The Club of Rome is an organising partner of the Beyond Growth 2023 Conference which brings together top-level EU decision-makers and experts from different backgrounds to provide feasible options for a society based on resilience, meaning, fairness and sustainability. The event will focus on the interlinkages between environmental, social and economic challenges, rather than considering them separately.
Open plenary- Limits to Growth: where do we stand and where do we go from here?
15 May, 09:00-10:30 CEST
Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Co-President of the Club of Rome participated in this opening session with Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament and Ursula Von der Leyen, President of the European Commision, addressing the main issues raised by the growth and planetary limits’ nexus that we need to address to shift our economic model.
Plenary 2- Changing the goal: from GDP growth to social prosperity
15 May, 17:00-18:30 CEST
Kate Raworth, Senior Associate at Oxford University and member of the Club of Rome, discussed the concept of prosperity beyond mere criticism of GDP growth. The purpose of this panel was to provide solutions for a European future-fit economy that couples environmental transition and social-being.
Focus panel 1 – Which prosperous future? Confronting narratives of growth
15 May, 09:00-10:30 CEST
Maja Göpel, Professor, co-initiator of the “Scientists for Future” network and member of the Club of Rome, will provide a reality-check of some of the major narratives of growth currently experienced and envisaged and offer perspectives on new potential narratives, helping to guide our societies towards a more prosperous future.
Plenary 6 – The power of economic models on decision-making and society at large
17 May, 14:30-16:00 CEST
Robert Costanza, Professor at the University College London and member of the Club of Rome will participate in the discussion on the role of economic models in economic policy decisions and present alternative economic models integrating the physical limits of economic growth.
Closing plenary- Pathways from here: roadmap for a Green and Social Deal
17 May, 16:30-18:30 CEST
Tim Jackson, Professor at the University of Surrey and member of the Club of Rome, will provide concrete recommendations to shift the European economic model towards a new post-growth one, with the aim of flourishing instead of growth.
European Parliament study
Ahead of the Beyond Growth conference, the European Parliament prepared a study to introduce participants and other stakeholders to the beyond growth debate. Earth4All is prominently featured as an example of an economic policy framework to move beyond growth and fully integrate social and climate justice, equality and planetary boundaries into the functioning of societies, along with doughnut economics.