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House19 - Lisbon


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House19 - Lisbon


House19 

November 2-6, 2019

Lisbon

 

This world doesn’t need another purpose project. It doesn’t need more cozy gatherings. It needs us to drive change at scale, even if it’s moment by moment. An upset of the norm. A battle for beautiful business.

There will be keynote talks, panels, and workshops—but it will not be a conference. There will be concerts, movies, and dance—but it will not be entertainment. There will be a boat ride, dinners-around-town, and late-night-living rooms—but it will not be comfortable.

Welcome to House19.

 
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A battle for what we believe is worth fighting for.

Fixing capitalism. Creating a humanist operating system for companies. Celebrating humans as anti-machines in an age of machines. Actually, becoming climate-positive human beings. Enjoying moments of connection, affection, and wonder that make “our shared humanity” not just a cliché line but something that makes us cry.

We don’t just want you to commit to this battle. We want you to fall in love with it. And you will not be alone. The Residents at the House of Beautiful Business 2019 have your back, including:

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Moon Ribas

CO-FOUNDER, CYBORG FOUNDATION

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Sir Paul Collier

PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AND PUBLIC POLICY, BLAVATNIK SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT, UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD; AUTHOR, THE FUTURE OF CAPITALISM

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Josh Payton

DESIGN DIRECTOR, AIRBNB

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Cheraé Robinson

FOUNDER AND CEO, TASTEMAKERS AFRICA

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Kristina Lunz

CO-FOUNDER AND GERMANY DIRECTOR, CENTRE FOR FEMINIST FOREIGN POLICY

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David Li

CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, SHENZHEN OPEN INNOVATION LAB

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Roberto Veronese

VICE PRESIDENT, PRODUCT STRATEGY AND DESIGN, HELIX

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Antti Virolainen

CO-FOUNDER AND COO, SHARETRIBE

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Yishen Feng

VICE PRESIDENT, EXCEED CAPITAL

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Nahum

ARTIST, MUSICIAN, MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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Laura François

CO-FOUNDER AND SOCIAL IMPACT DESIGNER, ANEWKIND; CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER, GREENLINK

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Douglas Rushkoff

MEDIA THEORIST, AUTHOR, TEAM HUMAN

Via Live-Video-Stream

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Dipti Mehta

WRITER, SCIENTIST, PERFORMER, AND CREATIVE WRITER FOR GOOGLE ASSISTANT

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Efosa Ojomo

SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW, CLAYTON CHRISTENSEN INSTITUTE FOR DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION

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Itai Palti

ARCHITECT, PLANNER, AND URBAN DESIGNER; FOUNDER, CONSCIOUS CITIES; DIRECTOR, HUME

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Anja Melander

HEAD OF CULTURE, STOCKHOLM SCHOOL OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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Jess Kutch

CO-FOUNDER AND CO-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, COWORKER.ORG

 
 

Locations

The battle for beautiful business will take place in two arenas: on Saturday (Nov 2) and Sunday (Nov 3), we will return to the Portuguese Academy of Sciences for our kick-off. From Monday to Wednesday, we will then move into a new mission control of beautiful business (soon to be revealed) in the heart of downtown Lisbon.

 
 

Partners

Our allies at BCG Henderson Institute, T-Systems, Galp, Indeed Innovation, and Magnum Photos help us make it happen, and we’re grateful for their outstanding support.

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House18 - Lisbon


House18 - Lisbon


House18

November 3-8, 2018

Lisbon

The third annual gathering of the House of Beautiful Business took place again in Lisbon from November 3-8, 2018. Over the course of six days, more than 400 residents from business, public sector, academia, and the arts gathered in the Academy of Sciences and the boutique Gallery House hotel.

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A wonderful week full of deep conversations. By far the most interesting and relevant conference I’ve ever attended.
— Kenneth Mikkelsen, Leadership Coach and Co-Author of The Neo-Generalist
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Some of the program highlights included Priya Parker’s opening session on The Art of Gathering, the Conference of Beautiful Business, the Beautiful Game: Individualism vs. Collectivism, evening Salons on key themes such as Beautiful AI, Purpose and Profit, Gender and Identity in Business, Warm Data, The Future of Intimacy, as well a Data Bazaar, an Actor’s Studio, 12 Toast Dinners, field trips, and much more. Moreover, residents were encouraged to contribute to the House’s permanent spaces, from the Museum of Beautiful Business, an AI-in-Residence, the Music Studio, the Magnum Live Lab, VR Screenings, and the House’s bookstore.

