25 Pieces of Art & Sustainability
Thanks to a bit of color there, a new claim here and our new website, we no longer look like 25, but much younger and fresher. At least that’s what our customers tell us and what we think. But that’s not enough for us – we want more. We want to make MORE from the subject of “25 years of denkstatt”. That’s why we´r not only planning to host a party and that’s it. No, we’re working on an entire event series just for you. At “25 Pieces of Art & Sustainability”, everything revolves around uniting art and culture with sustainability or letting sustainability issues shine in a new light and context. Our events are aimed at our partners and customers, as well as those who are interested. They take place in 5 countries and cover 25 different topics. Each event creates a kind of piece that we either design together with you or accompanied by an artist. How and what exactly happens there and how these art pieces will look like, we do not know yet. But we are sure that we will not run out of ideas and surprises. Kick-off event of “25 Pieces of Art & Sustainability” was our summer party in 2018 and it will end with our summer party in 2019 and an exhibition of all 25 pieces. Enclosed you will find the latest information and announcements about the upcoming events. And in case you like something or you find it exciting, go for it and contact us. Seats are limited.
Those Events already happened
Water supply and industries in Austria:
Drought or floodings – water is affecting society and industries not only in developing countries but also in Austria and CEE countries. On february 13th denkstatt hosted a round table discussion dealing with the topic “the value of water” in Viennas “Motto am Fluss”. Our experts met representatives from retail and public services and discussed scientific papers as well as common business issues concerning water supply and scarcity. Our guests were happy to have room to share their experience as well as receive inputs from denkstatt on how to deal with this environmental topic.
Are we chained to our office chairs?
denkstatt Bulgaria hosted an event for clients and partners dedicated to the beauty of natural human movement. The human body is one of the greatest pieces of art created by nature, but daily life leads to stiffness of the body, even pain, and difficulties in mobility. We often become “hostages” of our bodies due to prolonged sitting in office chairs and less opportunities for physical activities during the day. During our event, we showed our guests different ways of controlling their body, as well as demonstrated the feeling of freedom in motion and explained ways in which they can maintain a strong presence of energy in their everyday lives. This training in mobility was complimentary to our partners, aimed at providing knowledge & practices for purposeful movement that facilitate improvement of each persons’ physical well-being.
Business talks about: Circular Economy
denkstatt Bulgaria recently organized a discussion on the topic “Business talks about … the Circular Economy. This important and hot topic attracted more than 40 business and media representatives. Industry organizations, branch associations, and companies discussed the expectations, challenges and opportunities facing businesses stemming from the circular economy agenda.
One of the main topics discussed was related to bridging the skills gap when it comes to circular economy implementation. Experts from denkstatt’s team presented the EU Circular Economy package and related requirements, as well as the latest news from Brussels to do with packaging and plastics. Another focus of the event was the concept of industrial symbiosis and opportunities for implementation in Bulgaria.
The event took place in the inspiring atmosphere of an interesting place – a specially created cozy hall for business events decorated with paintings of famous Bulgarian artists. The artworks on display in the collection have been purchased over the years from auctions supporting charity causes.
denkstatt organized this event in partnership with the Bulgarian Industrial Association – the biggest business organisation in the country.
Business Breakfast in Bratislava
On April 25th 2019 denkstatt Slovakia organized a Business breakfast on Sustainability in Food and Beverage industry. Representatives of production companies, retail and trade promoting organization gained overview on current global trends and challenges for the sector and joined an enthusiastic discussion with the denkstatt team. Topics such as adaptation strategies to climate change, shifts in consumer behaviour, packaging and food waste were discussed in detail for the Slovak market.
Breakfast with Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker
Vienna hosted the pioneer of sustainable business actions, biologist, author and Club of Rome member Prof. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker and we had breakfast with him. Topics like climate change, world industries, politics and capitalism were discussed in an exklusive round table. Participants wer able to lay down their challenges and got great feedback from an intellectual giant like Weizsäcker.
We need unconventional decisions to solve todays problem, that is why we chose a rather unconventional location for our event.
denkstatt recommends having breakfast at “phil” in Vienna.
