Jakob von Uexkull

Visionary and lecturer
World Future Council
UK, Sweden

Jakob von Uexkull will speak about building a shared global future and will question, if we can change course before climate chaos destroys our prosperity, security, and civilization.

Jakob believes that we have reached a tipping–point where the ruling monetary belief systems are destroying economic well-being and social peace as well as threatening the very survival of our civilization and even life on earth.

He is the founder of the World Future Council (2007) and the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, which annually awards outstanding pioneers of the global civil society with the ‘Right Livelihood Award’, often called the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, as well as co-founder (1984) of The Other Economic Summit.

A writer, lecturer, philanthropist, activist and a past Member of the European Parliament (1987-89), where he served on the Political Affairs Committee and later on the UNESCO Commission on Human Duties and Responsibilities (1998-2000).

Jakob has also served on the Board of Greenpeace, Germany, as well as the Council of Governance of Transparency International. He is a patron of Friends of the Earth International and lectures widely on environment, justice and peace issues.

He has received the Future Research Prize of the State of Salzburg, Austria (1999), the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana of the Republic of Estonia (2001), the Binding-Prize (Liechtenstein) for the protection of nature and the environment (2006) and the Order of Merit First Class of the Federal Republic of Germany (2009).

In 2005, he was honored by Time Magazine as a European Hero and in 2008 he received the Erich-Fromm-Prize in Stuttgart, Germany. He is also a recognized philatelic expert with publications including ‘The Early Postal History of Saudi Arabia’ (London, 2001).

Interesting fact: Jakob is the son of the author and journalist Gösta von Uexkull and grandson of the recognized Baltic German biologist Jakob von Uexkull.

“The stakes could not be higher, up to and including the end of a habitable planet, depriving all future generations of their right to life and the lives of our ancestors of meaning and purpose. It is the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced and will leave its legacy for millennia.”

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