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It was the best gathering of bright-minded and beautiful minds I’ve ever had the pleasure to participate in.
— Christine Weiss, Founder and CEO, fastfutureforward
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The House 2018 was produced in collaboration with the BCG Henderson Institute and partners including Galp, T-Systems, and Siemens.

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House17 - Lisbon


House17 - Lisbon


House17

November 3-10, 2017

Lisbon

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The House of Beautiful Business opened its doors during and before the Web Summit in Lisbon to explore “the very human future of business” in a playful and intimate setting. Over 200 residents — founders, business leaders, investors, social entrepreneurs, writers, philosophers, scientists, designers, technologists, and artists — convened in two locations for the first week-long House. 

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It is clear that the rules have changed, but we are keen on co-creating a positive vision for the future of business that makes the combination of exponential technology and humanity more than just the sum of the parts.
— Martin Reeves, Director, BCG Henderson Institute
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Some of the program highlights included a public debate on “Next Start-up: Humanity”; the Conference of Beautiful Business, a full-day program featuring keynotes and panels; Ethnographic Excursions from rituals of commerce to author Fernando Pessoa; 15 Toast Dinners, a Beautiful Game; a Silent Party, and more.

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The days were long, and our heads were sometimes exploding from the intensity of the discussions and all the intellectual stimulation, but that was what made it so unique and special.
— Kim Arazi, Founder and CEO, IN3
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The House17 was produced in collaboration with the BCG Henderson Institute and partners including Siemens.

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House0 - Barcelona


House0 - Barcelona


House0

February 28-march 1, 2017

Barcelona

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The first House of Beautiful Business took place during Mobile World Congress (MWC) in a guild house in the Gothic quarter of Barcelona. In two days rich with talks, discussions, workshops, breakfast sessions, and dinner salons we explored how to lead with purpose and passion; build human companies and workplaces; create beautiful products, services, and experiences; and design for intimacy and meaning.

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Some of the program highlights included “The Great Debate: Technology and Humanity” curated together with Futurist Gerd Leonhard; “Purpose Prototyping” sessions; and panel discussions on “Beautiful Cities,” “Pleasure and Pain in the Age of AI and VR,” and “Disengaged Tech.” Moreover, we examined lessons from local heroes FC Barcelona and the “Beautiful Game,” and offered  a Silent Dinner.

Beautiful Business combines a humanist purpose with a human-centric organizational culture and strong individual human spirit. It embodies three core mantras: do good, feel good, and feel more.
— Tim Leberecht, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, The Business Romantic Society
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The first House was produced in partnership with IXDSA Hundred Years, Indeed Innovation, and Carmen Boronat Badia.

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Evening of Beautiful Business - Munich


Evening of Beautiful Business - Munich


Evening of Beautiful Business 2018

January 20, 2018

Munich

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An Evening of Beautiful Business took place in Munich, co-hosted by The Business Romantic Society and our friends and partners from diffferent. We mixed ideas with music, debates with soul-warming food prepared on site, and welcomed our guests with a poetic elevator ride.

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Contributors included:

  • Fabian Kienbaum, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Kienbaum Consultants

  • Rosa Riera, VP Employer Branding & Social Innovation, Siemens

  • Limor Schweitzer, Founder and CEO, MOV.AI

  • Tex, Singer-Songwriter & Founder, TV Noir

  • Aaron Pereira, Researcher, TU Munich

  • Dina Andersen, Founder, DNA Corporate Spaces

  • Rochelle Melo & Dijana Galijasevic, Initiators, Positive Business Lab

  • Josef Ressle, Musician

  • Sophie Jonke, Local Head Munich, ReDI School of Digital Integration

  • Elham Danesh, Student, ReDI School of Digital Integration

  • Tobias Koedel, Head of Leadership 2020, Daimler

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Chamber - Berlin


Chamber - Berlin


The Soul of Organizations

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Berlin

Friday, February 22, 2019

The Dive

Co-hosted by Nika Wiedinger, Simon Berkler, and Sven Krüger.

Together, we explored the concept and meaning of the ‘soul’ from a business, philosophical, and artistic point of view. With speakers from business, philosophy, and the arts.

