Ethics, Finance and Politics (Berlin)


Ethics, Finance and Politics – Berlin, Mai 19th 2011

Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin

“Successful business practice calls for a culture of reliability and trust. Politics can create the institutional framework, but it is no substitute for impregnating economics with ethics. Economic agents – like it or not – are always moral agents. They set values, and when they respond to a situation they are evaluating, they follow rules. When they don’t, there is instability, defection, inefficiency, economic crisis.”

Prof. Dr. Dr. Homann

“In a competition setting, individual morality must be flanked by a system of rules reinforced by penalties.”

Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann

“Despite the crisis: our market economy is the best model for an innovative response to challenges. Our society gives us the room for manoeuvre that we need – and that invites all of us to show we want to shape the way we live. Creativity is crucial to formulate business models that meet the needs of everyone on this planet – while preserving the resources that future generations need to survive. Many “entrepreneurs” are already putting into practice their answers to our pressing questions. The time has come for the world to find out about that and for good examples to be imitated!”

Dr. Clara Mavellia

“When ethics are consistently applied, they can have a positive impact on entrepreneurial and political processes as well as the financial world. A universal code of ethics provides a framework for action which, once it is firmly embedded, guarantees a safe long-term yield for everyone. Business ethics and CSR have been debated at symposia and conferences for a long time, but these principles can only be implemented properly and sustainably if school and college students and interested members of the public become involved in the issues.”

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to “Cultural Entrepreneurship – Ethics, Finance and Politics”, our conference in Berlin on 19 May 2011!

This event offers women and men from the world of economics and politics a platform to explore and debate the links between ethics, finance and politics.

Our aim is to build bridges between philosophers, entrepreneurs and the general public, paving new roads to success for all concerned.

In this interdisciplinary, intercultural context, you will have an opportunity to listen to pioneering spirits, to join panels and discussions or to present your innovative company.

By coming together, all our participants will play their part in a global renaissance which combines an ethical impact with economic viability.

A prize will be awarded for the best ethical business idea.

The conference is open to anyone interested. We look forward to meeting you.

Kind regards

Dr. Clara Mavellia

Kind regards

Dr. Clara Mavellia

About us

Cultural Entrepreneurship: An introduction

1. The Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship

Our aim at the Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship is to help stimulate interaction between economics and philosophy and open up new perspectives for everyone involved. It means basing profit projections on longer-term aims than quarterly reports, and an approach that goes beyond money to take on board, for example, carbon footprints, or financial models that provide creative artists with a decent livelihood. It also means fostering brilliant ideas at the interface of different sectors and disciplines (the Medici effect).

At a time when everyone is talking about ethics and every corporate website has one link to its philosophy and another for innovation, we invite the public at large to join our conferences and other activities in pursuit of Cultural Entrepreneurship, to discover and discuss ethics and humanism, and to explore the many things which entrepreneurship can achieve. Meet some of the many people with ethical, innovative business ideas in all walks of life, people who are already working towards the good life in one way or another, some of them under quite adventurous conditions, and most of them turning over a profit, too.

At these international, interdisciplinary conferences, with simultaneous interpreting into various languages, experts, students and other interested parties have the opportunity to exchange their ideas and end the day with fresh energy.

If students, trainees, and founders of start-ups, whatever their field of expertise or sector of industry, are interested in ethics, entrepreneurship, art and culture, and much more, their admission fees will be paid by companies who feel they have a social responsibility to help spread such ideas and have therefore agreed to support our event in this way.

The next conference “Cultural Entrepreneurship – Ethics and Travel” will be Held in Gothenburg on 10 September 2013.

Another of our projects aims to give literary expression to economic, environmental and political issues. It will benefit the fields in question, literature in general and, of course, readers.

We would be delighted if managers would invite artists to spend some time in their companies, tracking signs of the new things emerging around them.

And sooner or later the Porsche driver who buys organic will gravitate towards both a holistic lifestyle and a new car, becoming a more discerning consumer, promising economic and ecological rewards for the generations of today and tomorrow.

