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The Trilogue Salzburg brings international decision makers and thought leaders from the political, business and cultural spheres to Salzburg, Austria, to discuss issues critical to the world's future. The goal is an interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange on both the challenges and opportunities relating to global developments. One of the Trilogue Salzburg's unique aspects is the equal consideration it gives to political, business and cultural viewpoints. Each year the Trilogue Salzburg focuses on a different topic.

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Group photo of the 2014 Trilogue Salzburg participants Salzburg / Gütersloh - 19/08/2014

Europe must focus on creating habitats for entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship and the innovation are critical to sustainable growth and social development in Europe, especially in light of Europe's shrinking workforce. As a result, participants at the Bertelsmann Stiftung's 2014 Trilogue Salzburg developed recommendations that Europe's political, business and civil society organizations can use to create a pro-entrepreneurial Environment.

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A glimpse into the conference room at the Trilogue Salzburg

A Habitat for Entrepreneurship – Creating a Culture of Innovation [2014]

For the 13th time, the Bertelsmann Stiftung is bringing international decision makers from the political, business and cultural spheres together to exchange ideas in Salzburg, Austria. Held on August 14 and 15 and dedicated to the topic "A Habitat for Entrepreneurship – Creating a Culture of Innovation," the 2014 Trilogue Salzburg will examine issues related to corporate social responsibility.

Economic competitiveness, social cohesion and quality of life are all influenced by entrepreneurial activity. Employment, productivity, innovation, sustainability, economic growth and the opportunities society has to offer depend on which companies are being created and, in particular, the background conditions determining how those companies are being established and run.
The gathering's discussions will examine issues relating to entrepreneurial spirit and the possibilities for increasing society's ability to innovate. These include:

– What can past ideas and initiatives teach us and which societal changes are to be expected in the future?
– How can entrepreneurial spirit be promoted and which conditions support or hinder entrepreneurship?
– How can entrepreneurship respond to coming social and economic challenges?

The Trilogue Salzburg is unique in that its discussions do not focus on one perspective only, but place equal emphasis on political, economic and cultural considerations.

A glimpse into the conference room at the Trilogue Salzburg

Competing for the Best Talent – The Global Race for the World's Most Valuable Resource [2013]

 From August 29 to 30, 2013, the Bertelsmann Stiftung once again invited political, business and cultural leaders to attend the Trilogue Salzburg. Organizations are only successful if they have well-trained, motivated employees. The competition to find the brightest and best has long gone global, with companies, institutions and entire countries trying to demonstrate their attractiveness and improve their image in order to ensure their long-term competitiveness. The 2013 Trilogue Salzburg was therefore dedicated to the topic "Competing for the Best Talent – The Global Race for the World's Most Valuable Resource." The issue is even more critical for Europe, given the challenges it is experiencing as a result of demographic decline. The goal of the 2013 meeting was therefore to examine the implications of this competition in political, economic and cultural terms as they apply to Europe and to develop recommendations for European institutions.

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Strategies for Sustainable and Socially Inclusive Economic Growth [2012]

Participants at the 2012 Trilogue Salzburg agreed that finding concrete strategies for achieving economic growth that is sustainable and socially inclusive is the main challenge facing policymakers, the business community and civil society. They also agreed that the current economic system cannot be sustained over the long term, since it is inequitable, chronically unstable and detrimental to the environment. Participants therefore called for a switch from a growth-centered mindset to one focusing  first and foremost on development that combats poverty, promotes education and ensures access to clean energy. Moreover, many at the gathering believe multilateral organizations have increasingly shown themselves to be ill suited as platforms for achieving international consensus. The participants therefore also called for the creation of a "coalition of the willing" – governments, businesses and institutions from civil society – that can lead the way, bringing their vision and experience to bear on a political level.

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Challenges for Global Governance [2011]

Although globalization has long been a reality in economic and technological terms, very few policy approaches have been launched to respond to globalization-related developments. In 2011, the Trilogue Salzburg brought together experts from 16 countries to discuss current challenges to the global economic, financial and social order. One solution in particular met with widespread acceptance: creating a charter for sustainable economic activity. Such an agreement makes sense in many respects, especially since sustainable development on a global scale requires a new normative foundation, one that derives from the worldviews of people around the globe and their expectations for the future.


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