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We are Humans, no Beasts

October 13, 2015

Blogpost Mustafa Cerić

The paradox of our time is obvious: food production is more than ever before, but hunger in the world is more than ever before as well; peace proclamations are more than ever before, but wars in the world are more than ever before as well, says Mustafa Cerić, Grand Mufti Emeritus of Bosnia and speaker in the session tonight (Oct. 13): Religious Values and our Economic Behavior.

Yes, indeed, we desperately need help because we are becoming helpless and hopeless, he tells.

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Dennis Snower’s Opening Address
of the Global Economic Symposium 2015

October 13, 2015

Opening Address
Dennis Snower, President of the Global Economic Symposium and of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, emphasized in his opening address of the GES 2015 the need for common global values to solve the problems of our time.

Opening Address


 

GES 2016 will be held in Istanbul, Turkey

October 12, 2015

Istanbul 2016The Global Economic Symposium 2016 will be held in Istanbul, Turkey. This was announced on the occasion of the opening of the GES 2015 in Kiel.

The Global Economic Symposium 2016 will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, on 25-27 October 2016. This was announced by Dennis Snower, President of the GES and of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), the organzier of the GES.

“In view of Turkey's Presidency of the G20 in 2015, which will be followed by that of China in 2016, and of Germany in 2017, this is indeed a significant and exciting prospect”, Snower said. “This will give GES participants the chance to review the implementation of Turkey's proposals for the G20, link them to China’s G20 agenda, so as to make recommendations on the matters that Germany might address in 2017.”

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Global Economic Symposium seeks common global values

October 12, 2015

GES logoWhat can be done to solve Europe’s refugee crisis? How can the Eurozone finally be put on a solid footing? These are just two of the questions that 300 international politicians, scientists, business executives and members of civil society will be looking to answer at the Global Economic Symposium (GES), beginning in Kiel on Monday, 12 October 2015. Participants include Economics Nobel Prize Laureate George Akerlof from the USA, Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Şimşek and Deutsche Bundesbank Deputy Governor Claudia Buch.

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Dealing with Urbanization: One size doesn’t fit all.

October 12, 2015

Cindy Fan
Interview on the challenges of urban development with Professor Cindy Fan, Vice Provost for International Studies and Global Engagement at the University of California Los Angeles, and a featured speaker at the GES.

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GES Blog: How to solve Europes Problems - A Question of Identity

October 12, 2015

Blogpost Dennis J. Snower — Identity“The time has come to decide the future of the European Union”, says Dennis Snower, President of the GES and the Kiel Institute. For him, the real challenge is not just to work out the most efficient economic solution or the most persuasive political one, but to find a new narrative for the European Union, one that will give its inhabitants a new sense of identity and purpose.

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GES Speaker 2015: We are Pleased to Welcome Alexander Likhotal

October 9, 2015

Alexander LikhotalAlexander Likhotal has worked with Mikhail Gorbachev as his spokesman and advisor since 1991. He is an internationally renowned expert on Russia and Eastern Europe and lectures at the University of Boston on the cultural and political implications of business management.

Likhotal will be speaking at the session entitled “Human Dignity, Common Good and Stewardship as Values for Economies.”


 

GES BLOG: Huge welfare losses by expansionary monetary policy

October 8, 2015

GES Blog: Monetary PolicyExpansionary monetary policy during financial crises is initially useful, but subsequently largely ineffective. These are the exclusive findings of researchers of the Kiel Institute. Their findings will also be discussed in the session: ‘Monetary Policy - Lessons Learned from the Crisis and the Post-Crisis Period’.

If central banks do not take this into consideration their policies may lead to huge welfare losses.

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GES Speaker 2015: We are Pleased to Welcome Edward Lazear

October 7, 2015

Edward LazearEdward Lazear, Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics at Stanford University, was chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under US President George W. Bush. He is the author of an extensive body of research and founding editor of the Journal of Labor Economics.

At the GES, he will present a special report on global demographics.


 

GES Speaker 2015: We are Pleased to Welcome Pascal Lamy

October 4, 2015

Pascal Lamy Pascal Lamy led the World Trade Organization as Director-General for eight years, from 2005 to 2013. He was European Commissioner for Trade from 1999 to 2004. Today, Lamy is honorary president of the Paris-based think tank Notre Europe.