We know from game theory that, when we find ourselves caught in the prisoner’s dilemma, cooperation pays off for all sides. In the same spirit, by working towards Cultural Entrepreneurship we can contribute to a global Renaissance which makes an ethical impact and is nonetheless commercially sound.

This concept, then, has a role to play, with real depth and even a little glamour, by showing us a way out of the economic crisis and addressing the widely lamented loss of social values.

For all concerned, 20 years after the fall of the Wall (but not only in Berlin) this ultimately means a chance to shape the economy and the arts in a creative manner, in the knowledge that they are also doing something for future generations. What is a fulfilling life, of not that?

2. Freedom and justice

In a liberal democracy, neither God nor Caesar makes and enforces the law: We do, the citizens.

This is because our democracy is based on ethical principles such as freedom and justice for all, although sometimes we seem to forget that.

Understanding and personal development in politics, philosophy, literature, art, music etc. are only possible under democratic conditions. They thrive on peace, freedom and justice, as in the Ancient polis and in the Renaissance – in any society where people are equal or have the same opportunities.

2.1. Women and men

We need every man and every woman of every generation. As Aristotle would say, many people reach an age when they can and should give something back to society, fulfilling their civic duty by shaping their social and natural environment.

For a long time we have been living on borrowed resources, not just financially, but ethically and intellectually, too – Greece, after all, was the cradle of the Western world – and now it is time to tap our hidden reserves, each and every one of us in our own field and social function. Our intellectual and emotional resources are unlimited!

2.2. Philosophy and economics

At the interface of philosophy and economics, “cultural entrepreneurship” provides the perfect framework. We want nothing less than to take those hackneyed clichés, the “greedy manager” and “the destitute poet”, blend them, and then integrate the often lacking female dimension. The result will be far more rewarding for all parties.

Imagine the permutations: “the greedy poetess”, “the poetic manager”, “humanist management” …

The challenge now is to equip ourselves with information and rediscover our cognitive resources, and – with care and a little humour – to exercise pre-emptive responsibility by building a good life for ourselves and future generations.

3. Ethics in the market economy [1]

People have been talking about corporate culture for three decades now, although the moral sensitivity of companies and managers still leaves much to be desired. At the same time, however, we increasingly witness companies and leaders who understand that risks are not always economic or environmental, but that they can just as well be ethical, and that the latter can have a disastrous impact on a company’s success, even threaten its very survival.

It is a fact of life that morality is seen as potentially restricting a company’s profits. But that is an inaccurate assessment when we consider that companies without sound value management can even be excluded from major projects. We want ethics to be treated as an opportunity to gain a distinct profile. Ethics are a resource that should be fully mobilised for the sake of corporate success.

In order for markets and competition to deliver for real people, there has to be a robust and globally effective framework, because in a market economy prosperity does not depend on the goodwill or moral motives of the actors. At the end of the day, the principal motive is always the financial incentive, or self-interest.

But it is also a fact that a market economy without a framework, i.e. unbridled competition in the absence of law and morality, leads to an unbearable state of affairs, the one Hobbes had in mind when he wrote: “the life of man solitary, poore, nasty, brutish, and short” [2].

Unlike politicians and NGOs, companies can actively engage in creating a socially acceptable order within the global economy, thereby taking responsibility for the long term.

This is because, by investing in real and human capital as well as corporate culture, they are laying the foundations for sustainable yields in line with market requirements, while at the same time ensuring good profits for their shareholders; and where companies do have such policies, this is already reflected today in strong stock market prices.

However, if companies want to take part in building this incipient global order, they must be consistently transparent about what they do.

The good thing about all this is that good deeds pay off, because in the long term morality and the pursuit of profit converge.

4. Cultural Entrepreneurs

If we take a look at the economy, the financial chaos and the greed for profits of recent years, we are amazed by the reticence of creative industries and cultural entrepreneurs.

With a few shining exceptions among artists, musicians and art directors, the (sub)cultural field is still awash with many dedicated and usually poorly paid entrepreneurs performing invaluable work for the theatre, art, music, literature, history and so forth. They generously give their skills and talents, and whether they are creating something new or preserving traditions, for society as a whole the rewards are lasting. They do not seem to heed the time their efforts absorb, and they work according to their own rhythms. Many are derided for it, and some envied. Not all are successful in the financial sense. Their driving force is their passion.

