Ethics and travel (Berlin)

Ethik und Travel – Berlin, June 13rd 2013

Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin

Cosmopolitism will be a powerful force in the future, and it already looks back on a history of more than 2000 years. What speaks for a cosmopolitan practice and perspective and what against? What role does travel play in all this? What kind of travel best reflects the cosmopolitan principle? These and related questions will be the topic of my talk.

Dr. Clara Mavellia

Where does the journey begin? When I go out of the house.When I leave my familiar environment.When I travel, I come across things that are new, different, unknown. I exchange my inner world for an outer one, space and time open up, I go with the flow, I am mindful of atmosphere, nature, people.But danger can await in this alien place, or I may pose a threat.At home, all we have is ourselves. Culture begins beyond the boundary.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Welcome to “Cultural Entrepreneurship – Ethics and Travel”, our conference in Berlin on 13 June 2013!

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

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

Kind regards

Dr. Clara Mavellia

About us

Ethics and Travel: A note on our own behalf

Gothenburg, 10 September 2013 – Cultural Entrepreneurship – Conference: Ethics and Travel – Gothenburg

As the conference is being financed by the Privates Institut für Cultural Entrepreneurship Berlin (without any public grants or other funding), we would greatly appreciate contributions from donors.

Companies may also become partners to the Privates Institut für Cultural Entrepreneurship Berlin by paying at least € 5000 plus VAT.

Best wishes,

Dr. Clara Mavellia

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


Sebastian Fleiter

Born in Hamburg in 1971, trained as a set designer in Cologne and London, studied visual communication and the liberal arts (especially media art) in Kassel, where he lives and works. As an artist and entrepreneur Fleiter commutes between different worlds. Some would say he is a bit obsessed with electricity. Since 2011 he has been touring the German festivals with THE ELECTRIC HOTEL, generating power, charging mobile phones, generally drawing attention to himself and dishing up utopian ideas.

Barbara Focke

After studying photography and film design, Barbara Focke built a career on her love of the sea. Even as a student, her work as a tourist guide and research assistant brought her into contact, not only with a lot of people, but with whales, dolphins and their habitats. In 2006, motivated by a desire to show people what makes the sea and its inhabitants so unique and to raise awareness for marine conservation, not to mention her own love of the Mediterranean, she founded the travel agency LaMar. Her tours combine a powerful experience of the sea, along, with landscapes and cultural aspects, with support for projects to protect the marine environment and in particular whales. The online portal features international dolphin and whale tours, selected coastal hotels, and themed holidays devoted to cuisine, cinema and culture in Italy. Since 2009 Barbara Focke has been living in Southern Italy, thereby fulfilling another of her sea dreams.

Michaela Hansen

Michaela Hansen studied sociology and criminology at the University of Hamburg. In early 2010 she founded “Granny Aupair”, an agency that promotes international and cultural exchange among women over 50 by putting them in touch with host families and social projects at home and abroad. Granny Aupair brings people together who would otherwise never have met. And Granny Aupair helps women to fulfil a (teenage?) dream by embarking on a long journey rich in content. So far Michaela Hansen has placed more than 350 “grannies” in 40 different countries, including Tasmania, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India and across Africa, Europe and America. Only two years after she set up “Granny Aupair”, Michaela Hansen was chosen by the German government for the 2012 season of “Germany – Land of Ideas”. She co-authored the book “Boom-Branchen 50plus” (edited by Hans-Georg Pompe, Gabler Verlag). In December 2013 dtv-Verlag will publish “Als Granny Aupair in die Welt” by Michaela Hansen and Eva Goris. Michaela Hansen lives in Hamburg. She has two children (now adult) and two grandchildren.

Michael Hapka

Michael Hapka, born in Braunschweig in 1966, left his home town for Berlin in 1984. Trained in hospitality, he spent several years in the hotel trade before studying business administration at FHW Berlin. His career led him via several years in events management to retail project management. As managing director of Air Service Berlin he spent a few years in the aviation industry, then moved to head up Aspria in Berlin, building the British health and lifestyle company here from 2002 to 2012. Aspria has set new benchmarks in the sector with its holistic concept, ranging from an exclusive offering of sport, health and wellness to hotel operations. At the end of 2012 the Anschutz Entertainment Group recruited him as their new managing director to run the O2 World in Berlin. The sport and music arena opened four years ago, and with Michael Hapka it is now fronted by a familiar face in the city whose task is to develop content and continue setting standards in the entertainment field.

Edith Kresta

Edith Kresta heads a desk at the newspaper taz, specialising mainly in travel and intercultural pages. She studied history, political sciences and German at Heidelberg and FU Berlin. Traineeship in journalism. Numerous stints abroad, including as Madrid correspondent. Books about tourism: Schöne Ferien: Tourismus zwischen Biotop und künstlichen Paradiesen; Strandgeschichten; a travel guide on Southern Tunisia, and Deutschland für Eigensinnige.

