CAN CULTURE SAVE EUROPE?
Cultural infrastructure and the need for self-disruption
Rome, 24 March 2017 – from 4.30 pm to 8.00 pm
LUISS ENLABS, via Marsala 29h, Rome
A united Europe was born 60 years ago in Rome. It is one of the most ambitious and successful political experiments ever conducted. Its mission of peace and prosperity has been a political and socio-cultural unifier in the region as well as a catalyst for positive change globally. The recent wave of populism and nationalism – unlike traditional conservative or socialist parties – do not appeal to socioeconomic class but instead to identity and culture, and threaten the very existence of the European project. The angst that fuels this populism is complex but includes rising immigration, stagnating incomes with no grounds to hope for improvement, and the ‘shock of the new digital revolution. Statistics that divide us are easy to point to, such as the top 1% that retains 45% of wealth. Any system which allows this unequal share of hope will lose trust and it is unsurprising that data point to an implosion of trust across the board, both in government and the private sector. The frequent and easy targeting of the EU as ‘the cause’ (some may say scapegoat) of all this upheaval nonetheless reflects a growing detachment from its very soul – the people of Europe. Its best chance of renewal is if it takes charge of its own disruption and identifies a new agile capability for delivering on its promise of peace and prosperity fit for purpose in the 21st century. It needs to define a social contract with its people that is resilient to demographic imbalance, technological disruptions, and economic shocks. Yet at a global level and within the EU, any such rebirth will require cooperation and trust. How can we build the ‘cultural infrastructure’ necessary for such an ‘alternative’ reconstruction, where a new EU commands both trust and respect on the global stage? What role for Italy?
How can we place cultural relations at the heart of the digital revolution? How can we reinvigorate the civic engagement of people and the resilience of our local communities in the new global context?
How can culture affect our ‘experience’ in the public space? What cultural initiatives can be taken to involve citizens both individually and collectively in planning their environment? How can this be done to be in a way that fosters trust and a sense of community between citizens, that allows for serendipity and imagination to keep it relevant? How can we enrich the heritage in Europe that still exists and build the European citizenship of the future? What is the relationship between investments in heritage and those of the future?
How can businesses across sectors cooperate so their supply and value chains intercede with society for positive impact? Can Europe be a catalyst for businesses that challenge the status quo and act on it? Can the process by which we make money foster trust as well as yield wealth in the long term? Can a new people-centric social Innovation be the new European competitive advantage, one served by politics and institutions?
Is social media the only way in which we exist’? Or, could we at least ask how to make our day a bit ‘less connected but a little’ more human? How can communication help to restore order in the disrupted world that we find represented in the current media system and reported in the global social contexts? How can ‘depth’ and cultural relations be added to the world of communication today, in a way that creates more awareness, trust and understanding?
Registration – from 4.30 pm to 5.00 pm
Opening at 5.00 pm
Philippe Daverio, art critic; author and commentator
Alessandro Fusacchia, former head of cabinet of Italian Ministry of Education
Giuseppe Giannotti, deputy director RAI at RAI Cultura- RAI Storia
Ignasi Guardans, former member of the European Parliament; co-founder and CEO of CUMEDIAE
Francesca Imperiale, Board Member ENCATC
Miguel Poiares Maduro, EUI and expert in social innovation; former Minister in Portugal
Oscar di Montigny, promoter of ‘Economic Principles 0.0’
Sneška Quaedvlieg-Mihailović, secretary general of Europa Nostra
Stefano Pighini, president LVenture Group
Martine Reicherts, director general at DG EAC of the European Commission
Francesco Rutelli, former minister for culture and president at ANICA
Luca Bergamo, vice mayor City of Rome
Sandro Gozi, Italian minister for European affairs
Closing at 8.00 pm
Moderator: Francesco Cancellato, director of Linkiesta
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