They enrich their fellows with amazing insights, moving emotions and aesthetic experiences, and thanks to them reality seems better and more beautiful.

But it would be a miracle if culture was not first in line when the usual cuts begin to bite.

With cultural entrepreneurship, we not only hope to counter this attitude, but we also hope to develop financing models (e.g. an unconditional basic income) that will allow all creators of culture and cultural entrepreneurs to earn a decent livelihood.

5. The Medici effect [3]

Anyone operating at the intersection of disciplines and cultures can easily combine existing concepts and generate a large number of extraordinary new ideas.

The name of this phenomenon, the “Medici effect”, refers to an explosion of creativity that took place in 15th-century Italy.

The Medici were a Florentine banking dynasty who attracted creators from many different disciplines to Florence and funded their works.

Thanks to the Medici family and a few other like-minded patrons, Florence became a place where scientists, poets, philosophers, financiers, painters, sculptors and architects could come together and collaborate.

They had an opportunity to learn from each other and thus the barriers between their respective skills and expertise were broken down: Together, they created a whole new world of new ideas that was to become known as the Renaissance.

The result of this cooperation between different specialists was a creative explosion and one of the most innovative periods in human history.

Indeed, we can still feel the impact of the Medici today.

We too can create such a Medici effect, by bringing together different disciplines and cultures and identifying the interfaces which connect them.

It is not so much the Renaissance that matters here, but rather the elements that made that era possible, and how they can be used to generate extraordinary ideas – in other words, what happens when, at the intersection of different disciplines and cultures, we discover brilliant ideas that are brought to light and given life.

The most fertile soil for innovation is the intersection of many different disciplines which do not really have anything in common – and yet, when they are seen from the other’s cultural perspective, unexpected new subjects and synergies open up.

The ideas we find at this intersection are logical, but their logic cannot be grasped until we suspend our usual cognitive approach and enter into risky terrain, because creativity comes from the unknown, rather than the opposite.

Most of the achievements of recent decades have their origin in combining disciplines and expertise, from biophysics and biogenetics to computer linguistics and palliative medicine, to name but a few.

6. The Outlook for Cultural Entrepreneurship

Although the ethics of science and corporate social responsibility have been the subject of many a symposium and conference, these ideas can only be truly and sustainably brought to life if they reach pupils, students and all interested citizens.

Just as the Renaissance still affects us today, these important impulses will spread far and wide and a long way into the future, throwing up new questions of their own.

In order to discuss these, and perhaps shed light on some of them, each year the Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship invites renowned academics and experts to the Freie Universität in Berlin to speak about ethics and the opportunities for doing good [4] in all disciplines, business sectors, cultural circles and artistic fields, and to explain the relevant theories. After these lectures, the audience participate through Q&A sessions.

At these events, budding founders of start-ups can find out more about the innovative potential of entrepreneurship and meet some exemplary entrepreneurs.

Finally, a selection of individuals from the business community will elaborate on their own experience of translating these theories and their own ideas into everyday commercial reality.

All in all, the (young) women and men in the audience will have a chance to explore both the theories as well as their practical application; and they will take away information about entrepreneurship to use in their own lives and careers – a seed than can germinate, blossom and eventually be passed on in turn.

Moreover, the interdisciplinary, transcultural approach offers everyone a glimpse of the good life on our planet and the personal potential he or she can tap.

Our aim is to encourage this integration and intersection of people, values and competences, and beyond this to set in motion a global Renaissance in a peaceful, free and fair world – in other words, nothing short of ecological, economic and emotional prosperity.

