Revolution is of all times. Man in revolt, who fights against the injustice of those in power and aims for a better world, has always existed. In our world, we see the rekindling of the revolutionary fire: movements such as Occupy, the Arab Spring and the South European indignados rebel against the powers that be. The same goes for populist political parties and groups like the Tea Party. Which ideal is worth fighting for? And why should the world be changed?
During the 2012 Nexus Conference, prominent international speakers discuss the question how we can change the world. Is a better world really possible? Is man truly free, or does he allow those in power to manipulate him, and commercialism to corrupt him all too easily? How can change be achieved? And what should our world come to look like?
John Gray on man, beliefs and changes. Read more
Evgeny Morozov on the kingdom of geeks. Read more
Alain Badiou: "Freedom is the discipline of creativity." Read more
“Loneliness is a loss. Solitude is a gain.” - Agnes Heller Read more
10.30 am Connect meets Rory Stewart
11.30 am End
Nexus Conference How to Change the World?
01.00 pm Welcome by Rob Riemen
01.15 pm Keynote Lecture Alain Badiou
02.00 pm Debate I. The Crisis in our World
04.00 pm Debate II. How to Change the World
05.30 pm Reception
Hans Fallada, Every Man dies Alone or Alone in Berlin (Jeder stirbt für sich allein), 1947.
Albert Camus, The Rebel (L’homme révolté), 1951.
Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, 1963.
Eric Hobsbawm, How to Change the World, 2011.
Vladimir Tismaneanu, The Devil in History. Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century, 2012.