The new association
Growth in Transition Austria

About us

The Growth in Transition initiative has been addressing the issues of economic growth, prosperity and quality of life for 15 years.

In October 2023, the association “Wachstum im Wandel Österreich” was founded and is based on the original initiative “Wachstum im Wandel” (existing since 2008) and an initiative of the Ministry of the Environment, in which numerous institutions, NGOs, individuals and companies have participated.

The association invites institutions, organizations and companies as well as individuals to address issues of growth, prosperity and quality of life.

In line with the initiative, the discourse on future issues will continue to take center stage in the future: “What kind of growth is sustainable?”, “How can a bridge be built between the economy, ecology and social justice?”, but also “What should grow and what should not?”. We aim to look at these questions from different perspectives and in an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary way based on the expertise of the diverse partners.

Sophia Kratz (Umweltdachverband), Hannah Desaler and Fritz Hinterberger (Club of Rome, Austrian Chapter) were elected to the first board: Together we are again planning larger events as well as smaller-scale discourses, publications and the continuation of the website. The fortnightly Stamm*Tisch and the current three-monthly Wachstum im Wandel breakfasts are already very popular.

Representatives of ministries, NGOs and companies have already expressed their great interest in the association.

On December 5, 2023 at 3:30 p.m., a kick-off event will be held in the House of the EU to look back and forward at the same time. We will discuss which players and which concepts we need for an earth-friendly economy for all. 

Cordial invitation: We invite you and your organization to become part of the Growth in Transition initiative (again).

We are always happy to answer your questions.

Sophia Kratz
Hannah Desaler
Fritz Hinterberger


Growth in transition:
15th anniversary
Shaping the future together!

Date:December 5, 2023, 3:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Venue:Haus der EU, 1010 Wien
Language:German and English, hybrid with online stream

We are delighted to invite you to an event to mark our review of 15 years of “Growth in Transition”, the founding of the new association and exciting discussions and outlooks on December 5, 2023 at the Haus der EU!

We want to look back on the successes of the past together with you, the people, institutions, organizations, companies, friends and partners of Growth in Transition, and look forward to the future full of enthusiasm and discussion. After all, the content of Growth in Transition is more relevant than ever.

With our current consumption of resources, we are not only overburdening nature, but also ourselves. This has not made many people happy for a long time. In addition, the global distribution of goods is highly unequal, which ultimately leads to tensions, crises and migration worldwide.

This requires specific concepts and new approaches, such as the circular economy, Beyond Growth, climate justice and many more. The discourse in society must be based on a broad perspective. According to the Club of Rome’s “Earth4All” report, we need to end poverty and inequality in order to solve the numerous global crises. Redistribution, alternative welfare concepts and economic change must be widely discussed now in order to achieve a sustainable future. 

On December 5, we will get to the bottom of this question together: Which players and concepts do we need for an earth-friendly economy for all?

Online Livestream

Follow the link to see the recording of the event: