European Bildung Day 2020 – Detailed Program

Friday Program - Saturday Program - Details about parallel sessions

The conference will be online and the program may be subject to minor changes as we transfer from Copenhagen to cyber space.

If you have already bought your ticket for the original event in Copenhagen, you will receive an email from us very soon and we will reimburse the full original payment.

Please sign up for the European Bildung Day online event here.

When you have signed up, we will send you more information in April; by then you will also be able to pick your preferred parallel sessions.

 

Online Program Friday, May 8

Setting the scene, framing the future

14:00-15:00 login, get settled in our virtual conference venue and explore some amazing art

15:00-17:30 Conference

15:00-15:30 Opening and welcome
15:30-16:30 Introducing the future

Transformations in 21st Century Europe and the importance of Bildung; keynotes.

Art, Science and Truth

Christine Buhl Andersen

Art and science represent different kinds of truth and different creative paths to truth. Christine Buhl Andersen is chairman of the New Carlsberg Foundation, which has made great art available to wide audiences since 1902 when it was created by Carl Jacobsen, heir of the founder of the Carlsberg global brewery.

Technology and Narratives

Jeroen van der Most

Artist Jeroen van der Most creates art with data, algorithms and Artificial Intelligence. He explores how technology impacts the human story. His artworks visualize the rise of AI and inspire thought on who we are and the possible troubling - or utopian - futures that technological developments might bring.

https://www.jeroenvandermost.com/

Production and Ethics

Anders Wijkman

The way we produce and consume is not sustainable and we need an ethical approach that works. Anders Wijkman is a Swedish opinion leader and author, chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC and member of the International Resource Panel (IRP).

http://wijkman.se/

 

16:30-17:30 Framing the future, framing Bildung

Panel and plenary debate.

 

19:00-20:30 Conference dinners in your home and across the continent

How many Bildung enthusiasts can dine together simultaneously across the continent?

 


 

Online Program Saturday, May 9

Working together, creating the future

09:00-09:30 Coffee Lounge

Login and check out how we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Schuman Declaration.

09:30-10:30 Good morning, Europe!

Harvesting yesterday's insights in plenary

10:30-12:00 Parallel sessions vol. 1

Each parallel session or workshop is 90 minutes, and there are three overall formats:

  1. Inspiration and discussion: 3-4 short (8 minutes each) keynotes introducing a perspective on the topic, then Q&A and discussion; the goal is new insights and inspiration for your own work
  2. Try it yourself and do it yourself: one topic, project or method is presented as an interactive learning session where you can take home with you the method or new insights
  3. Creation: 2-4 keynotes and a concrete task to solve and to work on also after the conference in the European Bildung Network

All workshops will have to produce two main takeaways that can be presented in plenary.

Morning I
Bildung during societal transformation 1; theory

Inspiration and discussion

What kind of Bildung is needed as societies are undergoing structural transformations? What kinds of knowledge are necessary and to whom? How to empower people to actively co-create and shape the yet unknown?

Morning II
Bildung and national identity 1; new European states and old ethnic enclaves

Inspiration and discussion

How do we promote cohesion and cultural diversity among ethnic majority cultures and indigenous minorities within states? How do we create a similar cohesion at the continental level?

Morning III
Bildung in childhood and at a young age

Inspiration and discussion

Children need Bildung just as much as adults do; meet some new takes on primary and secondary education.

Morning IV
Bildung as a business service

Inspiration and discussion

We have gathered a handful of business consultants who service a category of adults who are often hard to reach for educators: the busy 35-55-year-old decision makers who define today’s economy. We will explore how they engage CEOs, HR leaders and employees alike.

12:00–12:30 First harvest - plenary

Presentations and harvest in plenary from the four workshops

12:30–13:30 LUNCH
13:30–15:00 Parallel sessions vol. 2

Projects and collaborations

Afternoon I
Bildung during societal transformation 2; practice

Co-creation

What kinds of programs and methods do we need for Bildung in the 21st century and as societal structures are being redefined?

