Conferences & Workshops

The Global Solutions Initiative provides recommendations and visions for the Group of Twenty (G20) on major, global challenges. The visions rest on recoupling economic prosperity with social prosperity. To generate policy proposals, the Global Solutions Initiative brings major think tanks and research organizations together in its Council for Global Problem-Solving.

To stimulate underlying research and connect researchers to relevant policymakers, the Global Solutions Initiative is associated with various workshops, conferences and research networks that share the recoupling vision, such as the Social Macroeconomics Network of the ESRC Initiative on Rebuilding Macroeconomics, the OECD Initiative on New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC), and ERINN (Economic Research on Identities, Norms and Narratives).

Upcoming Activities

November 30, 2020
T20 Handover Event – From Saudi Arabia to Italy. G20 and T20 priorities for (another) crucial year.

The Covid-19 emergency has compounded longstanding global challenges for the multilateral system. From climate change to digital transformation, from international trade to growth and social cohesion, these are testing times for multilateralism. As the Saudi G20 presidency passes the torch to the Italian presidency, the leading think tanks worldwide will come together once more under the Think20 (T20), the official G20 engagement group which provides policy recommendations to the G20 political leaders.

On the occasion of the handover from the Chair of T20 Saudi Arabia to the Chair of T20 Italy, some key questions will drive the debate: what are the lessons learned from past presidencies? What are the challenges and priorities of the G20/T20 Italy? And what to expect in (another) crucial year for multilateralism?

December 3, 2020
INET Researcher Seminar: Recoupling Economic and Social Prosperity
Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School

Join this seminar with Dennis J. Snower and Katharina Lima de Miranda (Kiel Institute for the World Economy). The paper presented explores a new theoretical and empirical approach to the assessment of human well-being, relevant to current challenges of social fragmentation in the presence of globalization and technological advance.

December 9, 2020
Co-Creating Impact Summit

With the rapidly changing ESG landscape, amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a lot to discuss around what roles corporations should play in the society and how to measure their impact. The upcoming Co-Creating Impact Summit combines external perspectives with thought leading practitioners and Novartis’ own impact valuation and materiality experiences.

Panel Discussion “Managing Impact Strategies” with Dennis J. Snower.

May 27-28, 2021 | Berlin, Germany
Global Solutions Summit 2021

October 24-26, 2021
World Health Summit

Past Activities

November 26, 2020
Sustainability Talks
Value Balancing Alliance

Join the discussion with Professor Dennis J. Snower and Christian Heller (CEO of the Value Balancing Alliance) on how companies become sustainable. The event will be held in German.

November 21-22, 2020 | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
G20 Riyadh Summit 
More information available soon

November 20, 2020
What to Expect from G20 Riyadh Summit
The Foreign Correspondents‘ Club of South Asia

Three global experts discuss the two-day summit that begins on November 21. Webinar with Dennis J. Snower, Mafalda Duarte and Roland Schatz.

November 10, 2020 
Revisiting Digital Governance

The Global Solutions Initiative together with the German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection has initiated the Solution Sessions on Revisiting Digital Governance. In this online event series, decision-makers from politics, business, research and civil society discuss innovative concepts for pressing issues in the field of digital consumer protection, necessary consumer policies, new legal regulations and education initiatives to strengthen the protection of personal data. 

With Dennis J. Snower and Global Solutions Fellow Paul Twomey.

November 10, 2020 
Global Solutions Dialogue, Session 4
Actions, partnerships and policy solutions, an urban pathway towards the G20 2021, Part 2

October 31 – November 1, 2020
Think20 Summit Season Virtual Conference
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 27, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 11: (COVID-19) Multidisciplinary Approaches to Complex Problems
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 25-27, 2020
World Health Summit

Panel Discussion “Recoupling Societal Wealth and Individual Health: From efficiency to resilience” chaired by Dennis J. Snower

October 23, 2020
Young Voices on the Future of Multilateralism
Joint project by Young Global Changers and 1014, contributing to the UN75 Global Dialogue Series of the United Nations and partnering with the German Foreign Office

October 22, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 10: Sustainable Energy, Water, and Food Systems
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 21-23, 2020
Third Annual Conference: Understanding Social Macroeconomics
Rebuilding Macroeconomics

Session 1 “Levels of Analysis. Social interactions are structurally organized, suggesting that the meso-level and place might be a more appropriate level of analysis for macroeconomics” with Dennis J. Snower

October 20, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 9: Migration and Young Societies
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 15, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 8: International Financial Architecture
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 13, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 7: G20 Support for SDGs and Development Cooperation
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 8, 2020 
Global Solutions Dialogue, Session 3
Actions, partnerships and policy solutions: an urban pathway towards the G20 2021, Part 1

October 8, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 5: The Future of Multilateralism and Global Governance
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

with Global Solutions Fellow Julia Pomares, Executive Director, CIPPEC

October 6-10, 2020
C20 Summit Saudi Arabia

Panel “Evidence vs. Politics: Which is Leading the G20 Process?”, moderated by Markus Engels, Secretary General, Global Solutions Initiative

