preloder

28-30/10/19 GDAŃSK UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

One of the consequence of the economic crisis of AD 2008 was the crisis of confidence besetting so called “mainstream economics”. Economics, as lectured and taught at the leading universities around the globe, was neither able to foresee the upcoming crisis nor capable of proposing any efficient and uncontroversial countermeasure. International outcry ensued, blaming overly abstract and mathematized language of contemporary economics for being too remote and cryptic for an average citizen.

The aim of domesticating economics as science is the starting point for this conference.

read more

There has been growing public demand for an economics, in which there is a place for clarity, methodological pluralism, social responsibility and ethical sensitivity. An idea was subsequently born that a new public image of economics has to be created, which would be able to explain the consequences of certain economic decisions to the wider audience and laymen and to incorporate broader concern for social good into its own theoretical edifice.

Understanding the importance of this problem prompted professor Paul Dembinski from Fribourg University, Switzerland, to start AREF (Association for the Renewal of Research and Teaching in Economics and Finance), in which leading Swiss specialists in economics and finance has been gathered together to popularize knowledge about those two disciplines. Professor Paul Dembiński proposed Faculty of Management and Economics at Gdańsk University of Technology to cooperate in organization of film meetings on economy and economics. Such initiative fits neatly within the strategy of the Association, since primarily the event’s goal is to disseminate knowledge about economics and financial markets in an unconventional and intelligible manner.

Film seems to be the medium cut out to fulfil this lofty educational and enlightening mission. Both documentary and feature films explain perfectly mechanisms and intricacies of economy and world of finance, enabling simultaneously to comprehend point of view of various social actors, their perceptual and cognitive frameworks and their guiding moral principles. Films affect the viewers, provoke discussion, arouse curiosity, trigger interest and sensitize the viewers to the importance of economic issues.

2019 edition of All About Economy Film Festival mixes proven and highly successful formula with new and fresh idea. This time introductory lectures delivered by renowned and well known specialists are accompanied by workshops hosted by specialists in their respective fields where the meritoric content will be interlaced with snippets of movies (both fiction and documentary) to augment the overall educational impact.

Prof. Paul H. Dembiński

Swiss-Polish economist, professor at Fribourg University, head of the “Observatoire de la Finance” in Geneva, head of the Institute of Economic Research Eco Diagnostic. Iniciator and Co-Chair of “Ethic & Trust in Finance Global Prize”, chairman of the International Association for the Catholic Social Teaching and a member of Academic Council for the Vatican-based Foundation Centessimus Annus.

Prof. André Bender

André Bender, doctor in economics and social sciences, is honorary Prof. at the University of Geneva since 2006. He taught many courses and wrote many articles in the area of market finance, business finance, business creation and development. He also made many researches in real estate valuation that led the creation of a leading Swiss firm in the field real estate valuation.

Prof. Jerzy Wilkin

Polish economist, former dean of the Faculty of Economic Sciences at Warsaw University, full member of the Polish Academy of Sciences. For many years he was the head of the Chair of Political Economy, he also directed Centre of American Studies. Currently he is, inter alia, a member of the scientific program board of Polish Economic Society and head of the scientific board of the scholarly journal “Ekonomista”. In recognition of his achievements he was decorated with Gold Cross of Merit and Order of Polonia Restituta. His main fields of interest are: evolution and transformation of socio-economic systems, institutional determinants of economic growth and public sector economics.

Red. Jacek Żakowski

Polish journalist and publicist. In 1989 he became head editorial of “Gazeta Wyborcza”, in 1989-1990 he was a spokesman of the Citizens Parliamentary Club, in 1991-1992 president of the Polska Agencja Informacyjna. Since then he is a journalist and commentator of the weekly “Polityka” and academic teacher, since 1999 head of the Collegium Civitas Journalism Department in Warsaw. He also publishes comments in Gazeta Wyborcza and quarterly Pragnienie Piękna. He was hosting many publicist programs on Polish television stations such as: Tok Szok, Gość Radia Zet, Eavesdropped Talks, Summa of events by Jacek Żakowski and Jacek Żakowski’s Week. Currently, he runs Friday’s “Morning” issues in Tok FM and a show on TVN.

9.30-11.00

Workshop A

Wioleta Kucharska, PhD

details and registration →

Learn or Unlearn – That is the question. Intricacies of Knowledge Management

The workshop with assistance of short clips and fragments of TV series Silicon Valley to address the problem of knowledge within the business environment. We will discuss such topics as: knowledge as power and power of knowledge; how overreliance on existing bulk of knowledge can hamper the necessary change; what is change management and cognitive bias; how to train our brains to set us free from cognitive bias. Methods applied: film presentation, case analysis and discussion.

