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September 3, 2017
Berlin, Berlin

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Messe Berlin
Messedamm 22
Berlin, Berlin, 14055 Berlin
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Ali Can

Ali Can is a 23-year-old author, intercultural peacebuilder and founder of the Interkultu- reller Frieden e.V. (Intercultural Peace Asso- ciation). Born in the south-east of Turkey, he and his family came to Germany in 1995 to escape the social oppression faced by kurdish Alevis in the Maras Region. In 2014 during his teacher training, Ali noticed that as more refugees were arriving, an angry and worried discourse was growing ever louder. Convinced that the breeding ground for xenophobia and rightist ideology is partly based on a deep-rooted fear and ignorance of the “unknown”, he actively approaches those who are vocally opposed to “those” refugees, “those” Muslims and “those” immigrants. He nds creative ways to facilitate respectful encounters and, where possible, a peaceful conversation between the two parties that breaks down prejudices. These meetings are his answer to racist slogans. He recently founded the “Hotline für besorgte Bürger” (hotline for worried citizens) and with it contacts – amongst others – supporters of the right-wing AfD (Alternative for Germany) party. Ali has been nominated twice for the Deutsche Engagementpreis (German Engagement Prize), is the winner of the 2016 Jugenddemokratiepreis (Youth Democracy Prize) and in September last year received two RTL Awards for his work with refugees. He gives readings from his book “Hotline für besorgte Bürger”, published by the Lübbe Verlag, throughout the German-speaking world.


ANNA VR is a pop musician who is shrugging off the clichés of her industry. After studying classical piano since the age of nine, she saw Herbie Hancock for the first time when she was 14 and realized that there was nothing quite like jazz piano. Her talent was obvious and she was quickly supported with a junior talent promotion, studying jazz piano at the Amsterdam Conservatory. Shortly after moving to Berlin, she began making pop music for contemporary context where “the playlist principle has become rather prevalent.” Her work seamlessly operates in a landscape of references where jazz piano, Calvin Harris, and Bernini sculptures can freely collide.

ANNAVR | Performance

ANNAVR makes 4D pop for the world of touch screens and VR glasses. The music floats and her voice seems like it might belong to a compassionate avatar." PopKulturBerlin /// 'The most exciting new avant-gardist in today's pop world." Rolling Stone /// 'A N N A V R is a pianist and music producer who is shrugging off the clichés of her industry. After studying classical piano since the age of nine, she saw Herbie Hancock for the first time when she was 14 and realized that there was nothing quite like jazz piano. Her talent was obvious and she was quickly supported with a junior talent promotion, studying jazz piano at the conservatories of Amsterdam and New York. Shortly after working for clients such as DIOR, Louis Vuitton and Mercedes-Benz, she began making pop music for contemporary context where the playlist principle has become rather prevalent. Her work seamlessly operates in a landscape of references where jazz piano, Rihanna, and Bernini sculptures can freely collide.

Benjamin Weber

Having worked as a management consultant for 2.5 years, Benjamin paused his job and worked for a large German NGO. For 18 months, he engaged in different departments and projects in Germany and abroad. As a physicist and management consultant in the NGO sector, he came to realize that his different background and mindset enabled him to bring in a unique skillset and perspective that lead to unintended bene ts for himself and the organization. Having returned to management consulting for now, he lobbies for more colleagues to engage themselves and bring in their abilities in a new (non-pro t-) environment. Benjamin studied physics in Karlsruhe and now lives in Stuttgart with his wife, from where he explores the world.

Christopher Kutarna

In early 2016, Chris Kutarna stood on stage in front of 500 global business leaders and con dently made two predictions: that Britain would vote to ‘Brexit’ from the European Union and that Donald Trump would be elected President of the United States. Since then, he’s traveled through four continents helping people to smash their old ways of seeing the world and make fresh sense of the time we live in. His first book, Age of Discovery: Navigating the Risks and Rewards of Our New Renaissance, is already an international best-seller, and tens of thousands now read his e-letter weekly from Chris’ secret for making sense of present- day complexities, he’ll freely admit, is also his greatest weakness: he can’t focus on anything. Chris is a Fellow at the University of Oxford (researching China’s middle class politics); writes for everyone from “Vogue” to “The Guardian”; has started and shut a handful of businesses; and has no idea what he’ll commit to next.

Dan Freeman and the Serious

Dan Freeman is an Tasmanian singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and artist. Besides his own indie pop sound, his musical library includes collaborations in avant-garde jazz, Afro-Cuban jazz, indie rock, post new wave, electronic, new psychedelic and punk pop music. Outside of his passion for making music, you can nd Dan roasting coffee, hanging with his daughter Karla and collaborating on many art ventures with his Label Universe of Play in his adopted home of Berlin. The Serious are his loyal musical companions, always encouraging and continually reminding Dan to keep his feet on the ground. In 2016 Dan’s music video for his single DAGNER was a voted VIMEO Staff Pick & Best of the Month. Website

Elisabeth Wehling

Elisabeth Wehling, PhD., is a bestselling author and cognitive linguist at the University of California, Berkeley. Using methods from neuroscience, experimental psychology, and discourse analysis, her work tackles a set of simple yet deep questions: How is the mind structured? Where do these structures come from? And how does the way we speak impact our social, economic, and political beliefs? Contrary to common folk theory, human thought is not an abstract, merely fact-driven system. Rather, thought arises from how our bodies interact with the world: Physical experiences with things like motion, emotions, sights, smells, sounds, and tactile perception structure our mind and language and, in turn, in uence how we perceive the world. Elisabeth’s books include The Little Blue Book (2012) and Your Brain’s Politics (2016) with George Lakoff and the German SPIEGEL- bestseller Politisches Framing (2016). She is co-founder of the journal Moral Cognition and Communication and a leading expert for embodied cognition working with politicians, NGOs, governments, industry, and media institutions across the globe.

