At a glance:
• 2 days dedicated to thought and the business world: 2nd and 3rd July.
• With keynotes from Edward de Bono, Jeff Clanon and Brendan Spillane.
• 4 topical issues: Circular Economy, Talent, Networks and Leadership.
• 3 interdisciplinary lines: New business models, transformation of businesses and skills required to work in organisations of the 21st century.
• 2 perspectives: Start-ups and traditional businesses.
+ Bonus track: 16 presentations and roundtable on cooperativism


Edward de Bono in discussion with David Perkins

Jeff Clannon:
Keynote: "Stance and the Practice of Leadership"

Brendan Spillane:
Keynote: "Cultural Acumen: leading a team of leaders"
Workshop: "Speaking with impact"


Circular economy is a generic term that refers to an economy that is restorative either because of its design or by intention. That is, it aspires not to generate waste, eliminating that which can not be prevented. The thought behind Circular Economy is the result of a development that has its root in several schools of thought: Cradle to Cradle, Biomimicry, Blue Economy, etc. Overcoming the excessively environmental or sustainable approach, Circular Economy poses a transformation towards a completely new model of industrial, economic and social organisation.

The "Circular Economy" block will present the latest trends in this field and will discuss about the importance of accelerating the transition to this new economic model that not only aspires to increase the efficiency, but represents a genuine transformative change.


There is a common element in all successful businesses: they work with the best talent. However, the journey to reach this point is full of challenges. Where to find professionals specialising in emerging sectors? Is the educational curriculum being adapted to the needs of the labour market? How to attract and retain the youngest talent? How does a company manage the aspirations of Millennial workers? Are there options to be an entrepreneur within an organisation of the 20th century?

Moreover, if we look at young entrepreneurs, we can see how they are developing a new business culture more linked to their identity and values than to the creativity that they develop. We find young talents who want to teamwork, they long for more horizontal organisations, they are creative and innovative, they are driven by passion and declare themselves as to be constantly learning.


Networking is another way people have of working together, inside or outside the organisations; it is a way of organising, of acting, of sharing the information, of working as a single cohesive team, etc. Networking is a deep transformation of the company's culture.

We will see real practical cases of networking at an international level between different collectives: Women, young people, entrepreneurs, etc., but most of all, we will learn the challenges, opportunities and outcomes of networking firsthand.


The expert Peter Facione will talk about the importance of critical thought in companies. The leaders with this skill take advantage of the opportunities through effective decision-making, discover opportunities where others can't, encourage collaborative learning and lead the team efficiently.

Carmen Bieger, Executive Director of Fundación Atresmedia, and member of the ranking list "Top 100 Women´s Leadership from Spain" 2013, will approach us to the vision of women´s talent in the Third Sector. We will also have the opportunity to know other effective leadership experience: One learning community directed under business scenarios.


Through the Business Presentations, we will get to know the outcome of investigations, experiences and new approaches from businessmen and investigators in the management field firsthand.

Intelligent organisations, the design of thought, how to structure the imagination, innovative business models, leadership in sustainability, entrepreneurship and skills for labour in the 21st century shall be some of the topics of the 16 presentations at ICOT 2015 Bilbao.

A meeting point and forum for exchange for people interested in the increasing relevance of critical and creative thought in the area of business management.

round table


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