The Altius Society: Committed to Improving the Future of Humanity

The Origins: the importance of a multidisciplinary debate

The Altius Society was founded in 2012 with the aim of becoming the global forum where young and senior practitioners, academics, and political leaders gather to discuss the most relevant strategic trends of the 21st century and their impact on the future of our societies and our economies. Its members share a desire and collective ability to understand trends of change in the world, and to contribute to a more effective global governance.

Photo: Sheldon Glashow, 1979 Nobel Laureate in Physics, key contributor to the Standard Model of Physics, delivering his keynote address during the 2017 Altius Conference: “The Future of Science and Humanism in Democratic Societies: Recovering Intellectual Authority in the 21st Century”

The Annual Theme

As a catalyzer of this multidisciplinary debate, every year Altius selects a major Theme, brought by Altius Members as well as prominent leaders in the field, which is discussed from five diverse perpectives:


The Future of Communication

 ‘The Future of Communication: An Opportunity for Humankind and a Challenge to Democratic Societies’  was our annual Theme for 2017-2018. It framed the debates of our IV Annual Conference at Oxford, which took place in September of 2017, at the Debating Chamber of the Oxford Union.

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Organizing Society for the 21st Century

The 2019 Altius Conference, ‘Organizing Society for the 21st Century. Is Democracy the Right Model? Towards a New Social Contract in the Age of Cognitive Machines‘, took place at Oxford, 4-6 October 2019, inaugurating our 2019-2020 annual theme.

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