1. What is the Club of Rome?
The Club of Rome is an independent, non-profit organisation.
In its work the Club of Rome is addressing the root causes of the challenges and crises the world faces today: our current concepts of growth, development and globalisation.The Club of Rome acts as a platform which brings together academics, scientists, politicians, business professionals and members of the civil society to design, develop and implement effective approaches on a broad range of interconnected global issues. These issues include environmental sustainability, economic growth, resource consumption, peace, security and demographics.
The Club’s International Centre is located in Winterthur, Switzerland.
2. How does the Club of Rome work?
Together with scientists, experts and decision makers from politics, business and international organisations the Club of Rome is working on recommendations to deal with a broad range of critical global issues like climate, energy, peace, security and social transformation. This work is being done within the framework of the Club’s new working programme.
In addition, members of the Club of Rome participate in a wide range of international initiatives and projects. Selected book publications by members are promoted as “Reports to the Club of Rome”.
Among the Club’s priorities for future activities are its work with the younger generation and with universities as hubs for knowledge and education.
3. Where does the Club of Rome originate?
In 1968 a small group of international professionals from the fields of diplomacy, industry, academia and civil society gathered in Rome to discuss their concerns regarding economic growth and unlimited resource consumption in an increasingly interdependent world. This marked the first meeting of the Club of Rome led by Italian industrialist Aurelio Peccei and Scottish scientist Alexander King.
Their concerns were framed in the first report to the Club of Rome in 1972 ‘The Limits to Growth’ commissioned by the Club from a group of scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The report highlighted a number of scenarios for the longer term future of humanity and the planet. It suggested how effective policies and cooperative action could contain the threats to the future. The Club met frequently and raised awareness of world leaders and major decision makers on such crucial matters.
Today, the Club works in partnership with organisations such as UNESCO, OECD, Globe International and a broad range of global and regional NGOs. The Club, in close collaboration with its partner organisations issues targeted policy notes and briefings for international decision-makers and the broad public.
4. How is the Club of Rome organised?
The Club of Rome is driven by the ideas, networks and projects of its international membership. Great emphasis is placed on maintaining an internationally representative balance of nationality, culture, gender and expertise of all Members of the Club.
The Club has two Co-Presidents, two Vice-Presidents and one Honorary President. The Club of Rome Executive Committee is guiding the work of The Club. The Committee meets twice a year.
In addition the work of the Club is strengthened and amplified by the activities of the National Associations in over 30 countries worldwide.
The European Support Centre, located in Vienna, is responsible for supporting the activities of the National Associations and promoting collaboration among them.
5. What is the background of a typical Club of Rome member?
Club of Rome Members maintain a thorough interest in a certain field that relates to the activities of the Club, such as the environment and resources, globalisation, world development, social transformation and peace and security. Also, personalities who have undertaken significant research for the Club are honoured as members.
6. Who supports the Club of Rome financially?
For its activities and programmes the Club of Rome seeks contributions and partnership arrangements with international organisations, public and private entities and related institutions.
The Club of Rome, from its origins, is a membership organisation and receives annual subscriptions from its members. In addition the Club has established The Club of Rome Foundation which receives contributions from donors who wish to support the work of the Club.
7. How and where can I attend Club of Rome events?
A range of conferences, seminars and public events are organised within the framework of the Club of Rome throughout the world, mostly organised by National Associations of the Club.
For contacts and information about upcoming events worldwide please visit our event site.
The European Support Centre of the Club of Rome provides regular updates on events organised by the Club’s National Associations.
8. How do I become involved with the Club of Rome?
A good way to learn more about the activities of the Club of Rome is to get in touch with a National Association of the Club or to attend a local event.
9. How do I become a member of the Club of Rome?
Many members of the Club have undertaken research initiatives in areas related to the Club such as demographics, economic growth and environmental sustainability before they joined the Club of Rome. Typically, candidates are proposed by a current member. The final decision is then made by the Club’s Executive Committee.
If you are interested in becoming a member and you feel your background matches that of the Club, we would suggest you contact a member of the Club of Rome.