The ‘People Process Places’ European Dialog Initiative is an interdisciplinary, cross-industry and transnational event launched by Drees & Sommer. Every year it examines aspects of the analog and digital transformation in cooperation with numerous sponsors, idea providers and hosts at various locations.
This year, the focus of the discussion is on getting started with sustainable transformation. This will involve us looking at combining economy and ecology, which can then be developed into a profitable USP for our cities, industrial bases, and companies. This is where the future of the European economy lies. That is why we will travel to innovation hot spots in Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland – 2022 will have an even more european focus. The 2021 European Dialog Initiative provides exclusive insights into workshops and innovation labs run by our sponsors, idea providers and hosts.
The analog and digital European Dialog Initiative through Germany and other parts of Europe focuses on the discussion of various aspects of transition in the economy, in particular on the three Ps:
How does the transformation impact organizational culture, employees, and corporate management? Can a sense of purpose be used to engender loyalty in high-flyers? What changes in demand do we need to prepare for?
What elements are required for sustainable economic, consumption and lifestyle behavior? Which new technologies, social initiatives and business models could become major sustainability innovations in the future? And what is the impact on sustainability of various political and economic frameworks?
How can we use flexibility of business sites to cope with pressure for efficiency and cost reduction? How can we resolve the growing competition for space for housing, commercial premises and services? How do Smart City projects help us shape demographic change and take advantage of social, environmental and cultural opportunities in urban districts?
March 18, 2021, Digital kickoff
In the lead-up to the hybrid ICC (Industrial Communication Congress) on June 10, 2021, we will have a virtual discussion with various companies on how sufficient renewable electricity can be made available worldwide as the primary form of energy in a way that is completely economical.
April 21, 2021, digital
Together with Signify experts, we will discuss with you how light positively influences productivity, improves production, and minimizes a company’s carbon footprint. Insights into future developments will also be provided.
May 11, 2021, digital
"Mission to Zero" is the title of the digital topic dialog organized together with ABB. We will be discussing questions and answers relating to sustainability innovations, CO2-neutral site development, and efficient and sustainable transformation in production and logistics.
June 10, 2021, digital
According to the motto "It's all One", society, business and industry discuss the new togetherness. The ICC from Phoenix Contact has been networking experts and decision-makers from different industries for 25 years. For the third time in a row, the theme trip is part of the format.
June 15, 2021, Stuttgart, hybrid
In the lead-up to the annual summit of the Academy of German World Market Leaders, we will talk about PEOPLE PROCESS PLACES in the light of current market transformation trends and discuss and present possible solutions and Best Practice examples from the DACH region.
September 16, 2021, Luxembourg
Discuss aspects of shaping the future in the context of the European Green Deal with business leaders, the scientific community and political representatives. In addition to input on company-related, Circular Economy and energy-specific issues, we will surprise you with a special supporting program.
October 21, 2021, Basel
At this stop of the European Dialog Initiative tour, we will discuss the Smart City of tomorrow: The focus is on infrastructure technologies such as low-power networks, 5G and 6G, and networking of devices, plants and buildings. How can we design technologies and processes in the Smart City so that living, working, shopping and leisure activities become climate neutral?
November 18, 2021 (tbc), Hamburg
We will wrap up the European Dialog Initiative by getting together to discuss ‘lessons learned’ on the Hammerbrooklyn Digital Campus. The urban community, companies from every sector and other bright minds from all over the world will come together in the center of Hamburg to experiment, learn and implement innovations.
Future Solutions Network
Get involved in a discussion about the future of your company! Drees & Sommer is organizing an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas on your most pressing issues in close cooperation with the sponsors of the European Dialog Initiative.
The European Dialog Initiatives of recent years have generated a steady stream of ideas and stimuli to allow us to jointly address the challenges and opportunities of digital transformation. This year we want to pick up on these ideas and move from discussion to action. From 2021, the European Dialog Initiative will offer a new module in cooperation with our company building partner mantro: The Do Tank. Our vision: To launch the first European Dialog Initiative startup in 2021.
Called ‘TechBoost Connect’, Telekom’s matching platform allows companies to enter a problem or challenge and then be matched up with startups with relevant innovations that can provide solutions. The platform acts as an intermediary between startups and established companies, and helps to reconcile the different speeds at which large, process-driven companies and agile startups operate.
If you are interested in the Future Solutions Network, the Do Tank or our matchmaking, please get in touch.
See all the 2020 European Dialog Initiative tour stops here (in German):