Gerhard Eichweber

  • Opening Speech and Workshop: From Crisis to Prosperity: Paving the Way to the Future of Europe


    Gerhard Eichweber is founder and board member for Silva Plan and Value Group, Switzerland



    Gerhard Eichweber was born in 1948 in Hamburg.

    As both, entrepreneur and consultant to entrepreneurs and public institutions, Gerhard Eichweber always remained the innovative planner and designer he had become with his studies in Braunschweig and Milano. In 1971 he was part of the foundation of Value Consult, that in 1976 transformed into Value Consult+Design, and is now Value Group Associates AG. He initiated in 1984 the foundation of Silva Plan as a non-profit-unit, in order to make the Value Group know how available for public causes of high socioeconomic relevance. With Silva Plan, in a sabbatical from “for profit” activities, from 1984 -1986 the first “Director for Promotion and Development” of the newly established “DZ”, later “bai”, in Bilbao.

    He advocates concertation of all measures aimed at fostering economic development with a clear focus on entrepreneurship, Uniqueness and Innovation conscientiously anchored in regional culture.

    With this contribution to the lasting turnaround of industry and economy of the Spanish Basque Country (“Bilbao Effect”). Mission: New, lasting and fulfilling employment for all, thanks to regionally rooted private initiative, innovations and distinction responding to human diversity with unique propositions.

    By requesting, that every human action and inactivity – thus: every artifact – must have its very own, specific “Raison d’Être” or reason to exist, which needs to be realized, non-verbally communicated, perceivable and confirmed as user experience, by the target groups,

    Gerhard Eichweber advocates for a priority of qualitative distinction or “soft” factors over merely quantitative criteria. Because, as results of human decisions and the transactions thus turning potentials into realities, all numbers are the result of qualitative distinction. Or, in short: “More value added by appreciating and catering to values in their diversity.” or:”Hard Facts result from Soft Factors, Just like Having results from Being – and never the other way round…”