Keynote Speeches, Short Speeches and Panel discussion

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Graeme Maxton

We kicked off the second day of the Swiss Talent Forum with a keynote, four short speeches and a panel discussion.

In his excellent keynote address, Graeme Maxton, the Chairman of the «Club of Rome», addressed the issues that will influence how we can grow and consume in the future.

Touching on five interlinked topics, he showed the participants that we cannot keep up our growth and that the narrative around the belief in growth must change.

The topics are the global economy, geopolitics, the future of jobs, the meaning of climate change and government and tax. In each segment of his presentation Maxton made it entirely clear that the evidence that we need to change has been long here, but that we now need action, and immediate action.

Both grassroots and bottom-up approaches as well as systemic measures on government and policy level are needed, but mostly, «the narrative around growth and consumption has to change».

When asked what he recommended to the young audience to do as a next step, he urged them to become politically active.

The four short speeches following Mr Maxtons presentation were turning around the topics of ecology, economy, society and technology, the four key elements around which the idea creation process of the participants will turn during the rest of the forum.

Roman Gysel

Roman Gysel

Roman Gysel of Meyer Burger Technologies showed how solar technology will change the way we use energy resources entirely and sustainably. He put emphasis on the fact that not only personal happiness is a goal, but the “happiness of the planet” must also be taken into consideration.

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Rea Eggli used www.wemakeit.ch, a crowdfunding platform founded by her, to talk about new ways the sharing economy is creating new business models that engage the public in new ways and make them become an active part of products, services and offers, thus heightening the probability of financial engagement that would normally not be paid for anymore.

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Joris Lohmann

Joris Lohmann of the Slowfood Youth Network showed how a Grassroots Movement, if linked well with the current established system, can help change the way things work. He also showed participants how they can use everyday experiences and actions like food to raise awareness with their peers.

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Philipp Binkert

And finally, Philippe Binkert showed the participants the incredible opportunities that 3D printing offers for now and for the future.

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A lot of interesting questions were asked during the panel discussion by the participants, and there was a lively discussion that ended with the following statements by each panelist:

Greame Maxton: «Do not believe your parents. They are the ones that have created this mess. You can be part of the solution»

Rea Eggli: «Learn to communicate a new narrative to your peers and other audiences. Learn to build new communities and to engage them into initiatives important to you and to the planet»

Philipp Binkert: «Figure out how technology can help you solve the problems of the day»

Joris Lohmann: «Get organised. Youth can do so much, and Grassroots movements are a great route to take. And there are also allies in other generations, find them and use their wisdom.»

Roman Gysel: Happiness is very well possible without all the possessions we think we need today. And in the end, it all depends on us, on humans, not on technology.

From the Coach Headquarters, Nadja Schnetzler