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06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populism

Breakout / Democracy & Governance
in deutscher Sprache

How can supporters of pluralistic democracy counter populism? How can they learn to deal with “alternative facts” and social exclusion? Experts and participants will jointly develop solutions – for their personal lives and within the broader sociopolitical context.

Your Migrant of Trust, Cologne
Professor, Department for Political Sciences and Sociology, University of Bonn
fmr. Chief Executive Officer, NZZ Media Group, Zürich
State Secretary, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna
Publicist and Editor, Supporter of the Charter of digital fundamental rights of the European Union, Vienna Chair


Your Migrant of Trust, Cologne

2010-2013 Comprehensive School, Gießen-Ost
since 2013 Justus-Liebig-University, Gießen
since 2015 Seminar Leader, Intercultural competences, Gießen
since 2016 Telephone-Hotline for worried citizens, Interkulturell Leben, Gießen
WDR Journalist
since 2017 Stern TV Reporter

Prof. Dr. Frank DECKER

Professor, Department for Political Sciences and Sociology, University of Bonn

1983-1988 Student of Political Sciences, economics, journalism and public law, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz; University of Hamburg
1989-2001 Scientific assistant, Department for Political Sciences, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg
1993 Graduation, Helmut-Schmidt-University Hamburg
1999 State doctorate
since 2001 Professor of Political Science, Department for Political Sciences and Sociology, University of Bonn
since 2011 Scientific Director, BAPP - Bonner Akadmie für Forschung und Lehre Praktischer Politik, University of Bonn


fmr. Chief Executive Officer, NZZ Media Group, Zürich

1987-1990 Reporter & Researcher, TIME-LIFE News Service, Vienna & New York
1993-1994 Assistant Brand Manager, Paper Products, Procter & Gamble, Vienna
1997-2003 Associate Principal, McKinsey & Company, Paris, Los Angeles, Vienna
2003-2005 Vice President for Marketing Strategy, Planning and Customer Insights, T-Mobile International, London
2005-2012 Sales Director, then General Manager ; Central and Eastern Europe, Dell Inc., Bratislava
2012 Senior Vice President, International, Groupon, Schaffhausen
2013-2017 Chief Executive Office, NZZ-Mediengruppe, Zurich
since 2016 Council Member, Google Digital News Initiative - Innovation Fund, Paris

Mag.a Muna DUZDAR

State Secretary, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna

1996-2001 Academic Studies in Law, University of Vienna
1999-2001 Legal Advisor, Real Estate Association, Vienna
2000-2004 International Secretary, Socialist Youth Austria, Vienna
2001-2004 Local Councellor, 22nd District, Vienna
2001-2005 Vice President, Socialist International Youth (IUSY), Vienna
2004-2005 Trainee, European Parliament, Brussels
2005-2006 Master, International Law, University Sorbonne, Paris
Administrative Employee, Socialist French Party, Paris
2006-2007 Judicial Law Clerk, District Court, Mödling
since 2007 Junior Lawyer
2010-2012 Member, Austrian Federal Council, Vienna
2011 Graduation as Austrian Lawyer
2012 Registration in Lawyers List of Austrian Bar Association
2012-2016 Member, Vienna City Council, Vienna
since 2016 State Secretary for Digitalization, Public Services and Diversity, Austrian Federal Chancellery, Vienna

Mag. (FH) Ingrid BRODNIG

Publicist and Editor, Supporter of the Charter of digital fundamental rights of the European Union, Vienna

2005-2009 Freelance Journalist, Falter, Der Standard, Die Zeit, ORF Futurezone, Vienna and Graz
2007-2013 Reporter, Falter - Weekly Newspaper, Vienna
2014-2015 Media Editor, Falter - Weekly Newspaper, Vienna
2015-2017 Media Editor, profil Nachrichtenmagazin, Vienna
since 2015 Lecturer, University of Applied Sciences, Vienna
since 2017 Public Speaker,, Vienna
Columnist, profil Nachrichtenmagazin, Vienna
Austria's Digital Champion for the EU Commission

Political Symposium

show timetable


12:00 - 16:00Professional Programme “Our World’s Future”Partner
13:00 - 16:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
13:00 - 16:00Generational perspectives on security policyPartner


07:00 - 10:00Professional Programme on Strategies of InfluencePartner
07:00 - 10:00Devil’s diplomacyPartner
08:00 - 10:00The 2016 US election behind the scenesPlenary
08:00 - 09:30Fireside Talk with Ruth Dreifuss: women and powerPartner
12:00 - 14:30Opening: values and visions of a united EuropePlenary
15:00 - 16:30Acknowledging reality: coming to grips with the international systemPlenary
17:00 - 18:30The USA, the EU and Russia: what changes does the new US administration bring?Plenary


06:30 - 07:30Breakfast Club 03: POLITICO morning briefingPlenary
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 01: War and democracy in Ukraine: what is the future?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 02: From conflicts to collaborative governance: using open data and collective intelligence to achieve public-sector innovationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 03: May I stay or should I go? The impact of climate change on migrationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 04: Military cooperation as a means to overcome security challengesBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 05: How to reconcile interests in societies with declining social cohesionBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 06: Alternative facts, provocations and social division: how to deal with populismBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 07: The EU on trial: 60 years of conflict and cooperation in EuropeBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 08: Geoengineering: governance implications, technical options and risksBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 09: Genome editing: governing on the cusp of uncertaintyBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 11: Innovation in a contested environment: from the outside in and the inside outBreakout
10:30 - 11:30Fireside Talk with Talia SassonPartner
10:30 - 12:00Lunch receptionBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 12: Digital Security: Social MediaBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 13: New freedoms, old constraints? Challenges of integrating female refugees in AustriaBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 14: Science-based policy-making in times of post-truth?Breakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 15: Migration and the Arts: Europe’s next narrativeBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 16: The Dublin dilemma and the way outBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 17: Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: catching up or showing the way?Breakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 18: Mission-oriented innovation policy in practiceBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 19: An end to a costly war: alternatives to failed drug policiesBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 20: The Arctic: new narratives for a disputed territoryBreakout
12:00 - 14:30Breakout Session 21: Democracy reloaded: what can we learn from bottom-up democratic innovations?Breakout
15:30 - 17:00Security and liberty in the digital futurePlenary
17:30 - 19:00Green Innovation: urgent & important at oncePlenary


07:00 - 10:30Transformative pathways to sustainability: from perception to changing behaviourPlenary