Fireside Chat: What kind of bildung do we need to save the planet?

Date(s) - 29/10/2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Our economy does not work without constant growth, but we are consuming more than the planet can regenerate. As a result, we are facing massive loss of biodiversity, climate change, micro-plastics in pristine waters, pandemics, and overall: problems of Biblical proportions.

How do we change our path as a species and create a 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:

  • Sandrine Dixson-Declève, co-president of the Club of Rome. Sandrine will share insights from the forefront of alternative economic thinking, sustainability modelling and other work from the Club of Rome. Sandrine was one of our very outspoken guests at our first Fireside Chat at the European Bildung Day, and we are looking very much forward to having her back in the conversation.
  • Minna Salami, author and award winning blogger, MissAfropolitan. Minna has written Sensuous Knowledge: A Black Feminist Approach for Everyone. In the book, she explores the power of beauty and womanhood and an ancient Greek understanding of power: exousia. Minna is Finnish-Nigerian, she grew up in Sweden from she was 13 and she is now based in London.
  • Klaas van Egmond, Faculty Professor on Geoscience, Utrecht University. Apart from his ongoing work on the physical aspects of environment and sustainability, Klaas has explored the cultural aspects of the sustainability question in several books. His latest is Homo Universalis: Moral Compass for a New European Renaissance.

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 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.

The official part of the fireside chat will be live streamed; to watch the live streaming without a ticket or to share it with your friends, please go to our Facebook page:

To get a ticket for the zoom room, please sign in as a member and then sign up below.

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