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October 3, 2013

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The GES 2013 is over.

Let's keep it up on our online platforms and prepare for GES 2014. The GES 2014 will take place in Malaysia!

Watch some photo impressions of the GES or some of our sessions on youtube!

 


 

Interview with GES Speakers - Watch on youtube!

October 2, 2013

 

Sahol Hamid Abu Bakar Phillipe Bourguignon Carlos Braga John Bryant Hans Paul Bürkner
 Luis Cantarell Mustafa Ceric Nancy Chen Victor Chu Reinhard Cordes
Chris Crozier Conny Czymoch Yvo de Boer Aart De Geus Jacob Frenkel
Ted Fishman Daniel Gonzales Anthony Hodge Harold James William Janeway
Edward Jung Wim Kok George Lakoff Jean-Pierre Lehmann Fritz Lietsch
Kunzang Lhamu Arun Maira Samantha Morshed Thomas Mirow Chandran Nair
Irene Natividad Demetrios Papademetriou Cornelius Pietzner Thierry Philipponnat William Rhodes
Geoff Riddell Max Schoen Rodney Schwartz Nemat Shafik Andrew Sheng
Awraham Soetendorp David Tuckett Ibrahim Turhan Barbara Unmüßig Yu Yongding
Tenke Zoltani

 

Discussed Solutions on "Empowering Workforce: 4-Generations Demography Management"

October 3, 2013

Empowering Workforce: 4-Generations Demography Management 1. Tackle the scandal of high levels of youth unemployment in Europe
2. Companies should adopt a less mechanical and more organic approach to human resources management
3. Lifelong learning should be at the heart of corporate culture
4. Big companies should provide training and apprenticeships for more people than they expect to need in the future
5. Forget about thinking in terms of generations within the workforce (or indeed any other form of classification) and treat people as individuals

Read more about Solutions on "Empowering Workforce: 4-Generations Demography Management"


 

Discussed Solutions on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship"

October 3, 2013

Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship 1. Recognise the key role that activist governments can and do play in encouraging innovation
2. Recognise that innovation is typically disruptive, often emerging from trial and error, repeated failure and financial speculation
3. Tackle youth unemployment and promote youth entrepreneurship through education and active labour market policies
4. Provide access to financial literacy so everyone has the opportunity to be an entrepreneur

Read more about Solutions on Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship


 

Governing the World’s Oceans

October 2, 2013

Governing the World’s OceansFishing in the high seas was identified as one of the main problems. José Maria Figueres Olsen, president of Carbon War Room, asked: “Why don’t we have the guts to declare the high seas as complete reserve?” Additionally fishing in this area isn’t profitable without subsidies. Figueres added: “Subsidies are the biggest enemy of the high seas. Politicians (in the EU) cannot stand the pressure of the private sector, which is demanding subsidies.”

Read more about governing the worlds oceans


 

The New Economy of Nature

October 2, 2013

The New Economy of NatureCan nature be turned into a tradable asset? Putting a price on nature would be an important measure for policy-making, experts concluded at GES 2013 in Kiel.

„The current western consumption model is not compatible to avoiding climate change“, said Jutta Kill, Climate and Foresting Campaigner. Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, added: We use nature because it's valuable, but we lose it because it's free.“ Resorces should be used in a much more efficient way.

Read more about the new economy of nature


 

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October 2, 2013

Visualization Challenge

- Social Norms and Moral Principles to Reduce Poverty and Improve Equity

- The New Economy of Nature

- Governance for Sustainable Development



 

Designing a Stable Euroland - The Corporate Perspective: Entrepreneurs criticize the Euro

October 2, 2013

"The Euro does not unite Europe. It is separating Europe and the Euro zone", said Peter Jungen, chariman of the Peter Jungen Holding at GES 2013 in Kiel. The only option would be to return to the criteria defined in the Maastricht treaty. "Members that can't meet the criteria should leave the club. Greece will never make it", Jungen said.

Read more about designing a Stable Euroland


 

The future of Central Banking: The threat of the next bubble

October 2, 2013

GES-experts are warning of the next bubble on the horizon. "Fiscal authorities in the US and Europe did not take the necessary steps early on, so that central banks had to step in", said William Rhodes, Senior Advisor of Citigroup, at GES 2013 in Kiel. "The trimendous amounts of liquidity had effects on the emerging markets, but could lead to the next bubble, if nothing is done."

Read more about the future of central banking

 


 

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October 2, 2013

Visualization Challenge

- Inequality and Human Capital

- Geopolitics and the Provision of Global Public Goods

- Governing the World's Oceans

- Development Policies for the New Bottom Billion



 

The threat of american debt default: we are back on the edge of a precipice?

October 2, 2013

The Future of Central Banking and Financial Market ReformFive years ago when the very first Global Economic Symposium (GES) met in Germany, speakers on the world economy warned that we were on the edge of a precipice: Lehman collapsed two weeks later, plunging us into a deep financial crisis and long economic recession.

Speaking at the sixth GES today, distinguished economic historian Professor Barry Eichengreen suggested that we might well be back on the edge of a precipice. With the prospect of the US government defaulting on its debt later this month, he warned that it was very difficult to predict how the world’s financial markets would react. And commenting on US economic policy-makers, he said: 'The Fed's the only adult in the room!'

Professor Eichengreen feared that the high-level discussion by current and former senior policy-makers was too academic given the potential dangers that lie ahead. Other speakers included former Bank of Israel governor Jacob Frenkel, Citigroup’s William Rhodes, Andrew Sheng of the Fung Global Institute, Turkish finance minister Mehmet Simsek and leading Chinese economist Yu Yongding

Watch the plenary on Youtube!

 


 

European Competitiveness in the Focus

October 2, 2013

„Every European country needs to find its own tailor-made model to improve its long-term competitiveness.“ For Thomas Mirow, chairperson of the supervisory board of HSH Nordbank, this is a crucial point in ensuring European competitiveness. Experts discussed this issue at GES 2013 in Kiel. „Infrastructure and infrastructure investment is very important“, said Stefan Dräger, CEO of Drägerwerk. „That means not only streets and bridges, but also education.“

 


 

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October 2, 2013

Visualization Challenge

- Trade, Poverty and Inequality

- Piercing The Veil of the Future

- Designing a Stable Euroland: The Corporate Perspective

- Generating Finance for Social Impact

 


 

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October 2, 2013

Visualization Challenge

- Plenary: The Global Economic Outlook

- Plenary: The Future of Central Banking and Financial Market Reform


 

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October 2, 2013

Visualization Challenge

- Empowering Workforce: 4- Generations Demography Management

- Designing Waste and Recycling Policies

- Strengthening European Competitiveness

- Fostering a Fair Deal on Talent



 

GES-experts question belief in growth

October 1, 2013

Is growth an adequate measure for future well-being? "Growth is producing goods and bads. Not just goods", said Robert Johnson, President of the Institute for the New Economic Thinking. And Tania Singer from the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig said: "If you look at brain development, you would never think that growth might be infinite." Singer also questioned the concept of sustainable growth: "This would imply that growth could be infinite, which it can't."


 

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October 1, 2013

Visualization Challenge

- Plenary: The Future of the Arab World

- Plenary: The Future of Europe


 

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October 1, 2013

Visualization Challenge

- Spreading the Success of the “Mittelstand”

- Beyond Individualism toward Social Responsibility

- Towards Sustainable Consumption

- Making Microentrepreneurship Inclusive

- Realizing Global Maritime Surveillance

 


 

Euro-Bonds versus Fiscal Rules

October 1, 2013

Can Euro-Bonds be the solution to the Euro zone debt crisis? According to US-investor George Soros they can at least be part of a solution. "We need Euro-Bonds and strucural reforms", Soros said on the first day of GES 2013 in Kiel. Stefan Kooths from the Kiel Institute said, indebted countries should adapt fiscal rules. Euro-Bonds would destabilize the Euro zone on the long run.


 

A New Picture of Human Nature

October 1, 2013

Our conception of the world is in a process of very radical change", said Dennis Snower, the President of the Kiel Institute, at the GES 2013 in Kiel. "We need a new picture of human nature. We are beginning to understand our interconnectivity." Success should be redefined in terms of actually improving our well-being. Snower: "We plunder our planet to produce material goods from which we expect great pleasures that fail to materialize.


 

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October 1, 2013

Visualization Challenge

- Towards a Sustainable Energy Mix- Renewable Energies and Fracking

- Promoting Employment and Growth

- Economics, Intersubjectivity and the Crisis of the Future

- Assessing and Implementing Sustainable Governance

- Ensuring Cybersecurity


 

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October 01, 2013

Visualization Challenge

- New Approaches to Economic Challenges

- Decentralizing Energy Supply


 

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September 30, 2013

Visualization Challenge- What Banking for Economic Dynamism?

- Holistic Approaches to Solve the Euro Crisis

- Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship

- Generating Winning Strategies for Sustainable Societies

- The Future of Economics Teaching

 


 

Solutions on "Tackling Inequality of Opportunities"

September 25, 2013

Tackling Inequality of Opportunities Check out our solutions on "Tackling Inequality of Opportunities" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Add quality targets to quantity...
- Fund social projects through Social...
- Publicly-funded early childhood programs should...

