Paradigm Lost

New Economic Thinking 2012

Apr 12–15, 2012 Download .ics

Berlin, Germany | Axica Conference Center

The Institute joined the Centre for International Governance Innovation, and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in hosting its third-annual plenary conference in Berlin from April 12-15, 2012.

The conference, titled Paradigm Lost: Rethinking Economics and Politics, took place in the Axica Conference Center adjacent to the world famous Brandenburg Gate.

About 300 scholars, students, journalists, and policy makers convened in the eye of the European economic hurricane to reconsider conventional economic thinking. The challenges posed by inequality, unemployment, climate change, and global financial disarray call for new economic thinking that is open, credible, and relevant in the current world; that offers vision amid uncertainty, and that fosters cooperation where there is fragmentation.

The conference was organized in conjunction with our partners, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).

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Event location

Axica Conference Center

Pariser Platz 3

10117 Berlin, Germany

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  • James Heckman

    Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor of Economics, University of Chicago

  • Antonio Damasio

    University Professor, David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology and Neurology , University of Southern California

  • George Soros

    Chair, Soros Fund Management LLC

  • Peter Jungen

    Chairman, Peter Jungen Holding GmbH

  • Yanis Varoufakis

    Former Finance Minister, Greece