Finding Utopias: unlocked conversation beyond a new normality.

What is innovation if not chasing after something that doesn’t (yet) exist?
We could talk about it as the greatest Utopia of our times: imagining a place that does not yet exist, working to reach it, knowing that it will never be our final destination. Once conquered, we will need another purpose, another fantasy, another motivation.

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Finding Utopias: unlocked conversations beyond a new normality

This year’s online edition of maize.LIVE, “Finding Utopias: unlocked conversations beyond a new normality,” revolves around three words: Time, Trust, and Happiness.

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Finding Utopias' Speakers
About
Robert C.
Wolcott

Co-Founder & Chaiman, TWIN Global; Adjunct Professor of Innovation, Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago and at Kellogg at Northwestern University.

Bio

Rob Wolcott is Co-Founder & Chairman of The World Innovation Network (TWIN), a global community of over 2,000 innovation and growth leaders from over 30 countries and across sectors (business, government, the arts, academia, defense). Wolcott is a managing partner with Clareo, a foresight and innovation strategy consultancy and a Contributor for Forbes regarding the impact of technology on business, society and humanity.
He is also an early stage investor in over 20 companies, including Indiegogo, Lumni, Kiddom, MagicCube.co and international art show EXPO Chicago.
Adjunct Professor of Innovation at the Booth School of Business, University of Chicago and the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Wolcott won Teacher of the Year from Kellogg’s EMBA program in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
He holds a BA in European and Chinese History and an MS and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Management Science, all from Northwestern University.

About
Michele
Zanini

Co-Founder Management Lab and Co-Author of Humanocracy with Gary Hamel

Bio

Michele Zanini is the co-author of the Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them. He’s the co-founder of the Management Lab, where together with Gary Hamel, he helps forward-thinking organizations become more resilient, innovative and engaging places to work. Michele was previously a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company and a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he conducted pioneering research on how terrorist and other insurgent groups were harnessing information-age technologies to operate as nimble networks. His work has been featured in The Economist, Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, and the Wall Street Journal.

About
Tomas
Barazza

Partner @ H-FARM Innovation

Bio

Passionate about the impact of technology on organizational business and society, he has always wanted to use his background in economics and his studies of cognitive psychology to take a different approach to digital innovation. His multidisciplinary attitude has always been fundamental in creating a unique outlook for the cultural innovation division of H-FARM.

He graduated in Economics and Business studies from the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. Then, he obtained a master’s in Innovation Management from Sant’Anna, Pisa – beginning his career in a large multinational consultancy followed by a few years at Benetton Group, where he specialised in organizational change. He spent the next decade in Andersen and EY, where he was able to consolidate a solid approach focussed on projects specifically to do with large organizational change.

In 2006 he chose to leave the consultancy career and focus solely on innovation, founding a startup at H-FARM. The fertile ground and mindset of H-FARM allowed him to launch other initiatives today collectively known as the Strategy & Innovation Culture – H-FARM’s division dedicated to desirable future design, transformation and it’s impact on organizations.

He’s a TWIN member and the founder of WETHOD, a lean multi-project management platform that fosters the autonomy and ownership of every team member at any level.

About
Moran
Cerf

Prof. Of Neuroscience and Business @ Kellogg School of Management

Bio

Moran Cerf is a professor of neuroscience and business (Kellogg School of Management) and the Alfred P. Sloan professor (American Film Institute; ’AFI’). Prof. Cerf holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience (Caltech), an MA in Philosophy and a B.Sc in Physics (both from Tel-Aviv University).

His research uses neuroscience to understand the underlying mechanisms of our psychology, emotion, decision-making, and dreams.

Prof. Cerf holds multiple patents and has published over 60 academic papers in journals such as Nature, the Journal of Neuroscience and more, and portrayed in popular media outlets such as Wired, Scientific American, BBC, CNN, The Atlantic, Time, Forbes and dozens of others. He has made much of his research accessible to the general public via his public talks at TED, TEDx, PopTech, The World Economic Forum, and many more – gathering millions of views and a large following.

