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Masterclass with Paul Polman: Leadership and the Golden Rule

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An inspirational Masterclass on Leadership with Paul Polman, Unilever CEO for 10 years, for students, executives, academics and NGOs experts

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What would happen if we applied the Golden Rule in leadership practices?

We know well what happens when we don’t do this, and the results are disengaged workplaces, growing inequalities and an agonizing planet. Yet in moments of darkness there are “imaginal cells” that can create incredible and magic new narratives, just like caterpillars can turn into butterflies.

During this Masterclass we will learn directly from one of the most prominent imaginal cells, Paul Polman, Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team and Vice Chairman of the UN Global Compact. Kim Polman, Paul's wife, co-author of Imaginal Cells and co-founder of Reboot the Future will address the concept of imaginal cells. Various other inspiring stakeholders that are embodying the Golden Rule and are acting for the good of the people and the planet in line with the Sustainable Development Goals will speak on topics including organizational leadership, perspectives of future generations and connecting the "I" to the "We."

Join this incredible inter-generational Masterclass with young students, social entrepreneurs, executives, academics, researchers and representatives from governments and NGOs. You will leave this day empowered to act in new ways, wanting to be the best for the world.

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9:00 a.m. Welcome, Intro and Leadership Reflection

What effective or ineffective/good or bad leader means for me. When I am a bad leader. 1-2-4 liberating structure to reflect on what our own experiences say about leadership. Introduction by Carlo Giardinetti (FUS)

9:20 a.m. "Reboot the Future". Imaginal Cells and the Golden Rule. Keynote by Kim Polman

9:50 a.m. "Three Stories: Examples of Imaginal Cells": The Ocean, Fishing vessels, Story illustrated by Kim Polman; Circular Economy, Video by Bill McDonald; Food and Nestlé, The Incredible Burger story, Story illustrated by Barbara Bulc

10:20 a.m. A case study: The Harambeans, building Africa's future. How do you attract investors such as Google Ventures, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and Alibaba? How do you inspire the best talents from Harvard, Stanford and MIT? Catalyzing a transformative eco-system under one vision: building Africa’s future. Intervention by Okendo Lewis Gayle

10:45 a.m. Break

11:00 a.m. Golden Rule workshop. Reconnect to a moment of your life in an organization. Can you recall a situation when you were hurt by people around you? When did you hurt? What if you had used the Golden Rule? The case of True Moringa and Minga Food: What is the best way forward? Facilitated by Kim Polman

11:30 a.m. Bringing a broader perspective: Connecting the “I” to the “We” and the “All”. Video Messages. A message from Kate Raworth, Roman Krznaric, Katrin Muff, Thomas Dyllick

11:40 a.m. Bringing the change to Ticino: Successes and Challenges. Every context can be very differently ready for the desired change. How has SUPSI positively contributed to the make sustainability a strategic priority for the companies in Ticino? Intervention by Jenny Assi

12:00 p.m. A Young Perspective for Future Generations. Facilitated circle with young guests. What keeps the youngest awake? How can different generations collaborate better? Facilitated by Barbara Bulc

12:45 p.m. Lunch

1:45 p.m. G7 Update on Climate and SDGs – Systemic Leadership. Keynote by Paul Polman

2:30 p.m. Examples from Business for SDGs – Organizational Leadership. Intervention by Antonio Hautle (UN Global Compact Switzerland) and Gilbert Ghostine (CEO Firmenich)

3:00 p.m. Multi-stakeholder panel interview – Participative Leadership. Panel Discussion with Paul Polman, Pio Wennubst (SDC), Jonas Haertle (UNITAR) and Gilbert Ghostine (CEO Firmenich). Moderated by Barbara Bulc.

3:45 p.m. Break

4:00 p.m. Social Entrepreneurship for Climate Change and beyond – Personal Leadership. Intervention by Christoph Birkholz (Impact Hub Switzerland)

4:45 p.m. Switzerland, the SDG and the BluePeace initiative – National Leadership. Keynote by Pio Wennubst (SDC)

5:30 p.m. Leadership interview by Master students. Interview with Paul Polman. MSIM Students.

6:00 p.m. Final Reflections. Kim Polman

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