Symposium & Workshops
Do we want full employment or full automation? Do we need an unconditional basic income? Do we want the state to be more or less involved in our lives?
During this two-day event, members of the public will be able to participate in workshops to develop scenarios for a future state and ways of working. The gap is growing between a global class of global citizens and a society in which people are increasingly dissatisfied with the diminishing opportunities they have to shape the state in which they live. How can democracy, legal systems and the way we live and work be aligned to the digital revolution? What role might a future state play in protecting property and promoting the common good? Should it be the custodian an unconditional basic income? Is it already in the processof falling apart due to the power of the transnationals? Will it be abolishedin the long term and replaced by self-governing units of free individuals?
These questions are the focus of the two-day symposium The Next State – Rethinking State
, in which members of the public can actively participate. Together with representatives from the fields of culture, activism and academia, they will develop new models of employment, governance and participation, in a range of workshops, and examine these in terms of their feasibility. In a public research and discourse process, the basis of a narrative will be developed, which will analyse and probe some of the most important issues of our future. With, among others
: Joe Quirk from Seasteading (USA), Ariella Helfgott from the Environmental Change Institute in Oxford (UK), Daniel Häni from Unternehmen Mitte in Basel (CH), Cornelia Daheim from Future Impact in Cologne, Bernhard Neumärker from the Institut für Allgemeine Wirtschaftsordunun of the Albert Ludwig University in Freiburg; musicians Sven Kacirek (Hamburg) & Daniel Muhuni (Nairobi) and the Berlin-based literature, culture and media expert and philospher Joseph Vogl.Which Future?! Overview
The symposium is the second part of Which Future?!
, a coproduction of the Stiftung Humboldt Forum and the Deutsches Theater. During this four-part series of events, author, film and theatre director Andres Veiel and author Jutta Doberstein are exploring and developing future scenarios together with academics, economists and artists, as well as the general public. In the process, they are testing new forms of participation and co-creation, in order to initiate a public dialogue that incorporates academic and scientific ideas and artistic interpretations regarding future societies.
The event series Which Future?!
started in September 2017 with a laboratory
in the Deutsches Theater Berlin. International academics, together with approx. 250 participants developed a fictional, but evidence-based (crisis) scenario for the next ten years. In this two-day symposium, the second part of Which Future?!
will address the most pressing issues and problems that were raised in the lab. In a third step, the topics and results of the symposium and the laboratory will be incorporated into a play, which will premiere on 28 September 2018 at Deutsches Theater Berlin. Following the opening of the Humboldt Forum in the Berlin Palace, a final conference is planned there to round off the event series. Registration
To actively participate on both days, you will need to register in advance under firstname.lastname@example.org.