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We live in an age that demands moonshots: exponential technological growth, a race to the bottom (resources), and the climate crisis are changing the ‘operating space’ (Rockstroem 2009) for businesses and our living environment more than ever before in human history.

We believe this shift is the launchpad for moonshots. Why? Because we see these risks as nothing less than fundamentally game changing opportunities.

The time is now for bringing together the right people, disciplines, and technologies. Our challenges ask for new transformative leadership and the break down of silos. make_shift is the place where moonshot learning happens, and we invite leaders who want to prepare for these opportunities to join us.

Our Programme Draft – the Shortest Way to Inform Yourself About make_shift


Your collaborators will be an invited group of ‘shift_makers’.

  1. The international business leaders who are building innovation and leading companies through business transformation;
  2. The moonshot experts for the course change that we need to mitigate the climate crisis and accelerate the global transition;
  3. The unusual suspects who help us to understand how to adapt more quickly to exponential technological growth and to unleash people potential.



Participants will come away with:

Methods to discover and unlock the potential of white space opportunities to innovate and transform current business;

√ An understanding of global sustainability transformation, megatrends, circular economy, technological opportunities, and planetary boundaries;

√ Insights to deliver on strategy: collaborative leadership know-how focusing on people-centred innovation, culture, and change.

Not just another executive training—a tailor-made programme of interactive sessions held in an immersive setting in a beautiful location in the Austrian Alps.



make_shift is about the leadership necessary to embrace future markets and game changing opportunities arising out of technological disruption, climate crisis, and human behaviour.
make_shift is a unique collaborative learning journey that equips leaders with the mindset, the unusual insights, and the ‘how’ to build future-ready businesses.
make_shift takes deep dives into the future with unusual suspects and like-minded peers.



Date and Location: 25–27 August 2019, Alpbach, Tyrol (arrival Saturday, 24 August 2019 and departure Wednesday, 27 August 2019 unless you stay on to participate in ECN)

Application: closed for 2019



The Time for Moonshots is Now!

We live in an age of two major interconnected and accelerating developments—climate crisis and technological growth.

Shift happens. We are convinced that the world must launch extremely ambitious and innovative moonshots now to check climate change by combining the right smart technologies with human behaviour. We have the means, the human abilities, the technology, and the resources to take on this challenge and change course.

Today’s experts in moonshots, disruption, and rapid acceleration are technology companies and new disruptive business models. At the core of their success are new people-centred approaches and an understanding of human behaviour and how to nudge it. That is why we gave human behaviour a central place in our learning journey.

How can we push the boundaries of human potential and organizations to build future-ready business cases to bring these challenges together and make moonshot projects happen?

We are convinced that to do so, we need to reframe, rethink, and relearn. That is why we created make_shift as a place for collaborative learning.


Methodoloy and Learning Design

Shift happens. These three pillars of change guide the learning journey and provide the structure for the learning process:


Large-scale system transformation and global change. How are they affecting your business and what are the game changing opportunities?



centred innovation and transformative leadership. How can we lead business transformation?



How to build successful future-ready businesses? Learning from the front-runners.


Using these three pillars of change, you are in a position to lead and transform your business beginning with strategic moonshots.



How to join us

Participants’ Profile

Senior management and executives with the mandate to transform businesses in order to get ahead of tomorrow’s challenges.

The future is now, so we believe that young people must have a seat at the table whenever appropriate as plans affecting the future are discussed and made. If desired, senior management participants have the option to include a young person from their organization as well, along with them, someone who shows potential to be a future leader and change-maker.

Diversity: We believe that the world is diverse, and we encourage women and people from all backgrounds and origins to apply and to attend.


Date and location

25–27 August 2019, Alpbach, Tyrol (arrival Saturday, 24 August 2019 and departure Tuesday, 27 August 2019 unless you stay on to participate in ECN)


Come Join Us

Please email us your profil and explain what attracts you to make_shift and what you expect to gain in order to change your business. We would also like to hear from you about what you see as the biggest risks and opportunities over the course of the next 10 years. Where do you see unleashed potential to create impactful change?

Reach out to us no later than 20 June 2019 and we will get in touch with more details. The participant group will consist of max. 25 participants.

Your contact: Floria Springer, E:; T: +43 (1) 718 17 11-26.



EUR 2,990 including participation, catering, and access to the Economic Symposium on dates overlapping make_shift (27–29 August 2019).

Accommodation and travel costs are NOT included; however we offer room booking services.


Data Protection

By applying to make_shift you agree that your data will be stored for the purpose of selection, registration and communication. For more details on our General Terms and Conditions please refer to:


Sounding Board

This programme has been created with the help of great minds.

Geanne van Arkel, Head of Sustainable Development, Interface EMEA (NL),

Renat Heuberger, Founder and CEO, South Pole Carbon (CH),

Philipp Glöckler, Serial Entrepreneur (D),

Dr. Shermin Vosmghir, Director, Interdisciplinary Research Institute for Cryptoeconomics, Vienna University of Economics (AT),

Dr. Martin Stuchtey, Professor for Resource Strategy and Management, Innsbruck University and Founder and Managing Partner, SYSTEMIQ (D)


External Programme Curator

Anna Handschuh, Founder, Elephant Strategy, Consultancy for Strategic Innovation (D)