WANDEL – Tolerance Talks 2022 to global CHANGE

Global warming, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine are increasing the pressure on international relations

Changing times, end of peace and weapon donation(s) – Europe has changed, the war is in our midst. Authors and political and economic experts will discuss how the political systems are reorienting themselves and how we can deal with the new at the 8th European Tolerance Talks, which begin on Wednesday, June 1st. The events will take place in the Carinthia technical school (Villach campus) and in the Fresach tolerance center; they will also be broadcast online.

Arming of Words

Even in the run-up to the tolerance talks, some writers made militant statements. For example, the well-known Ukrainian author Yuri Andrukhovych called on the governments in Germany and Austria in particular to support Ukraine’s defense efforts with heavy weapons and to stop believing nice speeches to give. This is one of the reasons why the opening speech by “Capital” author Robert Menasse (June 2) is being eagerly awaited.

Change or Revolution

The tolerance talks from June 1 to 4, 2022 have the motto “CHANGE – How does the new get into the system?” Showcase: The essential and necessary transformation of the systems that causes fear and concern for many people. The unforeseeable consequences of the pandemic and global warming combined with the war and galloping inflation are an explosive mixture for national and international politics.

Has the post-war peace dividend been used up? And how should Europe react to the Russian invasion of Ukraine? How far should the sanctions against Russia go without endangering its own economy, security and prosperity. Or would a military engagement by NATO be appropriate? The most important aspects of change in Europe will be dealt with in a total of 15 discussion panels, and the organizers invite you to join the discussion. As every year, the results will be recorded in moving images, text and sound, promises the chairman of Denk.Raum.Fresach, Superintendent Manfred Sauer.

More than 30 scientists, philosophers and thinkers will speak about the necessary CHANGE. At the Villach Tourism Forum (June 1), climate, system and generational change in the travel industry will be discussed, with Prof. Jürgen Schmude, Peter Zellmann, Georg Kaser, Claudia Brözel and the behavioral biologist Elisabeth Oberzaucher, among others.

In the European Forum Fresach (June 2) Robert Menasse, the “capital city expert”, will be joined by the cultural scientist Wolfgang Müller-Funk, the democracy researcher Sieglinde Rosenberger, the sinologist Susanne Weigelin-Schwiedrzik, the Moscow correspondent Carola Schneider, and the Middle East and disarmament expert Heinz Gärtner as well as the well-known Islam researcher Ahmad Milad Karimi and the religious scholar Ulrike E. Auga.

At the Fresach Economic Forum (June 3), cultural scientist Ina Schmidt will talk about ways in which we can bring order to chaos. Then the brain researcher Hans-Georg Häusel, who is well-known beyond the borders of Germany, will speak about the neurological conditions for creating something new. In the afternoon, the “FOREST as a healing system” will be put to the test and “The power of thinking together – how we can release new potential with co-creation”.

Other highlights include the presentation of the 2022 European Tolerance Prize for Democracy and Human Rights on Thursday evening and the now traditional poetry slam on Friday evening. A tolerance breakfast rounds off the talks on Saturday morning (June 4th) at the Gasthof zum Wirt.

Overview of the program points:

1 June 2022: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Tourism Forum Villach
2 June 2022: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: European Forum Fresach. 19.30: Tolerance award ceremony
3 June 2022: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Fresach Business Forum. 6:30 p.m.: Poetry Slam
4 June 2022: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.: Gasthaus Zum Wirt, Fresach: Tolerance breakfast





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