Come Closer Show 2016

On 14 – 15 April, Krakow hosted the Come CloSeR Show 2016. Below find some materials and multimedia related to the event.

Watch the Come CloSeR Show 2016 video clip with audio description:

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The Come CloSeR Show was launched with the announcement of the Business Closer to Disability declaration.

Terri Gerosa of Citibank and Jolanta Jaworska of IBM Polska signed the document on behalf of the Association of Business Service Leaders (ABSL).

See the text of the declaration

Medically or socially?

Małgorzata Perdeus-Białek, MOFFIN

Małgorzata Perdeus-Białek from the Managers of the Future MOFFIN Foundation presented disability awareness building in the company and showed how that process could change the team. In particular, emphasis was placed on the most common stereotypes of people’s thinking about disability observed during training sessions for staff and managers rooted in the “medical” model,which impedes rational understanding of how persons with various disabilities function in the company on a daily basis. Małgorzata highlighted the alternative: thinking based on the “social” model promoting balanced rights and obligations of disabled persons.

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WIN with Capgemini

Karolina Długosz, Capgemini Polska

The presentation featured experiences gained over more than two years of implementing the Win with Capgemini project focusing on employing persons with various disabilities in Polish offices of Capgemini. Karolina highlighted the positive impact of the scheme on staff team and team leaders, but also some difficulties resulting from the process which indicate that it is not a quick win project. Some experiences were also shown which might offer guidelines for other companies in terms of what to avoid, what can be done differently and better, and what can be directly transferred as knowledge that the company wants to share with all those interested.

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Why is disability missing in CSR?

Tommy Wølk Andersen, Code of Care, Denmark

If we look closely at community engagement programmes of many companies, they tend to focus on areas which are classic CSR activities yet very rarely on including persons with disabilities into employee teams. Why is it so and what can be done to change it? The partnership of the project entitled CSR plus the missing D was established to answer that very question.

A Manager of the Future: who is it? A panel discussion involving the audience

In this panel discussion, we asked questions concerning those who can have key impact on positive changes in business:

  • Who do you think is a Manager of the Future?
  • Why is the Manager of the Future very important in the process of implementing good CSR?
  • How to motivate managers to cooperate in the implementation of the notion of CSR+D?

The following speakers took part in the panel discussion moderated by Ireneusz Białek of MOFFIN:

  • James Robey, Capgemini Group, Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Director, UK,
  • Agnieszka Dejna, Cooperative brewery in Puck, Poland,
  • Martin Turnau, Turnau Global Consulting, Poland,
  • Edyta Gałaszewska-Bogusz, Accenture Operations Polska.

Ireneusz Białek – Who do you think is a Manager of the Future?
Agnieszka Dejna – Who do you think is a Manager of the Future?
Edyta Gałaszewska-Bogusz – Who do you think is a Manager of the Future?
CSR in practice – what is this?
James Robey – Who do you think is a Manager of the Future? 
Martin Turnau – Who do you think is a Manager of the Future? 

On 15 April, presentations were delivered under the umbrella title of “CSR from near and far”:

Stop sightseeing, start sightbeing.

Ctalents offers its clients a unique experience of seeing Amsterdam in darkness where they can feel like blind visitors going around the city. This great adventure generates a lot of laughter and Ctalents staff with disabilities make excellent guides in conditions that can be a challenge for non-disabled persons. But is it only good fun?

The presentation showed that it is worthwhile to briefly step in the shoes of persons with disabilities in order to stimulate one’s awareness and reflect on building a friendly common space and cooperating rather than doing things for others. This can concern the unique adventure in darkness offered by Ctalents but also daily life and operating in public space and at workplace. That is why we discussed the topic in the presence of managers.

Human Blindness to the Universe

Humans live on a small planet, very blue when seen from space and full of evidence that it supports life. Only few human beings have the privilege of seeing this rare spectacle with their own eyes. All of us, however, can feel a sense of wonder at seeing the amazingly beautiful images of the Earth and our Universe, brought to us by artificial eyes, telescopes. With the advance of civilisation, mankind is becoming more and more “blind” to the real meaning of being “human” in a Universe that might include a lot of living beings, in all shapes and formats, probably thriving everywhere, all made of stardust, just like us. This living knowledge needs to be kept alive but it is being menaced by a growing problem, light pollution. Nowadays, most people in the world cannot see the stars and this is causing an ever growing lack of awareness or interest in what is out there, in how we came to be, why we are here or even more importantly, what is necessary for the survival of our species. Education is key to solve this problem. Inspiring the new generation to explore the wonders of the Universe is very important and has to start at the very early stages of their science literacy building. But what is the role of people with disabilities in the scenario? Well, taking the most unexpected group of people that would play a major role in this task, we start by showing how blind teachers, scientific centre staff and other educators can make all the difference. Astronomy is known to all as the science that brings us beautiful pictures but in fact it is all about numbers. During the presentation this statement was explored in more detail.

Added-value beer

“One can do various things but it is best to do what you love,” Agnieszka was saying. “We just must sense that our work has value, not necessarily in terms of money.”
90 per cent of the brewery’s staff have intellectual disability and its strength is a quality product: good local beer keenly bought by business clients. They identify with the product and want to buy it, considering it to be part of a good cause. It is Poland’s first brewery of the kind, and the world’s sixth, its distinguishing feature. It has recently reached its full manufacturing capacity, eight thousand litres of beer per month. The production equipment is adapted to company staff with disabilities. This presentation focused on a business success story but also some difficulties that had to be overcome to ensure stable employment for the most difficult disability group.

Come CloSeR Cafe, workshop

During the workshop we discussed a whole range of aspects related to the challenges entailed by the inclusion of persons with disabilities into employee teams in enterprises. Managers shared their observations, asked questions and talked about difficulties in terms of both mentality and law. The workshop unleashed the impressive energy of the participants as well as motivation to work together in the Come CloSeR to Disability task force.