What is European culture and what does it mean to us? From the 1st to the 3rd June, Amsterdam will host its first Forum on European Culture. This first installment, Re:Creating Europe, looks at what culture means to Europeans and what it can do for Europe. Join us in Amsterdam to explore creative Europe in a series of discussions, performances and exhibitions. Access the recordings!
These pages contain recordings from Project Forum’s 2014 edition of the Central European Forum, taken over a three day period in November. 2014’s CEF was entitled Us and Them and focussed on emerging divisions between and within European states, looking at the fragmentation of society, the crisis in Ukraine and the attitudes of today’s generation in regard to the actions of their parents in 1989. Watch the videos!
Fault lines 2014's CEF focussed on the concept of "us and them", on 25 years of post-communism in the former Eastern bloc and on emerging societal divisions. Participants came together to discuss a quarter century of freedom and the challenges our societies have to face as we look to the future. Watch the recordings!
Us and them In the third of its cycle of 25th anniversary debates, The Red House looks at the distrust of institutions and figures of authority that is becoming imbedded in Bulgarian society. Looking at how the situation has developed, The Red House finds itself asking how the process of transition has destroyed trust and if it's still possible to achieve change in its absence? Watch the video highlights!
For better or worse? What is the future of journalism and will it improve or worsen the information we receive? On the 22nd October, Rachel Briggs, Amie Ferris-Rotman, Raymond Joseph and Richard Sambrook came together at London's renowned Frontline Club to take a closer look at the future of reporting might look like. Watch the video highlights!
What to do? What happens to young mums in the Czech Republic, how many of them actually are there and what support do they receive? Agora CE and students of Gymnázium Na Vítězné look at the challenges facing girls who become pregnant.
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Contemporary debating Is it time to talk? discusses the merits of debating in the present climate, asking what the obstacles to effective debating are and what needs to be done to overcome them and the ensure the efficacy of our future approaches: a discussion of polarisation, accessibility and engagement. [video highlights]
Superpowers In Norman Davies' new book about the hidden history of Europe, forgotten superpowers are analysed. In discussion with Luuk van Middelaar, deBuren gave the author the chance to extrapolate his findings into the present day, adjudging our present political superstructures according to the standards proved by the past.
Responsibility and Citizenship As we approached the European Year of Citizens, Felix Meritis asked participants in the Amsterdam Conversation 2012 what role citizens had to play in a future Europe. Later, the abstraction of the financial industry and financial products were discussed, with the hope of preventing future crises like the one we are presently experiencing.
Environment What is the future of the European dream in these testing times? Is it time to wake up or is there still cause for hope. Jeremy Rifkin discusses the prospects for Europe going forward, providing an American perspective to the many challenges facing the European project.
EU Power Dynamics What is the level of German dominance in the existing European structure, how is it likely to change and should we be concerned about its impact? Piotr Buras, Karolina Wigura, Marek Cichocki and Wolfgang Templin discuss the thorny issue of Europe's dominant state.
Societal Reform Southern Europe is feeling the pinch of austerity measures enforced from above and society appears to be becoming dominated by increasingly well connected financial elites. There are, however, new organisations emerging which show potential solutions to our developing socio-economic concerns.