When do you know that you have started to influence a system?

Collaborative dialogue has never been practiced when global leaders in the maritime industry got together in the past. Until now, they were mostly talked at than being able to actively contribute to the current challenges that the global maritime industry is facing:

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How to meet the demand for transporting 20 billion tons of cargo annually – a doubling from current volumes by 2030 – and increase human wellbeing through a healthy and competitive environment worldwide?

The Value Web just returned from the Danish Maritime Forum in Copenhagen where we designed and facilitated a truly collaborative two-day session for leaders and key decision makers in the global maritime field. More than 200 participants from 39 countries came together to tackle the current challenges and to unleash the full potential of the global maritime industry. Business leaders, government officials, ship owners, marine equipment manufactures and suppliers, NGOs and civil society organisations.

This Forum has proven that it is possible to generate action through stakeholder collaboration.

Participants have left with concrete actions in six areas:
– Sustainable Growth
– Meeting the Transportation Infrastructure Needs of the Future
– Leveraging New Technologies and Innovation
– Unleashing the Power of our Workforce
– Unlocking Growth in Africa
– Financing Growth in the Maritime Industry

Danish Maritime ForumThe Danish Maritime Forum of 2014 has resulted in a unique catalogue of ideas. In 2015 and 2016 the industry will be invited back to the Forum to elaborate further on the results and develop them even more. It’s not the end; it’s the beginning of a journey that will take the global maritime industry into a brighter future. It might be a first step of influencing a system that in the past has been quite conservative in its approaches. The Value Web feels very grateful to have been part of this journey until now, and is excited that we will continue to use our tools and methods to make that change happen.

“We believe in our shared responsibility to shape the future of our industry with collaboration and dialogue.”
Anne H. Steffensen, Chairman, Danish Maritime Days and Director General, Danish Shipowners’ Association

Visit the blog of Koji Sekimizu, IMO Secretary General and his impressions about the event.

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