International Conference "Illusion of Control"

International Conference "Illusion of Control"

On May 15th – 17th, 2023, Para Limes, the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics (Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences), Princeton University and Arizona State University will organize an international conference with the theme: Illusion of Control.

The conference will be held in the Auditorium of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and will be hybrid in nature allowing participation in Stockholm, or online.

For this conference, we have invited twelve world-class thinkers and experts who will address such questions and who will challenge the participants of the conference, to generate deeper insights and possible approaches on how to effectively deal with illusions of control.

Confirmed speakers are Brian Arthur, Daniel Brooks, Miguel Centeno, Sean Cleary, Liesbeth Feikema, Atsushi Iriki, Helga Nowotny, Nick Obolensky, Terry Sejnowski, Andrew Sheng, Sander van der Leeuw & Gert van Santen.

The Paris Agreement on Climate Change aims to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century through control of greenhouse gas emissions. It is a legally binding international treaty that was adopted by 196 parties in December 2015. Each of the parties agreed to do the best it can to decrease such emissions. There are no incentives or penalties if they do not. The agreement suggests control, but created an illusion. More than six years after the agreement entered into force, global greenhouse gas emissions are rising more than ever. No climate neutral world is in sight.

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