Club of Rome

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The Club of Rome is an association of experts from various disciplines from more than 30 countries and was founded in 1968. The non-profit organization is committed to a sustainable future for mankind. With the 1972 report, The Limits to Growth , he received widespread worldwide attention. Since then, the Club of Rome has been fighting for sustainable development and advocating the protection of ecosystems. The organization has been based in Winterthur , Switzerland, since 2008 .

Equal presidents of the Club of Rome since 2018 have been Sandrine Dixson-Declève and Mamphela Ramphele .


The club was founded in 1968. The idea came from the Italian industrialist Aurelio Peccei , then a member of the Fiat and Olivetti company management and president of the management consultancy Italconsult , as well as the Scot Alexander King , director of science, technology and education at the Paris Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development ( OECD ) . They succeeded in organizing a conference on the future of humanity in the Accademia dei Lincei in Rome , but this did not lead to the desired success. After the conference ended, six of the participants met: Aurelio Peccei, Alexander King, Hugo Thiemann , Max Kohnstamm , Jean Saint-Geours and Erich Jantsch . The group decided to pursue their ideas further and called themselves the “Club of Rome”.

In 1973 the Club of Rome received the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade as the only organization to date instead of an individual.

Goal / concern

The goals of the Club of Rome are to identify the most important future problems of humanity and the planet through holistic, interdisciplinary and long-term research, to evaluate alternative future scenarios and risk analyzes, to develop and propose practical options for action, and to provide new insights and trends to decision-makers and the public to communicate and to initiate social debates to improve the future. The current work program of the Club of Rome focuses on the following areas: 1) reformulating the goals and changing the way our economies work; 2) Decoupling of prosperity development and resource consumption; and 3) securing livelihoods, jobs and income.

To achieve its goals, the Club of Rome also focuses on educating the younger generation. In 2004, the German Society of Club of Rome, together with schools from all over Germany, set up the network of Club of Rome schools. Under the motto “think globally, act locally”, pupils at Club of Rome schools should learn to think across borders, to adopt global perspectives and to be active in their local environment. Club of Rome schools are intended as learning locations where students can discover their influence in small and large contexts and develop their potential.


Worldwide organization

A network of formally independent organizations linked by common ideas is active under the names Club of Rome, National Association of the Club of Rome and tt30 (Think Tank 30) . As there are now a greater number of National Associations and tt30s, the original Club of Rome is sometimes referred to as “Club of Rome International” to distinguish it, especially when there is a possibility of confusion.

  • The Club of Rome International has a maximum of 100 full members. These elect an executive committee, which appoints the president and the vice-presidents from among its members. Associate and honorary members have no voting rights. The Club of Rome International meets once a year. In September 2007 it was decided to relocate the General Secretariat from Hamburg to Zurich. The start-up financing of the move in the amount of 1.82 million francs (= 1.2 million euros) was rejected in a referendum on February 24, 2008. On April 21, 2008, the mayor of Winterthur, Ernst Wohlwend, and a representative of the Club of Rome announced that the headquarters would be relocated to Winterthur . The Club of Rome is being supported by the Robert and Ruth Heuberger Foundation over five years with a total of 1.8 million Swiss francs. From 2014 to 2018 Graeme Maxton was the Secretary General of the Club of Rome.
  • Think Tank 30 International (see below)
  • The National Associations of the Club of Rome are formally independent organizations at the country level. Most of them are organized as an association. They freely choose their work topics, their structure and their members. Members of the Club of Rome International are not automatically members of the respective country organization (although this is often the case). The National Associations together have more than 1000 members. Some of them have set up 30 national think tank groups.

German Society Club of Rome

The German Society Club of Rome creates awareness for the topics, goals and positions of the Club of Rome on a national level. In 2018, in the 50th anniversary year of the Club of Rome International, the members decided at their annual meeting to focus more on the issues that led to the founding of the Club of Rome: to rekindle the "adventure of the spirit" and to further develop it to focus more on people and their ways of thinking.

The German Society Club of Rome is a non-profit association that was founded in 1978 in Haus Rissen in Hamburg. The president is the scientist Mojib Latif , the management is made up of Andreas Huber .

