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.
Although Europe is the unwilling pioneer of managed demographic decline, it has to assume a leadership role in developing strategies to close emerging gaps in global labor markets. Senior policymakers, business leaders and civil society representatives from 11 countries came to this conclusion at the Bertelsmann Stiftung Trilogue Salzburg.more
Strategies for Sustainable and Socially Inclusive Economic Growth 
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.
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 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.