Good Companies. How can we reinvent the economy and create companies that will drive us toward a meaningful future?
Date & Time
Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Piotr Trojanowski

Good Companies How can we reinvent the economy and create companies that will drive us toward a meaningful future? In this talk I will present an alternative perspective on the economy. To fight civilizational debt, restore meaning and contribute to sustainability of the world effectively, an even deeper transformation is necessary. The new frame offers the interconnectedness of all the levels of companies’ logic: behaviours, mental model, and societal meaning, so that we are equipped to grow up to our humanity’s potential and pursue a sustainable future. Why my talk: Sustainability and Civilizational Debt? Economy pursuits growth. If a comany does not run fast, it stays behind. At the same time, we live in The Great Anxiety and The Great Disconnectedness era. Civilizational debt calls to be paid off. Yet, CEOs remain dichotomous on pursuit for profit and ROIC for shareholders. My challenge is simple: Where does it lead us if we continue doing more of the same, just more efficiently? Current behaviors of companies are rooted in the outdated mental model of the economy. The mental model of the economy is derived from the outdated social meaning of business. And lastly, the social meaning of business is not rooted in any humankind’s purpose. We do not pursue any. How can we replace this unsatisfactory frame? What's the link with Agile? Agile at the team level is mature, as this is the area of high influence of the Agile community, yet the barriers towards a wider organization are still in place, creating a glass ceiling effect for teams. Managements have learnt to exploit Agile on team level to achieve their (Orange) goals without changing their leadership style. Agile transformations are degraded to the role of a mechanical tool for improving work effectiveness and financial metrics, yet the qualitative effect of a culture shift is limited. After participating in Agile transformations for the recent decade there is always a level which remains unchanged in companies. The level that none of the transformations was even close to touch. Now I know that this level is the key to moving companies forward. Otherwise, the changes Agile transformations introduce melt in the sea as sandcastles.

Location Name
Expo, 1st floor
Full Address
Pakhuis de Zwijger
Piet Heinkade 179
Amsterdam 1019 HC
Session Type
Learning Level
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Track Color
Session Length
beyond agile
purpose of business
good companies
civilizational debt
integral economy
built-in sustainability
Learning Objectives
Sustainable economies
General Topic