Moderator at the conference

  • Hanson Hosein

    Hanson Hosein

    Moderator at the Conference and Host of Gala Evening

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  • Mary Alice Arthur

    Mary Alice Arthur


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DAY 1 – Saturday 16 May

9.00 - 9.30 Registration, meet and greet

Be there in good time to pick up your badges.

9.30 - 10.00 Welcome to our time / Speaker to be announced ...

We inhabit four times.The first of these is World Time – the collective history we are all living. By contrast, Individual Time is very personal. It is your time and my time; what we are experiencing in our personal lives. There is also a Deep Time within us and within the world. It is where the rushing momentum of world time and personal time stops and new possibilities emerge. Finally there is Our Time, the time we co-create together. If we do so out of the spirit and energy of Deep Time, this can be very powerful indeed. The power that we need at this moment comes from living in the flow of time, in the four times through which the world, the self, the spirit, and the community are brought together in creative potential and transformative partnership.

10.00 - 10.50 Reinventing Education

With major ecological and societal challenges looming for the current generation of students, the critical need now is not for industrial workers but for creative leaders who are able to think outside the very system that produced them.
In this session we discuss how can we transform the educational system and develop new kind of learning experiences that will equip the next generation with the competencies and qualities they need to successfully navigate the turbulence ahead – and thrive in the crucible of social innovation that is emerging.

Peter Merry

Peter Merry is Chief Innovation Officer at Ubiquity University, founder of the Center for Human Emergence (Netherlands), and a founding partner of Engage!. He has worked in and across different sectors. As well as co-founding and leading the organisations above, his experience includes facilitating integral change processes in multinational corporations, and government ministries, and in multistakeholder initiatives with global stakeholders. He has also spent many years in the not-for-profit sector. He is a recognised expert in the field of evolutionary systems dynamics and Spiral Dynamics Integral in particular. He has had his first book published in English and Dutch (Evolutionary Leadership). He is currently researching the application of noetic science and energetics to whole systems transitions. In this context, he is working on a Ph.D. with Ubiquity’s Wisdom School. For more information, see, and CV on LinkedIn. Title of Peter’s speech: “Ubiquity University and the Disruption of Higher Education”

Hildur Jackson

Hildur Jackson was born in Denmark in 1942 and has spent most of her life in the suburbs of Copenhagen. She has a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Copenhagen and also did postgraduate studies there in cultural sociology. She has been married to Ross Jackson since 1967, has 3 sons and 5 grandchildren

She is a long time grass roots activist, (natural birth, women’s movement, local community movements, technology and society, organic farming). Her passion to solve women’s dilemma between full time work and being isolated and dependent as housewives inspired her to co-found one of the first Danish cohousings in 1972.

In 1987 she and her husband Ross initiated Gaia Trust with the purpose of healing Gaia. Together with Ross and Bernard Lietaer she formulated the Gaia Trust strategy – with primary emphasis on yin (how we want to live with each other and the natural world) with support from yang (technology and economy ).

Elevator pitch

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10.50 - 11.15 Break out section 1. - Smoothies

11.15- 12.05 Reinventing Politics

What is common in old paradigm political worldviews is the strong insistence to historic dividedness and cultural differences as well as the complete lack or rejection of the holistic approach in dealing with grave social, political, and ecological problems. The vision and practice of a wisdom based society can turn knowledge into organic and holistic practices to replace gradually the old paradigm of a knowledge-based society. There are, however serious signs of fundamental change both in the functioning of the world system and in the way of thinking about it and analyzing it. The construction of a new narrative to take us into the future requires the input of each of us, and the time for action is now

Sandor Kerekes

Professor Sándor Kerekes introduced Environmental Education to the Corvinus University of Budapest in the early 1990s and soon after founded the Department of Environmental Economics and Technology. He published dozens of books and textbooks on environmental management and exonomics. A decade later he became Academic Director of the MBA programmes at Corvinus School of Management and in recent years served as Vice Rector of the University. Professor Kerekes also promoted preventive environmental practices in the region and founded the Hungarian Cleaner Production Center as well as served as the national coordinator of the Transfer of Environmentally Sound Technologies. He has been Vice President of the National Environmental Council, member of the President’s Environmental Scientific Council of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Chairman of the Hungarian Accreditation Body’s Economic and Business Administration Committee. In 2013, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the Warsaw School of Business and currently heads the Doctoral School for Management and Business Administration at Kaposvár University – Hungary.

