Economic Summit Europe 2018

The Economic Summit exists to promote the dissemination and implementation of new paradigms on finance and economy based on Christian tradition, faith and thought, and transformational busi-nesses generating four-fold capital (human, social, natural and profit) as new models for poverty alleviation and sustainable economies. Sustainable economies do not exist in isolation, but have everything to do with the social, political and spiritual structures in which they are embedded. Our focus therefore also includes the factors that lead to sustainable development.

From our very first meeting in 2014, the Economics of Mutuality (EoM), a concept pioneered by Dr. Bruno Roche, senior Economist at Mars Inc. and the Managing Director of the Mars Catalyst Think Tank, has played a key role in Economic Summit events. During the past few months, this idea has also been presented at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Committee meeting as well as at the World Economic Summit and UN General Assembly meetings in New York. It is clear that this is an idea whose time has come!

In our Economic Summit Europe meeting, 12-13 April 2018 we will focus on the practical applica-tions of EoM in business and management practice as well as in government and public policy. Our aim during this meeting will be:

1. To demonstrate that this is a concept that works in both emerging and first world nations.

2. To get broad buy-in from the business, political and academic communities in The Netherlands and Europe.

3. To start to develop best practices for the implementation of EoM and the concept of Mutuality in The Netherlands. To this aim, we will set up a National Centre for knowledge and best prac-tices that will be able to liaise with hubs in different cities nationally and across the continent.

The organising partners for this meeting are the Economic Summit, Sallux and GIDS Network Netherlands. The first day is hosted by the ChristenUnie party at the Dutch Parliament Buildings in The Hague. Attendance at the Economic Summit Europe meeting is by invitation only..


The Dutch Parliament Buildings in The Hague, Netherlands.

Program Highlights Day 1

Date: Thursday 12 April 2018.
Location: Dutch Parliament Buildings

8:30 – 9:30 am:  Registration at the Dutch Parliament Buildings and coffee and tea.

9:30 – 10:00 am: Opening and welcome: Eppo Bruins, MP ChristenUnie party (Host), Khadija Arib, Chair of the Dutch Parliament; Arleen Westerhof of the Economic Summit (Moderator).

10:00 – 10:20 am: Opening Wopke Hoekstra, Minister of Finance, Kingdom of The Netherlands

10:20 – 11:10 am: Keynote presentation: Vision for a new economic model of mutuality.

(Speaker: Bruno Roche)

11:10 – 11:30 am: Coffee/tea break

11:30 – 1:00 pm: Panel discussion. Economics of Mutuality in the Innovation Economy.

We have entered a new economic world where the traditional vertical economy is being challenged by horizontal, collaborative economic models. This emerging economy is built on the foundation of trust, a central concept in EoM.

(Speakers: Lans Bovenberg, Tilburg University; Rens van Tilburg, Sustainable Finance Lab, University of Utrecht (tbc); Bas Jacobs (tbc), Erasmus University; Rik Grashoff, Parliamentary Working Group Shared Prosperity;  MP GroenLinks; Eppo Bruins, MP ChristenUnie; Regis Passerieux, Personalist Movement France (tbc))

1:00 – 2:10 pm: Lunch

2:10 – 3:40 pm: Panel discussion – Evolving the Regulatory and Legal Environment

Profit maximisation for shareholders has isolated companies from society. Short-termism is being gradually replaced by a long term view addressing questions of social, environmental and human impacts as well as profitability. To what extent will company laws need to adapt, and what kind of legal framework will be necessary to support this new form of business?

(Speakers: Colin Mayer, Said Business School Oxford University; Tineke Lambooy, Nyenrode Business University; Rosen Ivanov, Heidelberg Institute for International Studies and Leadership, Gert-Jan Huisman, Anders Invest, Marcello Pelazzi, B Corporation and B Lab Europe; Regis Passerieux, Personalist Movement France)

3:40 – 4:00 pm: Concluding remarks and Q&A

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Tour of the Dutch Parliament Buildings


Program Highlights day 2

Date: Friday 13 April 2018.
Location: Dominion Centre, Amsterdam

8:00 – 8:30 am: Registration and coffee and tea

8:30 – 8:40 am: Opening and welcome by Arleen Westerhof, Economic Summit

8:40 – 9:25 am: Keynote presentation: The Economics of Mutuality Journey and Business and Academic Contexts

(Speaker: Colin Mayer, Said Business School Oxford University).

9:25 – 10:25 am: Case studies: Rethinking Supply Chains, Driving Organisational Change, Empowering the Poor at the Base of the Pyramid and Building Purpose-driven businesses.

(Speaker: Alastair Colin-Jones, Mars Catalyst)

10:25 – 10:45 am: Coffee/tea break

10:45 – 12:15 pm: Panel discussion: Transformations in Leadership to deliver on the promise of Mutuality

We have never experienced a more demanding, fast-paced and complex leadership environment. The vision of mutuality requires unprecedented leadership abilities to navigate today’s rapidly changing context and cascade new leadership skills into the entire organisation. How do we teach the current and future generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders EoM and ultimately transform leaders for a new business world?

(Speakers: Jan Sturesson, Former PwC )

12:15 – 12:45 pm: Presentation: Economics of Mutuality and the global landscape. International business prospects for the application of the Economics of Mutuality.

(Speaker: Jan Sturesson, former PwC; Jan Jaap Kanis, Vanenburg Group (tbc); Gerrit Nolles; Generali (tbc))

12:45 – 2:00 pm: Lunch

2:00 – 3:15 pm: Panel discussion: Business perspectives.

How do mutual businesses impact on operational and financial performance and how do business leaders deliver mutuality fairly down the value chain? What are the practices that can underpin mutuality-driven business models? We argue that it requires a good understanding of the players in the ecosystem and a focus on strengthening the ecosystem in which the firm operates.

(Speakers: Marcello Pelazzi, B Corp and B Labs Europe; Bert Dorr, The Family Foundation (tbc); Willemijn Verloop; Social Enterprise NL (tbc) and others)

3:15 – 3:45 pm: EoM for the SME sector

(Speaker: Arleen Westerhof, Economic Summit)

3:45 – 4:00 pm: Concluding remarks and Q&A

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