Workshops: Societal change


1) Corporate social responsibility: relevance and potential and limits of ISO 26000 implementation for universities

Théodore BESSON (University of Lausanne, CH)

Theodore Besson was trained as a biologist at University of Lausanne. He has worked in continuing education at the EPFL (2006-2007) and mobility at the University of Geneva (2008-2010). In 2006, he founded his own consulting agency, Stem, providing services in business management of the environment. Since 2011, Theodore has also joined the team of Innobridge SA as consultant in the fields of industrial ecology, clean technology and innovation.

2) Transition: visioning our community in 2030

Camille BIERENS de HAAN (EcoAttitude association, CH)

CCamille Bierens de Haan is an educational scientist and licensed art-therapist focused on providing adult individual and group accompaniment to self-development. Her multi-faceted training and activities reflect a strong belief in the interdependency between sustainability and human development, both at individual and community level. She herself provides trainings and consulting services to corporations or public bodies on internal communication, team building and decision making issues. Besides her training activities within Creattitudes (2011-Present), she is also since 2004 the president of the Association Eco Attitude which supports local governance and collective change in Geneva and the surrounding region.

Nicolas BRIET

Nicolas Briet has worked 8 years in pharmaceutical research as a medicinal chemist. He is currently managing an eco centre near Geneva where he runs all sorts of sensibilizing events such as conferences, workshops and gatherings around complementary currencies, participatory democracy, innovative governance and sustainability in general. He is passionate about global issues and how to make our societal system work better. He dedicates more and more of his time contributing to make positive contribution to the way society functions.

3) Local exchange Systems connect communities to their own abundance. Why, and how to set one up?

Tim ANDERSON (Système d'Echange Local du Lac association, CH)

Co-President of the Système d'Echange Local (Local Exchange Trading System, French SEL / English LETS) du Lac in Geneva, Tim Anderson is working on a tool enhancing the management of Local Exchange Systems. For this purpose, he created an association, Community Forge, which is elaborating 'tools for localisation' to help communities become more resilient. One of their technical staff is currently located in Auroville, a community village in India.

4) Social economy: an ethical way to transform economy?

Michael GONIN (University of Lausanne, CH)

Concerned about the economic, social, and environmental challenges facing the current (and next) generations, Michael Gonin is conducting a research programme at the University of Lausanne on social entrepreneurship and social/solidarity economy. He also works at the University of Zurich Ethics Center on the issue of emotions, justice, and management. As the link to the 'real world' is essential for him, he regularly presents and teaches about (business) ethics to students and/or professionals in order to foster critical thinking and learn from participants.

Thursday, September 6, 2012 -
13:30 to 15:30

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