He will be speaking at the session entitled “Developing Modern Sustainable Industrial Policies through Co-opetition.”


 

GES Blog: Creating Community: Social Media, a Tool for Integration

October 4, 2015

Blogpost BeTogether

The current Europe-wide influx of migrants has undeniably sparked anti-foreigner sentiments across the entire continent. In Brussels, record numbers of incoming refugees are adding to the city’s already large pre-existing foreign-born population.

Now, more than ever, we need a solution to ensure the successful integration between foreigners and locals. Btogether.be, a social networking site aiming to connect foreigners and locals in Brussels, will foster communication and interaction between various demographics, thus ensuring a happy, helpful community.

Creating Community: Social Media, a Tool for Integration


 

GES Speaker 2015: We are Pleased to Welcome Hans-Paul Bürkner

October 1, 2015

GES Speaker 2015: Hans-Paul BürknerHans-Paul Bürkner, Chairman of the Boston Consulting Group, is a former president and CEO of BCG and the first European to hold both positions.

Bürkner has studied numerous subjects, including economics, business administration, and Chinese, at various universities, including Yale and Oxford. He is also a well-known expert on emerging markets.

Bürkner will be speaking in the session entitled “Job Creation in the Age of Robots”.


 

GES Speaker 2015: We are Pleased to Welcome Adair Turner

September 29, 2015

GES Speaker 2015: Adair TurnerLord Adair Turner, Chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, is a British businessman, academic, and a member of the UK's Financial Policy Committee. In an interview, he once described himself as a “technocrat.”

Turner will be speaking in the session entitled “Financial Regulatory Frameworks: Current Reforms and Future Challenges”.


 

GES Blog: “It´s an economic disaster”

September 28, 2015

Interview with Kristine and Douglas Tompkins, founders of Esprit and The North Face, now creators of national parks in South America, on the 2015 GES motto: Values to Guide Economies.

Saving nature or doing business – that’s a common conflict of values the world over. “People talk about the great goodness of economic development over time, but in fact it’s an economic disaster”, they say.

GES Blog: Interview with Kristine and Douglas Tompkins, founders of Esprit and The North Face


 

GES Speaker 2015: We are Pleased to Welcome Jörg Kukies

September 24, 2015

GES Speaker 2015: Jörg KukiesJörg Kukies, Co-Head Germany and Austria, Goldman Sachs, earned a PhD from the University of Chicago for his dissertations on “The Effect of Introducing New Equity Markets on the IPO Process" and "Stock Markets for High-Technology Firms and Venture Capital Financing: Evidence from Europe.” He joined Goldman Sachs in 2000 and has been co-head of Germany and Austria since 2014.

He will be speaking at the session entitled “The Financial System and Public Value”.


 

GES Speaker 2015: We are pleased to welcome Mustafa Cerić

September 22, 2015

GES Speaker 2015: Mustafa CerićMustafa Cerić, President of the World Bosniak Congress, is a Bosniak imam, who served as the Grand Mufti of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was also a candidate for Bosniak member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 2014 general election.

He will be speaking at the working dinner on “Sharing Food and Thoughts: Religious Values and our Economic Behavior


 

GES Blog: Desert2Eden – how the SDGs can be met

September 21, 2015

Blogpost Christian BergThere are seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs). Pretty ambitious, and even more so because they are not only related, they sometimes compete with each other. So where to start? “Focus on the basic needs of human existence: food, water, and energy. If we secure these three factors, then we can achieve the other SDGs”, says Christian Berg, speaker at the Session: Putting the SDGs to Work

The good news: there are regions where abundant land, energy, and water lie unused: deserts.

GES Blog: Desert2Eden – how the SDGs can be met


 

GES Speaker 2015: We are Pleased to Welcome Tania Singer

September 17, 2015

Tanja Singer

In her research Tania Singer, neuroscientist at the Max Planck Institute, explores how psychological and neuroscientific knowledge of human motivation, emotion, and social cognition can inform models of economic decision-making and displace the concept of “homo economicus.”

She will be speaking in the session entitled “Identity Culture and the Evolution of Norms.


