dialogue evenings

 

Current dialog evening topics:

 

why sustainable Consumption

What is the underlying engine driving our consumption and production beyond what our planet can offer? How is it, that this is no news to us and we still do not seem to have a clear strategy on how to move forward and beyond this unsustainable patterns of consumption?

When we consider that…..

  • Switzerland consumes 3x the amount of natural resources available in the country itself.
  • Switzerland ranks second in Europe in waste per capita, at about 700 kg in 2016
  • globally, we have lost 52% of our biodiversity since 1970
  • by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans

….it occurs to us that there is a huge opportunity to transform the way we use resources, but how do we exactly instil a culture of conscious consumption? what gets in the way?

With Dialogue Evenings on this topic we aim to explore the deeply personal and therefore inherently systemic dimensions of our patterns of consumption and production. How can we hold a vision that our hearts know to be possible and simultaneously stay firmly grounded in current reality?

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Why gender equality

While Switzerland has closed the gender gap in many areas, Swiss cultural
norms still have an influence on the roles that men and women play in society.
We therefore observe a gender gap, driven by structural elements along with
behavioral responses to expectations, as follows:

  1. Switzerland has one of the shortest lengths of paid maternal leave amongst OECD countries, and very high costs of childcare.
  2. Women still take on two-thirds of domestic work, while men are expected to bear the brunt of earnings for their family.
  3. There is a persistent gender pay gap, and fewer women exercising managerial functions.

This reality no longer corresponds to the wishes and aspirations of many men
and women, especially the younger generations. There is a huge opportunity
to break through the remaining barriers and establish new cultural norms
regarding gender roles and leadership.


Why regenerative work

The topic of regenerative work is more than just about well-being, happy
employees or work-life balance. Everywhere we look we can see the world -
and our experience in it - speeding up: Businesses and organisations in any
sector are continuously asked to deliver more with less, more innovation and
less time to imagine & dream about it, more output and less resources to
achieve it, and so on. There is a certain story that we have been telling
ourselves about what it means to be successful and what it means to be happy,
which for now is focused on doing or having always “more”. Later than sooner
we realise that the to do list are bottomless and that “getting stuff done” works
like a boomerang.

We promote more happiness, health and well-being at work while somehow
trying to put away the feeling that it’s not just all make-up: inviting us to hide the
tiredness and burn-out with a smile on our faces. Companies well-being
programs are well intended, and still below all these efforts they are sold to us
as a tool to further optimise ourselves for more efficiency. So much so that in
case we still can’t cope with the demands, we are left with only one conclusion:
it’s me that is not enough.

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