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NCP General Assembly + International Conference “Beyond sustainability: Knowledge Capital and Alternative Economics for the Anthropocene”, Ragusa, 21-22 November, 2024


The New Club of Paris together with the World Capital Institute and the University of Catania announce the International Conference

Beyond Sustainability:
Knowledge Capital and Alternative Economics for the Anthropocene

Call for Abstracts


The concepts of sustainability and regeneration have opened up to alternative economic frameworks including the circular and bioeconomic approach, social ecological economics and degrowth. The Bioeconomy refers to a more sophisticated and sustainable model of the economy based on the efficient and regenerative use of biological resources. Social ecological economics is committed to dealing with environmental depletion, finding climate just alternatives to unsustainable production and consumption, while intellectual capital can provide the qualitative grounds for degrowth.

The concept of sustainability in its advanced dimensions of knowledge-based alternative economics has thus gradually evolved compared with the original idea of bioeconomy and circular economy.


The realization of these new approaches has meant that an economic environment has developed where new skills and new capabilities are required and consequently deemed necessary for the activation of entrepreneurial dynamics. Hence, the need arises to qualitatively define the scope of these new skills as well as the methodological requirements for their education.

The theme of the delimitation and teaching of new approaches in economics, is absolutely essential for the tangible and intangible creation of economic models based on these innovative principles. A gap is often witnessed between scientific and academic conceptual constructions and concrete managerial and entrepreneurial activity. As is evident, the reduction of this gap is only possible if adequate training mechanisms together with innovative and targeted teaching capable of integrating the new possibilities offered by innovative frameworks are activated alongside an adequate scientific and empirical approach.

Following this approach, a different economic model would become a safeguard for democracy and for the pursuit of a specific purpose: drawing a new contract between the human and more-than-human worlds. In this sense, safeguarding natural capital and redefining the framework of interactions at a social and economic level would take on the value of protecting democratic rules and regulating social relations, allowing new levels of intercultural and global governance.

Contributions that can coherently address topics such as those specified below are invited:

  • Alternative models of economy and economics beyond sustainability
  • Circular bioeconomy and regenerative approaches
  • Climate justice and ecological economics
  • Social knowledge capital for degrowth
  • New impact measurements for alternative economics
  • Balancing environmental and socioeconomic goals
  • Caring for nature as a precondition for development
  • Progressive taxation: from taxing labor to taxing consumption and concentration
  • Transformation towards a common good economy
  • Teaching new paradigms: topics, methodology and dynamic integration of technology
  • Finding a way through alternatives to sustainability
  • Digital transformation, AI and technological advancements for efficiency in circular and bio-regenerative economies
  • The role of governmental institutions and public administrations in changing paradigms

Important dates

Contributions are warmly welcomed according to the following milestones and due dates:

  • Deadline for abstract submission 2nd of September 2024 (structured abstract required: background; objective; methodology; findings; implications. Max. 1000 words) to email
  • Abstract acceptance notification 16th of September 2024

Publication opportunity

Publication opportunities, that will be announced shortly, are substantially based on a special issue of a relevant scientific journal and a book from a well-known international editor.

Conference registration and fee

Early Registration 170 Eur Before 13 October 2024
Registration 200 Eur Until 10 November 2024
Late Registration 250 Eur After 11 November 2024

More information about the conference and the call for Abstracts can be found here:

NCP General Assembly

The NCP General Assembly will take place on November 22nd, 2:00 – 4:00 pm CET, University of Catania, Ragusa, Italy, and online. Please book the date in advance. The remote access link will be shared closer to the event. More Information about the General Assembly and the conference will be available soon.

Knowledge Cities World Summit 2023, Lindau, Germany, November, 28-30th, 2023

An international transdisciplinary conference at the intersection of knowledge management and urban development for regeneration Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS) 2023_will take place in Lindau, Germany, from November 28 to 30, 2023.

“Adapting to climate change through the regenerative transformation of cities and regions” is the theme for this year’s KCWS.

The conference focuses on four thematic areas that are currently considered crucial for necessary change processes:

– Socio-ecological transformation needs in cities and regions

– Culture and art as fundamental references for successful change processes

– Reforms for future education to address planetary issues

– The role of artificial intelligence in the Anthropocene and its impact on it

The NCP Roundtable on Sustainable Transformation of Cities and Regions: Understanding, Enabling and Shaping Profound Change will take place on November, 29th, 9:30 – 11:30.

Led by: Stefan Guldenberg, Klaus North, Waltraut Ritter

The preliminary program of the conference can be downloaded from here:Preliminary Program

More information about the event is available here: World Capital Institute

4th WICI Europe International Policy Conference “INTANGIBLES: THE EUROPEAN STATE OF THE ART”, Brussels, 1 December, 2023


With this International biennial Conference series, WICI Europe, the regional jurisdiction of the Global International Association WICI (World Intangible Capitals Initiative), aims to investigate the central importance of intangibles and the associated information for the long-term, inclusive, and balanced growth of European companies, markets, and regions; in so doing, the event series intends to relaunch and foster at the policy level the crucial issues, dynamics, and reflections linked to these “special” resources for the management, development, and growth of a knowledge-based, digital, sustainable and inclusive global economy.

For many years, academics and other commentators have expressed their concern that the current financial reporting model largely “hides” the contribution that the most important intangibles – especially if internally generated – make to both business performance and value creation. In this vein, several observers believe that financial reporting today does not fully reflect the real strengths of a company, its sources of competitiveness, and its capacity to create long-term value as well as its sustainability over time. And yet the pervasiveness and transversal nature as well as the elusiveness of these resources make it difficult to manage and measure them in a coherent and holistic way at organizational, industry, and macro levels.

On the other hand, in this crucial moment for the promotion of the sustainable behavior of companies, especially in the European Union, it is to be noted that the disclosure of intangibles is an integral part of the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) (a new addition to art. 19 (1) of the 2013 Accounting Directive). In this respect, the EU is going to be the first economically advanced region of the world to mandate the disclosure of sustainability- and non-sustainability-related intangibles in the company reporting system.

Furthermore, as pointed out in a 2021 joint WICI-Value Reporting Foundation position paper, some SDGs (growth, decent work, responsible production) cannot be achieved without the contribution of intangibles. In other words, there seems to be no contradiction between pursuing corporate sustainability and developing and disclosing intangible capital (human, social-relational, and organizational-intellectual). Indeed, the two are the pillars of a new economic and financial system and of an innovative way to carry out business and corporate governance activity.

After the successful events held in Paris (2015), Frankfurt (2017), and Brussels (2019), and a pause due to the pandemic crisis, the objective of this hybrid format Conference is to engage with European and international institutions and a diversity of stakeholders interested in contributing, from a policy perspective, towards a better understanding, measurement, reporting, and management of intangibles, thus providing new inputs and ideas towards these crucial reporting issues for the future.


In-person participation in Brussels:Link

Online participation:Link

Participation is free of charge, but previous online registration is requested.


MORNING – START AT 9:15 (CET) – Plenary Room

Welcome coffee from 8.45 am

09:15 – WELCOME

Jean-Philippe Desmartin (Chair, WICI Europe; Head of Responsible Investment, Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management; and Co-Chair, EFFAS Commission on ESG)

Takayuki Sumita (Chair, WICI Japan, and member of the “Integrated Reporting and Connectivity Council” (IRCC), IFRS Foundation) (video message)

Hans Buysse (Chair, Administrative Board, EFRAG)


Stefano Zambon, (Secretary General, WICI Italy-O.I.B.R.; Co-founder and former Chair, WICI Global; and member of the “Integrated Reporting and Connectivity Council” (IRCC), IFRS Foundation)

Jean-Philippe Desmartin (Chair, WICI Europe; Head of Responsible Investment, Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management; and Co-Chair, EFFAS Commission on ESG)

Mario Abela (Chair, WICI Global; Strategic Advisor, Value Balancing Alliance; and member of the “Connectivity Council”, EFRAG)


