We live in a capitalist society, based on money and driven by profit alone. But a more humane, sustainable system is needed - and it is possible! Alternative ideas are on the rise. They are intended to defend the right to a decent life and other human rights. Examples like the Fair Trade system or the idea of the unconditional basic income started as small initiatives and gained world wide momentum. This workshop will explore the different (negative, but also positive) aspects of capitalism and which alternatives are available. What should be the principles guiding our collective economy?
Do you feel like technology is evolving exponentially and becoming more intrusive? Technology and social media are omnipresent in our lives. But are they actually bringing us closer together or further apart? Is science fiction still fiction or closer to reality than we realize? During this workshop we will talk about the future of humankind amidst all the new technologies and how they are shaping our society. We will explore the positive and negative impacts of digitalization and discuss questions like: How to use technology to become more inclusive in society? How to turn technology into a tool to start a movement and look for ways to get involved? How to use open source to make information and knowledge accessible to everybody? And how to overcome digital loneliness?
From ancient statues to theatre, poetry or modern Punk music - the power of art is undeniable throughout the history of mankind. In the sense that art takes place in the public space and engages with dominant discourse it is always political. It is a powerful tool to express one's feelings and views on the world. Addressing socio-political issues and challenging the traditional boundaries and hierarchies imposed by those in power, art can contribute to the social change. Wether by producing knowledge and solidarity or simply raising awareness. In this workshop we will look at examples of (revolutionary?) art throughout time and invite you to make use of your creativity in your own projects.
Unless you are the president of the United States of America, you probably think that climate change is real and caused my humans.
Time is running out - we are at a point of no return. Continuing to live as we have always done isn’t an option anymore. But what can be done, how can I - from where I stand - fix anything? How can I make the people in power listen?
From small steps like recycling to making the economy respond and the politicians act; this workshop will take a look at existing climate-movements, discuss ideas on how a we can affect politics and environmental laws and how each one of us can contribute to the cause.
Movements like „Occupy“, „Fridays for Future“ and democratic protests around the world are rising up, having a huge impact on a global scale. What is acceptable in a civil society movement and where are the differences between activism, lobbyism and campaigning? Where to draw the line when looking at extreme forms of activism? In this workshop we will explore how a movement is created and discuss its ethical as well as its (il)legal aspects. In addition we will put activism under the microscope focusing on individuals, their rights within society and their role within the movement.
Is there a (good) alternative to liberal, representative democracy? Should decision making be everyone's responsibility, not only politicians'? Should there be more public discussions about political decisions? Or is there another Utopian system for the future of our societies yet to be conceived?

In the workshop we will analyse, discuss and criticise today's political systems, decision making processes and participation models in different regions and states. The workshop's main focus will be on political formation: How can everyone get involved? Does everyone have to and want to? Which role does civic education take and play in the making of “the good citizen”? Who should be in charge of education in the political field? Nation states? Parties? Civil society? Grassroots movements? You?
Education has a crucial role in providing knowledge and skills to the population, as well as shaping the personality of the youth in a nation. But should being educated be equated with having a degree? Ought the aim of our educational systems be to foster ever-increasing specialisation? Or should we revitalise the ideal of creating well-rounded citizens? Should universities be a hub for innovative ideas or a place to collect grades? Are equal opportunities too much to ask?
During this workshop, we will discuss the status quo in different parts of the world and work on concrete ideas to obtain a globally engaged education that empowers all people to fulfill their potential.
Positive change starts with yourself but nobody can change the world alone. Good ideas will have a larger effect when heard and multiplied by others. A message can get viral in seconds, or never be heard of again.
In this workshop we will look at the role media and journalists play defining what we know and what we talk about - and how this power can be used for a good cause. How can we tell our stories so that others are listening, remembering and sharing? What made the most iconic stories and photos memorable by the whole world today? Which tools and approaches can we use? At the same time we shall look at the threats of manipulation and fake news and how can they be prevented.
Photography is one of the most popular tools used to advocate for social and environmental awareness. Images can inspire, attract the masses, and create a focus. But what else can be done? The shift from “classic” photojournalism to visual activism should be conceived as a radical change; how can the photographic act be viewed not just as witnessing, but as a tantamount to the act of protest itself? In this workshop, we will explore various examples of visual activism and dig deep into what is your cause, and how you can use your camera to make the world a better place.