Posts byWilfried Seywald

Review on the Utopia of Travel

One session at the Tourism Forum Villach on May 27th was devoted to the “utopia of travel”. Our author and speaker Ingrid Thurner, prevented from attending on Pentecost for health reasons, has now added her contribution. She asks whether travel under the Corona regime can work. And whether the retreat from the distance into a
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Character Weakness causes Managers to fail

“If managers fail, it is often due to basic character traits. These people fail as managers because they do not sufficiently integrate employees, do not create a positive working atmosphere and thus misinterpret many things.” With this assessment, Herbert Unterköfler, Managing Director at Korn Ferry Vienna, caused a lively discussion at the closing panel of
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Epic: Tolerance Talks breaking new Ground

New territory and experiment at the same time – the 6th European Tolerance Talks 2020 in Carinthia were a milestone for organization, contributors and the public. The three-day dialogue forum was frequented by well over 3,000 visitors online after the museum was only partially accessible on site. All sessions and panel discussions are available on
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Tolerance Award 2020 for Erna Pfeiffer

Latin America translator Erna Pfeiffer (67) was awarded the European Tolerance Prize 2020 for Democracy and Human Rights by the Austrian PEN Club and the city of Villach on Thursday evening in Fresach. In her texts and translations, the author manages to break through seemingly insurmountable language barriers so that a dialogue can arise, the
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Corona paves the way for mass tourism

Corona is an opportunity to redefine travel and put it in a planetary context. Now that the tourism industry is at a standstill, a move away from insatiable mass tourism and the destruction of the environment is possible. With this statement, “travel philosopher” Klaus Kufeld opened the discussion on the tourism forum of the 6th
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Heinzlmaier: Politics has lost Connection with Youth

“Young people are not politically disinterested, but only extremely critical when it comes to the political-institutional apparatus. They have lost touch on the level of communication and content.” With this assessment, the Viennese youth researcher Bernhard Heinzlmaier sparked an exciting discussion at the 6th European Tolerance Talks. The online chat with politicians and climate activists
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Tolerance Talks start on Wednesday 9 a.m.

Blackout, lockdown or exodus – no matter what terms are used to describe the current corona crisis: We will have to live with the devastating consequences for culture, economy and society for a long time to come. How we deal with this and what opportunities there are in the crisis are the subject of the
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Corona gefährdet Green Deal

The corona pandemic is likely to affect industry and economy more severely than expected – with long-term consequences for people and the environment. If the stress on the economy becomes too great, not only the desired ‘green deal’, but the entire society will be left behind,” warns Norbert Zimmermann, Chairman of the SBO Supervisory Board
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A little deceleration would be good

ORF report moderator Susanne Schnabl-Wunderlich spoke with Günther Apfalter, Head of Europe of the Austro-Canadian car supplier Magna-Steyr. What lessons he learned from the Corona crisis, why he wants to rethink our behavior and striving for even more economic growth, why politics must finally decide in the climate crisis, fear is a bad advisor and
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Pandemic shows Vulnerability of Society

“The corona pandemic brutally exposes the vulnerability of people and our society and radically exacerbates existing social opposites,” says psychotherapist and author Wolfgang Martin Roth, who will participate in the discussion on May 28th “Community: Strategies Against Selfishness”. Before, in a talk with news agency pressetext he highlighted the consequences of the virus-related exodus from
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Good Leadership is not a Commandership

The secret of good corporate governance is not the top of a hierarchy, but democratic structures at all levels. The switch to home office in the wake of the Corona crisis has clearly shown: “We are experiencing the exact opposite of ‘command economy’. The rapid switch was usually initiated ‘from above’, but the effort of
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Tolerance Talks 2020 organized Online

The European Tolerance Talks 2020 will take place online this year, the entire program will be carried out as planned from May 27th to 29th – but virtually. “The Board of the Tolerance Talks made this decision on Wednesday after Easter at a video session,” said the Carinthian superintendent and chairman of the organizer Denk.Raum.Fresach,
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Corona Virus shows Importance of Travel

