As in previous WAVE editions, the 14 exhibition days have been full of debates, encounters and ideas about how to create value by working collectively. WAVE exhibition in conjunction with the Crowdsourcing Week was in Brussels from 21 to 25 November 2016 and was inaugurated by Maros Sefcovic, Vice President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union.
There is much to be said but let’s focus on how WAVE gave a chance to think differently our world with partners and new economic actors but also between collaborators within BNP Paribas Group.
Change League members met in WAVE exhibition
Each WAVE edition is an opportunity to invite BNP Paribas’ clients and collaborators to take part in reflections about changing economy in a changing world. WAVE Brussels welcome the Change League, a corporate community created one year ago during a learning expedition in Silicon Valley organized by BNP Paribas. All Change League members have in common to manage mid-sized or large companies confronted to challenging changes.
On 30th November in WAVE exhibition area, members and guest attended a lecture given by Peter Hinssen, innovation expert, about economical paradigm shift. Tijn Van Elderen, Brabantia CEO, shared his experience of anticipating and accompanying corporates changes. Sharing experiences is the main goal of Change League community; members will meet on a regular basis during next year. BNP Paribas accompanies the community development in order each collaborators and clients have a chance to understand today what will be the world of tomorrow.
Collective intelligence opportunities with Crowdsourcing Week Europe
Parallel to WAVE exhibition, Crowdsourcing Week Europe 2016 was 5 memorable days, during which 80+ speakers (entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, officials...) came from across the Globe to give their insights on how our World is changing, and present solutions to overcome immense challenges we are facing. Besides inspiration and learning, CSW offered numerous collective intelligence opportunities, with interactions and workshops.
Aymeric Olibet, BNP Paribas Fortis Business Developer, is giving us his forthright testimony:
“ The vast majority of people enrolled in the CSW Europe project were motivated by a profound desire to contribute to positive change, to have an impact on social and environmental issues - inequalities, intolerance, populism, unemployment, global warming and its disastrous consequences, to name a few - these are all major threats that concern all of us. And whereas innovation has been the buzzword for some time, in the midst of the ICT revolution, there is an increasing need to give a purpose to all these new tools that are now available to us. So of course last week we have talked big data, internet of things, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, blockchain technology etc., but we have added the missing piece, through a series of concrete examples and testimonies of people making use of new technology to make this World a better place.”
In nearly all fields discussed throughout the week; crowd innovation, smart cities, mobility, energy transition, sustainability and education... empowerment and decentralization have been key common denominators. CSW was the opportunity to discuss those subjects with employees and decision-makers from Orange, Ku Leuven, Brussels Metropolitan, BNP Paribas Fortis and others main economic actors. Several committed entrepreneurs were invited to share their point of view and show how they already started to act with social and environmental positive impact. Weforest, House of one, Ecoyo, the Good Lobby are inspiring examples showing positive change has already started! Let’s participate to this new age!
Next step of the exhibition will be in Nanjing, (China) in February 2017. In the meantime, keep following WAVE adventures on our Twitter account.