Economy Forum in Berlin: What economic system is necessary for an open society?

On 8 June, the “Initiative Offene Gesellschaft“ (Open Society Initiative) is hosting its first Economy Forum in Berlin. Come to the Deutsches Theater and join in the discussion on the right economic system for an open society. 


"Prosperity for all" is the central promise of the social market economy. Since the mid-1980s, however, income and wealth inequality in Germany have increased. Against this backdrop of growing criticism of our economic and social system, the  “Initiative Offene Gesellschaft“ (Open Society Initiative) with the support of the Bertelsmann Foundation and the Deutsches Theater Berlin, is organising an economic forum. On 8 June, participants will add new insights and ideas to the debate on the right economic order for an open society.

Economy Forum of the “Initiative Offene Gesellschaft“

Thursday, 8 June 2017

2 PM – 4 PM

Deutsches Theater, Schumannstraße 13, 10117 Berlin

Following an introductory talk by Prof. Marcel Fratzscher (President of the German Institute for Economic Research), Stephanie Bschorr (President of the Verband deutscher Unternehmerinnen), Gregor Peter Schmitz (head of the Berlin editorial staff of Wirtschaftswoche), Ulrike Herrmann (business journalist and commentator, TAZ) and Ulrich Lilie (President of Diakonie Deutschland) will discuss the following questions with the involvement of the audience:

  • How can we succeed in better distributing the benefits of growth and globalisation in an open society?
  • How much state regulation does a globalised market economy need?
  • Are we headed for a new clash between systems, with unbridled global capitalism pitted against closed off autocracies, spelling the end of open societies as we know them? 

Entry to the event is free.

Registration with the keyword “Wirtschaftsforum” is requested via email to Maike Carius: 

The Initiative Offene Gesellschaft was founded by Alexander Carius (Managing Director of the Berlin think-tank adelphi), André Wilkens and Harald Welzer (Director, FuturZwei Foundation Zukunftsfähigkeit). The initiative’s aim is to defend democracy from its enemies and to develop society further. It brings together many forces for democracy, all acting independently, into a civil society movement.