University of Oslo and BI Norwegian School of Management to hold international summit

19 May 2009

On 31 August and 1 September, the University of Oslo and BI Norwegian School of Management will host the Oslo Sustainability Summit 2009, a two-day international summit.

Oslo Sustainability Summit 2009:

The climate crisis and the international financial crisis demand new ideas and bold new initiatives. We have to think outside the box, we must change our attitudes and behaviour.

The first annual Oslo Sustainability Summit, on sustainable development, will be organised by the Centre for Development and the Environment at the University of Oslo and the Centre for Corporate Responsibility at BI Norwegian School of Management on 31 August and 1 September 2009.

Oslo Sustainability Summit 2009 will gather thinkers and leaders to solve our global challenges.

This year’s Sustainability Summit includes the “Arne Naess Symposium” focusing on science and culture (Day 1) and ”Forum for Sustainable Business and Governance” (Day 2).

"Mini-Davos" in Oslo

“Our ambition is to have a “mini-Davos” every year focusing on sustainability,” say professor Nina Witoszek of the University of Oslo and professor Atle Midttun of BI Norwegian School of Management, the initiators of the summit.

Oslo Sustainability Summit 2009 will gather some of the world’s leading scientists and thinkers to an international summit which aims to challenge scientists, writers, politicians and businesses.

The summit will create a foundation for cultural innovation and point out new directions for sustainable policies and businesses. This will require innovation and changes in society at large across disciplines, traditions and decision-making forums.

From the old ceremonial hall to Nydalen

The first day of the summit, Monday 31 August, will be held in the old ceremonial hall at the University of Oslo, focusing on ”Cultural Innovation in the Age of Crises”. Top names such as professor Stephen Schneider of Stanford University (holder of the 2009 Arne Naess Chair), professor Jason Pontin of MIT, professor Calestos Juma of Harvard University, professor and writer Germaine Greer (author of The Female Eunuch), professor Benjamin Barber (author of Jihad Versus McWorld), and writer Bill McKibben (author of The End of Nature).

The second day of the summit, Tuesday 1. September, will be held at BI Norwegian School of Management, with the aim of ”Reinventing Politics and Business for the 21st Century”.

Participants include Minister of the Environment and Development Erik Solheim, professor Chantal Mouffe, professor Robyn Eckersley (author of “The Green State”), professor Joel Bakan (author of “The Corporation”), John Elkington (creator of ”the Triple Bottom Line”), CEO Idar Kreutzer of Storebrand and managing director Per Otto Dyb of Siemens.

For more information:

Please visit the Oslo Sustainability Summit 2009 website

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