They received a green light from prime minister Cameron. They founded a globally unique institution which shows that people sometimes only need a little nudge to pay their taxes or save energy. By combining psychology, data and research, they are now doing big things in Britain.
A woman with a story about how a group of enthusiastic researchers and activists managed to delve into the state and create a stable, public base for mapping of design. She will talk about what we can learn from them and what challenges a free woman must face, when her business card labels her as the director and she becomes part of the establishment.
Everyone tries to gamify, it’s hyped up. We see many attempts and failures. How can we transform gamification into a useful tool? What are its basic principles about what works? And how can it be used to solve big global challenges?
Is fairness in Slovakia only for the big guns? How much does it cost and what are firms sacrificing for it?
10:10 – 10:45
10:45 – 11:35
How to successfully communicate tough issues outside of the "indoctrinated bubble"?
Adam Znášik (communication strategist, Komplot), Michal Vyšinský (researcher, 2muse). Hosted by Zuzana Wienk.
11:35 – 12:05
12:05 – 13:10
How to solve problems with the help of people from the inside. Lars advises not to bring consultants from the outside, but instead correctly define the problem in the community and identify people within the community who are already solving the issue using their own methods. He calls them positive deviants and will tell us how to use them effectively.
Andrej is a researcher. He wants us to test our ideas and solutions and quantify their success. He will show us the failures of those, who haven’t done this and explain how science-based research can help us towards better results.
The world-known psychologist Philip Zimbardo has shown, that even good people tend to do bad things. Their wrong-doings often happen due to their carelessness. Ever since then, Zimbardo tries to find out what is needed for everyday heroism and what qualities we must possess in order to stand up to evil and injustice. Daniel’s Hősök Tere from Budapest cooperates with Zimbardo and knows how to approach this.
She has plenty of friends in the “Bratislava Cafe”. From Poprad, she is responsible for the marketing of one of the most-know Slovak charities. Where do the misunderstandings between Bratislava and the rest of Slovakia come from? Is it just a myth, or is Bratislava really unable to understand the regions?
13:10 – 14:30
Lunch at venue is included in the ticket.
The order of speakers within presentation blocks may change.
The exact times of workshops and discussions may slightly change, however the overall schedule of the afternoon programme will be kept.
The afternoon workshops will be held at different places simultaneously.
14:30 – 18:00
14:30 – 15:25
What does fair business cost in Slovakia?
Stories of firm directors, who decided to reject the unfair game.
Magdaléna Dobišová (Skanska), Michaela Benedigová (Seesame), Ivan Štefunko (Neulogy). Hosted by Lukáš Fila.
15:35 – 15:50
Don’t say that it isn’t possible
Story of a 15-year-old activist, who uses his knowledge of the law to teach a lesson to the Czech officials. He keeps an eye on the state council from the age of 10 and writes complaints better than many adults.
Jakub Čech. Hosted by Zuzana Wienk.
15:50 – 16:50
How to fix institutions – people verzus rules
How to bring difficult changes and start obeying rules in environments, which reject them?
Lenka Bradáčová (Czech public prosecutor), Mária Kolíková (secretary of state at the Justice Ministry). Hosted by Zuzana Wienk.
17:00 – 18:00
Is Bratislava disconnected from the rest of Slovakia? Does a “cafe problem” even exist?
Ľudmila Kolesárová (Good Angel), Adam Znášik (communication strategist, Komplot) Martin Dubéci (political analyst), Rado Sloboda (Not in our town, Socrates Institute). Hosted by Braňo Závodský.
14:30 – 18:20
It is necessary to sign up to workshops in advance.
14:30 – 15:30
Data are more than just labels - not just in science
Hosted by: Andrej Findor and Matej Hruška
Capacity: 50 people
Andrej will bring one fresh case study from Slovakia. He will use it to show what hypothesis were at the beginning of the problem, where they changed throughout the experiment and how research changed initial plans and ideas of a planned campaign. He will certainly be open to questions and debates.
