Responsible Organising conference #5

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Welcome to 5th Annual Responsible Organising Stakeholder Conference
Tuesday November 8, 2022, Hybrid ( all times EEST (UTC +2)

Thank you to everyone who participated!

The Responsible Organising Stakeholder Conference is an annual event free and open to all. The conference aims to gather participants from all stakeholder groups, from business actors, civil society representatives, students, alums, academics, and the general public, to bridge dialogue between academia and practice and disseminate research to stakeholders and the general public.

This year, the conference theme is "Care". This theme focuses on questions directly related to environmental and social sustainability - two of the three pillars of sustainability - in work relations and surrounding practices.

Join us at the conference to explore issues of 'Care' in work towards more sustainable future with various inclusion topics to promote responsible organising behaviours across organisations, species, and groups for both human and nonhuman actors.

The 5th conference is held on site at Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki, but there will be a live stream of keynote and panel sessions for those who cannot attend physically and are interested to learn about the topics.

Registration is mandatory. Participants who register for the live stream will receive a link close to the conference day.


Two keynote sessions:

  • Why is there no love in gender plans? A turn to loving masculinity - Kopano Ratele, Professor at Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Caring for Animals at Work and in Society: Challenges and Possibilities  - Kendra Coulter, Professor at Huron University College at Western University, Canada

* Participate to keynote session in-place at Assembly Hall or Online.

** Please note that in both keynote sessions are streamed, and after the presentation the speakers will join for a live Q&A with the audience.

Keynote 1: 9.15-10.00

Location: Hanken School of Economics and online

Keynote with Prof. Kopano Ratele, and after the presentation, he will join live via Teams for Q&A.

Title of the talk: Why is There No Love in Gender Plans? A turn to loving masculinity

Description: In this presentation Prof. Kopano will draw from his recent book, Why Men Hurt Women, and talk about why we need to think much more about of love, not only as dyadic relationship but also as a social force, to which we need to pay attention in changing masculinities toward a more caring ethos.

Moderator: Charlotta Niemistö, Director of the GODESS Institute at Hanken School of Economics

Speaker: Professor Kopano Ratele

Bio: Kopano Ratele is professor of psychology at the University of Stellenbosch and head of the Stellenbosch Centre for Critical and Creative Thought. He has published extensively and his books include 'There Was This Goat: Investigating the Truth Commission Testimony of Notrose Nobomvu Konile' (2009, with Antjie Krog and Nosisi Mpolweni), 'Liberating Masculinities' (2016), 'Engaging Youth in Activism', 'Research and Pedagogical Praxis: Transnational and Intersectional Perspectives on Gender, Sex, and Race' (2018, co-edited with Jeff Hearn, Tammy Shefer, and Floretta Boonzaier) and The World Looks Like This From Here: Thoughts on African Psychology (2019). His latest book is Why Men Hurt Women and Other Reflections on Love, Violence and Masculinity (2022). Kopano is a regular guest on national radio stations. He has a masculinity and fatherhood feature on SAFM’s The Meeting Point with Koketso Sachane.

Kopano Ratele

Keynote 2: 15.30-16.15

Location: Hanken School of Economics and online

Keynote with Prof. Kendra Coulter, and after the presentation, she will join live via Teams for Q&A.

Title of the talk: Caring for Animals at Work and in Society: Challenges and Possibilities

Description: Animals are part of our families and communities, and they are both involved in and affected by our economic activity. This keynote presentation emphasizes the diverse roles of animals in our societies, and the importance of thinking about other species when considering our social, environmental, and ethical responsibilities. By recognizing the significance of work for human-animal relations and then prioritizing ideas and actions rooted in care and solidarity, we can help cultivate a more just and humane future for people and animals alike.

Moderator: Linda Tallberg, Asst. Professor at Hanken School of Economics

Speaker: Prof. Kendra Coulter

Bio: Kendra Coulter is Professor of Management and Organizational Studies at Huron University College at Western University. She is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and a member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, the Canadian Violence Link Coalition’s Strategic Planning Committee, the Government of Ontario’s Provincial Animal Welfare Services Advisory Table, and the City of London's Animal Welfare Advisory Table. She is the author of the forthcoming Defending Animals: Inside the Front Lines of Animal Protection (MIT Press) and Animals, Work, and the Promise of Interspecies Solidarity (Palgrave Macmillan), and the co-editor, with Charlotte Blattner and Will Kymlicka, of Animal Labour: A New Frontier of Interspecies Justice? (Oxford University Press).

Professor Kendra Coulter


Four workshops:

  • Sustainability in managing sport organizations - recent perspectives on equality
  • Delivering aid to Ukraine
  • Drama at the Care Home - bringing ethnography tales to the stage
  • Subvertisement workshop - Do we really care what lies beneath the shiny surface? 

And three-panel sessions:

  • Uncovering Invisibilities in and through Accounting 
  • Health promoting sustainable food system 
  • Multispecies Inclusivity in Business and Organising

9.00-9.15 Rector opening remarks at the Assembly Hall

9.15-10.00 Keynote 1

Title: Why is there no love in gender plans? (Hybrid)

Speaker: Prof. Kopano Ratele, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Moderator: Charlotta Niemestö, Director of the GODESS Institute at Hanken School of Economics

10.00-10.30 Break (coffee/tea & smoothie provided)

10.30-12.00 Workshops and panels

Workshop 1 with GODESS. Sustainability in managing sport organizations - recent perspectives on equality (Only on-site)

Suvi Hekkinen, University of Jyväskylä, Daniel Alsarve, Researcher at Örebro University and Marjukka Mikkonen, Doc, Researcher at Tampere University

Workshop 2 with HUMLOG. Delivering aid to Ukraine (Only on-site)

Sarah Schiffling, Hanken School of Economics

Panel 1 - Uncovering Invisibilities in and through Accounting (On-site and live stream)

Eija Vinnari, Tampere University & Theresia Harrer, Hanken School of Economics

Panel 2 - Health-promoting sustainable food system (On-site and live stream)

Jaana Halonen, Director at THL & Heli Kuusipalo, Senior Advisor and Project Manager at THL


12.00-13.30 Lunch (provided)


13.30-15.00 Workshops and panels

Workshop 3 - Drama at the Care Home - bringing ethnography tales to the stage (Only on-site)

Catharina von Koskull, University of Vaasa

Workshop 4 - Unjamming Imaginations of Care: A subvertisement workshop (Only on-site)

Jari Tamminen, Journalist/activist, Häiriköt Päämaja / Voima lehti

Panel 3 - Multispecies Inclusivity in Business and Organizing (On-site and live stream)

Astrid Huopalainen, Åbo Akademi University & José-Carlos García-Rosell, University of Lapland & Linda Tallberg, Hanken School of Economics

15.00-15.30 Break (coffee/tea provided)

15.30-16.15 Keynote 2

Title: Caring for Animal at Work and in Society: Challenges and Possibilities (Hybrid)

Speaker: Prof. Kendra Coulter, Huron University College at Western University in London, Ontario (Canada)

Moderator: Linda Tallberg, Hanken School of Economics

16.15-16.30 Closing remarks

16.30 Cocktail 

Enjoy some drinks and snacks while you network at the end of the conference!




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