Leadership in a World, Disrupted
Global Leaders Workshop in Athens, Greece | June 23-25, 2023
This workshop has two underlying purposes. First, to stimulate deep discussion among participants about the big issues that are shaping the human condition today—disruptive technology, climate change, mass migration, and global disorder—with the aim of generating not only new thinking, but also new initiatives among the participants. Second, to provide the Tällberg Foundation with renewed energy and purpose, starting a transition from our historical focus on exploring ideas to acting on them.
The participants are key to achieving any portion of either purpose. Almost three dozen past laureates and jurors from 20 countries are each extraordinary. They bring vast experience in a wide range of disciplines and issues; they have demonstrated the capacity to think differently about the challenges they are addressing; and they are all proven leaders who understand the imperative of thinking and operating at the systems level. They also understand the moral imperative that effective, sustainable leadership must be rooted in universal values.
Tällberg workshops are typically designed with a core theme and careful orchestration that combines different elements to sustain enthusiastic engagement. However, the design of this meeting will not be typical; this will be more jazz than symphony with lots of room for improvisation.
As outlined below, the program will combine an initial input stage where all participants will very briefly share no more than four minutes’ worth of key thoughts or developments in their work. This is intended to allow us to map who is doing what and to focus on overlaps or potential synergies. All of this will be recorded and quick transcripts produced; in a perfect world, the team will distill key ideas and words to be displayed and connected.
The second stage will be built around two group discussions: one will focus on climate, tech, power politics, economics while the other will focus on justice, tech, democracy, migration. Think of the difference between the pods as sort of left-brain/right-brain conversations. These conversations will be led/nurtured/encouraged/stimulated by a group of pre-selected “provocateurs” whose main role will be to curate the work of the groups.
The provocateurs have a second role in the program: to provoke. Each will have a 10-minute (or less) slot to speak to something that they believe impacts on the overall conversation. These provocations are outlined below, although they will inevitably stray from these descriptions.
Of course, the meals are always elements of a successful workshop. The opening dinner on Friday will be an opportunity to frame the workshop, but also to encourage open discussion across the whole group. (Indeed, the venue was chosen to allow that kind of conversation.) The Saturday dinner will be free flowing.
Sunday’s session is likely to be defined on the fly. Have the group discussions proceeded in interesting enough directions that a plenary conversation makes sense? Should the groups reconvene and continue? Should the groups be re-defined and push in alternative directions? Again, think improv jazz, not orchestral composition.
Day 1: Opening conversations and dinner at the Cycladic Museum
Meet in the NJV Athens Plaza lobby for a 15 minute walk to Stathatos Mansion, Museum of Cycladic Art, Irodoutou 1 (entrance at the corner of Leof. Vassilissis Sofias and Irodotou).
Opening of the workshop at the Cycladic Museum
Including drinks, museum tour, dinner, conversation
– Why are we meeting? Alan Stoga intro
– Sitawa Namwalie provocation
– Stelios Vassilakis provocation
– Open discussion
Transportation will be available for return to the NJV Athens Plaza
Day 2: We need to talk…and act! at The Lighthouse, SNFCC
From 7:00 AM
Breakfast served at hotel
Meet in NJV Athens lobby for bus to Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), The Lighthouse
9:00 Morning session
During the morning session each participant will have four minutes to describe the most important aspects of their work or to introduce key ideas for consideration. These bits and pieces will be input for the rest of the workshop.
Provocations will be incorporated throughout the day by Shahidul Alam, Tomas Anker Christensen, Juan Enriquez, Mike Niconchuk and Mark Mitton.
Open lunch at The Lighthouse
Working group sessions
Join your pre-selected session:
– Climate, tech, power and economics
– Justice, democracy, migration and tech
Return to NJV Athens Plaza
Meet NJV Athens Plaza lobby to go to Vassilenas Restaurant (Vrasida 13)
– With transportation: 10-15 minutes
– Walk: 20 minutes
Dinner and open conversation
Transportation available for return to the NJV Athens Plaza
Day 3: Closing session at 10AM Lofts
From 7:00 AM
Breakfast served at hotel
Prior to 8:30 AM
Hotel check-out if you are checking out on Sunday.
Meet in NJV Athens lobby for transportation to
The 10AM Lofts (Konstantinoupoleos Ave. 82)
Plenary: Where are we? Alan Stoga
Provocations by Ashok Mirpuri and Fio Omenetto will be incorporated during the day.
Group discussions continue
Return to NJV Athens Plaza
The role of the agent provocateur is, simply put, to provoke. In the context of our meeting in Athens, the idea is for our provocateurs to address briefly (no more than 10 minutes, religiously enforced) a series of critical issues, ideas, and attitudes that frame and inform everything about which we are talking. There will be no immediate opportunity for the participants to question, to object, to endorse or—frankly—to say anything, at least during the sessions. This is input, not debate.
However, there will be plenty of time in the group and plenary sessions as well as over meals for yelling and screaming as needed.
Guidance given to the provocateurs: don’t pull punches; don’t use jargon that excludes listeners; don’t worry about challenging the room to think differently, because that’s what they all do. Do tell us something we don’t know but should!
Of course, each of these topics deserves a long lecture to even begin teasing out the complexities and possibilities. But each provocateur has only 10 minutes, which probably means choosing and explaining a very few, very important ideas.
In alphabetical order:
1. Tomas Anker Christensen
2. Juan Enriquez
3. Mark Mitton
4. Ashok Mirpuri
5. Sitawa Namwalie
6. Mike Niconchuk
7. Fio Omenetto
8. Stelios Vassilakis
If you haven’t done so already
- Climate Crisis Has Stranded 600 Million Outside Most Livable Environment — ProPublica
- Four Ethical Priorities for Neurotechnologies and AI – Nature
- The Threat and Promise of Artificial Intelligence – FT
- Learn to Love Ambiguity – FT.pdf
- Opinion Yuval Harari on Threats to Humanity Posed by A.I. – NYT
- Safe and Just Earth System Boundaries – Nature
- The Godfather of AI – why I Left Google – The Spectator
- The Rich Have a Slight Edge Evidenced from Comparative Data on Income-Based Inequality in Policy Congruence
- What’s Expected of Us – It’s a Tough Choice – Nature
TRANSPORTATION FROM ATHENS AIRPORT TO THE CITY
You arrange your own transportation to and from the airport. There are plenty of options to choose from such as airport taxis, metro, and buses. The most convenient way to reach the hotel is by taxi. The yellow Athens airport taxis are queuing up at the official taxi rank outside Exit 3 at the Arrivals Level. The taxi fare is flat, at 40€ (42$) during the daytime (05:00 am – 00:00 am) and 55€ (58$) during the night shift. Ubers are also available in Athens. The total journey to Athens city center takes 35-40 minutes under normal traffic conditions.
Find details about transportation from Athens Airport to City Center
NJV Athens Plaza
2, Vasileos Georgiou A’ str.,
Syntagma square, 105 64 Athens, Greece
WhatsApp/Mobile: +46 73 267 0880
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NJV Athens Plaza
Address: 2, Vas.Georgiou A’ – Syntagma Square – 105 64 Athens, Greece
Phone: +30 210 3352400
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY
For all emergencies (ambulance, fire, and police), dial 112
Friday, June 23
Stathatos Mansion, Museum of Cycladic Art, Irodoutou 1 (entrance at the corner of Leof. Vassilissis Sofias and Irodotou).
Sunday, June 25
The 10AM Lofts (Konstantinoupoleos Ave. 82)
The dress code is casual. Don’t forget to check the local weather report. It looks to be hot in Athens and you’ll want to pack accordingly.
Some of the venues are close by and you may choose to walk so consider bringing comfortable shoes.
The accommodations and the workshop venue will have WiFi available. Most places in Greece also have 5G.
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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING IN GREECE
Time zone: UTC/GMT +3 HOURS
Dialing codes for Greece: +30 country code, see also https://countrycode.org/greece
Electricity: Electric power voltage in Greece is 230 V / 50 Hz and the plugs are F type.
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Russia; investigative journalist, political scientist, author, educator, and radio host (currently based in USA)
Germany; working to develop transparent, environmentally sensitive electricity grids in Europe to enable the energy transition
Denmark; career diplomat with extensive global experience and currently serving as his country’s Climate Ambassador
Jordan; mother, educator, scientist, social entrepreneur, activist and global thinker
USA; polymath, author and entrepreneur operating at the intersection of life sciences, brain research and finance
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Colombia; ethnologist, anthropologist and activist seeking to secure indigenous territorial rights and the protection of the Colombian Amazon
India; activist and social entrepreneur, fighting sex trafficking and helping victims recover their lives
Democratic Republic of the Congo; dancer, choreographer, and social activist
Venezuela; social entrepreneur and activist leveraging education to work for the inclusion of refugees in host communities
Greece; educator and youth trainer who works to make football accessible for visually impaired children worldwide
Singapore; career diplomat most recently served as Ambassador to the United States
Singapore; serial social entrepreneur with a focus on environment
USA; magician and (more than) amateur mathematician
Netherlands; lawyer, legal scholar and entrepreneur who seeks to make justice systems deliver for everyone
Kenya; poet, playwright and performer
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Rwanda; pioneering doctor aiming to bring equity and dignity to palliative care in low- and middle-income countries
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Brazil; architect and social change entrepreneur
Ghana; technology innovator, development activist and social entrepreneur
El Salvador; humanitarian worker, public health expert, and entrepreneur building community-based education and public health initiatives primarily in Central America
USA; strategist, entrepreneur and consultant focused on geopolitics and economics; Chairman, Tällberg Foundation
Denmark; business executive focused on driving social impact in both nonprofit and commercial client organizations
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Who helps make this possible?
About the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) is one of the world’s leading private, international philanthropic organizations, making grants to nonprofit organizations in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and sports, and social welfare. SNF funds organizations and projects worldwide that aim to achieve a broad, lasting, and positive impact for society at large, and exhibit strong leadership and sound management. The Foundation also supports projects that facilitate the formation of public-private partnerships as an effective means for serving public welfare.
Since 1996, the Foundation has committed more than $3.5 billion through over 5,300 grants to nonprofit organizations in more than 130 countries around the world.
Learn more at SNF.org.