Since 1981, the Tällberg Forum, hosted by the Tällberg Foundation, has become one of the most innovative forums for global leaders. Business leaders, scientists and artists from around the world, such as former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Ikea CEO Anders Dahlvig, have gathered together on the Tällberg Forum stage.
This year’s Forum, which had the theme of The World at A Crossroads: Making Sense of Globalization, included CKGSB Founding Dean Xiang Bing as a speaker in a panel discussion on June 13, 2013, along with HRH Prince Turki al Faisal, the Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research & Islamic Studies of Saudi Arabia, as well as five other thought-leaders, to have a deep discussion about the meaning of globalization.
Dean Xiang explained how China had developed in the past and how he thought the country would develop in the future, and also explored how this affected the rest of the world. “Harmony in diversity” is one of the core concepts in Chinese culture, Dean Xiang believes, and this places an emphasis on keeping the domestic culture unified. At the same time, China also wishes to communicate with other cultures with an open mind, and this is meaningful and useful when it comes to business management and international communication.
“We should encourage diversity, with all the different perspectives on globalization, in order to face and solve our big development issues,” said Dean Xiang on the forum. “China plays a very important role in world economics, and our development model, ways of doing business and cultural concepts should become better known in the West. Diversity is necessary for social harmony and innovation, and this is how ‘harmony in diversity’ can be meaningful for modern society. Therefore, we should set up a platform where the East and West can learn from each other, push globalization together and all benefit from it.”
During the forum, Dean Xiang was also invited to attend a private dinner with Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and other royal family members. Dean Xiang thinks China should learn from the wealth of experience in Sweden, and throughout Europe, and he speaks very highly of the Tälberg Forum for its open, free and creative atmosphere.