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Economic Symposium

Did we waste the crisis? - Impact, learnings, challenges


The Alpbach Economic Symposium 2010 analyses the socioeconomic consequences of the financial and economic crisis. Crisis management and the successful shaping of the future will lie at the centre of our discussions.

After looking back on the EU s crisis management in comparison to other global players, we will ask what we have learnt from the crisis. Who bears the costs, and how can we share the burden and restructure our loss-making state budgets and social systems? Will justice still play a role in the economic world? Another plenary session will focus on the ecological challenges we presently face. How can we ensure sustainability and create a win-win situation for economy and ecology without stunting the performance of our market economy?

In the concluding panel, high-ranking political decision-makers will discuss their greatest current challenges before looking at possible solutions in times of high government debt and low economic growth.

Economic Symposium

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14:00 - 14:30OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:30Managing the crisis in EuropePlenary
17:00 - 18:30New Sustainability: Can economic and financial crises be prevented?Plenary
19:00 - 20:30Special Lecture: How is the US reinventing itself?Plenary
20:30 - 23:00Reception hosted by the Tourism and Leisure Industries Division of the Austrian Federal Economic ChamberSocial


09:00 - 10:30Economics: Between state, market and civil societyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30The win-win-potential of Economy and EcologyPlenary
15:00 - 16:3001 Krisenbewältigung: Sparen, konsumieren oder investieren?Breakout
15:00 - 18:0003 Neue Sehnsucht nach alten WertenBreakout
15:00 - 18:0004 Live-Simulation: "Neue Steuern braucht das Land!?"Breakout
15:00 - 18:0005 Gerechtigkeit in der Marktwirtschaft?Breakout
15:00 - 18:0006 Borrowing from the Future - Consequences of the CrisisBreakout
15:00 - 18:0007 Re-Set Universities! Hochschulen neu denkenBreakout
15:00 - 18:0008 Was heisst Management-Professionalität nach der Krise?Breakout
15:00 - 18:0009 Mit Mediation nachhaltig durch die Krise steuernBreakout
15:00 - 18:0010 One man's loss is another man's gain? Post-crisis challenges and opportunities in CEEBreakout
15:00 - 16:3011 Ökologische Revolution - Technologie statt IdeologieBreakout
15:00 - 18:0012 Elektromobilität: Neuer Antrieb aus der Krise?Breakout
15:00 - 18:0013 Innovation: Voraussetzung für eine erfolgreiche ZukunftBreakout
15:00 - 18:0014 Mit intelligenten Netzen aus der KriseBreakout
15:00 - 18:0015 Tourismus: Leitbranche mit Beschäftigungs- und Standortgarantie in ÖsterreichBreakout
17:00 - 18:3002 Die Zukunft der sozialen Sicherheit - Who cares?Breakout
19:00 - 20:30Peter Drucker Special Lecture: Innovation as the key to post-crisis managementPlenary
20:30 - 23:00Reception hosted by T-Systems Austria GmbH and T-Mobile Austria GmbHSocial


09:30 - 11:45European economy and politics after the crisis: Challenges and opportunitiesPlenary
11:45 - 12:00Closing StatementPlenary