The World to Come: Value and Price of Globalization:
How Technology and Globalization are Changing Economics, Politics and Society
As it enters a new millennium, the world is also moving into a new era in which rapid technological advances are propelling a globalization that has become the most powerful force on earth. This force is revolutionizing nearly every area of human endeavor, and in the process, is offering unprecedented opportunities for development of new business strategies, prosperity, relief of want and suffering, and longer, more fulfilling life. It also, however, poses formidable challenges in the form of the rapid displacement of traditional hierarchies and ways of life, the widening gap between haves and have nots, the demise of the nation state, and new threats like cyber and bio-terrorism, all of which are fueling a growing backlash that could nullify globalization’s great potential.
This forum will be the first opportunity since last fall ’s failed World Trade Organization talks in Seattle, for world business, government, labor, academic, and media leaders to gather in the United States with Members of Congress and the executive branch for the purpose of developing new public and private strategies to maximize the benefits and minimize the costs of the inevitable continuation of globalization.
The forum will begin with a focus on issues such as the future of the Internet and e-commerce, the benefits and risks of nutraceuticals, dollarization, the future of the WTO and IMF, the reality and sustainability of the New Economy, how high is up for stocks, backlash to globalization, the future of Islam, and the twin chal-lenges of aging and scarcity of fresh water and other essential resources. The spot-light will then shift to the outlook for key countries and regions of the world such as China, India, Japan, Europe, Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Mexico, and Canada. The meeting will close with a discussion of new threats and of the old armies and alliances confronting them. Of course, the forum is more than a series of speeches and discussions. It is also an opportunity for leaders to meet, exchange views among themselves, and make strategic assessments.
Who Should Attend
ESI’s annual Global Forum is designed to bring together senior business executives, government officials, legislators, academicians, labor representatives, policy analysts, and media commentators engaged in international business management, investment, trade, technology development and transfer, organization of labor, governance, and macro-economic policy development.
Why You Should Attend
This annual conference has become the preeminent American forum for exchange of information and ideas on global issues of both a public and private nature. Participants will gain unparalleled insights into the powerful forces and policies shaping the international agenda and unmatched access to key leaders in both the government and corporate arenas. As a result, the dialogue between speakers and conference participants often shapes development or adoption of key strategies and policies for dealing with the rapidly changing global scene.
"The best, quick, comprehensive, and high-level briefing on the state
of the nation and the state of the world."
-- Walter Russell Mead, Worth magazine
"Capital Ideas", Worth magazine, July 1999 (article reprint summarizing ESI's 1999 conference)
Who We Are
One of Washington’s leading think tanks, the Economic Strategy Institute
(ESI), analyzes the forces of the global economy and develops national
and corporate strategies for harnessing and benefiting from them.
As a non-profit, non-partisan public policy research organization, ESI
studies and understands the importance of macroeconomic factors such as
interest rates, exchange rates, and savings rates in shaping the global
economy. Unlike many economic policy organizations, however, ESI
places special emphasis upon the institutional and structural elements
of the economy. Accordingly, ESI analyzes the contributions of major
industries and technologies, as well as the impact of domestic and international
industrial policies in an attempt to develop policy recommendations that
will assure open markets and competitive business practices. Our staff
shapes opinion and strategy by publishing books, articles, and editorials,
as well as by providing testimony to Congress and consulting with government
and business leaders. The Institute also conducts a number of influential
conferences and lectures throughout the year.