Traveling and exploring foreign countries is essential for people. Throughout its history, mankind has felt the urge to move to new places. The corona virus is now putting a stop to this. It shows the importance of travel and forces tourism to reflect on itself, explains the German travel philosopher Klaus Kufeld in an interviews
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Frugalness is becoming more important

If something should change, we have to price natural consumption, demands climate researcher Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker. The opening speaker in Fresach talks about why he doesn’t think the sustainability agenda is sustainable and it is childish to define his happiness only by the volume of possessions in an interview with the magazine “Die Wirtschaft”.
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Pausing during the Crisis

If nothing works anymore, radical change is required. This applies more than ever today. But negative experiences alone are not enough as an incentive. “For a new start, you also need a symbol, that is, the idea of ​​a way that could be better in the future than today,” says psychotherapist and Viktor Frankl award
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Recipes against “Predator Capitalism”

Cooperative management instead of predator capitalism: This is the vision of leadership expert Patrick D. Cowden for the company of the future. “In the existing economic system, people do not play a role because only pure efficiency counts. Only if we work together and for each other can we create a truly sustainable world,” Cowden
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Program 2020 presented in Klagenfurt

Accompanied by numerous cooperation partners, this year’s program of the European Tolerance Talks was presented on Tuesday, February 18, 2020, in the state government’s mirror hall in Klagenfurt. Program director Wilfried Seywald spoke of a very ambitious and diverse program despite halving the budget due to the expiry of the LEADER program funding. http://www.fresach.org Carinthia’s
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Ways out of Digital Slavery

With the biblical exodus from Egypt, the Israelites linked the hope for a better life in peace, freedom and prosperity. The digitized society is also looking for ways out of profit-driven slavery – with environmental destruction, climate change and global migration flows as consequences. International experts, poets and thinkers will find out what options Europe
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Evolution: Climate crisis as an Opportunity

Man-made climate change has triggered a crisis that has brought tremendous changes, but which also allows Europe to grow, innovate and break new ground. But to face the challenges, the old continent must allow new diversity in society and culture. That was the basic tenor of the panel discussion on the program presentation of the
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Exodus or Exitus: What will happen with Europe?

Club Carinthia invites you to the Tolerance Talks 2020 preview – The radical changes in the economy and environment are forcing people to rethink their tried and tested ways of life and behavior. Large cities as well as rural regions are affected by climate change, with serious consequences for the entire food and energy production.
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Visitors’ Record in Fresach 2019

The 5th European Tolerance Talks 2019 in Carinthia have set a new visitors’ record. Nearly 800 participants took part in the three-day dialogue forum in Fresach, another 200 attended the tourism forum and the opening reception in Villach. More than 500 people watched the discussions over the Internet. A record of the more than 20
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Transparency protects against monitoring by Algorithms

The chances and risks of digitalisation and the applications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Europe were discussed by a well-attended panel of experts at the last Panel of the Economic Forum on Friday afternoon. The technology researcher Petra Schaper-Rinkel of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) warned against caution to possible monitoring by sophisticated algorithms.
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Rainer Münz: Without immigration, economy collapses

Demographic changes such as population decline, emigration and outflow of resources from rural areas and appropriate responses and counter-recipes were the central themes of the Economic Forum on Friday afternoon. It turned out that attractive education and good jobs alone are not enough. The speakers agreed quickly that the rural area for locals can only
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Risky Depletion of Vital Resources

The power of global capital, the looming sale of natural resources and a lack of awareness of the protection of agricultural land were the focus of the Economic Forum at the European Tolerance Talks 2019 on Friday morning. The panel discussion saw the need for action in particular in politics that has so far failed
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Sonia Boumad receives Tolerance Award 2019

The European Tolerance Award 2019 for Democracy and Human Rights of the Austrian PEN Club and the City of Villach goes to the author Sonia Boumad, who was born in Lebanon and since 2007 has found a new home in Austria. The award was presented Thursday evening 6th June during the European tolerance talks in
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Europe needs a new Definition

Brexit, new nationalisms and the climate uprising of youth were the focus of the European tolerance talks on Thursday afternoon. It became generally clear that the UK’s exit from the EU, the strengthening of European rights and the growing social and environmental problems need to redefine the continent. It was also agreed that creation myths
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Opening Talk: Plea for open Europe