ROOM: 201 WZiE

registration →

Workshop C

Andrzej Karalus, PhD

details and registration →

Traversing the wasteland of post-Fordist utopia: dissecting the political and libidinal economy of affective capitalism

The workshops, with the aid of short clips taken from such movies as Pretty Woman (1990), American Psycho (2000), Office Space (1999), Blue Collars (1978), Night Crawler (2014) and critically acclaimed TV series Black Mirror and The Wire, will mix political economy, economic sociology and cultural critique to discuss the economic, social, and, first and foremost, libidinal consequences of post-fordism, affective and cognitive capitalism, “smart” management and digitalization of labour. We will peruse not only the commodification and consumerization of postmodern unconsciousness but also contemporary capitalistic phantasms by scrutinizing Wall-E (2008) and Dawn of the Dead (1978). Methods applied: lecture, film presentation, case study, discussion.

ROOM: 318/319 WZiE

registration →

Workshop B

Jakub Golik, MA

details and registration →

Game Theory in Economics and Everyday Life

In the course of the classes such movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Dark Knight (2008), 21 (2008) and Memento (2000) will serve as a backdrop for discussion on game theory, its application and explanatory potential. Theoretical issues touched upon include: John Nash as a „father” of game theory; game types; Nash equilibrium; discussion on given game types (e.g. prison dilemma). Methods applied: short lecture, discussion, case analysis, film presentation.

WORKSHOP SLIDES→

ROOM: 207 WZiE

registration →

Coffee break

11.30-13.00

Workshop A

Wioleta Kucharska, PhD

details and registration →

Learn or Unlearn – That is the question. Intricacies of Knowledge Management

The workshop with assistance of short clips and fragments of TV series Silicon Valley to address the problem of knowledge within the business environment. We will discuss such topics as: knowledge as power and power of knowledge; how overreliance on existing bulk of knowledge can hamper the necessary change; what is change management and cognitive bias; how to train our brains to set us free from cognitive bias. Methods applied: film presentation, case analysis and discussion.

ROOM: 201 WZiE

registration →

Workshop E

Michael Derrer, MA

details and registration →

A market needs good rules

Institutional economics aims to define rules that make markets sustainable. As a case study, based on film excerpts from the news and documentaries, students analyze the disruptive effects of Uber on the market for taxi services. In groups, they define rules that allow this market to function

Participants are asked to take their own smartphone and headphones.

SLIDES WORKSHOP→

ROOM: 318/319 WZiE

registration →

Workshop B

Jakub Golik, MA

details and registration →

Game Theory in Economics and Everyday Life

In the course of the classes such movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Dark Knight (2008), 21 (2008) and Memento (2000) will serve as a backdrop for discussion on game theory, its application and explanatory potential. Theoretical issues touched upon include: John Nash as a „father” of game theory; game types; Nash equilibrium; discussion on given game types (e.g. prison dilemma). Methods applied: short lecture, discussion, case analysis, film presentation.

WORKSHOP SLIDES→

ROOM: 207 WZiE

registration →

Break

16.00

Ambassador of Switzerland Jürg Burri

The opening

16.30

Prof. Paul. H. Dembiński
Prof. André Bender

Can we make finance happy again?

Screening of the film: It's a Wonderful Life (To wspaniałe życie), 1946, directed by F. Capra

about the movie

It's a Wonderful Life - this is director Frank Capra's classic bittersweet comedy/drama about George Bailey (James Stewart), the eternally-in-debt guiding force of a bank in the typical American small town of Bedford Falls. As the film opens, it's Christmas Eve, 1946, and George, who has long considered himself a failure, faces financial ruin and arrest and is seriously contemplating suicide. High above Bedford Falls, two celestial voices discuss Bailey's dilemma and decide to send down eternally bumbling angel Clarence Oddbody (Henry Travers), who after 200 years has yet to earn his wings, to help George out. But first, Clarence is given a crash course on George's life, and the multitude of selfless acts he has performed: rescuing his younger brother from drowning, losing the hearing in his left ear in the process; enduring a beating rather than allow a grieving druggist (H.B. Warner) to deliver poison by mistake to an ailing child; foregoing college and a long-planned trip to Europe to keep the Bailey Building and Loan from letting its Depression-era customers down; and, most important, preventing town despot Potter (Lionel Barrymore) from taking over Bedford Mills and reducing its inhabitants to penury. Along the way, George has married his childhood sweetheart Mary (Donna Reed), who has stuck by him through thick and thin. But even the love of Mary and his children are insufficient when George, faced with an $8000 shortage in his books, becomes a likely candidate for prison thanks to the vengeful Potter. Bitterly, George declares that he wishes that he had never been born, and Clarence, hoping to teach George a lesson, shows him how different life would have been had he in fact never been born. After a nightmarish odyssey through a George Bailey-less Bedford Falls (now a glorified slum called Potterville), wherein none of his friends or family recognize him, George is made to realize how many lives he has touched, and helped, through his existence; and, just as Clarence had planned, George awakens to the fact that, despite all its deprivations, he has truly had a wonderful life.

