15:00 - 16:00
Sharing and shaping the future: European Societies in digital Age

Short thesis

All over Europe societies face the same challenges: populism and radicalisation spread, democratic structures get vulnerable, fake news and hate speech create an toxic atmosphere, people seem to lack faith and vision. It’s time to answer the questions we forgot to ask: In which digital society do we want to live? What keeps us together? The “Colloquium European Societies in digital Age” adresses these topics and starts a transnational discourse on how we all can learn from each other and create wealthy, resilient digital societies.


Our globalised and digitalized world scares many people. We don’t know who we are. We don’t understand who we need to be. In these times of an opening and increasingly networked world, walls and barriers are evoked to make the world small and understable again. Populism, radicalisation and other toxic phenomena grow on this ground, echoed and resonated by digital and medial echo chambers. Public discourses are instrumentalized and missleading. In Europe this leads to an atmosphere of fragility, volatility and uncertaity that questions the European idea as such. Even democracy itself seems to be in question.

But while the culture of constant connection confuses us, digital infrastructures also offer us unprecedented opportunities for participation and building bridges. We can form new, reliable communities across national borders. We, the citizens, have an unparalleled opportunity to own and shape our digital societies. Being digital competent also means being a responsible citizen in an digital society. We can live active citizenship that allows us to participate and shape the world.

So how can we use all this for good? We have to take a deep breath, to talk and to listen to each other and to be bold.

With the “Colloquium European Societies in digital Age” we will create a platform that combines national on-site events in different european countries with online-based transnational video salons and frequent international central conventions where all participants will come together to share their ideas, learnings and visions.

The project wants to listen also to the quiet european voices and build a network across borders, languages and hierarchies. It creates a communication space where we can face together the challenges of digital societies, sharing learning patterns by our different approaches. Gustav Stresemann Institute and Slow Media Institute invite all of you to be part of the network and join the discussion. Let’s shape our digital societies together, let’s shape and share our future!

The session will be a cross-border brainstorming. We look forward to your insights and perspectives that will inspire us and our work.

Speaker: Sabria David (Slow Media Institut), Michael Münz (Gustav Stresemann Institut)