Symposium on generations - what matters?

30 Oct 2012

Organised by: Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue and GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute


Generational issues loom large in the early 21st century. People are living longer and societies are ageing. Soon, three, perhaps four or five generations will be active in the workplace and in all aspects of society. Some view this development as a challenge. Others see it as an opportunity.

We clumsily divide the years into less and more mature, there is no immature today, no hierarchy of age, no higher and lower ranks of pain and joy, hope and disappointment.
Janusz Korczak, Polish paediatrician, pedagogue and writer (c1878-1942)

These words were written in 1919. It was another era, but they are equally provocative today. 

No matter what age a person is, there are prejudices, misconceptions and strong emotions that come into play when the topic is discussed. The symposium, a joint endeavour of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute (GDI) and the Swiss Re Centre for Dialogue was not about reliving the past or creating scare scenarios for the future. It was a real effort to find out what makes different generations tick and to get a sense as to how things are playing out in the workplace and society in general.

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Registration and optional welcome lunch


Rick Perdian
Senior Business Development Manager, Swiss Re


Being inclusive, across generations
Nia Joynson-Romanzina
Head Diversity & Inclusion, Swiss Re


The young may run faster, but the elderly know the shortcuts
Monique R. Siegel
Trend Specialist, Ethics Consultant, Writer


From internet to film: working with different generations
Dario Suter
Founder and Managing Director, DCM


Coffee break


Parallel breakout sessions (running twice 45 minutes each)

The super opportunists
Mirjam Hauser
Researcher, GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute

Millennials: a global perspective
Michael Peterson
Vice President and Partner, Booz & Co.

Leading multiple generations - succeeding with Millennials at work
Charles Donkor
Partner, Human Capital Consultant, PricewaterhouseCoopers


Equity, solidarity, and conflict : intergenerational relations from
1900 to the present

Christoph Conrad
Professor of Contemporary History, University of Geneva


Closing remarks
David Bosshart
CEO, GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute



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