9.30-11.00

Workshop A

Wioleta Kucharska, PhD

details and registration →

Learn or Unlearn – That is the question. Intricacies of Knowledge Management

The workshop with assistance of short clips and fragments of TV series Silicon Valley to address the problem of knowledge within the business environment. We will discuss such topics as: knowledge as power and power of knowledge; how overreliance on existing bulk of knowledge can hamper the necessary change; what is change management and cognitive bias; how to train our brains to set us free from cognitive bias. Methods applied: film presentation, case analysis and discussion.

ROOM: 201 WZiE

registration →

Workshop B

Jakub Golik, MA

details and registration →

Game Theory in Economics and Everyday Life

In the course of the classes such movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Dark Knight (2008), 21 (2008) and Memento (2000) will serve as a backdrop for discussion on game theory, its application and explanatory potential. Theoretical issues touched upon include: John Nash as a „father” of game theory; game types; Nash equilibrium; discussion on given game types (e.g. prison dilemma). Methods applied: short lecture, discussion, case analysis, film presentation.

WORKSHOP SLIDES→

ROOM: 207 WZiE

registration →

Workshop C

Andrzej Karalus, PhD

details and registration →

Traversing the wasteland of post-Fordist utopia: dissecting the political and libidinal economy of affective capitalism

The workshops, with the aid of short clips taken from such movies as Pretty Woman (1990), American Psycho (2000), Office Space (1999), Blue Collars (1978), Night Crawler (2014) and critically acclaimed TV series Black Mirror and The Wire, will mix political economy, economic sociology and cultural critique to discuss the economic, social, and, first and foremost, libidinal consequences of post-fordism, affective and cognitive capitalism, “smart” management and digitalization of labour. We will peruse not only the commodification and consumerization of postmodern unconsciousness but also contemporary capitalistic phantasms by scrutinizing Wall-E (2008) and Dawn of the Dead (1978). Methods applied: lecture, film presentation, case study, discussion.

ROOM: 318/319 WZiE

registration →

Coffee break

11.30-13.00

Workshop F

Mateusz Bonecki, PhD

details and registration →

Trust in Business. From the .com bubble crash to Uber’s IPO

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) is a movie that will introduce us to the problem of trust in business. The major issue tackled during the workshop can be summarized under the rubric Fake it until you make it and boils down to the analysis of: dialectics of viability and ambition while creating Minimum Viable Product; problem of trust in relations with investors (seed, A, B); trust in prospectus (case of Uber’s IPO). Methods applied: film presentation, case analysis, open discussion.

ROOM: 201 WZiE

registration →

Workshop B

Jakub Golik, MA

details and registration →

Game Theory in Economics and Everyday Life

In the course of the classes such movies like A Beautiful Mind (2001), The Dark Knight (2008), 21 (2008) and Memento (2000) will serve as a backdrop for discussion on game theory, its application and explanatory potential. Theoretical issues touched upon include: John Nash as a „father” of game theory; game types; Nash equilibrium; discussion on given game types (e.g. prison dilemma). Methods applied: short lecture, discussion, case analysis, film presentation.

WORKSHOP SLIDES→

ROOM: 207 WZiE

registration →

Workshop C

Andrzej Karalus, PhD

details and registration →

Traversing the wasteland of post-Fordist utopia: dissecting the political and libidinal economy of affective capitalism

The workshops, with the aid of short clips taken from such movies as Pretty Woman (1990), American Psycho (2000), Office Space (1999), Blue Collars (1978), Night Crawler (2014) and critically acclaimed TV series Black Mirror and The Wire, will mix political economy, economic sociology and cultural critique to discuss the economic, social, and, first and foremost, libidinal consequences of post-fordism, affective and cognitive capitalism, “smart” management and digitalization of labour. We will peruse not only the commodification and consumerization of postmodern unconsciousness but also contemporary capitalistic phantasms by scrutinizing Wall-E (2008) and Dawn of the Dead (1978). Methods applied: lecture, film presentation, case study, discussion.

ROOM: 318/319 WZiE

registration →

Break

16.30

Prof. Jerzy Wilkin

Business & economics: scene of drama, cruel choices and deceptive expectations

Screening of the film: Margin Call (Chciwość) 2011 Directed by J. Chandor

about the movie

Margin Call – set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call is a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When entry-level analyst Peter Sullivan (Zachary Quinto) unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Expanding the parameters of genre, Margin Call is a riveting examination of the human components of a subject too often relegated to partisan issues of black and white.

