QUESTIONS 2017

QUESTIONS 2017

The world is changing, with its transformation creating some of the biggest challenges of our time.

These social, economic and ecological transformations will affect the whole of mankind and all pose their own set of questions. Q will focus on inextricably linked fields of transformation that are of crucial importance for our present and our future.

These agents of transformation are part of a social matrix, like crossroads or junctions in the network of society that fundamentally influence or change each other.
Each year the five most relevant will be defined and discussed at Q Berlin Questions.

Q – IMAGINE YOURSELF AS THE OTHER SELF. HOW DO WE EMBRACE TOLERANCE AND DIFFERENCE?

How can the peaceful coexistence of different cultures and lifestyles be supported? What do politics, civil society and business have to do to achieve this?

How does our global community deal with challenges such as migration, refuge, displacement and deportation?

How can conflict be handled in a globalised world with a growing population and dwindling resources?

People crossing an intersection.

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Q – WHAT WILL BE THE NEXT SOCIAL CONTRACT?

What kind of society do we want to live in?

What role can digitalization play in such a society?

How can social justice be ensured?

Aurore Belkin photography

Q – URBAN ANGST AND STAMINA. WHAT ARE THE PROMISING CONCEPTS TO HANDLE THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY?

How will the gap between the haves and the have-nots develop and what effect will this have on the development of cities?

How can partnerships and networks between cities work with business and science to find appropriate solutions?

What are some of the challenges surrounding coexistence in evergrowing cities?

City from above.

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Q – HOW SHOULD WE GOVERN AT THE PACE OF ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL CHANGE?

How can political decision-making processes involving citizens be legitimized?

What would a step in the direction of ’global governance’ look like and would it be desirable?

How do governments and international organisations need to change?

Aurore Belkin photography

Q – WHAT DO WE DO WHEN THERE’S NOTHING LEFT TO DO

How can we tackle the mass unemployment and social tensions that could result from digitalization?

How can and must we, as a society, react to these radical changes?

And what will we do, when there is nothing left to do? Who must and will be able to work in the future?

People working in a coffee shop.

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