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Plenary 7: Open forum on risk and society
Time: Tuesday, 28/Aug/2012: 7:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: Davos
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SESSION CHAIR: James Herbert WILLIAMS - Professor - Dean and Milton Morris Endowed Chair - Graduate School of Social Work - University of Denver - Denver - USA


  • Edgar GRANDE - Professor - Chair for Comparative Policy Analysis - University of Munich / Board Member - Munich Center on Governance - Munich - Germany
  • Honorary Minister Maria MUTAGAMBA - Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities - Government of Uganda - Kampala - Uganda
  • Anthony OLIVER-SMITH - Professor - University of Florida - Gainesville - USA
  • Louis PAULY - Professor - Canada Research Chair in Globalization and Governance / Professor of Political Science - University of Toronto - Toronto - Canada
  • Christoph STUECKELBERGER - Professor - Executive Director and Founder - Globethics.net - Geneva - Switzerland
  • Bron TAYLOR - Professor - University of Forida - Gainesville - USA
  • James Herbert WILLIAMS - Professor - Dean and Milton Morris Endowed Chair - Graduate School of Social Work - University of Denver - Denver - USA

Chaired and supported by RCC – Rachel Carson Centre, Munich

Session Abstract

Today’s global risks are highly complex and are characterized by great levels of interdependency and uncertainty. Whether one deals with natural disasters and extreme events, climate or other environmental change, technological risks and impacts, energy security or economic and financial risks, the global risk landscape is changing rapidly. Risk analysis and risk management have become truly global issues at the very core of society. It is evident that any meaningful attempt to understand and deal with modern risks will have to address various social, cultural and ethical dimensions and must also look at risk in a historical perspective so as to learn from past experiences. Therefore, broadening and deepening the perspective is essential to embrace the humanities and social sciences. This should be part of an increasingly interdisciplinary approach to the processes of risk analysis, assessment, management, transfer and communication. Such an approach will involve the entire global risk community, composed of researchers, educators, policy-makers and practitioners.

This Open Forum will address the multi-faceted nature of today’s global risk landscape and its phenomenology. It will discuss a wide variety of societal, cultural and ethical components and aspects. In particular, panellists will highlight the nature of the interaction between people, their environment, their culture, and risks. Historical and case-based perspectives will be added to the discussion. The Open Forum aims to contribute to current trends in public debate about risk, and help identify solutions, including political ones.

No contributions were assigned to this session.

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