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Capitalism and Democracy – A Power Struggle?

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Elisabeth-Herz-Kremenak-Saal
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Capitalism has no serious competition as an economic model and nor does it seem to need to have a democratic basis (see China). Is the triumph of capitalism a danger for democracies? Or is that a false alarm? If it turns out to be a threat, what can be done?

Honorary Professor, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Lüneburg
Chairman, Management Board, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna
Television Journalist, Berlin Chair

Dr. Richard David PRECHT

Honorary Professor, Leuphana University Lüneburg, Lüneburg

 Richard David Precht ist Philosoph, Publizist, Autor und einer der profiliertesten Intellektuellen im deutschsprachigen Raum. Er ist Honorarprofessor für Philosophie an der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg sowie Honorarprofessor für Philosophie und Ästhetik an der Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin. Seine Bücher wie "Wer bin ich - und wenn ja, wie viele?", "Liebe. Ein unordentliches Gefühl" und "Die Kunst, kein Egoist zu sein" sind internationale Bestseller und wurden in insgesamt mehr als 40 Sprachen übersetzt. Seit 2012 moderiert er die Philosophiesendung 'Precht' im ZDF, für die er 2013 mit dem Deutschen Fernsehpreis in der Kategorie "Besondere Leistung" ausgezeichnet wurde. In seinen Publikationen und Vorträgen beschäftigt sich Richard David Precht seit vielen Jahren mit Fragen der Ethik. Was bedeuten Moral und Verantwortung in Zeiten globaler Krisen? Welche Auswirkung hat es, wenn wir unser Denken und Handeln nur mehr unter Gesichtspunkten der "instrumentellen Vernunft" - oder, wie wir heute sagen, unter Aspekten der "Effizienz" - bewerten? Wie müssen wir unsere Idee der "Bildung" erneuern, da die digitale Revolution unsere Lebens- und Arbeitswelt radikal verändert? Abseits verstaubter und abstrakter Debatten eröffnet Richard David Precht mit seinen Vorträgen neue Blickwinkel auf die wichtigsten Themen, die unsere Wirtschaft, Politik und Gesellschaft derzeit bewegen.

Mag. Andreas TREICHL

Chairman, Management Board, Erste Group Bank AG, Vienna

 Andreas Treichl has been Chairman of the Management Board of Erste Group Bank AG since 1997. He studied Economic Science at the University of Vienna and started his banking career in 1977 at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York as a credit analyst. Then he worked for Chase in various management positions in Vienna, Athens and Brussels. In 1994, he became Member of the Management Board of Erste Österreichische Spar-Kasse and on 1st of July 1997 Chairman of the Board. He managed the bank after the merger with GiroCredit and took it public. Under his leadership and initiative, the bank, which had been a purely local savings bank up to then, expanded into a leading financial services provider in Central and Eastern Europe with more than 15.9 million customers. Andreas Treichl established the ERSTE Foundation, was Chairman of the Board until 2012 and is Member of the Advisory Board since 2013. He launched numerous initiatives for social development and sustainability, e.g. good.bee and Zweite Sparkasse, enabling access to financial services for disadvantaged target groups.

Anke PLÄTTNER

Television Journalist, Berlin

1984-1987 School voor de Journalistiek, Utrecht
1987-1989 Correspondent for Dutch media (Avro Radio en Persdienst GPD), Cologne
1989-1990 Trainee program TV en radio, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Cologne
1990-2002 Editor in Charge, Anchor, several positions, WDR (news, documentaries)
1993 Arthur Burns Fellowship, NBC, Denver
2002-2004 Political Correspondent, Phoenix, Berlin
2004-2010 Anchor daily political talkshow "Phoenix Runde", Berlin
2010-2013 Political TV correspondent, WDR, Berlin
since 2013 Self-employed anchor (WDR; ARD Morgenmagazin)
since 2013 Consultant, MeinesHolla&Partners, The Hague
since 2015 Anchor, daily political talkshow "Phoenix Runde"

Economic Symposium

show timetable

27.08.2019

14:00 - 14:40OpeningPlenary
14:45 - 15:45The New World Trade (Dis)orderPlenary
16:00 - 16:30Europe’s Dream of a Leading Role in the WorldPlenary
16:45 - 17:15Revisiting Friedrich August von Hayek – A ControversyPlenary
17:30 - 18:15Capitalism and Democracy – A Power Struggle?Plenary

28.08.2019

08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Data and the Future of WorkPlenary
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Sustained MobilityPlenary
08:30 - 09:15On the Agenda: Responsible BusinessesPlenary
09:30 - 10:30Managing Insecurity or Managing in Security?Plenary
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Company Future Under Scrutiny? Scenarios from Limitation to LiberationBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: How Data Determines the Fortunes of States, Corporations and IndividualsBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: What Can and Should AI Do? What Kind of Regulation Does Innovation Need?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: Freedom of Choice vs. Regulation When Switching to Alternative DrivesBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: How to Avoid the Commodity Trap?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: The Liberty of Offensive PlayBreakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: ‘Ecosystems’ of Digital Champions: How Can Other Businesses Keep Up?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Ready for the Future – Which Skills Do We Need?Breakout
11:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: We and The Digital World – Society and Business in TransitionBreakout
12:30 - 14:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Free Trade – of Course!? Can Free Trade Enjoy Sustainable Success?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: How Vulnerable Is Our Economy?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Yellow Vests and Energy Poverty: Questions of Distribution in Climate and Energy PolicyBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Open Talent Economy – Seeking New Approaches in an Uncertain World of WorkBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Safe Nutrition – between individual self-realization and societal goalsBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The Erosion of Trust Undermines Economic Behavior. How to Restore it?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Digital Identity: Brave New World?Breakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: The Spy You Love in Your PocketBreakout
14:30 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: How to Cope with Complexity: A Playful Session with Eigenland®Breakout
16:15 - 17:30Unleashing Europe’s Digital PotentialPlenary
18:30 - 20:30Viennese Wednesday Society of Trade – Edition Alpbach: Consumer Protection in Between Climate Crisis and DigitizationPartner
22:00 - 23:55Magenta NightSocial

29.08.2019

08:00 - 09:0019th Alpbach Europe Breakfast: Europe on the MovePartner
09:15 - 10:00On the Agenda: The Impact of the Financial IndustryPlenary
09:15 - 10:00On the Agenda: Powering the Energy TransitionPlenary
09:15 - 10:00On the Agenda: Connected IndustriesPlenary
10:15 - 10:45How to Navigate Global TransformationsPlenary
11:00 - 12:30The ‘How To’ in Building Future-Ready BusinessesPlenary