Conversations for Change 2016

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Date(s) - 02/04/2016 - 03/04/2016
All Day

Vallugasaal - Dorfstrasse 8 St Anton am Arlberg 6580 AT


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This will be the third Conversations for Change event focussing on progressive change, humanitarian, egalitarian and sustainable methods to make the world a better place. During the first event we found a consensus on what the key problems in the world are and we shaped what a better world would look like. The second event brought the change down to a micro level and gave us insights into what each of us can do today to make a difference. At this event we will hear valuable insights from world experts on sustainable architecture, renewable energy, immigration, non-profit banking and conservation with a key focus to bring ideas and expertise together to find solutions to today’s problems: breakout sessions covering conservation and the environment, sustainable tourism, the refugee crisis and ethical banking.

If you want to hear how change leaders are challenging the current paradigm, want to support positive change and be a part of that change, come and join us in St Anton am Arlberg, Austria, Saturday, 2nd April.  The Austrian alpine ski resort of St Anton has been chosen as the perfect destination for the conference as in 2016 it is celebrating 10 years of self-sufficiency in electricity.

Conference presentations during the day on Saturday, 2nd April; informal networking with dinner and drinks Saturday evening; ski touring, hiking, yoga, herb trail, cross country, snow-shoe walking, massage and wellness can be arranged for interested parties on Sunday, 3rd April.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
  • Dr Heidi Kharbhih [Co-founder Conversations for Change] : Making a Difference
  • Christian Felber [Bestselling Author] : Economy and Bank for the Common Good
  • Georg Driendl [Chief Architect, Ministry for Education, Arts & Culture]: Sustainable Architecture
  • Oliver Breidt [Co-founder AGR] : Renewable Energy
  • Ahmet Demir [Spokesman, Green Party] : Refugee Crisis
  • Dr Jacqui McGibbon [Author, Lecturer] : Sustainable Tourism
  • André Correia dos Santos [Director, Quantitative Advisor] : Conservation
  • Thomas Pupp [Founder 20er Homeless Newspaper, Politician] : Political Inspiration
  • Andrea Pflügl [Psychotherapist, Spiritualist] : Love heals – credo for a new consciousness
  • Lucy Pook [Naturopathic Nutritionist] : Healing Journey
  • Eva Egg [Healthy Eating Instagram blogger] : Healthy Eating for  Greener Planet
Sunday activities, to be arranged on a first come first served basis, include:
  • Ski-touring with the famous Meini Tatschl, the ski trainer of Anna Fenninger, the Austrian World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist
  • e-biking and outdoor adventure with Shane Pearce
  • Yoga with Marissa Saxton
  • 2 hour alpine herb trail with Marlies Ehart
  • Green smoothie workshop with Imke Pearce
  • Snow-show walking with professional guide Annalisa Falch
  • Cross country and hiking in the mountains with Sabine Kertess
Dr Heidi Kharbhih

HeidiChange leader, Founder of Optimise Your Business Ltd, Co-founder of Conversations for Change, PhD Statistical Modelling, Master of Mathematics

Passionate about change and making a difference and organiser of the Conversations for Change 2016 conference; believes that to change the world we must each look at ourselves and challenge the current paradigm; our everyday behaviours and actions should align to humanitarian and sustainable principles; deliberate acts of kindness will lead to chain reactions of positive change; enjoys making a difference through collaboration.


Christian Felber

ChristianBestselling Author; Economy and Bank for the Common Good

Towards an Economy for the Common Good – a systemic change that is feasible

The Economy for the Common Good is an alternative economic model both to “capitalism” and “communism”: it brings along a holistic and systemic change. More than a mere theory, it is also a practical process formed by thousands of individuals, companies, municipalities, universities and banks!

Breakout – Co-creating the Economy and Bank for the Common Good

You can co-create the Economy for the Common Good: with your company, in your municipality, at your university – or becoming co-owner of the Bank for the Common Good. We will focus on this ethical bank project and on how you can get involved in the global movement and support it in different ways.