 

GES Speaker 2015: We are Pleased to Welcome Claudia Buch

September 15, 2015

GES Speaker 2015: Claudia Buch Claudia Buch, Deputy President of the Deutsche Bundesbank, is an internationally renowned expert on financial. Her responsibilities include providing support for the Bundesbank president at the ECB Governing Council and she is also a member of the European Financial Stability Commission (FSC).

She will be speaking at the session entitled “The Financial System and Public Value.


 

GES Speaker 2015: We are Pleased to Welcome Mehmet Şimşek

September 11, 2015

GES Speaker 2015: Mehmet Şimşek We are happy to announce that the Turkish Minister of Finance will be speaking at the 2015 GES. Mehmet Şimşek previously worked as an economist at Merrill Lynch. In 2007, he became Minister of State in Prime Minister Erdoğan’s cabinet and in 2009 he was appointed Minister of Finance.

He is currently faced with challenges including a Turkish lira that is weakening against the US dollar and the euro, and growing inflation in Turkey.


 

Interview with Sir Christopher Pissarides

September 3, 2015

Sir Christopher Pissarides, Professor of Economics and Nobel Laureate on the 2015 GES motto: Values to Guide Economies. “Greece has to deal with a eurozone that has completely different values on some key issues, like the role of policy. There is a kind of conflict that cannot be resolved by just saying: you have to do it, because that’s what everyone has to do.”

Interview with Sir Christopher Pissarides


 

GES Blog: Open Up, Europe! Let Migrants In

August 27, 2015

Blogpost Philippe Legrain ImmigrantsThousands of people drown trying to reach Europe — an estimated 1,250 did so in April alone. By denying desperate people the opportunity to cross borders legally, European governments are driving them to risk death, notes Philippe Legrain, Speaker in the Session:

Migrants Knocking on Europe´s Doors

What if Europe took a different approach: allow people to come and go freely?

GES Blog: Open Up, Europe! Let Migrants In


 

Interview with Jeffrey Immelt

August 5, 2015

Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman & CEO of GE, on the 2015 GES motto: Values to Guide Economies. “So far it has been about the consumer internet, like social media. But the next 10 or 15 years will be about the Industrial Internet. I think it is going to transform the way people work, the way airlines fly planes or railroads run locomotives. And we are just in the beginning days of that.”

The interview was held on the occasion of his presentation with the 2015 Global Economy Prize.

GES Blog: Interview with Jeffrey Immelt, Chairman & CEO of GE, Laureate of the Global Economy Prize


 

GES Blog: Values to Guide Economies

July 28, 2015

Blogpost Dennis Snower -  Values

“We need a global value system to solve the problems of our time”, says Dennis Snower, President of the GES and the Kiel Institute. That´s why “Values to Guide Economies” is the motto of the GES 2015. But Time is short, especially since Europe, the United States, Russia, and the major emerging economies are currently not on a path that will lead to greater consensus and cooperation. That makes conflicts more likely.

GES Blog: Values to Guide Economies


 

GES Blog: Towards Inclusive Growth

July 9, 2015

Blogpost Dennis Goerlich Taipeh Workshop Economic growth in the past decades has been accompanied by increasing inequality in income and opportunity. The GES has taken up the challenge of promoting inclusive growth during a GES workshop in Taipei.

The so called ‘Internet of Things’, social innovation and global supply chains are just three issues, that will have a major effect on inclusive growth in the future and therefore have to be dealt with in a proper way.

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GES Blog: What we have learned from 30 years of “Schengen”

June 23, 2015

Blogpost Matthias_Luecke Irregular_Migration

Under present rules, EU member states on the external EU border are supposed to receive refugees and process their applications for asylum or other protection. “This is not fair because it puts a large fiscal burden on a small number of member states (especially Italy, Greece, and Hungary) where most refugees do not even want to stay”, says Matthias Luecke, organizer of the GES-Session:

Migrants Knocking on Europe’s Doors

A new, functional asylum system in Europe should be built around these features.

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GES BLOG: Madness by Design

June 2, 2015

A few days ago, Germanys Vice-Chancellor and Minister for Energy, changed the long decided climate fees for coal power stations. Lili Fuhr, climate expert at the Heinrich Boell Foundation gives a harsh critique about it. She also organizes the GES-Session:

The End of the Age of King Coal

“What is astonishing is how a policy instrument that originally was intended to shut down the dirtiest lignite power stations has morphed into a proposal that aims to prevent even a single decommissioning”, she says.

