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01: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Changemaking in Europe

Breakout / Working Group
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The European Forum Alpbach is populated with successful leaders who have managed to turn their vision of change into a daily reality. How did they get to where they are today? What is their advice on what works and what doesn’t? What are the insights they share, the lessons we learn, the tools I need? What do seasoned professionals see as key ingredients in effective campaigning, advocacy, influence, or full-scale change-making in European affairs? Which approaches will succeed tomorrow, how can we harness Europe’s talents, ideas and experiences for the mega challenges of our time? We will explore these issues in an interactive session. This session will continue in the afternoon.

Executive Director, European Alternatives e.V., Berlin
Activist, Writer, Student, Berlin
Research Associate, GPPi - Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin
Writer, and Translator, and Editor, Publishing House Medusa, Kiev
Co-Initiator, Refugees Welcome Austria, Graz
Activist, Writer, Student, Berlin
Correspondent, FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Brussels
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, MOSAIK Agency for European Communication Projects; Founder, Route28 - Die Europareise mitten in Wien, Vienna Chair
Head of International Department, Stiftung Mercator, Essen Chair


Executive Director, European Alternatives e.V., Berlin

2000-2002 Hockerill Anglo-European College, Bishop's Stortford
2002-2006 Bachelor, European Studies, King's College London
2004 Federal Ministry of Justice, Berlin
2004-2005 Institut d'Etudes Politique de Paris (Sciences-Po), Paris
Amnesty International France, Paris
2006-2007 Master, Modern Society and Global Transformations, University of Cambridge
2007-2008 FLACSO Argentina - Latin-American Institute for Social Sciences, Buenos Aires
2008-2009 Junior Project Manager, GIZ - German International Cooperation Agency International Services, Brussels
2009-2010 Mercator Fellowship in International Affairs
2009 European Department / EU Justice and Home Affairs, German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin
2010 Office with Regional Function for East and Central Africa, International Organisation for Migration, Nairobi
UNHCR - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Rabat
2010-2013 Coordinator, European Alternatives Berlin
2011-2013 Evaluation Officer, Camino gGmbh - Werkstatt für Ideen, Berlin
since 2014 Director, European Alternatives (Citizenship and Democracy Director until 2015, from March 2015 on Director of Programmes)
since 2017 Executive Director, European Alternatives


Research Associate, GPPi - Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin

2006-2009 studies of international relations, Dresden University of Technology
2008 Visiting Undergraduate, Moscow State Institute for International Relations, Russia
2009-2010 Studies of International Human Rights Law, University of Essex
Human Rights Clinic, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex
2010 Delegation of the University of Essex to Jean Pictet Competition in International Humanitarian Law ( International Committee of the Red Cross), Montreal
Researcher for Prof. Paul Hunt, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health (2002-2008)
since 2011 Member, Executive Committee s Expert Commission on Asylum, Amnesty International Germany
2012 Researcher (Consultant), Institut International des Droits de l Homme, Strasbourg
Venice Academy for Human Rights, European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization
since 2012 Ph.D. candidate, Dresden University of Technology, supervised by Prof. Thilo Rensman, Chair of Public International Law and European Law
2013 Summer Institute: Monitoring and Evaluation, London Metropolitan University
since 2013 Research Associate, Global Public Policy Institute, Berlin
2013 Researcher, European Council on Refugees and Exiles, Brussels
2014 Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Law, University of Lund


Writer, and Translator, and Editor, Publishing House Medusa, Kiev

2006-2007 Lektorin, Lehrstuhl für Theorie und Geschichte der Weltliteratur, Nationale linguistische Universität Kiew
2008-2014 Mitbegründerin und Redakteurin, Online-Magazin zu Literatur, Kunst und Sozialkritik Prostory: Herausgeberin der thematischen Druckausgabe von Prostory
seit 2013 Mitherausgeberin, Verlag Medusa, Kiew


Co-Initiator, Refugees Welcome Austria, Graz

1982-1988 Study, Institute of Public Economics, University of Graz
1988-1996 Founder, and Managing Director, Simon Satz+Grafik, Graz
1995-2000 Co-Managing Directo,r and Co-Founder, simon media GmbH, Graz
2000-2001 Branch Manager, Southern Austria, KPNQwest, Graz
since 2002 Managing Director, and Founder, simon consulting GmbH, Graz


