IAF Seminars 2022
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Due to the current pandemic situation this programme may be subject to change and details will be adapted according to the given situation. Please contact us in case of any questions!
By using “big data” and digitalization our cities can turn into smart cities and help us to manage today’s and future challenges of growing cities in fields such as administration, urban planning, environment, economic development and others. Transparency, citizen’s rights, participation, and better decision making should be among the advantages of smarter cities as well. Which are the key elements of a smart city? Is it enough to digitalise infrastructure to make a city a smart one? Or is a city smart when it caters to the needs of its citizens while using resources and technology as efficient as possible? We will explore these questions after reflecting on the evolution of cities, the process of urbanisation, the advantages and disadvantages of living together in cities to get a deeper understanding from a liberal and philosophical perspective. What would liberals demand from a city to call it smart?
Politicians, City Planner, Architects, Engineers, Technologists, Artists with liberal disposition, Representatives of liberal NGOs and citizen groups who are working on improving local government (systems).
++Update! New dates: 18.02. - 05.03.2022++
No one is born a leader but can potentially grow into one. Enthusiasm and/or a strong course are important for politicians, but knowing one’s unique strengths, grooming leadership skills, improving communication and presence are key to succeed to the top. This seminar is crafted to support young and enthusiastic liberals to successfully follow their ambitions and to grow into leadership positions. Participants will leave inspired and with new international contacts woven into their own network.
Young Leaders and high potentials from liberal parties and NGOs.
The protection of human and civil rights is not an exclusive task for lawyers and activists but for all citizens and especially functionaries from politics, business, media and society. This seminar will provide the basics of the legal framework and instruments and highlight the most important areas where human rights violations occur, sometimes unnoticed. The second part will be dedicated to develop and discuss policy approaches towards the promotion of a broader understanding of and respect for human rights in the different areas.
Representatives from political parties, the economic sector, NGOs and media.
In most countries, liberal political parties are not able to govern alone and especially in illiberal environments, liberal forces - parties and NGOs - are often small. Influencing decision-making through coalitions and strategic partnerships might be a promising approach to implement at least some liberal policies. Being able to govern and thus being more visible in public may be good reasons for political parties to join a coalition and an opportunity to grow. However, many liberals fear losing identity or being marginalized in a coalition. Such questions show that power arrangements and coalition politics require caution and skilful handling.
Leadership personnel of liberal political parties and liberal organisations close to them, political consultants.
Populists seem to be on the rise around the world and their opponents from different political camps seem to have difficulties to find the right antidote to fight that new (?) political force. Some place their bet on facts to fight lies, others on copying some of the populist features or trying to tackle what is perceived as the underlying causes that play into the hands of populists. But what is populism and why is it so dangerous for liberal open societies? What do populists have in common? This seminar is meant to analyse populism with regard to various criteria that are relevant to get a deeper understanding of its nature and, based on the results, to find ways and measures of how liberals could deal with this political enemy.
The seminar aims to fulfil the following objectives:
- to establish a thorough theoretical understanding of liberalism and of populism
- to develop tools and senses that help to detect populism
- to develop strategies and measures to counter populists
- to develop guidelines and strategies that can be disseminated in the respective organizations/parties
The seminar mainly aims at liberal thinkers and political strategists from political parties, think tanks and NGOs who are currently facing populist forces in their respective countries.
Nothing has brought about more wealth and individual well-being than markets for ideas, goods, services, produce or finances. For liberals market economies provide the best system to allocate resources, to bring together supply and demand, and to relief humans from (extreme) poverty. At the same time some of the contemporary problems like climate change and pollution, widening gaps of living standards, social upheavals, deteriorating consumer protection, ruthlessness, and tax evasion are pinned to the market economy by its
critics and enemies who call for regulatory measures to „tame the beast“. Others pick up the criticism to pursue other and often hidden political goals. This seminar wants to take a closer look at the problems attributed to market economies, to explore causes and effects, and to work on concepts in defense of the principle of market economy and its implementation.
Liberal Thinkers, Economic policy makers from political parties and think tanks.
Many have entitled the media as the „fourth power“ to keep checks and balances in a democracy. The picture of a „watch dog“ seems to get cracks. Media are under pressure from politicians who undermine the reputation of the established media by accusing them of lying or taking sides with the political opponent, or by harassing journalists and news organisations/companies, openly threatening them with imprisonment or killing. With the internet a whole new world of access to information (true and false) has opened up and classical media came under economic pressure as well - while it is expensive to maintain quality journalism less people are willing to pay for it when they can get information in the web for free. Quality journalism also takes time for proper research - but with social media and millions of „citizen journalists“ it is way more difficult to be the first to break the news and having it checked properly, to grow and keep an audience, and to convince with quality journalism when big parts of the audience seem to be only interested in what confirms their already existing beliefs and opinion.