Hubertus Drinkuth

Hubertus Drinkuth is Managing Director of Systain Consulting in Hamburg, Germany. With Systain he makes companies understand that sustainability issues truly matter and helps them to overcome their biggest challenges. In today’s globalized world these challenges typically reside in a company’s value chain. Prior to his engagement with Systain, Hubertus strongly focused on building strategies for companies, rst as a Consultant with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Munich, Tokyo, and Shanghai, later as head of Corporate Strategy with the Otto Group in Hamburg. In 2009/10 Hubertus took a year long time- out from the business world and joined the board of the World Future Council Foundation, taking over the responsibility for all business and administrative issues. Today, he still serves on the Supervisory Board of the foundation.

Julian Breinersdorfer

After having learned from and worked for Dame Zaha Hadid in London, Julian opened his own architecture practice in Berlin Kreuzberg. He has since been focussing on refurbishing and reprogramming historic building complexes, mostly for tech-industry and start-up clients. His of ce designed the Factory Berlin, and is currently planning tech campuses in Tehran, Lisbon, Kigali and Berlin. Dealing with densi cation in urban core areas on a daily basis, Julian started to research the impact of density on human settlement and ecosystems on a global scale with a team of programmers, statisticians and graphic designers. The results of their investigation will be made public in an open source database.

Michael Shellenberger

Michael Shellenberger is co-founder and Senior Fellow at the Breakthrough Institute, where he was president from 2003 to 2015, and a co-author of the Ecomodernist Manifesto. Over the last decade, Michael and his colleagues have constructed a new paradigm that views prosperity, cheap energy and nuclear power as the keys to environmental progress. A book he co-wrote (with Ted Nordhaus) in 2007, Break Through: From the Death of Environmentalism to the Politics of Possibility, was called by Wired magazine “the best thing to happen to environmentalism since Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring,” while Time Magazine called him a “hero of the environment.” In the 1990s, he helped protect the last signi cant groves of old-growth redwoods still in private hands and bring about labor improvements to Nike factories in Asia.

Parag Khanna

Parag Khanna is a leading global strategist, world traveler, and best-selling author. He is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is also the Managing Partner of Hybrid Reality, a boutique geostrategic advisory rm, and Co-Founder & CEO of Factotum, a leading content branding agency. Parag’s latest book is Technocracy in America: Rise of the Info-State (2017). He is author of a trilogy of books on the future of world order beginning with The Second World: Empires and In uence in the New Global Order (2008), followed by How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance (2011), and concluding with Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization (2016). He is also co-author of Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization (2012). In 2008, Parag was named one of Esquire’s “75 Most In uential People of the 21st Century,” and featured in WIRED magazine’s “Smart List.” He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics, and Bachelor and Master degrees from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He has travelled to more than 100 countries and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum.

Tom Osborn

Tom is an entrepreneur and community mobilizer. As a teenager, he co-founded GreenChar, an award winning social enterprise that provides affordable and safe energy to households and homes in Kenya. Tom’s experiences growing up in poverty in rural Kenya fuels his passion for social innovation and entrepreneurship. Tom is the youngest recipient of the Echoing Green Fellowship, is a Forbes 30 under 30 Social Entrepreneur and has won Women Deliver Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award and is one of the 100 Most In uential young Kenyans. He currently studies Computer Science and Economics at Harvard University.

Victoria Peter

Victoria has one heart in France and one beating in West Africa, where she develops and promotes citizen engagement and multi- stakeholder collaboration programs. Her rm believe: whatever development means - if anything, it must be based on citizen engagement. This is why she passionately develops the regional branch of MakeSense in West-Africa – a global organisation mobilising citizens, private and public sector to solve social and environmental issues by accelerating grassroots entrepreneurship and social innovation. Apart from creativity workshops and many post-its, Victoria also accompanies African entrepreneurs and big organisations in France and Africa seeking to develop solutions for sustainable food systems. She defends the cause of citizen engagement and impactful entrepreneurship at various conferences in and around the African continent. Victoria has been working with citizens, entrepreneurs and big organisations since the age of 20. After developing a social enterprise foundation in Amsterdam at the age of 19 and building an innovation network for the ght against food waste in her early 20ies, she also placed open innovation and entrepreneurship within big companies, such as the Deutsche Bahn. Victoria holds a Masters Degree in International Development and Africa from Sciences Po, Paris.

Yascha Mounk

Yascha Mounk is a Lecturer on Government at Harvard, a Senior Fellow in the Political Reform Program at New America and an Executive Director at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. A weekly columnist for Slate, a monthly columnist for CNN, a regular contributor to Die Zeit, and the host of The Good Fight podcast. He has recently completed his third book, which argues that liberal democracy is splitting into two new regime forms: illiberal democracy, or democracy without rights, and undemocratic liberalism, or rights without democracy.

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Berlin, Germany