Propelled by a stellar cast that includes Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci, and Demi Moore, writer/director JC Chandor’s enthralling first feature is a stark and bravely authentic portrayal of the financial industry and its denizens as they confront the decisions that shape our global future.

9.30-11.00

Workshop D

Błażej Kochański, PhD

details and registration →

Financial Risk and the Kelly Formula

Using TV series Numb3rs in conjunction with simulation of throwing the dice as a starting point, we will discuss probability in gambling in order to scrutinize such issues as: the idea of Kelly formula; probability in finances; risk management in decision-making process in financial sector; conflict with traditional portfolio theory. Methods applied: internet game of chance, film presentation, discussion and analysis of the game of chance results plus short lecture on history and consequences of Kelly formula.

ROOM: 207 WZiE

registration →

Workshop E

Michael Derrer, MA

details and registration →

A market needs good rules

Institutional economics aims to define rules that make markets sustainable. As a case study, based on film excerpts from the news and documentaries, students analyze the disruptive effects of Uber on the market for taxi services. In groups, they define rules that allow this market to function

Participants are asked to take their own smartphone and headphones.

SLIDES WORKSHOP→

ROOM: 318/319 WZiE

registration →

Workshop F

Mateusz Bonecki, PhD

details and registration →

Trust in Business. From the .com bubble crash to Uber’s IPO

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) is a movie that will introduce us to the problem of trust in business. The major issue tackled during the workshop can be summarized under the rubric Fake it until you make it and boils down to the analysis of: dialectics of viability and ambition while creating Minimum Viable Product; problem of trust in relations with investors (seed, A, B); trust in prospectus (case of Uber’s IPO). Methods applied: film presentation, case analysis, open discussion.

ROOM: 201 WZiE

registration →

Coffee break

11.30-13.00

Workshop D

Błażej Kochański, PhD

details and registration →

Financial Risk and the Kelly Formula

Using TV series Numb3rs in conjunction with simulation of throwing the dice as a starting point, we will discuss probability in gambling in order to scrutinize such issues as: the idea of Kelly formula; probability in finances; risk management in decision-making process in financial sector; conflict with traditional portfolio theory. Methods applied: internet game of chance, film presentation, discussion and analysis of the game of chance results plus short lecture on history and consequences of Kelly formula.

ROOM: 207 WZiE

registration →

Workshop E

Michael Derrer, MA

details and registration →

A market needs good rules

Institutional economics aims to define rules that make markets sustainable. As a case study, based on film excerpts from the news and documentaries, students analyze the disruptive effects of Uber on the market for taxi services. In groups, they define rules that allow this market to function

Participants are asked to take their own smartphone and headphones.

SLIDES WORKSHOP→

ROOM: 318/319 WZiE

registration →

Workshop F

Mateusz Bonecki, PhD

details and registration →

Trust in Business. From the .com bubble crash to Uber’s IPO

The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley (2019) is a movie that will introduce us to the problem of trust in business. The major issue tackled during the workshop can be summarized under the rubric Fake it until you make it and boils down to the analysis of: dialectics of viability and ambition while creating Minimum Viable Product; problem of trust in relations with investors (seed, A, B); trust in prospectus (case of Uber’s IPO). Methods applied: film presentation, case analysis, open discussion.

ROOM: 201 WZiE

registration →

Break

16.30

Red. Jacek Żakowski

Kto naprawi świat?
lecture in Polish

Screening of the film: The Yes Men Fix the World (Yes-Meni naprawiają świat), 2009, directed by A. Bichlbaum, M. Bonanno, K. Engfehr

about the movie

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are "The Yes Men" -- two guys who combine political activism, performance art, and the love of a good prank in the name of demanding that the private sector take responsibility for the damage it has done to the world and its people. Bichlbaum and Bonanno specialize in setting up realistic-looking mock websites that claim to represent famous and powerful multinational corporations, and when they're contacted to speak on behalf of the companies, they deliver absurd satirical presentations that sometimes fool their audiences into believing they've seen the real thing. The exploits of Bichlbaum and Bonanno were chronicled in the 2003 documentary The Yes Men, and their further adventures have spawned a second film, The Yes Men Fix the World, which follows the radical pranksters as they claim responsibility for a major environmental disaster in Bhopal on European television, demonstrate a new corporate rescue orb, "defend" corporate interests in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and publish a mock edition of The New York Times that declares the end of the war in Iraq. The Yes Men Fix the World received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Paul H. Dembinski

Michael Derrer

Paulina Dębniak

Andrzej Karalus

Ewa Lechman

Adam Marszk

Sławomir Ostrowski

Przemysław Parszutowicz

Danuta Rusiecka

Wydział Zarządzania i Ekonomii
Politechnika Gdańska

email: all-about-economy@zie.pg.gda.pl
phone: +48 58 3472775