Nexus instituut


What Will Save the World?


What Will Save the World?
  • 12 November 2016
  • 09.40 - 16.00
  • Nationale Opera & Ballet

The news from around the world is far from positive: authoritarian regimes are on the rise, the political systems in the EU and US are fractured and ineffective, and millions of people are forced to flee from war, violence and poverty. The state of the world is precarious; yet there are also optimists who believe in the saving power of science, technology or international law and institutions, who argue that the world is really headed in the right direction and that pessimists are misguided or short-sighted.

On Saturday 12 November in Amsterdam, an international cast of activists, scientists, writers and philosophers took the stage to discuss the deeper questions behind the current political, ecological and social crises. What is the defect in our civilization? Is material progress enough, or should progress have a moral or social basis? Is technology a blessing or a curse? And what will save the world – politics, art, science, or faith?


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09.40 am Welcome Rob Riemen

09.45 am Keynote lecture Ágnes Heller

10.40 am Intermission

11.00 am I. What is the defect in our civilization?

01.45 pm Lunch with complimentary refreshments

01.30 pm Intermezzo 

02.15 pm II. What Will Save the World?

04.00 pm Book signing with Ágnes Heller and others


  • NRC interviewt Simon Schama
    18 November, 2016

    'Er komt een laag eelt over onze beschaving te liggen.'

    Pdf NRC interviewt Simon Schama

  • Trouw bespreekt Nexus-conferentie
    14 November, 2016

    'Een dagje somberen met allure.'

    Pdf Conferentie-verslag in Trouw

  • NRC interviewt Sidney Blumenthal
    04 November, 2016

    'Clinton moet vechten tegen FBI én Russische hackers: ongekend!'
    Lees het interview


  • Conferentie2016 opening Rob Riemen
  • Conferentie2016 Heller
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  • Conferentie2016 Heller Wenar
  • Conferentie2016 first panel
  • Conferentie2016 Schama
  • Conferentie2016 Shafak
  • Conferentie2016 M&G
  • Conferentie2016 Ahmad
  • Conferentie2016 Aeham Ahmad
  • Conferentie2016 second panel
  • Conferentie2016 Pinker
  • Conferentie2016 Zagajewski
  • Conferentie2016 zaal
  • Conferentie2016 signeer
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  • Conferentie2016 connect