 


 

GES Blog: The Future of Europe: Growth and Enlargement

September 23, 2013

GES Blog: The Future of Europe: Growth and EnlargementThe European Union has managed to bring stability to a problematic area of the world, and it did that through the magic of economics. Now, as the old continent faces several financial crises and European solidarity is waning, it needs to undergo one more great transformation. In order for the EU to flourish, it needs to leave behind its transnational, confederal past and accept two very important principles as core values: federalism and the free market.

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

Read more about "The Future of Europe: Growth and Enlargement

 


 

GES-experts: Avoid debt cut in Greece

September 19, 2013

Redesigning Fiscal Consolidation and Debt ManagementA debt cut in Greece is inevitable, concludes a study by DZ Bank. The country needs to continue its efforts to improve competitiveness and cut public spendings, GES-experts suggest. That way, a debt cut might be avoided.

Read more about GES Solutions on "Redesigning Fiscal Consolidation and Debt Management"

 


 

Solutions on "Redefining Universities"

September 18, 2013

Check out our solutions on "Redefining Universities" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

Redefining Universities- Governments and other funding agencies...
- Governments, higher-education institutions...
- Governments should develop standardized...
- Refocus institutional accreditation on criteria...
- Governments should stimulate diversity...

 


 

CSU triumph: Debate on autobahn car toll in Germany

September 17, 2013

Mobilizing Global Capital for Emerging Infrastructure Needs One week before the federal elections, the Christian Social Union (CSU) has won an absolute majority in Bavaria’s state election. The Bavarian prime minister Horst Seehofer now wants to emphasize his party’s proposal for an autobahn car toll to help pay for German highway repairs. For GES-experts, this plan is a step in the right direction. Long-term investors should be taken into account to finance public infrastructure.

Read more about GES Solutions on "Mobilizing Global Capital for Emerging Infrastructure Needs"

 


 

GES Blog: How to Empower Women through Religion

September 14, 2013

Blog: How to Empower Women through Religion

If religions could be defined by a gender, they would definitely be female. You can go to any Catholic, Protestant, or Espírita event in Brazil, and there you have it: many more women attending than men. What’s ironic about this fact is that religions in general have patriarchal characteristics and treat women as less worthy than men.

The subject of the connection between women and religion has numerous subtopics and is vast enough to encompass multiple Ph.D. theses. Therefore, I’ll just summarize some facts I find interesting.

Read more in the GES Blog!

Please note: This post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Can Religion Help Solve Global Problems?”. It reflects the author's opinion only.


 

Vodafone data theft: Tackle cybercrime effectively

September 13, 2013

Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and the Future of the InternetVodafone Germany has confirmed that personal details of two million German customers have been stolen by a hacker. Cybercrime is not restricted to one single industry and may result in huge damage. To tackle cybercrime effectively, it is essential to establish active partnerships and cooperation between the private sector, information security organizations, financial institutions and public institutions, GES-experts say. That way, cybercrime can be investigated and laws effectively enforced.

Read more about GES Solutions on "Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and the Future of the Internet"

 


 

Solutions on "Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean"

September 11, 2013

Check out our solutions on "Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean- Redo the "math" of offshore...
- Rather than imposing particular technical...
- Limit drilling to the least...
- Invest in research on secure...
- The members of the Arctic...

 


 

Solutions on "Mental Training towards a Caring Economy"

September 03, 2013

Check out our solutions on "Mental Training towards a Caring Economy" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

Mental Training towards a Caring Economy- Make mental training facilities widely....
- Provide mindfulness and compassion training...
- Make mindfulness and compassion training available ...
- Encourage business enterprises to establish...
- Make mindfulness and compassion training...



 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

September 02, 2013

Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is the only international business association in the world focusing on the promotion and the development of off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural electrification in developing countries. ARE serves as a platform for sharing knowledge and best-practices and is a privileged partner of stakeholders in the energy field who want to engage the private sector.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Jürgen Fitschen

August 29, 2013

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Jürgen Fitschen

Jürgen Fitschen, Co-CEO of the Deutsche Bank AG, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2013.

He will speak in the Opening Plenary.

 

 

 


 

Solutions on "Security in the Face of Globalization"

August 28, 2013

Security in the Face of Globalization

Check out our solutions on "Security in the Face of Globalization" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Agree a "Maastricht Treaty on Crime...
- Military and other public safety...
- Implement a global tracking system...

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Solar Shops in the Philippines

August 25, 2013

 

When the sun goes down on Mindoro Island in the Philippines, villages are plunged into complete darkness. People here have no access to electricity, and generators are too expensive, so solar lamps present an affordable and eco-friendly alternative. Those lamps are affordable thanks to microcredit schemes and are distributed via a network of village shops.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

Pressure on Guardian: Democratic principles must be maintained

August 22, 2013

Dealing with TerrorismThe British newspaper “The Guardian” has been forced to destroy data concerning Snowden’s leaks, contradicting the country’s freedom of press declarations. For GES-experts, democratic principles and the rule of law must be maintained and should not be sacrificed in the name of the fight against terrorism. If we abandon the fundamental priciples that define our societies, we will not convince those with sympathy for terrorists that we are acting morally.

Read more on our solutions "Dealing with terrorism"

 


 

Solutions on "The Future of Central Banking"

August 21, 2013

GES 2012: The Future of Central Banking

Check out our solutions on "The Future of Central Banking: Inflation Targeting versus Financial Stability" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Central banks should adopt “default...
- Create a World Monetary Authority...
- Delivering price stability must remain...

 


 

Future of the Arab World in the Focus

August 21, 2013

Turmoil in Egypt, civil war in Syria: Two years after the “Arab Spring”, the whole region is in an increasing state of flux. Social discord, sectarian violence and economic pressure are engulfing most of the Arab world. GES-experts will discuss solutions on the future of the Arab World at the GES 2013 in Kiel, Germany (October 1-2).

Read more about the Challenge Future of the Arab World


 

More open immigration policies for high-skilled immigrants

August 20, 2013

Designing Immigration PolicyThe shortage of skilled professionals causes problems in many countries of the western world. To tackle this problem, GES-experts suggest to make immigration policies for high-skilled immigrants much more open. Concerns about a possible brain drain should not be allowed to stop the opening of labor markets for high-skilled immigrants. Read more

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Swisscontact - Tooling Sector Creates Jobs and Income in the Western Cape

August 17, 2013

Building Thriving Companies in Low-Income Economies

The Western Cape Tooling Initiative contracted Swisscontact in 2010 to implement a Market Development Program for the sector. The prime objectives were to improve the competitiveness of SMEs in the tooling sector and strengthen their market share.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

GES Blog: All Growth Is Based on Innovation

August 16, 2013

All Growth is Based on InnovationThis post was produced for the Global Economic Symposium 2013 to accompany a session on “Innovation, Dynamism, and Entrepreneurship.”

"In looking at achieving sustainable and inclusive growth, we must ask ourselves: what does this growth look like, and what is the best way to achieve this particular type of growth? The Australian Government has invested heavily in the concept of innovation, publishing an annual Australian Innovation System Report for the last few years."

Read more in the GES Blog!


Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

GES Blog: Trade Reality: Laborers Work, the Government Reaps

August 15, 2013

Trade Reality: Laborers Work, the Government Reaps"While trade liberalization undoubtedly improves a country's economy, economic policies that are biased against laborers cause the population to remain poor. Policy makers need to realize the huge difference between a rich country and rich people."

Read more in the GES Blog!


Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

Solutions on Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules?

August 14, 2013

Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules

Check out our solutions on "Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules?" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Define a long-term target for the debt-to-GDP ratio and an upper limit for the annual budget deficit to GDP ratio, depending on the business cycle, the country’s existing debt-to-GDP ratio and its future growth prospects.
- Fiscal rules should be given constitutional status..

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Measures by the Israeli Government to use recycled water for irrigation

 

 

August 09, 2013

Measures by the Israeli Government to use recycled water for irrigationTreated (recycled) water is now the main source of irrigation water in Israel, accounting for more than 50 percent of annual irrigation water supply. It is expected that in the next decade its share in total irrigation water supply will increase drastically.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

Solutions on
"Optimizing Information Use through the Internet and Social Media"

August 07, 2013

Optimizing Information Use through the Internet and Social Media

Check out our solutions on "Optimizing Information Use through the Internet and Social Media" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Establish information rights as a fundamental prerequisite of democracy and public policy.
- Governments and enterprises should promote the coming paradigm shift....
- Specify user-oriented global standards for online data protection and privacy.

 


 

GES-experts: Mandatory retirement age should be abolished.

August 07, 2013

Financing Old AgeDebates about the future of the public pension system have arised, after the German Ministry of Labor published new figures on the raised retirement age. GES-experts suggest to abolish the mandatory retirement age. Retirees should be allowed to work while drawing benefits. This would lead to longer working lives, taking the pressure off the public pension system.

