Dialogue forums 2012: "Power and influence –Who controls the world's destiny?"

Dialogue forums 2012: "Power and influence –Who controls the world's destiny?"

Civil unrest and liberation movements in the Arab world, nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima, Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power, debt crises and emerging global players – issues are developing quickly in the media and social networks, in politics, supranational organisations and the business community. The world order is undergoing profound changes.

As we are living through a period of global upheaval, what is the impact at the political, economic and social level? What role do resources play, what is the influence of new media – and how should we deal with this personally? Who controls the world's destiny? How are power structures adapted to reflect new realities? What is the future direction of the economy? How will Facebook, Twitter and others alter collective co-determination and decision-making processes? And are our personal lifestyles suited to a rapidly changing world?
 
These are some of the issues the Munich Re Foundation's 2012 dialogue forums will be tackling. In a series of five evening events entitled "Power and influence – Who controls the world's destiny?" leading politicians, journalists and researchers will be discussing current challenges and outlining possible solutions. Our dialogue forums begin on 3 February 2012.
  

Friday, 
03 February 2012,
7 p.m.
Aspiration and reality of power structures 
 
Elisabeth Niejahr
Economic Editor at the Berlin office of German weekly DIE ZEIT, Berlin  
Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier
Head of the Social Democratic Party's Parliamentary Group, Berlin
Prof. Werner Weidenfeld
Director of the Center for Applied Policy Research (C•A•P) and Holder of the Chair of Political Systems and European Integration at the Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich 
 
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung
Thursday,
16 February 2012, 
7 p.m.
Raw materials and energy – Is the world's wealth being redistributed? 
 
Dr. Heiner Flassbeck
Chief Economist and Director of the Division on Globalisation and Development Strategies at UNCTAD, Geneva
Jürgen Trittin
Head of the Green Party's Parliamentary Group, Berlin
Prof. Ulrich Wengenroth
Professor at the Chair of History of Technology, Technical University of Munich, and Executive Board member of the Center for the History of Science and Technology, Munich
 
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung
Thursday, 
01 March 2012, 
7 p.m. 
Facebook, Twitter & Co. – The power of (new) media
   
Dr. Bernd Graff

Editor Feuilleton, Süddeutsche Zeitung, München
Prof. Kurt Imhof
Professor of Sociology and Mass Communication, University of Zurich 
Sonja Schünemann
New Media Editor at the Berlin office of German TV channel ZDF, Berlin
 
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung
Tuesday,
17 April 2012,
7 p.m.
Changing economies – Do we need economic growth?
 
Prof. Uwe Sunde
Professor of Population Economy, Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich
Dr. Thomas Mayer
Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank Group and Head of Deutsche Bank Research, Frankfurt am Main
Harald Rossol
CEO of erecon AG, Bremen  
 
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung
Tuesday,
15 May 2012, 
7 p.m.
New lifestyles – Perspectives for sustainable development?
 
Daniela Kolbe

Physicist, Chairwoman of the Inquiry Commission on "Growth, Prosperity, Quality of Life" of the German Bundestag, Berlin
Claudia Langer
Entrepreneur, Founder of utopia.de and Co-initiator of the LOHAS movement, Munich
Dr. Fritz Reheis
Author and Lecturer, University Bamberg
Presenter: Dr. Patrick Illinger, Science Editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung

Venue
Großer Sitzungssaal
Königinstr. 107
80802 Munich
Germany