Dr. Clara Mavellia

Berlin, 26 October 2010

[1] Cf. Homann, Karl, Ethik in der Marktwirtschaft, Munich: Roman Herzog Institute 2007

[2] Hobbes, Thomas (1651), Leviathan, Oxford: Clarendon Press 1909

[3] Cf. Johansson, Frans, The Medici Effect. What Elephants & Epidemics can teach us about Innovation, Boston: Harvard Business School Press 2006

[4] Cf. Vossenkuhl, Wilhelm, Die Möglichkeit des Guten. Ethik im 21. Jahrhundert, Munich: C.H. Beck 2006


Stefan Apel

Stefan Apel studied business administration at the Berlin School of Economics and Law and educational science at the Freie Universität Berlin. He made experiences in political education and community based work. Since april 2009 he is working for different camp-programs of the DKJS. In november 2010 he became the program manager of the iVenture Camp to strengthen the economical thinking of young people and the Camp4us, where adolescents find orientation for their future through project-based working.

Hartmut Bäumer

Ilka Bickmann

Ilka Bickmann is currently responsible for the project management and communications of the Initiative nano4women, and NEnA – Nano-Entrepreneurship-Academies – supported by the Federal Ministry of Research and Education in Germany. Beside her profession her fields of expertise include topics concerning the employement market, equal opportunities, female foundations. Ilka Bickmann was managing director of the agency since april 2007 and actual initited the science2public – corporation for science communications for further business.

Jakob Bilabel

Jacob Bilabel is Founder of the Green Music Initiative, which provides a platform for the music and entertainment industry to coordinate projects in the fight against climate change – with the objective to create demand for innovative and sustainable strategies – both from the climate and business points of view. Prior to that he worked in the management of Universal Music Germany. In the following years he set up MySpace’s operations in Germany and became part of the social media advisory board of the Green Party. In the 2005 elections he was a personal consultant to Mr. Joschka Fischer, Germany’s Foreign Minister.Today, he is Managing Director of Berlin based think-do-tank THEMA1 specialised in accelerating the transition to a low-carbon society. He is a mentor at the Akademie der Künste (University of the Arts) in Berlin and founding member of the ReDesign Deutschland initiative. Beside that he is board member of Berlin’s Chamber of Commerce for Creative. Jacob Bilabel is also serving as a part of the German Technical mirror committee for the new ISO 20121 standard for Sustainability in Event Managment

Deutsch-Spanischer Chor Berlin

The “German-Spanish Choir Berlin” exists since April 2010. People of different age groups and different parts of the world explore together a very exciting, rich and colourful period of music, the spanish renaissance. The Instituto Cervantes and the German-Spanish Choir have a strong collaboration through the project “cantar en Espanol”. Therefore the music interested members of our choir get to know, through their participation in singing, both, the spanish language and its culture. For many of the singers often personal motifs play a big role, like to maintain their own roots. Through the spanish embassy the German-Spanish Choir gains a very strong support. The ensemble is directed by Frank Szafranski, who himself is a singing member of the choir of the Staatsoper unter den Linden.

Prof. Dr. Günter Faltin

Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Free University of Berlin. In 1985, he started the Teekampagne (“tea campaign”), a venture that turned the German tea market upside down by betting on consumer education, transparency and traceability. Faltin introduced a new business model: selling pure Darjeeling tea, controlled for chemical residues, in large packages, by mail order, at extremely competitive prices, while supporting the economy and ecology of the region of Darjeeling. Today, the company is Germany’s market leader in mail-order tea sales and the largest importer of Darjeeling world-wide.

Faltin initiated the Berlin-based “Entrepreneurship Lab” and has been a business angel for successful startups, including eBuero AG, Direkt zur Kanzlerin GmbH, and RatioDrink AG. Through the Faltin Foundation for Entrepreneurship, he promotes a new culture of entrepreneurship in Germany. In the United States, the Price-Babson Foundation recognized him with an award “for bringing entrepreneurial vitality to academe.” In 2009, he received the Deutscher Gruenderpreis, as well as an award from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology for his idea of “founding with components.”

In his best-selling book Kopf schlägt Kapital (Munich: Hanser, 2008), he proposes a radically new approach to generating new entrepreneurial ventures.