Read More about mandatory retirement

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Program to support entrepreneurs of Moroccan origin in Europe in setting up
sustainable economic activities in Morocco.

 

 

August 03, 2013

Programme to support entrepreneurs of Moroccan origin in EuropeAs more countries in North Africa fight their way to democracy, the demands on the EU for better cooperation will increase. "Circular migration", an idea discussed at the Global Economic Symposium 2009 in Plön might be useful here.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

GES Blog: Five Reasons Why We Need a New Perspective on Consumption

August 02, 2013

The concept of “sustainable consumption” comes from the straightforward insight about the limits of our ecology to sustain the Earth’s burgeoning population; as one African elder summarized the meaning of sustainable consumption: “Enough. For all. Forever.”

What is enough, however? Is there a limit to nature’s ability to provide and our ability to find newer uses? Read more in the GES Blog!


Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

Solutions on "Effective Investments in Education"

July 31, 2013

Effective Investments in Education

Check out our solutions on "Effective Investments in Education" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Use technological innovations to individualize public education cost-effectively.
- Bring together efforts from governments, schools, the private sector and civil society to initiate education initiatives .
- Governments should invest in fair, objective and comprehensive metrics for evaluating teacher performance.

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Contingent convertibles bonds (CoCo)

 

July 27, 2013

Contingent convertibles bonds Lloyds are doing it, Rabobank and Credit Suisse too: in the past few months, they have all issued contingent convertibles or CoCos for short. Also known as mandatory convertible bonds, CoCos are becoming a preferred instrument with which the central banks seek to improve the equity situation in the banking sector.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

Open Solution: The New Economy Of Nature

July 26, 2013

Barbara Unmüßig, President of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, answers questions deriving from the Böll Stifung's participation in the Open Solution, an open access document for new ideas on "The New Economy of Nature".

 


 

GES Blog: Education Inequality:
Why Those Who Are Born Poor Die Poor

July 26, 2013

In my dictionary, poverty and inequality go side by side. Poverty is defined as the state or condition of having little or no money, goods, or means of support. Educational inequality makes poverty a lifetime condition–especially in my part of the world, South Asia and the Middle East. Read more in the GES Blog!

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

GES Blog: Can Equality Exist for Indigenous Peoples
in the Face of Economic Interests?

July 25, 2013

Latin America is a region marked by cultural diversity, which is often revealed in unexpected ways. Visit any of Colombia’s cities, for example, and you won’t notice very many indigenous people – just the occasional group looking for handouts on a street corner perhaps. Make your way through Cuzco, Quito, or La Paz, however, and you can’t help but notice their robust presence. The flavors and colors of these places let you know immediately that you are in the land of Quechuas, Aymaras, and countless other indigenous populations that have inhabited these lands, leaving an invaluable historical and cultural legacy. Read more in the GES Blog!

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

Solutions on "Improving Financial Education and Literacy"

July 24, 2013

Improving Financial Education and Literacy

Check out our solutions on "Improving Financial Education and Literacy " generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Make visualizations central to the acquisition of financial literacy.
- Link mandatory financial education, counseling and disclosure to the point of sale
- Promote financial and entrepreneurship education combined with business idea competitions and start-up funding for young people.

 


 

GES Blog: A More Perfect Union: The EU between Fireworks and Financial Crises

July 23, 2013

Carte ancienne Europe On the first of July, the European Union welcomed its newest member. After a decade of negotiations, Croatia can finally wave the EU flag. Fireworks lit the sky in Zagreb. It was a long-awaited dream for a country that has seen war and poverty. And yet the European dream is not a particularly pleasant one right now, and once the glow of the last firework finally dies down, it is perhaps time for Croatia to sober up and take a long, hard look at the challenges ahead. Read more in the GES Blog!

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

GEs Blog: Social Media Broadens Public Debate

July 22, 2013

Social Media Broadens Public DebateSocial media has become an important instrument for activists to spread information. But since the revolution of 2011 in Egypt, the use of social media has evolved. It has become part of the standard repertoire of political upheaval, broadening public debate. Read more in the GES Blog!

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Liberia’s Health Sector Pool Fund

July 18, 2013

Liberia’s Health Sector Pool FundLiberia's Health Sector Pool Fund was established in 2009 by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare to support the implementation of the National Health Plan. It started with four contributing donors, including UNICEF, UNHCR, DFID (UK Department for International Development) and Irish Aid.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

GES Speaker 2013:
We welcome Matthieu Ricard

July 18, 2013

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Matthieu RicardBuddhist Monk and bestseller author Matthieu Ricard will join the Global Economic Symposium 2013. He will speak in the session on “Beyond Individualism toward Social Responsibility” and in the working dinner “Can Religion Help Solve Global Problems?”.

 

 

 


 

Solutions on "Fostering Open Government Initiatives in Public Services"

July 18, 2013

Fostering Open Government Initiatives in Public Services

Check out our solutions on "Fostering Open Government Initiatives in Public Services" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Establish international standards, quantifiable goals and an independent review mechanism to measure progress on open government.
- Extend open government initiatives to the legislative branch.

 


 

Despite protests:
Greece must continue efforts to improve competitiveness

July 17, 2013

A general 24-hour strike was held in Greece in protest against government plans to sack thousands of public sector workers in order to meet bailout conditions. For GES-experts, radical fiscal consolidation in Greece is inevitable. The country needs to cut public spendings and continue its efforts to improve competitiveness.

Read what our GES experts think of fiscal consolidation

 


 

Economic Performance Index:
An Industry-Centric Measurement Approach

July 17, 2013

Economic Performance Index: An Industry-Centric Measurement ApproachAt the Brussels launch of the Economic Performance Index, a joint effort between the Global Economic Symposium (GES) and Towers Watson, hosted by The Centre, Professor Dennis Snower, Director of the Global Economic Symposium, praised the EPI as a tool to understand countries’ comparative advantage on the micro-level, in a context where different production stages of a single good take place in different countries and where new technologies make competition ever starker.

Read the report (PDF, 1 MB)

 

 


 

Solutions on "Tackling Youth Unemployment"

July 12, 2013

Tackling Youth Unemployment

Check out our solutions on "Tackling Youth Unemployment" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Governments should guarantee the young either a job or access to training.
- Use extensive surveys of firms to determine skills needs...
- Promote vocational training and foster uptake.
- Create Internet platforms that support remote work and "trade in tasks."


 


 

S&P downgrades Italy’s credit rating

July 11, 2013

Italy’s downgrade: Improve international competitiveness Standard & Poor’s has again lowered Italy’s credit rating. The country needs more efforts to ensure its international competitiveness, GES-experts say. Cuts in government spending and tax increases are necessary for fiscal consolidation. The resulting negative demand effect can be offset by labor market reforms and a strengthening of government efficiency.

Read what our GES experts say to this topic

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
GoTeach Partnership between Deutsche Post DHL and SOS Children’s Villages

July 10, 2013

In preparing young people for employment in the fast moving world that revolves around efficiency and customer care, SOS Children’s Villages recognized that conventional training programs required something more. Needed was something that resonates with the current requirements of employers and something that unleashes the hidden talent in every young mind.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

Economic Performance Index: An Alternative To Country-based Metrics

July 03, 2013

“Economic Performance Index: An Alternative To Country-based Metrics”At the Brussels launch of the Economic Performance Index, a joint effort between the Global Economic Symposium (GES) and Towers Watson, hosted by The Centre, Professor Dennis Snower, Director of the Global Economic Symposium, praised the EPI as a tool to understand countries’ comparative advantage on the micro-level, in a context where different production stages of a single good take place in different countries and where new technologies make competition ever starker. Indeed the consensus amongst the panellists was that teams are what drive companies’ competitiveness, making micro-level knowledge crucial within the global framework.

 


 

Solutions on "Expanding Job Opportunities for Senior Citizens"

July 03, 2013

Solutions on Expanding job opportunities for senior citizens

Check out our solutions on "Expanding Job Opportunities for Senior Citizens" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Promote lifelong learning and age-appropriate career management...
- Governments and business should promote the redesign workplaces and work schedules individually to fit senior workers' skills and abilities.
- Fight stigma and discrimination and correct popular misconceptions...
- Establish a national or international clearinghouse for best practices in retaining older workers.

 


 

GES Blog: What Turkey and Brazil have in common

July 1, 2013

 GES Blog - What Turkey and Brazil have in common Booming economies and rising influence: In the last years, Turkey and Brazil were often seen as role models. Now the wind has turned and economic prosperity has turned into public unrest. The streets have filled with hundreds of thousands of angry demonstrators. What has happened? Read our blog-post and get involved!

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Commissioner Almunia

June 25, 2013

Commissioner Almunia

Joaquín Almunia, Vice-President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for Competition, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2013.

 


 

Solutions on "Protecting and Restoring the World’s Forests"

June 25, 2013

Protecting and Restoring thr Worlds Forests Check out our solutions on "Protecting and Restoring the World’s Forests" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Focus on protecting and restoring ..
- To avoid "leakage effects" into natural savannahs and grasslands...
- Strengthen land rights, access to legal markets...