Afternoon II
Bildung and national identity 2; immigration and cultural clashes

Inspiration and discussion

How do we promote cohesion and cultural diversity among ethnic majority cultures and immigrant minorities within states? In what ways can immigrants be a bilingual and bicultural resource in a globalizing world?

Afternoon III
Bildung in academia from a student perspective

Try it yourself and do it yourself

Building Bildung: Develop Bildung education in a bottom-up style.

Afternoon IV
European Bildung Network: Your needs, our manifesto and what the Network ought to be

Co-creation

What kind of network do we need as European Bildung stakeholders?

15:00–16:00 Second harvest - plenary

Presentations and harvest in plenary from the four workshops

16:00–17:00 Next steps

Concluding the conference


 

Details about all parallel sessions

 


 

Bildung during societal transformation - Morning I and Afternoon I

Morning I: Theory

Inspiration and discussion

What kind of Bildung is needed as societies are undergoing structural transformations? What kinds of knowledge is necessary and to whom? How to empower people to actively co-create and shape the yet unknown?

The role of bildung in the post-industrial era

Iina Koskinen, Research Impact Lead, Demos Helsinki

I explore how the notion of bildung can be adapted to the challenges facing post-industrial societies: the ecological crisis, the future of work and participation. I argue that in the post-industrial era the ideal of bildung emphasizes responsibility towards other humans and nature, as well as the ability to navigate its different dimensions - epistemic, ethical, political, aesthetic and competence.

How to rescue Bildung from being hijacked by neoliberalism

Dr. Piet van der Ploeg, researcher at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

The critical potency of Bildung is at risk, since neoliberalism is trying to hijack Bildung. Defined in terms of 21st centry skills, Bildung looses much of its critical power. One way to meet this problem is to reconnect Bildung to the best exponents of German educational thinking: the philosophies of Franz Fischer and Theodor Ballauff. According to them the core of Bildung is to introduce students into conscientious thinking.

I want (1) to give an impression of the way Bildung is softened up in the discourse of educational policies and opinion leaders and (2) to explain Fischer’s and Ballauff’s thoughts on Bildung.

Deep Bildung – three layers of making the unknown known

Björn Wallén, Vapaa Sivistystyö ry – Fritt Bildningsarbete – Finnish Adult Education Association

In this presentation Deep Bildung will be explored as a multilayered concept, metaphor and phenomenon, inspired by the concept of Deep Ecology and Ecosocial Bildung.

Background of the Finnish Innovation Fund Sitra’s Bildung+ project
Vesa-Matti Lahti, SITRA

Our approach to Bildung – in Finnish: sivistys (which is an even broader concept) – must be updated to match today’s challenges. The social transformation that we face will take Bildung that gives us the capacity to reform and the wherewithal to respond to today’s wicked problems.

The Bildung+ project will increase the value of traditional Bildung by updating and expanding this concept – hence the “plus” in the title of the project. The project will initiate societal discussions about Bildung and support new kinds of folk-Bildung activities.

Discussion.

Afternoon I: Practice

Co-creation

What kinds of programs and methods do we need for Bildung in the 21st century and as societal structures are being redefined?

The moderator sums up the presentations from the morning session.

Research project: Democratisation of critical thinking - how to approach bildung in vocational education

In a research workplace, 18 teachers and 7 experts work intensively together to improve vocational education in the Netherlands. It focuses on the integration of bildung, citizenship-, language- and vocational education. Where critical thinking is the starting point. The project is called 'democratisation of critical thinking'. The group is pioneering, experimenting and researching the integration of bildung in vocational education. They pave the way for more colleagues in the Netherlands.

Dr. Laurence Guérin | Research leader | lguerin@rocvantwente.nl

Daan van Riet | Research coordinator | d.vanriet@rocmn.nl

Workshop co-creation.

 

Bildung and national identity - Morning II and Afternoon II

Europe is a complex fabric of modern, democratic nation states, each of which also needs to be an imagined community with a shared language and a somewhat homogeneous culture and epistemology; how do we promote cohesion and cultural diversity among ethnic majority cultures and minorities within states? How do we maintain both diversity and cohesion? What kind of Bildung do we need?

