future of the European Knowledge Society
future of the European Knowledge Society
January 28, 2004, 18:30-22:15
about the VIP
Reception (17:30-19:00), please visit the online Ticket
Where: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prins
Bernhardplein 200, Amsterdam [next to Amstelstation], free parking.
Ticket information: http://www.clubofamsterdam.com/ticketcorner.html
"to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy
in the world, capable of sustainable economic growth with more and
better jobs and greater social cohesion."
(strategic goal for 2010 set for Europe at the Lisbon European Council
- March 2000)
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The conference language is English.
should you attend?
à What does a desirable future in the
European Knowledge Society look like?
à What can we learn from the theory
à What are the characteristics of a
Knowledge Economy in 10-20 years time?
à Will there be a difference between
knowledge workers and workers in the service sector or industry?
à How will we view non-workers in a
full engagement European Knowledge Society?
Shaping your future means understanding
what lies ahead of you and taking purposeful action. Shaping your
personal life, your social live and your career in the light of challenges
and opportunities. Insight and overview of these challenges in the
European Knowledge Society will assist you in making better personal
choices for future development. Choices aimed at staying competitive
and successful in the process of generating value. Fresh knowledge
on the future will enable you to re-combine resources in a creative
way, to learn, to innovate en re-invent yourself and the organisation
you work for. This interactive conference will help you define and
to focus on preferred futures.
17:30 - 19:00
18:30 - 19:30
snacks & networking and guitar music performed by Salvatore!
Welcome by our Host Wanda
van Kerkvoorden, SOLV new business advocaten
Part I: The Speakers are:
Wendy L. Schultz, Futurist, Oxford,
Thomas Thijssen, Chief Learning Officer,
Club of Amsterdam
René Gude, Managing Director, The
International School for Philosophy
Frans Nauta, CEO, Stichting Nederland
Kennisland, Secretary, Dutch Innovation Platform
Paul Iske, Chief Knowledge Officer,
ABN Amro Bank, Corporate Finance
Part II: Panel with the
Speakers hosted by Wanda
The panel is followed by an open discussion.
Wendy L. Schultz
Dr. Wendy L.
World Futures Studies Federation; Fulbright Lecturer/Scholar in Futures
Studies, '01-'02; Faculty, Univ. of Houston-Clear Lake; MS in Studies
of the Future
In July 2002 I had the great fun of drafting three essays for TechTV's
Catalog of Tomorrow; I am currently adapting Catalog content into
interactive foresight exercises for this website. From December 2001
through May 2002, I had the honour of joining my colleagues at the
Finland Futures Research Centre for a six-month stay as a Fulbright
Lecturer and Researcher. I am very grateful to the U.S. Fulbright
Commission, the Finland Fulbright Committee, and my colleagues in
Turku for this opportunity, and am currently organizing and writing
up the resulting research.
From August 1996 through August 2001, I was Visiting Assistant Professor
in Studies of the Future at the University of Houston-Clear Lake.
During that time I organized two conferences, designed and taught
six different graduate seminars, edited the five-year program review,
and served for one year as Acting Chair. My sojourn in Houston also
included co-designing and teaching a graduate seminar on Public Health
Leadership at the University of Texas School of Public Health. My
relationship with UHCL and my colleagues in Studies of the Future
continues with annual participation in the program's Residential Intensive
Summer Session, which offers the Master's program in an innovative
combination of immersive, face-to-face classes in two successive summers,
joined by year-round on-line activities.
My permanent home is still in Oxford, England [my spouse, Jay Lewis,
is the Korea Foundation Lecturer in Korean Studies], where I am currently
working with a small group of business and community futurists creating
foresight resources for business, government, non-profit, and community
leaders. Since moving to the UK, I have also worked with the International
Space University, lecturing on futures studies and visioning at ISU's
Summer Session `95 in Stockholm, at the inauguration of their Masters
program in October 1995 in Strasbourg, France, and most recently at
Summer Session '02 in Los Angeles.
Prior to my 1994 move to England, I spent a decade and a half working
at the Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies (University of Hawai'i
at Manoa). While there I developed participatory workshops to enable
people to learn various futures techniques and perspectives experientially.
My research experience has included, among other projects: designing
group scenario-building for Hawai'i's planners; creating a visioning
process for U.S. state courts; developing Hawaii's Ocean Resource
Management Plan; planning for sea level rise in the Republic of the
Marshall Islands; and forecasting world natural gas trade.
