Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems

The economy of the future

Summer School in Vienna


The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.

– Albert Einstein

Decades of research and entrepreneurship condensed into twelve days: Scholars and practitioners will meet in Vienna from August 4-16, 2014 in order to present and discuss the state of art in alternative economic systems – the most promising ideas for our economic and ecologic future! The 12-day academic program is open for students of all branches and professionals and offers a critical assessment of present ideas and models for economic and financial reform, with special regard for current ecological and social developments and future leeway.


Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems is an academic course. If completed successfully, BOKU-students or “MitbelegerInnen” from other Austrian universities acquire 5 ECTS credits from the University of National Resources and Life Sciences Vienna (BOKU). Foreign students get a BOKU certificate that needs to be acknowledged by your home university. You can find more information about this here. Information about the program fee can be found here. We also cooperate with companies and organizations to provide student grants to outstanding applicants in need of financial aid!


Many renowned lecturers take part in the program, among them Bernard Lietaer (Club of Rome), Helga Kromp-Kolb, Christian Felber and Josef Huber. An overview can be found online, as well as the preliminary program.


April 30th: The registration period has been extended to June 30th, 2014. Also: Until today, we have received applications from 29 different countries!

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There are many alternatives!

Overconsumption, resource depletion, overpopulation, environmental degradation – the current problems are well known. But rather than just adding another discussion of the desolate state of the world, Alternative Economic and Monetary Systems. The economy of the future aims to offer solutions and provides the opportunity to link theoretical approaches to complex topics with subject-specific content from different scientific disciplines and work experience from professionals. Join lectures, workshops and discussion panels to acquire a deeper understanding of the intricate interactions of “society” and “economy” and explore the alternatives that are at hand:


      1. Alternative economic and monetary systems that are currently being developed in response to economic, financial, environmental and social crisis and show the most promising long-term perspectives for a partial or complete reorganization of global, regional and local economies.
      2. Ecologic sustainability: What are the actual options regarding a functional long-term management of natural resources on the local, regional and global scale, especially in regard to present consumption models and rising inequality?
      3. Business ethics, corporate social responsibility and consumerism, solidarity and the common good – what needs to change and how do we change it in order to reduce or reverse current problems of economy, society and environment?


More details about the program can be found here.


How to apply

For a successful application please complete the online application form and upload all required documents. Information about the program fee can be found here.


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AEMS Vienna 2014 is part of the Vienna Business Dialogues, a cooperation bringing together universities, companies and organizations to develop new strategies for a sustainable economy. Current members of this cooperation are the Vienna University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, the University of Vienna, the Vienna University of Technology, the Vienna University of Economics and Business, the movement Economy for the Common Good and the OeAD-Housing Office.