Thinking global, living local: Voices in a globalized world

Video GES2011: How Great Ideas Are Born

Written by on . Published in News.

The Global Economic Symposium (GES) is a solution forum which identifies global challenges, examines their policy and business implications, and formulates concrete proposals for action with a view to creating a better world for the next generation. The GES takes place in alteration between Kiel, Germany, and a major international center. This year’s GES took place on 4-6 October in Kiel. FutureChallenges is actively supporting the GES. Besides other FutureChallenges bloggers Corina Murafa reported about the GES. You can read all of their blogposts here.

When do brilliant ideas pop up in our minds? When we read a good book? When we shower? When we drink wine? When we have engaging conversations with friends? The little idea-generating mechanism in our brains probably functions differently from person to person. We don’t know how ideas for global problem-solving came in the minds of the Global Economic Symposium 2011 participants. But we know some of them had the courage to present them publicly, in three repetitive slots of 10 minutes each, in front of a diverse public – willing both to support and criticize them.

The Ideas Fair brought together ten GES2011 participants with original ideas, not yet developed enough to be presented in a panel. They ranged from bike-sharing services in developing countries, to creating an International Water Comission, to changing the accounting rules for water in the food supply chain. They were proposed either by accomplished academia, journalists or business representatives present as speakers at the symposium or by the Global Economic Fellows.

These ideas have great chances of being developed into fully-fledged projects. Watch how they caught life at GES2011!

Tags: , ,

Corina Murafa

Corina Murafa holds a Master in Public Policy, with a focus on economic policy and European governance, from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. An energy expert, Corina's current work in Romania was preceded by stints with the United Nations Development Programme, Deloitte Consulting, and with the Romanian Academic Society. She is a former Open Society Institute fellow (New York) and is currently an associate fellow for the Aspen Institute Romania, where she acts as elected Chairperson of the alumni network.