Dr. Matías Dewey

University St.Gallen

Work Shop : socialsystems on blackmarkets

Dr. Matías Dewey will speak about the topic “socialsystems on blackmarkets”. He worked in the “sociology of illegal markets” project at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies. His current project is on the sweatshop-based garment economy, the (non) enforcement of the law, and informal institutions. He is also interested in qualitative research methods, social theory and urban sociology

Dominic Lindner 

Doctoral student at the chair WI3 IT Management at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Workshop: Introduction to digitization including personal reference to the topic

Currently, he is writing his dissertation on the topic: “Effects of digitization on SMEs with knowledge-intensive services”. As a part of his research, he presents the results on his blog on which he also writes about other relevant topics from the area of “agility”. Before he started writing on his dissertation in 2016, he did a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business informatics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Patrizza Rocha 

BTH – Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Workshop: Degression of hierarchies in the working world and potential requirements towards the state- a comparison

Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Patrizzia is a Biologist and holds an M.Sc. in Environmental Engineering with 7 years of experiences in environmental licensing processes and socio-environmental projects in Brazil. Her curiosity about how nature works and how humans have been impacting the planet both negatively and positively have lead her to seek for knowledge and successful experiences. Supporting people to keep their natural connection with the planet, fostering holistic thinking and increasing understanding of our complex society and environments. 

Ellen Decoodt

BTH – Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Workshop: Degression of hierarchies in the working world and potential requirements towards the state- a comparison

I am a young woman, following my own path in life, not knowing where it will bring me or how I will get there. Until now my biography would start with “Ellen Decoodt is a Belgian freelance production manager in the perfor- ming arts …” Although I am still Belgian, this sentence isn’t true anymore. I am heading towards a new professional direction. I used to work with artists, arts institutions and art organisations, I was managing a lot of practical and adminis- trative things in order to enable them to focus on the artistic content. 

At a certain point I realised I missed a lot in my job: I didn’t learn anymore, I missed content and a shared vision to work towards. Once I had acknowledged that fact, space for new perspectives appeared. These new perspectives lead me to Ms Strategic towards sutainability and at this moment I don’t yet know where the path of my life will bring me afterwards. 

Sophie Charrois

BTH – Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden

Workshop: Degression of hierarchies in the working world and potential requirements towards the state- a comparison

Sophie is an open-minded change agent with a passion for organizational development and community involvement. While unraveling the mysteries of the fashion & textile value chain during her first studies, she became deeply involved in the topic of sustainability in higher education, economics & management by joining the international student network oikos. That‘s where she started embarking on a self-development and leadership journey that finally led her to MSLS in 2019. 

Dr. Simone Schiller-Merkens

University Witten/Herdecke

Workshop: Ways out of our current way of capitalist economy to alternative economic ways

The general research interest of Simone Schiller-Merkens lies in the understanding of processes and mechanisms of change in organizational fields in the context of social changes. At the moment, she is focussing on the establishment of moral markets in which economic and moral principles are understood to be complementary. In doing so, she pays particular attention to the role of social movements in the processes of the emergence of moral markets and social entrepreneurship. After being a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute, she is now working at the Reinhard-Mohn-Institute at the University of Witten/Herdecke. 

Janina Urban

Research institute for social development

Workshop: Green New Deal

Research Associate with an academic degree in economics and politics. She studied in Münster and Berlin. Currently she works for the Research Institute for Social Development. Her focus is on changing of economics taught in a sustainable way.

Dina Sophia König

University Witten/Herdecke

Workshop: Mindfullness in Leadership

She is an enthusiastic, curious and open person. She is a Business Psychologist, Business Coach and a qualified Meditation Instructor. She worked for IKEA in HR departments and now starts her own business which brings mindfulness to people who work in health care.

Maxilian Locher

University Witten/Herdecke

Workshop: Utopia of Work? Digitization as Problem and Solution for Work and Society

I’m a researcher at the chair for culture theory and management and am working on a federally funded research project that focuses on the relationship between digitization and communication, innovation and learning in manufacturing. Besides this I also experience organizational reality from the perspective of a facilitating consultant working for Metaplan. My interest described shortly: How can we shape the digitization of organizations in a way that paves the way to a more human and innovative future?

Sandra Schürmann


Workshop : social entrepreneurship

After graduating from school, she worked for an educational institution in Recklinghausen after studying social work and designed qualification projects for unemployed young people. From the experience of her own refusal to go to school and the dissatisfaction with the one-sidedness of education in the transition from school to work as a purely technical qualification, she set out in search of new, holistic forms of education.

In the summer of 2005, during a student theater play, she had the idea of ​​combining acting with career orientation. Since no sponsor agreed to implement this in her sense, she founded the association Projektfabrik e. V. [1] and submitted the concept to the German Youth in Work Promotion Award. The sponsorship award was announced once in Germany and was endowed with 300,000 euros. The concept first won the state award and then the German promotional award at a nationwide level.

Till van Treeck

University of Essen-Duisburg

Workshop: Is there a certain “compulsion to grow” out of high inequality?

Till van Treeck is professor for socioeconomics and executive director of the institute of socioeconomics at the university of Essen- Duisburg in Germany. His fields of research are inequality, labour time, norms of consumption and ecology. He is currently working on a project regarding the question if a high rate of inequality leads to longer working hours, because of the fact that the groups of a lower income rate sacrifice more free time in order to keep up with the standards of consumption in order to participate in society. Summing up: Does a high inequality come along with some sort of force of growing economics and the enforcement of consumption.

Christine Blecks

Tausche Bildung für Wohnen

Christine Bleks was born in the Ruhr area, grew up and studied “Philosophy and Cultural Reflection” at the University of Witten / Herdecke. Together with Mustafa Tazeoğlu, she founded Tausche Bildung für Wohnen e.V. in 2012 and has led the business of the non-profit association as CEO since 2015. In August 2017, Christine Bleks handed over the chair to Lena Wiewell and has been a member of the board of trustees since then.
For me, social entrepreneurship is characterized by thinking twice around the corner and creating added value, because: earning money as an entrepreneur is a good thing. Earning money as an entrepreneur and tackling or even solving a social or ecological problem is all the better!
I want to live in a world where people respect each other, take care of each other and stand up for each other. We, the privileged, in particular, who have access to education, money, food and health care, have a special responsibility for those excluded from these fundamental rights.