 


 

PRISM scandal: Internet constitution needed

June 24, 2013

Internet Governance StructuresThe PRISM program shows that “security” has turned into an excuse to strip away privacy. The electronic surveillance program operated by the United States National Security Agency (NSA) has collected personal data on the internet since 2007. GES-experts suggest to develop an “internet constitution” to take account of the interests of all stakeholders and guarantee essential freedoms. This constitution should be equipped with new instruments and institutions of governance allowing for decentralized decision-making and collective action.

Read GES Solutions on internet government structures

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Adapting farming to a changing climate

June 21, 2013

The island republic of Vanuatu in the South Pacific ocean is running out of time. The island's residents are hard hit by floods, cyclones, coastal erosion and water scarcity and the majority of the island's population depends on natural resources for their livelihoods. Resilient vegetables and trees could play a role in combating climate change and helping ease the island's problems.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 

 


 

Revive arms control negotiations to achieve a nuclear zero

June 21, 2013

Identifying and Preventing Future Security Threats

US-President Barack Obama called for reductions in nuclear stockpiles in his speech at the Brandenburg GATE in Berlin. GES-experts suggest to revive arms control negotiations with the aim of achieving global nuclear zero. Within these negotiations, the security concerns of those states that seek to acquire or retain possession of nuclear weapons need to be considered.

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Solutions on "Reassessing Renewable Energies"

June 19, 2013

Reassessing Renewable Energies Check out our solutions on "Reassessing Renewable Energies" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Finance the transition to renewable energy by redirecting fossil energy subsidies...
- Start building up an environmentally sustainable capital stock of power plants for the future.
- Local circumstances should dictate the renewable energy mix.

 


 

First GES Salon in Bremen

June 14, 2013

First GES Salon in Bremen 3The Global Economic Symposium (GES), founded in 2008, has the mission to bring together people from around the world to develop knowledge-based solutions to economic and social problems. On October 1-2, 2013, the GES will be held in Kiel, Germany. Reinhard Cordes, CEO of Frerichs Glas GmbH, pointed out that the GES is no "jet-setter" event like the business elite meeting in Davos, but a real and solid solution- and action oriented approach. The editors of the SME initiative of HSH Nordbank, Unternehmerpositionen Nord was present at the second launch event in Bremen in the Havana lounge of the Börsenhof. Read the German Press Release.

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Converting Renewable Energies into Gas

June 14, 2013

Converting Renewable Energies into Gas

The Audi e-gas project represents the company's first step towards producing sustainable fuels. The company is currently building the world's first industrial-scale plant to convert CO₂ and renewable electricity into a synthetic natural gas that can be fed into the natural gas network. This power-to-gas technology opens up new possibilities for sustainable mobility and the energy economy of the future.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

GES Blog:
Floods in Europe – Is the „New Economy of Nature“ a way out?

 

June 14, 2013

Flooding in Frankfurt

Up to now, twenty people reportedly have died in the floods across central Europe after several days of heavy rains. Experts say that rising temperatures in Europe will accentuate rainfall, leading to more frequent and intense floods in many regions. This should be a reason to rethink the way we use the resources of our planet. One way to do so is to turn water, biodiversity, soils and forests – and most notably their capacity for storing CO2 – into tradable goods in order to create a "New Economy of Nature".Read our blog-post and get involved in the Open Solution!

 

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

First GES Salon in Bremen

June 13, 2013

First GES Salon in BremenOn Tuesday, June 11, the Global Economic Symposium (GES) was invited to the Havanna Lounge in Bremen by Frerichs Glas GmbH and ASU e.V. - Die Familienunternehmer (the Family Business Entrepreneurs) - to present the GES 2013 and have a dicussion on the German Energy Turnaround "The German Energiewende", solutions to solve the current euro crisis and wealth taxes and their impact on small and medium enterprises, entrepreneurs and family run businesses in Germany.

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Solutions on "Implementing Board Diversity"

June 12, 2013

Implementing Board Diversity Check out our solutions on "Implementing Board Diversity" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Strict deadlines for compliance and enforced sanctions for noncompliance with...
- Engage male corporate leaders in actively increasing the number of women directors.
- Multilateral investment banks, government development banks and pension funds should...

 

 


 

GES Blog:
Why the Bangladesh garments industry needs a domestic solution

 

June 11, 2013

GES Blog: Why the Bangladesh garments industry needs a domestic solution.

"Following the worst industrial accident ever seen in Bangladesh and the loss of more than 1120 lives, with many more maimed and injured, it is not surprising that the rest of the world wants to step in and help Bangladesh solve its problems. There has been a need for garments buyers, international trade unions and governments to be seen to be doing something in the aftermath, and consumers from around the world have been calling for safer factory conditions from Bangladesh." Read the GES Blog and discuss!

 

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.


 


 

GES Blog: :
Shale Gas - Is the Gas Revolution Coming to Europe?

 

June 10, 2013

GES Blog: Shale Gas - Is the Gas Revolution Coming to Europe?

Intense research is necessary to secure energy resources for the coming decades. That may also include shale gas. Hence, Europe must not turn its back on research, but should weigh up all the arguments objectively and create a legal framework in which safe and reliable shale gas production is possible, argues Rainer Seele (Wintershall) in his blog-post. Read it and get involved!

 

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

The Lübeck Merchants' Association meets the Global Economic Symposium

June 07, 2013

The Lübeck Merchants' Association meets the Global Economic Symposium 1On Friday, June 7, 2013, the Global Economic Symposium (GES) was invited to the general assembly of Lübeck Merchants' Association. During the event the GES team had the chance to present the GES 2013 to the members of the Lübeck Merchants' Association. Guest of honor and keynote speaker of the general assembly was Minister Philipp Rösler, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology and Deputy Federal Chancellor of Germany, who spoke about the importance of small and medium-sized businesses, the leading role of entrepreneurs in Germany and policies to further strengthen the German Mittelstand.

The Lübeck Merchants' Association meets the Global Economic Symposium 2The GES team is most grateful for the invitation, the opportunity to present the GES and hospitality of the Lübeck Merchants' Association, Associated Partner of the GES 2013.

 

 

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

June 07, 2013

Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)

The Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE) is the only international business association in the world focusing on the promotion and the development of off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural electrification in developing countries. ARE serves as a platform for sharing knowledge and best-practices and is a privileged partner of stakeholders in the energy field who want to engage the private sector.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

Bradley Manning case: Enhance exchange of technical assistance in information security

June 07, 2013

Identifying and Preventing Future Security Threats The trial against Bradley Manning, who is accused of having published secret information of the US Army. Is he a hero or a traitor? – This question is in the focus of the international debate. For GES experts, one consequence out of this case should be that the exchange of information and technical assistance in information security should be enhanced.

 

Read More about the Bradley Manning Case


 

Solutions on "Designing Intelligent Labor Migration Policies"

June 05, 2013

Designing Intelligent Labor Migration Policies Check out our solutions on "Designing Intelligent Labor Migration Policies" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Establish multientry sectoral work permits...
- Create a pilot project for...
- Create a rigorous skills forecast...

 


 

Transatlantic free trade should be achieved multilaterally not bilaterally

June 05, 2013

Daniel Ramirez_Container Ship_CC-BY-NC-20

Currently, there are a bit less than 300 regional trade agreements RTAs (free trade areas and customs unions) notified to the GATT/WTO and in force. Almost none of them comply with stringent prescriptions of Art 24 GATT, so comprising virtually all trade without impairment of WTO benefits accruing to all members. Important sectors like agriculture, not to speak of services are usually excluded. ... Read the GES BLOG and discuss

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Tania Singer

June 03, 2013

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Tania SingerTania Singer, Director of the Department of Social Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2013.

She will speak in the session on "Beyond Individualism toward Social Responsibility".

 


 

Join the Open Solution: The New Economy Of Nature

June 03, 2013

Open Solution 2013The Open Solution is a non-scientific workspace for your ideas. You have the chance to work conjointly on an open document which will be discussed at the GES 2013 in Germany. We call it the “Open Solution”.

All contributions will be judged by a jury and one of you has the chance to win a ticket to GES 2013 in Kiel, Germany including flights and accommodation.

Check out opensolution.global-economic-symposium.org to find out more.

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Solar Shops in the Philippines

May 31, 2013

 

When the sun goes down on Mindoro Island in the Philippines, villages are plunged into complete darkness. People here have no access to electricity, and generators are too expensive, so solar lamps present an affordable and eco-friendly alternative. Those lamps are affordable thanks to microcredit schemes and are distributed via a network of village shops.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and the Implementation.

 


 

How to Fight Youth Unemployment

May 31, 2013

Tackling Youth UnemploymentFrance and Germany have proclaimed a "New Deal for Europe" in order to fight youth unemployment. Among the world's unemployed, young people have been particularly hard hit by the recent economic crisis. Youth unemployment rates are significantly higher than adult unemployment rates in both developed and developing countries. Global protest movements of young people are a manifestation of their lack of job prospects. GES-experts suggest to address unemployment among educated young people with compulsory on-the-job training and placement schemes and among uneducated young people with vocational training.