Let’s go for a walk and take a look at the urban district “Viertel Zwei”
denkstatt and the Projectmanagers of value one took a group of partners and decision makers for a smart urban walk in Vienna.
On a beautiful day in May we were able to take a look at the 40.000 sqm area that is modern, smart designed. Business and housing space is closed to common traffic and still very much in the centre of vienna. Sustainable planning of urban districts is mandatory for well-being and longlasting buildings. denkstatts experts were able to inform the crowd and learn from the project.
Circular Economy! Or are we just spinning in a cycle?
In the revered wine tavern, 10er Marie in Vienna Ottakring, representatives of the packaging industry and trade met to discuss the future challenges posed by the EU plastic strategy. On the tavern bench, Christoff Scharff of the ARA and Christian Holyer of the Federal Ministry for Sustainability and Tourism were present to discuss the growing trends and current developments in Austrian resource management.
At denkstatt we meet our guests outside of the typical business locations, so we’re able to exchange and understand their concerns and experiences.
TeachSUS Event in Bucharest
We are striving to change mentalities and behaviors in education!
With the launch of TeachSUS project – Teaching and Educating for Sustainability, we thought that the input of stakeholders’ feedback on “an easy approach to education and the transmission of positive values to younger generations” would be highly needed.
During a two-day workshop held in Bucharest on 7-8th of May, the denkstatt team, the Polytechnic University of Timişoara team and the guests (old and actual denkstatt clients, teachers, representatives from Romanian authorities and institutions) discussed important elements on new ways of informing and educating the younger generation to assimilate knowledge on aspects of environmental and social responsibility.
The aim was to create a new training structure, based on new modern methods, a structure to bring information quickly and easily to those who will contribute to the change without deviating from their role as educators and being constrained to change the curriculum of a specific subject.
Denkstatt Romania is trying to encourage the “Thinking out of the box“, which will result in a freedom in thinking, imagination, creativity, flexibility and belonging to values that can lead to change.
Is it enough for employees to feel well at their workplace in order to be engaged and effective?
A denkstatt Event for IT companies in Sofia:
When it comes to taking care of employees, standards have undoubtedly been raised quite a lot by IT companies – most of them attract employees and indulge them with all kinds of additional bonuses.
We focus on establishing an organizational environment and measures for achieving well-being, starting from the belief that people need to be at work with their full capacity as personalities, and not just with their roles in the company. People need to be healthy, emotionally stable and confident, mentally focused and challenged to develop. Achieving these things in the workplace is possible.
An opportunity to share experiences for the Upper Austrian Industry
An opportunity to share experiences for the Upper Austrian Industry
Sustainable investments, risk management and climate change
Exclusive Partner Gathering with Wine Tasting Show
denkstatt Hungary organized a partner meeting for our biggest and most important partners’ leaders where we invited a winemaker to hold a wine tasting show. It was held in a photo gallery called Faur Zsofi Galeria in Budapest on the 18th June.
First our Managing Director Zsombor Ferjancsik held a short opening speech, then the winemaker held a presentation about chemical-free winemaking and sustainable farming meanwhile participants were tasting the winemaker’s own made wines.
After this, people were deepening their acquaintance through conversing about business and the value of wine.
A new tree for Budapest
The Ecovillage Foundation organized the competition. Trees could have been voted that play an important role in the life of the nomination community.
The nomination was made online on the website https://evfaja.okotars.hu/ .
The purpose of the Tree of the Year competition is to raise people’s awareness of the environment through the role of trees in nature. The competition is linked to the International European Year Tree Competition organized by the Ecotec’s Czech sister organization, Nadace Partnerstvi.
We have chosen a tree in the garden of our office in its shadow we used to keep team buildings and partner meetings.
Sustainability – what are the smaller businesses expecting?
In collaboration with the local office of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce and the tax advisory FAL-CON, denkstatt hosted an Austrian Business Circle on Sustainability and SMEs in Bratislava on June 12th. Roughly 60 representatives of Austrian subsidiaries in Slovakia, German speaking companies, government bodies and institutions attended the event, some of them travelling over 400 km to hear the inspirational talk on current sustainability trends, reporting and relevance and joined the vivid discussion afterwards.
How is the upcoming energy transition changing our every day life?