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 series of events started in 2017.
If you look at the numbers, our society is doing well. Nevertheless, many people feel that they are left behind. The call for redistribution can be heard again and again. To give something of what one possesses gives many people a positive feeling. But when are we ready to share prosperity and privileges with others? And with whom do we share? Does the strong individualisation of society lead to less solidarity or are we solidary enough?
Moderation: Evelyn Seibert, SWR correspondent, ARD Capital Studio
It is impossible to imagine the discussion about a common social canon of values without it: the Basic Law. For 70 years, the Basic Law has guaranteed the rights of individuals and collective social rights. Digitalisation in almost all areas of life has raised new questions. Is our Basic Law sufficient for this? Does it protect us sufficiently or do we need special basic digital rights?
Moderation: Dr. Heinrich Wefing, Head of Politics Department, DIE ZEIT
Society is becoming more diverse, more enlightened, more tolerant. So it seems. Looking at the leading figures in politics, business and science, women, people from the eastern German states or with a migration background are still clearly outnumbered. The demand for "equal pay for equal work" has not yet been fully implemented. How can equal rights be implemented in society and what can we do about it?
Moderation: Evelyn Seibert, correspondent SWR, ARD-Hauptstadtstudio
Activists and social movements took a significant influence the younger German history and the development of society and the economy. New concepts of shared economy and “common weal economy” are challenging the common ideals of the economy. How does activism effect society and economy? How important are active citizens and activistc movements for the society and where are their limits?
Moderation: Evelyn Seibert, Korrespondentin SWR, ARD-Hauptstadtstudio