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Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in politics

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Meeting point: CCA
Partner / Hike
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Propelled by research based economic considerations, mindfulness is increasingly becoming the focus of political initiatives in European countries, like UK, the Netherlands, or Sweden. The resolution “Mindful Nation UK” aims at bringing mindfulness to education, the healthcare system, the workplace and the criminal justice system.

Member of Parliament for Vale of Clwyd, House of Commons, London
Partner, Limina OG; Member, ÖBAM - Austrian Association for Mindfulness, Vienna Chair

Chris RUANE

Member of Parliament for Vale of Clwyd, House of Commons, London

 Since 1997 Chris Ruane is member of the UK Parliament. He has been reelected twice and served on several committees (such as the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee and Home Affairs Committee). Since July 2017 he is Shadow Minister (Wales). He was one of the initiators of the Mindfulness All Party Parliamentary Group established in 2015 and currently serves as its co-chair. This group was set up to review the scientific evidence and current best practice in mindfulness training, develop policy recommendations for government and provide a forum for discussion in Parliament for the role of mindfulness and its implementation in public policy.
 As a result the widely renowned report 'Mindful Nation UK' was produced.

Mag. Peter HOFMANN

Partner, Limina OG; Member, ÖBAM - Austrian Association for Mindfulness, Vienna

 With his expertise on designing and facilitating learning and dialogue spaces for small groups (teams) up to big groups (conferences) Peter has worked over the last 15 years for supranational institutions as the European Commission, Council of Europe, UN, WHO as well as for many non-governmental organisations. With his company "LIMINA- Learning in Transition" Peter is focusing on change and transition processes. Inspired by the Theory U he has started several years ago to engage in and with mindfulness - particularly in the field of education. He is a trained facilitator in mindfulness as well as Social Presencing Theatre. Peter holds a Master degree in History and Political Science and lectures at the Kírchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Wien/Krems (Master in Mindfulness in Education, Health and Coaching), University of Innsbruck and the Fachhochschule Wien. Peter lives with his family in Vienna.

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

11:30 - 14:30My Europe – My StoryPartner
15:00 - 16:30OpeningPlenary
17:00 - 18:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
19:30 - 21:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
06:30 - 07:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in educationPartner
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 06: Women and youth empowerment: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 08: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
13:00 - 14:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
15:00 - 16:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
16:30 - 18:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
16:30 - 18:30Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regionsPartner
16:45 - 18:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
18:00 - 20:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
18:15 - 19:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

27.08.2018

06:30 - 07:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
06:30 - 07:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in politicsPartner
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practiceBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
08:00 - 10:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
11:00 - 12:45From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisisPartner
12:30 - 13:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
14:15 - 15:45European Union – Russia: What to do?Plenary
16:15 - 17:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

07:00 - 10:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers – Mindfulness in businessPartner
07:30 - 08:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary