Club of Rome
(1968; Winterthur, Switzerland; ~100 members; clubofrome.org)

An informal association of ~100 invited Members, independent leading personalities from politics, business, and science. They are interested in contributing in a systemic, interdisciplinary, and holistic manner to a better world because they share a common concern for the future of humanity and the planet. It consists of >30 national and regional associations, the International Centre in Winterthur, a European Support Centre in Vienna, and the Club of Rome Foundation (funding).

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RECENT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The Club of Rome – Climate Emergency Plan (2018, 16p.) – Sets out 10 priority actions for all sectors and governments, and is an urgent wake up call.
  • A Finer Future Creating an Economy in Service to Life (2018, 432p.) –A book that explores the questions of lingering catastrophe: “Is the future one of global warming, 65 million migrants fleeing failed states, soaring inequality, and grid-locked politics? Or one of empowered entrepreneurs and innovators building a world that works for everyone?”
  • Transformation Is Feasible. How to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals Within Planetary Boundaries – (2018, 58p.) This Stockholm Resilience Centre Report to the Club of Rome by Jergen Randers, Johan Rockstrom, and 4 others describe four scenarios in detail: 1) Same: baseline of current policies; 2) Faster: acceleration of economic growth; 3) Harder: government and business try harder to deliver on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals; 4) Smarter: choosing five transformation actions: rapid renewable energy growth, accelerated food chain productivity, a new development model, reduced inequality, and investment in health and education for all. The concept of nine “planetary boundaries,” developed by Rockstrom and others in 2008, is not described here in any detail, but amply reinforced by the other reports on this list
  • Stewarding Sustainability Transformations (2019, 289p.)– “With reference to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the Planetary Boundaries it introduces the theory and practice of Collective Stewardship as a management tool that respects the integrity of human and natural systems. Drawing on the work of transdisciplinary scientific scholars and seasoned sustainability practitioners, it shows how transformative change can be built on life’s inherent tendency to generate patterns of vitality and resilience.”
  • The Empty Sea (2021) – “This book makes sense of these trends and of the future of the blue economy by following our remote ancestors who gradually discovered the sea and its resources, describing the so-called fisherman’s curse – or why fishermen have always been poor, explaining why humans tend to destroy the resources on which we depend, and assessing the realistic expectations for extracting resources from the sea.”

Leadership: Sandrine Dixson-Declѐve (Co-President), Mamphela Ramphele (Co-President)