Do we want full employment or full automation? Do we need an unconditional basic income? Do we want more or less state?
In the two-day event, citizens can design new forms of state and work in workshops. The gap between a global class of global citizens and a society that is increasingly dissatisfied with dwindling design options is widening. How can democracy, legal systems and our ways of working and living adapt to the digital revolution? What role will a future state play between protecting property and caring for the common good? Is he a trustee of an unconditional basic income? Is he already eroding his foundations through the power of the transnationals? Will it be abolished in the long term and replaced by self-regulated units of free individuals?
These questions are the focus of the two-day symposium The Next State - Rethinking State, in which interested citizens can actively participate. Together with representatives from culture, activism and science, they will develop new models of work and wages, governance and participation in various workshops and check their feasibility. In a public research and discourse process, the foundations of a narrative are worked out, which takes a position on some of the most important topics of our future.
With i.a.: Joe Quirk von 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 Köln, Bernhard Neumärker from the Institute für Allgemeine Wirtschaftsordnung der Albert-Ludwig-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau; Musicians Sven Kacirek (Hamburg) & Daniel Muhuni (Nairobi) as well as the Berlin literary, cultural and media scholar and philosopher Joseph Vogl.
Registration: Registration for free active participation is possible from Wednesday 28 March at events.humboldtforum.com. A presence on both days is required.Detailed program (PDF) What future?! at a glanceThe symposium is the second part of Welche Zukunft?!, a co-production of the Humboldt Forum Foundation in Berlin's Schloss with the Deutsches Theater Berlin. Author, film and theatre director Andres Veiel and author Jutta Doberstein explore future scenarios in a four-part series of events developed jointly by scientists, economists, artists and the public. They test new forms of participation and co-design in order to initiate a public dialogue about future societies between academic-scientific thinking and artistic interpretation.
The series of events WelcheZukunft?! started in September 2017 with a laboratory in the Deutsches Theater Berlin. Together with around 250 participants, international researchers developed a fictional but evidence-based (crisis) scenario for the next ten years. The two-day symposium, the second part of What Future?!, now deals with the most pressing questions and problems that the laboratory has raised. In a third step, the topics and results of the symposium and laboratory will be incorporated into a play that will be premiered at the Deutsches Theater Berlin on September 28, 2018. After the opening of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin Castle, a closing conference is planned.