2021 Sustainability Centres Community Workshop:

Designing the Business Sustainability Centre of the Future

Workshop Vision

The 2021 SCC Workshop will engage leaders in imagining and operationalizing a desirable future. The workshop goal is for leaders to work collectively toward not just reacting to a new normal, but proactively shaping it.

Daily Schedule - all times are Central European (CET)

Monday, July 12 2021: Multi-Sector Dialogue

 

13:00 - 17:30 Sustainable Transformation: Radical Change vs. More of the Same? 

Leaders from across society will discuss the most pressing issues we face.

Sessions include:

  • Art and purpose: Enabling radical transformation?

  • The new inequalities: Is that the business of business?

  • Small players guiding the way to global change    

  • Innovations as a driver for sustainability  

  • Key takeaways for a transformative sustainable change

Tuesday, July 13 2021: Sustainability Centres Focus

 

13:45 - 15:15 Plenary: “What Does the Future Look Like for Centres?” 

Centre leaders will imagine probable and desirable futures for sustainability centers, via plenary presentation and working groups.

15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break

 

15:30 - 16:30 Breakout Discussions

Breakouts are led by SCC members and address diverse topics related to centres, including:

  • Building interdisciplinarity in education and research

  • A conversation on what and who can make academic lives meaningful

  • Collective action for sustainability: Business skills and capabilities

  • The why, what, and how of integrating sustainability into a business school

  • Going beyond the case: Incorporating games, simulations, and other digital learning into the sustainability curriculum

  • Building a network of change agents: Using an undergraduate program to advance interdiscplinarity and connections to practice

  • Positive Impact Rating for Business Schools (PIR): Dialogue on Best Practices with Deans of best performing schools

 

16:30 - 17:00 Social Networking

Time for serendipitous connection. 

Wednesday, July 14 2021: Sustainability Centres Focus

 

13:45 - 15:15  Plenary: “Designing the Business Sustainability Center of the Future.” 

Opening Notes: "Running a Business University for Sustainable Future: Challenges and Opportunities" - Edeltraud Hanappi-Egger, Rector of WU Vienna

15:15 - 15:30  Coffee Break

 

15:30 - 16:30 Breakout Discussions

Breakouts are led by SCC members and address diverse topics related to centres, including:

  • Innovative Solutions for Sustainability in Education (ISSUE)

  • Building climate and carbon literacy into business school curricula: A toolkit for centres 

  • Blueprint (BP) for SDG integration in curriculum, research, and partnerships

  • Online Tools for Sustainable Business Model Teaching and Research: Showcasing Venturely.io and the hybrid game PITCH! 

  • Using digital technology for local development research in remote communities in the context of COVID-19

16:30 - 17:00 Social Networking

Time for serendipitous connection. 

Thursday, July 15 2021: Sustainability Centres Focus

 

13:45 - 14:15 Social Networking

Time for serendipitous connection. 

14:15 - 15:15 "Open Mic"

Centres share one-minute idea pitches, for collaboration and action.

15:15 - 15:30 Coffee Break

 

15:30 - 17:00 Plenary: "Learning from Each Other" 

Center leaders will share personal challenges and successes, through a collective problem-solving and solutioning process

With questions regarding the program, please contact Maya Fischhoff at NBS.