The Seneca Effect: A New Report to the Club of Rome



The essence of this book can be found in a line written by the ancient Roman Stoic Philosopher Lucius Annaeus Seneca: “Fortune is of sluggish growth, but ruin is rapid”. This sentence summarizes the features of the phenomenon that we call “collapse,” which is typically sudden and often unexpected, like the proverbial “house of cards.”

Der Seneca-Effekt: German Edition of the New Report to the Club of Rome



Globale Krisen der vergangenen Jahrzehnte zeigen deutlich, dass auch scheinbar stabile Systeme ständig Gefahr laufen zusammenzubrechen: Die Finanzmärkte, Europa, die Demokratie, das Klima… Im 42. Bericht an den Club of Rome zeigt Ugo Bardi anhand zahlreicher Beispiele, wie etablierte Strukturen kollabieren und was Politik und Gesellschaft daraus für den Umgang mit komplexen Systemen lernen können.

Challenging an Unsustainable Economic System: First Club of Rome Summer Academy took place in Florence

Participants of the Club of Rome Summer Academy

From 7 to 13 September 2017 the First Club of Rome Summer Academy “Challenging an Unsustainable Economic System” took place in Florence (Italy) in cooperation with the University of Florence. About 120 participants from 25 different countries came together to discuss challenges and proposals for reforming our economic system.

My Partner and Friend, Eberhard von Koerber

My Partner and Friend, Eberhard von Koerber

by Ashok Khosla, Co-President of the Club of Rome with Eberhard von Koerber from 2007-2012

Eberhard’s friendship was among the most treasured and cherished gifts I have ever received. Over the twenty years we were colleagues, then collaborators and then inseparable partners, it was not long before we became as close as life-long brothers.

We shared much more than our very different life experiences would have predicted. The distances between the cultures we inherited, the divergences in the professional career paths we chose and the dissimilarities in the personal networks we had built around the world were not inconsiderable. He came from a German upbringing, a hugely successful business career and with a vast set of relationships with leaders in governments, international businesses and philanthropic institutions. I was an Indian, with a grounding in science and environmental activism and mostly involved in the work of NGOs and non-profit civil society institutions. In other words, we were virtually opposites in every respect.

In commemoration of Eberhard von Koerber

It is with great sadness that we learned of the sudden and unexpected passing of one of our longest serving and most dedicated members, former Club of Rome co-President (2007 – 2012)

Dr. jur. Eberhard von Koerber

11th June 1938 – 3rd August 2017

Earth Overshoot Day lands on 2 August

Global Footprint Network, an international research organization, is marking Earth Overshoot Day with the launch of a new mobile-friendly Footprint calculator at

Peter Brown selected for Herman Daly Award 2017

Club of Rome member Dr. Peter Brown was awarded the Herman Daly Award 2017 for his outstanding contributions to ecological economics.



Challenging an Unsustainable Economic System

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