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06.09.1999 · Research Group on the Global Future

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Research Group on the Global Future
Center for Applied Policy Research (CAP)
Munich, Germany

"Concern for man himself and his fate must always form the chief interest of all technical endeavors ... in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind."

Albert Einstein, address at the California Institute of Technology, 1931

(1) Aventis Triangle Forum
(2) Forum Live
(3) Who's Who at Aventis Triangle Forum
(4) Archive


(1) Aventis Triangle Forum

What do a star New York theater director, the former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia and the head of the World Conservation Union have in common? They're among forty experts and leaders from Europe, North America and Asia converging on Frankfurt am Main for the Aventis Triangle Forum. They will bring together experience from business, politics, science and the arts to work on visions of a sustainable global future.

Participants in the Forum will confront three sets of questions, first about governance in the future, second about the effects of technology, and finally about our responsibilities for tomorrow:

Common Currents of Power? The Future of Societies and Governance in the US, Europe and Asia

* What are the critical challenges facing governance in advanced industrialized societies?
* What are the key rules of the game in future societies, and which actors shape them?
* Who are the likely winners and losers, and why?

Shaping Future Societies: Globalization, Digitalization and Biotechnologization

* What parts of life will be changed most by the new technologies?
* What social problems or conflicts will advancing technologies provoke?
* What can a technologically transformed society offer as solutions?
* How does globalization affect these technological dimensions?

Responsibilities for the Future

* What concrete measures do we need to take now in order to reach the future that we desire?
* How can we organize social and generational contracts in a transformed society?

From these questions and presentations from visionary thinkers like Michio Kaku or hard-nosed pragmatists like Boris Nemtsov, the Forum will work on clear ideas for how we want to live tomorrow.



During the Forum, live reports from the discussions will be published on the web site of the Aventis Foundation. Instant feedback can be sent there, or on the site for the project, How We Want to Live Tomorrow.

Questions, comment, and suggestions based on the questions above or the other materials on the web site can also go directly to Forum participants via online forum or the project's e-mail address, mailto:fgz@lrz.uni-muenchen.de


(3) WHO'S WHO AT Aventis Triangle Forum

The more than forty selected guests and representatives of the project partners - the CAP and the Aventis Foundation - represent a dozen different countries on three continents, a broad array of professions, and literally a world of experience. More detailed biographies are available on the Triangle Forum website.

Prof. Dr. Shlomo Avineri, Professor of Political Science, Hebrew University, Former Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Israel

Prof. Dr. Benjamin Barber, Director of the Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy, Rutgers University, author of Jihad vs. McWorld, USA

Mr. Zulkifli Bin Baharudin, Nominated Member of Parliament, Vice President, Circle International, Singapore

Mr. John Browning, Contributing Editor, Wired Magazine, UK

Mr. Ronnie Chan, Chairman of the Board, Hang Lung Development Co., previous Co-Chairman, Davos Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Olarn Chaipravat, Director and Advisor to the Management Board, The Siam Commercial Bank, Thailand

Prof. Dr. Kriengsak Chareonwongsak, Executive Director, Institute of Future Studies for Development, Thailand

Mr. Juergen Dormann, Chief Executive Officer, Hoechst AG, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Aventis Foundation, Germany

Dr. William Drake, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, USA

Mr. Joerg Frank, Artist, Germany

Mr. Michael Freitag, Editor, Future Magazine, Germany

Dr. Martin Fruehauf, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hoechst AG, Germany

Dr. Moira Gunn, Host of TechNation radio series, former NASA computer scientist, USA

Prof. Dr. Andras Inotai, General Director, Institute for World Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary

Mr. Josef Janning, Deputy Director, Center for Applied Policy Research, Germany

Prof. Dr. Jin-Ho Jeong, Professor of Global Competitiveness, FKI International Management Institute, South Korea

Prof. Dr. Michio Kaku, City University of New York, author of Visions: How Science will Revolutionize the
21st Century, USA

Dr. Maritta Koch-Weser, General Director, World Conservation Union, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Duckhwan Lee, Professor of Chemistry, Sogang University, South Korea

Mr. Douglas Merrill, Senior Research Fellow, Research Group on the Global Future, Center for Applied Policy Research, Germany

Dr. Guenter Metz, Member of the Supervisory Board, Hoechst AG, Germany

Prof. Dr. Eckard Minx, Director, DaimlerChrysler Society and Technology Research Group, Germany

Ms. Christiane Mueller-Schuell, Senior Research Fellow, Research Group on the Global Future, Center for Applied Policy Research, Germany

Mr. Toshiya Nakamura, Kyoto News Agency, Japan

Dr. Karl-Heinz Narjes, Former Vice-President of the European Commission, Germany

Hon. Boris Y. Nemtsov, Former Deputy Prime Minister, former Governor of Nizhni Novgorod, Russia

Dr. Beth Noveck, Director of International Programs, Yale Law School Information Society Program, USA

Dr. Friedmar Nusch, Chairman of the Board of Management, Aventis Foundation, Germany

Dr. Thomas Paulsen, Strategy &Trend Research, HypoVereinsbank, Germany

Ms. Joanne Perez, Proprietary Trader, Banque National de Paris, France

Dr. Andreas Pohlmann, Member of the Board of Management, Aventis Foundation, Germany

Mr. Eckhard Polzer, Former Chairman, Dornier Medical Technology, Germany

Mr. Stefan Sattler, Director of Culture Section, Focus Magazine, Germany

Prof. Dr. Gregory Stock, Director of the Program on Science, Technology and Society, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Ms. Karin Truscheit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany

Mr. Juergen Turek, Director, Research Group on the Global Future, Center for Applied Policy Research, Germany

Dr. Joop de Vries, Executive Director, RISC - Futures, France

Dr. Sarasin Viraphol, Charoen Pokhand Group, Thailand

Mr. Arnd Wagner, Managing Director, Aventis Foundation, Germany

Mr. William Wechsler, Director for Multinational Threats, National Security Council, The White House, USA

Prof. Dr. Dr.h.c. Werner Weidenfeld, Director, Center for Applied Policy Research

Mr. Robert Wilson, Theater Director, USA

Prof. Dr. Ernst-Ludwig Winnacker, President, German Research Society, Professor of Biochemistry, University of Munich, Director of the University of Munich Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany

Mr. Baiyi Wu, Deputy Director, Research Department, China Foundation for International and Strategic Studies, China



All previous editions of global_futures are available on the web site of the Research Group on the Global Future.



global_futures also offers an interactive forum. Recommendations, letters, and tips are welcomed by the editors, particularly on the topics of the digital future, biotechnology, sustainability and the new economy. Send all feedback to fgz@lrz.uni-muenchen.de.



Douglas Merrill, Patrick Meyer, Christiane Mueller-Schuell, Juergen Turek

Research Group on the Global Future