The Tipping Point Talks 2019: Felwine Sarr

How can we realise a holistic concept of prosperity for the many, not the few?


Felwine Sarr
How can we realise a holistic concept of prosperity for the many, not the few?


As we celebrate 200 years of the savings bank model in Austria, we understand that providing savings accounts to citizens in the fast-changing 19th century was as audacious as it proved sustainable. ERSTE Foundation started as a social business. The savings bank was inclusive in scope and conservative in risk. It turned into a pillar of the European model of empowerment and wellbeing of the many.

How can we realise a holistic concept of prosperity for all today? What will be private and what will be public goods, services, institutions but also responsibilities? How can we lead the profound transformations ahead of us – on climate, technology and on living together – and get those transformations right? Who will forge new alliances of responsibility? Audacity of initiative is what we now need.

On 27 November, we welcome Felwine Sarr, Professor of Economics at Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal. His recent book, Afrotopia, presents a holistic approach to economic and cultural interaction, or rather, the cultural foundations of economic choices. Felwine Sarr will deliver the last lecture of The ERSTE Foundation Tipping Point Talks following Francis FukuyamaTimothy Snyder and Marietje Schaake. Felwine Sarr’s lecture will be followed by a stage conversation with Christoph Badelt, Sergiu Manea, Shalini Raderia, Felwine Sarr and Sigrid Stagl.

Prosperity. A filmic essay
15′, NGF Geyrhalterfilm

Boris Marte
Deputy Chairman of the Board of ERSTE Foundation

Felwine Sarr: How can we realise a holistic concept of prosperity for the many, not the few?

Conversation on stage
Christoph Badelt
Director of the Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO) in Vienna

Nikolaus Griller
Chairman of the shareholder committee of Gebauer & Griller Kabelwerke, Vice President of the young generation of the Federation of Austrian Industries in Vienna

Sergiu Manea
Chief Executive Officer of Banca Comercială Română (BCR) in Bucharest

Shalini Randeria
Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna

Felwine Sarr
Professor of Economics at the Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis / Senegal

Sigrid Stagl
Head of the Institute for Ecological Economics at WU Vienna

Ivan Vejvoda (Chair)
Permanent Fellow at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna

The Tipping Point Talks are ERSTE Foundation’s contribution to the 200th anniversary of Erste Bank and Sparkassen. Curated by Verena Ringler.

The fourth Tipping Point Talk is realised in cooperation with überMorgen – Der Gesellschaftspolitische Diskurs, a project initiated by the Federation of Austrian Industries, the Red Cross and the support of ERSTE Foundation.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.