Jody Jensen

Jody Jensen is a senior research fellow at the Institute of Political Sciences at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is the director of international relations at the Institute of Social and European Studies which she helped to found. For many years she was the Hungarian and then regional director of the international NGO Ashoka: Innovators for the Public which supports social entrepreneurship around the world. She teaches frequently abroad and also works for the European Commission in Brussels for the Jean Monnet Program and the Erasmus Mundus Program. Her major fields of research and publication include globalization, global governance, transformation of the nation state, governing global markets and global civil society.

Some of her most recent publications include: Reframing Europe’s Future, ed. with Ferenc Miszlivetz, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2014; Globalizáció es Új Kormányzás, MTA Társadalomtudományi Intézet, Politikatudományi Intézet, Mundus Novus Könyvek, 2014; Global Challenges – European Answers: The Rise of Glocality in Europe, with Ferenc Miszlivetz. Szombathely: Savaria University Press, 2013Globalizing Governance in a Multi-Stakeholder World. Saarbrucken: Lambert Academic Publishing, 2010; From Transition to Globalization: New Challenges for Democracy, the Media and Society, with József Bayer, Budapest: MTA Institute of Political Science, 2007Europe Bound: Faultlines and Frontlines of Security in the Balkans, Szombathely: Savaria University Press, 2004.

Ferenc Miszlivetz

Ferenc Miszlivetz is a Jean Monnet professor ad personam, sociologist and political scientist and a doctor of the Hungarian Academy of Science. His research interests include democracy in theory and practice, civil society, citizenship, regional and European Studies, globalization and sustainability. He is the academic director of the Institute for Global and European Integration Studies at the Corvinus University and scientific advisor at the Institute for Political Sciences of the Hungarian Academy. Professor Miszlivetz has taught, lectured and done research in numerous universities in Europe and the United States including UC Berkeley and Harvard. He is a permanent visiting professor at the University of Bologna. In 2012 he was a Deák Visiting Professor at Columbia University in New York. Professor Miszlivetz is also the founder and director of the board of the Institute for Social and European Studies (ISES) Foundation and a UNESCO Chair in Cultural Heritage Management and Sustainability in Kőszeg.

12.05 - 13.20 Break out session 2. - Lunch

13.20 - 14.20 Reinventing Economy

Could entirely new, independent, currencies enable businesses and communities to trade more efficiently? Could they help increase utility with less resource consumption? Could they encourage more local trade? Could currencies be the most important blindspot of the movement for sustainability and the circular economy?
In this session we explore these questions, and point to very initial research that suggests much could be achieved through currency innovation for sustainable development.

Dr Jem Bendell: Transforming Money is the Foundation of Transition

A Professor of Sustainability Leadership and Founder of the Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS) at the University of Cumbria (UK). The Institute runs the world’s largest MBA in sustainability, with over 1000 students from over 100 countries. A graduate of the University of Cambridge, he has twenty years of experience in sustainable business and finance, as a researcher, educator, facilitator, advisor, & entrepreneur, having lived & worked in six countries. Clients for his strategy development include international corporations, UN agencies and international NGOs. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has recognised Professor Bendell as a Young Global Leader for his work on sustainable business alliances. With over 100 publications, including four books and five UN reports, he regularly appears in international media on topics of sustainable business and finance, as well as currency innovation. His TEDx talk is the most watched online speech on complementary currencies. In 2012 Professor Bendell co-authored the WEF report on the Sharing Economy. He is a special advisor to the United Nations department that convenes the Sustainable Stock Exchanges initiative. Previously he helped create innovative alliances, including the Marine Stewardship Council, to endorse sustainable fisheries and The Finance Innovation Lab, to promote sustainable finance. In 2007 he wrote a report for WWF on the responsibility of luxury brands, which appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines worldwide, and inspired a number of entrepreneurs to create businesses in the luxury sector. Professor Bendell now specialises in leadership development, offering coaching and training to senior executives from around the world who have an interest in sustainable enterprise and finance.

