Club of Rome is a group of world citizens, sharing a common concern for the future of humanity.
The Romanian Association for the Club of Rome (ARCoR) is a non-governmental and apolitical organization. ARCoR shares the Club of Rome's concern for the future of humankind and it was constituted based on the core values of ARCoR:
- the need for global thinking and local action;
- the importance of long term thinking & sustainability;
- the need to advance global action and to address the world problematic.
Our members are thinkers interested in contributing, in a systemic interdisciplinary and holistic manner, to a better world. The natural resources of the world are finite. Economic growth need not be obtained by over exploiting our planet.
Twenty years ago, the founder of ARCoR was an exceptional scholar, Doctor Mircea Malița. His credentials are well known and admired. In 2009, in the middle of the economic crises, he said: “The crisis is a symptom of the turbulence inside the human mind, invaded by two capital sins, greed and vanity. When one places ego above everything else, it creates a crisis. Crisis is not a fatality. It is a system failure passed along as a society prejudice and learned in the business schools.” He later concludes: “Crisis, with all its disasters, is a chance for tomorrow’s society.”
Paraphrasing The limits to growth, Doctor Mircea Malița, former Minister of Education, wrote “No limits to learning”, a report that brought a new perspective on education and the importance of having an educated society. Today Doctor Mircea Malița is still an active member of ARCoR.
Disseminate the Club of Rome’s ideas and projects throughout the Romanian society.
Encourage regional cooperation, in the spirit of CoR's innovative solutions.
Generate studies and reports; organize conferences and debates with respect to current major national/international issues; provide solutions and encourage the development of actual outcomes.
Actively involve Romanian NGOs as partners in ARCoR's programs.
Encourage the participation of the young generation to ARCoR's activities.
Increase the cooperation between the international CoR associations, based on common projects and events.
In reaching its objectives, the Romanian Association for the Club of Rome will:
- organize local and international conferences
- participate, through its members and representatives, to different events
- periodically edit studies, materials and scientific papers
About Club of Rome – how it began
The Club of Rome was founded in April 1968 by Aurelio Peccei – an Italian scholar and industrialist – and Alexander King, a Scottish scientist.
The Club of Rome raised considerable public attention with its report, „The Limits to Growth”, which has sold 30 million copies in more than 30 translations, making it the best selling environmental book in world history. Published in 1972, it predicted that economic growth could not continue indefinitely because of the limited availability of natural resources, particularly oil. The 1973 oil crisis increased public concern about this problem.
At that time the Club of Rome had an informal 'inner group' of six, but no corporate existence. The inner group consisted of:
- Aurelio Peccei
- Alexander King
- Hugo Thiemann, Director of the Batelle Institute in Geneva
- Max Kohnstamm (Netherlands), former Secretary General of the ECSC
- Jean Saint-Geours, Ministry of Finance in Paris
- Erich Jantsch, author of 'Technological Forecasting'
It is composed of "scientists, economists, businessmen, international high civil servants, heads of state and former heads of state from all five continents, who are convinced that the future of humankind is not determined once and for all and that each human being can contribute to the improvement of our societies."
National COR associations are present in countries all over the world – in Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Asia. Each of the national associations, such as ARCoR, analyzes the local context and happenings, looking at events though the lens of the CoR values, providing insight and advice to decition makers.
President: Mugur Isărescu
Secretary General: Liviu Tudor
Executive Director: Mugur Tolici
Vice Presidents: Mircea Malitza, Sergiu Celac, Ionel Haiduc, Florin Pogonaru
Honorary Members: Ion Iliescu, Emil Constantinescu
Al. Nicolae Paunescu
Dan Costin Nitescu
Dan Dumitru Popescu
Dan Viorel Paul
Emilian M. Dobrescu
Lucian Liviu Albu
Radu Gratian Ghetea
Traian Marian Gomoiu