Prof. Cerf was recently named one of the “40 leading professors below 40”. At AFI he teaches an annual seminar on science in films and is a consultant to Hollywood productions such as “Bull”, “Limitless”, “Falling Water”, and more.

Prior to his academic career, he worked as a hacker in the cybersecurity industry. Currently, is on the board of a number of tech companies and is the Co-founder of ThinkAlike and B-Cube.

Importantly, he is right-handed.

About
Brian
Solis

Digital Anthropologist, 8x Best-Selling Author, Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce

Bio

Brian Solis is a world-renowned digital anthropologist and futurist who serves as Global Innovation Evangelist at Salesforce. Brian is also an 8x best-selling author and international keynote speaker.
Forbes has called him “one of the more creative and brilliant business minds of our time” and ZDNet has said that Brian is “one of the 21st century business world’s leading thinkers.”

Over the past 20 years, Brian has studied Digital Darwinism to understand the impact of disruption on businesses, markets and society. In his work, he humanizes emerging and disruptive trends to help leaders see new and more meaningful possibilities for digital transformation and innovation.

Brian’s research explores innovation, digital transformation, experience design, CX, AI, and the cognitive enterprise, and human behavior. His insights on the state and future of digital trends have made him a go to resource among media and market experts. He has published over 60 research papers and also actively shares his work in industry-leading publications including Forbes, ZDNet, CIO, eWeek, Fast Company, Adweek, and Singularity University.

As a keynote speaker, Brian has traveled the world to help audiences embrace change, learn what’s coming next and why, and to take a leading role in shaping the future they want to see.

About
Richard
Winder

Head of External Affairs, Handelsbanken plc

Bio

Richard has been a ‘Handelsbanker’ since 2011, serving the bank both in London and Sweden. With a background in corporate communications, he was initially drafted in to help develop Handelsbanken‘s brand and business across the United Kingdom, which saw the bank more than double its footprint to over 200 branches by 2016.
At that point, Richard transferred to the Group’s head office in Stockholm, to support the President and Group CEO’s focus on bringing the bank’s values-led model to a wider range of international stakeholders.

Today as head of external affairs, Richard is responsible for ensuring that the bank’s relationships with policymakers and other influential stakeholders are rooted in an understanding of Handelsbanken’s unique way of thinking and working.

About
Federica
Cherubini

Head of Leadership Development at Reuters Institute of the Study of Journalism

Bio

As Head of Leadership Development, Federica hosts RISJ open-admission courses, bespoke events and private off-the record discussions to equip the current and next generations of newsroom leaders with the skills, evidence-based research, experience and network they need to shape the future of journalism and build a better and more sustainable future for the industry.
Federica is an expert in newsroom operations and organizational change, with ten years of experience spanning major publishers, research institutes and editorial networks around the world.

Before joining the Reuters Institute, she was Engagement Manager at Hearken, an audience consulting company that helps newsrooms better listen to and engage with their stakeholders in order to build sustainability.
Prior to joining Hearken, she was Audience Projects Editor at Condé Nast International, working on audience growth, best practice and knowledge sharing. She is an expert on newsletter strategies and editorial initiatives that drive audience loyalty. She was a coach for the Membership Puzzle Project’s latest cohort.

Federica is a director at Hacks/Hackers London, a community of 4,000+ members at the intersection of journalism and technology who meet to discuss and rethink the future of news.

She participated in the Online News Association’s 2018 Women’s Leadership Accelerator and is a mentor with the Digital Women Leaders initiative.

About
Robert
Waldinger

Director, Harvard Study of Adult Development at Massachusetts General Hospital

Bio

Dr. Robert Waldinger is the author of one of the longest longitudinal studies of adult life ever done. His research focuses on the lifetime predictors of healthy adult development, studying 2 groups of men recruited as teenagers from Harvard College and from Boston inner city neighborhoods, and who have been part of the Study for over 80 years.

