Trilogue Salzburg 2012/13: In Search of a Sustainable Future

Hosted by the Bertelsmann Stiftung in conjunction with the Austrian Ministry for European and International Affairs, the Trilogue Salzburg 2012 asked whether and how economic growth can be socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

The Trilogue events in 2012 and 2013 convened political and corporate decisionmakers, social entrepreneurs and visionaries as well as leading think tank representatives from around the world to address patterns and limits of global economic growth.

With support from the Bertelsmann Stiftung, The Globalist curated the presentations into a series of thirty essays, published as In Search of a Sustainable Future: Reflections on Economic Growth, Social Equity and Global Governance.

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How We Solve the World’s Triple Unsustainability Crisis
By Andrea Illy, Chairman and CEO, illycaffè S.p.A.

How can alternative energy sources put human development onto a sustainable path?

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Complexity Mathematics, the EU and Global Governance
By Andrea Illy, Chairman and CEO, illycaffè S.p.A.

If supranational governance can’t work in Europe, how can it possibly work for the world as a whole?

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Let’s Be Practical About Building a Better World
By Dennis Snower, President, Kiel Institute for World Economics

What will it take to get the world community to effectively deal with the proliferation of global problems?

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Giving Foreign Ministers a Real Purpose Again
By Wolfgang Schüssel, Former Chancellor and Foreign Minister of Austria

Why should foreign ministries once again take on the complex task of assuring humanity’s collective survival?

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The Road to 2050 (Part I)
By Ian Johnson, Secretary-General, Club of Rome

What major challenges will the global community face as it approaches mid-century?

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Real Values and Their Role in Global Governance (Part II)
By Ian Johnson, Secretary-General, Club of Rome

Are there sets of global or universal values? If so, are they sufficient in a globalized world?

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Global Governance and the Role of Markets (Part III)
By Ian Johnson, Secretary-General, Club of Rome

How will failure to address the excesses of past decades lead to greater disharmony in the future?

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Employment and Ecology: The Twin Challenges for Humanity (Part IV)
By Ian Johnson, Secretary-General, Club of Rome

How will the global community face the twin challenges of employment and protecting the planet’s ecology?

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A World Community in Denial
By Chandran Nair, Founder, Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT)

How do you say to billions of Asians and Africans that they cannot have it all because the economic model of the West is flawed?

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Globalization: The Good, the Bad and the Uncertain
By Ian Goldin, Director, Oxford Martin School, and Professor, University of Oxford

Will a failure to manage globalization lead to a backlash of protectionism, xenophobia and nationalism?

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Averting a Tragedy of the Global Commons
By Seán Cleary, Founder and Executive Vice Chair, FutureWorld Foundation

What can be done to strengthen global stewardship of shared resources like the oceans and the atmosphere?

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The Future of Capitalism: How to Cope With Market Failures?
By Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization

What will it take to rescue capitalism from three critical market failures?

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Globalization for Whom?
By Ian Goldin, Director, Oxford Martin School, and Professor, University of Oxford

What changes can be made at the global, national and local level to ensure that globalization works better for the world’s poor?

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Global Governance Talk Vs. African Reality
By Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, UNIDO

Is Africa in danger of giving up its abundant natural resources and still losing the economic development game?

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Climate Change: The Biggest Business Opportunity of Our Time
By José María Figueres, President, Carbon War Room


We already have technologies and policies in place to tackle 50% of the climate challenge. What is the best strategy to get the rest?
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Is the 21st Century the Asia Century?
By Chandran Nair, Global Institute for Tomorrow

Why should Asia rethink its adoption of the consumption-based economic model of the West?

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Asia’s Austerity: The New Global Norm
By Chandran Nair, Global Institute for Tomorrow

Is austerity the only way to ensure that development is globally sustainable?

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India’s Modern Economic History: A Quick Review
By Lydia Powell, Observer Research Foundation (India)

Has India pursued policies of economic growth without adequately ensuring the gains are fairly shared?

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Is India’s Economic Growth Sustainable?
By Lydia Powell, Head, Observer Research Foundation (India)

Do traditional measures of economic growth and progress emperil the sustainable use of our natural resources?

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New Oil? The Energy Revolution in Reverse
By Ian Johnson, Secretary General, Club of Rome

Are new sources of oil getting harder and too costly to find, extract and distribute?

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All Negotiating Is Domestic
By Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization

Is the idea of Westphalian sovereignty hindering the implementation of global solutions to global problems?

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Cutting the Gordian Knot on Collective Action
By Beatrice Weder di Mauro, Professor of Economics at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Do we need to strengthen international institutions to enforce meaningful financial and environment regulations?

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From Economic Growth to Human Growth
By Dennis J. Snower, President, Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Why does the world urgently need to consider economic growth in a broader, nonmaterial context?

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Making Sustainability Pay
By Dimitri Zenghelis, Senior Visiting Fellow, Grantham Research Institute, London School of Economics

Is the global recession an opportunity for countries to start investing in a resource-efficient future?

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Brazil’s Strategy for Economic and Social Sustainability
By Carlos Ivan Simonsen Leal, President, Fundação Getulio Vargas

Is there always a trade-off between doing what’s best for the global environment and doing what’s best for the domestic economy?

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Managing Sustainability, Globally
By Seán Cleary, Executive Vice Chair, FutureWorld Foundation

Can we get to a situation where accumulation for the sake of accumulation will no longer be regarded as the measure of human welfare?

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Developing World: First Democratize, Then Restrain Yourself?
By Kandeh K. Yumkella, Director-General, UNIDO

Can we really turn around now and say to the developing world: How about changing the amount of beef you eat?

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Africa’s Resurgence and the Future of the Global Economy
By Mzukisi Qobo, Professor of International Political Economy, University of Pretoria

Africa’s leaders need to rebuild the relationship between the market and the state.

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The United States: From Global Vanguard to Global Hindrance
By Stephan Richter, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, The Globalist

The United States used to be the key force promoting global governance. What are the global consequences of America’s deeply divided domestic politics?

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Humanity at a Crossroads

By Peter Walkenhorst, Senior Project Manager, Bertelsmann Stiftung

Do we have the will, individually and collectively, to implement the changes in attitude and lifestyle that are required?