Read more about Solutions on Tackling Youth Unemployment

 


 

GES Blog: The Solution to the Euro Zone Debt Crisis

May 30, 2013

GES Blog: The Solution to the Euro Zone Debt Crisis

Greece. Ireland. Portugal. Spain. Cyprus. And now Slovenia? The euro zone debt crisis remains unsolved. A solution to that crisis could be quite easy though. To discover the solution, we need to understand that the crisis has been generated by five interlocking problems ... Read the GES BLOG and discuss

Please note: this blog article reflects the author's opinion only.

 


 

Solutions on "Favelas - A Global Challenge and Opportunity"

May 29, 2013

Favelas - A Global Challenge and Opportunity Check out our solutions on "Favelas - A Global Challenge and Opportunity" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Expand public transport systems to enhance social inclusion and improve employment opportunities for residents living in disadvantaged neighborhoods...

- Foster a greater sense of self-determination and choice by initiating "grassroots" discussions...

- To improve local communities, build open plan cultural spaces composed of multiuse green spaces, libraries, entertainment venues and meeting halls...

 


 

Transatlantic Free Trade Zone might Foster Economic Growth

May 27, 2013

Reconsidering the International Trading SystemNegotiations on a free trade zone between the EU and the USA are scheduled to start in July. Chances are high that such a free trade zone which might foster economic growth could become reality by 2017.

GES-experts lower border barriers are necessary in order to focus the international trading system on the core task of facilitating market access in industrial goods, services and agriculture.

Read more about GES Solution for Reconsidering the International Trading System

 


 

A British soldier has been killed by islamist terrorists in London

May 24, 2013

Dealing with TerrorismAccording to GES-experts, policies that integrate immigrants should be pursued, rather than just providing passive welfare support. Policies and pronouncements that feed grievance need to be avoided, because Terrorist groups are only successful if they enjoy sympathy for their causes.

Read more about a GES Solution for Dealing with Terrorism

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Conserving Water in the Dead Sea

 

May 23, 2013

Jordan's tourism industry faces a major dilemma. Ground water levels in the Jordan River basin are dropping with more water removed than flows in. Now, Jordan, together with the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and Hangsrohe SE, has launched a pilot project to tackle the water crunch. The project could help save one-third of the country's precious drinking water supplies.

Learn more about the Challenge, the Solution and theImplementation.

 


 

Solvency-convertible debt could stabilize Slovenian banks

May 22, 2013

Balancing Risk Taking and Financial RegulationSlovenia has rejected suggestions that it may be the next country in the eurozone to apply for ESM aid. The Slovenian government plans to recapitalize struggling banks and implement a series of austerity measures in order to avoid a financial bailout. GES-experts suggest to stabilize shaky banks by issuing solvency-convertible debt. That way, the debt issued by systemically relevant financial institutions is automatically converted into equity if such an institution becomes insolvent – and taxpayers don’t have to come up for the costs of excessive risk-taking.

Read the Proposal about "Solvency-Convertible Bonds and Financial Vigilance Agency"

 


 

Solutions on "Promoting Food Security:
The Contribution of Climate-Smart Agriculture"

May 22, 2013

Promoting Food Security: The Contribution of Climate-Smart Agriculture Check out our solutions on "Promoting Food Security: The Contribution of Climate-Smart Agriculture" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Shift the focus of support away from large-scale projects...
- Harness the support of the BRICs and the private sector...
- Promote "sustainable intensification"...

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
A range of measures by the Kenyan Government

 

May 17, 2013

Reinventing Education“Reinventing Education” have been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. "Reinvent education using powerful distance-learning tools adapted to the economic development of a country—from community radio to more technological-intensive e-learning." is one result. This solution has been implemented:

 

The Implementation: "A range of measures by the Kenyan Government"

• Solution 1: Reinvent education using powerful distance-learning tools adapted to the economic development of a country, from community radio to more technological-intensive E-learning, guided by real pedagogues.
• Solution 2: Investing early in education is better than fixing problems later.
• Solution 3: More evidence-based studies are needed to help in the restructuring of education. They clearly benefit to the decision making process faced by policy-makers.

Read More about the range of measures by the kenyan government

 


 

First GES Salon in Lübeck: Think globally, act locally

May 17, 2013

Think globally, act locally. This guiding priniciple fits perfectly with the first opening event of the Global Economic Symposium (GES). Local entrepreneurship met the global mindset of the Kiel Institute. Read the German Press Release

 

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome John Hope Bryant

May 16, 2013

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome John Hope Bryant

John Hope Bryant, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2013. He will speak in the Opening Plenary on "Redefining Success: Why?" and in the Session on "Innovation, Dynamism and Entrepreneurship".

 

 


 

First GES Salon in Lübeck, Germany

May 15, 2013

This week the first GES Salon 2013 will be held in Lübeck, Germany. This GES Salon is meant to be a kick-off event for the Global Economic Symposium (GES) 2013 and is jointly organized by the merchants association of Lübeck “Kaufmannschaft zu Lübeck” (Associated Partner of the GES 2013) and the Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW).

Read more about the first GES Salon in Lübeck, Germany



 

Solutions on "Tackling Inequality of Opportunities"

May 15, 2013

Tackling Inequality of Opportunities Check out our solutions on "Tackling Inequality of Opportunities" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Add quality targets to quantity...
- Fund social projects through Social...
- Publicly-funded early childhood programs should...

 


 

45-Million-Dollar bank heist: Active targeting of cyber crime needed

May 15, 2013

Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and the Future of the Internet

In a massive 21st century bank heist, hackers used stolen debit card data from different banks to steal more than $45 million from ATMs around the world within a few hours. For GES-experts, active targeting of the proceeds of cyber crime in collaboration with the financial sector is necessary. Also, prosecutors need to focus on underground forums to disrupt the circulation of powerful and easy to use cyber criminal tools, such as malware kits and botnets.

Read more about Dealing with Cybercrime

 


 

Syria: Better Regulation of International Arms Trade Needed

May 13, 2013

Dealing with Terrorism

The governments of the United States and Israel are increasingly worried that Russia might sell a sophisticated air defense system to Syria. This could make the conflict in Syria even more complicated. GES-experts suggest a better regulation of international arms trade. Especially weapons of mass destruction need to be prevented from falling into the hands of terrorists or questionable regimes.

Read more about a GES Solution for arms trade

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
The Smart Campaign - The Microfinance Industry’s Client Protection Initiative

 

May 10, 2013

Implementation The New Wave of Social Entrepreneurship“The New Wave of Social Entrepreneurship” have been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. "Expand debt advisory services, along the lines of those available in developed countries, for microfinance customers and investors to developing countries." is one result. This solution has been implemented:

 

The Implementation: "The Smart Campaign - The Microfinance Industry’s Client Protection Initiative "

"The Smart Campaign addresses issues that have been identified by the GES 2009. The GES solutions of 2009/2010 inter alia call for 'more services that prevent microfinance customers from accumulating excessive debt and potentially facing bankruptcy.' I believe the project would be a good example of how solutions to the recent problems in microfinance can be implemented in practice." Christian Weistroffer, Economist, Deutsche Bank and Global Economic Fellow 2009

Read More about The Smart Campaign - The Microfinance Industry’s Client Protection Initiative


 

Solutions on "Redefining Universities"

May 08, 2013

Check out our solutions on "Redefining Universities" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

Redefining Universities- Governments and other funding agencies...
- Governments, higher-education institutions...
- Governments should develop standardized...
- Refocus institutional accreditation on criteria...
- Governments should stimulate diversity...

 


 

Interview: Seth Kaplan about Pakistans situation

May 06, 2013

Ahead of Pakistan’s general election on 11 May, Seth Kaplan talks to Romesh Vaitilingam about the findings of a GES working group of leading Pakistani development professionals and outside experts that he chaired and which reported last year.

They discuss the country’s two critical problems of feckless leaders and a feeble state, what foreign assistance should aim to contribute and the reform priorities of taxation and the energy sector.

 


 

Why shale-gas should remain in the ground

May 06, 2013

Rig wind riverThe fact that it is profitable for private firms to extract shale gas via fracking is not a reason to do so. Fracking means exploiting new fossil energy sources. Controlling climate change requires though that the world community abstains from using all available fossil energy reserves. Instead, renewable energy sources should generate most of future energy. Especially since the external costs of fossile energy are not included in such a calculation it is not necessarily profitable for society as a whole. Read the GES BLOG

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Swisscontact - Tooling Sector Creates Jobs and Income in the Western Cape

May 03, 2013

Building Thriving Companies in Low-Income Economies“Building Thriving Companies in Low-Income Economiese” have been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. "Speed up the process of diversification away from purely commodity-driven growth." is one result. This solution has been implemented:

The Implementation: "Swisscontact - Tooling Sector Creates Jobs and Income in the Western Cape"

Swisscontact is the organization of the Swiss private sector for development cooperation. Its aim is to promote private economic and social development in selected countries in the South and East through advisory services, training and continuing education.

