House Description Berlin's Freiblickinstitut is dedicated to the dissemination of public debates and the preservation of the humanist ideals of freedom and progress. Started in 2014 on the basis of its founding members' Freedom Manifesto, the institute strives to uphold the legacy of the Enlightenment and to provide open debates on the big issues of our time.
A literary journey The Freiblickinstitut looks at migration, immigration and exile in a full day comprising both a readathon and a debate. Through literature and discussion they look at how we talk about the movement of peoples and at past scenarios of both such movements and of individual experience.
Recording coming soon!
Sticks and stones...? Satirists and populists both employ deliberately offensive phraseology to make their points, but, while the efforts of the one group are often extolled, those of the other come in for consistent criticism. What really differentiates the two approaches and should it be our duty to restrict speech considered likely to incite violence or is it more important to protect the principles of free speech from a culture of proscription? Watch the video highlights!
Have we outgrown growth? Since the financial crisis of 2007-2008, there has been much talk about our economic models, with the pre-crisis prioritisation of growth coming into disrepute. This Freiblick debate asks whether we still need economic growth and what the positive arguments for its continued retention would be. Watch the video highlights!
Mercy or murder? In Germany, the Bundestag is looking into a reform of the legislation on euthanasia, leading to a heated debate on the pros and cons of assisted suicide. Should we have the right to determine when we want to die or are there too many circumstances in which any law allowing assisted suicide could be exploited to harm the vulnerable and the ill? Listen to the recording!
A house divided against itself? The nationalist right is on the up and negative headlines make the running, and yet, polls show that support for the EU is recovering and spontaneous displays of consensus in matters such as the Charlie Hebdo assassinations bear witness to our continued ability to empathise and to work together. How then to reconcile these seeming contradictions, is solidarity fading or are we merely witnessing a series of fraternal disputes? Listen to the recording and watch the video!
Fortress Europe? As we hear more and more about refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, Freiblick looks at the question of borders and asks how Europe can improve its present stance towards migration to avoid such tragedies happening in the future. Listen to the [German language] recording!