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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



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:

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):

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

The NCP General Assembly will take place on June 24th, 13h30 – 15h00 (CEST) and can be joined either onsite or online. Those willing to join the zoom session please find the link in the 6th NCP Newsletter (distributed on June 6th).

The onsite program in Potsdam:

23.6.2022 (Fachhochschule Potsdam – University of Applied Sciences, Kiepenheuerallee 5, D-14469 Potsdam, Building D)
Meeting and greeting at ICKM coffee breaks, lunch breaks, and dinner

24.6.2022 (Fachhochschule Potsdam – University of Applied Sciences, Kiepenheuerallee 5, D-14469 Potsdam, Building D, Room D/228)
10h15 – 11h45 NCP Workshop about the Future of NCP
13h30 – 15h00 NCP General Assembly
15h30 – 17h30 NCP Workshop about the Ongoing Projects including the Barcelona Fall meeting
18h00 NCP Dinner (location will be announced on-site)

25.6.2022 Wissenschaftsetage Potsdam, Am Kanal 47, D-14469 Potsdam
13h30 – 15h00 Special NCP Event: Potsdam: From Science City to City of Knowledge Transfer? A discussion on knowledge/science city development
15h15 – 17h15 Potsdam City Tour

In parallel, we kindly invite you to take part in the 17th International Conference on Knowledge Management (ICKM) on “Knowledge, Uncertainty, and Risks: From individual to a global scale”. The NCP members Susanne Durst, Ortwin Renn and Dave Snowden will present their research and insights at the conference. More information on joining the ICKM is available at: and in the 6th NCP Newsletter.

More information on accommodation and traveling is available here:

Positive Cartography’s Mapathon 21 on 23 – 25 September 2021

How can we map desired futures together?

Positive Cartography’s Mapathon 21 is launching in less than 4 weeks.

Dates: 23 – 24 – 25 September 2021 

 A three-day event that invites people and groups from different countries and backgrounds to organize Positive Cartography sessions around the question:

What does the world look like in 2025, beyond Covid-19?

This Mapathon invites you to think in a positive way about the world you would like to live in – in 2025, beyond Covid-19 – and about the steps needed to get there.

Let’s over-voice together the negative images of the future so prevalent in the media. So many people are disheartened by the negative prognosis of many recent attempts to anticipate the future. Dark and frightening predictions are a wake-up call, but they can also scare people into apathy. Positive images focus the imagination, and can move us to action. Positive maps help us navigate the future.

Get in touch for more information and join Mapathon 21.

Find all event information at:

ICM For Future Knowledge Navigation – SDG 17 And COVID-19: Supreme vs. Subprime Knowledge

Knowledge Navigation – SDG 17 And COVID-19: Supreme vs. Subprime Knowledge

by Prof. Leif Edvinsson / Dr. Astrid Szogs / Günther M. Szogs (New Club of Paris) ICM For Future

November 2020

In the past decades many of us were engaged in a great variety of Intellectual Capital Management endeavours (ICM used as broader concept than „Wissensmanagement“): NCP, LearnTec, KnowTec, Knowledge Manager of The Year Award, Future Center Alliance with Noburo Konno pioneering Ecosyx, MoWiN Innovationlab https:// and SCALE UP, MIT-U_Lab and HBdV, Aalto Camp for Societal Innovation, IMO, AWV, BIGA, SI-Drive, the Leonardo European Corporate Learning Award, KulturCampus Frankfurt and many other local and global IC related initiatives. This still small selection of activities with excellent involvement of remarkable personalities of all walks of life symbolise two extremes in learning and knowing if viewed in the light or rather the darkness of the pandemic, the climate crisis, the unbelievable scale of ignorance, the incoherences in mobility-infrastructures, the often stone-age use of digitalisation in schools: Astonishing Excellence and Apocalyptic Catastrophe. Lets question this using UNESCO`s famous report on Education for the 21. Century: „Learning : The Treasure Within“ with its 4 pillars of learning to „know, do, living together, be“. Applying them to the SDGs in UN 75th year of existence might be one orientation for future journeys of ICM.

