The mission of the Club of Rome is to promote understanding of the global challenges facing humanity and to propose solutions through scientific analysis, communication and advocacy. It recognises the interconnectedness of global challenges, with a distinct perspective that is holistic, systemic and long-term. Its members are notable scientists, economists, businessmen and businesswomen, senior civil servants and former heads of state from around the world. The Club publishes a limited number “Reports to the Club of Rome”, the most famous of which is “The Limits to Growth“.
About The Club of Rome
a global network of renowned independent thinkers
Climate, social and economic dynamics in emerging nations can be quite distinct from traditional western developmental trajectories. Africa’s burgeoning demographic profile and complex social structures necessitate new developmental insights. At the same time Africa, the birth place of humanity, holds deep wisdom for the benefit of future society. Join thought leaders in a dynamic dialogue on learnings from Africa.
About The Institute for Futures Research
a first for Africa
The IFR is Africa’s first (and remains its only) academic-industry futures research institute. This unique institute has lead strategic foresight on the African continent for decades through its reports and high-level thought leadership events. The annual IFR conference invites leading thinkers from Africa to explore the possible and plausible futures against the global challenges of this world. It was established at Stellenbosch University as the direct result of, and immediately following, the first report to the Club of Rome conference, which lead to the publication of the “Limits to Growth” report.
It is therefore an honour and privilege for the IFR to co-host its annual conference with the Club of Rome Annual Summit.
An historic event
The Club of Rome Annual Summit is hosted on the continent that is the Cradle of Humanity with the youngest population profile on the planet – Africa. This is significant given the themes of the Club of Rome.
It is also the first year in which the club is led by two women as co-presidents, namely
Sandrine Dixson-Declève and Dr Mamphela Ramphele.
A GLOBAL SUMMIT IN THE CRADLE OF HUMANITY
The aim of this summit is to gather speakers from all over the globe who will share their thinking on Future-focused topics that will inspire and provoke meaningful conversations.
This unique summit will focus on five interrelated and integrated themes:
The Climate Emergency
Climate change is the most pressing global challenge, constituting an existential threat to humanity. The Club of Rome – Climate Emergency Plan sets out 10 priority actions for business, government, civil society and individual citizens. Planning for climate emergency is a pragmatic response to a known risk and humanity’s insurance plan for survival and a positive future.
Emerging New Civilizations
A new paradigm is essential to clarify our role as a species within the greater Earth Community. Conversations are needed to agree on core values that promote human dignity, respect for nature and protection of the commons beyond current generations. These would be foundations of a stewardship culture for all we do as a human race.
Reclaiming and Reframing Economic
The new civilisation cannot be advanced by an economic system that has produced much of its malaise. The metrics applied to human and planetary progress must now extend innovatively beyond GDP to reflect the true cost, risk and opportunity of human pursuits. A new set of values and principles must be explored, including the rethinking of Finance.
The global financial system is currently at the service of an outdated economic paradigm. It acts as a means of wealth accumulation for a narrow elite, whilst disregarding the negative externalities of environmental damage and social inequalities. A new, sustainable finance system will be a core pillar of a new economy which serves both humanity and the planet. The monetisation of all transactions will need to be re-visited to enhance the equitable distribution of wealth and ensure broader well-being of all peoples. This means putting conscious effort and science into moving away from finance as a value system benefiting the few to accelerating a move toward real economy wealth creation for the many.
It is becoming ever clearer that greater intergenerational dialogue and understanding is needed to address some of the most pressing issues facing humanity today. The global student strikes for the climate demonstrates that younger generations are increasingly mobilised and engaged. Many want the same systems change dynamics as the members of the Club of Rome and fundamental shifts in our current economic, political, and social systems. In this respect, there is growing interest in the Club’s holistic, interdisciplinary approach and its growing desire to serve as an influencer both through thought leadership and action.
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Club of Rome guests contact:
Project and Communications Manager
The Club of Rome
IFR members and guests contact:
Dr Morne Mostert
Director of The Institute for Futures Research
University of Stellenbosch Business School