World

by Thomas Killion, Jaka Repanšek (Moderator), Ajša Vodnik (Moderator)

Sonce Hall, Rikli Balance Hotel 

In partnership with Pristop.

The world in which we live is more interconnected than ever. Physical and cyber boundaries have almost vanished, and almost every move we make affects every other individual in society. As interconnectivity simplifies many areas of our lives on the one hand, many challenges and security threats persist on the other.

12:45 - 13:15
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