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Alpbach in Motion

Alpbach in Motion 2017 – 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 “ and the findings are woven into the programme of the Alpbach Economic Symposium. The group members bring new insights back into their fields of work and get exclusive offers for expert meetings throughout the year. The general theme for the European Forum Alpbach 2017 is “Conflict and Cooperation.”


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 for 2017

This years mentor will be 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-founders 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.


The Summit takes place from August 27 (1 p.m.) – August 29, 2017 (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 29 – August 31, 2017)

How to apply

  • The application runs from February 2017 to March 24, 2017.
  • Applicants must present a CV, a cover letter and a letter of recommendation from a senior member of the company or from an AIM- alumni; if your are self-employed or executive level, let us know.
  • Age limit: 30 – 40 years.
  • Fluency in English is a must.
  • We particularly welcome applications from women and person with non- German speaking background.
  • Selected participants will be notified by April 20, 2017.

Please send your application via E-Mail to Charlotte Steenbergern (

Programme Fee

  • The programme fee is EUR 1,900.
  • It includes the participation, catering during the summit and free access to the Alpbach Economic Symposium.
  • Cost for travel and accommodation are excluded, but we offer room booking services for accepted participants.
  • We offer a limited number of scholarships for young leaders from cultural institutions or social service providers. The scholarship waives the fees for Alpbach in Motion and grants free access to the Economic Symposium. It does not include travel and board and lodging. Let us know in your application why you feel you are eligible for a scholarship.

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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)


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