Welcome Note

A Chairde / Friends,
Céad míle fáilte
Welcome to the ICSB 2014 World Conference which will be hosted in the wonderful city of Dublin. The theme of the conference is ‘Entrepreneurship and Sustainability’ which will address the current international movement towards sustainability – whether that is related to our environment, our cultures, our businesses or our economies. Entrepreneurs, politicians, researchers and consumers are increasingly seeking to find solutions to the challenges of growing economies and businesses that are environmentally sustainable, socially just and rooted locally, and this conference will offer each of you an opportunity to participate in such discussions. While the conference will have the usual mix of keynote speakers, parallel sessions and networking opportunities, ICSB 2014 will also include dedicated sessions for business practitioners and for policy-makers, plus a marketplace where you can do business. The conference will use innovative formats and new technologies so as to maximize the ability of every delegate to benefit from their attendance at the conference. But you cannot visit Dublin without also enjoying the ‘craic’ and we have included an exciting social program which will enable to achieve a nice equilibrium with regards to your work/life balance! We truly believe that you are going to enjoy a memorable experience that will benefit your career outputs and will also leave you with some wonderful life memories. We look forward to meeting you in Dublin, to opening the door and greeting you with the words fáilte isteach / welcome inside.

Prof Thomas Cooney



ICSB 2014 and Sustainability

The theme of the ICSB 2014 Conference is 'Entrepreneurship and Sustainability'. Throughout the conference there will be a large number of speakers during the Plenary and the Parallel Sessions addressing the topic from social, economic and environmental perspectives. It is a theme that resonates with delegates from all parts of the globe as people seek to contribute positively to the enhancement of the world in which we live.

The Local Organising Committee (LOC) believes very strongly that the conference must incorporate many of the principles of sustainability and that we should organise a 'green conference' to the best of our ability. Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) is host to the conference and it is deeply committed to this area of activity given that in September 2014 the college will begin its move to a new, green campus. The manner in which this future world is being enacted can be found in the DIT document linked here.

The Local Organising Committee undertook research regarding examples of good practice of sustainability at conferences and through this process identified its own set of guidelines which have been followed in the design and development of the conference wherever possible, linked here. It will mean that delegates will receive no conference bag but instead they will be able to access all required information through the conference website and associated App. It is the ambition of the LOC that this first version of a green-friendly ICSB World Conference will set the benchmark from which others will follow.

The conference will be held in the Double Tree by Hilton Dublin. The DoubleTree Environmental CARE Award was launched by the hotel chain in 2007 and it is presented annually to one hotel that demonstrates an outstanding commitment to implementing and demonstrating sustainability and environmental outreach efforts that impact their guests as well as the local community, linked here. The Double Tree by Hilton Dublin is working in partnership with ICSB 2014 to identify and utilise good practices of sustainability throughout the conference.

We kindly ask that ALL delegates please recognise the value of this approach to the conference and that you will personally contribute by keeping a careful watch on your own sustainability practices in attending ICSB 2014.