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.
The population of the cities is growing. The use and optimization of the available space is therefore becoming increasingly important. Concepts such as that of the "smart city" are intended to make cities more participative, and thus more sustainable and liveable.But how do you best meet the requirements of urban conurbations? What can architecture and urban planning do to meet the growing demand for quality of stay in public spaces? Which "spaces" for the coexistence of the people and the social cohesion we need?
Moderation: Evelyn Seibert, correspondent SWR, ARD-Hauptstadtstudio
A joint homeland does unite us. But what are we talking about when discussing homeland and identification? Is it a geographical area or is it a feeling? Can we find an all of society agreed definition for "Heimat" when the term is strongly linked to personal sentiments and how important is a shared understanding of identity for the cohesion of society?
Moderation: Till Nassif, TV-Moderator
Music is an important "place" of meeting, interacting, understanding and listening, mostly together with other people. How inclusive or exclusive can music be? What impact does the importance of music, artists and their works have on the cohesion of a society?
Michael Barenboim, violinist and head of the department for chamber music, Edward-Said Academy
Stefan Schmidt, pianist and head of the Straßenchor Berlin e.V.Berlin)
Sooke, Rap Musician
Moderation: Nadine Kreutzer, journalist
Society as a whole needs nurturing, but can this be implemented in a society with strong individual characters and their interests? We also want to investigate the question of violence in society and what joint connective forces exist that can counteract violence - be it verbal or physical.
Titus Dittmann, social entrepreneur and founder skate-aid
Gyde Jensen, youngest female member of the German Bundestag
Prof. Dr. Norbert Lammert, former president of the German Bundestag and chairman of the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation
Moderation: Evelyn Seibert, Correspondent SWR of ARD-Hauptstadtstudio