The 2010 Salzburg Trilogue will explore a new economic order that is no longer based on quantitative growth, but on increasing economic and social participation and reducing the environmental footprint. This requires recognizing the ethical limits to growth, redefining ideas of progress and prosperity and, according to many experts, placing a greater focus on non-material sources of wellbeing.Project Description
During the forum that brought experts to Singapore to provide their ideas on sustainable development in Asia, Liz Mohn, vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, exchanged views with Prof. Kishore Mahbubani, dean of Singapore’s highly respected Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Mahbubani expressed the need for a more equitable representation of Asian, European and American interests at international institutions and more equitable burden-sharing when it comes to solving the globe’s sustainability problems.
The Millennium Project, the Washington, DC-based think tank that brings together researchers and thought leaders to examine issues relating to globalization and the future, presented its 14th report on global trends on July 7, 2010, at the Bertelsmann Stiftung in Berlin. According to the report, the chances of responding effectively to key global challenges such as climate change and unemployment have declined as a result of the financial and economic crisis and the failed Copenhagen summit.more
For Tim Jackson, head of the Economics Steering Group at the UK’s Sustainable Development Commission, “prosperity without growth” is not a fantasy but a compelling necessity. The author of the book by the same name, one of the most important publications dealing with post-growth economics, considers the era of continual growth over and “continuing on as in the past” neither desirable nor possible for numerous reasons.more