Read more about Swisscontact - Tooling Sector Creates Jobs and Income in the Western Cape

 


 

Solutions on "Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean"

May 02, 2013

Check out our solutions on "Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

Exploring Energy Resources in the Arctic Ocean- Redo the "math" of offshore...
- Rather than imposing particular technical...
- Limit drilling to the least...
- Invest in research on secure...
- The members of the Arctic...



 

Create an anti-corruption culture instead of eliminating 500 euros bills

April 30, 2013

Fighting Corruption in Developing CountriesA study by Merrill Lynch suggests to take the 500 euros bill out of circulation in order to fight corruption. This would not solve the problem of corruption, GES-experts say. Instead, coalitions against corruption need to be built. This includes empowering civil society, creating an anti-corruption culture and creating governance structures that work.

Read more about solution for "Fighting Corruption in Developing Countries"

 


 

Price Stability must remain ECB’s primary goal

April 29, 2013

The Future of Central Banking

The European Central Bank is expected to cut its main interest rate by another 0.25% this week, creating a higher risk of inflation. For GES-experts, delivering price stability must remain the ECB’s primary goal. A policy of extremely low interest rates should remain a temporary measure.


Read more about a "Solution for The Future of Central Banking: Inflation Targeting versus Financial Stability"

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Measures by the Israeli Government to use recycled water for irrigation

 

April 25, 2013

Measures by the Israeli Government to use recycled water for irrigation“Water Scarcity and Virtual Water Trade” have been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. "Governments should foster water recycling, value-oriented water reuse and enforce quality standards" is one result. This solution has been implemented:

 

The Implementation: "Measures by the Israeli Government to use recycled water for irrigation"

According to Prof. Yacov Tsur, Professor and Head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Management at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, "water reuse and recycling has been implemented in Israel for quite some time. Treated (recycled) water is now the main source of irrigation water in Israel, ...

Read more about the Measures by the Israeli Government

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Tanja Gönner

April 24, 2013

Tanja Gönner

Tanja Gönner, Spokesperson of the Board, Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), will join the Global Economic Symposium 2013. She will speak in the Session on “Development Policies for the New Bottom Billion”.

 

 

 

 


 

Solutions on "Mental Training towards a Caring Economy"

April 24, 2013

Check out our solutions on "Mental Training towards a Caring Economy" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

Mental Training towards a Caring Economy- Make mental training facilities widely....
- Provide mindfulness and compassion training...
- Make mindfulness and compassion training available ...
- Encourage business enterprises to establish...
- Make mindfulness and compassion training...



 

GES 2013 - Preparing the Intergenerational Dialogue

April 23, 2013

School Project

Students from 7 local schools will work on solutions to GES challenges and discuss these with the decision-makers of the GES 2013. Will the GESolutions lead to a world in which they would want to live in?

 

 


 

Hoeness tax case: Why we need a tax cut

April 23, 2013

Uli Hoeness, boss of the German soccer champion Bayern Munich, turned out to be a tax dodger: He filed an amended tax return admitting that he avoided paying taxes by means of a Swiss bank account. The consequence arising out of the Hoeness case should be an easier system of taxation and lower tax rates in Germany. With today's tax system it is quite understandable that some people try to hide their money from the authorities. - Read more in our Blog-Post and get involved!

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Program to support entrepreneurs of Moroccan origin in Europe in setting up sustainable economic activities in Morocco

April 18, 2013

Programme to support entrepreneurs of Moroccan origin in Europe“Fighting against Poverty in the Crisis Aftermath” have been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. Promote “circular migration” by providing re-entry visas for migrants on renewable short-term contracts, is one result. This solution has been implemented:

 

The Implementation: Program to support entrepreneurs of Moroccan origin in Europe in setting up sustainable economic activities in Morocco

As more countries in North Africa fight their way to democracy, the demands on the EU for better cooperation will increase. "Circular migration", an idea discussed at the Global Economic Symposium 2009 in Plön might be useful here.

Read more about this.

 


 

Solutions on "Security in the Face of Globalization"

April 17, 2013

Security in the Face of Globalization

Check out our solutions on "Security in the Face of Globalization" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Agree a "Maastricht Treaty on Crime...
- Military and other public safety...
- Implement a global tracking system...

 

 


 

Boston Marathon Bombings: Emphasize state's capacity to protect citizens

April 16, 2013

Dealing with TerrorismTwo bombs have exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. It is not yet clear who committed the attack. Terrorist attacks are usually intended to show that the government cannot protect the citizens. In dealing with terrorism, the state´s capacity to protect the public should be emphasized, GES-experts say.

Read more about GES Solution for Dealing with Terrorism

 


 

GES-experts: Enforce quota laws for better board diversity

April 15, 2013

Implementing Board DiversityPoliticians in Germany are currently debating whether the country should introduce a gender quota to increase the number of women in supervisory boards to 40%. The Parliament is expected to vote on a quota law at the end of next week. Quota laws should be widely used and enforced, GES-experts suggest. In countries where hard quota laws are not accepted, greater transparency on voluntary targets should be encouraged.

Read more about GES Solutions for Board Diversity and Corporate Governance

 


 

Korea crisis: Consider Security Concerns of North Korea

April 12, 2013

Identifying and Preventing Future Security Threats

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula may become "uncontrollable". GES-experts suggest to revive arms control negotiations with the aim of achieving global nuclear zero.

The security concerns of states that seek to acquire nuclear weapons, such as North Korea, should be considered.

Read more about "Identifying and Preventing Future Security Threats"

 


 

Solutions on "The Future of Central Banking"

April 11, 2013

GES 2012: The Future of Central Banking

Check out our solutions on "The Future of Central Banking: Inflation Targeting versus Financial Stability" generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

- Central banks should adopt “default...
- Create a World Monetary Authority...
- Delivering price stability must remain...

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Contingent convertibles bonds (Coco)

April 11, 2013

Contingent convertibles bonds “Balancing Risk Taking and Financial Regulation” have been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. "Consider the creation of “solvency-convertible debt” for systemically relevant financial institutions, ensuring that if such institutions become insolvent, their debt would automatically be converted into equity, on predetermined terms" is one result. This solution has been implemented:

The Implementation: Contingent convertibles bonds

Lloyds are doing it, Rabobank and Credit Suisse too: in the past few months, they have all issued contingent convertibles or CoCos for short. Also known as mandatory convertible bonds, CoCos are becoming a preferred instrument with which the central banks seek to improve the equity situation in the banking sector.

Read more about "Contingent convertibles bonds"

 


 

No return to national currencies in Europe

April 9, 2013

Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal RulesA new political party in Germany named “Alternative for Germany” promotes the return to national currencies in Europe and the dissolution of the eurozone. This would cause great damage to the European economy. Instead, the Euro can be saved by establishing a credible fiscal in each eurozone country, GES-experts say. A fiscal rule defines a long-term target for the debt-to-GDP ratio, but allows short-term action for growth incentives during times of recession.

Read more

 


 

Europe's valuable Resource

April 4, 2013

Official GES BlogThe euro zone finds itself in an ongoing crisis, but yet it doesn't use one of its most valuable resources: The skills of its elderly population. Instead, most governments force people to be retired for over a quarter of their lifetimes. Abolishing the mandatory retirement age would raise the average per capita income and generate tax revenue that governments could use to repay their debts. Professor Dennis Snower, the President of the Kiel Institute, explains in his Blog-Post, how this could be achieved. Read it and get involved!

 


 

Better arms control – less terrorism

April 2, 2013

Dealing with TerrorismThe UN General Assembly is expected to vote on the first UN treaty to regulate the global arms trade today. We need initiate a comprehensive international initiative to prevent weapons falling into terrorist hands.

Read more about "Dealing with Terrorism"

 

 


 

World Water Day: Preparing for a Blue Revolution

March 22, 2013

World Water DayAccess to clean water for drinking and sanitation is a fundamental human right that must be protected. Today's World Water Day should focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. We need to rethink the way we use water in our daily lives. What exactly can we do? Read our Blog-Post and get involved!

 


 

Pricing Water: a Way to Recognize Water as a Resource?

March 22, 2013

The World Water Day should focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. Check out our latest GES Brief “Water Management”, which comprises promising and innovative solution proposals of four panels on sustainable water use.

Download

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented: Liberia’s Health Sector Pool Fund

March 21, 2013

Liberia’s Health Sector Pool Fund

Repairing Failed States” have been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. "Transform aid delivery by establishing trust funds co-managed by the state and donors, developing sector-wide approaches where donors pool funds, and giving management of sector programs to the local government." is one result. This solution has been implemented:

The Implementation: Liberia’s Health Sector Pool Fund

Liberia's Health Sector Pool Fund was established in 2009 by the Ministry of Health & Social Welfare to support the implementation of the National Health Plan.

