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The Throwaway Society

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Daily, huge amounts of food are thrown away. They are an example for the extent of our “throwaway society”. Even clothes, toys, mobile phones or computers and similar products which used to have long lifespans, nowadays end up in the bin after a short period of use. Also less “tangible” products in our lives, like news, opinions and convictions often land terrifyingly quickly on the “rubbish heap of history”. Is this speed of life in our times irreversible? What can politics do, what can businesses do, and above all: what can each individual do to contribute to more awareness for food and other products?

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
Chief Executive Officer, REWE International, Wiener Neudorf
Chief Executive Officer & Founder, iss mich! Catering e.U., Vienna
Editor in Chief and Managing Director, NZZ Austria; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy; Vienna

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Franz FISCHLER

President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna

Research Assistant, Institute for Agricultural Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Doctorate, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna Executive Assistant, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck Director, Provincial Chamber of Agriculture of Tyrol, Innsbruck Austrian Federal Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Vienna European Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, Brussels Chairman, Ecosocial Forum Europe, Vienna Chairman, RISE-Foundation, Brussels Chairman of the Steering Committee of the EU scientific programme for Expo Milano 2015 President, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
since 2012

Dkfm. Frank HENSEL

Chief Executive Officer, REWE International, Wiener Neudorf

Sales-Manager, Nestle AG Deutschland Vorstandsassistent (und andere Funktionen im Unternehmen), SPAR AG Hamburg Direktor (gesamtverantwortlich für den Bereich Supermarkt/Großhandel für alle Regionen Deutschlands), SPAR Handels AG Deutschland REWE Group im internationalen Bereich, REWE Zentral AG Geschäftsführer, REWE Ungarn Vorstandsmitglied, BILLA AG Österreich, zuständig für Italien und Vorsitz der Geschäftsführung für BILLA/Standa Italien Vorstandsmitglied, REWE Group Austria Vorstandsvorsitzender, REWE Group Austria
  Studium der Betriebswirtschaft


Chief Executive Officer & Founder, iss mich! Catering e.U., Vienna

Self-Employed Web Designer, Innsbruck Marketing Specialist, Microsoft Germany GmbH, Munich Marketing Manager, Vorsprung, Munich Project Manager, Art for the World, Milan CRM Manager, Ant1 TV, Athens Self-Employed Personal Chef, Athens / Vienna Master of Science Programme, Coaching and Mediation, Vienna
since 2010


Editor in Chief and Managing Director, NZZ Austria; Mentor, Alpbach Media Academy; Vienna

Studien der Theologie, Germanistik und Klassischen Philologie an der Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (nicht abgeschlossen) Außenpolitik-Redakteur, "Kleine Zeitung" Redakteur in der Chefredaktion, "Kleine Zeitung" Chef vom Dienst, "Kleine Zeitung" Stellvertretender Chefredakteur, "Kleine Zeitung" Chef vom Dienst, "Standard" Stellvertretender Chefredakteur, "Die Presse" Chefredakteur, "Die Presse"/14 Leiter, Media Academy, Europäisches Forum Alpbach
ab 1988

Economic Symposium

show timetable


08:00 - 10:30Charity Soccer Match – Good Game, Good PurposeSocial
12:00 - 12:50OpeningPlenary
13:30 - 14:20Understanding Inequality – an Empirical AssessmentPlenary
14:40 - 16:10Inequality of Opportunity – Causes, Impact and InterventionsPlenary
16:10 - 16:30Political CornerPlenary
16:30 - 20:00ecoplus Lower-Austria EveningSocial
16:30 - 17:30Rankings and Reality – Austria’s Economic Competitiveness Put to the TestPartner
16:30 - 18:30InEquality from a Female PerspectivePartner
18:30 - 20:00The Entrepreneurial Economy – How to Become a Champion?Plenary
20:00 - 21:00Illuminating AlpbachSocial
20:30 - 21:30Young Talents – Late Night ConcertCulture


06:00 - 07:0015th management club Business BreakfastPartner
06:00 - 07:00Digital Technology: From Inequality to Inclusion – Peter Drucker Breakfast ClubPlenary
07:00 - 08:10Growing Disparities in Wealth and Income – Is (More) Redistribution Necessary?Plenary
07:30 - 08:30The Throwaway SocietyPartner
08:10 - 08:30Political Corner2Plenary
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 01: The Welfare of Nations in the 21st CenturyBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 02: Being Family Friendly – Cosmetic PR or a Successful Route to Equality of Opportunity?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 03: Intergenerational Justice and Economic OutcomesBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 04: Peripheral Business Locations – Disadvantage or (Underestimated) Potential?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 05: Win-Win?! The Symbiosis of Big Business and StartupsBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 06: How Can Europe Overcome Disparity due to the Digital Revolution?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 07: Economic and Financial Education – What Has to be Done?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 08: Value Networks as a Key to a Successful Business LocationBreakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 09: Leading Organisations – What Next?Breakout
09:00 - 11:30Breakout Session 10: Tackling Social Injustice in EuropeBreakout
11:30 - 12:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 11: All the Same – All Different?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 12: The Pension System – Unfair Rather than Equitable?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 13: Better Decisions through ParticipationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 14: Care as a Gender Political and Economic ChallengeBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 15: New Technologies – Old InequalitiesBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 16: Energy Supply in Transformation – Inequality in Access to Markets and Political PowerBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 17: Equality – Location Dependent?Breakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 18: Disabled Employees – Opportunities for Growth & InnovationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 19: More Equal than Others? Modern Management between Leadership and ParticipationBreakout
12:30 - 15:00Breakout Session 20: The Investment Gap in Europe – How to Kick-start Growth?Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Shifting the Perception – Solutions to Combating InequalityPlenary
19:15 - 20:45Young Talents – Maja Osojnik BandCulture


Magenta NightSocial


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 01: In Conversation with Dan ShechtmanBreakout
06:00 - 07:00Breakfast Club 02: In Conversation with Angelika KreschBreakout
06:30 - 07:30“Kater” Breakfast – Back to NormalityPartner
07:00 - 08:30Beyond Clichés – China’s Political and Economic StrategiesPlenary
09:00 - 10:20How to Grow or Not to Grow – that is the Question!Plenary
10:20 - 10:35ClosingPlenary
14:45 - 18:00Economic DialoguePartner