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08: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvement

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Hauptschule
Breakout / EU's future
english language

One way to build resilience to unrealistic, populist policy proposals while including a diversity of views is to involve real citizens in tasks facing the public. Through the ‘militia principle’, citizens can have feasible political solutions for real world problems, including consensus building. This way they become more engaged in realistic policy proposals. This model is prevalent in Switzerland. Can it work in other countries? Could it also support inclusion and resilience in other countries?

Speakers

Director of Communications and Production, Avenir Suisse, Zurich
Fellow, Avenir Suisse, Zurich
Vice Director, Head Strategic Analysis of Politics, Research Director Effective Infrastructure and Markets, Avenir Suisse, Zurich

Dr. Verena PARZER-EPP

Director of Communications and Production, Avenir Suisse, Zurich

1995 Degree in economics and Slavic studies from the University of Innsbruck
1995-1997 Country risk and financial market analysis in Economic Research at Credit Suisse
1997-2000 Fund management and financial research at Liechtensteinische Landesbank
2002 PhD in economics from the University of Innsbruck on currency disintegration and monetary reforms, supervised by Prof Theresia Theurl
2004-2008 Member of the business and economics team at Neue Zürcher Zeitung
2008-2010 Chief Executive Officer of an ICT start-up

Dr. Jakob SCHAAD

Vice Director, Head Strategic Analysis of Politics, Research Director Effective Infrastructure and Markets, Avenir Suisse, Zurich

1989-1992 Research Assistant, Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich
1991 Master in Economics at University of Zurich
1992-1995 Research Assistant and subsequently Scientific Employee, Socioeconomic Institute, University of Zurich
1996 PhD Thesis at the Institute of Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich (Prof. Heidi Schelbert and Prof. Mark Hauser) on “Specific Human Capital and the Stability of Work Relations”
1996-2004 Several positions at the Swiss National Bank in Zurich and the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C., USA
2004-2006 Senior Advisor to Swiss Executive Director Fritz Zurbrugg, International Monetary Fund, Washington D.C., USA
2006-2007 Member of Management, Swiss National Bank in Zurich, International Monetary Relations
2007-2011 Economic Policy Advisor to Federal Councilor and subsequently President Doris Leuthard, Swiss Federal Department of Economic Affairs
2011-2015 Deputy CEO and Head Financial Markets International, Swiss Banking Association
2016 Deputy CEO and Head Private Banking & Asset Management, Swiss Banking Association

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

13:30 - 16:30My Europe: How to tell the storyPartner
17:00 - 18:30OpeningPlenary
19:00 - 20:30New perspectives on EU enlargementPlenary
21:30 - 23:30Drink receptionSocial

26.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 10:30Alpbach Hike: MindfulnessPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 01: Whoever has the money has the power? The future financing of the EUBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 02: EU-Russia relations: Attempting a cool-headed analysisBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 03: Citizens don’t bite: Experiences and learnings from successful participation projects in EuropeBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 04: European security and the Mediterranean: A simulationBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 05: A world without nukes? The impact of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear WeaponsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 06: Development dialogues: The Sustainable Development Goals in practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 07: Democracies under pressure: Civil society and populismBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 08: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
14:30 - 15:45Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
16:15 - 17:30Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:00 - 19:00The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial

27.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: Defending democracy in the digital ageBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 19: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do? (Что делать?)Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council presidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

09:00 - 10:30The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Global transformations towards a sustainable futurePlenary