In his speech Professor Bendell will explain how our current monetary system makes a transition to a more resilient and fair socio-economic system impossible. He will show the ways that people are working to both reform and transcend the system, including currency innovations. He will warn that innovations in private currency and exchange systems could replace existing power structures without empowering communities, so a broader range of stakeholders must become involved in shaping these innovations now, so they serve transition not decay.

Ross Jackson

Ross Jackson has for many years been an innovative leader in both the business and NGO worlds. His business career has been as an independent IT consultant and software designer, specializing in international finance.

Among other things, he co-founded in 1971 SimCorp, which is today a leading global financial software company and listed on the NASDAQ OMX Nordic Exchange. In 1988, he founded the first international hedge fund dealing exclusively with interbank currency trading. He is chairman of Gaia Trust, a Danish-based charitable entity he co-founded in 1987 to promote a more sustainable and spiritual world.

Gaia Trust has financed hundreds of sustainability projects in over 30 countries as well as several “green” start-ups in Denmark, and continues to support two major international NGO initiatives-the Global Ecovillage Network and Gaia Education.

Ross’ undergraduate degree was in Engineering Physics in Canada, followed by a Master’s degree in Industrial Management at Purdue University and a PhD in Operations Research, the science of problem solving, at Case Western Reserve University in the USA. Born a Canadian, he has since 1964 lived in Denmark, and became a Danish citizen in 1972. His current business interests include Urtekram, the leading organic foods wholesaler in Scandinavia, of which he is the major shareholder. He lives with his Danish wife, Hildur, on an organic farm near Copenhagen.

14.20 - 14.50 Break out session 3 - coffee

14.50 - 15.50 Reinventing leadership

Leadership is a central force in shaping the ongoing paradigm shift towards a sustainable future for individuals, corporations and societies. The urgent task is to improve our ability to lead change and combine the individual internal orientation with a global perspective.
In this session we explore the concept of postformal leadership and discuss the burning question: How can we release that unique leader in each of us who can most powerfully and positively live the ACT of Leadership – developing Awareness, Connection and Transformation.

Jefferson Cann

Jefferson’s primary aim as an international coach, facilitator and speaker is the development of high-performance leadership behaviours  that enable the liberation of human potential and the fulfilment of the individual, their teams and their companies. Following a successful, 25-year, international, career in pharmaceuticals, he has been delivering Leadership Performance Coaching at board level and below across all sectors across the world, and has developed high-level expertise in personal, team and cultural leadership development. Jefferson believes that all leadership begins with how we lead ourselves – only when we can do that can we truly lead others and organisations.  This  requires the integration of the individual’s mental, emotional, spiritual and physical dimensions. With Nigel Linacre he is the co-founder of Extraordinary Leadership, and LeadDirect, and with Nigel and Todd Eden of LeadNow!.  Jefferson has written numerous articles and blogs and is co-author of “An Introduction to 3-Dimensional Leadership” with Nigel. Jefferson is also co-founder of the new Initiative for Organisational Evolution.

Karen Blincoe

Karen Blincoe is a board member of Transition World. She is a consultant, educator and designer in sustainability issues, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK and Member of Design Denmark. Karen is the founder of the International Centre for Innovation and Sustainability (ICIS), DK. She set up the centre in Denmark in 2001 to teach and develop educational modules and programmes for designers and architects in topics relating to sustainability, professional practise, leadership and business innovation. She has helped develop and is the chairman of Chora Connection, a new centre for sustainability and resilience based in Copenhagen. She has been President of Danish Designers, Director of Schumacher College, UK and is Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Arts at Brighton University in England. She has also been appointed a board member of the Energy Academy, Samsø. Karen lectures on sustainability issues on all continents and is privately interested in personal development, leadership and spirituality.

15.50 - 16.05 Future

Embracing the future

We have entered unprecedented times. We are heading into a future where different dynamics of development will emerge; and where new, often unexpected, arrangements will come into being. In this session will be discussed some of the trends that may be a part of a changing social and technological landscape. Also, looking ahead toward the new generation of young minds entering the world – and how they will become the next wave of change agents. The emerging future shows us that we all live in a global world that is connected – and communicating – like never before.

