Posts byWilfried Seywald

Looking for the Truth

Europe before the elections – Europe before the elections Three dozen philosophers, scientists, authors and economists will discuss the topc “Truth and what is real?” at the 10th European Tolerance Talks, which will take place this year from May 15th to 18th in Villach and Fresach. The topic is particularly relevant in view of the
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Start of the Year of Truth

In the town hall of the city of Villach, Denk.Raum.Fresach presented on Thursday the program of the 10th European Tolerance Talks from May 15 to 18, 2024. Three dozen philosophers, scientists, authors and economists will discuss “Truth and what is real?“ The topic is particularly relevant in view of the upcoming European elections in June
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Truth actually wishful Thinking

Truth from the perspective of reality: When a quotations researcher and a computer science philosopher meet a psychotherapist and a politician, different definitions of terms naturally arise. The panel at the presentation of the 2024 Tolerance Talks on Thursday evening in Vienna agreed on one thing. The digitalization and the associated algorithmization of all processes
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Program presentation in Vienna 15 February

Truth is a big word and, especially in politics, a requirement that can hardly be fulfilled. Social and economic coexistence is almost always about asserting interests and distributing resources and not about finding the truth of all. The 2024 European elections are therefore an opportunity to shed light on many truths that are being widely
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Fresach Growth Charta issued

At the end of the European Tolerance Talks 2023, the board of trustees of Denk.Raum.Fresach published a growth charter in which the increasing social inequality in the world is denounced. Future growth must be lived, organized and operated in terms of sustainability. Only then can the dynamic that sustains life and improves the living conditions
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At a lecture in Vienna, the Israeli-American psychoanalyst Era Loewenstein warned of the burgeoning right-wing extremism in Europe and the USA, but at the same time added that there is no escaping these tendencies. The ugly face of fascism is a constant by-product of modern democracies, the only effective remedy is constant work to remember
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Topic 2023

Under the title “Growth at the End – What now?” around 35 experts, scientists and economists and their audience are invited to discuss the meaning of growth and its effects on society. The European Tolerance Talks will take place from May 24th to 27th, 2023. The talks will open this year with a double premiere.
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Carinthian Writers’ Union returns to Fresach

The traditional Carinthian Writers’ Association (KSV) will in future enrich the European Tolerance Talks as a source of ideas and a cooperation partner. Past President Gabriele Russwurm-Biró and the new President Alfred Woschitz will join the Board and the Board of Trustees of the Tolerance Talks. This was announced by DRF chairman Superintendent Manfred Sauer
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Reading book 2022 can now be ordered

The reading book of the Tolerance Talks 2022 “CHANGE – How does the new get into the system?” is now available, with a series of contributions to the discussion, for members and friends of Denk.Raum.Fresach, which can now also be ordered online on Books on Demand. https://bit.ly/3QOH7PP For Hannes Swoboda, President of the Board of
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Climate change, pandemic, high inflation and the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine are forcing global travel to undergo a course correction, the effects of which are not yet foreseeable. In order for travelers to continue to be able to live out their longings in the future, however, radical rethinking is required. “Continuing as before
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Change through a new understanding of Islam

In Fresach, the German-Afghan Islam researcher Ahmad Milad Karimi encouraged a new understanding of the major world religions and called for a new start in interreligious dialogue between Christians, Jews and Muslims. In doing so, he held his own fellow believers responsible in particular. “Muslims must rise up in revolt and stop pretending that everything
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Emotional systems drive Change

The well-known Munich neuromarketing expert Hans-Georg Häusel explained in his introductory statement “How does the new come into the world” that it is primarily the emotional systems that drive us. It is the ongoing tension in the brain that people try to balance and thereby intuitively cause change. Two central tasks drive humans evolutionarily. survival
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War forces Change in Democracy

“The change in our society is currently not coming from democratic-political movements, but from autocrats, war and the pandemic. This presents our democracy with major challenges that we can only master if we overcome the polarization of the population and learn to make compromises again.” Political scientist Sieglinde Rosenberger came to this conclusion during the
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European Tolerance Award for Sieglinde Rosenberger

The Viennese political scientist and integration researcher Sieglinde Rosenberger was awarded the European Tolerance Prize for Democracy and Human Rights by the City of Villach in Fresach on Thursday evening. According to the jury, Rosenberger had sensitized generations of students to political participation, diversity and inclusion. Sieglinde Rosenberger researches and teaches at the University of
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Robert Menasse pleads for a defensive Peace Policy

The European Tolerance Talks 2022 were opened on Thursday in the Carinthian mountain village of Fresach with a historically based plea for a “post-national European democracy”. The European Union has always developed out of and through crises, and is currently confronted with “multiple crises”. In order to overcome these crises, Europe must bid farewell to
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The European Tolerance Talks (June 1 to 4, 2022) will again be broadcast in full and live on the Internet this year. “We want to make it possible for the many international supporters of our dialogue forum to be there if they are unable to come themselves,” says Superintendent Manfred Sauer from the Carinthian organizer
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Program Presentation in Vienna

This year’s European Tolerance Talks from 1 to 4 June 2022 in Fresach promise nothing less than a program for the reorganization of Europe. On the occasion of the presentation of the program on March 9th in the Club Carinthia of the Oberbank Vienna, the President of the Board, Hannes Swoboda, said: “Regardless of what
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Turning Point – Reorganization of Europe

Climate change, the corona pandemic and now the Russian aggression war towards Ukraine have taught us with all severity: The world is in upheaval, and CHANGE is mostly the result of external constraints. This raises the question of how complex systems work and how new things can be established. This is exactly what the European
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Tolerance Talks call for System Change