With grants from the National Institute on Aging, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the Harvard Neurodiscovery Center, he has extended the Study to incorporate neuroscience measures to better understand the ways that life experience and neurobiology interact to foster healthy aging. He has recently finished extending the Study to more than 1300 baby-boomer children of these men to track the influence of childhood experiences on midlife health.
In 2020, Dr. Waldinger, (depending on the audience) will begin the next phase of research with Generations 3 & 4, the grand and great – grandchildren of the original participants to explore the digital revolution and its influence on shaping young adults and their development.

Dr. Waldinger received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his MD from Harvard Medical School.

He is the author of numerous scientific papers as well as two books: Psychiatry for Medical Students, and Effective Psychotherapy with Borderline Patients: Case Studies.
He is a practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, he teaches Harvard medical students and psychiatry residents, and he is on the faculty of the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. He also practices and teaches Zen meditation.

In 2016, Bob co-founded the Lifespan Research Foundation (LRF) as Executive Director, to dramatically increase the distribution of the Study findings to millions of people by building a new framework for learning and human thriving. The mission of LRF is “to promote and use lifespan research to enable people to live healthier lives, filled with meaning and purpose.” To learn more, please visit robertwaldinger.com and www.lifespanresearch.org.

About
Daniela
Lucangeli

Full Professor of Developmental Psychology and Education

Bio

Daniela Lucangeli is a full professor on Developmental Psychology at the University of Padova from 2005, she had the PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Leiden (1997) following an international project (Erasmus/Socrates). From 1998 to 2001 she was Assistant Professor on Developmental Psychology and in 2001 she became Associate Professor.

She spent many periods abroad to study and collaborate with several European universities, such as the Faculty of Social Sciences of Leiden, at the Faculty of Psychology of Ghent, and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL) of London.

She carries out teaching activities at the Faculty of Educational Science, Psychology and Medicine of University of Padova (in graduate courses, PhD courses and specialization courses). Moreover, she has held several lessons at Faculty of Psychology of University of Valencia, concerning Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology of Learning.

Her main areas of research are: mathematical cognition, metacognition, developmental dyscalculia (assessment and treatment) and learning disabilities.

She is a member of the Ministry of Education’s Public to the guidelines for DSA and for guidance and tutoring. She is a member of the CNOP (Committee of the National Council of Psychologists), and member of the Technical Scientific Committee “The educational system of the Veneto Region”.

From 2007 she is vice-president (pro-rector) in Tutoring and Counselling for the University of Padova. She obtained many grants from Department for Education, University and Research – Scientific Research Program of National Relevance (MIUR):

  • 2008 (Prin-cofin) The relationship among motivational aspects, cognitive processes and self-perceived hearing handicap.

  • 2008 (Strategic program) Difficulties and learning disabilities from school to university: detection, intervention and services for the territory.

  • 2006 (Prin-cofin) The cochlear implant in children with associated disabilities: assessment of the basic psychological profile.

She is president of a teacher national association (CNIS) and Mind4Children. She is member of other national and international research associations (IARLD, AIRIPA, AIP-Sviluppo).

She is a Scientific director of Polo Apprendimento. She is author of about 50 research publications on peer-reviewed journals and several books and chapters. She is in the editorial board of many educational journals as Journal of Learning Disabilities and referee for many other international journals (Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, Journal of Educational Psychology).

About
Evelyn
Doyle

HR Director, EMEA at Patagonia

Bio

Evelyn Doyle is HR Director, EMEA, for Patagonia, based at the brand’s European HQ in Amsterdam. Originally from Ireland, Evelyn has lived and worked in Russia, Africa and Switzerland, holding leadership roles in the fields of human resource management, talent management and culture and organisation development initiatives for global organisations in with-profit, non-profit and social entrepreneurship sectors.

Evelyn is passionate about positively transforming work environments and business models. At Patagonia she is responsible for fostering a company culture that brings to life the brand’s mission statement: We’re in business to save our home planet.

Outside of her work at Patagonia, Evelyn sits on the board of directors of NGO Designathon Works, based in Amsterdam, and is actively involved in supporting grassroots groups working to find solutions to the environmental crisis. Her loves include music, keeping up to date with news and cultural developments from around the world, all things food and spending time with her son.

