The 9th Transatlantic Forum focused on "The Ethics of Market Economy". Conference location was
the Baroque Pillnitz Castle near Dresden, many parts of which had been swamped by the great
flood in Germany only a year earlier.
The invitees were approximately 50 young professionals from Germany and the United States,
including policy-makers, businessmen and businesswomen, journalists, scientists and artists.
Inspired by the talks by renowned experts, for two and a half days the Young Leaders discussed
whether and how individuals adapt their conduct to the capitalist economic system. Other key
issues were why people behave unethically, whether unethical behavior pays off, and what
possibilities there are to rebuild an atmosphere of mutual trust in society.
Lectures and discussions did not just take place at the conference table. During the
"Networking in Nature" program in the Saxon Elbsandsteingebirge, an integral part of the
conference, the participants dealt with the seeming dilemma between capitalism and ethics in
Festive receptions and dinners at Pillnitz Castle and in Dresden as well as a BBQ party at the
historical Koenigstein Fortress provided the informal framework, offering plenty of opportunities
for intensive networking.