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Program 2024

At the Fifteen Seconds Festival 2024, we're delving into the burning questions and topics of our time. Our agenda covers eight thematic areas that highlight both emerging industries and shifting societal dynamics.

Program outline for the Festival 2024

Orchestrating Outcomes

For Leaders

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

  1. What makes emotional intelligence a cornerstone for effective leadership?

  2. How can leaders cultivate emotional intelligence for themselves and within their teams?

  3. What role does emotional intelligence play in decision-making, conflict resolution, and team dynamics?

In our complex work environment, technical skills alone are not enough. Leaders need to demonstrate a deeper understanding and empathy. Emotional intelligence is essential for skillfully tackling challenges, creating a positive work atmosphere, and enhancing performance.

Adaptive Leadership in a Dynamic Era

  1. How can leaders provide direction, strengthen trust, and remain agile in a dynamic world?

  2. What tools and strategies do leaders need to anticipate challenges, strengthen team cohesion, and adapt?

  3. How can leaders pursue an ambitious vision while staying true to their core values?

In a constantly changing world, we are challenged not only to react to changes but also to proactively shape the future. Effective leadership combines visionary foresight with the ability to adapt. Leaders should keep the big picture in mind, act clearly and decisively, and be flexible when needed.

Empowering Teams in a Digital Age

  1. How can leaders leverage technology while still maintaining human connection within their teams?

  2. What leadership strategies are most effective in a digitally dominated world?

  3. How do leaders ensure that technology supports team goals and not the other way around?

In an era of rapid technological advancements, leaders must integrate digital tools while maintaining human closeness within their teams. It's about using technology in a way that empowers teams, fosters creativity, and enhances outcomes.

Cultivating a Culture of Continuous Learning

  1. How can leaders foster a culture where continuous learning and development are the norms?

  2. What role does good leadership play in keeping teams curious, engaged, and ready for development?

  3. How can leaders lead by example in terms of personal and professional development?

The leaders of tomorrow are those who understand that the learning process never ends. By promoting a culture of continuous growth and curiosity, leaders can ensure that their teams are always ready to take on new challenges and see them as opportunities for learning and growth.

Future of Work

For People & Culture Professionals

Digital HR

  1. How will the advancing digitalization redefine the role of HR departments in companies?

  2. What digital tools, strategies, and mindsets will shape the future of human resource development?

  3. How can HR professionals maintain a balance between technology and humanity?

In an era where AI and automation are fundamentally transforming entire job sectors, HR is at the forefront of this revolution. The challenge lies not only in adapting the use of technologies but also in fostering a culture of learning and adaptability. It's about preserving and enhancing the human factor in an increasingly digital work environment.

Inclusion in the Workplace

  1. How do we create a work culture that recognizes and promotes diversity as a strength?

  2. What measures, training, and initiatives can companies take to ensure genuine inclusion?

  3. How can we break down barriers and create an environment where everyone can realize their full potential?

In a globalized world, the diversity of employees is an invaluable asset. However, true inclusion goes beyond mere numbers. It's about cultivating a culture where every person feels heard, seen, and valued. The success of companies will increasingly depend on their ability to live and promote an inclusive culture.

Soft Skills in the Digital Age

  1. What makes emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills indispensable in today's work environment?

  2. How can companies nurture and strengthen these soft skills within their teams?

  3. What role will these skills play in the leadership and collaboration of tomorrow?

In a time when machines are taking over more tasks, it's the human qualities that make us irreplaceable. Emotional intelligence, empathy, and communication skills will be key competencies in the work environment of tomorrow. Companies that foster these abilities within their teams will be better equipped to face the challenges of the future.

Voice & Visibility

For Marketers

Authentic Brand Communication

  1. How can marketers develop an authentic voice for their brand in a media-saturated market landscape?

  2. What strategies and techniques are most effective for standing out and building authentic relationships?

  3. How can brands ensure their messages are heard and understood?

In an era where consumers are bombarded with advertising, authenticity is key to building trust and loyalty. It's not just about being visible, but also about having a voice. Marketers who communicate their messages clearly and convincingly can win the hearts and minds of their target audience.