I completed my doctoral dissertation, "Futures Fluency: explorations
in vision, leadership, and creativity," in 1995, and have served as
both an Executive Council member of the World Futures Studies Federation
(WFSF) and as a Course Director for the WFSF Futures Seminar in Dubrovnik,
Chief Learning Officer, Club of Amsterdam
Thomas Thijssen is Chief Learning Officer of the Club of Amsterdam
and Managing Director of Hamilton International. A company focused
on supporting Business and Governments in process of innovation, learning
and entrepreneurship. EMIM stands for Executive Master in Information
Management, a Master degree from the University of Amsterdam. Thijssen
also holds a degree in Marketing. The first 25 years of his career
Thijssen fulfilled all relevant positions in the international hospitality
industry, working in Australia, England, United States and the Netherlands.
For Holiday Inns he was a Food & Beverage Manager and General Manager.
In the Netherlands Thijssen was Commercial Director on group level
for Postiljon Hotels (currently Mercure). Since 1998 as Managing Director
of Hamilton International, Thijssen worked in the fields of international
tourism & hospitality, the health sector and in the field of education.
His focus is entrepreneurship and innovation. He is an author of 3
books and a series of articles on innovation, demand driven design
and education and other topics concerning entrepreneurship. As a speaker
he was invited at several conferences in places like Hong Kong, Los
Angeles (US), Nice (France), Guadalajara (Mexico), Bergen (Norway),
Trinidad & Tobago (West Indies) and Seoul (South Korea). His main
aim is to help people grow and to create value, both for themselves,
their closest relations and the business they work for.
Managing Director, The International School for Philosophy - Internationale
School voor Wijsbegeerte
René Gude, managing director of De Internationale
School voor Wijsbegeerte (The International School for Philosophy).
The ISVW organizes philosophical trainings and workshops since 1916.
It was founded during World War I by a group of European intellectuals
(Erich Gutkind, Frederik van Eeden) with the explicit task to contribute
to a democratic and peaceful Europe by means of reason and philosophy.
The ISVW has its own conference hotel with a professional staff. René
Gude is managing director since 2002. Before that he was editor in
chief of the successful Philosophy Magazine and held various staff-functions
in Veen Bosch and Keuning Publishers.
CEO, Stichting Nederland Kennisland
Secretary, Dutch Innovation Platform
Frans J. Nauta (MA, 1966) has just been
appointed as member and secretary of the Dutch Innovation Platform.
The platform will be coordinating the Dutch policies for education,
research, technology and innovation. Besides his new role he is founder,
chairman and CEO of the Knowledge Land foundation (KL). KL is a think
tank based in Amsterdam. It aims at developing the full potential
of regions and countries in the knowledge economy, in a way that creates
both economic and social value. KL has gained some fame in the Netherlands
as an unconventional change agent with several innovative projects.
KL's vision for the Netherlands as one of the worlds key regions in
the knowledge economy was embraced by the new cabinet in September
2003 with the installation of the Innovation Platform. Like in Finland
the platform is chaired by the Prime Minister.
Before he founded KL Frans worked as trendwatcher for Origin (a Philips
company), with a focus on the impact of information and communication
technology on society. He also did research for the Netherlands Scientific
Council for Government Policy on the use of forecasting techniques
by Dutch government. His motto as forecaster is: "The best way to
predict the future is to create it", what eventually led him to start
KL. Over the years he has worked as political adviser for the Amsterdam
minister of traffic, urban planning and telecommunications, as manager
of an art house cinema in the heart of Amsterdam and as consultant
for national policy on environment, urban planning and traffic. Frans
Nauta studied Political Sciences at the University of Amsterdam, where
he specialized in the use of forecasting in policy development and
the role of computer models in this field (1996). The title of his
thesis was 'The computer as modern seer'. He did a bachelor degree
in Environmental Studies at Wageningen Agricultural University (1987).
Besides his work for KL and the Innovation Platform he writes as a
columnist for Dutch magazines and gives lectures on a frequent basis
at several Dutch universities.
Chief Knowledge Officer, ABN Amro Bank, Corporate Finance
After the completion his PhD thesis in Theoretical Physics, Paul Iske
joined Shell Research in 1989 where he was involved in establishing
and leveraging relationships with external research institutes and
in the knowledge transfer between the Research & Technical Services
organisation and the business environments (refineries, plants). In
1995, Paul Iske founded INTEGRAL Research Partners focusing on generation
and application of knowledge and R&D results.
