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The NZZ Academy is a program designed to help participants understand the complexities of the world today. The program covers a wide range of topics, including geopolitical issues, technological advancements, social trends, and sustainability. The curriculum is based on current research and analysis from leading institutions. The goal of the program is to equip participants with the tools they need to navigate the challenges of the future.

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Geopolitics & International Affairs
Geopolitics & International Affairs

Our program is designed for a time of shifting powers, where understanding the dynamics of a multipolar world order is critical. Trade relations and market dynamics now fluctuate rapidly due to changing alliances and geopolitical tensions, influencing everything from local economies to global policies. At the same time, international dynamics are increasingly influenced by ideological and geoeconomic divides.

Technology & Innovation
Technology & Innovation

The digital era has transformed societies, but with great innovation come massive challenges. Cybersecurity remains a paramount concern as our dependency on digital infrastructures grows. Technological disruption continues to reshape industries at an unprecedented rate, underscored by the transformative impact of AI. However, not all benefit equally, highlighting issues that must be navigated to harness their full potential responsibly.

Society & Governance
Society & Governance

As societies evolve, they face challenges such as increasing social inequality and polarization, which threaten the fabric of social cohesion. The independence and quality of media play a crucial role in maintaining informed democracies, yet they are under stress. The future of work is changing, prompting discussions on how labor markets adapt, and there's a growing mistrust in institutions that needs addressing to maintain societal stability.

Sustainability & Environment
Sustainability & Environment

Sustainability is no longer optional but a necessity. From promoting circular economies to managing energy transitions, the focus is on creating sustainable practices that also enhance disaster resilience. As the climate crisis escalates, sustainable urban development has become central to creating livable, resilient cities for generations to come.

Economics & Business
Economics & Business

Economic resilience is more crucial than ever. Supply chain vulnerabilities and the need for robust corporate governance have been highlighted by recent global events. Economic liberalism faces new tests in an era of uncertainty, requiring policies that foster stability in volatile financial markets, while also promoting long-term growth and social equity.

Foresight Planning
Foresight Planning

Traditional problem-solving methods fall short in times of rising uncertainty. The Foresight Method systematically interprets diverse inputs to construct detailed future scenarios, identifying emerging trends and potential disruptions. By analyzing current data and speculative models, we generate coherent visions of the future, enabling organizations to strategize and adapt effectively. This method not only enhances our understanding of possible futures but also equips us to shape these outcomes proactively.

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January

Date: 26 - 31 January 2025

Location: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

Daily schedule: 8 am to 9 pm

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April

Date: 27 April - 2 May 2025

Location: Germany

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November

Date: 9 - 14 November 2025

Location: Swiss Alps

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