Dr. phil. Klaus Kufeld

Studied sociology, education, psychology, political science and economics at the Universities of Munich and Regensburg. Obtained his doctorate at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Since 1997 founder-director of the Ernst Bloch Centre in Ludwigshafen am Rhein and Secretary of the Bloch Foundation. 2008-2010 Chaired the Culture Forum of the trinational German/French/Swiss Conference of the Upper Rhine. He is a travel writer and essayist, and his contributions on the arts, politics, European affairs, philosophy and travel have been featured by (among others) Süddeutsche Zeitung, Welt am Sonntag, Die Rheinpfalz and Edition Splitter Wien. His books include: Die Reise als Utopie: Ethische und politische Aspekte des Reisemotivs, Fink (2010); Reisen: Ansichten und Einsichten, Suhrkamp (2007); Die Erfindung des Reisens: Versuch gegen das Missverstehen des Fremden, Edition Splitter Wien (2005).

Marika B. Lagercrantz

Marika B. Lagercrantz, born in Solna (Stockholm) in 1954, is a celebrated and successful actor and director. Lagercrantz has played in many feature films and TV series. She has acted and directed on most big stages in Scandinavia and is frequently invited to hold lectures. Since October 2011 Marika B. Lagercrantz has been Counsellor for Cultural Affairs at the Swedish Embassy in Berlin, Germany. At this conference she will discuss ethics and sustainability in her new role as civil servant in cultural affairs.

Tasso Stafilidis

Operational Manager, Gothenburg Culture Festival and General Manager West Pride – Gothenburg LGBTQ Festival. Actor, Artistic Manager and General Manager Up & Down Theatre and author. Former Member of The Swedish Parliament (1998-2006), President of Dance Centre (Danscentrum), vice president of House of Dance (Dansens Hus), President for music reference group at State council of Arts. Frequently engaged wedding officiant that wedd more then 700 couples.

Reiner Luyken

Reiner Luyken, 61, is a foreign correspondent for the weekly DIE ZEIT. Born in Starnberg, he approached his career by an unconventional route ? making musical instruments, driving trucks and fishing for salmon in Scotland, where he has lived since 1978. He has won several awards for his reporting, including the Theodor-Wolff-Preis and the Anglo-German Journalism Prize. Since 2011, after five years of planning and construction, he and his British wife have been running an extremely unusual holiday venture on a remote peninsula in the north-west Scottish Highlands. He has set his cap at combining art and nature under one roof, so far with considerable commercial success.

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. To promote an interaction between Philosophy and Economy she founded the “Institute of Cultural Entrepreneurship” in March 2010. On 13 June 2013 she will host the fourth international, interdisciplinary conference – Ethics and Travel – at the Freie Universität in Berlin. As the founder of the Cultural Entrepreneurship Institute Clara Mavellia is a consultant for corporates, organizations and institutions in developing a strategy for a sustained economical, ecological, social and ethical foundation. She is also much in demand as a keynote Speaker.

Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin

Professor of Philosophy at the Philosophy Seminar of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Honorary Professor at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin and Trustee of the Deutscher Studienpreis. From 2008 to 2011 was he President of the German Philosophy Society. Served as Minister of Culture from 2001 to 2002. Julian Nida-Ruemelin (*1954) was born and raised in an artistic family in Munich, Germany. He studied philosophy, physics, mathematics, and political science and was awarded his doctoral degree by Wolfgang Stegmueller. After a period as a visiting professor in the USA, he accepted a chair of Ethics in Life Sciences at the University of Tuebingen. In 1993 he assumed a chair of philosophy at the University of Goettingen until he moved to Munich to take a chair for political theory and philosophy at the department of political science of the University of Munich in 2004. Since 2009 JNR has held a chair of philosophy and political theory at the University of Munich. Since 2009 he has been dean of the department of philosophy. In 2011 his presidency at the German Association of Philosophy ended after holding the 22nd German Conference of Philosophy at the University of Munich. Between 1998 and 2000 JNR was head of the department of arts and culture at the City of Munich. From 2001-2002 he was minister of state within the first Cabinet of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. He is an honorary professor at the Humboldt University in Berlin, head of the board of trustees at the German Study Award (Körberstiftung), and a member of the Berlin Brandenburg Akademie der Wissenschaften. JNR has published numerous books on topics of practical philosophy and political theory, such as Kritik des Konsequentialismus (1993), Economic Rationality and Practical Reason (1997), Strukturelle Rationalität (2001), Ethische Essays (2002), Angewandte Ethik (2005), Über menschliche Freiheit (2005), Demokratie und Wahrheit (2006), Philosophie und Lebensform (2009). 2011 saw publication of Verantwortung and Die Optimierungsfalle. In 2012 were published Der Sokrates-Club (together with Nathalie Weidenfeld), Risikoethik, and Vernunft und Freiheit. The newest book, Philosophie einer humanen Bildung (Ko¨rber 2013), is a response to the crisis which we currently experience throughout the German education system.

