The 1970s ushered in the acceleration and expansion of productive processes that led to the so-called phenomenon of globalization. This prompted important questions concerning “the limits to growth,” primarily in the field of economics, well-known explored by organizations like the Club of Rome. At the time, the world was essentially divided in two blocs, preserving borders and territories for further expansion of modes of production. Geopolitically, there was still a substantial movement to address the tension between freedom and equality, within a labour society that had reached a comfortable equilibrium in most wealthy countries.
The ensuing decades heralded the era of the information. Growth unavoidably encroached on territorial and ecological boundaries, and moreover expanded into financial and virtual realms, disposing of metanarratives. Currently on a path that inevitably will reach the planet’s limit in terms of material resources and the volatility of the virtual ones, our societies now face inequality as the most imminent threat against both establishment and marginalized groups. This reality is not simply confined to economic considerations, but affects fundamental aspects of everyday life.
Given this trajectory, forty top intellectuals, politicians, academics, artists, activists and journalists will participate in the Common Action Forum 2017, seeking innovative proposals that policy makers, civil society, institutions and relevant actors can implement. Beyond the current dispute between cynicism and rancor, the Forum intends to lever progressive dynamics for sustainable relations.
*Exceptionally celebrated at Casa de America
Facing the mirror: what remains of the battle between equality and freedom.
Beyond entrepreneurship: real alternatives to the labour society.
From facts to fake, from fake to facts: when news becomes a symptom.
Another idea for a universal history from a cosmopolitan point of view.
The forum adopts the format of roundtable debates with 40 participants in one concentric table for deep discussions and collective exchange. Each session has a first half of expert speeches, followed by a second half of open debates.
Action-oriented meetings will be additionally organized and coordinated by our Program Team in order to generate focused debates, networking and project propositions withing smaller groups of guests, following the subjects of the forum.
Finger Buffet Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 to 14:00
Saturday & Sunday from 16:00 to 17:00
Saturday at 20:00
Speakers & Moderators
Opening Session − The Limits to Inequality: seeking a sustainable society.
1st Session − Facing the mirror: what remains of the battle between equality and freedom.
2nd Session − Beyond entrepreneurship: real alternatives to the labour society.
3rd Session − From facts to fake, from fake to facts: when news become a symptom.
4th Session − Another idea for a universal history from a cosmopolitan point of view.
Available during the event