At its Annual General Meeting in Klagenfurt on Wednesday, the Board of Trustees of the European Tolerance Talks 2022 presented its 2022 program and in this context called for a systemic change in politics and business. The talks will take place in Villach and Fresach from June 1st to 4th. The Federal Government of Carinthia
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More Support from Federal Carinthia

On the occasion of the program presentation of the European Tolerance Talks 2022, the President of the Carinthian Federal Parliament, Reinhart Rohr, expressed his confidence that the future of the Talks will be secured for the coming years with the support of the City of Villach, the State of Carinthia and the Federal Government. Provincial
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Leadership requires a Knowledge of Human Nature

 “Influencing people and events positively”: That is what leadership is about, explained the management consultant and business coach Peter Baumgartner at the final panel discussion on “Leadership and fairness in times of crisis”. While good management consisted of “delegating” in earlier times, today leadership is a highly complex activity, emphasized burnout advisor Evelyne Hubert-Reitan at
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Nestlé emeritus advocates lifelong learning

“The most important thing in education is learning how to learn,” said Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, President Emeritus of the Board of Directors at Nestlé at the Economic Forum of the European Tolerance Talks in Fresach. The right attitude and the iron will to learn new things every day are ultimately more important for career prospects and
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Globalization compass presented in Fresach

For the Austrian Chamber of Labor, the corona pandemic has shown the limits of the globalized world. With lockdowns, the restriction of freedom of movement and new border controls in the middle of Europe, production routes were suddenly interrupted and just-in-time deliveries made impossible. Medicines and protective masks such as gloves were missing because their
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Man does not fulfill his Responsibility

Man has responsibility for the world: This can be deduced equally from the Bible, Torah and Koran. Representatives of the major religious communities agreed on this during the discussion “Beautiful world, ugly reality” within the framework of the European Tolerance Talks in 2021. Many problems of our time are related to the fact that humans
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Heinz Nussbaumer Tolerance Award Winner 2021

The journalist, author and editor of the weekly newspaper “Die Furche”, Heinz Nussbaumer (77), was awarded the European Tolerance Prize 2021 for democracy and human rights from the Austrian PEN Club and the city of Villach in Fresach on Thursday evening. Nussbaumer is a bridge builder and a “pilgrim in the sea of excited voices”,
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No Alternative to Ethics in Tourism

There is no alternative to ethical and sustainable business practices in tourism, tourism professionals of the younger generation are convinced of this. Economy for the common good could increasingly take the place of profit maximization. It takes time and patience, but in the end it pays off for everyone, explained destination expert Kerstin Dohnal on
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Fairness: The best Path to Success

Whether in your own environment, in politics, in business or in sports – fairness is an important basic principle for social coexistence and the best path to success. This was the conclusion of the opening discussion in the youth forum of the 7th European Tolerance Talks, which on Wednesday 19th May brought together experts from
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Fresach clears away “Pandemic Debris”

Tolerance in times of the pandemic – this means fairness and leadership are required. It is precisely when things are not going well politically or economically that the true character of people and systems becomes apparent. How and why we have to redefine advancing globalization will be discussed by experts at the 7th European Tolerance
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Valentin Wedl’s theses on a fair Globalization

In the run-up to the European Tolerance Talks 2021 in the Carinthian mountain village Fresach, the globalization expert of the Vienna Chamber of Labor, Valentin Wedl, initiated a political discussion about rethinking globalization and redesigning it so that it not only brings advantages for the large corporations and export markets, but becomes “fair for everyone”.
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Tolerance Talks 2021 in Hybrid Mode

The 7th European Tolerance Talks – “FAIRNESS – The New Globalization” – will take place this year from May 19-22, 2021 as planned. “However, the first day in Villach will only be able to take place online, as the Carinthia University of Applied Sciences is still in distance learning.” This was announced by Superintendent and
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Artificial Intelligence for more Fairness

Future thinker Max Thinius from Berlin said that citizens and society can find more fairness again with artificial intelligence. Digitization will lead to a new globalization, we will leave the industrial age and the alienation of our means of production behind us by thinking differently, digitally and networked. More on pressetext.
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Jochen Wollmert: Fairness always pays off

“Just like in sport, we should do it in daily life. Fairness and respect always pay off in the end,” appealed the multiple table tennis world champion and Paralympics winner Jochen Wollmert during an online discussion on Wednesday evening on the occasion of the program presentation of the European Tolerance Talks 2021. The topic of
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Covid-19 and the Globalization

A virus, of all things, has given globalization critics, right-wing populists and supporters of isolationist politics new tailwind. Trump’s America and Johnson’s Great Britain prepared the ground for a climate of exclusion, demarcation and containment – and thus caused new signs of decline. Even if there is an economic boom after the end of the
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Roger de Weck to appear in Fresach

Bruno Kreisky Prize winner Roger de Weck has agreed to come to the European Forum of the European Tolerance Talks on May 20, 2021 in Fresach to discuss his award-winning book “The Power of Democracy. An answer to the authoritarian reactionaries” (Suhrkamp). In it, the well-known Swiss author and honorary doctorate from the Universities of
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Seyran Ateş claims absolute Equality

The well-known Turkish-German lawyer and women’s rights activist Seyran Ateş opened the European Tolerance Talks 2021 in the Carinthian mountain village Fresach with a brilliant and emotional speech. She called for “absolute equality without changing roles and at eye level for all people: this goal should drive us all to finally achieve a fair society”.
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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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