Prof. Dr. Sven Ripsas

Sven Ripsas is Professor for Entrepreneurship at the Berlin School of Economics and Law (BSEL). His central research focus is on Business Model Development, Lean Start-up, Entrepreneurial Personality and Entrepreneurship Education / Social Entrepreneurship. Since summer 2012 he has been leading a project called Berlin Start-up Insights, designed to analyse the key performance indicators of internet start-ups. Partners in this BSEL project are Deutsche Telekom and Entrepreneurs Club Berlin. In 2007 Sven Ripsas founded his own investment and consulting company Daring Spirit UG. He also holds stakes in four other investments. Besides teaching, he chairs the Scientific Board of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE Deutschland). In 1995 he launched Germany’s first business plan competition, and a year later Babson College (Boston, MA) awarded him the Appel Prize “for bringing entrepreneurial vitality to academia”. Sven Ripsas lectures on his research interests and conducts workshops for start-ups and existing companies aiming to develop their business and revenue models. As an experienced triathlete and Yoga teacher, he has made it his aim to unfold everyone’s individual potential.

Fredrick Skavlan

Skavlan is one of Europe’s biggest talk shows, offering in-depth and earnest interviews with some of the world’s most famous politicians, musicians, thinkers and stars. Airing prime time on Friday evenings, it is a co-production between public service broadcasters: Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation NRK and Swedish National Television SVT. The show is hosted by Fredrik Skavlan, a Norwegian journalist known for his focused yet sympathetic style dealing with a wide range of topics. Among Skavlan’s international guests through the seasons you will find Kofi Annan, Nicole Kidman, Bill Clinton, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Jonathan Franzen, Lionel Richie, Shakira, Steven Pinker, Sir Ben Kingsley, Cheryl Cole, Robyn, Tom Jones, Jada and Will Smith, Tony Blair, etc. Skavlan is taped in front of a live studio audience Thursday afternoons in Stockholm and broadcast prime time the following day. Starting in September 2012, Skavlan will produce several shows each season from The BBC’s studios in London.

Petra Thomas

The archaeology and art history graduate has been representing forum anders reisen since 2010, chairing the board of this non-profit association founded in 1998. It now has about 120 member companies committed to developing and propagating sustainable tourism based on objective criteria that serve people and the environment. Petra Thomas is also responsible for product design & management, public relations and sustainability management at a&e erlebnis:reisen, a specialist tour operator based in Hamburg.


Titia 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.

Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Vossenkuhl

Wilhelm Vossenkuhl is Professor emeritus of Philosophy at the LMU in Munich, where he taught from 1993 to 2011. He is currently investigating why value systems change and what triggers these changes. His recent publications are “Die Möglichkeit des Guten. Ethik im 21. Jahrhundert” [The Potential for Good: Ethics in the 21st Century] (2006), “Solipsismus und Sprachkritik. Beiträge zu Wittgenstein” [Solipsism and the Critique of Language: Essays on Wittgenstein] (2009) and, together with Harald Lesch, “Denker des Abendlandes” [Western Thinkers] (2011).

Jochen Zimmermann

Jochen Zimmermann is managing director and co-founder of Traverdo GmbH, who created the first portal for sustainable tourism in German-speaking countries with Traverdo specialises in booking travel and accommodation all over the world to high environmental and social standards. Before he set up Traverdo, the geography graduate worked on development cooperation projects in the fields of reintegration and regional development. The idea for the company came to him in Honduras, when he discovered how sustainable tourism can boost local economies and enhance the protection of natural resources.


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Welcome and Introduction by Dr. Clara Mavellia

Marika B. Lagercrantz, Swedish Embassy Berlin

Talk by Dr. Klaus Kufeld

Edith Kresta, taz

Talk by Prof. Dr. Sven Ripsas: The Principles of Entrepreneurship


Musical Performance: Pablo Held


Ethical and innovative companies and projects introduce themselves:

Sebastian Fleiter, The Electric Hotel

Barbara Focke, LaMar-Reisen

Michaela Hansen, Granny Aupair

Reiner Luyken, The Brochs

Jochen Zimmermann, Traverdo

Petra Thomas, forum anders reisen e. V.


Talk by Prof. Dr. Julian Nida-Rümelin: Travel and the Cosmopolitan Idea

Award / Closing words Dr. Clara Mavellia



Partners are entrepreneurs from any business sector who are helping to build a better world with their ethical and/or innovative business idea or product. Our motto – “Do good and spread the word” – is your opportunity to tell others about what you are doing. The format resembles an Italian piazza during the Renaissance: you will cross paths with artists, scientists and visitors, start chatting and exchange stimulating ideas. Mixing ideas from different walks of life is the best basis for successful creativity! You will be helping to shape our global market place in a way that makes both an ethical impact and economic sense.

To propagate these ideas, it is important that students and trainees from all disciplines and fields who would like to know more about ethics and entrepreneurship can take part in the event free of charge.

Partners are companies who offer to assume the costs for these students and trainees to attend, because they feel they have a social responsibility to spread the concept of sustainability at an early stage.

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Support this event with a contribution of €5,000 plus VAT.


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As a participant, you are entitled to hear all the talks and to be present at all the panels and discussions.

Admission is free.


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