Business Bled Strategic Forum 2017
5 September 2017
Organised in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Administration, the AmCham Slovenia – American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia, and the German-Slovene Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the 2017 Business BSF will focus on the role of innovations.
The world is changing rapidly. It no longer suffices to understand these changes solely on the basis of past experience and to adapt to a new reality with traditional approaches. We need to create and implement new business, economic and social concepts and new approaches in order to successfully address the challenges of our new reality. The future is not something that will happen tomorrow; it is happening today. So innovation may also be understood as an act of adapting to an already changed reality. To successfully adapt, transform, and reap benefits, the business sector first needs to be aware of global developments. What are the key disruptors, and who will be the winners in the transformational race?
AmCham Business Breakfast – A changing world: How do we feel and co-shape new reality?
A panoramic view: What is the role of the individual, business, politics and society in the new world?
The world is changing rapidly. How will this affect the reality of the individual, business, politics and society? How can the gap between reality (awareness) and the near future (new reality) be bridged? Are we ready for the challenges of the future? How can we co-shape it, rather than just adapt to it?
In partnership with AmCham Slovenia – American Chamber of Commerce in Slovenia.
The role of innovation in a new reality
The panel will address the role of innovation in its broadest sense. The innovation movement is growing and acquiring global dimensions, and the new reality requires genuine efforts to achieve sustainability. Technological innovations are the most visible and disruptive, but they are insufficient to drive the overall change. However, they can act as a trigger. Transformation in its broadest and real sense entails changing both the mind-set and culture in a particular organisation or society as a whole. For this, social innovations are needed.
What role does innovation play in the new reality and how does it manifest itself? How and to what extent are organisations embracing innovation, and what is the impact of innovation in the light of competitiveness? What are the catalysts for shifting the mind-set from focusing on stability/certainty to experimentation as a constant learning process and recognising the importance of the culture of failure? How can we establish and nurture partnerships between various fields, organisations, and countries? How can we build trust as a prerequisite for successful social innovations and forward-looking optimism? Do we have the ability and courage to step out of our comfort zone and deliver better and more?
In partnership with Ministry of Public Administration of the Republic of Slovenia.
Conversation with a Master
Exceptional leaders and teachers change the way we perceive the world. The very best of them lead by example. Millions have been inspired by the 99-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch, a World War II French Resistance fighter, actress, model, writer, producer, entrepreneur, ballroom dancer, and yoga master. She synthesises the most positive aspects of Indian, European and American thought, and is probably the only person still on the planet who has marched with both Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Be enthralled by her journey, while you gain almost a century of insights on attitude, leadership, overcoming obstacles, and enhancing vitality. This guided conversation and multimedia slideshow is moderated by Tao’s biographer and Harvard-trained master coach, Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy.
Musical leadership strategy – For a European identity in a multipolar world
The social innovation brand of Miha Pogacnik is known as the “resonance platform”. By using the disruptive method, he empowers business and political leaders to experience the genius of classical music masterpieces as a specific European strategy for vision, the mobilisation of total human potential and action. Pogacnik is a bridge builder of the transfer and dynamic balance between disciplines, cultures and generations. He inspires people to transcend political positions and the opposition to composition, and his latest project of cultural diplomacy creatively unites the passionate qualities of the Balkans and the pragmatic approach of the European North-West – with Slovenia acting as a bridge – titled: “Europa unfinished masterpiece: The journey towards polyphonic European identity”.
Innovative Europe – Opportunities for a new breakthrough
The rapid ongoing digitalisation and technological transformation of the economy and society holds many promises, but also brings disruptions, transforms our societies and the way we live and work, and opens new issues on regulation.
What opportunities arise for Europe in the context of a single digital market and innovation? What are the main obstacles to, and/or catalysts for, a new breakthrough in the field? How does the business sector perceive these opportunities for Europe as a whole? How can we speed up the process of transformation, and what is the role of smaller countries in it?
In partnership with Siemens.
Tourism panel – The collaborative economy: sharing, cooperation or simply business?
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is dawning, bringing change to us all. Consumer behaviour already depends heavily on access to online networks and data, compelling the tourism industry to operate in the context of a new reality, while global supply and demand are more interconnected now than at any other point in human history. The modern technology platforms that connect supply and demand now serve as accommodation providers, tour operators, taxi drivers, tour guides, and restaurants.
This collaborative economy is causing profound shifts in tourism. The needs, wishes, and motivations of consumers, which are at the centre of attention in designing and marketing tourist products, have changed considerably. In cooperation with experts in this field and partners from the tourism industry, we will address the question of what the fair rules of the game are for all tourism stakeholders in the existing system and how to establish effective cooperation to the benefit of all, and we will also take stock of some solutions and adaptations proposed at the national level.
In partnership with Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of the Republic of Slovenia and Slovenian Tourist Board.