Mag. Arch. Georg Driendl

GeorgeChief Architect, Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture

Sustainable architecture

“Special solutions for a better environment…” seeking to minimize the negative environmental impact of buildings by efficiency and moderation in the use of materials, energy and development space. driendl*architects have won several international architecture awards including the Eco Prize for Architecture and have held numerous exhibitions worldwide, including “The Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture” and “New World Architecture”. Multiple features in various magazines, publications of articles and the book APOPliving.


Oliver Breidt

OliverCo-founder, AGR

Renewable Energy

Oliver Breidt is co-founder of AGR, a London based development and investment business. The company is engaged in different renewable energy technologies and has invested more than €200m over the last 3 years into various projects predominantly in the United Kingdom. Through the rapid change in the European energy markets AGR is currently working on new business models and evaluates new technologies to address the challenging conditions


Ahmet Demir

AhmetSpokesman, Green party

Refugee Crisis

In times of globalization, there is a need to understand why people are migrating and what the underlying circumstances are that drive this behaviour. How do we achieve integration without loss of identity and recognize what is important for our future to live in a peaceful society?





André Correia dos Santos

AndreDirector, Quantitative Advisory Services at Ernst & Young

New Environmental Perspectives

Our earth faces dangers on many fronts, from the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources to the devastating impact our species’ growth and dominance has on other species’ survival.  Working together, we can take a closer look at what inspires us to have new perspectives on the action required to address these dangers, and at the controversies that arise when solutions are not as straightforward as they seem. We must and can take action. Locally and globally.


Dr Jacqui McGibbon

JaquiAuthor, lecturer

Sustainable tourism

Tourism can have significant negative impacts on destinations – on their environments, economies, cultural forms and social systems. Sustainable and responsible planning and management in destination regions is required not only to minimize these impacts, but also to ensure the long-term survival of the tourism industry itself.








Thomas Pupp


Politician, communications consultant, Member of the Tyrolean Parliament.

Political Inspiration

Initiator of the 20er street newspaper for the homeless.  Mottos “if life gives you lemons, make lemonade” and “to achieve the possible, the impossible must always be attempted”. Member of Parliament since May 2013. Before, Minister for housing subsidies, environment, nature and sports



Andrea Monika Pflügl

Andre2Psychotherapist, Coach, Spiritual integrative Natural Therapist, Trainer for Holistic Development of Consciousness

Love heals: credo for a new consciousness

Given the multiple crises and challenges of our time, we are encouraged as humanity, paving the way for a liveable, healthy, joyful and peaceful to provide a new future. The starting point for the development and implementation of sustainable and peaceful concepts and solutions lies in ourselves. Every thought, every feeling, every action causes change! Our future begins now – now at this moment!


Lucy Pook

Naturopathic Nutritionist, Barbara Wren Trained

Healing Journey: naturopathic nutritionist who has worked all over the world for the last 16 years helping to unravel the confusion of our modern eating habits…Lucy trained with Barbara Wren, one of the most holistic forward thinking Nutritionists of our time. 




Eva Egg

Eva Egg

Healthy Eating Instagram blogger

Healthy Eating for a Greener Planet

Eva will talk about her lifestyle, diet, passions and her postings on Instagram with over 25,000 followers. Eva aims to support others to improve their lives and to achieve their personal goals and will explain how easy, delicious and healthy recipes can contribute towards achieving a greener planet.


Sponsor hotels in St Anton am Arlberg offering a 20% discount with promo code “C4C2016”

Pepis Skihotel :

Lux Alpinae :

Registration and Cancellation Policy

Registrations will be accepted in order of receipt of payment, to the maximum number of attendees (including unpaid registrations). Cancellations are non-refundable. Registrations are fully transferable to another person. Attendees must advise Conversations for Change prior to the event of a transfer of registration.

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