2014: Be the change we want to see in the world

Introduction: Topic 2014

Drive less, insulate your houses, as a consequence climate change will not be so bad – this is what we have believed. Yet, our planet will nevertheless get hot, dry and hostile to life. Even if we choose to radically change the route.
Die Zeit, 41, 4 October 2012

On the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Swiss Biennial on Science, Technics + Aesthetics decision makers, experts and stakeholders from enterprises, politics, science, non-profit organizations and other institutions are invited to Lucerne. Mahatma Ghandi’s famous sentence You must be the change you wish to see in the world provides the starting point for the Biennial in order to think about collective, individual and creative possibilities for action and ways of coming to grips with the pressing and most difficult problem of climate change, with the dramatic aggravation of global warming lying ahead.

The focus of the Biennial is on the political, economic and ethical challenges affecting society as a whole as well as every single human being. Two themes are at the core of this meeting. On the one hand, it is about the collective and individual task to protect the air, the common property constituting both the foundations of our descendants’ lives and the future of life on Earth. On the other hand, it is about the enormous challenge that we are facing today to globally protect the common property of the oceans. Yet, how can we think together climate protection, oceans, planetary resources and, on top of that, the problems of hunger, poverty and inequality which are inseparably connected with one another? How can we get a grip on the abstract future risks of a disturbed climatic environment and the ever more rapidly progressing eradiction of the global marine ecosystems? Is the Two-Degrees-Goal an Eurocentric crackpot idea? What is the role of science and technology in coping with climate change that will probably kill millions of humans? What options exist and what are the measures needed to realise The Great Transition? What risks will the global society take? How can single countries and large global enterprises contribute to managing the world of our common wealth? Should the global negotiation process be given up despite its slowness and insufficient outcomes? Do we need a different economic order than today’s capitalism?

I am indebted to Markus Allemann, Marcel Brenninkmeijer, Verena Mühlberger, Kaspar Schuler and many others for numerous enriching discussions about sustainability, ecology and green politics. When we envisage options for action for the human community and the individual life style which will be discussed in Lucerne, this is ultimately a matter of values. In 2014, on the occasion of its 20th Anniversary, the 10th Swiss Biennial on Science, Technics + Aesthetics will create a platform for a broad public audience in order to raise the urgent question of responsibility. From their varying perspectives of engagement, the speakers will debate the socio-ecological reconstruction of society, and our common ecological-cosmopolitical, economic and ethical lives in a global community.

Dr. René Stettler, Founder of the Swiss Biennial on Science, Technics + Aesthetics

Keynote Speakers, Chairpersons, Panel Leaders

Jakob von Uexküll Founder of the “Right Livelihood Award” and Initiator of the “World Future Council”
Thomas Stocker Climate and Environmental Physics, University of Bern
Willie Smits Founder of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOS), Kalimantan, Borneo
Angelique Timmer Social Entrepreneur and Associate Partner of BoerCroon, Amsterdam
Peter Westerveld Founder and Chairman Naga Foundation, Schiphol
Marcel Brenninkmeijer Founder and Chairman Good Energies Foundation, Zug
Nancy Wimmer Director of mircoSOLAR, Author and Lecturer
Stewart Wallis Executive Director nef (the new economics foundation), London
Esther Girsberger Author, Moderator and Lecturer
Jeremy Jackson Marine Biology, Center for Marine Biodiversity & Conservation, University of California, San Diego
Laura Airoldi Associated Professor of Ecology, University of Bologna, Italy
Rob Hopkins Founder of the Transition Towns Movement, Totnes, UK
John Ashton Independent Commentator on Climate Politics, Former Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change, FCO, UK, and Founding Director of E3G Third Generation Environmentalism
2Anton Gunzinger Founder of the Supercomputing Systems AG, Zurich
Bob Bishop Founder and President of the ICES Foundation - International Centre for Earth Simulation, Geneva

Abstracts a Abstracts
Programme a Booklet a Poster


Swiss Museum of Transport, Coronado Hall
Bus: 10 Minutes, No. 6, 8, 24, Station: “Verkehrshaus”
Train: 6 Minutes, S3 and “Voralpenexpress,” Stop at “Luzern Verkehrshaus”

Saturday, 18 January, 2014, 12 – 7 p.m.
Sunday, 19 January, 2014, 12 – 7 p.m.


René Stettler


New Gallery Lucerne, P.O. Box 3501, CH-6002 Lucerne / Switzerland
Tel.: +41 (0) 41 370 38 18
Mobile: +41 (0) 78 853 56 76

Simultaneous Interpretation

Conference Consulting OEG, Vienna
English-German and German-English

Tape and Video Recording

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Documentation and Technical Support

arteaudio, Bruno Lori, Ebikon

Lectures and Panel Discussion 18 January, 2014
(von Uexküll – Stocker – Smits – Westerveld – Brenninkmeijer/Wimmer) CHF 75.00
Concessions (Students, Senior Citizens with ID) CHF 60.00

Lectures and Panel Discussion 19 January, 2014
(Jackson – Hopkins/Wallis – Ashton – Gunzinger – Bishop) CHF 75.00
Concessions (Students, Senior Citizens with ID) CHF 60.00

Ticket for 18 - 19 January 2014 CHF 120.00
Concessions (Students, Senior Citizens with ID) CHF 90.00

Ticket Reservation by Phone
6 - 17 January, 2014
Monday to Friday 2 PM – 6 PM
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Stefan Roth, Mayor of the City of Lucerne
Reto Wyss, Head of the Department of Education and Culture, Canton of Lucerne
Hanspeter Fischer, Architect HTL, Ennetbürgen
Carla Schwöbel-Braun, Entrepreneur, Lucerne
Dr. Uli Sigg, Entrepreneur, The Sigg Collection Mauensee, Switzerland

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Coronado Hall

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