What can liberals do to support independent media and journalists under pressure?
Journalists, Blogger, Media Entrepreneurs, Liberal Activists and Politicians.
In parts the same topics as Political Leadership - but with a twist: Do women lead differently,
should they? Are they better leaders? How can women achieve leadership positions and
how can they inspire other women to aspire the same? Are there female strengths that are
often being ignored - and often by the women themselves? What keeps women from pursuing
their political goals and leadership aspirations? This Seminar wants to explore and train
strengths and skills and help participants to discover impedient beliefs and hidden powers.
Female Leaders and Women with Political Aspirations from Political Parties and NGOs.
Liberals all over the world express concern at the poor quality of education which will be amplified by a pace of technological and economic development never experienced before. Today’s realities demand radical changes in education policies that do not seem to be forthcoming. Poor education means being unable to seize the full potential of opportunities being created, being left behind and even means exacerbating the inequalities that exist in society. What do we need to do to enable stakeholders to ensure modern, well-financed and sustainable education systems?
Liberal politicians and think tank members specialising in education policy, leading members of the educational profession and journalists covering educational issues. Participants must have a track record as liberals, seek reform in education and are open to unconventional approaches.
Response to common criticisms of free markets and their underlying foundation: economic
freedom. Focus will be on the environment that markets and entrepreneurs require in order
to function in an optimum manner and on policies that might help to open and develop
markets, with a focus on good governance, free trade, legal measures (including anti-trust
measures, if deemed necessary), privatization and deregulation. Special questions will be
how to help people develop an entrepreneurial spirit and a willingness to take risks. What
kinds of incentives encourage entrepreneurship? Are subsidies for start-ups a good or a bad
idea? And we will examine economic policies in light of the COVID-19 situation/aftermath:
Could measures like national industrial policies help to overcome problems economies face
around the world?
Young leaders in positions of responsibility from political parties, the legal profession, civic
initiatives, the media and the civil administration as well as entrepreneurs or representatives
of business associations who are liberal in outlook and have a basic knowledge of what
In order to be successful political parties need - in addition to their political competences - well-formulated strategies. Hence, strategic planning is a key competence for political parties and their leadership personnel. Strategy development cannot be delegated or outsourced. Strategy elements from other successful political players cannot just be copied. Own competences in strategic planning are needed and this hands on workshop will provide political leaders with processes, tools and concepts to develop their own unique strategies.
Leadership personnel of political parties and party experts who work on party strategy.
Starting off from the individual who should be instrumental in all decisions that affect their life is the liberals’ perception of politics. Looking for solutions at the local level, involving responsible individuals and making use of decentralized local competences and knowledge are important principles to get local government and politicians close to citizens, encourage their participation, communicate with them more effectively and make government more efficient. How can local politicians tackle administrative, legal, financial and practical problems? How can they improve their communication with citizens and how can they meet new challenges and use opportunities that come with new technologies?
Local politicians like councillors, mayors or representatives of local party branches, Representatives of liberal NGOs and citizen groups who are working on improving local government (systems). Trainers or consultants who work with liberal political parties on local level.
This intensive workshop will focus on the following areas and skills: Strategically drafting and driving core messages that reach the right audience exactly the way they should. Dealing with the media and journalists by establishing a sincere working relationship. Choosing the best channel for each message and the right message for each audience. We will not only present practical tools but will also give all participants enough time and opportunity to put them into practice.
Leaders and Spokespersons from political parties.
Refreshed ways to create a liberal environment in training sessions and events, where an
audience is able to participate fully and think well for themselves by innovative, relevant and
fun facilitation methodologies leading to interactive events and learning sessions. Understanding
of programme development to improve organising, scripting, designing and implementing
innovative sessions and events in their organisations. Individual skills development
by improving the understanding of themselves as facilitators, while enhancing their unique
communication, listening, language and leadership skills.
Representatives of liberal NGOs, Political Parties and Think Tanks who are actively involved
with, or responsible for the design, planning and implementation of training and development
sessions, or events. The seminar is best suited to individuals who have some level of
experience in training or event scripting and planning.
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