15:40 – 16:40
The power of nudge in real life or How to use nudging to improve your surroundings
Hosted by: Luke Ravenscroft
Capacity: 50 people
With the participants, Luke will go through real-life cases from his years of experience and use them to show the power of behavioural economics and nudging.
16:50 – 18:20
Gamification for the right cause
Hosted by: Martin Jaššo
Capacity: 30 people
Martin will go deeper into the concepts of gamification. He will answer specific questions, evaluate ideas and use exercises to show, how to grasp gamification so that the result is more than just a shiny, unused app.
Venue: Tržnica vľavo
14:30 – 16:00 a 16:30 – 18:00
How to approach positive deviance
Hosted by: Lars Thuesen and Karolína Miková
Capacity: 2 x 50 people
Lars will show the effect of positive deviance on real cases and problems brought in by the participants themselves. He will choose those, that scare people in their sleep, and will work on them with other participants in groups as well as in a mutual discussion.
Venue: Tržnica vpravo
14:30 – 15:30
An hour of Q&A with an insider from the state sector
Hosted by: Rado Baťo
Capacity: 25 people
Rado will react to problems brought in by the participants. He will try to identify where their contact with the state sector could’ve been ineffective and help them to approach the issue from a better side next time.
15:40 – 16:40
Ethnical training in a big firm
Hosted by: Magdaléna Dobišová
Capacity: 25 people
Magdaléna will guide participants through the process of ethical training in her firm Skanska. How can ethics be trained in a practical, fun and interactive way. Simply, school by game.
16:50 – 18:20
How to become an everyday hero
Hosted by: Dániel Bolyky
Capacity: 18 people
Daniel will show us how to work on personal qualities and how important an individual is for social change. We can all become everyday heroes. He will use one of the methods used by Philip Zimbardo and maybe he will take you out into the streets.
Venue: Tržnica vzadu
14:30 – 15:10
What are public institutions hiding from us?
Vedie: Asia Przybylska
Capacity: 20 people
Asia works on MojePanstwo.pl, a project that collects tools for monitoring the work of public institutions in Poland. It gives people a quick and free access to acts of law, court rulings, regional finances or connections between different organizations. Asia will introduce the philosophy of MojePanstwo.pl and answer questions regarding the differences of such projects in Slovakia and Poland.
After party at KC Dunaj
Art Duel s Pixel Federation
Marek Rakučák, Daniel Mihálik and Sebastiaan van Asperen
20.00 – 22.00
Old Market Hall
It doesn’t really matter if we are from Bardejov or Bratislava, if we are 20 or 40 years old, if we prefer coffee or beer. We are all equally worried about decency and fairness disappearing from public life, about being hopelessly underrepresented in politics.
There are thousands of us – in hospitals, schools, non-profits, businesses, among hockey players, creatives… We want to live in a country that is good for us. In our professional lives, however, we constantly encounter failing state and corruption.
Despite that, we go on. We can offer positive energy, expertise, good solutions and passionate debate.
Even the good and public interest need their own strong network, so that voices saying "Decency pays off" and "Fairness and humanism are not a laughing matter" can echo ever stronger.
That is why we came up with Network – a meeting that will fill us with energy and hope. A meeting that will interconnect and offer new skills and experiences. A meeting that will bring shared space for open discussion on how to gradually enforce fairness in Slovakia.
Luke works for the British Behavioural Insights Team, informally known as "The Nudge Unit". It is a part of the British government and uses behavioural sciences to improve the functioning of public services. It’s approach stems from people's real needs, which enables members of BIT to tackle some of the least popular social and economic challenges – such as increasing tax collection by experimenting with tax letter formulations.
Former head of innovation at the Danish Ministry of Justice, where he introduced the positive deviance approach. In 2014 he founded the WIN (Welfare Improvement Network) to inspire others to use this approach to solve some of the world’s most wicked problems. He tries to look for behaviors that already are successfully applied by people with the same conditions and constraints as their peers, and to learn from these positive outliers.
