The Club of Rome at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024

  • 16 January 2024
  • In-person and livestream

Event Overview

The Club of Rome will join the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2024 in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland, along with over 100 governments, all major international organisations, and the 1000 most important global companies, civil society and academic institutions. The 54th annual meeting will drive public-private cooperation at the highest level, with a focus on exploring the opportunities enabled by new technologies and their implications on decision-making and global partnership.

The Club of Rome will host and participate in the session below.


Tuesday 16 January, 12:00-14:00 CET
SDG Tent, Davos
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Fighting the climate and biodiversity crises and shifting towards regenerative economies will require much more than technical innovation. A paradigm shift in our beliefs, mental models and the timescales guiding organisations and policy institutions will be absolutely essential. Current leadership and decision-making structures need to adapt to the new realities facing us and not hinder progress. The global youth movement for climate action has demonstrated this generation’s immense mobilising potential for change. We’ll find out how increasing intergenerational leadership and decision-making models can promote mutual learning and shore up strong commitment to long-term transformation. 

This session is hosted by The Club of Rome and the St Gallen Symposium in partnership with InTent.

Moderated by: Nolita Mvunelo, Programme Manager, The Club of Rome and Felix Rüdiger, Head Content and Research, St. Gallen Symposium

Speakers include: Aya Chebbi, Founder, Nalafem; Former African Union Special Envoy on Youth, Christopher Davis, International Sustainability, Activism and Communications Director, The Body Shop, UK and Felipe Paullier, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Youth Affairs and Till Fust, Co-Director, Solarify; Member of the Board of Directors, Tornos.


Tuesday 16 January, 16:00-18:00 CET
Hotel Derby, Larchensaal,139 Promenade 7260 Davos Dorf Switzerland
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Many people assume that self-inflicted existential challenges such as climate change will be tackled by more research and innovation similar to what we have been developing in past decades. Yet, we have to question whether current R&I processes are effectively serving humanity and the ecosystems on which we depend, or rather contributing to a runaway course that will lead to more extractivism, exploitation of resources of all kinds, and increasing dehumanisation and disconnection.

So how can we catalyse the conditions for our economic processes to engage in a pathway towards regeneration by default? Ensuring science is at the service of equitable wellbeing on a healthy planet is one key way. This requires mobilising natural and social sciences, the humanities, artistic practices, modern science and ancient wisdom still alive in indigenous cultures. The endeavour is not less than a shift in the way that research and innovation interact with society today, across disciplines, cultures and generations.

This session is hosted by The Club of Rome and the Weidenfeld-Hoffmann Trust.

Moderated by Carlos Alvarez Pereira, The Club of Rome Secretary General

With Azadeh Farajpour Javazmi, Founder, Better Soil for a Better World, Lydia Maher, Co-Founder, Critical Loop, UK, Peter Messerli, Director, Wyss Academy for Nature, University of Bern, Switzerland, Mamphela Ramphele, Honorary President, The Club of Rome and Paul Shrivastava, Co-president of The Club of Rome and Professor of Management & Organizations, The Pennsylvania State University, US.

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