Lene Rachel Andersen (Denmark) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
Bildung Beyond Borders – How Through Bildung We Build a Better Future
Lene Rachel Andersen is the author of Bildung: Keep Growing (2020), among many other books, and founder of the Global Bildung Network (GBN), a network that brings together people from around the globe to address our deep longing for meaning, purpose, connectedness, cultural identity, sense of community, and empowerment and agency.
GBN’s work is based on the believe that education in every sense of the word is key, but just transferring huge amounts of knowledge is not enough. There is also an emotional and a moral connection to values, culture, self and others that is crucial to our well-being and our ability to cope with whatever challenges life confronts us with.
In this dialogue we build on our previous discussion (Reboot Dialogue #4) and explore how we might revive the original concept of ‘bildung’ and thus enable people everywhere to grab ‘with both hands’ the opportunities the 21st Century offers instead of feeling intimidated by the many challenges we face.
More information about Lene Rachel Andersen and her work is available here.
Susanna Cafaro (Italy) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
Democracy and Participation in International Organisations
As the EU, through representative, participatory and recently even deliberative mechanisms, has increasingly evolved into a distinct democracy in its own right, Susanna Cafaro believes there is the potential for other international organizations (IOs) to evolve towards some kind of democratic governance and to increase their levels of legitimacy and accountability in the process.
Furthermore, she believes this is important and urgently needed as we are facing a number of global issues (climate change, pollution of oceans, loss of biodiversity, rising inequalities) that nation states are not able to address independently. Her current research therefore focuses on assessing levels of democracy in governance beyond the national dimension, as well as suggesting innovative improvements through civic forms of participation.
In this second Reboot Interview, Susanna will share some of the insights she has gained so far and reflect on some of the current challenges IOs are facing in their efforts to democratise – especially in light of recent geopolitical developments.
More information about Susanna Cafaro and her work is available here.
Lenka Petrakova (UK/Slovakia) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
The 8th Continent
When it comes to the environmental impact of pollution, visions of the future tend to be dystopian in character. Not so in Lenka’s case. In this edition of Reboot2030, we explore her concept of a futuristic floating station, the 8th Continent, which helps to restore the balance of the sea, gathers ocean debris and creates a platform that brings people closer to this environment of the distant ocean – which we mistakenly thought was immune to our actions.
More information about Lenka Petrakova and her work is available here.
John Bunzl (UK) in conversation with Nico Andreas Heller
Global Cooperation and the New World Order
In our Reboot Dialogue #2 John Bunzl introduced SIMPOL, the organisation he created to counter Destructive Global Competition (DGC) through simultaneous policy development and implementation. Since then, the geopolitical landscape has changed fundamentally – and not for the better.
In this talk John Bunzl provides an update on his work with SIMPOL, reflects on challenges and explores how SIMPOL’s approach and methodology might be used to minimise the impact of Russia’s war of aggression on global environmental and climate change regulation.
More information about John Bunzl and his work is available here.