Boris Nemtsov Forum 2017


Politics without Vision?
Future Lab on Russia and the EU: Our task is to develop solutions
October 9/10 2017

For many decades, European leaders used to have a common vision. In the light of Brexit, growing populism and a return to the nation state however, the “ever closer union” and the “United States of Europe” seem to be out of reach. At the same time Russian President Putin seems to have a vision for Russia’s geostrategic role in the world; but fails to develop one for its people.

Against this background, this year’s Boris Nemtsov Forum aims to leave the floor to a new generation of civil society actors from Russia and the European Union in order to discuss utopias and visions as well as clear solutions for the society of the future. What should our future society look like – in cultural, political, social and economic terms? What can we do to shape our society? How can we adapt to our ever changing state? And, which impact will this have on Russia, the EU and their relations? We are pleased to invite you to our “Future Lab” on Russia and the EU.

Monday, October 9th 2017

7:45 pm
6:00 Pm Opening
Zhanna Nemtsova
Founder, Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom
Wolf-Dieter Zumpfort
Board of Directors, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom
6:20 pm Introduction
Gerhart Rudolf Baum
Former German Minister of the Interior
Freedom Speech
Alisa Ganieva
Author, Moscow
2. New Forms of Culture
Wladimir Kaminer
Author, Berlin
Dmitry Vrubel
Artist, Berlin
3. New Forms of Civic Resistance
Elena Pan lova
Vice President, Transparency International
4. New Economy
Jennifer Miksch
Head of Operations, SweepSouth
5. New Communication Channels
Dmitry Ivanov
Blogger, Moscow
6. New Division Lines
Stefan Melle (tbc)
Managing Director, German-Russian Exchange, Berlin
Julius von Freytag-Loringhoven
Project Director Russia and Central Asia, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom Konstantin Eggert
Coffee Break
Panel 2
Summary of the Open Space Session
with the Moderators of the Working Groups
Closing Remarks
Vladimir Kara-Murza
Board of Trustees,
Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

10:00 am
Panel 1
Leaders and Society in Russia and Europe: Where are we going?
Maria Snegovaya
Columbia University, New York
Christopher Gohl
Global Ethic Institute, Tübingen
Konstantin Kuhle
Young Liberals Germany
Peter Limbourg
Director General, Deutsche Welle
Moderator: Konstantin Eggert Journalist, Moscow
Open Space Session – A Future Shaped by Us! Working Groups:
1. New World Order
Mikhail Savva
Civil Society and Human Rights Activist
12:00 pm 1:00 pm
3:30 pm 4:00 pm
6:00 pm
The event will be translated simultaneously into Russian/English. The Open Space Session will be held in English only.