Morning II: New European states and old ethnic enclaves

Inspiration and discussion

How do we promote cohesion and cultural diversity among ethnic majority cultures and indigenous minorities within states? How do we maintain both diversity and cohesion, unity and a multitude of traditions?

Can the Nordic “secret” be exported to Ukraine?

Dr. Mihail Krikunov, Dean, Kiev Business School

The Ukrainian society is trying to run from the Pre-Modern to the Post-Modern while being not exactly on friendly terms with neighbouring Russia. The ideas of Bildung and Nordic folk high schools have thus been quickly appreciated in Ukraine. What are the barriers and issues that need to be addressed, what may be the right Bildung solutions in Ukraine, and who need to be involved in the complex task of reinventing the solutions rather than simply replicating the Nordic ones?

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Redefining nationalism and patriotism

Lene Rachel Andersen, co-founder of Nordic Bildung

In order for democracy to work there needs to be an imagined community of citizens who identify with the same country, share a sense of peoplehood and are willing to take responsibility for the same state. Nationalism has a bad reputation, but could we nuance the understanding and redefine it, so that love of country could be reframed in a friendly way that is not hostile to neighboring countries and newcomers?

Discussion.

Afternoon II: Immigration and cultural clashes

Inspiration and discussion

How do we promote cohesion and cultural diversity among ethnic majority cultures and immigrant minorities within states? How do we maintain both diversity and cohesion? To what extent can immigrants be a bilingual and bicultural resource in a globalizing world?

Cultural codes and why some people cannot stand each other

Lene Rachel Andersen, co-founder of Nordic Bildung

Humans need in-group shared values and norms in order to keep social calm. As agriculture and other new technologies allowed group sizes to increase from around 150 people to hundreds, thousands and to millions, social norms changed. The overall social norms that are closely tied to group size and societal complexity, are called cultural codes. There are four major cultural codes: indigenous, premodern, modern, and postmodern, and between the four, people constantly end up in conflicts with each other. How can we avoid these conflicts and keep social calm in the future?

How different social norms resist change while others change gradually – A survey study of non-European migrants in Sweden

Bi Puranen, Associate Professor, Secretary General, World Values Survey, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Future studies 

Migrants moving from one cultural zones with certain hallmarks into another one transform not only certain behaviour but also values and social norms. The subjective dimension of social integration can be measured by several indicators, such as feelings of national identity towards the country of origin or destination, perceptions of prejudice or discrimination, or satisfaction with living in the host country. But we need also to understand what motivates migrants to integrate, wanting to be a part of their new homeland. This study is based on the Migrants World Values Survey analysing 6 516 non-european migrants in Sweden.

Minority Perspectives on Bildung in Sweden: The Case of a Jewish and a Muslim Folkhögskola

Noa Hermele, Rector of Paideia Folkhögskola

In the last 15 years, a Folkhögskola with Muslim profile, Kista Folkhögskola, and a Folkhögskola with Jewish profile, Paideia Folkhögskola, were established in Stockholm, Sweden. They have developed in cooperation and have had a continuous dialogue and exchange of ideas vis-à-vis their founding ideas and educational philosophy. So what happens in the intersection of Swedish, Muslim and Jewish Bildung? This presentation will raise some of the ideological considerations as well as practical questions that have been asked throughout this joint work.

Discussion.

Bildung in childhood and at a young age - Morning III

Inspiration and discussion

Children need Bildung just as much as adults do; meet some new takes on primary and secondary education.

The Danish Efterskoler - A Bildung year between age 14 and 18

Torben Vind Rasmussen, chairman, the efterskole association

'Efterskole' literally means 'after school' and is a Bildung year at a boarding school, typically after the 9th grade. One of the reasons Efterskole in Denmark has become such a great success is that Efterskole gives teenagers the opportunity to live away from home before they move out from their parents for good. 100 to 150 young students, with teachers who have time to connect with each student in a set frame for Bildung, creates individuality, self-confidence and self-reflection on a very high level. The Efterskole-tradition is built from the idea of Grundtvig's and Kold's philosophy of enlightening the youth.

