Picture by Rosângela Fidelis
Goal of the day is to mix academic and company contributions in search of answering the question how academics, politics and companies (triple helix) can collaborate to give each other deeper insights in a company related problem (here concentrated on transition and ESG) and give solutions to the stated problems in a systemic approach. The different contributions should lead at the end of the day to a debate between the different contributors that day, high level entrepreneurs and governmentals and build towards a conclusion leading to a concrete best practice answer.
In general, we see immediately related systemic questions with the whole of the ESG approach. The theme will be introduced by highlighting two concrete cases (the case ‘food and retail’ that will define and tackle the investment problems the sector has and the case ‘J&J’ that will tackle the question towards involving stakeholders). We will explore following questions.
• How to persuade companies to leave the path of modern financial leverage where all investments seek for maximum efficiency on a short-term notice.
• How to offer governments the best working leverage points to support transition do so from a fiscal point of view with a minimum of losses and a maximum of results? This also means answering the question how governments can reach a maximum of leverage (here we seek best leverage-instruments for the government to influence the system) with a minimum of efforts, e.g. not giving subsidies but instead a moderated fiscal advantage to stimulate proper adding of capital in the company with a long-term goal.
• How to convince consumers to change habits about (food – medicines) consumption behavior
General theme will be: ‘how to create a coalition of the willing and even a coalition of the doing instead of creating an obligation using a ‘rule based’ or ‘directive’ have-to-situation?’ ‘How to motivate companies to adopt a ‘systemic collaboration’ scheme instead of a classical competitor’s scheme? ‘Different approaches will be debated: more technical ones (financial, technology, rule based elements, …) but also including e.g. storytelling (‘creating a mythology’), identity and identification with the transition-project, a basic ethical concept related to the identity and mythology question.
Loet Leydesdorff died in March 2023. He may be considered as the pioneer of the Triple Helix concept that includes an active research into the question how entrepreneurs governmentals and academics can collaborate in the aim of developing a long-term future oriented project. The Memorial is also putted in function of the day where the Helix idea will be putted into practice.
Collaboration between and presentation by the Graydoncreditsafe R&D team and prof. Pierre-Alexandre Billiet (Solvay) who is a specialist in the retail and who will highlight the complexity linked to the transition needs in the sector of the Foodretail.
This case is meant as a concrete working case which approach will be leading during the day. With this research we will show a data driven construction of the nowadays situation (an insight in the ‘nowmoment’ of the case) stating the problem of a lack of redundant reserves within the sector with its (negative) reenforcing feedback loops and thus the questions to be resolved.
E.g. The foodretail sector who has to find an answer on the logistic foodchain developing it toward a helix containing a combination of ‘Healthy’ ‘sustainability’ and ‘Affordable’. Indeed we know that if two elements of this ‘helix’ are combined, answers do exist but the combination of the 3 is a problem (healthy and sustainable is offered by the bioshops, but bioshops are only used by the happy (rich) few)
Sociological Overview on the Food sector sustainability
This section will imply a discussion on the following items:
As a conclusion, ideas on sustainable food production are based on two opposite models:
– degrowth models: organic food, limited coonsumption, community-based social life
– innovation models: vertical farming, OGMs, 4.0 industry.
The Sky Walker Limited Staff will discuss about big data, tracking system and possible ethical and sustainable scenarios: the aim is to find the right balance between the potential expressed by technology and the centrality of human brains
Debate: ‘ how can governments, entrepreneurs and academics create a coalition of the willing and the acting? ’ to support transition to become real instead of creating an obligation using a ‘rule-based’ or ‘directive’ have-to-situation’? How can such a coalition actively and positively involve stakeholders including general public, consumers?
Debate between some speakers of the day adding some ‘thinking heads’ and high-level politicians and entrepreneurs (who of course will be invited for the whole day).
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