The Bertelsmann Stiftung has been organizing the Salzburg Trilogue since 2007 together with the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs. This gathering brings together decision makers and opinion leaders from the political, economic and cultural spheres to discuss issues critical to the world's future. The goal of the Salzburg Trilogue is to promote an interdisciplinary and intercultural exchange on the challenges and opportunities arising from global developments.
Salzburg Trilogue 2012: Not Much Room for Economic Growth. Participants at this year’s international Salzburg Trilogue agreed: finding concrete strategies for achieving economic growth that is social, inclusive and sustainable is the main challenge facing policymakers, the business community and civil society.more
Strategies for Sustainable and Socially Inclusive Economic Growth 
Participants at the 2012 Salzburg Trilogue 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.
Challenges for Global Governance 
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 Salzburg Trilogue 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.