World Future Forum to be held in Bregenz in 2017


50 highly respected experts to discuss the future at the 10th World Future Forum

The World Future Council, initiated by Jakob von Uexküll, sees itself as the voice of future generations. Fifty top experts from the world of politics, business, science and culture work on policy strategies aimed to solve the problems of our time. In 2017, the highly respected council members will gather for the forum at Bregenz Festival House. Projects in the locality will promote exchange between the experts and the Vorarlberg population.


The World Future Council was set up in 2007 by Jakob von Uexküll. The founder of the “alternative Nobel Prize” thus created an institution that is committed to a sustainable, fair and peaceful future. The range of topics they tackle includes sustainable ecosystems, the rights of children and creating a world without hunger. To this end, the organisation looks for examples of best policy; it also researches and identifies solutions itself and communicates them to decision-makers in politics.


Eminent councillors

The 50 members are experts from the world of politics, business, science and culture, and come from all five continents. Amongst the best known are the British researcher and animal protectionist Jane Goodall, DBE, the German biologist Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, the US actress Daryl Hannah and children’s rights expert Dr. Auma Obama from Kenya.


Once a year the councillors convene for the World Future Forum. Next year the forum will be held for the first time in Austria, at Bregenz Festival House. It will run from 29 March to 2 April 2017. Items on the agenda include climate change and renewable energies, peace and disarmament, the rights of children, and sustainable agriculture.


WorldFutureForum_Wandel.jpgThe director of the World Future Council, Alexandra Wandel, has praised the dedication of Kongresskultur Bregenz, the municipality of Bregenz and the federal state of Vorarlberg: “We find here people who are as concerned as we are about shaping the future in a responsible way.” This sentiment is echoed by the mayor of Bregenz, Markus Linhart: “The World Future Council cares about the issues of the future generations on a global level. We’re already putting a lot into practice locally.” The town is therefore, he says, an ideal location for the World Future Forum.


Green Meeting at Bregenz Festival House

For Gerhard Stübe, managing director of Kongresskultur Bregenz, connecting up the international experts with initiatives in the locality is of particular importance. “That way the World Future Forum will be stimulating for whole region.” Projects with Bregenz schools as well as local public events involving the councillors are planned.


The World Future Forum will be carried out at Bregenz Festival House as a Green Meeting in compliance with strict ecological criteria. The forum will be supported by the municipality of Bregenz and the federal state of Vorarlberg, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Life as well as private sponsors like the Hilti Foundation and the Illwerke/VKW Gruppe.




Photos: Anja Köhler