Edition 2018 - 5        


Club of Rome: 50th Anniversary

April 7th: Exactly 50 years after the founding date of the Club of Rome, members and guests came together in Winterthur to celebrate this special occasion.

The event started with extracts from the movie "Last Call" which described the early years of the Club's history and the publication of "The Limits to Growth".

Ernst von Weizsäcker and Anders Wijkman, Co-Presidents of the Club of Rome, opened the event and presented recent work of the Club, including the Report "Come On!". Attendants were also welcomed by Stadtpräsident Michael Künzle. Winterthur is the location of the secratariat of the Club of Rome since 2008.

Among the speakers at the anniversary event were (in chronological order): Mariana Bozesan, Rajendra Pachauri, Masamichi Kono, Gunter Pauli, Graeme Maxton, Amanda Janoo, Till Kellerhoff and Wouter van Dieren.

The following additional information is available:

- Pictures and a selection of media reports on the CoR website
- A special edition of the Newsflash with historical information: Link

Launch of the Report "Come On!"

The English version of the Report to the Club of Rome "Come On! Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet" was launched at Chatham House in London.

Current worldwide trends are not sustainable. Analyzing the philosophical crisis, the report by Ernst von Weizsäcker, Anders Wijkman and a large group of Club of Rome Members comes to the conclusion that the world may need a new enlightenment; one that is not based solely on doctrine, but instead addresses a balance between humans and nature, as well as a balance between markets and the state, and the short versus long term. To do this we need to leave behind working in silos in favor of a more systemic approach that will require us to rethink the organization of science and education.

Further information: During his stay in London, Ernst von Weizsäcker also followed an invitation by Club of Rome member Mihaela Smith to visit CPTM.


Paris: Open Simulation on Global Shift

May 5th: Club of Rome members Carlos Alvarez Pereira and Robert Hoffman are inviting to a workshop "Open Simulation for Global Shift Tools for opening mindsets?"

At a workshop in Vienna connected to the Annual Conference of the Club of Rome (Nov. 2017), participants started exploring a paradox: state-of-the-art systems thinking and modelling were at the core of the reflections going on in the 60s and 70s and especially of "The Limits to Growth" report to the CoR, and modelling has since then made huge technical progress (among others due to advances in information and communication technologies) but it has not produced among its users, the decision makers, the necessary mind shift to take the bull of the "problematique" by the horns. The discussions in Vienna were extremely rich in ideas and commitment by the participants. In this Take#2 of the "Open Simulation for Global Shift" series, participants will address some of the issues which were raised in the first workshop.

Further information is available for download.
(Note: A restricted number of late registrations is still possible)

Prague: Terraforming of Mars?

May 9th: The Czech Association for the Club of Rome is inviting to an event on transforming the planet Mars.

Terraforming of Mars is the idea to modify our neighbour planet in order to make it habitable. While the concept is rather hypothetical, SpaceX, founded by Elon Musk, is planning to populate Mars with humans. Does this make sense?

Further information is available for download.

Hainburg: Launch of Club of Rome Carnuntum

May 25th: The Executive Committee of the Club of Rome has approved a local group in Austria, which is now formally established.

On the occasion of the launch, the group is organizing an event: "Rechne mit dem Besten" in Hainburg with Club of Rome Co-President Ernst von Weizsäcker (video) and former Secretary General Graeme Maxton.

The invitation is available for download.

Throughout Germany: System Error

May 2018: The German Association of the Club of Rome partners with the movie "System Error" with Club of Rome Member Tim Jackson.

The movie searches for answers, why our belief in growth is still so strong. Movie maker Florian Opitz will be available for discussion after the movie screening in several German cities in May. Tim Jackson will be participating at the screening in Berlin.

Further information with a list of dates and cities is available on the website of German Association.

A trailer can be viewed on Youtube.

Meet the Members

Presentations by members of the international Club of Rome at external events which are not organized by or in cooperation with the Club of Rome:
  • Maribor, SLO, 11.05.2018
    Event: Blockchain and Circular Economy
    Carlos Alvarez-Pereira

  • Friedrichshafen, DE, 17.05.2018
    Event: Event about Elisabeth Mann Borgese
    Ernst von Weizsäcker


Further Anniversary Events

In 2018 the Club of Rome celebrates its 50th Anniversary. Several events will be held on this occasion. The following list introduces to some of them - more detailed information will follow.

  • Hannover: Zukunft denken - Welt erhalten! 50 Jahre Club of Rome. The VolkswagenStiftung, which supported the Limits to Growth study, is organizing an anniversary event on August 28th. More information is available on the Foundation Website.

  • Rome: The Annual Conference of the Club of Rome in the anniversary year will be held in Rome on October 16th - 18th. On October 16th there will be the General Assembly of members of the international Club of Rome and the thematic part of the event will take place on October 17th and 18th.

  • Terschelling: The Anniversary will also be celebrated in The Netherlands on September 26th - 28th at an event organized by Club of Rome member Wouter van Dieren and his team. More information is available on the event website.

A number of further events are under preparation, details will be communicated in the following editions of this newsletter.


News from the National Associations of the Club of Rome

The Ukrainian Association of the Club of Rome

A short overview on status and activities.

The publication is available for download.

Activities by the Spanish Chapter

A short overview on activities in April and May.

The publication is available for download.

News from the Estonian Association

An update on the present focus of work.

The publication is available for download.

Event in Serbia: Summary

A description of an event about "Foreigner's Destiny".

The publication is available for download.

Austrian Chapter: Project Results

The Austrian Chapter has finalized a project

The publication is available on their website.


Green Consumption Rights

by Jinfeng Zhou, full member of the Club of Rome.

The publication is available on the external website.

A new cycle of destruction of the world's forests

by Ugo Bardi, full member of the Club of Rome.

The publication is available on the external website.

Comparing sustainable development measurement...

by Noam Lior, full member of the Club of Rome.

Information about the publication is available on the external website.

Las elecciones en Mexico en un entorno global

by Gerardo Gil Valdivia, full member of the Club of Rome.

The publication is available on the external website.

Sufficiency - Moving Beyond the Gospel of Eco-Efficiency

Co-edited by Leida Rijnhout, member of the EU Chapter of the Club of Rome.

The publication is available for download (foeeurope website).

Reflections and Remembrances

by Ando Leps, member of the Estonian Association.

The publication is available for download (dropbox).



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