The European Tolerance Talks 2019 were ceremoniously opened in the Carinthian mountain village of Fresach on June 6th. In bright weather, numerous representatives of politics, economics and culture gathered in the Protestant church to hear the eagerly awaited opening speech of Italian linguist Maurizio Bettini on the roots and identity of Europeans. The university professor
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Change of Mind: Mass tourism no Prostitution

“Adapting to mass tourism has nothing to do with cultural ‘prostitution’: Hospitality means flexibility towards guests without denying one’s own values, which is why tourism centers like Zell am See have to approach their visitors instead of burdening them even if they arrive in large numbers,” said Nadine Scharfenort, member of the board of the
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Emigrants can not be stopped

People who are looking for a new start in another country can not be stopped. They are looking for a better life and new perspectives, but also answers to questions about their homeland and the living conditions there. Only by sharing with others do they gain certainty and understanding. But they also put up with
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The Encounter with the Strange brightens

Right-wing parties provide an outdated picture and false narrative of Europe. They transfigure the nation and the warlike past and declare everything foreign to be an enemy. “The idea of ​​a united Europe, in which different cultures live together peacefully, therefore has to be retold again and again, and many do not understand what the
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Agriculture can benefit from urbanization

Agriculture can benefit from growing urbanization and the spread of cities. But for this purpose, the obstruction of agricultural land in the wider environment must stop. Only if there are enough fertile soils farmers can supply enough of the urban space and thus secure their economic future, believes Kurt Weinberger, CEO of the Austrian Hail
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Tourismus Forum Villach to discuss Value of Home

Austria benefits from mountains and lakes and a culture of hospitality that has been well maintained and developed over decades. But more and more people are worried about sell-outs and alienation in their own country. Experts at the International Tourism Forum Villach, which takes place on June 5 in the afternoon at the Hotel Holiday
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New Technologies can save Rural Areas

Digitization and automation offer the opportunity to save rural areas from emigration, thinning and brain drain. Above all, crafts and agriculture could benefit from new technologies. But that is only possible with a strong digital infrastructure. This is the conclusion of futurologist, technology and innovation expert Petra Schaper-Rinkel of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT),
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Tourism needs Home Stereotypes

Austrian tourism needs clichés like Wiener Schnitzel, Dirndl, Schuhplattler and Lippizaner. Common images of home are a “well-functioning currency” in the application of guests. However, it is important that these pictures also correspond to reality, because clichés are also promises in tourism, says the Tyrolean folklorist and author Elsbeth Wallnöfer, who will adress the tourism
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British don’t understand Europa

The German-British literary scholar Rüdiger Görner, one of the star guests of this year’s European tolerance talks in Fresach, will speak about the difficult relationship of the British to the European continent and in particular to the European Union. In an interview with the news agency pressetext, the sympathetic literary connoisseur let us see what’s
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Hans-Juergen Jacobs on 7th June in Fresach

The well-known German business journalist Hans-Jürgen Jakobs, bestselling author of “Who Owns the World: The Power Relationships in Global Capitalism”, will speak on Friday June 7 at the European Tolerance Talks in Fresach on the risks of selling land, economy and Industry. If the interests of the rich and powerful of this world are at
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Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker to open European Tolerance Talks 2020

The environmental scientist, social democratic politician and Club of Rome Honorary President Prof. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker will open the European Tolerance Talks 2020 on the topic “Exodus – Leaving the Familiar” on May 28th in the Carinthian mountain resort Fresach. The longtime member of the German Bundestag, German church council and senior official of
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Tolerance International: From Siena, London and Plovdiv to Fresach

The organizing team of Denk.Raum.Fresach and its cooperation partners presented the program of the European Tolerance Talks 2019 on Tuesday 22nd January in Klagenfurt. On the podium were Villach City Councilor Harald Sobe, Fresach-President Hannes Swoboda, psychotherapist Margarethe Prinz-Büchl, Superintendent Manfred Sauer and PEN Vice-President Harald Kollegger. Among other things, the preview stated that the
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