Watch prior to the event: Keynote be Dr. Martin Frick, Germany, UN
Martin Frick, Deputy of the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Food System Summit 2021. He served before as the Senior Director of UN Climate Change where he was overseeing the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the secretariat’s Climate Action work. As programme director for former Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Foundation, he developed the founding narrative of climate justice. He previously served as Director for Climate Change at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. He was the German representative for human rights and humanitarian affairs at the UN General Assembly and served as the European Union’s lead negotiator in the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council. As Ambassador to the international organizations based in Germany, he helped building up the UN’s sustainability hub in Bonn. He holds a PhD in Law from Regensburg University and was a guest lecturer at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin.
Sebastián Gaggero, Sociologist, Matriztica, ChileChilean sociologist with studies and practices in social action-research in the field of human communities and the generation of well-being.
Disciple and apprentice of Humberto Maturana and Ximena Dávila for more than 15 years, forming part of the development of the Cultural Biology of Human Existence, the understanding of human nature and coexistence.The main focus of his work and experience as a researcher has been to discover the relational dynamics that generate value and well-being in communities and organizations. In this context, he has participated in research in the United States, Chile, Brazil, China, and Sweden, among other countries. He also has experience in social innovation ecosystems as a researcher and mentor of projects and ventures.He currently serves as an international speaker, consultant and Director for Matríztica and also as a member of the Board of Directors of BRAVE UP. Among his main interests are philosophical reflection, social entrepreneurship and the art of pilgrimage as a spiritual technology. He has published articles and is now in the process of editing a book for 2021.
Johanna Geisenhainer, Zero Waste Chef, Switzerland26-year-old professional Chef Jo (Johanna Geisenhainer) recently took up an amazing challenge: leaving her promising career in a Michelin-starred restaurant to travel the world on a small sailboat, while giving online ZERO-WASTE cooking classes from her tiny, 2m2 floating kitchen. Her classes aim to teach everything about Leaf to Root and Nose to Tail cooking techniques, including pro chef hacks, gardening tips and DIY-secrets for developing a sustainable kitchen! For her, cooking is about creating something greater than the sum of its parts - achieving harmony between palette and planet and bringing out the best of what nature has to offer. Training as a professional chef was no easy task but was a logical step for her to share the love and passion she has for food and for nature. Her message is simple: we ALL can change the world-starting at home, using so called ‘waste’ to create delicious, nutritious, and ecological meals for ourselves, and our friends and family. By using food resources more efficiently, we get more out of every ingredient we buy, encouraging more responsible and efficient consumption. Doing all of this from a small sailboat kitchen just goes to show - you don’t need anything fancy to cook with conscience – only curiosity, and a passion for the planet.
Gitta Peyn, systems researcher and cyberneticist, co-developer of FORMWELT and WELTFORM, founder of the FORMWELTen Institute for Renewing Systems Research and the Larnaca Conferences.Since 1988 she has been working with her husband on systemic and sustainable models, concepts and tools for communication, social and cognitive design and systemic complexity-conscious education and language. With FORMWELT team, she is in the process of building a global platform that empowers all people to systemic communication and education for understanding oriented global collaboration, superintelligent problem solving and human multiresilience.In 2020 she presented what FORMWELT can do for intersectionality and collective intelligence in times of metacrises at the conference "Strategies for transformative global Leadership" organized by the United Nations and the World Academy of Art and Science.Gitta sees the crises of today and tomorrow first as crises of the mind and of outdated communication and education systems. She applies systemic perspectives and provides emergent programs for education, communication and conflict resolution. Enthusiastically, she advocates that individuals and societies can learn to manage higher complexities in order to adequately address the challenges that threaten the very survival of humanity.
Michael Gerstner, ModerationMichael is a Social Worker and has a vast experience in relating to people from totally different backgrounds. He is focused on co-creating social environments that support free thinking, critical speech, mutual respect for the fellow human being and humor.His personal agenda is to be aware of his own biases and allowing himself different – often opposing – perspectives to be true at the same time while maintaining an edge and a defined position that others can relate to. He is new to the Larnaca Conferences and views them as a great possibility to connect people around the globe and synthesize their expertise and their experiences into a larger picture of us as humans and our place in the world. As a husband and father of two daughters (14 and 13) he feels an urge and a personal responsibility to contribute in such an important endeavor.“You can only work and develop with what you have.”
Rebekka Manos, ModerationRebekka is an expert in facilitating transformation and cultivating an atmosphere that nourishes growth and personal development. Already being one of the facilitators of last year’s conference, Rebekka is joining again this year out of conviction: the topics of the conferences address the burning issues of our time, and the participants involved are the right ones to jointly make an advance on them. She sees her role in maintaining the flow of the conversation, giving everybody space to be heard and supporting the emergence of new (joint) thoughts and ideas.Rebekka brings in her background as consultant for corporate transformations and coach for personal and professional development. She also brings in her self as a human being interested in the causes of our times and making a difference to our future.“Let’s write a story together that is greater than the sum of the parts.”
Stefan Blachfellner is the Managing Director of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS) in Vienna, hosting the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (emcsr/avantgarde) and the Circular Economy Forum Austria. He has broad international experience as an entrepreneur and business consultant in Fortune TOP 500 industries, and the service sector as well as in public administration and cultural and educational organizations. He has been teaching entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity and innovation management, digital business, future studies, sustainability and responsible management, and various systems theories and approaches at several Universities and in professional management training programs in Austria, Germany, Slovenia, France, Belgium, China and the USA. From 2016 to 2018 he was appointed as Special Adviser to the European Commissioner for Transport. He served as Secretary General and Vice President of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR) and Vice President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS). His current work is focused on the development of a General Systems Transdiscipline, Systems Design, Systemic Innovation and Impact Assessment to improve methods for addressing complex challenges towards the so-called Next Economy, in particular the Circular Economy and the Twin Challenge of Digitalization and Sustainability.
Jürgen Große-Puppendahl, ModeratorJürgen is a seasoned moderator and considered as an organisational and societal catalyst.His careful and attentive way of dealing with people and words contribute to setting the stage for environments of deep inquiry and change. Thus important spaces of possibility are created. Jürgen's multi-layered moderator work and related experiences in international industry, public institutions and counseling projects foster the implementation of transdisciplinary approaches and of systemic understanding, thinking and communication.Jürgen dedicates his voluntary work wholeheartedly to Formwelt and The Larnaca Conferences. Heinz von Förster put Jürgen's call in his quote so aptly:"Freedom and responsibility belong together. Only those who are free and could always act differently, can act responsibly."
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