Paul Iske joined ABN AMRO Global Transaction Services (GTS) as Head
of Knowledge Management in 1997. Currently, he is Senior Vice President,
Chief Knowledge Officer for ABN AMRO Corporate Finance. Before this,
Paul was Vice President Knowledge Networking within the ABN AMRO e-Commerce
organisation. He is one of the initiators of the ABN AMRO Knowledge
Management Forum, a cross-divisional Community of Practice that aims
to increase the awareness for and the impact of KM activities.
On a free-lance basis, Paul acts as an independent consultant on Knowledge-conscious
Management and supports organisations in the development and implementation
of programs focusing on leveraging knowledge as a strategic production
factor. He is a frequent speaker on international conferences and
workshops focusing on Knowledge Management and Innovation.
Since 2003, Paul is the Knowledge Coordinator within the Knowledge
and Coordination Center of the Good Healthcare Innovation Practice
(GHIP) Network in the Netherlands, a ‘click & brick’ infrastructure
facilitating the development, identification and dissemination of
good innovation practices in the healthcare sector.
In 1997 Paul Iske became Visiting Fellow at the University of Newcastle
(UK), dealing with "Interfacing Industry & Academia". In 1999, Paul
became Visiting Professor for the faculty of Engineering at the University
of Newcastle, specialising in "Intellectual Capital".
Since 2002, Paul is member of the Editorial Board of KM Magazine,
one of the leading international journals for (applied Knowledge Management).
For the European Commission he is reviewer of various Knowledge Management
projects. He has been appointed by the EC as a member of an international
team to develop guidelines and best practices in the area of (measurement
of) KM efforts.
Wanda van Kerkvoorden
SOLV new business advocaten
Already during her law degree at the University of Nijmegen, Wanda
van Kerkvoorden specialized in IP (intellectual property) and ICT
law. After graduating, she further specialized in IP and ICT as an
attorney, successively at AKD Prinsen Van Wijmen and Houthoff Buruma:
both reputable "big six" firms. In 2000 she co-founded SOLV: the only
Dutch law firm with a strict focus on TMC (new technology, media and
communication). Here, she also practices IP and ICT law, with an emphasis
on Internet, e-business and biotechnology. After successfully (cum
laude) completing the post graduate programma "ICT Law" at the Grotius
Academy she was admitted to the Dutch Foundation of ICT Attorneys
(Vereniging Informaticarecht Advocaten "VIRA"). In addition to her
work as an attorney, she frequently lectures and hosts workshops.
Topics include the legal aspects of electronic commerce, biotech licenses
and the IP aspects of websites.
PricewaterhouseCoopers is a supporter of the Club of Amsterdam.
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The Kenniskring Amsterdam (KKA) is a network where representatives
of corporate industry, knowledge institutions and local government
convene regularly. The activities of the KennisKring serve to promote
knowledge transfer, strengthen the knowledge infrastructure and stimulate
new ideas. This cooperation, now receiving donations from more than
a hundred of firms and institutions, has accumulated a wealth of experience
over the last ten years. This experience is at the moment put into
action into the "Amsterdam Innovation Mission" (AIM).
Prins Bernhardplein 200
1097 JB Amsterdam
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Public Transport to Amstel Station
- From Station Amsterdam Central: Sneltram or metro 51, 53 of
- From Station Zuid/WTC (World Trade Center): Sneltram 51 (direction
- From Station Duivendrecht: Metro 54 (direction Central Station)
· Tram 12 · Bus 15, 37, 67, 69, 136, 157 and 169
From Amstel Station take the front exit direction Prins Bernhardplein.
You can park your car at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Follow the A2 in the direction of Amsterdam-Centrum. At traffic lights
over the bridge over the Amstel turn right. Go straight on until the
second set of traffic lights. Then turn right across the bridge in
the direction of Diemen / Amersfoort. Turn right after going under
the railway bridge and go passed the Amstel Station. Then turn left
and first left again to park in the visitors parking lot or turn second
left for car park (entrance at the back of the building).
From Rotterdam / The Hague / Zaandam
Follow Ring A10 and take exit S112 Duivendrecht / Diemen-Zuid / Amsterdam
Zuid-Oost. Turn left at traffic lights in the direction of Centrum.
Keep left at traffic lights on the roundabout and take the third exit,
direction Amstel Station. Turn left and first left again to park in
the visi-tors parking lot or turn second left for car park (entrance
at the back of the building).
Follow the A1 in the direction of Amsterdam. On the Ring Amsterdam
Zuid (A10) follow in the direction of Centrum / Den Haag (afrit 101
t/m 113). Take exit S112 Duivendrecht / Diemen- Zuid. For further
instructions refer to above, 'from Rotterdam'.
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