Highlights 2018

The keynote presentations are the particular highlights in the lecture programme: Leading heads and experts share ideas and experiences how to use know-how and overthink it.

Prof. Dr. Dr. Christoph Arn

Christoph Arn

1. Face2Face teaching in and after the digital disruption is individual. So: Distrust every How-To Manuals. Make your Face2Face Teaching your individual Face2Face Teaching instead.

2. Minimize lecturer behavior. Because: Good teaching is as less “teachingness” as possible (a reminiscence to Dieter Rams' tenth thesis on good design)

3. If I do not use How-To Manuals and if minimize all I know about teaching methodology and pedagogy – what should I maximizeand what should I do?

4.  Maximize your goals – far beyond having placed theories, facts, methods. Enhance your ambition to help learners to achieve abilities (why not mastery?) to perform in the real world.

5. Do act – together with the learners, not in front of them. Support gaining skills on the job, even in a school setting.

Join this keynote to find out more, to discuss and to get inspiration on: What could be your precise next steps–as a teacher, as a lecturer, as a leader or as an other member of the educational system.


Prof. Dr. Alexander Richter

Alexander Richter

More and more academic studies and practitioner reports claim that human work is increasingly being disrupted by information and communication technology (ICT) which will make a considerable share of jobs undertaken by humans susceptible to automation.

Often these reports draw a picture of ‘machines taking over’ traditional domains like manufacturing while ICT capabilities seem to decide over companies’ fates. Consequently, ICT per se is often put into the centre of innovative efforts. In his keynote Prof. Richter will discuss an essential feature of future workplaces: flexibility and adaptability. With a number of illustrative examples, he will show how seading companies have actively started to rediscover the importance of humans as the most flexible entity. This requires a new positioning of human workers and to acknowledge them as the central element in work places.

Whereas they embody a number of capabilities that go way beyond what machines can achieve, humans require better ICT support to exploit their capabilities when it comes to their increasingly differentiated work practices – which goes hand in hand with lifelong learning.


Barbara Josef & Joël Krapf

Joël Krapf & Barbara Josef

How would we work if we were completely free to choose? How can individual autonomy and team collaboration be aligned in the best possible way? Do we need rules and guidelines to install new ways of working or are mutual respect and situational communication strong enough as mediators?


That’s exactly the question that the initiators of the “Future Work Experience” at Swiss Post asked themselves. Joël and Barbara present the insights of a study that evaluated the learnings of two teams during a 9-month experiment at Swiss Post within their strategic initiative “Work Smart”.

The presentation focuses on promoting and hindering forces of a learning culture towards a more agile collaboration.


Dominic Liechti

Dominic Liechti

Born and raised in Switzerland, Dominic Liechti has spent the last decade leading innovative schools and collaborating with edtech startups in the heart of Silicon Valley, USA. Most recently, he has served as the Executive Director & President of Khan Lab School, a laboratory school associated with Khan Academy. 

This session will discuss the Return on Education (ROE) and Learning (ROL) within the digital transformation and how schools and edtech organizations are rethinking education for the fourth industrial revolution. Dominic will highlight technology’s role and responsibility within the future of education, especially how it can be used to empower teachers and support meaningfulrelationships.

What is the role of an educator within a technology-supported environment?
How do administrative components such as HR shift within the paradigm of a learner-centered environment?
And finally, how can organizations and corporations apply these learnings to their own teams?


Patrick Veenhoff

Patrick Veenhoff

The social learning marketplace is the AirBnB of corporate learning & development. It enables our 5000 employees to create, train and learn from and with each other.

As L&D team, we enable the organization to do so through consulting and coaching on the needed skills. We have been operational for a year and share our experiences and challenges.

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