The Implementation: Liberia’s Health Sector Pool Fund

 


 

Vote the topic for the Open Solution 2013

March 18, 2013

Open Solution 2013The Global Economic Symposium aims to connect people from all over the world with top-level scientists, CEOs, politicians, and other decision-makers.You have the chance to work conjointly on an open document which will be discussed at the GES 2013 in Germany. We call that process the "Open Solution".

The Open Solution launches on April 1st, 2013. Until then you can vote the topic you want to discuss together with the GES-experts in 2013. Your vote will decide which way the Open Solution 2013 will take. To cast your vote, click here: http://ow.ly/iY7Yk

 


 

Make creditors pay for excessive risk-taking of banks

March 18, 2013

Balancing Risk Taking and Financial RegulationThe EU has required a one-time tax of 9.9% on Cypriot bank deposits of more than €100,000 as part of a bailout for Cyprus. In the future, creditors should be forced to pay the bill for excessive risk-taking of banks, GES-experts say. To get there, debt issued by systemically relevant financial institutions should be "solvency-convertible": If such an institution becomes insolvent, the debt would be converted into equity.

Read more about the proposal "Proposal - Solvency-Convertible Bonds and Financial Vigilance Agency"

 


 

Credible fiscal rules needed for austerity and growth

March 15, 2013

Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules

At the EU summit in Brussels, debates have arised on the best economic policy to ensure austerity without suppressing economic growth. Both would be possible by enforcing credible fiscal rules, GES-experts say. A fiscal rule defines a long-term target for the debt-to-GDP ratio, but allows short-term action for growth incentives during times of recession.

 

Read more about "Solution for Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules"

 


 

Changing Behavior in Aging Societies

March 14, 2013

Check out our latest GES Brief “Expanding Job Opportunities for Senior Citizens” and find promising and innovative solution proposals. We thank our Knowledge Partner Bureau of European Policy Advisers (BEPA) for co-organizing the respective session at the GES 2012.

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Abolish the mandatory retirement age

March 13, 2013

Financing Old Age

After the Bertelsmann Foundation published a study suggesting to raise the retirement age to 69, debates arise about the future of the public pension system. GES-experts support the idea of lengthening working lives: Mandatory retirement age needs to be abolished and retirees should be allowed to work while drawing benefits.

Read more about "Financing Old Age"

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Barry Eichengreen

March 12, 2013

Barry EichengreenBarry Eichengreen, Professor of Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, will join the Global Economic Symposium 2013.

He will speak in the Plenary on “The Future of Central Banking and Financial Market Reform”.

 


 

Do we need Gender Quotas?

March 8, 2013

Implementing Board Diversity

On International Women's Day, women's rights stand in the focus. But are gender quotas the right way to secure these rights?

Read our pro and con blog posts "Quotas Matter for Full Equal Political and Economic Participation" and "Gender Quotas are Discriminatory", see what GES-experts have to say and get involved!

Read more what GES-experts have to say

 


 

New funding models for higher education

March 5, 2013

Redefining Universities

As the last German states scrap tuition fees, debates arise on how to finance higher education. GES-experts suggest to experiment with new funding models for higher education to give access to quality education to students who can pay little or nothing – for example, by charging for certification, examination processing, learning support or online internships, rather than for content and its delivery.

Read more about "Redefining Universities"


 

Executive pay: Stronger voting rights for long-term shareholders

March 5, 2013

Balancing Risk Taking and Financial Regulation

The Swiss have backed executive pay curbs in a referendum and the European Union agreed a cap on bankers' bonuses. For GES-experts, the shareholders should be the ones to decide on executive pay. Long-term investors should be rewarded with stronger voting rights. By doing this, management would be led to balance the short-term pressures of the market with the interests of long-term shareholders.

Read more about "Balancing Risk Taking and Financial Regulation"

 


 

GES 2012 solutions published!

March 4, 2013

The main results of the Global Economic Symposium 2012 have been published. The book Global Economic Solutions 2012/2013 contains solution proposals generated by the GES 2012 in Rio de Janeiro.

Check out our new and innovative solutions from the Global Economic Symposium 2012. For further insights visit our repository of Solutions or browse our Knowledge Base.

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US need a fiscal rule to ensure budget consolidation

March 1, 2013

Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal RulesIf Democrats and Republicans don’t find a last minute agreement, draconian cuts to the US budget are scheduled to kick in at midnight Friday. The ongoing debates on the US budget deficit have a negative impact on the world economy. To resolve the crisis, America finally needs to implement a credible fiscal rule to ensure budget consolidation.

Read More about "Solution for Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules?"

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Wim Kok

March 1, 2013

GES Speaker 2013

Wim Kok, President of the Club de Madrid, will speak at the Global Economic Symposium 2013.

He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 1994 until 2002.

 


 

Italy needs to improve its international competitiveness

February 28, 2013

Redesigning Fiscal Consolidation and Debt ManagementDespite the political chaos which has resulted from the deadlocked vote, Italy needs more efforts to ensure its international competitiveness. Cuts in government spending and tax increases are necessary for fiscal consolidation. The resulting negative demand effect can be offset by labor market reforms and a strengthening of government efficiency.


Read more about "Solution for Redesigning Fiscal Consolidation and Debt Management"

 


 

SNS Reaal case illustrates necessity of solvency-convertible debt

February 27, 2013

Balancing Risk Taking and Financial RegulationSNS Reaal bondholders are shocked by the Dutch government’s decision to expropriate all of the bank’s subordinated debt. To avoid such situations, the debt issued by systemically relevant financial institutions should be “solvency-convertible”, so that if such an institution becomes insolvent, the debt would automatically be converted into equity.

Read more about "Solvency-Convertible Bonds and Financial Vigilance Agency

 


 

GES Blog: The minimum wage is a job killer

February 26, 2013

John Picken, FlickrOpposition parties in Germany are preparing to introduce a draft law on a minimum wage to the Bundesrat upper house. Do we need a law for that?

Read the GES Blog.

 


 

Shaping our Future: Projects of the GES Ideas Fair

February 22, 2013

This GES Brief summarizes thought-provoking projects presented at the Ideas Fair 2012.

GES Brief: Ideas 1/2013The Ideas Fair is an opportunity for GES participants to communicate potentially important ideas in the service of global problem-solving. Each idea focuses on a novel, unconventional way of dealing with a well-defined global challenge. It represents out-of-the-box thinking with a large potential global payoff. Characteristically, the ideas are newly conceived, perhaps not yet fully developed and articulated, controversial, but feasible.

Read the GES Brief: Ideas 1/2013

 

Our next pathbreaking publication:
The Global Economic Solutions, compiling the results of the GES 2012, will be published on March 4th, 2013!

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: We welcome Nobel Laureate Richard Ernst

February 22, 2013

Speaker 2013 - Richard R. ErnstRichard R. Ernst, Emeritus Professor of Physical Chemistry Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, will speak at the Global Economic Symposium 2013.

In 1991 Richard Ernst was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

 


 

A world powered by renewable energy

February 21, 2013

Reassessing Renewable EnergiesSaudi-Arabia has announced to support the Desertec Foundation, which plans to ensure reliable energy supply and to support regional development through building solar power plants in desert areas. For GES-experts, this is a step in the right direction. Oil revenues are a good source to finance the transition to a world powered by renewable energy.

Read more about the GES Solution for"Reassessing Renewable Energies"

 


 

Dual Citizenship can foster integration

February 21, 2013

Migration, Integration and IdentityThe German minister of justice has proposed to foster dual citizenship. According to GES-experts, this might lead to better integration of immigrants and strengthen their democratic participation. Better integrated immigrants has a positive impact on immigrants’ labor market outcomes.

Read more about the GES Solution for "Migration, Integration and Identity"

 


 

Cyprus needs a credible fiscal rule

February 18, 2013

Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal RulesThe threat of state bankruptcy has been the main campaign theme at the Presidential elections in Cyprus. A credible fiscal rule could help the country to overcome its debt crisis, GES experts say. The rule should define a long-term target for the debt-to-GDP ratio and a limit for the annual budget deficit. It should be a prerequisite in order to receive ESM-aid.

Read more about "Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules"

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: Josef Ackermann

February 15, 2013

Josef AckermannJosef Ackermann, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Zurich Insurance Group Ltd and Zurich Insurance Company Ltd, will speak at the Global Economic Symposium 2013.

Prior to his position at Zurich Insurance Group he served as Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Bank AG.

 


 

Keeping the electricity prices from rising

February 14, 2013

Pioneering Smart Electricity SystemsKeeping the electricity prices from rising The German environment ministers have started talks on keeping the electricity prices from rising. For GES-experts, price incentives in combination with short-term monitoring of households’ electricity consumption can promote a more balanced use of electricity as well as energy efficiency.

Read more about "Pioneering Smart Electricity Systems"

 


 

Achieving a global nuclear zero

February 14, 2013

Identifying and Preventing Future Security ThreatsNorth Korea claims to have detonated a third nuclear bomb. Even China will now almost certainly support tougher sanctions at the United Nations. GES-experts propose to revive arms control negotiations. The aim should be to achieve a global nuclear zero.

