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Britain and Germany 25 years of finding emerging leaders


By dxw


Robin Hart, Director for Programmes, writes:

Each year Wilton Park plays a part to examine how Britain and Germany can work together in the face of shifting powers, changing environments, global threats and regional uncertainties.

I have been privileged to have run the annual British German fora for the past 14 years.  Where once I was the same age as the participants the current 25-35 year olds are a new generation whose world views are shaped by very different experiences and perceptions.  It is my favourite week of the year, and I am always struck by the energy, ideas and willingness to debate of these future leaders.  We have just celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the forum bringing together alumni from the past 25 years at a reception and panel discussion generously hosted by the City of London.  Quite some alumni which this years group will join.

Baroness Thatcher sent us a strong message of congratulation, remarking that;

“The last quarter-century has seen remarkable progress. The Iron Curtain was rent apart, the Berlin Wall torn down, Germany is one again. The strength of the relationship between Britain and Germany has been a crucial component in that progress and at its heart is this Forum”.

This years forum will focus on Delivering a secure and prosperous future in a fast-changing world

Using the financial crisis as a starting point, the programme considers how the growth of emerging economies has continued, and how this contrasts with Europe at present. Future expectations and aspirations will be set against the backdrop of the global and regional challenges facing Britain and Germany, and the wider world.

The impact of future vulnerabilities such as climate change, resource scarcity, energy shortages, and food and water insecurity, on prosperity and security will be unpicked. The challenges of non-state actors and terrorism are also covered. The event has dynamic plenary and small group discussions on education, migration, and ageing in society.

A key element each year is when the participants spend a day in London, visiting the House of Commons. They also call on the German Embassy and Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London to see how policy meets reality.

Respected and thought-provoking speakers and facilitated working groups give everyone a chance to network a wide range of other bright and influential people. So, it is an exceptional opportunity for international cooperation and self-development.

Nominations to participate are now open so please email Michle Craig: for further information.


Robin Hart


Ingo-Steven Wais says

Dear Robin,although you have wrote your report last year I do believe that this comment of mine is still up-to date for you have mentioned that these British-German meetings are taken place every year in Wilton Park.And this is for an Anglo - German like me
important.So well I do full agree to you that their is a new generation willing and able to take,sooner or later, the control of their own, very special problems and perceptions.But I don't agree that their is much experience , if the participants are-as you have wrote-"25 years old."Nevertheless it 's great if they start in an early age to collect experiences and as a logical result develop new ideas for the future.Congratulations also to Baroness Thatcher for her wise and inteligent words in her message.Well, the last years forum is over but -according to your words-there will be a next one this year.Is it possible to join and if so what steps have I to do?It would be really great of you if you should find a little time for an answer.BW, Ingo-Steven Wais,Stuttgart.

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Ingo-Steven Wais says

Dear Robin, the topic of your - today maybe more important report as in 2011-is "Britain and Germany 25 years of...".
So please allow me to write a second part. You 've wrote that you are "always struck by the energy, ideas and willingness" in re. of these emerging leaders.That 's why I want to add the following lines:I think that todays emerging leaders will surely become very different ones.Some of them might getting cultural leaders,others political leaders or economic leaders.And therefore also engineering ones. The last mentioned of the older generation did already some kind of pioneer work.Their work is worth to reminding-esp. for all those new participants.Little or nothing is known in 2012 that it 's a fact, that already in the late 1970'ies leading British and German engineers, scientists and technicalians worked hard on a project-simply called "614".The 1st. and far ahead at this time Anglo-German civil aircraft.Most important fact is , that it doesn 't worked very well.But it might be very interesting for the current generation as an example of how to avoid similar mistakes in the future.Kate Bush once wrote a song about this."Experiment IV"(..."it 's a mistake in the making..."). So, if I may, I 'm trying to write as short as possible:Mistake # 1:Only one kind of jet-engine-Rolls Royce M 45 H-have been offered and built.Although it 's usual to offer 2 different kinds-cause of different customer demand.Mistake # 2:Just cause of this fact only 19 aircraft were built.#3:These leaders and top-engineers put much too much new technology into their project.Instead of developing-step by step- their excellent new ideas, new "High-Tech" and their energy into a so-called "Series"-of an aircraft family.Like other competitors-most notable the former Hawker Siddeley Trident 1, 2E, 3, 3B family -did so.#4: That 's why it 's highly risky for every airline to introduce an all new aircraft of an all new manufacturer-without an entire aircraft family in the background.#5:You 've mentioned the new "willing to debate and to discuss".So you can also say that in re. of project 614 ,their wasn 't enough info-exchange. Cause these former involved leaders just didn 't talk enough to each other.A big lack in co-operation and teamwork too.Finally last mistake # 6:A total chaotic managing and PR-Team.For it was unimpossible to develop and transfer "new ideas " into a well working marketing strategy.So once again:No good co-operation, no teamwork.Maybe this short version of how to ruin an ambitious project and how to avoid similar mistakes again is - within the context of your report- a little help for current emerging leaders.If their should be further questions-pls. contact me via
BW, Ingo-Steven Wais, Stuttgart.

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