The Future We Choose

How businesses empower change

  • Starts:09:00, 20 September 2023
  • Ends:15:00, 20 September 2023
  • Location:BI - campus Oslo, room: A1-030
  • Enrolment deadline:19.09.2023 23:30

What is the system challenge? How can we meet the challenges at hand? 

Join Us at 'The Future We Choose' Conference on September 20th!

Discover how businesses such as Norsk Gjenvinning, Gelato, Microsoft, Nordea are driving growth through innovative solutions to societal challenges. Hear from global academics, thought leaders, and businesses as we explore solutions for a more sustainable future. 

This event is your chance to be part of positive change, learn from transformation catalysts, and understand the skills and strategies driving impactful transitions.

We look forward to hearing from thought leaders in the field of ecological economics, Geoeconomics, Finance & Development, Doughnut Economics and on impact research and reflections from innovators such as SHE Community, Smart Innovation Norway and Norwegian Mycelium. In the last plenary session we will tap into a political discussion and our own oil and energy minister will attend.

Political debate

Is the green transition sustainable?

Climate and nature policy are at odds. To cut emissions, we must build more renewable energy at the cost of vulnerable nature. The opposition to wind power and other climate measures shows what can go wrong when we proceed too quickly with solutions in isolation, without taking a more systemic outlook on how problems are solved. 

The question is: How do we move forward with an energy policy that plays in harmony with the Montreal Protocol, safeguards indigenous people's rights and cuts emissions without placing too heavy a burden on society at large. In other words – How do we create a sustainable energy policy?


The BI Centre for Sustainability and Energy, Abelia, and Sustainability Hub Norway, are delighted to welcome you to be part of the collective effort to shape a more sustainable and resilient tomorrow. 

Don't miss the opportunity to shape tomorrow with us.

 Secure your spot, and sign up here!

Logos of BI Norwegian Business School, Abelia and S-Hub


  • Time
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  • Registration

    Coffee/tea, fruit and croissant. 

  • Opening and Welcome

    Karen Spens, President, BI Norwegian Business School.

    Øystein Eriksen Søreide, CEO, Abelia

    Katrine Sundbye, Managing Director, Sustainability Hub Norway

    Per Espen Stoknes, Conference Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour, BI Norwegian Business School.

  • Part 1: The System Challenge

    "Addicted to Growth? Societal Therapy for a Sustainable Wellbeing Future”
    Robert Costanza, Professor of Ecological Economics at the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College London. 

    “Norway’s contribution to global Poverty and Energy turnarounds in creating a Giant Leap”
    Owen Gaffney,  Global Sustainability Writer, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Analyst at Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

  • Part 2: Can Business Meet the Challenge?

    “Will Artificial Intelligence help us reach our sustainability goals”
    Kristine Dahl Steidel, CEO, Microsoft, Norway

    Thina Saltvedt, Senior Advisor Sustainable Finance, Nordea.

    Sony Kapoor, Interdisciplinary Professor of Climate, Geoeconomics, Finance & Development at the Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies, European University Institute, Florence, Italy.

    Brita Staal, Climate Lead, Smart Innovation Norway.

  • Coffee Break

  • Part 3: Disruptive Innovations and Business Models

    "Doughnut Economics for businesses: How to embrace bold and ambitious solutions to become regenerative and distributive”
    Erinch Sahan, Business and Enterprise Lead at the Doughnut Economics Action Lab.

  • Pitches from Innovators

    • David Andrew Quist, Co-founder and Chief Explorer, Norwegian Mycelium.
    • Pål Næss, Gelato, VP Growth Projects at Gelato.
    • Astrid Rønning Skaugseth, CEO, SHE Community.
    • Bjørn Arve Ofstad, Group CEO, NG Group.
  • Lunch

  • Political Debate

    The debate will be held in Norwegian.
    Read about the political debate further down on this page.

    Innleder: Jørgen Randers, Professor Emeritus, BI Norwegian Business School.
    Moderator: Kenneth Karijord, Abelia.


    • Terje Aasland, Olje- og energiminister, Ap.
    • Arild Hermstad, Partileder, MDG.
    • Sveinung Rotevatn, Stortingsrepresentant og nestleder, Venstre.
    • Nikolai Astrup, Stortingsrepresentant for Høyre, Energi- og miljøkomiteen.
  • Short Break

  • End of day


Read more about the speakers attending The Future We Choose Conference here: