Five extraordinary turnarounds to save the world

The economic system keeps crashing. It's time to install a new operating system

  • Starts:15:00, 24 October 2022
  • Ends:16:00, 24 October 2022
  • Location:Campus Oslo - auditorium B1-030
  • Price:Free
  • Enrolment deadline:24.10.2022 12:00
  • Contact:Linn Dybdahl (linn.dybdahl@bi.no)

Fifty years ago, The Limits to Growth shocked the world by showing that population and industrial growth were pushing humanity towards a cliff. Today the world recognises that we are now at the cliff edge: Earth has crossed multiple planetary boundaries while widespread inequality is causing deep instabilities in societies. 

But an international team of scientists, economists, and multidisciplinary experts have found that there is time to upgrade our economic system with five extraordinary turnarounds: Eliminate Poverty, Address Inequality, Women’s Empowerment, Transforming the Food and Energy Systems. If implemented in the next decade we can shift the economic system toward well-being for all within planetary boundaries. We need system change, and the new Earth4All book describes exactly what system change looks like

Can a “giant leap” happen quickly enough? What is the role of Norwegian business and Scandinavian governments? Join us on this discussion on the UN day 2022, 24 October 2022.

Speakers and Panelists

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  • Time
  • Title
  • Welcome

    • By President Karen Spens
  • Earth4all - The problem and The Solution

    • By Associate Professor Per Espen Stoknes
  • The perspective of the South

    • By Professor Jayati Ghosh
  • The resource perspective

    • By Honorary President of the Club of Rome, Anders Wijkman
  • The financial perspective

    • By Professor Jørgen Randers
  • The role of the UN

    • By Steven Stone, Deputy Director of the Economic Division, United Nations Environment Programme
  • What can Norwegian and Scandinavian governments do?

    • By Prime Minister of Norway Jonas Gahr Støre
  • Panel discussion: How to make the Giant Leap?

    • With Jonas Gahr Støre, Jørgen Randers and Anders Wijkman, moderated by Karen Spens.
Jonas Gahr Støre
Jonas Gahr Støre

Jonas Gahr Støre

Støre is the Prime Minister of Norway and has been Leader of the Labour Party since 2014. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2005 to 2012 and as Minister of Health and Care Services from 2012 to 2013. He has also been a member of the Norwegian parliament since 2009. Moreover, Støre has served as Secretary General of the Norwegian Red Cross.   

Jørgen Randers
Jørgen Randers

Jørgen Randers

Randers is Professor Emeritus of climate strategy at the BI Norwegian Business School, where he previously also served as the school’s President. He works on issues of the future, especially related to sustainability, climate, energy, and system dynamics. Randers lectures and provides advice all over the world, and increasingly in China. He was one of the main authors of the famous report Limits to Growth from 1972 and now also co-author of Earth for all – a survival guide for humanity.

Jayati Gosh
Jayati Gosh

Jayati Gosh

Gosh is Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA, and were appointed to the WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All. She also sits in the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism, mandated to provide a vision for international cooperation to deal with current and future challenges. Gosh is co-author of Earth for all – a survival guide for humanity.

Steven Stone
Steven Stone

Steven Stone

Steven Stone is the Deputy Director of the Economy Division in the UN Environmental programme. During the 12 years he has served in the UN, Stone has helped to shape and incubate the Green Economy Initiative, the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, the Green Growth Knowledge Partnership, and the Partnership for Action on Green Economy

Karen Spens
Karen Spens

Karen Spens

Spens became BI Norwegian Business School’s first female and first international president earlier this summer, after seven years as rector of the Hanken School of Economics in Finland. In addition to her background as a researcher within the field of humanitarian logistics and professor of supply chain management and corporate geography, Spens also has experience from several international academic accreditation organizations.

Per Espen Stoknes
Per Espen Stoknes

Per Espen Stoknes

Per Espen Stoknes, a psychologist with PhD in economics, is a TED Global speaker and part of the Center for Sustainability and Energy at BI Norwegian Business School, where he teaches the Master of Management program Green Growth. Stoknes is also a serial entrepreneur, has written several books and consults widely. He is one of the Leads for the Earth4all project.   

Anders Wijkman
Anders Wijkman

Anders Wijkman

Wijkman is a Swedish opinion maker and author. He is chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC – a public-private partnership on innovation for low-carbon solutions in the EU. Wijkman is Honorary President of the Club of Rome and honorary doctor at Linköping University.

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