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In 2015, the European Forum Alpbach takes on the question of InEquality. Public discourse goes back and forth between the two positions: the negative outlook describes inequality as a deficiency hampering opportunities and reducing resources, whereas the positive interpretation considers it a driver for change and diversity.

Why InEquality?
InEquality is felt by everybody – either as an advantage or a disadvantage. It exhibits itself on your payslip, in the waiting time at the hospital or most mercilessly at Europe’s border fences. When many have to suffer for the benefit of the few, then solidarity and societal consensus begin to crumble. Cracks begin to appear. They weaken growth and welfare, they destabilise the economy and democracy. At present, this can already be seen in the form of protests on the streets of Europe. Who profits and who ends up with fewer opportunities? Which instruments can help lessen social inequality? Does “InEquality” harm the economy, or is it one of the economy’s main drivers? How much inequality does Europe need today?

“InEquality” is highly controversial – that’s why hundreds of participants from different backgrounds will gather in Alpbach next summer to explore and discuss the many facets of “InEquality”. Exploring the causes, understanding the repercussions and future developments in respect to “InEquality” will take centre stage. Pioneers combatting social inequality will play a particularly significant role. Artists will be more involved than ever in the programme. You can look forward to artistic exhibitions at the beginning of every symposium.

We invite you to come to Alpbach or follow us online and get involved!


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19.08.-04.09.2015 Alpbach extra ACT
19.08.-04.09.2015 Cultural Programme ART
27.08.-30.08.2015 Simulation Game on Decision Making in the EU SIM
29.08.-30.08.2015 Alpbach Politics Labs LAB
20.08.-05.09.2015 Interreligious Contemplation REL
22.08.-23.08.2015 Tyrol Day TYR
26.08.-27.08.2015 Legal Symposium LAW
26.08.-27.08.2015 Higher Education Symposium EDU
01.09.-03.09.2015 Economic Symposium ECN
19.08.-25.08.2015 Seminar Week SEM
03.09.-04.09.2015 Built Environment Symposium BLT
03.09.-04.09.2015 Financial Market Symposium FIN
30.08.-01.09.2015 Political Symposium POL
23.08.-25.08.2015 Health Symposium MED
27.08.-29.08.2015 Technology Symposium TEC

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