Nexus Conference 2016 -

12 November 2016
09.40 – 16.00
National Opera & Ballet, Amsterdam

What Will Save the World?

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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Nexus 74

Wat zal de wereld redden?

What Will Save the World?

In this Dutch publication the speakers at the Nexus Conference 2016 answer the question about what can save the world: politics, art, science or faith?


Hungary, 1929 - 2019

Ágnes Heller

political philosopher


Douglas Mwonzora

political activist

Israel, 1939

Avishai Margalit

Israeli philosopher and author The Ethics of Memory

Netherlands, 1968

Mabel van Oranje

peace and human rights advocate

United Kingdom, 1945

Simon Schama


United States, 1948

Sidney Blumenthal

journalist, advisor to Hilary and Bill Clinton

Canada, 1954

Steven Pinker

cognitive scientist

Argentina, 1942

Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo

bishop and philosopher

Poland, 1945 - 2021

Adam Zagajewski

poet and essayist


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