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02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in Finland

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Congress Centrum Alpbach
Breakout / Democracy & the Rule of Law
english language

What are the big challenges facing European societies? We investigate and show the potential for experimentation in testing new policies. We will explore examples for practical insights, including a recent Finnish trial in which 2,000 people received a basic income of 560 euros per month for two years.

Chief Executive Officer, Demos Helsinki
Senior Consultant, Demos Helsinki
Managing Partner, The Innovation in Politics Insitute, Berlin Chair

Juha LEPPÄNEN

Chief Executive Officer, Demos Helsinki

 Juha Leppänen is the Chief Executive of Demos Helsinki, leading independent Nordic think tank. Juha is social scientist and previously worked as theme area lead at Demos Helsinki. At Demos, Juha has lead multiple strategy, foresight and innovation processes for both public and private institutions. Juha is an experienced speaker and advisor on strategy, policy and innovation and serves as a Royal Society of Arts Fellow.

Katri SARKIA

Senior Consultant, Demos Helsinki

 Katri Sarkia manages Governance Innovation projects focused on experimentation at Demos Helsinki, leading independent Nordic think tank. She has been involved in projects both in Finland and internationally. Prior to Demos Helsinki, Katri worked at Centre for International Mobility and Cooperation CIMO under the Ministry of Education and Culture. Previously she has also been working at UN Women Headquarters in New York, at British Council’s EU Office in Brussels and at Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Helsinki.

Mag. MPA Josef LENTSCH

Managing Partner, The Innovation in Politics Insitute, Berlin

2000-2008 Master of Science in Psychology, University of Vienna
2008-2010 Master of Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School
2010-2012 Head of Fellowship Services, The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), London
2012-2013 Director, RSA International, The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), London
2012-2013 Founding Board Member, NEOS
2014-2018 Founding Director, NEOS Lab, Vienna
since 2019 Managing Partner, The Innovation in Politics Insitute, Berlin

Political and Legal Symposia

show timetable

24.08.2019

17:00 - 20:00Opening of the Political SymposiumPlenary
20:00 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

25.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 13:30An Update on European Union LawPartner
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 01: Promoting the SDGs in Europe with a Global MindsetBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 02: Experimental Government and the Story of Basic Income in FinlandBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 03: Demography and DemocracyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 04: Digital Diplomacy vs Digital ColonialismBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 05: How We Benefit from Empowering the Young in PoliticsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 06: Lost in translation? The EU’s struggle to speak with one voice on foreign policyBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 07: Extremism, Disinformation and the Role of New TechnologiesBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Democracy BootcampBreakout
14:00 - 15:30Opening of the Legal SymposiumPlenary
14:00 - 16:00Liberty and Responsibility: Two Sides of the Same Coin?Partner
14:00 - 16:00Security Radar 2019: Wake-up Call for Europe!Partner
16:00 - 17:00Growing Sustainably: Africa on the MovePlenary
16:00 - 17:30Ideology in the Courtroom: How Impartial Are Judges?Plenary
17:30 - 18:30What Can Be Done against the Climate Crisis?Plenary
18:00 - 19:30How Free Is the Press Across the EU?Plenary
19:00 - 20:00What Does the World Think? A Conversation on Fundamental Philosophical QuestionsPlenary
20:00 - 23:30ReceptionSocial
20:30 - 21:30Less Freedom for More Security?Plenary

26.08.2019

08:00 - 09:00DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:00 - 09:00POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 08: Emissions Trading: an Effective Way to Reduce EmissionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 09: When Machines Judge PeopleBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 10: How Free Should Trade Be? The Development of European Standards for Trade and Foreign Direct InvestmentsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 11: International Arms Trade Regulations: A Call for ActionBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 12: Does More Digital Freedom Automatically Mean Less Legal Security?Breakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 13: New Wars – New EpidemicsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 14: Human Rights Under Pressure: The Role of Ombudspersons and National Human Rights InstitutionsBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 15: Security through Liberty: About the Will for Public OrderBreakout
10:00 - 12:00Breakout Session 16: make_shift: A Pathway to Sustainable Business TransformationBreakout
14:00 - 15:30‘Soft Power’ or Defence Union? Military Cooperation in the European UnionPlenary
14:00 - 15:30The Struggle for the Rule of Law: Is the EU Fighting a Losing Battle?Plenary
14:00 - 18:00LAW Working GroupsBreakout
14:00 - 18:00Let’s Talk!Breakout
16:00 - 17:30Freedom of Speech at Universities: What Is (Still) Acceptable?Plenary
18:00 - 19:00How Much Courage Does the Law Need?Plenary

27.08.2019

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Mindfulness HikePartner
09:30 - 11:00Brexit: Departure into the UnknownPlenary
11:30 - 13:00Tackling Complexity: Insights from the Alpbach Learning MissionsPlenary