Sven Gentner (Head of Corporate Reporting Unit, DG FISMA, European Commission)

Futoshi Nasuno (Secretary General, Cabinet Office, Japanese Government)

Alessandro D’Eri (Senior Policy Officer, ESMA) (tbc)

Chair: TBA


Jean-Baptiste Rouphael (Head of Sustainability Research, ODDO BHF); Francois Perrin (Head of ESG, GBL-Groupe Bruxelles Lambert); DWS or Schroeder

Chair: Jean-Philippe Desmartin (Head of Responsible Investment, Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management; Co-Chair, EFFAS Commission on ESG; and Chair, WICI Europe)

11:10 – 11:25 QUICK COFFEE BREAK


Tjeerd Krumpelman (Head of Advisory, Reporting & Engagement, ABN AMRO); Giorgio Calimani (Head of Financial Statements and Administration – Pirelli Group) (tbc) or Jan Bishop (CFO, Roche) (tbc); SAP

Chair: Michel Dewolfs (Chair, WICI Belgium, and Co-CEO, Areopa)


Andreas Barckow (Chair, International Accounting Standards Board-IASB)

Intangibles: The Roadmap of the IASB

Chair: Hans Buysse (Chair, Administrative Board, EFRAG)


Patrick de Cambourg (Chair, Sustainability Reporting Board, EFRAG) (in video connection)

Richard Barker (Board member, International Sustainability Standards Board-ISSB) (tbc)

Eelco van der Enden (CEO, Global Reporting Initiative-GRI)

Chair: Stefano Zambon, (Secretary General, WICI Italy-O.I.B.R. Foundation; and Professor of Business Economics, University of Ferrara)

13:10 – 14.00 – LUNCH



Georg Lanfermann (Chair, German Accounting Standard Setter-DRSC); Laura Girella (Technical Director, Connectivity and Integrated Reporting, IFRS Foundation); Chiara Del Prete (Chair, Sustainability Reporting TEG, EFRAG; former Chair, Financial Reporting TEG, EFRAG; and Chair of the International Forum of Accounting Standard Setters); Seema Jamil-O’Neill(Technical Director, UK Endorsement Board-UKEB)

Chair: Mario Abela (Chair, WICI Global)

1st SLOT OF PARALLEL SESSIONS (15.00 – 15.40)


Stephane Trebucq (Professor of Human Capital and Global Performance, University of Bordeaux)

Andre Gorius (President, WICI France-Institut Francsis de l’lmmateriel-IFI)

Michael Kos (Intellectual Property Finance and Valuation Expert, World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO)

Chair: TBC


Tjeerd Krumpelman (Head of Advisory, Reporting & Engagement, ABN AMRO)

Martjin Bos (Eumedion) (tbc)

Jed Wrigley (Senior Advisor, Eight Roads) (tbc)

Chair: Michel Dewolfs (President, WICI Belgium, and Co-CEO, Areopa Group)

2nd SLOT OF PARALLEL SESSIONS (15.40 – 16.20)


Ludo Pyis (Founder and President, Areopa)

Paul Thompson (EFAA Director) (tbc)

Gianluca Manca (European Banking Federation (tbc)

Chair: Alessandro Lai (President, WICI Italy/Italian Foundation for Business Reporting-O.I.B.R.)


Presentations by:

Christina Dargenidou (University of Exeter)

Janice Denouncourt (Nottingham Trent Business School)

Clemence Garcia (Gakushuin University, Tokyo)

Laura Girella (University of Modena and Reggio Emilia)

Jan Marton (University of Gothenburg)

Chair: Stefano Zambon (Professor of Business Economics, University of Ferrara)


Jean-Philippe Desmartin (Chair, WICI Europe; Head of Responsible Investment, Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management; and Co-Chair, EFFAS Commission on ESG)



New initiative to foster intergenerational dialoguing “World Values Day: Intergenerational Knowledge Cafe”, October 12th and 19th, 2023

David Gurteen has been running the World Values Day Knowledge Cafe each year since WVD (World Values Day) began in 2016: David Gurteenand World Values Day.

This year we are planning something rather different – an intergenerational values-based conversation between “Elders” (aged over 60) and “Youngers” (young people between 16 and 18).

We are working with Hank Kune of Educore, co-founder of Time’s Arrow, Global Lab for Social Innovation and other societal innovation initiatives, and other partners in countries around the world.

We’d like help in recruiting around 10 to 12 schools in the UK/European/Indian/African time zones who might be interested in putting forward 4-6 pupils each.

If you have any suggestions please let us know at and we will follow them up with you or with the suggested contact as appropriate.

What are we aiming to achieve?

  • Enhancing the capacity of young people and elders to understand each other
  • Discovering what is important for both groups (young people and elders)
  • Exploring new ideas about how values are important for renewing society
  • Reducing Intergenerational Illiteracy

What do we really know about what other generations think? What do they think about? What’s important to them, when thinking about the future they want to live in?

Our two target groups – young people 16-18 years old and elders older than 60 – are groups in society that rarely talk to and listen to – and learn from – each other. We believe that they have lots to say to each other: sharing their questions about what’s important in life, and their ideas questions about what they value.

But how to support their conversations?

Many teenagers don’t know any seniors except their own family members. Most elders have little or no contact with teenagers except for their own grandchildren. And not only don’t they speak with each other, they are two groups in society whose voices very often don’t get heard in discussions about improving society. Teenagers don’t vote yet, and haven’t been to university – and far too often once elders retire, their opinions no longer ‘count’, and they are put into boxes called grandparenting (“you’ve done enough, spend time with your grandchildren, there’s no reason for you to continue contributing to society’s well-being”).

This initiative aims to put these two generations together. We want to help people learn to dialogue: across ages, across cultures, and across continents.

In September 2021, the United Nations Secretary-General released his Our Common Agenda report. It contains a clear focus on the future, including ‘solidarity between generations’, and a ‘deepening of solidarity with the world’s young people and future generations.

We ask again: what do different generations know about each other? How do they communicate with each other? How can we work for integrational solidarity unless they begin the talk with each other, across borders of every kind?

We’re prototyping this Intergenerational Knowledge Cafe on World Values Day, October 19th, 2023, with another similar Cafe a week before on October 12th. The potential participants will be from different parts of Europe, the Middle East, India, and Africa, to help bridge this intergenerational divide.

Ideally, they will be the first in a series of intergenerational conversations of this kind, with different groups and in different time zones.

Attributes that will enable organizations to target the most suitable participants:

  • 16 – 18 years old
  • Mix of genders
  • English-speaking
  • Curiosity
  • Interested in crossing borders (of every kind)
  • [Perhaps] Thinking about big decisions in their lives (e.g. what to do after graduating)

Main topics to be discussed:

  • What’s important to you (and why)
  • What are the values that bring us together
  • What kind of world they’d like to see in 10 years

How – logistics

As part of the World Values Day campaign, the Cafe is planned for two dates: October 12th (one week ahead of World Values Day) and October 19th which is World Values Day itself.

The conversations will be held online, using Zoom as a platform at

  • 09:30 in the UK and Ireland, and parts of Africa
  • 10:30 in Continental Europe, and parts of Africa
  • 12:30 in the Middle East
  • 14:00 in India

On each of the two dates we want to target: 50-60 attendees: 30 Youngers, and 30 Elders from several countries. As the Cafe will be during school term time, ideally, we would ideally like five to six schools from a few different countries to participate in each session, with each school contributing five students with a mix of genders.

Knowledge Cafe format:

The Knowledge Cafe is a conversational process that brings people together to share experiences, learn from each other, build relationships, and make a better sense of a complex, rapidly changing world. It is a simple but flexible conversational event. At its purest, the Cafe allows people to have a conversation on topics of mutual interest, in order to better understand an issue. It is, at its best, a powerful sense-making experience.

