Open seminar

Research and ideas for a brighter future

Date: 16 October 2018
Time: 13:00-16:30

In the wake of the election one can start to wonder what politics should really be about. What are the greatest challenges to our modern society and what can be done to overcome these, with a brighter future ahead? 

These questions actually seem to have answers. For three years, 300 researchers all over the world have acted as the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP) to compile available knowledge of the challenges we face and of the principles and methods that exist to better our societal institutions and to examine all possible formats of long term societal change. 

In the book A manifesto for social progress. Ideas for a better society parts of this work are presented together with a vision about how markets, companies, welfare politics and democratic processes can be reformed to create societies based on the principles of dignity, sustainability and justice. The message is clear – a better society is possible, and everyone can contribute to this change. 

During the afternoon, some of the conclusions will be presented, and the vision about a better future as stated in the book will be discussed. 


AGENDA (the entire afternoon will be in English)

13.00–13.10 Welcome
Gustaf Arrhenius
, director for the Institute for Futures Studies, Professor of Practical Philosohy at Stockholm University, and one of the contributors to the IPSP report

13.10–14.30 Sources of worry, reasons for hope
Marc Fleurbaey, Professor of Economics at Princeton University, one of the initiators of the IPSP and main author of the book A Manifesto for Social Progress will tell us about some of the main challenges ahead 

Kerstin Sahlin, Professor of organization science at Uppsala University and one of the participants in the IPSP, presents some of the conclusions from the IPSP chapter "Markets, Finance and Corporations"

Denny Vågerö, Professor of Medical Sociology at CHESS, Stockholm University, and one of the participants in the IPSP, presents some of the conclusions from the IPSP chapter "Global Health and the Changing Contours of Human Life"

Discussion with Gustaf, Marc, Kerstin and Denny about how researchers can contribute to social progress.

14.30–15.00 Coffee break

15.00–16.15 Acting for social progress
Marc Fleurbaey presents a vision of how social progress can be promoted, by searching a new third way, reforming capitalism and mobilizing change-makers

Kristina Persson, former Minister of Strategic Development and Nordic Cooperation
Bettina Kashefi, Chief Economist at Svenskt Näringsliv
Carlos Rojas, Chief Analyst at Sweden Resarch and public speaker on the topic of social sustainability and migration
Robert Watt, Communications Director at SEI

16.15–17.00 Mingle

Time: Tuesday October 16th, 13.00–16.30
 Playhouse, Drottninggatan 71 in Stockholm

Participating in the seminar is free of charge, but we need you to register. Registering or cancelling your registration after October 8th means your registration is binding. This means we will need to charge you 350 SEK if you don't show up. However, you are welcome to send a colleague or friend in your place, just tell us by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. The seminar will be recorded which means you might be caught on camera as part of the audience.

Register here!

There will be a mingle after the seminar and at 17.00 you can join the world premiere of the documentary A New Society. Read more about it here!

 If you have any questions, please get in touch with Erika Karlsson, [email protected]



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