Professor Droege talks about the LISDAR

Peter Droege, Professor of Urban Sustainability at the University of Liechtenstein is the initiator of the Liechtenstein Congress on Sustainable Development and Responsible Investing 2010 (LISDAR). His words preview the congress and its goals, and describes how LISDAR came into being:

“LISDAR combines three conferences – finances and investment, and the things that are being financed, i.e. infrastructure, society, urban space, real estate, even land and agriculture. This examination of the future of our immediate environment also gives the congress a local dimension. The first two days have a global focus and are in English. The third day is in German.

We have more than 600 registrations for events. Not necessarily 600 separate visitors, but a total of 600 places filled across the three days of events. People have come from as far away as New Zealand, but one visitor who I’m particularly pleased to welcome is from much closer: Hereditary Prince Alois has registered and will be taking part tomorrow.

We want to show the financial community how financial flows find expression in the physical world – as buildings, businesses, spaces and, ultimately, in local communities. This congress provides an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of investment strategies using actual tangible assets.

Each day of the congress deals with investment – both directly and figuratively. At the same time it is also an opportunity for people who have concentrated for many years on real estate, urban planning or water supplies to find out about the importance of finance and to start speaking a common language.

I hope that this congress doesn’t feel like three separate conferences, but that it appeals to three different audiences and manages to achieve a common understanding and a chance to develop new themes that we can present locally and to the world next year.

We hope that the LISDAR Congress can become a permanent fixture. We tried a pilot meeting in December 2008, focusing on responsibility in the real estate sector. We noticed with surprise that the greatest interest came from the banking community. We recognized that this resonated fantastically well with Fritz Kaiser’s ideas, so after that first meeting we got in touch with him.”

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