About
Nina
Hajikhanian

eCommerce Director, EMEA at Patagonia

Bio

Nina Hajikhanian leads the ecommerce business for Patagonia, throughout the EMEA region, bringing to life the company’s mission statement: We’re in business to save our home planet.

Based at Patagonia’s European Headquarters in Amsterdam, she is responsible for the holistic ecommerce customer experience, through the lenses of outdoor sports and environmental activism.

Prior to joining Patagonia, Nina worked in Australia, as Head of Ecommerce for Australia and New Zealand at Adidas Group. She has held senior marketing roles at brands including Red Bull.

Iranian-born Nina grew up in Austria. She has an MBA from the University of Western Australia and has worked and studied in countries including Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria, Australia and the UK. She is passionate about exploring wild places, all over the world, through ‘silent sports’ such as skiing, ski touring, surfing, kitesurfing, mountain biking, yoga, hiking and climbing. She is a licensed ski instructor and member of the Austrian Alpine Club.

About
Ryslaine
Moulay

Manager at Strategy and Innovation Culture, H-FARM

Bio

Ryslaine is a practitioner of Experience Design. She thrives on solving complex problems using design methodologies and analytical thinking to unlock innovative business opportunities.
With ten years of experience in both innovation consultancy and first-hand experience in the start-up world, she focuses on bridging physical journeys and digital touch points across branded products and services. She is currently working as a Designer and Strategist at Europe’s largest innovation Hub, H-Farm, within the Strategy and Innovation Culture team.

Innovation has always been her driver. She won the CES 2017 Innovation Award «Tech For a Better World» as Lead Experience Designer at IoT start-up Plume Labs. She worked in the Defense Industry at Thales as a Service Designer and her design work has been exhibited in two Parisian institutions: La Villette Science and Industry Museum and La Gaité Lyrique, cultural center for Post-Internet cultures.

Ryslaine has a double educational background spanning across design and strategy. She graduated in MA Physical Interaction Design from the Strate Ecole de Design focussing her research on I.o.T and privacy in the digital age and obtained an MA in Management & Innovation and Digital Transformation, and a BA in Political Sciences at Science Po Paris.

About
Moriella
Kowalski

Senior Manager at Strategy and Innovation Culture, H-FARM

Bio

Moriella is a multicultural, open minded and curious professional with experience in strategic consultancy cross-industry in both Europe and the Middle East. Passionate about organizations, education and people strategy, Moriella is part of the senior team at H-Farm supporting companies in designing progressive and strategic transformation journeys.

Moriella has vast experience working with luxury brands and senior executives. She has an International consultancy background as well as start-up experience.

Finding Utopias' Agenda
December 1st
Tuesday
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Speaker
Ryslaine Moulay
& Moriella Kowalski
Hours
16.00
16.10
Theme
Welcome to maize.LIVE

Today, we face the opportunity to unlock new conversations and to plan a (new) normality, composed of unachievable but fundamental challenges called Utopias.

Welcome to maize.LIVE.

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Speaker
Robert C.
Wolcott
Hours
16.10
16.25
Theme
The fundamental role of Utopias

Some believe that big Utopias do not exist anymore. However, we can’t say the same about our need to imagine and envision new places, new worlds and a new realities. Today more than ever we are in search of reassurance, as individuals, as professionals, as community members and as organisations. We constantly speak about innovation but isn’t innovation also an Utopia with an endless insatiable quest?

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Speaker
Michele
Zanini
Hours
16.25
16.50
Theme
Humanocracy: moving from time organization to human value

As time seems to accelerate all around us, our organisations, burdened down by bureaucracy, are struggling to keep up. In today’s creative and dynamic economy, we need companies that operate at a faster clock speed; create value by maximizing their employees’ time, talent, and energy while delivering excellence that is not impacted by the punctuality of bureaucracy and its toxic side effects. This requires a revolution in how we lead, manage, and organize, and a new approach to change that is continuous, organic, and activist-led.

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Speaker
Tomas
Barazza
Hours
16.50
17.10
Theme
What I learnt from a Yoghurt

Wouldn’t everything be simpler if decisions within the organization had a limited effect? also time wise. If they had an expiry date, like Yogurt? Eternity is a bad cayalyst for innovative businesses.

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Speaker
Fuori
Luogo
Hours
17.10
17.30
Theme
The panel you don't expect

The quest for Utopia holds challenges, twists and epic moments. We have prepared something very unusual for this edition.

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Speaker
Moran
Cerf
Hours
17.30
17.50
Theme
The brain is ticking

Our bodies do not have clocks, but instead various neural systems that allow for time keeping, which vary depending on how we are experiencing the world in a given moment. The beautiful intricacy of our brain perceiving time.

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Speaker
The Time
Panel
Hours
17.50
18.30
Theme
A conversation about Time

Moriella will be joined by Michele Zanini, Tomas Barazza, and Moran Cerf. Together they will answer your questions and further discuss Time as a contemporary Utopia.

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December 2nd
Wednesday
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Speaker
Brian
Solis
Hours
16.00
16.20
Theme
Trust, the New Brand Pillar for Building Relationships with Generation-N in the Novel Economy

Trust, the New Brand Pillar for Building Relationships with Generation-N in the Novel Economy. Reinventing the concept of brand relation as trust becomes an expression of a new philosophy of life. What are the values that a brand needs to express to instill trust among Gen-N and all consumers and how can brands bridge and align values and aspirations. Does the ethics component play a role in market relevancy and overall innovation strategy of brands.

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Speaker
Richard
Winder
Hours
16.20
16.40
Theme
The power of Trust in Handelsbanken

The story of a bank that has chosen a very radical organizational model and based its transformation on high levels of trust and transparency. Being simultaneously collaborative and competitive, local branches have to operate in a fully transparent performance system. Handelsbanken is a testimony that a flat organization can also find space and application in a bigger corporation.

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Speaker
Fuori
Luogo
Hours
16.40
17.00
Theme
The panel you don't expect

The quest for Utopia holds challenges, twists and epic moments. We have prepared something very unusual for this edition.

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Speaker
Federica
Cherubini
Hours
17.00
17.20
Theme
Pivot to trust: lessons for media in 2020

In critical moments of human history, information becomes a tool of survival. Trusting the sources is fundamental in order to separate noise from vital signals as we are constantly bombarded with content. How is the media world preparing itself in order to cope with the need to find new forms of capturing public attention?

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Speaker
The Time
Panel
Hours
17.20
17.50
Theme
A conversation about Time

Moriella will be joined by Michele Zanini, Tomas Barazza, and Moran Cerf. Together they will answer your questions and further discuss Time as a contemporary Utopia.

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December 3rd
Thursday
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Speaker
Robert
Waldinger
Hours
16.00
16.25
Theme
What makes a Good Life

Is it possible to define a good life? A Harvard research institute has been monitoring the lives of 724 people for over 75 years. Year after year, they have asked them about their work, their lives at home, their health, trying to determine what makes for a meaningful and healthy life. How are the next phases of this research going to evolve in light of our new normality?

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Speaker
Daniela
Lucangeli
Hours
16.50
17.10
Theme
When children are happy

Dante said that three things are left from paradise, the stars, the flowers and children. A healthy community cares about the happiness of its children. How can an education system reflect the evolutionary development of a child keeping his physical and emotional well being intact. What can we learn from happy children that we as adults have lost along the way? What is our responsibility as a community to ensure their journey is not contaminated by contemporary dogmas

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Speaker
Fuori
Luogo
Hours
17.10
17.40
Theme
The panel you don't expect

The quest for Utopia holds challenges, twists and epic moments. We have prepared something very unusual for this edition.

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Speaker
Nina
Hajikhanian
Hours
17.40
18.10
Theme
Happiness is having space to act on who you are

Creating a community of employees and customers that engage around a shared mission is fundamental for creating a sense of accomplishment. Backing up a vision with concrete actions encourages employees to live up to their own passions. How can we transform an ideal into a successful business while keeping employees and their wellbeing at the center of attention.

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