Data-Driven Storytelling

  1. How can marketers use data to tell compelling and relevant stories?

  2. What tools and approaches are essential for translating data-driven insights into captivating brand narratives?

  3. How can brands ensure their communication is both informed by data and emotionally engaging?

In modern marketing, data is extremely valuable. However, it's not enough on its own. It's about telling stories based on data that touch and move people. By combining data analysis with creative storytelling, marketers can create messages that are both informative and inspiring.

Visibility in the Digital Era

  1. How can brands become effectively visible in a digitally dominated world?

  2. Which digital platforms and channels offer the best opportunities to reach the desired audience?

  3. How can marketers ensure their messages don't get lost in the digital noise?

The digital revolution has fundamentally changed marketing. Brands face the challenge of staying visible in a sea of content and conversations. It's not just about being present, but also being relevant. Only marketers who use the right channels and keep their finger on the pulse of their audience can achieve real visibility and authentic interaction.

Sustainable Europe

For Impact Leaders

Driving a Green Transition

  1. How can pioneers in the field of sustainability lead the transformation of Europe into a green and resilient economic power?

  2. What strategies and innovations are crucial to achieving a sustainable balance between economic growth and environmental protection?

  3. How can leaders ensure that the green transition is inclusive and benefits all people?

Europe is at the forefront of promoting sustainable change in the face of global environmental challenges. This requires more than just day-to-day politics; it demands visionary leadership. Pioneers who drive innovative solutions, foster collaboration, and prioritize inclusion will pave the way for a sustainable European future.

Championing Circular Economies

  1. What role should Europe play in the global transition to economic models based on circular value chains?

  2. What responsibility do individual sustainability pioneers in various fields have in reforming the economic system?

  3. How can we ensure that circular economies are not only sustainable but also fair?

The concept of a circular economy offers a transformative approach to production and consumption, ensuring that nothing is wasted. As Europe strives for sustainability, leaders have the responsibility to promote circular initiatives, educate stakeholders, and ensure that the benefits of circularity are accessible to all.

Building Resilient Communities

  1. How can influencers support European communities to become more resilient to environmental and social challenges?

  2. What strategies are essential to enhance collective commitment, collaboration, and adaptability to changes?

  3. How can we ensure that efforts to strengthen resilience prioritize especially vulnerable and marginalized groups?

Resilience is the foundation of a sustainable future. As we move towards a sustainable Europe, our focus should be on empowering communities, promoting local solutions, and ensuring that initiatives that bolster resilience are inclusive and equitable.

Bootstrap to Boardroom

For Founders

Scaling with Purpose

  1. How can founders grow their businesses without compromising their original vision and values?

  2. What strategies are crucial for preserving the essence of a startup during scaling?

  3. How can founders ensure that their growth trajectory aligns with their core mission?

From the initial idea to a thriving business, the entrepreneurial journey is filled with challenges. Founders must focus not only on growth but also ensure that their original vision remains intact. By prioritizing purpose over mere profit, founders can navigate the path from bootstrapping to the boardroom with integrity and authenticity.

Cultivating a Winning Team Culture

  1. How can founders attract, retain, and nurture new talents that align with their company's mission and values?

  2. What strategies are essential to foster a culture of innovation, collaboration, and mutual respect among employees?

  3. How can founders ensure that their team remains motivated and engaged as the company grows?

The success of a company is inextricably linked to its team. Leaders must establish a culture where every employee feels valued and heard.

Innovating Beyond Boundaries

  1. How can founders continuously drive innovation and stay ahead in a competitive market?

  2. What is essential for fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation within companies?

  3. How can founders ensure that their ventures remain relevant and pioneering as they transition from startups to established entities?

Innovation is the lifeblood of entrepreneurship. Founders need to create an environment where new ideas are nurtured, and their team is ready to take risks and push boundaries.

Code & Consequences

For Tech Enthusiasts

The Human-Machine Interface

  1. How can we ensure that the deeper integration of machines into our daily lives enriches the human experience rather than diminishing it?

  2. What strategies are crucial for designing human-centered technologies?

  3. How do we address the consequences of an increasingly interconnected human-machine world?

The fusion of humans and machines is no longer science fiction. As technology becomes an integral part of our lives, it's crucial to focus on ensuring it enhances the human experience rather than detracting from it.