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Globalization and the Covid-19 crisis: The “revenge” of production, a chance for Europe

Globalization and the Covid-19 crisis:
The “revenge” of production, a chance for Europe

Ahmed Bounfour,
European Chair on Intangibles, Université Paris-Saclay
Chairman, The New Club of Paris

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The Covid-19 crisis is unprecedented: it is first of all health and human, by the number of deaths it causes and the anxiety it generates, with confinement, to varying degrees, of almost 4 billion citizens of this planet, now cognitively and affectively planetarized. It is also productive, in the sense of stopping whole swathes of economic and social activity, and in particular those of globally organized productions. Let us pause for a moment on these.

During the 1980s, the production of value was redesigned as a process of interconnection between links in a globalized chain, in which each of the segments was defined, with a primary purpose: optimizing flows and costs associated. This structuring principle of activities has been generalized, so to speak, to all productive activities, and in particular to those that can be broken down into autonomous production segments. This process has enabled globalized companies to geographically distribute value segments among countries, essentially reserving the physical production segment in the strict sense to Asian countries. But in this process of division of tasks, the productive act stricto sensu is poorly remunerated – less than 4 euros for the assembly of a smartphone, the main part of what a consumer pays (70 to 75%), going to upstream (R&D, design) and downstream (distribution) phases of the value chain. But contrary to the principle of the multiplication of sources of supply, which prevailed until the early 1980s, the optimizing logic has been pushed here to the extreme, even for low-paying links.

However with the Covid-19 crisis, the extreme fragility of the interstices between links, and in particular of the less profitable of them, appeared openely, since it is located in one country, and moreover the most “productive” of them, being directly affected by the pandemic. The productive act is brutally exposed in its original ontological fragility. From this point of view, there is an interesting reversal of the situation, by the “revolt”, in a way unconscious, of the productive segments and in particular those of the poorly remunerated links. These segments, unable to “deliver”, indicate to the globalized chain both their weakness, but also their strength. They publicly demonstrate their revenge by improvising. Beyond these segments, the production function reminds visible or invisible managers of the chain of its existence and its new requirements for consideration.

From this point of view, the Covid-19 is an objective ally of the minority productive act, in that it allows it to reveal its power; act which until now was little considered in the globalizing decisions, because “not strategic”. Now we suddenly discover that producing masks, chloroquine, is as strategic as designing or distributing them. It’s even vital, in the first sense of the word. But, in the dominant incentive system, managers are not judged on meeting the vital needs of the citizens of this planet, they are judged on their mastery of optimizing global flows. Here we find, with thirty years of delay, the impact, in many disastrous respects on the companies themselves and their know-how, of the ideology of outsourcing developed during the 1990s, which had promoted often without technically justified arguments, the irreversible predominance of the market over the hierarchy.

How to respond to this asserted distrust of the productive act? For Europe, this crisis is an opportunity. Three scenarios can be envisaged.

A scenario of continuation of the existing-Business as Usual, with a variant however: Europe seeks to reduce its systemic productive risks, by relocating certain segments of its production, but also by multiplying its double sources. Here the Maghreb, and more generally Africa, because of their natural proximity, can play a role.

A scenario of territorialized geopolitical primacy. Here Europe is rediscovering its project and its community vocation – a community of destiny redefines its production values, and considers these as closely linked to the needs of its population. Resilience, ecology and variety considerations play a key role here. European territories are regaining all their preeminence. This scenario takes up some of the elements of the previous sourcing (Mediterranean), by organizing it around these so-called values.

A scenario of globalization, oriented towards common goods. In this scenario, biodiversity, Health, education, the resilience of local productive systems, traditional knowledge, the entire sections of intellectual property (the vaccines to come), in short everything that makes humanity, are considered as common goods and valued as such. The effectiveness of such a scenario presupposes a radical change in the incentive systems and in particular those applying to the decision-makers in charge of organizing the economic activities of the world. Obviously, there is a long way to reach this goal, but this goal is not yet definitively unattainable, given the looming urgency.

For us, as scholars, in economics and management, there is also an urgent need to review our lessons and our research programs, as soon as the question of wealth creation, value and related performance is raised.