Wolf-Dieter Enkelmann

Institut für wirtschaftsgestaltung

Maike Küper

Detecon Consulting

Patrick Boadu

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Pietro Sanguineti

Contemporary Artist

Can a soul of business simply be a shared expression of willpower and desire, that it does exist?
— Nika Wiedinger, Institut für Wirtschaftsgestaltung
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Invite and “allow” new social habits: When do we consciously use which kind of human intelligence? When are we running in cognitive, in empathetic and in intuitive mode? How can we make sure that these modes enrich each other (instead of devaluating each other)?
— Simon Berkler, TheDive
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Chamber - Marrakesh


Chamber - Marrakesh


Grow to Last

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Marrakesh

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Anayela

Co-hosted by Andrea Bury.

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In an age when exponential growth has become the premise of business-as-usual, a counter-narrative has started to emerge on more sustainable economic development. While all eyes are fixed on the next big bang from Silicon Valley and its rising rivals in China, we want to shed light on the region of Middle East and North Africa.

How might the future of the MENA region’s labor markets and economy look like? What are its foundations, and how do we build with the intention of ‘growing to last’?

Together with speakers from business, politics, and the arts, we explored existing initiatives and untapped opportunities to help strengthen fairness, inclusivity, and social cohesion.

Abdelilah Lendani

YOUTH FORUM FOR DEMOCRACY AND CITIZENSHIP

Touria Benlafqih

SIDE - SOCIAL IMPACT & DEVELOPMENT EMPLOYMENT

Taoufik Aboudia

Emerging Business Factory

Bart von Kersavond

URBANPRESENTS

“My ultimate goal is to empower individuals by providing them an opportunity to get a real work experience and learn skills that will facilitate their access to the labor market.”
— Touria Benlafqih, SIDE
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We are trying to be a regional living lab where we treat the main issues of the city. Our goal is mainly creating and co-creating business startups and opportunities.
— Taoufik Aboudia, Emerging Business Factory

Chamber - Cape Town


Chamber - Cape Town


The Future of (African) Capitalism

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Cape Town

Friday, April 26, 2019

Norval Foundation

Co-hosted by Ulrich Meyer-Höllings.
In collaboration with University of Stellenbosch Business School and the Institute of Futures Research.

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I feel the other, I dance the other, therefore I am” – Leopold Senghor
Between freedom and slavery, inequality and activism, European history and African heritage, we find ourselves in a space of contrast and contradictions. In the spirit of the local ethos of ‘Ubuntu’ (I am, because you are), which enforces an inclusive growth mindset following the principle of ‘a herd moves at the speed of the slowest animal’, any of the current forms of capitalism couldn’t be more ‘unafrican’.

For many years, South Africa has been driving forward its socio-economic development by capitalist thinking while staying true to its roots of a more inclusive approach. Seizing the global appetite for alternative economies, where could possible future(s) of capitalism lie?

Joshin Raghubar

iKineoVentures

Mokena Makeka

Makeka Design Lab

Sabine Lehmann

Founder and CEO, CURIOSITAS

Dr. Morne Mostert

Institute for Futures Research

Trust your imaginative instincts and use the artistic “blank canvas” lense. If creating new beings in this world, the value lies in the contextual-aspirational mindset.
— Morne Mostert, Director of the Institute for Futures Research
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Chamber - Melbourne


Chamber - Melbourne


Wabi Sabi – Celebrating the Imperfect, Incomplete & Impermanent Nature of Business

Chamber of Beautiful Business

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Bakehouse Studios

Co-hosted by Mykel Dixon.

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We look forward for answers when perhaps we should look back for better questions. One place might be the Japanese philosophy – Wabi Sabi.

In Wabi Sabi, everything is made more beautiful by baring the marks and scars of age and individuality. Repairs and reconstructions are to be appreciated rather than made invisible. Peace can be found by embracing the transitory, incomplete and impermanent nature of existence. Perhaps if we embraced a little Wabi Sabi in our work, we might find greater satisfaction in simple moments. More enjoyment in everyday interactions. More reverence for the often unheroic essence of our professional lives.

Together we turned the mundane into the mysterious, find fortune in fleeting experience, and savour the inevitable mess of making beautiful business.

Proudly supported by Death Gin & The Catalyst Network.

Thanks for a great vibe and bringing your authentic selves to explore the imperfect, the incomplete and the...aw hell, can’t remember the third one. Great night, great explorations and great to have been a small part of it!
— Jeff Schwisow, author of Projectify
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Chamber - New York City


Chamber - New York City


Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Chamber of Beautiful Business, New York City

thursday, May 16, 2019

38 Parlor

Co-hosted by Daniel Gomez-Seidel and Pablo Criado-Peréz.

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What have been the most important decisions you have made so far in your life? What was it that in the end nudged you towards one direction or the other? And how will you find a compromise between trusting your guts and trusting the other, in an age of biometric scanning, smart machines, and predictive analytics? Are we witnessing an evolution of decision-making?

With technological and scientific progress, we’re not only exposed to increasing data-driven knowledge, but also gain more insight into the unexplored mysteries of human decision-making. Today, tensions arise between the intuitive, and the analytical, the individual and the collective, the manipulative and the altruistic. How do these tensions affect business, culture and everyday life?

What essential aspects of our own humanity might be crucial factors to count in, when making the right choice – and how many will be real free will?

Together with speakers from science, business, politics, technology, and the arts, we explored the evolving nature of decision-making and start deconstructing, by experiencing.

Anna Burckhardt

MOMA

Arun Chaudhary

Revolution Messaging

Brennan Lodge

Goldman Sachs

Darko Lovrich

Incandescent

John C. Havens

IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems

Johnathan Cook

Ethnographer

Pamela Pavliscak

Change Science

Peter Raymond

The New Bureau

Sophie Kleber

Google

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The company was curious and kind, the venue was lovely, and the presentations were eclectic. A great primer for the big week to come this fall at the House of Beautiful Business.
— Beowulf Sheehan, Photographer
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Chamber - London


Chamber - London


Pace and Purpose

Chamber of Beautiful Business, London

Sunday, May 19, 2019

The Kindred

Co-hosted by Sofia Natal and Sophie Devonshire.

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How we meet is important. In business, as in life.   

We live in a superfast world where (safe) places for connection and meaning -  superslow by nature - are hard to access. What does pace and purpose mean in today's times and how do we incorporate the role of personal and organizational purpose in business and in our lives?

Together with speakers from business, philosophy, and technology, we invited you to to pause think, discover, explore and connect together – in a beautiful place.

Carl Honore

Author "In Praise of Slowness" 

Caspar Craven

Entrepreneur

Chrissy Levett

Creative Conscience

Daniele Fiandaca

Co-Founder of Utopia 

Debbie Vavangas

IBM iX

Katz Kiely

Digital Pioneer and Serial Entrepreneur

Jonathan Macdonald

Author ‘Powered by change’

Jose Soutelinho

Despertutor

Laila Chartlon-Meyrick

Partner, Tribe Impact Capital

Nick Liddell

Author of Wild Thinking and Business Is Beautiful

Robert Rowland Smith

Author and Philosopher

Stacey Wills

Global Innovation Manager for Workplace, Unilever

Profits from the event will be donated to The Big Issue, the pioneering social enterprise which supports the homeless. 

An amazingly energizing event. My Sunday evening was busy spent reflecting and goal setting. Thank you for bringing the House spirit to London.
— Lucinda Jones, Technology Management UFLP, Unilever
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Chamber - Madrid


Chamber - Madrid


Burn to Learn

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Madrid

Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Co-hosted by Carmen Boronat Badia and Malena Calva.

What gets your inner fire burning? Can you recall the feeling of an intense urge for knowledge and curiosity back when we were children?

Whether creating exactly this emotional pattern within organizational cultures, channeling frustration as a positive force to do business, or fueling your creative juices, passion and learning belong together.

At the Chamber of Beautiful Business, Madrid we experienced the beautiful duality of passion and learning on an individual, organizational, and societal level.

Gabriella de Alteriis

Dancer La Fura dels Baus

Jaime Colsa

CEO,Palibex

Francesco Furno

Founder, Relajaelcoco

María Valenzuela

Media Consultant

Natalia Cisterna

Co-founder, La Mojigata

Pablo Carrascal

partner at Studio Banana

Ricardo Mesquita

Head i.learning, IE XL

Santiago Vokram del Gesú

Violinist

The event was supported by The Cube and Alotark.

It was a great pleasure to talk about why we should practice bravery every day by decreasing the ‘what ifs’ in life and business.
— Maria Valenzuela, Media Consultant
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Chamber - Istanbul


Chamber - Istanbul


The Bridge to Our Exponential Humanity

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Istanbul

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Co-hosted by Eda Çarmikli and Markus William Lehto.

Nothing is as powerful as an idea whose time has come. – Victor Hugo

What if business was more beautiful, more human, and even a source of good in the world?

Istanbul is a unique bridge between the East and the West, constantly swirling between the timeless and the untested, ready or not. The energies of Yin and Yang, and the living spirit of empires and religions are vibrantly displayed in countless layers of the duality we live out as a daily reality.

It is the city to explore and celebrate our deeper and more complete selves – to witness and transcend the conditioned mindset and patterns that shape our present reality and find clues leading to our full, often untapped, potential.

Together with a tribe of global game changers, we will be exploring the bridge to our exponential humanity, to eventually co-create a better future for all. If this sounds like you, come join us.

Rachel Sibley

Futurist, VR/Ar Lecturer, Singularity University

John Meyer

Investor and Futurist

Ida Faldbakken

Creative Director, Katapult

Ray Boyle

Consultant at Inclusive Innovation in the Future of Cities, UNDP

Mustafa Osman Turan

Diplomat, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Turkey

Ceren Cerçiler

Founder, Inside Counsels

Berk Kocaman 

Economist and Advisor, Eczacıbaşı Topluluğu

Shermin Voshmgir

Director of Cryptoeconomics Research Lab, Vienna

Canay Atalay

Co-founder human works design

Emre Utkucan

Chief Scout, Galatasaray SK

Ebru Köksal

Senior Advisor, J.Stern & Co.

Christopher Neville

Author “Curious Musings of a Curious Mind”

Dimitrios & Music Medicine Band 

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Chamber - Athens


Chamber - Athens


Finding Function

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Athens

Saturday, June 1, 2019

private residence

Co-hosted by Sarah Souli.

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How can purposeful integration change communities?  

In mathematics, integration refers to the process of finding a function - it’s one of the building blocks of calculus. But creating beautiful businesses and meaningful communities is not a math problem - it’s a deeply human one. What happens when we use the positive attributes of integration - connection, exchange, education - to create new webs?

Athens happens. In the past decade, Athens has witnessed incredible change: political movements, economic crises, and migration flows have all changed the city’s face. As a result, the city is in the middle of integrating new communities, new cultures, and new ways of doing business.
Designed to resemble a modern salon litteraire, the Chamber of Beautiful Business, Athens opened a space for people with business brains and artistic hearts to share our ideas and exchange our experiences around integration.

Marina Liakis

co-founder of The Orange House

Sophie Lamprou

co-founder of Impact Hub      

Orsalia Parthenis

fashion designer    
     

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Integration, in the end, is creating community. With shared ethical values at the core.
— Sophie Lamprou, Co-founder, Impact Hub Athens
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I’m grateful to have learned about creative approaches on how to foster collaboration and innovation. Also I feel inspired by the idea of beautiful business and feel motivated to get involved in projects presented at the Chamber.
— Graham Smith
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Chamber - Stockholm


Chamber - Stockholm


Our Cold War

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Stockholm

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Co-hosted by Abel Buko.

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Cold wars are conflicts between nations that don’t involve direct military action but is pursued primarily through economic and political actions, propaganda, or proxy wars waged by surrogates. Climate change is our cold war in times of unbearable heat.

“It’s not the destruction of Earth only, that we’re facing”, says Sir David Attenborough, but it’s “our familiar, natural world, and our uniquely rich human culture” that’s at stake.

At the Chamber of Beautiful Business, Stockholm, we debated how a different way of doing business is necessary to help solve “Our Cold War” between humans and humans?

Andreas Slettvoll

Co-Founder, Chooose

David Wärnberg

Creative Director, Bannerboy

David Olsson

Co-founder, We Don’t Have Time

Karolina Eklöw

Research Assistant with the SIPRI Climate Change and Risk Programme

Maria Xylia

Energy System Analyst, Sweco

The Speech from Earth

A performance

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Chamber - Warsaw


Chamber - Warsaw


The Many More

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Warsaw

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Six Seasons Restaurant & Concerts

Co-hosted by Ralph Talmont.

In today’s reality, where “the other” can either be a fellow human, a machine, or something in between, it’s not enough anymore to put up the label of diversity. Too much has been raged, too much has been going in the very wrong direction – whether we look to business, politics, or society. The world feels smaller than ever before and yet, populism, discrimination, and isolation has never been more in the center of our zeitgeist.

What’s needed is a way to learn what it takes to really foster a way of thinking that includes perspectives of everyone, or to put it differently, the “many more”. Less than a checkbox and rather as a quintessential principle to do business more beautifully.

How might we acknowledge the similarities and differences in decision-making, collaborating, and creating from a true multitude of aspirations and goals?

Ewa Miendlarzewska

Neuroscientist

Grzech Piotrowski

Musician and Arts Entrepreneur

Paul Bargetto

Theatre director

Wiesław Bartkowski

Interaction Designer and Design Researcher

Michał Salamon and Staszek Plewniak

Piano and Sax

Natalia Wojciechowska and Laurent Uhres

Dancer and musician

Chamber - Vancouver


Chamber - Vancouver


Business in the Dark

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Vancouver

June 18, 2019

Chan Centre for Performing Arts 

Co-hosted by Meralon Shandler and Randal Hrytzak.

In times where every answer is just one click away, and digital platforms have altered the meaning of truth and fake, where will we reconnect back to myths and mystery that have been an integral part of human history?

  • In our search for predictability and efficiency, have we forgotten the mystery makes our search possible?

  • What's the cost of certainty in business?

  • If technology and AI provide all the answers, where will the questions come from?

Together, we will be exploring the wonder of not knowing, in the intersection of technological transparency, and what makes us inherently human.

Charlene SanJenko

CEO, Publisher and Producer, PowHERhouse

Christina Benty

Asset Management Evangelist, Strategic Advisor, Leadership Coach, Strategic Leadership Solutions

Dolphin Kasper

Author, Speaker, and Coach to Youth and the Adults in their lives, Evolve Now

Eva de Zwart

MUSICIAN

Garfield Wilson

ACTOR / PERFORMER

Julie Foxcroft

DELIVERY EXECUTIVE, IBM

Pamela Masik

ARTIST

Michael Meroniuk

Musician 

Sharad Khareé

Digital Storyteller, Legacy Documentarian, Live Moderator, Media Innovator, KhareCom and LegacyBoy

Simon Goring

Multidisciplinary Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of British Columbia

Tina Overbury

Core Story Specialist, TinaOLife.com

Chamber - Amsterdam


Chamber - Amsterdam


The Art of the Unsought Discovery

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Amsterdam

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Co-hosted by Kitty Leering.

How to find what you didn't know you were looking for.

As we race through our fast-paced lives all the time sharpening our focus in order to create the beautiful change we are looking for in ourselves, our ventures and the world, are we losing sight of the equally beautiful opportunities lurking in our peripheries?

Rather than leaving such opportunities to chance, how might we create the space required to let these opportunities in?

How might we derail predictability and instead engineer for serendipity?

Together with a designer of human connections and a curator of happiness, we'll be exploring how we can create the conditions for serendipity to happen.

Peter Mandeno

Ph.D Design Researcher; Founder, Centre for Human Connectivity

Peter helps people and organisations connect more effectively and meaningfully.

A native of New Zealand, Peter describes his career as ‘wonky’ having spent two decades chasing and creating opportunities across multiple continents and industries. Peter’s fascination with the way humans connect – particularly across cultural, social and industry boundaries – was born out of his experience designing and growing Wok+Wine, an experience described by Harvard Business Review as a global experiment in social chemistry and by others as the world’s most effective serendipity machine.

This fascination led Peter to embark on a PhD in Design Engineering at Imperial College London. The focus of Peter’s research is the identification and articulation of key design principles that can help the designers of systems, experiences, services and products to more consistently deliver improved human connectivity outcomes. In short, Peter is on a mission to create a better-connected world. Relevant, authentic, meaningful, human connections – not just digital ones.

In 2019, Peter will launch The Centre for Human Connectivity as a global meeting place for people, organizations, ideas and resources that are contributing to this vision.

Marcel Kampman

Founder, Happykamping and Initiator, Happyplaces Project

Marcel finds, creates, and documents happy spaces.

Driven by an insatiable curiosity, Marcel catalyses new projects to playfully explore different topics in the fields of society, culture, and technology. As the initiator of “Happyplaces,” he investigates the dimensions and manifestations of space. The project explores how a wide variety of people create or facilitate spaces and where their boundaries lie; in turn it maps these findings and then translates them into hands-on tools that can help to create better spaces where people can find happiness.

Marcel regularly organizes and facilitates creative social events that bring people together in building shared understandings and improved realities, as he does with his work as creative director of WeMakeThe.City, the festival that makes cities better.

He also works as a creative strategist and strategic creative as Happykamping, an eclectic distributed network of thinkers and doers for a wide variety of clients, helping them with their complex challenges, and ultimately leading them to happiness.

