Joachim Schütz (1956)

For me, it all started off with the quest to identify which screws need to be adjusted to bring about a fair economic order. Over time, I came to realise that no empirical method, however refined, could help me with this and that the failure of the analysis of societal systems to take into account the aspects that gave them meaning constituted a fundamental problem. The same problem is also evident in society’s treatment of the biosphere. Thus the idea of consciously integrating subjective variables in the context of co-evolutionary systems guided by meaning was born.


US high school diploma and Abitur (German secondary-school leaving certificate); qualified bank clerk
Studied economics at Mannheim, Ann Arbor and Bonn
1989: PhD on the necessity of ethical standards in economic theory
Academic work as an economist, in particular from 1993 to 1999 in the trans-disciplinary human ecology group of Professor Dieter Steiner at the Department of Geography at ETH Zurich
From 2000: Chief Economist/Chief Strategist in the Swiss and international financial industry
2020: foundation of alex2020 gmbh

A wide range of teaching assignments in the fields of macroeconomics, social policy, systems theory, society, ecology and human ecology at the University of Cologne, the ETH, the University of Zurich, ZHAW Winterthur, Witten/Herdecke University and Zeppelin University in Friedrichshafen.

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