Sharing the Future
“There is a slightly odd notion in business today that things are
moving so fast that strategy becomes an obsolete idea. That all you need
is to be flexible or adaptable. Or as the current vocabulary puts it,
‘agile.’ This is a mistake. You cannot substitute agility for strategy.
If you do not develop a strategy of your own, you become a part of someone
else’s strategy. You, in fact, become reactive to external circumstances.
The absence of strategy is fine, if you don’t care where you’re going.”
- Alvin Toffler, the world’s most reputable and influential futurist.
Our first Summit for the Future was visited by more than 100 delegates
from Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland,
Indonesia, Israel, Latvia, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia,
Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK and the USA.
The Opening Event was attended by 230 persons and in January we had more
than 40.000 visitors on our website.
22 Partners: Bayer CropScience, Infolution, HES Amsterdam School of Business,
École Polytechnique, Paris, the Medical Faculty, University Basel, Media
Academie, Hilversum and the Corvinus University of Budapest, musik.woche
with musik.lounge, KnowledgeBoard, The Association for International Broadcasting,
Fuel Cell Markets, H2World, Promedia, Medical Knowledge Institute, The
World Future Society, Health Management Forum, Shaping Tomorrow, European
Health Telematics Association, World Summit Award, World Futures Studies
Federation, Gemeente Amsterdam Economische Zaken and the Embassy of Switzerland
in The Hague.
The general feedback was very positive - the participants especially appreciated
the interdisciplinary aspect as well as the global presence at the Summit.
The outstanding quality of the 40 speakers and stream leaders ensured
inspiring lectures and workshops. Some key speakers were: Glen Hiemstra,
leading futurist from USA, Simon Jones, director of the former M.I.T.
Lab Europe, Frank-Jürgen Richter, former director of the World Economic
Forum in Davos, Tom Lambert, leading consultant, Gerd Eisenbeiss, leading
energy advisor to the German government as well as to the EU - to name
just a few.
We would like to thank all participants, knowledge stream leaders, students
of HES Amsterdam Schhol of Business, partners, everybody who made this
Summit for the Future an inspiring and energising event!
Club of Amsterdam