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

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Hauptschule
Breakout / Future of the EU
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

Attorney-at-law; Member, Grand Council, Geneva
Project Manager, engage.ch; Member of Management, Umbrella Association Youth Parliaments DSJ, Basel
Senior Researcher, Avenir Suisse, Zurich
Vice Director, Head of Strategic Policy Analysis; Research Director, Effective Infrastructure and Markets, Avenir Suisse, Zurich
Director, Communications and Production, Avenir Suisse, Zurich Chair

Murat Julian ALDER

Attorney-at-law; Member, Grand Council, Geneva

 Murat Julian Alder (LLM) is attorney-at-law and FDP member of the cantonal Parliament (Grand Council) in Geneva. He is a former assistant at the Constitutional Law Department of the Geneva University’s Law faculty and helped shaping Geneva’s new Constitution as a former Chairman of the editorial commission of the Constitutional Assembly (2008-2012). He also serves as a General Staff milicia officer in the Swiss Army.

Melanie EBERHARD

Project Manager, engage.ch; Member of Management, Umbrella Association Youth Parliaments DSJ, Basel

 Melanie Eberhard studied media and communications in her bachelor degrees and holds a master in political science. Since 2014 she works for the Federation of Swiss Youth Parliaments as a member of management and as a project leader for "engage.ch". The Federation of Swiss Youth Parliaments (Dachverband Schweizer Jugendparlamente DSJ) is the umbrella organisation of about fifty Youth Parliaments in Switzerland and the source of several projects to support political participation of young people. The biggest projects are "easyvote" and "engage.ch". easyvote provides YouTube videos and brochures in advance of ballots and elections in order to present the contents in an easy and comprehensible way to young adults. "engage.ch" is an online participation website for young people in Switzerland where they can submit their ideas for the local authorities.

MA Noemie ROTEN

Senior Researcher, Avenir Suisse, Zurich

 Noémie Roten joined Avenir Suisse in February 2017 and works currently as Senior Researcher. After her bachelor in economics at the University of St. Gallen, she completed an internship as economic analyst at the Swiss National Bank and holds a master in Philosophy & Public Policy of the London School of Economics and Political Science. During her Master Studies, she worked as parliamentary researcher at Westminster and external blogger for iconomix.

Dr. Jakob SCHAAD

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

 Dr. Jakob Schaad is the Vice Director at Avenir Suisse and as such responsible for the Strategic Policy Analysis. He is also Head of Research "Effective Infrastructure and Markets". Previous positions were, inter alia, deputy CEO of Swiss Banking Association, Economic Policy Advisor to Federal Councilor Doris Leuthard, Member of Management of Swiss National Bank and various positions at the IMF.

Dr. Verena PARZER-EPP

Director, Communications and Production, Avenir Suisse, Zurich

 At Avenir Suisse, Dr. Verena Parzer-Epp is the Director of Communications and Production. She graduated from the University of Innsbruck with a degree in Economics and Slavic Studies, and gained her first professional experience in the financial industry as well as economic research and funds management. She spent the next couple of years with the business and economics team at Neue Zürcher Zeitung and an ICT start-up before she joined Avenir Suisse.

Political Symposium

show timetable

25.08.2018

13:30 - 16:30My Europe - My 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 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in educationPartner
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: Women and youth empowerment: 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: Implementing the SDGs: The challenges countries face and the solutions they offerBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 09: European security in the age of hybrid threats: Rethinking military and civilian cooperation?Breakout
15:00 - 16:15Sovereignty in the EU: Who decides?Plenary
17:00 - 18:15Democracies under pressurePlenary
18:30 - 20:30Green Finance: Private capital against climate changePartner
18:30 - 20:30Lessons from the best: What we can learn from Europe’s most sustainable regionsPartner
18:45 - 20:15The subsidiarity principle under scrutinyPlenary
20:00 - 22:00European-Israeli DinnerSocial
20:15 - 21:00POLITICO Happy HourSocial

27.08.2018

08:30 - 09:30DER STANDARD Morning BriefingPlenary
08:30 - 09:30POLITICO Morning BriefingPlenary
09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in politicsPartner
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 10: Living the Swiss militia principle: Ensuring resilience through involvementBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 11: Israel: Can democracy exist without peace?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 12: Defending democracy in the digital age: From theory to practiceBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 13: The end of oil: Global systems in transitionBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 14: Are you acting or reacting? Countering climate change through new partnershipsBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 15: Culture and identity: What level of adaptation is required for successful integration?Breakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 16: Promoting sustainable developmentBreakout
10:00 - 12:30Breakout Session 17: Democracies under pressure: The media and populismBreakout
13:00 - 14:45From grey to green: Green infrastructure as a way out of the biodiversity crisisPartner
14:30 - 15:45Global power shifts: Implications for Europe and AsiaPlenary
16:15 - 17:45European Union - Russia: What to do?Plenary
18:15 - 19:15The future of the EU: Priorities of the Austrian EU Council PresidencyPlenary

28.08.2018

09:00 - 12:00Alpbach Hikes: Hiking with pioneers - Mindfulness in businessPartner
09:30 - 10:30The rule of law under scrutinyPlenary
11:00 - 12:30Reconciling (bio)diversity protection and efforts to mitigate climate changePlenary