The German Society Club of Rome runs its own projects, including the Think Tank 30. Its members include Jens Crueger , Wolfgang Gründinger (associated), Manuel J. Hartung (associated), Philipp Hübl , Philip Kovce and Akilnathan Logeswaran (associated) .

In addition, the German Society Club of Rome is pursuing the goal of using planetarium technology for a new form of science communication and global exchange within the framework of a cooperation with the Hamburg Planetarium.



  • The club should be multinational and multicultural; all cultures, ideologies, professions and branches of science should be represented.
  • Members are selected economists, industrialists, scientists and other public figures.
  • A distinction is made between full members, associate members, honorary members and ex-officio members. The number of full members is limited to 100. A high-level political office excludes membership.
  • Applications for membership are possible, but not common; The model is the principle of the scientific academies (see co-option ).


Work and effect

The Club of Rome first appeared in public in 1972 with the study it commissioned, The Limits to Growth , which had been developed under the direction of Dennis and Donella Meadows . With this study, a forecast for the future further development of the world was created for the first time using the System Dynamics method within the framework of various scenarios .

Since 1972, among other publications, 34 so-called “Reports to the Club of Rome” have been accepted, which deal with various topics, especially with regard to future developments. The reports are drawn up by external experts or members of the club, submitted for assessment and accepted or rejected as a report. However, they are not drawn up or published by the club as an organization.

The Club of Rome is a co-initiator of the Global Marshall Plan Initiative .

In 2017, the Club of Rome emphasized in the report We Are Turning the influence of conscious investment decisions on the future of the environment. Accordingly, more private capital should flow into companies that act in accordance with the Paris Climate Agreement and UN development goals. When the report was presented on October 16, 2017 in the Hotel Bayerischer Hof (Munich) , members of the Club of Rome and Munich entrepreneurs announced an investment turnaround.

Published studies

See also


  • Dennis Meadows et al. a .: The limits to growth - Report of the Club of Rome on the situation of mankind (original title: The limits to growth , translated by Hans-Dieter Heck), DVA , Stuttgart 1972, ISBN 3-421-02633-5 (16th edition 1994)
  • Mihailo Mesarović, Eduard Pestel : Mankind at the turning point - 2nd report to the Club of Rome on the world situation (original title: Mankind at the turning point, translated by Hans-Dieter Heck and Walter Stegemann). DVA, Stuttgart 1974, ISBN 3-421-02670-X
  • Donella H. Meadows , Dennis Meadows , Jørgen Randers u. a .: The new limits of growth , the situation of mankind: threats and future opportunities [forecast 1991-2100] (original title: Beyond the limits , translated by Hans-Dieter Heck), DVA, Stuttgart 1993 ISBN 3-421-06626-4 (Paperback edition: rororo 9510 In: rororo-Sachbuch Rowohlt , Reinbek bei Hamburg 1993–1995, ISBN 3-499-19510-0 )
  • Franz Josef Radermacher , Bettina Hofstaetter (translation), Global Marshall Plan Foundation (ed.): Global Marshall Plan . A Planetary Contract for a Worldwide Eco-Social Market Economy. Global Marshall Plan Initiative, Hamburg 2004, ISBN 978-3-9809723-0-7 (German and English).
  • Axel Beyer: How we want to learn . The Club of Rome Schools Network. Murmann, Hamburg 2006, ISBN 3-938017-73-2

Web links

Commons : Club of Rome  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Club of Rome: "We are about to eat up the rainforest". In: Zeit Online. May 21, 2015, accessed May 15, 2018 .
  2. The "Club of Rome" in the 21st century , 2 February 2019
  3. The winners and their speeches. Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, accessed on August 22, 2017 .
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  8. Graeme Maxton, accessed on February 23, 2019
  9. ^ Annual conference 2018. In: German Society Club of Rome. Retrieved July 25, 2020 .
  10. press release. In: German Society Club of Rome. Retrieved July 25, 2020 .
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  12. ^ Club of Rome - The Future of the Planet . In: Deutschlandfunk . ( [accessed November 17, 2017]).
  13. NDR: THAT! with Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker. October 4, 2017. Retrieved November 17, 2017 .
  14. ^ Club of Rome sees Pope Francis as a trailblazer for new thinking | Retrieved November 8, 2017 .