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.

The conference offered in-depth, cutting-edge insights into the problems of our economic system and into various potential solutions.
The Academy brought together students and academics, young professionals, aspiring entrepreneurs, artists and activists as well as some of the world’s leading social and systems thinkers.
The participants were challenged to adapt the newly gained knowledge in order to work on practical projects from their own working environment. They thereby not only showed how to utilize the international and interdisciplinary context of the academy but also helped to create concrete steps forward.

The topics included:

Generative Communication (Luca Toschi, University of Florence)
Can We Still Meet the Paris Agreement? (Anders Wijkman, Co-President of the Club of Rome)
Tech for Humanity – Reflections on the Technological Revolution (Carlos Pereira, Anders Wijkman)
A New Enlightenment: At the Core of the New Club of Rome Report “Come On” (Ernst Ulrich v on Weizsäcker, Co-President of the Club of Rome)
Ressources, Greed & Cooperation: Fishbanks Simulation Game (Orsolya Ujj, Brigitta Pulay, and Atilla Krall)
The Seneca Effect – Why Growth is Slow, But Collapse is Rapid (Ugo Bardi, University of Florence)
Solving Inequality – A Central Platform for the Health of the Population, the Economy and the Planet (Kate Pickett, University of York)
Medeas Workshop: Designing a New Energy-Economy Model (Ugo Bardi, Sara Falsini, Davide Natalini, Ilaria Perissi, Jordi Sole, Inigo Cappellan-Perez, and Sara Falsini)
New Well-Being Measures – Beyond GDP Workshop (Katherine Trebeck, Oxfam UK)
Reshaping Capitalism: An Asian Worldview (Chandran Nair, Founder Global Institute for Tomorrow)
Doughnout Economics (Kate Raworth, Oxford University)
An Ethical Foundation for Economics in the Anthropocene (Peter Brown, McGill University)
Working Groups: Climate Justice, Economic Policy Design for the Great Transformation and Grassroots Activism (Katherine Ghermans, Chiara Soletti, Amanda Janoo, Florian Carl)
What Do You Want for 2050? Exploring our Footprint Futures: Concepts and Applications (Mathis Wackernagel, Founder Global Footprint Network)
A New Heterodox Macro Model (Jorgen Randers, BI Norwegian Business School)
Prosperity Without Growth – Foundations for a New Economy (Tim Jackson, Surrey University)