October 5-8, 2020
Protecting Human Lives and Restoring Economic Stability: Views from the G20 Members

ICRIER’s 12th Annual International G20 Conference

with Dennis Görlich, Research Coordinator, Global Solutions Initiative

October 6, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 6: Economy, Employment and Education in the Digital Age
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

October 1, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 4: Social Cohesion and the State
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

September 29, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 3: Infrastructure Investment and Financing
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

September 22, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 2: Climate Change and Environment
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season – co-hosted by The Institute of Energy Economics

September 18, 2020
2020 Virtual Latin America Think Tank Summit
By the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program and co-hosted by CIPPEC

with Global Solutions Fellow and CIPPEC Executive Director Julia Pomares

September 17, 2020
Task Force Webinar – Task Force 1: Trade, Investment and Growth
T20 Saudi Arabia Summit Season

September 3, 2020
Global Solutions Dialogue, Session 2
Operationalizing COVID19 responses with cities in the long run

July 16, 2020 
Global Solutions Dialogue, Session 1 
Dialogue kick-off: how can cities mitigate the COVID19? 

June/July, 2020 | Virtual
The Solutions Labs – Scaling for Sustainable Infrastructure


June 18, 2020 | Virtual
Digital Global Solutions Summit Post-Summit Exchange
Hosted by the Global Solutions Initiative

June 17, 2020 | Virtual
Digital Global Solutions Summit Round-Up
Hosted by the Global Solutions Initiative

June 15-17, 2020 | Think20 Web Conference
T20 Conference: Policy Recommendations for a Post-COVID-19 World 
Hosted by the T20 Saudi Secretariat

June 16, 2020 | Webinar
COVID-19 Exit Strategy Policy Workshops
Hosted by the Research Hub of Rebuilding Macroeconomics

June 10, 2020 | Video Conference
Global Think Tanks Online Forum on International Cooperation to Combat COVID-19
Hosted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

June 8, 2020 | Virtual
G7 USA Agenda meeting
Hosted by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

June 1, 2020 | Virtual
G20 Dialogue on AI 
Presentation “Trustworthy AI Information Provision During the Pandemic” given by Global Solutions President Dennis J. Snower

Hosted by G20 Saudi Arabia

April to June, 2020 | Virtual
Digital Global Solutions Summit 2020
The World Policy Forum

May 14-15, 2020 | Virtual
Think7 USA Summit 

May 11-12, 2020 | Princeton, New Jersey
Social Externalities: A Virtual Workshop on Concepts and Applications
Princeton University

May 5, 2020 | Online
T20 Saudi Arabia Webinar
Thought Leadership in Turbulent Times

March 9, 2020 | Paris, France
How’s Life? Measuring Well-being 2020

February 18-21, 2020 | Mexico City, Mexico
The Solutions Labs – Scaling for Sustainable Infrastructure

January 19-20, 2020 | Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Think20 Saudi Arabia Inception Conference

December 1, 2019 
Saudi Arabia G20 Presidency begins

November 26, 2019
The Gender of Work – International Conference
Hosted by CIPPEC, UN Women, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Labour Organization (ILO)

November 19-21, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
The Solutions Labs – Scaling for Sustainable Infrastructure

November 11-13, 2019 | Paris, France
Paris Peace Forum

October 1, 2019 | Washington, DC
Recent trends in democracy and development in the emerging world

October 27-29, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
The World Health Summit 

October 3-4, 2019 | Milan, Italy
ISPI Forum – The Future of Multilateralism

September 19-20, 2019 | Edinburgh, Scotland
Rebuilding Macroeconomics

June 28-29, 2019 | Osaka, Japan
G20 Osaka Summit

June 26, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
Berliner Forum Politik-Wirtschaft 2019

June 14-15, 2019 | London, UK
ERINN Annual Conference 2019
London School of Economics

June 6-7, 2019 | Oxford, UK
Social Norms: Theory and Applications 
Nuffield College Oxford

May 26-27, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan
T20 Summit 

May 20-21, 2019 | Paris, France
OECD Forum 2019: World in Emotion

April 16, 2019 | Kiel, Germany
CASS-IfW – Global Solutions Workshop 
“Global Challenges and Global Solutions”

April 10, 2019 | Washington DC, US
Brookings-VISION20 (V20) Workshop 
“Beyond Neoliberalism in Emerging Markets”

March 18-19, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
Global Solutions Summit 2019
The World Policy Forum 

February 19, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
Digitising Europe Summit
“The Future of Made in Europe – Advancing Europe’s vision of a social market economy for a digital age”

January 30, 2019 | Taipei, Taiwan 
Global Solutions Taipei Workshop
“Promoting Human-centred Development in the Digital Age”

January 28, 2019 | Mumbai, India

January 17, 2019 | Berlin, Germany

January 16, 2019 | Berlin, Germany
Commemoration: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the face of Climate Change and Migration
With a speech given by Julian Bents, a Young Global Changer of the Global Solutions Initiative

December 4-5, 2018 | Tokyo, Japan
T20 Inception Conference

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