Connecting the world - Kingsley L. Dennis

Kingsley L Dennis, PhD, is a sociologist, researcher, and writer.  He prev
iously worked in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, UK. Kingsley is the author of numerous articles on social futures; technology and new media communications; global affairs; and conscious evolution. He is the co-author (with Bente Milton & Duane Elgin) of the study ‘New Media for a New Future: The Emerging Digital Landscape for a Planetary Society‘ produced as part of the Fuji Declaration for The Goi Peace Foundation.

He is the author of several critically acclaimed books including ‘The Phoenix Generation’ (2014); ‘Breaking the Spell’ (2013); ‘New Revolutions for a Small Planet’ (2012) ; Struggle For Your Mind’ (2012); ‘New Consciousness for a New World’ (2011)‘After the Car’ (2009 – with Prof. John Urry); and the celebrated ‘Dawn of the Akashic Age’ (2013 – with Ervin Laszlo). He currently lives in Andalusia, Spain.

Connecting the world – speech by Kingsley L. Dennis

We are living through a time of great transition – the upcoming decades are more likely to be based aroundpotentials rather than linear trends and forecasts. The future will be about embracing new models and values of collaboration, connection, communication, and consciousness. Already there are countless examples of how this wave of change is occurring across the planet. Such examples include how people interact with new technologies; the impacts of social media; the new emerging generation; and the rise of a global empathic mindset. The future demands a new responsibility from us – one of participation and the energy of connectivity. Those generations that come after us will be born as change rather than being born into change – and a new thinking will arise from the ashes of the old.

16.05 - 16.55 Connecting the dots - Break out session

18.00 - 18.15 Departure for the Castle

Gala Evening

Castle Kronborg at 19.00

Gala Evening

DAY 2 – Sunday 17 May


Visiting Kierkegaard's favorite place


                9.30 Departure for Gilleleje

10.00 – 10.30 A walk along the Kierkegaard path

10.30 – 11.00 Departure for Gribskov Culture Hall

11.00 - 11.15 Kristoffer Almlund: Welcome to Gribskov

Kristoffer Almlund – Headmaster of Gribskov College

11.15 - 12.30 Standing into the future Part 1.

The “7th generation” principle which is embraced by Native American and indigenous tribes throughout the world says that in every decision, be it personal, governmental or corporate, we must consider how it will affect our descendents seven generations into the future. It is our responsibility to ensure that common goods such as clean air water and healthy food will still be here for them to enjoy.
When was the last time any of us thought about who’s coming along seven generations from now?It is clearly not a principle which is embraced by most governments and corporations in the world today.
In this session we will enter into a dialogue with our descendants and address the burning question: Are we being good ancestors?

Part 1. Tony Gonzales - Introducing the 7th generation principle

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Part 2. Meeting the 7th generation - Facilitated by Richard Olivier

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12.30 - 13.00 Lunch break

13.00 - 15.00 Standing into the future Part 2. Harvesting the Qualities for Evolutionary Action - Elke Esders and Jefferson Cann

In this session, we will work together to harvest the learnings from day 1 plus the insights and experiences of exploring the “7th generation”, so that we can take them with us as a common basis for action moving forward. Through a simple co-creative process – rooted firmly in personal experience that is then effectively integrated into group expression – 7 qualities, values or principles will emerge from our collective presence – these will be the guides, the frame-of-reference, for our positive, evolutionary action in the future. We will then have the opportunity to develop visions, plans and commitments for action at the personal and group levels to ensure that the value of our time together benefits the greater whole in the most positive and effective way, becoming “the change we wish to see”.

15.00 - 15.15 Coffee break

15.15 - 17.00 Pitching Session

Transition World aims to encourage and assist projects that seek to participate in changing the game rules. At our launch event we will have a ‘pitching session’ where people/organizations/groups will be given an open floor in which to present and pitch their ideas to a room full of game-changers, sponsors, and facilitators. If you wish to be given an opportunity to pitch your innovative idea or project – please contact us!

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