We live in a globalized world, which is tightly interconnected in terms of trade, financial and communication flows. Large parts of humanity have been pulled out of poverty, through intense economic activity, especially in Asia. However, huge numbers of people are suffering from lack of essentials like food, water and energy.

Economic growth per se cannot be expected to tackle the difficult issues of poverty, societal equality and unemployment unless it is grounded in a bottom-up movement that empowers individuals and communities. Health and education for all, social protection, employability and employment, more responsible use and more equitable distribution of natural resources are among the prerequisites for human resilience, well-being and happiness.

FOGGS intellectual exchanges and activities will explore how all this can be achieved through imaginative new approaches, innovative policies and new implementation tools.