Ethical Implications of AI

  1. How do we navigate the complex ethical questions arising from rapid advancements in artificial intelligence development?

  2. What strategies are essential to ensure that AI technologies are developed and deployed responsibly?

  3. How can we ensure that the consequences of AI align with societal values and norms?

Artificial intelligence is reshaping our world, but with great power comes great responsibility. It's necessary to understand the ethical implications of AI and ensure that we consider the broader and long-term societal consequences.

Open Source & Community Collaboration

  1. How can we promote open-source practices to support collaboration and innovation

  2. What are the potential consequences of focusing on proprietary versus open-source systems in technology development?

  3. How can we ensure that the spirit of community and collaboration remains strong in the tech world?

The concept of open source embodies a community spirit and equal access to technology. Promoting open-source practices ensures that this ever-growing field remains collaborative and inclusive.

Designing Tomorrow

For Designers & Creatives

Inclusive Design for All

  1. How can designers ensure that their creations are inclusive and cater to diverse audiences and needs?

  2. What strategies are important for empathetic and culturally sensitive design?

  3. How can creatives ensure that their designs resonate with as diverse an audience as possible?

Inclusivity is at the heart of modern design. By understanding and integrating a variety of perspectives, designers and creatives can create works that are universally appealing and ensure that everyone feels represented and recognized.

Crafting Tangible Experiences in a Digital World

  1. How can designers and creatives create tangible, physical experiences in an increasingly digital world?

  2. What techniques are crucial for blending physical and digital elements in design?

  3. How can creatives ensure that their designs provide tactile and immersive experiences?

Even in the digital age, the allure of the tangible persists. Designers and creatives face the challenge of merging physical and digital to design experiences that engage all the senses.

The Intersection of Design and Technology

  1. How can designers leverage emerging technologies to redefine the boundaries of creativity?

  2. What are the implications of integrating AI, AR, and VR into the design process?

  3. How can we ensure that we maintain the human touch as we push the boundaries of technology?

The convergence of design and technology opens up unprecedented creative possibilities. Navigating this changing landscape while ensuring that the essence of human creativity remains intact despite the use of cutting-edge technology is key.

Better You

For Aspiring Individuals

Cultivating a Growth Mindset

  1. How can we develop a growth mindset that leads us to personal and professional success?

  2. How can we benefit from challenges and learn from failures?

  3. How does a growth mindset influence decision-making and problem-solving in various life situations?

In a world where adaptability, resilience, and a willingness to learn are increasingly important, the concept of a growth mindset has emerged as a key factor for personal and professional success. Developing such a mindset is crucial for thriving in diverse and rapidly changing environments.

Effective Goal Setting and Achievement

  1. What techniques can we use to set realistic and impactful goals and achieve them?

  2. How can we maintain motivation over the long term and overcome obstacles?

  3. What roles do accountability and self-reflection play in achieving personal goals?

In today's goal-oriented society, setting and achieving meaningful goals is more than a soft skill. Understanding how to effectively navigate challenges and reach desired outcomes is crucial. Clear goal-setting provides strategies for overcoming hurdles and fosters a mindset geared towards both achievement and self-fulfillment.

Balancing Life and Ambitions

  1. How can we achieve a balance between professional ambitions and personal life?

  2. What strategies aid in stress management and maintaining a healthy work-life balance?

  3. How does prioritizing personal values and goals contribute to achieving a sustainable balance?

Finding a harmonious balance between professional goals and personal life is a fundamental challenge in today's constantly connected world. Effective and sustainable strategies for this are crucial for long-term well-being and success. Pursuing work-life balance goes beyond mere time management—it encompasses a holistic approach to a fulfilled life.

Harnessing the Power of Positive Habits

  1. What key habits contribute to personal growth and success?

    How can we build and maintain positive routines over time?

    How can building such routines be strategically used to facilitate major life changes or transitions?

In our ever-evolving world, establishing and maintaining positive routines is indispensable. Those who adopt such habits find it easier to adapt and thrive in dynamic environments—essential components not only for sustained success but also for personal well-being.

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