Correspondent, FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Brussels

1981-1984 Pressebüro Brüssel, Brussels
1984-1990 Freelance Journalist, Brussels
since 1990 Correspondent, FAZ - Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Brussels

MMag.a Katharina MOSER

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, MOSAIK Agency for European Communication Projects; Founder, Route28 - Die Europareise mitten in Wien, Vienna

2002-2003 European Voluntary Service, Escuela de Idiomas Villaverde, Madrid
2003-2010 Theatre- Film and Media Studies, University of Vienna
2005-2010 Individual Studies; European Cultural Studies, University of Vienna
2009 Project Manager, Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs, Vienna
2010 Programme Coordinator, British Council, London
2011-2013 Project Manager, European Forum Alpbach, Vienna
2014 EBC*L Certified Manager, Vienna
since 2015 Founder and Chief Executive Officer, MOSAIK - Agency for European Communication Projects, Vienna
Initiator and Project Leader, COME ON OVER! - The quirky Europe Game, Vienna
Initiator and Project Leader, Route28 - The European Journey in the middle of Vienna

Mag.a MA Verena RINGLER

Head of International Department, Stiftung Mercator, Essen

2002-2006 Associate Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine
2006-2009 Media and Communications Advisor, ICO/EUSR - The International Civilian Office - European Union Special Representative, Pristina
since 2005 EU Strategy Entrepreneur, Vienna,

Political Symposium

show timetable


16:00 - 17:30The Grand Bargain of Humanitarian Assistance: How to Mobilise More Aid and Make It More Effective?Partner


09:00 - 10:00Genocide: Terminology, Dimension, PreventionPartner
12:00 - 14:00OpeningPlenary
14:30 - 16:00Muddling Through or Starting Anew?Plenary
16:30 - 18:00Maintaining Peace and Security in Times of Growing InstabilityPlenary
17:30 - 19:00Focusing on Security PolicyPartner
18:00 - 20:00ReceptionSocial
20:00 - 21:30Young Talents – Los ColoradosCulture


06:00 - 07:00Breakfast ClubBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 01: Success! The Do’s and Don’ts of Changemaking in EuropeBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 02: Wartime Journalism: The Case of UkraineBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 03: Losing Out: Paths to Radicalism?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 04: Austria in the EU: 20 Years of Experiences and ExpectationsBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 05: Eradication of Energy Poverty: A Key to Reducing InequalityBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 06: New Paradigms for European SecurityBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 07: Does the EU Drive (In-)Equality?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 08: Inequality of Outcome and Inequality of Opportunity: Two Incompatible Sides of the Same Coin?Breakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 09: Interoperability in Humanitarian Operations: From Coexistence to CooperationBreakout
07:30 - 10:00Breakout Session 10: Young Refugees in Europe: Missed Opportunities – Future Chances?Breakout
10:00 - 11:30Lunch ReceptionSocial
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 11: Inclusiveness: The Key to Sustained ProsperityBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 12: Authoritarianism on the Rise: A New Global Competitor for DemocracyBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 13: The Unequal State: How Inequality Blocks Society’s Creativity and How to Achieve Radical ChangeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 14: Integrating People | Knowledge | Potential: Recognition of Migrant’s SkillsBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 15: The EU Member States: Giants, Dwarfs and Those in Between?Breakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 16: Towards More Union in European DefenceBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 17: How to Make TTIP Inclusive for All? Towards a Fair World Trade OrderBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 18: Sustainable Development Goals: Why Should Europe Care?Breakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 19: The Inequality of Climate ChangeBreakout
11:30 - 14:00Breakout Session 20: Games Politicians Should PlayBreakout
15:00 - 16:30Dead-End Europe? Asylum and Refugee Policy in FocusPlenary
17:00 - 18:30The EU and Russia: Rivals, Opponents, Partners?Plenary
19:00 - 20:30CANCELED – Late Night Talk: Islam, “Islamic State” and ViolencePlenary


07:00 - 07:30InDignityPlenary
07:30 - 08:15Existential RisksPlenary
08:45 - 10:15Sustainable Development Goals: From Aspirations to RealityPlenary
10:15 - 10:30Concluding RemarksPlenary