Lunch event – in-person – 28 April 2023
Our first event for 2022, hosted jointly with the Basel Communicators Network:
Stephen Welch, FRSA and Director of Archetypical Ltd. will introduce us to the three key elements of Trust, using the “Trust Equation”. This 1-hour session will be a modified version of a workshop he has developed for senior executive teams, to help them build trust and improve organizational effectiveness. By attending this session, you will learn the approach and be able to apply it to create your own success.
Date: Wednesday 9 February 2022
Welcome to our first event for 2021, an online simulation game for communicators!
Come and play Corporate Snakes and Career Ladders, an on-line simulation that helps you navigate the ambiguity between communication theory and practice as you encounter real-life scenarios.
When you play Corporate Snakes and Career Ladders, you will take on the role of Carmen Spinoza, Corporate Communications Director of a major international company. You will be presented with a series of communication challenges which you need to resolve as a team. Your challenge is to think strategically and position yourself (aka Carmen) as a strategic adviser to the senior leadership team. How will you get – and keep – a seat at the table? The on-line taster workshop is a mini version of training that has been delivered to communication professionals around the world and is now coming to the Geneva Communications Network.
When: 12h30-14h00 – Thursday 21 January 2021
Where: Online (via Zoom)
Cost: Free of charge
Register online for the event>>
Join us on 21 January for a fun, interactive session that will give you a chance to network with your peers from across the region … and beyond. Don’t forget to bring a sandwich!
You can find out more about the game at www.corporatesnakes.org
Communications in 2021 – how are organisations managing communications in the current uncertain environment?
Until we can resume our traditional networking events, we would like to invite you to our next online event, which will be held on 2 December from 12h30 to 13h30. We will be using the Zoom platform for the event.
COVID-19 has had an impact on many facets of society including how organisations communicate. What are the implications for organisations and individuals? How are they adapting or is it “business as usual”? Our panel drawn from the non-profit, private and consultancy sectors will discuss how in 2020 they have changed the way they and their organisations communicate and what this means for communications in the future.
Date: Wednesday 2 December 2020
Time: 12h30 to 13h30
Location: Online via Zoom
Cost: Free of charge
With current circumstances temporarily preventing any further networking lunches, we would like you to join us in our first event of a new series of online presentations:
The Coronavirus pandemic has made us increasingly aware of the essential role technology has in our lives, both professional and personal. The coming decade will be the most ground-breaking in history, with revolutionary new technologies becoming increasingly integrated into humanity. As a communicator, it will be increasingly important to be aware of, understand, and manage these technologies. Dr Nicoletta Iacobacci has been working in media and technology for over 20 years. In this virtual GCN presentation, she will discuss key topics such as emerging media, including, transmedia, technologies and digital cultures such as virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and digital humans.
Please note this event has been postponed due to the situation with the Covid 19 virus – it will be re-scheduled
Technological Progress: what is the role of ethics? – with Dr. Nicoletta Iacobacci
This coming decade will be the most ground-breaking in history, with revolutionary new technologies leading the path in innovation. At the same this raises questions about the implications of this progress on the future of humanity and how to keep up with concepts as ageless societies, software-based immortal humans, cybernetic organisms, and means of transport at lightning speed. An essential element in this debate is “ethics”, which should be fundamental to any debate about technological progress. Join Dr. Nicoletta Iacobacci in addressing questions about the role of ethics, technology and communications.
Date: Friday 13 March 2020
Time: 12h30 to 14h00
Location: The Swiss Press Club, Route de Ferney 106, La Pastorale, 1202 Geneva.
Fee: CHF 30.- per person includes drinks and snacks
About the speaker: Nicoletta Iacobacci, PhD, is an ethical influencer who engages executives, thinkers, artists, innovators, entrepreneurs, and students in conversations about ethics and emerging technologies. She is the founder of Ethica.ly, a platform for engaging reflections on the consequences of exponential innovations, and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Webster University Geneva and at Jinan University in Guangzhou, China, where she is investigating the future implications of technology on society. She has been a resident at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center, a curator of TEDx events, the Ambassador for Singularity University Geneva, and the leader of the ethical framework for Hyperloop Transportation Technology. Her book Exponential Ethics, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, has been published in English and in Chinese.
Thanks to all the participants who attended the GCN lunch event on Friday. Communications and reputation management specialist Toomas Kull provided some interesting insights into reputation and crisis management in the 2020s, particularly linked to digital challenges.
Below are a few photos of the event, courtesy of photographer Geraldo Pestalozzi.
We look forward to seeing you at our next event in January 2020.
The GCN team
Trust is an enabler for organisations – making a wide range of activities, transactions and interactions possible regardless of sector or size. Betrayals of trust have major organisational and business consequences. Leaders who violate the trust of their stakeholders soon find themselves ousted.
As we face the start a new decade… How is the building of trust changing for organisations and their leaders? In today’s environment, are there any new principles we should focus on to navigate a crisis? Do the classic best-practice principles of crisis communications still apply?
Toomas Kull will consider the challenges leaders face in managing reputation (their organisation’s as well as their own), and provide recommendations on how to prepare for and survive reputation-threatening scenarios. Participants will be encouraged to also share their perspectives and insights.
About the speaker: Toomas Kull is a communications and reputation management specialist. He is a consultant at Cabinet Privé de Conseils (CPC), the Swiss public relations and public affairs agency. He has over ten years’ experience in advising organisations across sectors, from profile raising campaigns, to issues management, crisis communications, and litigation PR. Prior to joining CPC, he worked in two London-based communications consultancies. He started his career in the public sector, working in the European Commission and the UK’s Ministry for Business.