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“Our World’s Future”: how the SDGs work in practice

In cooperation with CRS – Centre for Systems Solutions and IIASA – International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

An experiential playground that will seriously question your understanding of sustainability dynamics! Can you successfully innovate to collaborate towards the global goals? Immerse yourself in a setting where you can test different strategies and courses of action while putting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into practice.

Date & Place

August 26 14:00-18:00

Alpbach, Tyrol (exact venue will be published here in due course).



In 2015, the global community set 17 major targets for the year 2030 – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and secure prosperity for all. The “OUR WORLD’S FUTURE” Game is an interactive role-playing simulation game which enables players to experience the complexity of the SDGs’ implementation.

Target Group

The programme is geared towards young professionals, preferably in the political field, but generally open to all interested and registered participants and scholarship holders of the Political and Legal Symposium as well as the Technology Symposium (August 26 only). No further qualifications are required.

Application Deadlines

See below.

Fees & Availability of Scholarships

  • Full participation fee: EUR 800,-; includes registration for the European Forum Alpbach Political and Legal Symposium
  • Registered participants of the Political and Legal Symposium and confirmed scholarship holders of the European Forum Alpbach may participate in the event for free.
  • In case you are applying solely for Our World’s Future”, you still have to bear the cost of the Political Symposium (EUR 800,-) and assume the responsibility for room booking yourself. Here is the link for the registration. Fees do not include accommodation or board.

In “OUR WORLD’S FUTURE” each player takes on a unique role in the complex global landscape. Each role allows specific decisions, requires responsibility, offers space to develop creative strategies and to cooperate with other participants. The game thus not only simulates the complexity of the global system but also triggers new ideas which can affect the real world. Will you be able to make the best of your team’s collective intelligence to create a sustainable, clean and fair future?

  • How can we use limited resources to achieve the goals? Is it possible to meet competing needs without trade-offs?
  • Can big businesses and governments resist an urge to compete and opt for more cooperation instead? Is it possible to change consumer behaviour? Who retains sovereignty over important decisions?
  • Can food production provide for all without negative effects on essential natural ecosystems?
  • How can we increase our efforts in climate change mitigation, at the same time generating enough energy for all?
  • And what role do we – as consumers, producers, governments and NGOs – play in the implementation of the goals?

The programme is led by Dr. Piotr Magnuszewski,  a Program Leader at the Centre for Systems Solutions in Wroclaw and Research Scholar at IIASA – International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg. His vision of the game addresses major challenges arising in the course of SDGs’ fulfillment and raises questions referring to common responsibility for the planet. By taking on the roles of consumers, producers, governments and NGOs, players have a unique opportunity to explore the complexity of global issues from a number of perspectives. Relying on limited resources and bound by game’s restrictions, they discover the underlying mechanisms ruling the world and learn to employ strategies and make compromises to meet competing needs (e.g. food or energy production vs. environmental degradation). Whether they will opt for competition or collaboration is up to them,  but the choice will definitely affect the world’s future. Will it be a sustainable, clean and fair one? – it remains an open question.

Your Learning Outcomes

  • Deepen your understanding of the complexities of the global system
  • Realise what contribution you can make to reach the global goals
  • Promote and integrate technological and social innovations into society
  • Recognize negotiating patterns and develop skills for effective communication and collaboration

Who is it for?

Participants who want to engage actively in a learning process and experience the complexity of multi-stakeholder negotiations from various perspectives.

Conditions & Application

For paying participants: Please send an e-mail including your full name and profession (max. 200 words) by July 31, 2017.

For confirmed scholarship holders of the European Forum Alpbach Foundation: Please send an e-mail including your full name and your statement on the relevance of the SDGs in the international arena (max. 400 words) by June 30th.


Once you are accepted to the session, your participation is compulsory. Direct your e-mails to Mr Martin Johaim (

For all questions concerning the programme, contact:
Martin Johaim (+43 (1) 718 17 11-35;