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Alpbach in Motion

Alpbach in Motion – 3-Day Summit of Emerging Leaders!


Rethinking Europe’s Economy

You can’t make the economy of tomorrow work with the tools of the past. That’s why the European Forum Alpbach has launched a summit for the next generation business leaders to get together in a solution-focused dialogue around much-needed changes for the European economic system.

Connecting the next generation of decision-makers

Alpbach in Motion connects committed people from various business backgrounds – from start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, social enterprises and the creative industries- to impart knowledge of structural problems and to spark new ideas. As an incubator for new leaderhip, Alpbach in Motion aims to encourage its young leaders to bring change and new ways of acting into their industries and networks.


Embedded in the European Forum Alpbach

A combination of thematic input from internationally renowned speakers with mangerial excellence is mixed with an innovative collaborative reflection concept. Alpbach in Motion dares to as “the big questions “.  The group members bring new insights back into their fields of work and get exclusive offers for expert meetings throughout the year.




Walk the Talk – Change the Game

  • The group is led by a mentor who guides through 35 varied and unanticipated hours, supported by facilitators for group-work sessions . The working process is enriched with inputs from experts offering personal and professional insights.
  • The meaningful exchange between the experts and the group is a key ingredient for inspiration. These high-level professionals, alongside the mentor, dare listeners to enter discussions and/or rethink their current views.
  • John Hagel III, Tomáš Sedlácek, Jeffrey Sachs, Charles Handy and Julia Hobsbawm, among others, have stimulated the minds of Alpbach in Motion so far.
  • The intellectually challenging work of the group is interspersed by pleasant hikes through the beautiful landscape of the Alps. The walks help to decelerate and invite participants to strengthen connections between each other. They also serve for spontaneous breakouts into group-work sessions along the trail.


Our mentor 2017

This years mentor was Dr. Bernard Roth, the Rodney H. Adams Professor of Engineering at Stanford University. He has published widely in the areas of design, creativity, education, kinematics and robotics, and has many awards for both his teaching and research. These include honorary PhDs from the University of Paris and the University of Casino. He also has been an industrial and government consultant and a director of several corporations. He has organized and led workshops on creativity and personal effectiveness, and was a co-founder of Stanford’s “d-school” where he now serves as academic director. His latest book, The Achievement Habit, was published by HarperCollins (Business) in July 2015.

Impressions from 2017.

The NEXT Summit takes place from August 26 (1 p.m.) – August 28, 2018 (1 p.m.)

The benefits for participants

  • work intensely on macro-economic topics
  • meet experts on an eye-to-eye level
  • network with engaged decision makers with international backgrounds and expertise from all scales of businesses (NPO, corporate, arts and entrepreneurs)
  • interact with highly interesting people who are doers and get insights on other tactics and business approaches – experience controversy and mutuality
  • be surprised by meaningful conversations and the potential of the peers
  • get involved and start to shape and create change
  • be inspired by the exceptional landscape
  • benefit from free access to the Alpbach Economic Symposium (August 28 – August 30, 2018)


The application process starts February, 15, 2018 and runs until March, 31, 2018.

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For all questions on Alpbach in Motion and your application please contact Charlotte Steenbergen (  or +43 1 718 17 11 15)


See what happened in 2016