Read more about Madness by Design: A Voluntary Climate Levy with No Climate Effect

 


 

GES BLOG: To Nudge or not to Nudge

May 21, 2015

GES Blogpost Simon Bartke: To Nudge or not to NudgeTrouble with procrastination, financial planning, or even finding an organ donor? Political nudging might help. While a nudge is designed to influence people´s decisions towards certain outcomes, it does not restrict their freedom of choice as would a ban or a tight form of regulation. With a nudge, the choice is still there, but by changing the default, policymakers can affect choices. The pros and cons of the concept will also be discussed at the GES 2015: Incorporating Behavioral Economics into Policy Making

Session Organizer Simon Bartke made his mind: “People can be nudged, and they should be nudged”, he says.

Read the GES Blog: To Nudge or not to Nudge

 


 

GES Blog: Welcome to the GES 2015

May 9, 2015

GES Blog: Welcome to the GES 2015The summer is slowly arriving to the German Baltic Sea city of Kiel, and so is the Global Economic Symposium 2015. In only six months time, some of the world’s leading decision-makers from academics, business, politics, and civil society will be in town to jointly address the globe’s most pressing challenges, such as the fragility of the world economy, unsustainable resource use, or irregular migration. Their goal will be to find solutions. Together.

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Join the GES Taipei Workshop 2015

May 5, 2015

GES Taipei Workshop 2015

For the second time the GES Taipei Workshop is going to take place on June 16th in Taipei. The two major discussion sessions are:

    - Promoting Innovation to Achieve Inclusive Growth

      - Encouraging Regional Inclusive Growth through Joint Innovation Cooperation

        You can discuss with international and local leading decision makers from business, academia, politics and civil society on ways to encourage inclusive growth. The Workshop focuses particularly on the role of innovation in this regard.

        Join the GES Taipei Workshop 2015

         


         

        Join the GES 2015 as a Young Fellow

        March 16, 2015

        Young Fellows 2012Every year a limited number of exceptionally creative young talents can join the one-year GES Young Fellow Program. You will be invited to join the GES 2015 in Kiel and meet and discuss with world-leading decision makers from academy, business, policy and NGO about your projects and initiatives.

        APPLY NOW

        Zarpana Massud-Baqa (Fellow 2012, 1st row, left): “It was interesting to see so many dedicated speakers, panellists and participants making a difference in the world, real idealists.”

         


         

        GES Speaker 2015: We welcome Nobel Laureate George Akerlof

        March 16, 2015

        Speaker 2015: George Akerlof

        We are happy to announce that the American economist and Nobel Laureate George Akerlof will speak at the GES 2015.

        In 2001, George Akerlof was awarded the Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences. His work has covered behavioral economics, macroeconomics, and market imperfections. Furthermore, Akerlof is married to Janet Yellen, who is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.

         


         

        The World Convenes in Kiel - Solution City:

        March 9, 2015

        The GES 2015 takes place from October 12-14!

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        The GES Selected Solutions 2014/2015 are out now

        March 9, 2015

        GES Selected Solutions 2014-2015The GES is not just another discussion forum; it´s a solution forum, focusing on global problems. Our proposed solutions to these problems are designed to be useful, concrete, and implementable.

        These are just two of the challenges we addressed in 2014 at the GES in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Over 700 world-leading decision makers and experts attended, including Nobel Laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz. The main proposals generated can be found in our volume, “GES Selected Solutions 2014/2015”. Download Icon

         


         

        What is the GES?

        The GES Process

        The GES is a solution forum attracting world leaders to generate solutions for the most important global problems.

        It presents a neutral, creative space in which we can think afresh about tackling global problems across national, cultural, social and religious divides. Hallmarks are that it is research-based and solution-oriented. It is organized every year by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and its partners and is closely linked to the Institute’s research work.

        The GES 2015 takes place from October 12th to 14th in Kiel, Germany!

         


         

        Contact

        For additional information or if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us:

        Guido Warlimont

        Guido Warlimont