A Sustainable Transformation

The responsibility of generations currently alive to leave young and future generations a healthy environment is an essential component of the generational contract. Yet, in light of existential risks posed by climate change and other environmental crises, this is also where intergenerational conflicts seem the most pronounced. In this workshop – in partnership with Zukunft-Fabrik.2050 – participants will develop visions for the sustainability dimension of a New Generational Contract for the year 2050. How can generations take care of each other and safeguard a healthy environment together?
Re-Measuring Welfare and Organisational Success
Intergenerational Governance
Intergenerational Sustainability

On an organisational and national level, we need new forms of measuring success and prosperity, going beyond profit and GDP parameters: This should include measures which account for non-economic dimensions of welfare, as well as negative external effects on the environment and society.

By 2050, we want to follow a more cross-generational approach to decision-making in policy and business, for instance by including young people in decision-making bodies, or a stronger emphasis in decision making on long-term societal and ecological impacts.

By 2050, we want to achieve intergenerational sustainability, meaning that every generation leaves the world in a better ecological and societal state – in other words, leaves a net positive impact on the natural capital and society as a whole – than was handed to them by their previous generation.

What do you think?