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The Association of Danish Pupils

Sigrid Piasecki & Sebastian Emil Hansen, gap-year volunteers

The Association of Danish Pupils works on behalf of primary and secondary school children in Denmark; meet two of their volunteers who are taking a gap year after the 9th grade in order to promote democratic empowerment among pupils and to promote their interests among policy makers.

Bildung as a business service - Morning IV

Inspiration and discussion

Bildung is important at all ages and across society. You will experience and explore how consultants and coaches engage CEOs, HR leaders and employees who define today’s economy. We will explore similarities and differences between their approaches, and we will discuss how this relates to Bildung activities for other target groups.

We have gathered a handful of business consultants who service a category of adults who are often hard to reach for educators: the busy 35-55-year-old decision makers in business and commerce.

Bildung in Business through Art: Integrating the Aesthetic Dimension into Business Decisions

Swaan Barrett, Leadership Coach and Business Consultant, Founder of Organic Strategies for Leaders and Organizations

The world of business is facing current challenges of disruption that demand new ways of working together and require wholistic learning as well as self-reflection. Integrating great works of mostly European art with the insights of depth psychology as developed by Swiss psychiatrist C. G. Jung, the Symbolon® coaching method helps unearth potentials and initiate foundational change in individuals and teams. The visual metaphors that result from these processes of deep self-reflection counterbalance the preponderance of left-brain analytical thinking usually present in most businesses, allowing for better and more inclusive decisions.

Design Fiction: on the path of imagination to desirable futures

Lena Tünkers, Business Designer & Analyst

One day in the future: the sky is green and the grass is blue, knowledge is available in liquid form and we float to Peru on a Co2 positive carpet.

The desire to shake up and rethink stiff parts of our society led me to experiment with a method called Design Fiction. It allows us to broaden our horizons towards the seemingly impossible and tell stories of speculative future scenarios. The point of departure is a systematic understanding of historic patterns with the mission to pave the road towards a desirable future of human and nature. Let’s design futures instead of predicting them!

Scalable consciousness development and culture transformation

Nadjeschda Taranczewski, psychologist and Master Certified Coach

Organizations are either 'unconsciousness centres' or 'consciousness centres'. Unconscious organizations are characterized by silo thinking, power games and unresolved conflicts. Employees in unconscious organisations feel stressed, become less efficient or even ill over time. Conscious organisations, on the other hand, cultivate open dialogue and transparency. Employees feel safe, use each other as learning partners for their own development and work co-creatively. As a result, they are healthier and more efficient. My company Conscious U GmbH, helps organisations reinvent themselves as Conscious Tribes.

How to develop #lassenskraft

Martin A. Ciesielski, head of nothing, the school of nothing

what do we know about the productivity of not acting?
how to embrace moments of waiting and letting go?

Bildung in academia from a student perspective - Afternoon III

Try it yourself and do it yourself
Building Bildung: Develop Bildung education in a bottom-up style.

Esli Verheggen & Michiel Tolman, De Bildung Academie

The focus will be on creating our own Bildung educational program. De Bildung Academie in Amsterdam was started by the students themselves, because something was entirely missing from their curriculum: Bildung. Experience one of their ‘classes’ and hear the story about the students who are now promoting Bildung in companies and universities across Europe.

European Bildung Network: Your needs, our manifesto and what the Network ought to be - Afternoon IV

Co-creation
What kind of network do we need as European Bildung stakeholders?

Mette Hvid Brockmann, president Nordic Bildung

Do we need a new NGO, or will a loose membership via www.europeanbildung.net be enough?

What would be the optimal functions on the website?

We are working on a manifesto that can promote Bildung and serve as a compass for our work and what we would like from policy makers, businesses and society at large in order for making Europe a continent of Bildung.

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