Margaret Heckel

Margaret Heckel is author of the bestseller “So regiert die Kanzlerin”, a report on Chancellor Angela Merkel and the economic crisis. Having worked as political editor of a number of national dailies, she left in July 2009 to found online journalistic ventures. So far, they include a site for commentary and a site for moral questions Heckel continues to report and comment in a variety of media outlets. She is also frequently called upon to provide expertise by BBC worldwide and various german TV and radio stations.

Heckel was born in 1966 and has an M.A. in economics from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst (USA). After journalism school in Düsseldorf/Germany, she started her career in 1991 as correspondent in Leipzig/East Germany for the business weekly “Wirtschaftswoche”. After correspondent positions in Moscow/GUS and as a travelling correspondent for Eastern Europe, she joined the “Financial Times Deutschland” in 1999. She held various positions, among them political editor, Berlin bureau chief and columnist. In 2006 she became political editor of the German national daily „Welt“, the national Sunday paper „Welt am Sonntag“ and the Berlin daily „Berliner Morgenpost“. Heckel now lives and works in Potsdam.

Pablo Held

Pablo Held is born 1989 in Berlin. His first violin lessons he got with the age of 7 where he had lessons with Gotthelf Honka at the Weinberg Music School in Kleinmachnow. In the year 2001 he took successfully part at the competition “Jugend Musiziert”. Since 2002 he takes violin lessons from Prof. Marianne Boettcher . Since 2008 he makes Jazz, Reggae and folk music together with Ruth Organ and the guitarist and songwriter Martin Milner. From 2006-2009 he was a student of the Berlin Brandenburg International School (BBIS) and absolved the International Baccalaureate Diploma course.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Karl Homann

After studying Philosophy, German and Catholic Theology in Münster, Karl Homann obtained his first doctoral degree in 1972.

Following a degree in Economics from Münster, he submitted a further doctorate and was granted his “Dr. rer. pol.” in 1979.

In 1985, following an advanced doctoral thesis in Philosophy, the University of Göttingen granted him his Habilitation.

From 1986 to 1990 he was Professor of Economics and Philosophy at the private university in Witten/Herdecke, then from 1990 to 1999 Professor of Economic and Corporate Ethics at the Economics Faculty in Ingolstadt, part of the Catholic University of Eichstätt. This made him the first person in Germany to hold such a Chair.

From 1999 to 2008, at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, he was Professor of Philosophy with particular reference to the philosophical and ethical foundations of economic systems (Business Ethics).

Eva Kreienkamp

Eva Kreienkamp ist Diplom-Mathematikerin, Marketingberaterin und Marktforscherin. Sie ist seit 2004 Geschäftsführende Gesellschafterin der FrischCo. GmbH, Berlin. Vor ihrer Selbständigkeit war sie über 15 Jahre in Konzernen in leitenden und geschäftsführenden Positionen in Finanzen und Vertrieb tätig. Sie ist Initiatorin der Internationalen Gender Marketing Kongresse und Autorin des Buches „Gender-Marketing – Impulse für Marktforschung, Vertrieb, Produktentwicklung und Personal“, erschienen im mi-Fachverlag. Sie ist Gründungsmitglied und Vorstand in der Initiative Frauen in die Aufsichtsräte – FidAR e.V.

Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann

Eva Kreienkamp is a social entrepreneur, marketer, author and top-manager. Next to her business career, which included senior and top-management positions at Allianz and Berlinwasser, she co-founded several gender equality and diversity management associations. Eva Kreienkamp was President of the “European Gay and Lesbian Managers Association” and currently is Member of the board of “FidAR – Frauen in die Aufsichtsräte”, an association lobbying for gender equality on supervisory boards, which she co-founded in 2006. She is also managing director of FrischCo. GmbH, a market research and event management company in Berlin. Eva is author of the reference book ”Gender Marketing – Impulses for product development, marketing, advertising and human resources”. She holds a university degree in mathematics and is INSEAD-Alumna.

