Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution really the last? If everything is digitally connected, if production is highly flexible and people are constantly mobile, what then are the social and economic challenges of Industry 4.0?

Through our discussion format denkraum, we want to explore what responsible leadership looks like in an ecologically, economically, and socially balanced society in keeping with the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. Our special focus is on Europe. Struggling with an identity crisis within the EU, the continent also needs to keep pace with the rapid developments in China, India, and other emerging economies – not least in terms of technological progress, industrial revolutions, and the competition for leaders who will shape the future.

In the Bavarian capital of Munich, headquarters of the BMW Group, we seek to establish, through the denkraum format, an open platform for bold ideas and a cross-sector dialogue among international decision-makers in Germany. Together with the participants, responsible leaders from government, business, academia, civil society, and the media discuss topics such as leadership, innovation, labor market, immigration, political opinion formation and its significance in the digital age.

The focus is on both internal European relations and the global role of the European Union. The guests are invited to network and to develop, and take away, inspiring ideas and concrete models.

Past events
  • Amsterdam

    Denkraum Amsterdam – Good Life and Sustainable Cities *Postponed*

    Denkraum explores a positive vision of the future: Sustainable cities by 2030, in which a good life plays an essential part. The events are gathering leaders from the private, public, and civic society sectors to explore how European cities can address environmental, economic, and social challenges. After inspiring keynotes, participants will deep dive into innovations and challenges on several holistic topics, led by experts from various sectors, including multi-stakeholder governance, architecture, inclusion, food supply chains, waste to energy, and innovative logistics.

    Participants will have the chance to reflect on innovative opportunities for Amsterdam as a city. A selection of contributions and solutions will be presented from each of the five European cities at a closing event in Munich in November 2020.

    This is the first of our Denkraum 2020 series hosted in five European cities, and organized by the BMW Foundation in collaboration with Impact Hub.

  • Munich

    Circular Economy 2030: Pathbreaking Alliances for Competitiveness and the Environment

    The circular economy is an alternative economic model with high economic potential for European economies, which does not harm nature or future generations. Unlike Denmark, Finland, France, and the Netherlands, however, Germany remains poised in the starting blocks.

    At the Denkraum, we want to discuss and develop ideas how to pave the path towards a circular economy – for this model for the future can only succeed with broad support from across society.

    The keynote speakers are Dr. Maja Göpel, Secretary General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change, and Thomas Rau, entrepreneur, architect, and visionary. The participants will subsequently engage in small-group discussions with experts and flesh out their ideas.