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Nexus Conference 2016
Saturday 12 November 2016

What Will Save
the World?

The news from around the world is far from positive: authoritarian regimes are on the rise, the political systems in the EU and US are fractured and ineffective, and millions of people are forced to flee from war, violence and poverty. The state of the world is precarious; yet there are also optimists who believe in the saving power of science, technology or international law and institutions, who argue that the world is really headed in the right direction and that pessimists are misguided or short-sighted.

On Saturday 12 November in Amsterdam, an international cast of activists, scientists, writers and philosophers took the stage to discuss the deeper questions behind the current political, ecological and social crises. What is the defect in our civilization? Is material progress enough, or should progress have a moral or social basis? Is technology a blessing or a curse? And what will save the world – politics, art, science, or faith?

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The news from around the world is far from positive: authoritarian regimes are on the rise, the political systems in the EU and US are fractured and ineffective, and millions of people are forced to flee from war, violence and poverty. The state of the world is precarious; yet there are also optimists who believe in the saving power of science, technology or international law and institutions, who argue that the world is really headed in the right direction and that pessimists are misguided or short-sighted.

On Saturday 12 November in Amsterdam, an international cast of activists, scientists, writers and philosophers took the stage to discuss the deeper questions behind the current political, ecological and social crises. What is the defect in our civilization? Is material progress enough, or should progress have a moral or social basis? Is technology a blessing or a curse? And what will save the world – politics, art, science, or faith?

Programme
1:30 pm

Musical intermezzo with Aeham Ahmad

Speakers
political philosopher
laywer and political activist
writer
Israeli philosopher and author The Ethics of Memory
legal philosopher
theologian
peace and human rights advocate
historian
journalist, advisor to Hilary and Bill Clinton
human rights activist
cognitive scientist
bishop and philosopher
poet and essayist
pianist

Introductory essay

Millions of people are on the run for war, violence and poverty – and nobody offers them a place at the inn or welcomes them with open arms… What will be the consequences of these developments? And if the situation in the world is as serious as the reports suggest, what exactly is the defect in our civilization?

Rob Riemen

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Amsterdam, 12 november 2016 Nexus-conferentie 'What Will Save the World?' foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 12 november 2016 Nexus-conferentie 'What Will Save the World?' foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 12 november 2016 Nexus-conferentie 'What Will Save the World?' foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 12 november 2016 Nexus-conferentie 'What Will Save the World?' foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 12 november 2016 Nexus-conferentie 'What Will Save the World?' foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 12 november 2016 Nexus-conferentie 'What Will Save the World?' foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 12 november 2016 Nexus-conferentie 'What Will Save the World?' foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 12 november 2016 Nexus-conferentie 'What Will Save the World?' foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 12 november 2016 Nexus-conferentie 'What Will Save the World?' foto: Dolph Cantrijn
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Amsterdam, 12 november 2016 Nexus-conferentie 'What Will Save the World?' foto: Dolph Cantrijn

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