Yet another chapter is being written in the long story of globalization, the on-going process of tightening interdependencies: individuals, cultures, cities, countries, companies, and even machines are “bound together” closer and closer, for better and for worse.
The natural systems, upon which human wellbeing depends, are intimately woven into all these relationships and are constantly evolving in response to human activities. At the same time, the forces of nationalism, fundamentalism and exceptionalism are putting obstacles on the road to ever-deepening global interdependence; this is exacerbated by the sheer complexity of governing and managing intricate systems that span the globe. All in all, the world appears to be both coming together and coming apart, at the same time.
Important questions define our time, placing us at a crossroads. To help us through the Tällberg Forum, seven prisms structure our story and provide us with threads with which to weave our Forum program.
- Complex challenges overwhelm today´s governance and power structures and defy today’s nation-states-based and democratic rule. What is emerging in their place?
- As we enter a period of necessary adjustment through new resource bottleneck, new technologies are emerging to offer smarter solutions to human needs. How can this shift be rapid, peaceful and equitable?
- The current economic system, and its intellectual underpinning expressed in the discipline of economics, is not contributing to solving most of our societies’ major challenges (unemployment, technology shift, financial deleveraging, etc.). What is wrong with economics, and which are the paths forward?
- Growing inequality and imbalances between and within nations endanger a peaceful, positive globalization process. Will these tensions rise? How can they be contained?
- The world of learning and education is being challenged to its core. Will the necessary fundamental rethink actually take place and change the institutions and players active today?
- Two kinds of powerful non-state institutions are redefining their roles: global corporations and civil societies’ NGOs. How can they work in a more integrated way, support and challenge governments and act in the interest of the whole?
- The need for a new way of thinking – and doing – is clearer than ever, as are the dangers of linear, compartmentalized and artificially simplified worldviews. Tällberg has long promoted a systems approach – but what is its practical meaning?