What is different about the Knowledge Cafe, compared to similar methodologies, is that no attempt is made to make decisions or reach consensus as part of the Cafe. The real outcomes are what people take away in their heads and the relationships that are developed.

On both the 12th and 19th of October, the Intergenerational Cafe (IGC) will have the following structure:

  • Plenary Beginning
  • Three rounds of small group conversation, each with different people, about a related question
  • Plenary sharing of ideas and conclusions
  • Questions like the following will be posed to the small group participants (tentative)
  • What do I see in the world when you look around?
  • Why is it important to me?
  • What can we do about it?

This plan is tentative. We intend to involve young people in the detailed design of the Cafe. Please contact us for further information or with any suggestions at

NCP Summer Meeting + General Assembly and 24th ECKM, Lisbon, 7-8 September, 2023

The NCP General Assembly will take place on September 8th, 13:00 – 15:00 Lisbon time (14:00 – 16:00 CEST), and can be joined either onsite or online. Those willing to join the Zoom session will find the link in the 11th NCP Newsletter (distributed in early July).

The onsite program in Lisbon:

7.9.2023 – 8.9.2023 (ISCTE – Instituto Universitario de Lisboa) ECKM – 24th European Conference of Knowledge Management. Participation and publication discount for the NCP members – 25%. More information about the conference:

7.9.2023, 16:00 – 18:00 Lisbon time (ISCTE) Round table discussion “Futurizing IC for better society”. Keynote speakers: Leif Edvinsson (NCP), Stefan Gueldenberg (NCP), representatives of the city of Lisbon, and representatives of the ISCTE. Moderator: Florinda Matos.

7.9.2023, 19:30 Lisbon time (“Casa do Alentejo” Restaurant, Rua Portas de Santo Antao, 58, 1150-268 Lisbon) Gala Dinner: Dinner for ECKM participants and NCP GA members. The dinner fee is 55 euros per person for non-ECKM participants.

8.9.2023, 10:00 – 12:00 Lisbon time (ISCTE) NCP Board Meeting + Invited members

8.9.2023, 13:00 – 15:00 Lisbon time (ISCTE, Building 1, Auditorium ONE01 – aquete de Oliveira) NCP General Assembly (onsite and online)

8.9.2023, 17:00 – 18:00 Lisbon time (ISCTE) Closing event for NCP members only “Portuguese IC 5.0”.

For non-ECKM participants, the fee for lunch and coffee breaks is 20 euros per person for each day.

NCP members attending the NCP Summer Meeting are kindly asked to fill out the following form:

For more information on organizational issues please contact Florinda Matos at (+351) 965 062 599



Lisbon Airport is the nearest airport to ISCTE – IUL
Contact: (+351) 218413500

To get from Lisbon Airport to ISCTE – IUL, there are multiple types of transport available:

  • Taxi – costs between 10 euros and 15 euros.
  • Uber / Bolt – costs around 6 euros.
  • Subway – from station “Aeroporto” to “Saldanha” (Red Line – S. Sebastiano direction) and then from “Saldanha” to “Entrecampos” (Yellow Line – Rato direction).
    One-way subway ticket costs1,65 euros (it is valid for multiple lines).
    More information here:
  • Train – “Garedo Oriente” train station – You need to catch the subway from “Aeroporto” station to “Oriente” station (Red Line – S. Sebastiano direction) and then catch a train that stops at “Entrecampos” station (most urban trains stop there).
    A one-way train ticket costs 1,35 euros.
    More information here:
  • Bus – You need to catch a bus that stops near “Entrecampos”.
    Costs between 1,65 euros and 2 euros.
    More information here:

NCP Fall Meeting “Creating Sustainable Wealth in a Global Knowledge Economy”, Barcelona, 20-21 October, 2022

The NCP Fall Meeting took place on October 20-21, 2022, in Barcelona. The meeting was initiated by the club members Professor Jose Maria Viedma Marti, Julia Manzanas Mondejar, and Dr. Heloisa Oliveira. Many thanks to them for the excellent reception of the NCP community and the possibility to meet representatives of the Collegi d’Economistes de Catalunya, Associacio Catalana de Compatabilitat i Direccio ACCID, and Generalitat de Catalunya ACCIO.

