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Why the GES is different

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) aims to provide a new collaborative setting to analyze the world’s most important economic problems, create shared visions of the future and formulate innovative strategies to achieve these visions. The GES thereby seeks to be a catalyst for future change.

In particular, the GES seeks to initiate a strategic dialogue on global economic affairs for leading policy makers, business executives, academics and representatives of civil communities. Such a dialogue is needed as a response to the challenges of an increasingly interdependent world. Policy making and business decisions need to take into account the changing policy and business environment. The GES provides a forum to think globally about global problems. The GES aims to build communities to come up with practical solutions that contribute to the global public interest.

The GES takes place in alteration between Germany, and a major international center. Thereby the Symposium aims to maintain its roots near the Kiel Institute while enlarging its communities abroad. Every GES lasts two full days and comprises about 400 participants. While the core participants are leaders in academia, business, politics and civil society, promising young members of these communities will be invited as well.

The GES has some features in common with important existing events, in that it is

  • Global: It focuses on global problems from a global perspective, drawing on an international community.
  • Economic: It addresses economic problems, concerned with the allocation and distribution of resources.
  • Interdisciplinary: It brings together policy-making, business, academic and civic communities in a focused, interactive setting to relate their specific concerns to pressing global issues and thereby advance the global public interest.
  • International: It attracts participants from around the globe, in order to provide a global perspective and compare divergent solutions to global problems.

What distinguishes the GES is that it is

  • Research-Based: Its sessions are all supported by state-of-the-art research and its outcomes are meant to generate new research agendas.
  • Action-Oriented: Its central question is "What is to be done?" It aims to formulate and review policy and business strategies for addressing global problems.
  • Interactive: The stakeholders of the GES interact in the Virtual GES (the GES’s internet platform) before and after the Symposium, as leverage to the exchange of ideas during the event.



The GES Process

In order to implement this distinctive features and bring about a fruitful interaction among its participants, each Symposium is embedded in the following process:

  • First, the main themes and topics are communicated in advance to stakeholders of the Symposium and the GES Community, in order to elicit diverse perspectives on the specified global problems.
  • Second, in the Virtual GES, the web-based information and discussion platform of the GES, background information and proposals are presented in the Knowledge Base. Panelists are expected to digest the information and initiate virtual discussions with the involvement of the wider GES Community.
  • Third, the Symposium takes place. The GES panels debate the proposals described and discussed in the Knowledge Base of the Virtual GES.
  • Finally, the results of each Symposium are summarized annually in the Global Economic Solutions. They are communicated to leading international communities of policy makers and researchers. Thereby the GES is meant to initiate an ongoing dialogue on global problem solving.


GES Structure