Friday, September 18th 11:00

Discussing the future

- sharing observations, ideas and strategies   

Our world is changing faster than anybody expected  20 years ago we lived under communist regimes. There was no free media and free and fair elections were only a dream. 15 years ago we didn’t really know cell phones and emails. 10 years ago there was no google. 5 years ago there were no social websites. Now we can not only vote, but - thanks to new technologies – very easily gather, find supporters and have direct influence on social and political life. Never in history communication and participation has been as easy as now. How do we use it? How can we use it better? How can we anticipate new trends? What will be the shape of relationships between various actors within the public sphere. What tools are there that we may use and how effective can they be? How will all this shape the future of our work?

This session will cast a quick glance at some of the drivers of change established in the UK and reflect upon what this means from a CEE perspective. Then we will jump into a practical discussion engaging participants. Let’s talk about possible scenarios and the strategies we should form for meeting the future!

Anna Giza-Poleszczuk
has worked at the Warsaw University since 1981. In 1994-2005 she worked additionally in the field of market research and communication. She tries to use her experience from practically oriented social researches to approach science and the practice, especially to increase public knowledge about social issues. Her research field includes history and modernity of family, social capital, and social economy. She is a president of the board of the Unit for Social Innovation and Research Shipyard and Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sociology and Philosophy.

Ivan Krastev is a political scientist and Chairman of Board of the Centre for Liberal Strategies in Sofia. He is a member of the Board of the European Council on Foreign Relations and a Council member of the International Institute for Security Studies IISS - London. He has published several books and is engaged as editor of several magazines such as Foreign Policy Bulgaria and Europe's World. 


Vida Ogorelec Wagner - after a first degree in Architecture from the University of Ljubljana, Vida took a Master of Fine Arts from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco. On her return to Slovenia she became public relations manager for the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning in Ljubljana. Having been introduced to environmental activism in San Francisco, Vida then left the Ministry to establish Umanotera, the Slovenian Foundation for Sustainable Development, which rapidly became one of the most active and influential environmental NGOs in Slovenia.

Julian Popov is a journalist, writer and adviser on media and policy issues with over 20 years experience in Eastern Europe working on projects funded by EBRD, the World Bank, EC, Open Society Foundation, CEE Trust, Open University and others. He was the founding CEO of the New Bulgarian University and is currently Chairman of the Bulgarian School of Politics - an leading institution training politicians and civil society leaders from Bulgaria and South East Europe.


Igor Janke is a Polish journalist working for all kinds of media - print press, radio, tv and the internet. Just before communism collapsed he was a leader of underground Independent Students Association in the High School of Theater in Warsaw. He was to be a theatre critic, but because at that time the real theatre was on the streets and political life was erupting, he became instead a political critic. Igor used to work as a political reporter, cultural editor at "Zycie Warszawy" and deputy chief editor of daily “Express Wieczorny”, he was the chief editor of Polish News Agency, political editor of “Rzeczpospolita” daily and has been the anchor of a few TV shows. Currently he is working as columnist at “Rzeczpospolita”, is a radio anchor at Tok FM and last but not least co-owner and chief of the bloggers platform, which gathers well known political journalists, scientists, politicians as well as a few thousands of ordinary people commenting on public live in their blogs. 

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