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Economic Symposium

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Capitalism creates wealth - and is simultaneously criticised for weakening democracy and the equality of opportunity. Many indicators appear to demonstrate that people are better off than at any other time in history. At the same time, the economic gap between the wealthy and the poor is widening. Too great a divergence in income has the potential both to threaten social stability, and to choke growth. Under current conditions, how much inequality is necessary to intensify economic relations and to stimulate the business cycle? When does an advantageous "just enough" become a critical "too much"? Where can or should economic policy intervene? Where should such action be avoided? At the Alpbach Economic Symposium, experts from economy, politics and academia will give an overview on the economic dimension of inequality and on its far-reaching consequences for society.

Illustrations with key messages

Abdul Dube, visual facilitator, has captured key messages and conclusions of this year’s vibrant discussions and visualized them for us. Step by step you can revisit discussions in graphics and pictures (Copyright: Abdul Dube).

 

Economic Symposium

show timetable

01.09.2015

08:00 - 10:30 Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good Purpose Social
12:00 - 12:50 Opening Plenary
13:30 - 14:20 Understanding Inequality – an Empirical Assessment Plenary
14:40 - 16:10 Inequality of Opportunity – Causes, Impact and Interventions Plenary
16:10 - 16:30 Political Corner Plenary
16:30 - 20:00 ecoplus Lower-Austria Evening Social
16:30 - 18:30 InEquality from a Female Perspective Partner
16:30 - 17:30 Rankings and Reality – Austria’s Economic Competitiveness Put to the Test Partner
18:30 - 20:00 The Entrepreneurial Economy – How to Become a Champion? Plenary
20:00 - 21:00 Illuminating Alpbach Social
20:30 - 21:30 Young Talents – Late Night Concert Culture

02.09.2015

06:00 - 07:00 Digital Technology: From Inequality to Inclusion – Peter Drucker Breakfast Club Plenary
06:00 - 07:00 15th management club Business Breakfast Partner
07:00 - 08:10 Growing Disparities in Wealth and Income – Is (More) Redistribution Necessary? Plenary
07:30 - 08:30 The Throwaway Society Partner
08:10 - 08:30 Political Corner2 Plenary
09:00 - 11:30 Breakout Session 08: Value Networks as a Key to a Successful Business Location Breakout
09:00 - 11:30 Breakout Session 03: Intergenerational Justice and Economic Outcomes Breakout
09:00 - 11:30 Breakout Session 06: How Can Europe Overcome Disparity due to the Digital Revolution? Breakout
09:00 - 11:30 Breakout Session 10: Tackling Social Injustice in Europe Breakout
09:00 - 11:30 Breakout Session 02: Being Family Friendly – Cosmetic PR or a Successful Route to Equality of Opportunity? Breakout
09:00 - 11:30 Breakout Session 05: Win-Win?! The Symbiosis of Big Business and Startups Breakout
09:00 - 11:30 Breakout Session 01: The Welfare of Nations in the 21st Century Breakout
09:00 - 11:30 Breakout Session 07: Economic and Financial Education – What Has to be Done? Breakout
09:00 - 11:30 Breakout Session 09: Leading Organisations – What Next? Breakout
09:00 - 11:30 Breakout Session 04: Peripheral Business Locations – Disadvantage or (Underestimated) Potential? Breakout
11:30 - 12:30 Lunch Reception Social
12:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 11: All the Same – All Different? Breakout
12:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 20: The Investment Gap in Europe – How to Kick-start Growth? Breakout
12:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 18: Disabled Employees – Opportunities for Growth & Innovation Breakout
12:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 14: Care as a Gender Political and Economic Challenge Breakout
12:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 19: More Equal than Others? Modern Management between Leadership and Participation Breakout
12:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 17: Equality – Location Dependent? Breakout
12:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 13: Better Decisions through Participation Breakout
12:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 12: The Pension System – Unfair Rather than Equitable? Breakout
12:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 16: Energy Supply in Transformation – Inequality in Access to Markets and Political Power Breakout
12:30 - 15:00 Breakout Session 15: New Technologies – Old Inequalities Breakout
16:00 - 17:30 Shifting the Perception – Solutions to Combating Inequality Plenary
19:15 - 20:45 Young Talents – Maja Osojnik Band Culture

02.09.-01.09.2015

Magenta Night Social

03.09.2015

06:00 - 07:00 Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with Angelika Kresch Breakout
06:00 - 07:00 Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with Dan Shechtman Breakout
06:30 - 07:30 “Kater” Breakfast – Back to Normality Partner
07:00 - 08:30 Beyond Clichés – China’s Political and Economic Strategies Plenary
09:00 - 10:20 How to Grow or Not to Grow – that is the Question! Plenary
10:20 - 10:35 Closing Plenary
14:45 - 18:00 Economic Dialogue Partner

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