Moulsari Jain

Founder, B-A-D for GOOD; and Artists Are Among Us

Moulsari guides people and organisations through uncomfortable limitations to insightful breakthroughs for creativity, meaning and leadership.

On a mission for cultural sustainability, her inspiring experiences and complex strategic systems shift culture away from material growth towards human growth. Having moved from her native India at three months old, growing up in an international diplomatic community across Vienna, Bhutan, New York, New Delhi, Brunei, Tanzania and Mexico firmly planted in her a fascination for the similarities amongst all human beings despite culture and language. Evolving into a passion for the arts, philosophy, psychology and language, her focus eventually culminated in an independent studio developing branding and communication systems that drew from her personal anthropological investigations into identity and meaning.

The desire to reach more people led Moulsari to incorporate bold artistic experiments about taboo subjects ranging from mental health to politics and finance. B-A-D for GOOD was born, focusing on pushing cultural boundaries with creativity and courage for positive sustainable innovation in business and society.

Moulsari regularly works with bold organisations who share her conviction about their responsibility for shaping the future of work. She also creates communities of creative practice for greater good with Artists Are Among Us. She leads courses on creativity, personal branding, purpose and passion, superhumanity, failure and most recently, Doing Nothing. Stay tuned for her first book! www.moulsari.com/doingnothing

The Amsterdam Chamber is all about thinking and doing, hence the participation begins a week earlier than the actual gathering on July 2.

Chamber - Milan


Chamber - Milan


The Wisdom of Machines

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Milan

Friday, July 5, 2019

Co-hosted by Roberta Treno and Paulo Carvalho.

“All our knowledge has its origins in our perceptions. (...) All sciences are vain and full of errors that are not born of experience, the mother of all knowledge." – Leonardo da Vinci

Machines can be smart, but wisdom is human. If so, how is it possible to re-discover what makes our abilities uniquely human in an age of machines?

Wisdom is the result of the human evolutionary process. We are artists, socially bound by the biology of love and belonging, while being a product of nature, constraint by it, observers of it, and creatures of realities. Yet the “god-like creatures” in us still invite us to be creators of a singular machine. Now, what is the ultimate machine wisdom? To be wise enough, that no human could use it wrongly – and where do we draw the line between right and wrong?

Together with local speakers from business, technology, and the arts, we’ll be exploring how to create and guard wisdom, what we may learn from machines and what they may learn from us.

Antonio di Stefano

Co-founder, Peoplerize 

David Bevilacqua

Co-founder, Yoroi; former CEO, Cisco Italia 

Francesca Gammicchia 

Founder, Talento Umano 

Fabio Brescacin 

President, NaturaSì

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Chamber - Hamburg


Chamber - Hamburg


Joy in Tech

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Hamburg

September 10, 2019

Vitra Showroom

Co-hosted by Karel Golta and Stefanie Wibbeke.

We live in a world that is not only surrounded, but more and more immersed by technology. From the way we communicate and interact, to the places we shop at, to the world we live, work, and play in. Opening the doors of infinite possibilities, we wonder how to decode the software of tech-as-usual and extract, what makes our lives more joyful.

How might we discover, enable, and sustain joy-bringing technologies?

Program and speakers will be announced soon. 
Join the waitlist via 'Tickets' and we will notify you directly.

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Chamber - Cincinnati


Chamber - Cincinnati


Chamber of Beautiful Business, Cincinatti

September, 2019

Co-hosted by Theodore Erasmus.

Interested in attending? Join the waitlist via ‘Tickets’ and we will notify you as soon as more details are available.

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Chamber - Belgrade


Chamber - Belgrade


The Art of Belonging

Chamber of Beautiful Business, Belgrade

27 September, 2019

Dorćol Platz

Co-hosted by Sonja Kresojevic.

“Gazing at the rain, I consider what it means to belong, to become part of something. To have someone cry for me.” –Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

Set in a place that has survived a war, disruption, political turmoil and by that has learned to adapt, we look at the personal journeys of those who left, those who stayed, and those who came back.

What happens to our identity when our place of belonging stops to exist?

With voices of local and global communities, we'll be exploring the loss of (national) identity and discovering a new way of belonging in a culture of digital nomadism and the gig economy.

Philip Horvath

Partner, LUMAN

Robert Rowland Smith

Author and Philosopher

Sri Hari

Guru

More speakers and performers to follow soon.