One of the founders of Heroes' Square Initiative, a social psychologist who wants to work for public good. Heroes' Square is a volunteer organization based in Budapest cooperating closely with Prof. Philip Zimbardo. Its main goal is to turn heroism into the norm and oridinary people into everyday heroes through tackling indifference and beliefs that prevent one from action.
The Czech prosecutor investigating into the most serious corruption scandals, has become a symbol of fight against corruption. Lenka proves that even in the judiciary of a post-Soviet country, it is possible to condemn corruption and imprison politicians from the highest circles. She contributed to the arrest and conviction of David Rath, an influential Czech politician, for accepting a bribe.
Good Angel, Woman of the year. She lives in Poprad but spends a lot of time in Bratislava. As the marketing manager of Slovakia’s biggest charity, she daily helps families throughout the country in difficult situations. She makes a sensitive public testimony to the life stories that she encounters, but she’s also affected by another topic that she will talk about at Network: The issue of Bratislava’s growing detachment from the rest of Slovakia.
Director of the Slovak Design Center, who has transformed herself from an independent art critic into the symbol of visionary establishment. She wants museums to be centers for research of design and the creative industry, not places for art conservation. "It could seem that there is an independent cultural scene on one side and its state-owned counterpart on the other. It could seem that it is impossible to connect the two. Mária Rišková, however, sees it differently," Denník N wrote about her, when the culture minister named her into her position earlier this year.
Peter studied linguistics and politology at the Comenius University in Bratislava and at the London School of Economics. First he worked for O2 as its Public Affairs Director, later as a consultant in the area of regulation. He also worked with start-ups in the company Neulogy. As the director of O2, he currently focuses on "his own" fairness. He believes that by supporting fair projects, it is possible to improve the environment we live in.
Many associate the advertising agency Komplot, in which Adam works, with the success of Andrej Kiska in the 2014 presidential election. However, apart from political campaigns, Adam is also involved in the strategy of many non-governmental projects. He knows how to communicate complicated topics and what to pay attention to, if the “product” we want to “sell” is a change for the better.
Sociologist and university professor. He prefers interdisciplinary approach and tirelessly repeats that it is necessary to connect research with practice. Andrej believes that social sciences and their findings can have a great impact on Slovak society. As one of the first, he is now trying to prove it.
The former economic reporter and editor of Trend weekly has worked alongside Andrej Kiska since his presidential campaign, when he led his campaign team. As the president’s current adviser, he uses his experience from both inside and outside of politics to describe how the state works and tell us how to communicate with it, in order to enforce positive change.
She's in her tenth year of working for Skanska, one of the largest construction companies in the world, the last four years as Managing Director for Slovakia. She pursues a strategy of decency and honesty and believes these values can be both economic and competitive advantages. She argues that firms do not only affect business environment, but they can also positively change their surroundings.
Businessman and investor who believes in left-wing values. For a long time, he has lived outside of Slovakia and founded many companies both aborad and at home, for instance Monogram Technologies, Lekar.sk, Pelikan.sk or Euractiv. Today he leads Neulogy Ventures, which manages technological fonds for Slovak start-ups and innovative firms.
Michaela leads the biggest Slovak PR agency, Seesame. She specializes in reputation management programmes, issue management and crisis communication. She brings inspiration from abroad and cooperates in many international projects. Apart from business clients, she also dedicates her energy to projects of various NGOs. She prefers to dodge big eurofond projects. While acting as the director of a PR agency, she also works in the humanitarian organization Magna and serves as the vice-president of the American business chamber.
The game designer from Pixel Federation is fascinated by how we use spontaneity to solve extremely complicated problems in virtual reality. This is because playing can make us happier than most other activities. At Network, Martin will speak about the basic principles of gamification and about how they can be used to solve challenges of the real world.
Martin was born in Košice, attended secondary school in Tisovec, studied in Brno, Copenhagen, London, lives in Bratislava. He worked at the ministry, ran for a seat in the parliament. Martin tries to lead a public discussion based on arguments and data. He doesn’t believe Bratislava is separated from the rest of Slovakia and he’ll to come Network to explain why.
He is 15 years old, comes from Prostějov and became famous as the boy who “taught the town hall a lesson”. From a very young age, he has been interested in the city’s economic situation, he attends town hall meetings and has caught the constituency breaking the law. Paradoxically, it was the town’s officers who made him famous after they refused to send him information, reasoning that he was simply too young. He won the consequent trial and continues to lead local activism far more effectively than many adults.
The newly elected programme director of the Socrates institute. Young leader 2012, initiator of the anti-fascist movement Not in our town, one of the most active opposers of far-right politician Marián Kotleba in Banská Bystrica. He cooperates with many different national and regional organizations. However, foremostly with the cultural centre Záhrada (“Garden”) in Banská Bystrica. Rado participated in the rescue of the Banská Bystrica amphitheatre, restored the local brach of the Artforum bookstore a year ago and believes that in 5 years, it will be possible to transform the old city bastion into a literary-cultural centre.
A researcher by heart and soul. In 2009, he decided not to be smashed up by the system of the global market research competition and founded his own independent polling agency, 2muse. Here, he develops talents of those who enjoy to root out every problem. He is a perfectionist when it comes to the quality of work, usefulness and applicability of his agency’s findings. He tries to go beyond the data’s boundaries and understand context the best he can.
An attorney and secretary of state at the Slovak justice ministry. From her beginnings, she has closely cooperated with the NGO Citizen and democracy, later founded and lead the Centre for legal help, however was sacked as its director by form Minister of justice Štefan Harabin. Mária will come to Network to talk about how to enforce tough reforms, and whether we need people or laws for this.
He moves between data, communication and writing. Matej founded the fact-checking project Demagog, worked in the newspapers and an agency, co-won a journalist’s price. He tries to find out how to convince people about things they normally don’t talk about.
Asia works for ePaństvo, the most-known Polish NGO which focuses on improving the country through technological means. She is responsible for the project MojePaństvo, which collects applications by which people can see and influence what’s going on in their country. She deals with communication and social media, has for long been engaged in elections in Poland and also as an observer abroad.
Designer and CG artist. He works as a graphic designer in the gaming company Pixel Federation on a project relating to virtual reality. Despite his professional interest in computer graphics, he prefers to deals with more traditional techniques of visual art as painting, drawing and sculpture outside of work.
Architect and urban planner. He draws cartoons and designs for video games in Pixel Federation. In them, he helps create buildings and sites, he breathes life into drawn characters and thus contributes to creation of whole virtual worlds.
A graphic illustrator for media and games with a love for fresh concepts and interesting twists. Currently working for Pixel Federation as illustrator for an Adventure game, he is secretly trying to create their next big title(s).
Presentations will be interpreted into Slovak and English.
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Venue & Transport
Stará tržnica (Old Market Hall) Námestie SNP 25 811 01 Bratislava
Several bike racks are placed in front of the Old Market Hall. Cyclists are warmly welcome!
By public transportation
Old Market Hall is situated in the city centre. Following public transport stops are in immediate distance from it: Kamenné Námestie (lines 3, 4, 9), Námestie SNP (lines 1, 8, 9). Following stops are a short walking distance from the venue: Poštová (lines 1, 5, 8), Hodžovo námestie (lines 83, 84, 93, 212, 203, 207, 208). Walking to the venue in a couple of minutes is also possible from Šafarikovo námestie, Zochova bus stop or from under the bridge (Most SNP – SNP bridge). More on public transport options here.
Due to the timing of the event and general lack of parking space in downtown Bratislava, we strongly recommend using public transportation or using parking spaces outside of city center. You will find paid parking on Uršulínska street, Jesenského street or in front of former hotel Kyjev.