January 2015

Second International German Forum

The Second International German Forum was held at the Federal Chancellery on 19 and 20 January 2015, under the heading of What matters to people – innovation and society.

Kanzlerin Merkel diskutiert bei der Arbeitssitzung.

Für die Kanzlerin ist die Frage der Innovationsfähigkeit nicht nur auf die Technik begrenzt, sondern es gehe auch um soziale und gesellschaftliche Innovationen.

Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

The key question of the second Forum addressed the prerequisites for wellbeing: "How do our societies generate innovations that improve wellbeing in a time of complex challenges and digital opportunities?" Participants discussed how the ability to innovate was a key determiner in developing solutions to global challenges. The starting point for the dialogue was a broad interpretation of innovation, encompassing social and systemic change as well as technological and economic advances.

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