Christine Kurmeyer

Managing Partner of Konvergenta InterZero, a communication agency for ethical and ecological change. As founder of NExT Social Stock Exchange she is developing a platform for growth capital for sustainable businesses. She is a visiting lecturer at Fachhochschule Münster and Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance. After her studies of “European Business” the doctoral candidate gathered experience both in the private as well as the third sector, among others as Managing Director of GENISIS Institute for Social Business and Impact Strategies, consultant with Bain & Company, founder of Portal Consultants (UK) as well as with World Bank and the German Embassy in Brazil.

Werner Landwehr

Simon Liedtke & Laura Hieber

He is an IT consultant and has profound experience in project management and web development. She completed her studies of media studies and media production in three countries, and has always been committed in writing and film production. Both are now members and responsibles in an innovative start-up, the “sinnwerkstatt”. This Agency for Sustainable Media Design functions as a prosperous workshop and community. Here ideas are transformed into multi-media strategies that represent sustainability – not only in terms of technology, but foremost in terms of environment and society.

Dr. Clara Mavellia

Clara Mavellia from Milan was granted her doctorate at the Freie Universität in Berlin, where she has been working as an academic and journalist ever since. From September 2005 to April 2008 she commuted between Berlin and Munich to attend the interdisciplinary executive M.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.

Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin

Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin is full professor of philosophy at the University of Munich; he has taught in the United States in Harvard, Washington, Minnesota, and at Caltech, as well as in Europe in St. Gallen, Tübingen and Göttingen. He is honorary professor at the Humboldt University of Berlin and he is member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has published over 150 scientific articles on the Theory of Rationality, Ethics, Cultural Theory and Political Philosophy and he is the author of 14 books. His newest book “Philosophie und Lebensform” has been released 2009 by Suhrkamp.

Andrea Peters

Andrea Peters studied ”Social and Economic Communication“ at the Berlin University of Arts. 1989 she began working in the media industry as a production assistant for several TV series. From 1993-1995 she was hired as a production manager for documentary films by a production company. As of 1995 she built up and for the next 6 years ran the office of the Master School Drehbuch for the Filmboard Berlin- Brandenburg (now Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg). She was responsible for the budgets and organisation of the courses and workshops, mainly supported by the local film funding institutions and the Media Plus Programme of the European Commission. Since June 2002, she has been working for the Erich Pommer Institut, where she was in charge of the project management for several projects, e.g. ESSENTIAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK. In the meantime, she has been working as a project manager for numerous training activities: for example in 2003 for the ACADEMY OF CONVERGING MEDIA at the dffb film school in Berlin and in 2004 for the project INSIGHT OUT at the Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam. From August 2005 until March 2008, Andrea Peters has been head of the Erich Pommer Institut’s training department and was responsible for the national and international training activities..

Dr. Richard David Precht

born in 1964, studied philosophy, history of art and German language and literature. He has been writing as a journalist on cultural, media, philosophical and ethical topics for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Die Zeit and Literaturen since 1995. His book “Who am I – and if so, how many?” about the big philosophical questions of life has become a major bestseller. He lives as a philosopher, journalist and author in Cologne and Luxembourg.

Simon Redfern

Simon Redfern is a Programmer, Entrepreneur and Composer. Equally comfortable in the fields of arts and technology, he initiated and leads several long term projects including the media and social platforms and and the Open Bank Project. In 2005 Simon started a technical consultancy called TESOBE – Technical Solutions Berlin, supporting clients with their web application programming, database administration and hosting. Before starting his own businesses he worked as an analyst and programmer on large web/database systems used by organisations including the BBC, BP, Shell and a range of internet startups.

Dr. Nina Scheer

Gerhard Schulz

Gerhard Schulz is a Co-Founder of the „Kulturzentrum Schlachthof“ in Wiesbaden, Germany. He is carpenter, cultural entrepreneur, coach and change-manager. His working life is guided by collective hirachy, economic working-behaviour and by generating free space to act in. He advocates the thesis, that our society is loosing the ability, to strengthen co-existence via shared ( cultural) experience. The maxim: higher, faster, farther – so to say profit maximising – takes a contra induced effect – measured at the solutions needed today and defenitely tomorrow. Culture leading the way?

