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19th ABIS Annual Colloquium 2020
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19th ABIS Annual Colloquium 2020

Coming full circle? Sustainability and future-proof global recovery

We are pleased to announce our 19th Annual Colloquium that will take place fully ONLINE on November 24th and 25th.

Date 24 - 25 November
Host ABIS- Academy of Business in Society
Venue Online
Focus Coming full circle? Sustainability and future-proof global recovery

Over the last few decades we have seen a lot of progress in the sustainability debate and practice. A growing number of companies are taking steps to be more responsible in how they treat their employees, communities and the planet. International organizations and governments are stepping up their commitments through Agenda 2030, the EU Green Deal. Civil society organizations and citizens are calling for circular economy, climate action and social equality.

At the same time, greenwashing, the slow pace of change and inertia at different levels have been heavily criticized. Numerous voices have been arguing in favor of a deeper systemic socio-economic transformation to tackle the complex societal challenges we are facing - climate crisis, biodiversity loss, food waste, inequality, poverty, migration. 

The Covid-19 outbreak has put sustainability into sharper focus than ever before. It has affected our daily lives, exposed the vulnerabilities across governments, industry, and the entire socio-economic system. An eye-opening disruption, it represents for many a true wake up call for urgent action, an unprecedented opportunity to move away from unmitigated growth at all costs and the old fossil fuel economy, and deliver a lasting balance between people, prosperity and our planetary boundaries.

Could this crisis be preparing us for the future? Over a few months, we have already witnessed a number of remarkable developments:

  • Resilience and adaptability: how quickly we were able to adjust to a “new normal” of remote working and learning and social distancing and how many resources have been swiftly mobilized to tackle the pandemic
  • Speed of change: how the speed of change has accelerated in fields ranging from artificial intelligence, digitalization, healthcare, and education
  • Societal emergency and long-term responses: how often managing the immediate responses to grapple with the health, economic and social emergency was in line with the sustainable long-term strategies setting the stage for a lasting recovery.

Things will never be the same. We want to explore with you what happens next.

The crisis has the potential to be a watershed in shaping a sustainable future. This perspective can lead to the development of more responsible innovation and business practices, thereby transitioning to a circular economy – where materials are reused, re-manufactured or recycled -, to regenerative, community-based models, which preserve and restore the social and ecological environments, and to more resilient and inclusive societies.

Are we ready to reimagine and craft our future roles as policymakers, organizations, individuals?  Are you ready to come full circle with us in this year’s Colloquium?

Join us for our online virtual Colloquium on the November 24th - November 25th

More updates on the programme will come soon. 

Call for Best Teaching Practices

The drastic changes we are experiencing with COVID-19, climate change and biodiversity crisis in our economy and society call for reflection and urgent changes. Inevitably business education is going to face a sea change to ensure that the leaders they educate will be a force for good.

In order to respond to these challenges and to support our members and business education in general in stepping up their game, we aim to collect innovative, high quality resources, cutting-edge business cases and the best pedagogical methods to teach sustainability in business schools. The initiative is designed to help our members to gain and access relevant insights to accelerate sustainability uptake, learning capacity and teaching. The goal is to provide access and knowledge sharing about methods and resources to our academic members to support them in their teaching. Eventually, we would like to open the door towards opportunities to co-create and develop innovative teaching practices grasping complex topics into tangible outputs and stimulating learning of emerging trends and concepts.

We invite the submission of teaching best practices and case studies from non-degree courses – Executive Education in particular – with the potential to be implemented and scaled in graduate and undergraduate degree programs. 

Extended abstracts of 250-300 words must be submitted by October 15, 2020 by sending them to Authors of accepted contributions have the opportunity to also submit a short teaching note until November 15, 2020.

Please find the Call for Best Teaching Practices and the submission form HERE. 


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