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Coalitions against corruption

February 11, 2013

Fighting Corruption in Developing CountriesThe Spanish government is hit by a corruption scandal of epic dimension. Prime minister Mariano Rajoy has been accused to have received illegal gratification from the construction industry. For GES-experts, a holistic approach to fighting corruption requires not only criminal sanctions but other elements of an “integrity system”: The civil society needs to be empowered to build coalitions against corruption.

Read more about Fighting Corruption in Developing Countries

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Adapting farming to a changing climate

February 11, 2013

Managing Adaptatio to Climate Change in the Developing World” has been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. "Adopt an integrated approach to promoting water and food security." is one result of the GES. This solution has been implemented:

The Implementation: Adapting farming to a changing climate
The Pacific island of Vanuatu is modifying its farming practices to cope with climate extremes.

Read more about "Adapting farming to a changing climate”

 


 

GES Speaker 2013: Nobel Laureate Edmund S. Phelps

February 08, 2013

Speaker 2013 - Edmund S. Phelps

Edmund S. Phelps, Nobel Laureate and Professor of Political Economy at Columbia University, will speak at the Global Economic Symposium 2013.

He is the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Economics.



 

Less power for credit rating agencies

February 07, 2013

Strengthening the Global Financial System

The US-government takes the credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s to court for compensation for wrong evaluations that led to the financial crisis. For GES-experts, one consequence from the crisis should be to deprive credit rating agencies of their regulatory influence.


Read more about "Strengthening the Global Financial System"



 

Lower border barriers needed

February 05, 2013

Reconsidering the International Trading System

A free trade zone between the US and Europe is gaining traction and could become reality. For GES-experts, lower border barriers are the right way to focus the international trading system on the core task of facilitating market access in industrial goods, services and agriculture.


Reconsidering the International Trading System

 


 

Solvency-convertible debt instead of the FTT

February 04, 2013

Balancing Risk Taking and Financial Regulation

The European Commission has backed plans from 10 countries to launch a financial transactions tax (FTT). GES-experts have come to a better solution: The debt issued by systemically relevant financial institutions should be “solvency-convertible” – that way the taxpayers wouldn’t have to come up for the costs of excessive risk-taking. Read here why...

 


 

No ESM-aid for Cyprus without a fiscal rule

February 04, 2013

Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules

The debate about a bailout for Cyprus is still ongoing. According to GES-experts, Cyprus should apply a credible fiscal rule in order to receive financial aid from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM). The rule should define a long-term target for the debt-to-GDP ratio and an upper limit for the annual budget deficit, depending on the business cycle.

No ESM-aid for Cyprus without a fiscal rule

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented:
Converting Renewable Energies into Gas

January 31, 2013

Converting Renewable Energies into Gas

“The Energy Crisis and Climate Change" has been discussed at the GES. A respective solution is "Reduce emissions from power generation by exploiting available options in natural gas, bioenergy, and wind power; at the same time, increase public sector R&D on new technologies including carbon capture and storage (CCS), photovoltaics, and nuclear fusion." This solution has been implemented:

The Audi e-gas project represents the company's first step towards producing sustainable fuels. The company is currently building the world's first industrial-scale plant to convert CO₂ and renewable electricity into a synthetic natural gas that can be fed into the natural gas network. This power-to-gas technology opens up new possibilities for sustainable mobility and the energy economy of the future.

Read more about "Converting Renewable Energies into Gas"

 


 

Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules?

January 28, 2013

Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules

Davos: Harvard-economist Kenneth Rogoff suggests inflation to reduce public debt in the Euro zone.

The GES community thinks:

Budget consolidation through credible fiscal rules serves that purpose better.

For example, define a long-term target for the debt-to-GDP ratio and an upper limit for the annual budget deficit to GDP ratio, depending on the business cycle, the country’s existing debt-to-GDP ratio and its future growth prospects.

Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules?

 


 

Davos: World Economic Forum promotes fight against youth unemployment

January 24, 2013

Tackling Youth Unemployment

The challenge of youth unemployment must not be underestimated: half the world’s population is under the age of 27 and young people make up an estimated 40% of the 200 million people unemployed worldwide. (cp. WEF)

GES Solution
GES experts suggest to publicize the importance of vocational training and foster uptake.

Promote vocational training and foster uptake.

 


 

Islamistic terrorism in northern Africa:
The myth of the "holy war" should be de-glorified

January 22, 2013

GES blogpost
When islamist groups commit terrorist attacks, try to take control of governments or threaten western democracies, one myth is always present: The myth of doing something heroic. The myth of killing in the name of god. The myth of the “holy war”. Right now, this is the case in the northwest of the African continent. Western countries should start to treat these self-declared heroes with a more realistic approach, GES-experts suggest.

Read the GES Blog

 


 

Crisis in Northern Africa

January 21, 2013

Dealing with Terrorism GES-experts suggest to initiate a comprehensive international initiative to prevent weapons falling into terrorist hands.

Read more about GES Solutions for Dealing with Terrorism

 


 

The Trillion Dollar Coin

January 14, 2013

Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal RulesInstead of the trillion-dollar-coin: The United States need a credible fiscal rule for budget consolidation.

Define a long-term target for the debt-to-GDP ratio and an upper limit for the annual budget deficit to GDP ratio, depending on the business cycle, the country’s existing debt-to-GDP ratio and its future growth prospects. ...

Read more about GES Solutions for Fiscal Consolidation through Fiscal Rules?

 


 

Did Iran attack websites of American banks?

January 10, 2013

Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and the Future of the InternetGES-experts propose international treaty to promote global cooperation on investigation of cybercrime.

Cybercrime is a truly global criminal phenomenon and cannot be adequately dealt with by single jurisdiction approaches to policing. International consensus on the detection, investigation and prosecution process must be reached ...


Solution for Cybercrime, Cybersecurity and the Future of the Internet

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented: Elevating Representation of Women in Leadership

January 03, 2013

“Board Diversity and Corporate Governance” has been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. Respective GES solution are "Establish male “champions of change”—corporate CEOs who can be the public voice for gender diversity on boards and in senior management, and who can even sponsor and mentor women for board placement. and "Include men in the process of empowering women."These solutions have been implemented:

The Implementation: Elevating Representation of Women in Leadership
In April 2010, Commissioner Broderick, Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission, was instrumental in bringing together some of Australia’s most influential and diverse male CEOs and Chairpersons to form the Male Champions of Change group.

Read more

 


 

Closing the Gender Gap

December 21, 2012

Women in OECD-countries are better educated – men still dominate senior management.

GES-experts: Male CEOs should act as public voice for gender diversity.

Read more

 


 

2. GES Salon - GES 2013 kick off

December 18, 2012

2. GES Salon - Kick Off 2013Prof. Dennis J. Snower, President of Kiel Institute for the World Economy and Director of the Global Economic Symposium and Dr. Michael Prange, Deputy President of the association Der Kieler Kaufmann e.V., set a course for the GES 2013 in Kiel. Numerous representatives of Kiel economy were guests.

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What are the risks of the euro crisis for mediumsized family business?

December 14, 2012

Dennis Snower at Frerich Glas GmbHProf. Dennis Snower, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy and Director of the Global Economic Symposium, spoke about “Opportunities and risks for the German economy within the framework of euro liability” in front of 200 entrepreneurs at the glass factory of Frerichs Glas GmbH in Verden, Germany.


Watch on Youtube and see some impressions

 


 

See how GES solutions can be implemented: Building Walls with Waste

December 11, 2012

"Reducing the Water and Waste Footprints of Megacities" has been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium.

One respective GES solution is "Treat waste and sewage as a resource, and increase recycling and reuse. Take account of engineering, economic and social viewpoints to implement a range of potential options to make better use of water and solid waste." This solution has been implemented:

The Implementation: Building Walls with Waste
Plastic bottles usually end up clogging landfills and waterways. But in Guatemala, they’re used to collect rubbish and construct homes and schools. It’s helping to reinforce the importance of turning trash into treasure.

Read more about Building Walls with Waste

 


 

Quotes from GES panelists

December 04, 2012

Eric A. Hanushek


"The exciting thing about GES 2012 was the interactions with so many interesting, diverse, and thoughtful people. The passion of the participants was infectious and led to some very creative discussions."

Eric A. Hanushek
Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University

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See how GES solutions can be implemented: Alliance for Rural Electrification

December 03, 2012

Alliance for Rural Electrification

Towards a Global Electricity Market” has been discussed at the Global Economic Symposium. One respective GES solution is "Implement off-grid electricity generation devices in underdeveloped areas without access to electricity grids." This solution has been implemented:

The Implementation: Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
The Alliance for Rural Electrification is the only international business association in the world focusing on the promotion and the development of off-grid renewable energy solutions for rural electrification in developing countries.

Readmore

 


 

The World Seeks Solutions in Kiel!

November 26, 2012

The GES 2013 takes place from October 1st to 2nd!

Kiel

Location:
Duration:
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Kiel, Germany
2 full days
€ 1500
Approximately 600 leading decision makers from politics, business, finance, academia, and civil society.

 


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