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  • Club of Rome
  • Securing Food For All
  • The �Limits to Growth�
  • Reforestation and Restoration
  • Indian National Association
    The Club of Rome

    The Indian Association for the Club of Rome will define a distinct Indian paradigm to address the most pressing concerns of India, and the world, such as food security, the challenge of water and the need to generate ‘green jobs’ and ‘green skills’. Our strength will be derived from the national and global membership of the Club of Rome.

  • 30th - 31st OCTOBER 2014, NEW DELHI

    “Securing Food For All: Need for Coherence in Policy and Action” brought together thought leaders to help identify the kinds of existing or proposed policies that have countervailing or counterproductive implications for food and nutrition security.

  • The Club of Rome

    The Club of Rome, in its early years, focused on the nature of the global problems, the“problematique”, on the “limits to growth” and on new pathways for world development.

  • Forest Restoration Alliance

    The Club of Rome -- India has taken a leading role in forging a national alliance for forest restoration. It has promoted the idea of leveraging the 'Blue Economy' approach, to build multiple-revenue streams for economic feasibility of reforestation and restoration programs.

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Welcome to the Club of Rome

"ABOUT THE CLUB OF ROME"

The Club of Rome, a unique affiliation of individual members and over thirty National Associations. The network of Club members and their institutions is extensive. It draws members from many sectors and disciplines. The bankers, economists, corporates, scientists, academics, technologists, social scientists, politicians and philosophers are the members of The Club of Rome. They are well renowned dignitaries worldwide.

According to the Statutes of The Club of Rome, it is missioned for:

  • To identify the most crucial problems which will determine the future of humanity through integrated and forward looking – analysis;
  • To evaluate alternative scenarios for the future and assess risks, choices and opportunities;
  • To develop and propose practical solutions to the challenges identified;
  • To communicate the new insights and knowledge derived from this analysis to decision – makers in the public and private sectors and also to the general public; and
  • To stimulate the public debate and effective action to improve the prospects for the future.

The Club of Rome pursues its objectives through scientific analysis, debate, communications, networking and, sometimes, advocacy. Its work is independent and peer reviewed through its wide membership.

The work is undertaken by members and their affiliated institutions. An International Centre helps facilitate the process through working groups and projects with members, partners and National Associations. Each focal area outlined in this document has a number of members actively researching and commenting on the issues and the actions most needed.

National Associations are encouraged to discuss and debate issues within their country and help shape national agendas. Club members, in their individual capacity, manage and conduct research and prepare policy papers and technical papers covering a wide spectrum of views. Where warranted, and by mutual consent, such work can be converted to a Report to The Club of Rome or, more rarely, to an occasional report from the Club.

The Club promotes such work as an integral part of its debate and communications work. A “Report to The Club of Rome” is a highly valued product dealing with key global issues. So far, over thirty books have been prepared as well as many more articles published papers.

The main products of The Club of Rome are debates, books, discussion papers, policy briefs, conferences, webinars, lectures, high-level meetings and events. Key findings are used to challenge policy makers in both public and private sector and to help them (and us) shift to new ways of thinking and to new forms of action.

In 1972, the first Report to The Club of Rome, called “The Limits to Growth”, was published. This Report to The Club of Rome served as a beginning of a long journey for The Club of Rome. Back then in 1972 “limits” had been a logical and theoretical concept, but hardly anybody experienced a global limit. This has changed, first of all through global warming. But now the world is waking up to the worldviews of “The Limits to Growth”, and to an understanding that we need to move from short-term sector thinking and acting into long-term holistic and systemic thinking and acting.

The Indian National Association for The Club of Rome is an effort of Dr. Ashok Khosla, Mr. Ranjit Barthakur and Mr. Subramanian Ramadorai and initiated in 2011. It has more than two dozen members in India, they are well known and renowned thinkers as well as dignified professionals of their sectors. After successful completion of the Annual Conferences on “Food Security” in 2014 and “Water Security” in 2015, the Indian National Association for The Club of Rome is organizing the 2016 Annual Conference on the theme of “Forests and Ecosystems Security in India” in a series of earlier two workshops.

Till now, The Club of Rome- India has published the underneath documents:

  • Aiming for India 2047: Building a Nation that is Fair, Just and Harmony with Nature
  • 2052- What the World would be like in 40 years time
  • Securing Food For All
  • Securing Water For All
  • A report – Securing Food for all – 2014

 

Dealing with Unprecedented Crises and Designing Effective Solutions

The Problematique

Already within the first decade of the new Millennium, humankind finds itself confronted by an explosion of crises. Some of them diminish human wellbeing, others threaten our institutions, social systems and perhaps even our civilizations and still others endanger the very processes of nature that support life on Earth.

More than a billion people in our world live in extreme poverty and another two billion people are also more or less outside the global economy - the poverty crisis. They, and others, need hundreds of millions of jobs that are not being created - the unemployment crisis. The growth of human populations and the decline of land productivity are leading rapidly to a food security crisis. The breakdown of our financial systems is causing a global economic crisis. And the changes in climate, the accelerating extinction of species and the rapid depletion of our natural resources are leading to a massive environmental crisis.

Many of these seemingly separate crises are, in fact, driven by the same sets of root causes: narrow and short-term economic goals, reinforced by gross undervaluation of natural capital, driven by individualistic values that assume that the resource base is infinite and the capacity of nature to absorb wastes is unlimited. Furthermore, governance systems are not adequate.

 

What Sets the Club of Rome Apart

What distinguishes the Club of Rome from all the other excellent initiatives around the world to tackle the crises challenging us today is its insistence on dealing with emerging issues, the importance of which others have not yet fully recognized or appreciated, putting them in a new frame of thinking and looking at them from a perspective of fairness, resource impact and overall sustainability.

It is also distinguished by its insistence on considering real facts, going into the root, fundamental causes, identifying solutions that will work and packaging these in a manner that policy makers will find it easy to understand.

Its members are independent thought leaders, representing different perspectives based on a long-term vision, a holistic understanding of the relationship between people, society, resources and technology and dedicated to a better world for future generations.

In short, the Club's value proposition:

  • Its focus - strategic, scientific and systemic; and
  • Its approach - independent, inclusive and open-ended

 

Visions of The Club of Rome - India

  • Serve as a forum for exchange of the latest thinking on the numerous problematiques confronting nations and people today, and to explore strategic, scientific and systemic resolutiques for these within the broad framework provided by the nexus among the key dimensions of today's trilemma: Economics, Ecology and Value Systems.

  • Launch the Indian National Association for The Club of Rome, and establish the new entity as a platform for Indian thought leaders to analyze the global situation from an Indian perspective. This platform will also serve as a forum for innovative thinking originating in India to be shared with partners overseas, both East and West. Its focus will particularly be on systemic linkages needed for promoting sustainable innovation in the fields of job creation, effective management of land, water, waste and energy, and research into effective models for creating environmentally sound and equitable economic development.

  • Create a networking opportunity for leaders from India and abroad, to explore ideas around youth entrepreneurship, job creation, governance, food security and nature conservation.