Peter Spiegel

Genisis Institute for Social Business

Vision Summit

Global Entrepreneurs

Dr. Martin Steffens

The art historian Dr. Martin Steffens (43) has written extensively and compiled scholarly publications about architectural history and the culture of remembrance. He also curates exhibitions, both those devoted to cultural history as well as shows comprised of contemporary art. Since 2008, he has been running the largest festival of culture and the arts in Berlin, 48 Stunden Neukölln, which is organised by Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V. The festival attracted 70,000 visitors in 2010; they attended 770 individual events, spread all over the entire district during a weekend in June. Approximately 1,700 individuals contributed to making the the event a resounding success.

Clemens von Stockert

Clemens von Stockert has been responsible for „value management” of Fraport AG in Frankfurt/M. since June 2007. He focuses on training courses about standards of behaviour, supervision of domestic and international subsidiaries, further developments of the value management system, cooperation with the sustainability management and compliance board as well as on implementation and communication of the electronic reporting system. Clemens von Stockert has been working for Fraport AG since 1988. Before his employment as value manager he had been dealing with operations, sales and product developments in the field of ground handling services. Regarding sales department he was responsible for Lufthansa and Star Alliance contracts as key account manager. Clemens von Stockert is qualified Dipl. in theology and has studied at the catholic university in Frankfurt/Sankt Goergen as well as in Innsbruck and Lyon.

Steffen Terberl

Steffen Terberl leads the department of knowledge and technology transfer at the Free University of Berlin since 2011. From 2005 to 2010 he was already responsible for the department for the promotion of business start-ups at the University of Paderborn and, during this time, completed the training courses “Start-Up Counselling” and “Industrial Property Rights” at the University of Hagen.

Dr. Gerhard Timm


studied Classical Philology and Archaeology at the University of Milan; started creating fine art in her childhood. Her work uses modern techniques to work with Ancient myths.

Sandra-Stella Triebl

Rahel Uhlenhoff

The unconditional basic income emancipates citizens from poverty, employees from exploitation and employers from the social pressure of job preservation. The unconditional basic income liberates citizens for more civilian activities, the employees to be more enterprising and the entrepreneurs after the profit maximization of the last decades to more social and moral maximization. The unconditional basic income lifts the society as a whole to an entirely new level of soldiery life. Rahel Uhlenhoff, born 1979, studied philosophy and history at the Freie Universität Berlin and founded the Bürgerinitiative bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen in 2006

Volker Weber

Volker Weber has been chairman of the board for the “Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen e.V” (leading sustainable investment association with 100+ members) headquartered in Berlin since September 2007.

Mr. Weber is founder and chief financial officer and chief sustainable officer of MAMA Sustainable Incubation AG in Berlin. Focusing exclusively on sustainability, the company funds and develops innovative and profitable technologies, projects and companies and actively supports go-to-market, business development and internationalization ventures.

Before Mr. Weber was member of the board at Swisscanto Fondsleitung AG in Zurich from July 2002 until August 2008. In that role he was responsible for implementing the foreign strategy of the Swisscanto Holding AG. His work focus was mainly on implementing sustainable investment products as well as the market development of Swisscanto in foreign markets. During that time he gained an excellent reputation as sustainability expert.

Furthermore he served as senior director for the saving banks’ central investment funds company, the DekaBank, Frankfurt a.M. as well as at the Westfonds Immobilienanlagegesellschaft mbH, Dusseldorf. There he was responsible for market development, CRM and competence development.

From 1992 until 1998 he was a speaker and lecturer for several educational institutions. In this function he was active for Ostdeutsche Sparkassen- und Giroverband (East German association of saving banks) in Berlin, the Banking Academy Frankfurt a.M., the Euro Schulen Mainz as well as other banks and saving banks. His focus was on staff qualification, building up expertise and sales offices as well as implementing customer loyalty programs and sustainable business relations.

He started his career after his university degree in business administration with the focus on finance and markets at the German federal bank in Frankfurt a.M.. There he was active in the departments of banking and market supervision.

