Fireside Chat: What kind of bildung do we need to handle exponential technologies?

Date(s) - 12/11/2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press with movable type led to the Renaissance, the Reformation and the Thirty Year War across Europe; a revamping of the political, economic and cultural landscape. Power structures were disrupted, but science emerged and, eventually, political freedom and democracy emerged as well.

Today’s development of exponential technologies like AI, social media, robots, drones, facial recognition, surveillance cameras, and the cell phones we all carry along with us, hold the potential to create at least as much havoc and positive changes as Gutenberg’s invention.

What kind of bildung do ordinary citizens, tech developers, politicians, CEOs, and others need to have in order for these technologies to be a blessing to human kind and not to a curse? How do we avoid digital re-feudalization and surveillance capitalism where humans are reduced to consuming, CO2-emiting data producers serving the market?

How do we define and design our path as a species towards a prosperous, thriving, meaningful and peaceful world of abundancy? And what kind of bildung do we need in order to succeed?

We have invited three very different guests to our Fireside Chat on this crucial topic:

  • Anders Wijkman, is a Swedish opinion leader and author. 2012-2017 co-president – together with Professor Ernst von Weizsäcker – of the global think tank Club of Rome. In 2017, Wijkman and Weizäcker published ”Come On – Capitalism, Short-termism, Population and the Destruction of the Planet”. Among the main messages is a quest for a New Enlightenment, and paving the way for a better balance between man and nature, short term and long term, private consumption and public goods.
  • Azeem Azhar is the writer behind Exponential View which explains how society and the political economy are changing under the force of technology. Subscribers include investors, academics, and journalists around the world. Azeem is also on the board of the Ada Lovelace Foundation, the leading independent research institute focused on the ethics of AI and is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future’s Council on the Digital Economy and Society.
  • Pernille Tranberg is an independent speaker and advisor in data democracy, data ethics, data understanding, and digital self-defense for companies, authorities and organisations. She is the co-founder of the European thinkdotank and is often cited as an expert source in the press. Pernille is Danish and she has developed for the Danish Business Authority.

Our host this evening will be Lene Rachel Andersen, member of the Club of Rome, author of several books about the history and the future of civilization, among them Bildung: Keep Growing and The Nordic Secret (with Tomas Björkman). Lene is also one of the founders of the Europea Bildung Network and the think tank Nordic Bildung.

To keep an eye on the questions and comments in the written chat, we have Esli Verheggen from De Bildung Academie in Amsterdam.

The fireside chat will be an informal conversation, and you are most welcome to bring a glass of wine or your favourite beer and just enjoy an evening in excellent company!

There will be 50 tickets available for our members, which give access to the zoom room, to writing questions and comments in the live chat and to “hanging out at the Zoom Bar” after the fireside chat itself. It is a Thursday evening, and you deserve a continental evening in good company.

The official fireside chat will be 20:00-21:30 CET (you need to sign in no later than 19:55); the “Zoom Bar” will be open until 22:00.

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