Author: ZermattSummit

30 Jul ‘I AM BECAUSE YOU ARE’ or we are who we are thanks to the relation to others, with Dr. Mamphela Aletta Ramphele

When asked what business innovation the world needs the most on the way to justice for all people and sustainability for the planet, Mamphela Ramphele responds quickly: “The most important innovation is a changed mindset.” We are speaking over a Skype line connecting California with Cape Town in South Africa. “Future success will be determined by a mindset that does not assume that the future is a continuation of the past.”
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04 Jul ‘LONG LIVE PLASTIC!’ with Catia Bastioli

In recent months—inspired by Sir David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II—the widespread problem of plastic pollution has suddenly prompted some bold action. The story of the first supermarket with a “plastic free isle” in the Netherlands went viral and inspired consumers across the globe to demand similar initiatives in their countries. In the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth in a high-profile decision banned plastic straws and bottles from all royal estates. Then a group of 40 major British companies—including Nestlé and Coca-Cola—pledged in the “UK Plastics Pact” to eradicate single-use plastics from their packaging by 2025 and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi went even further promising a ban on single-use plastics in his whole country in 2022.
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04 Jun ‘THE ZERMATT SUMMIT: HARNESSING THE POWER OF BUSINESS FOR THE COMMON GOOD’ with Christopher Wasserman

Size matters to Christopher Wasserman. In a world where bigger is supposed to be better and where billionaires rule, Wasserman, a Swiss entrepreneur, is building an intimate platform where business leaders can meet to jointly find answers to the challenges of our times. Since 2010 the Zermatt Summit has hosted an annual conference and ongoing conversations with the mission to bring people back in the economy. The credo of the Zermatt Summit is that, ultimately, people change the world—not money. “After the financial crisis of 2008, everyone seemed to think that finance was at the center of the economy and that human beings were basically objects”, Wasserman says, “we want to make sure that we adjust the focus of the economic paradigm from growth and ‘objects’ to well-being and ‘people’.”
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04 Jun ‘HOW 3D FARMING CREATES JOBS, INCOME AND FEEDS THE WORLD’ with Gunter Pauli

“We don’t ask the earth to produce more. We do more with what the earth already produces”. Gunter Pauli’s opening statement puts the conventional model of food and energy production on its head. We live in a reality wherein we ship butter, sugar, palm oil, eggs, milk and dried fruits around the globe to bake cookies that are also shipped around the world so that we can have cookies whenever and wherever we desire, at whatever cost. That oversimplified approach to production in ever-higher volumes has led to a world of hunger and pollution amidst plenty.
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04 Jun ‘FORGET FRACKING, SUSTAIN SEAWEED’ with Joost Wouters

Gas is the future. That may sound counterintuitive in an emerging world of renewable energy where new solar power records are set on a monthly basis. However, for Joost Wouters, Dutch engineer and entrepreneur at The Seaweed Company and Inrada Group, there’s no doubt: in the future, we will continue to use gas-fired stoves to cook our meals and warm our homes with gas-burning heating systems. Gas? Yes, biogas from seaweed.
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28 Feb Partnership with the OPTIC network

(Français ci-dessous) The Zermatt Summit Foundation is pleased to announce its commitment to the OPTIC network and its contribution to the reflection work this network has been undertaking. OPTIC is an international network of multi-disciplinary research initiatives created in 2012 that urges for using new technologies in full respect of the human person. Dedicated to the ethical impact of disruptive technologies, it bases its work on an explicit Christian point of view on anthropology.
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12 Jun G21 Swisstainability Forum – 29 et 30 juin 2017

Deux jours pour accélérer la transition de l’économie suisse vers la durabilité!

Pour sa septième édition, le G21 Swisstainability Forum - rendez-vous phare de l’économie durable en Suisse - aura lieu à nouveau au SwissTech Convention Center de l’EPFL. Une centaine de conférenciers sont attendus afin d’inspirer les acteurs de l’économie afin d’amorcer la transition écologique de la Suisse.
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