Janine Wedel

Janine Wedel writes about power, governing, and corruption through the unique lens of a social anthropologist. A professor in the School of Public Policy at George Mason University and senior research fellow at the New America Foundation, Wedel is the first anthropologist (with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley) to win the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. Her books include Shadow Elite: How the World’s New Power Brokers Undermine Democracy, Government, and the Free Market (Basic Books 2009), the January 2010 Book Club selection for The Huffington Post; Confronting Corruption, Building Accountability: Lessons from the World of International Development Advising (with Lloyd J. Dumas and Greg Callman, Palgrave 2010); the prize-winning Collision and Collusion: The Strange Case of Western Aid to Eastern Europe (Palgrave 2001); The Unplanned Society (edited, annotated, and introductions, Columbia University Press 1992); and The Private Poland (Facts on File, 1986). She has contributed congressional testimony, scholarly articles, and opinion pieces to more than a dozen major outlets, including The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Nation, The National Interest, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, Politico, and Salon. Her work has been reviewed or translated into German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, and Polish, among others.


Head of “School of Design Thinking” at HPI Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. After studying fine arts and graphc design freelance work as TV graphics designer specialized on 3D computeranimation. Projects for companies like ARD, BMW, Daimler Benz, Siemens, Schering, Telekom, ZDF. Since 2003 active as entrepreneur. Since 1994 professor for computer animation at the Film & Television Academy Babelsberg (HFF). Since 2004 Visiting Professor at CUC Communication University of China CUC, Beijing. Director of several interdisciplinary projects.


08:30 – 09:00 Accreditation

09:00 – 09:10 Welcome / Introduction by Dr. Clara Mavellia

09:10 – 09:15 Welcome by Prof. Dr. Günter Faltin

09:15 – 09:25 Welcome by Andrea Peters

09:30 – 10:20 berlinbrandenburg e. V.

09:25 – 09:35 Peter Spiegel,

09:30 – 10:20 GENISIS Institute gemeinnützige GmbH

09:35 – 10:00 Prof. Ulrich Weinberg,

09:30 – 10:20 Hasso-Plattner-Institut für Softwaresystemtechnik GmbH

10:00 – 11:00 Talk by Prof. Dr. Günter Faltin

09:30 – 10:20 Questions to Prof. Dr. Faltin

11:00 – 11:40 Break

11:40 – 11:50 Hartmut Bäumer,

09:30 – 10:20 Verbraucherzentrale Berlin e. V.

11:50 – 12:15 Anne-Kathrin Kuhlemann,

09:30 – 10:20 Konvergenta InterZero GmbH

12:15 – 13:15 Talk by Prof. Dr. Dr. Homann

09:30 – 10:20 Questions to Prof. Dr. Dr. Homann

13:15 – 14:10 Lunch

14:10 – 15:10 Panel 1

Ethic and innovative companies and projects introduce themselves:

Stefan Apel, DKJS gemeinnützige GmbH

Jacob Bilabel, Green Music Initiative

Margaret Heckel,

Clemens von Stockert, FRAPORT AG

Sandra-Stella Triebl, Swiss Ladies Drive GmbH

Rahel Uhlenhoff, Bedingungsloses Grundeinkommen

Volker Weber, Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen e. V

15:10 – 15:25 Musical Performance: Deutsch-Spanischer Chor Berlin

15:25 – 16:20 Panel 2

Ethic and innovative companies and projects introduce themselves:

Ilka Bickmann, nano4women – NEnA

Thomas Aidan Curran, Telekom AG

Laura Hieber, Simon Liedtke, Sinnwerkstatt GbR

Werner Landwehr, GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG

Simon Redfern, Open Bank Project

Dr. Nina Scheer, Hermann-Scheer-Stiftung

Dr. Martin Steffens, 48 Stunden Neukölln, Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e. V.

Steffen Terberl, profund – die Gründungsförderung der Freien Universität


16:15 – 17:00 Break

17:00 – 17:30 Prof. Janine R. Wedel

17:30 – 18:30 Talk by Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin;

17:30 – 18:30 Questions to Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin

18:30 – 19:00 Award / Closing words by Dr. Clara Mavellia

19:00 – 20:00 Get-together



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