The meeting discussed issues related to the creation of sustainable wealth in the global knowledge economy. Discussions focused on the role of institutions, changes in regional intellectual capital, the impact of emerging technologies, as well as trust, ethics, and negotiation.

Many thanks to the Collegi d’Economistes de Catalunya, Associacio Catalana de Compatabilitat i Direccio ACCID, and Generalitat de Catalunya ACCIO for their cooperation with the NCP and active contribution to knowledge capital development in the region.

Also, NCP members visited the Barcelonian Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) which is an international biomedical research institute of excellence in the region. The latest genetic engineering solutions that save humanity from the most complex diseases are developed here. More than 500 people implement their research including a lot of ERC grantees developing their ideas here in the center. Many spin-offs are born here thanks to doctors, engineers, mathematicians, microbiologists, genetic engineers, and entrepreneurs. Well-organized talent management, knowledge transfer, and intellectual capital development solutions contribute enormously to the progress of the region.

On behalf of the NCP community many thanks to the director of the CRG Luis Serrano Pubul and the head of the infrastructure Eduard Sabido for exchanging know-how with the NCP community visiting the region. And big thanks to Julia Manzanas Mondejar, Dr. Heloisa Oliveira, and Jose Maria Viedma for this wonderful opportunity.
















NCP Fall Meeting “Creating Sustainable Wealth in a Global Knowledge Economy”, Barcelona, 20-21 October, 2022



Day 1

Day 2

To connect remotely, please contact Mr. Julia Manzanas at

Venue: Collegi d’Economistes de Catalunya,

Gala Placidia Square 32,


Hotels near the venue:

NCP Board member – Waltraut Ritter

Waltraut Ritter is the founder of Knowledge Dialogues, and works on transdisciplinary, applied research projects on societal transformation which requires new forms of engagement and communication between different stakeholders, organizations, institutions, and individuals.

Ritter is an information scientist specializing in applied research on knowledge-based society at Knowledge Dialogues, which she founded in 1997. Research areas include urban and regional innovation systems, public sector innovation, data governance in digital/smart cities, and sustainable urban mobility. She regularly contributes on these topics to working groups of international and multilateral organizations within the UN system.

She is a member of the Euro-Asia Management Studies Organisation (EAMSA), the European Women’s Management Development Network (EWMD), the International Council on Knowledge Management (ICKM), and is a founding member of the New Club of Paris.

NCP Summer Meeting + General Assembly and 17th ICKM, Potsdam, 23-25 June, 2022

The NCP Summer Meeting and the General Assembly took place on the 23rd-25th of June in Potsdam along with the 17th ICKM conference held there. The NCP community had a great opportunity to meet face-to-face again after more than 3 years of the Pandemic period.

The remote initiatives and workshops held during the Pandemic were discussed in the meeting acknowledging that the NCP Working groups were successfully moving forward in their activities during that period.

The survey results regarding the NCP’s vision were discussed. The NCP Board was renewed. Three new members were invited to join the Club as full members.

The members were engaged in participating and presenting their research at the ICKM. Lots of live discussions and talks with the international community on the latest issues of the knowledge economy took place.

Two round table discussions with the Potsdam city administration and the Potsdam community on how to transform the City from a Science City to a City of Knowledge in order to foster its development were initiated by the NCP. An excellent city tour around Potsdam was organized.

And last, but not least, the NCP community had a lot of enjoyable moments together after three years of not meeting in person. The photos below capture just some of them.






Calls for papers on Digital Strategy and Digital Leadership

Swiss Journal of Business Research and Practice on Rethinking Leadership in the Digital Age

(submission deadline: 1 October 2022):


Journal of Digital Economy on Digital Strategy, Artificial Intelligence and the Platform Economy

(submission deadline: 30 November 2022):