The gap between the rich and the poor also opens up in Germany. Political, economic and social contradictions collide and endanger social cohesion in our modern society. Although this cohesion is of such great importance for the stability of a community and democracy. The ZEIT Foundation Ebelin and Gerd Bucerius and the Veranstaltungsforum Holtzbrinck Publishing Group will address this issue with the series of events "What keeps our society together?". The issue will be discussed in three panel sessions on "Politics and Economy", "Culture and Education","Ethics and values".
The kick-off event deals with what politics and business can do to foster social cohesion. If the unconditional basic income is a viable idea for more social justice, we will soon look enviously to Finland in Germany. Or does the income has to be subject to conditions so that the individual's commitment to social cohesion is not harmed.
While it is easy to reach agreement on the fundamental importance of values, the question of the hierarchy of values and their importance for a society can quickly lead to bitter disputes. Can the call for values be seen as an indicator of an intact society or an indicator of a society at risk? Is the invocation of a certain canon of values an indicator that the society is at risk and therefore needs self-assurance? Is a society particularly stable when it does not have to assure itself again and again of the values? Or is the controversial exchange of values the obvious proof of an open society?
Panellists of the discussion are:
Prof. Dr. Jutta Allmendinger, president, Berlin Social Science Center
Kathrin Röggla, authoress and vice president, Akademie der Künste Berlin (Academy of Arts Berlin)
Prof. Dr. Andreas Urs Sommer, Institute of Philosophy, University Freiburg
Moderation: Dr. Catherine Newmark, cultural journalist and editor of the magazine Philosophie
A few weeks ago, the writer and translator Mathias Énard demanded an eroticism of knowledge. This year's award winner of the Leipzig Book Prize on European Understanding considers this as a suitable means against the tendency towards isolation of our time. Is education actually the key to more social participation? Will we experience a democratization of knowledge, or will the division into "digital natives" and digital illiterates solidify? What can education contribute to social cohesion? Does the digitalisation of education lead to more social justice or does it deepen the educational injustice of our society?
Panellists of the discussion are
Moderation: Ulrich Blumenthal, Managing Editor "Forschung aktuell", Deutschlandfunk
Michael Bohmeyer, the founder of the initiative meingrundeinkommen.de (my basic income), is the impetus for the subsequent discussion. The podium consists of:
Moderation: Dr. Ursula Weidenfeld, free-lance journalist