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From rage to courage: About Political Relations Crises

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 7pm

Which new strategies does politics offer to cities and towns, and to their civil societies? How can filter bubbles and echo chambers be opened up, creating new chances for democratic compromises? What kind of language must we invent, which would allow us to understand each other better, to endure and overcome our conflicts? We would like to listen to people who can report from their own practices, describing how they involved whole towns in their discussions, sketched plans for a new community consciousness, or reached new public audiences. A workshopping conversation with representatives from the laboratory of local politics.

Raumlabor, CANTIERE BARCA, 2011, Turin, Italy

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Everyone agrees: dialogue is important. There are numerous opportunities for discussion, and participation concepts have become a heartfelt matter—indeed, a top priority—from a local to a national level. Is this approach succeeding? Is mutual understanding growing? Which formats, proposals, and questions are still pending?

We cannot increase the scope of politics and society simply by talking more. When every problem has been laid on the table and every emotion has been brought to light, it becomes a question of striking a balance. It is not only about what each individual wants or doesn’t want, but rather about what we could collectively want and do. Do we need, first and foremost, more courage to experiment, instead of just more dialogue? Do we have new perspectives for collective action rather than merely several opinions? Or are we doggedly clinging to debates and forgetting to look for what is possible? How do we actually create courage?

During this evening we would like to hear from our interviewees about the courageous paths they have taken, which hurdles have been overcome and which are still to be faced, and which experiments have yet to be carried out.

Steffi Wiesner, coordinator for volunteer work in the county Potsdam-Mittelmark, spokesperson of Landesarbeitsgemeinschaft der Freiwilligenagenturen im Land Brandenburg (Lagfa Brandenburg)

Simone Russo, Speaker and management support, member of the city of Bochum's strategy council

Prof. Dr. Claudia Neu, Projekt SOK – Neue Infrastrukturen für gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Department for Agricultural Economics And Rural Development, chair for Sociology of Rural Areas

Host: Gerrit Gohlke, Head of Regional Development at Gesellschaft der Neuen Auftraggeber

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