Freedom Games is a meeting of individuals who are curious about the world and open to new ideas. It is a gathering of renowned experts and intellectuals and a discussion about the key challenges the Western societies must face in the 21st century.
Being a unique interdisciplinary event of this kind held in Poland, its main objective is to offer a creative space for exchanging ideas between the representatives of culture, business and public life.
We build a leading intellectual event on an international scale. Freedom Games is a grassroots forum created by a non-governmental organization, connecting people who believe in such values as liberal democracy, open society, and the rule of law.
The challenge for our generation is to disconnect from social media and Netflix, and take up the challenge of preparing for the stage of recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying economic crisis. This is precisely why the eponymous “New Social Contract” is much needed.
We have to address the challenge that the pandemic has posed for the societies around the globe – the failure of the states and transnational institutions to effectively contain the virus and coordinate their actions. We must analyze the cases of those who skillfully made decisions and what could have guided their decisions (be it political culture, centralization or decentralization of decision-making processes, flexibility or a strict risk analysis, etc.). The trauma of death, lockdown, disruption of normalcy left societies in a state of constant anxiety and agitation on the one hand, and apathy on the other.
The economic consequences that have followed pose another set of questions: the future of free market hit so strongly by anti-pandemic regulations, on the future of a wide variety of industries, means of dealing with limited resources, saving the healthcare systems and addressing the issue of treating patients who suffer from other diseases, and finally, on how to talk about risk and how to calculate it – in the age plagued by uncertainty.
Meanwhile, the themes such as state-private capital relations, cyberwarfare, globalization & free market, climate change, social services, education, the rule of law, energy sector, the position of the United States after the 2020 presidential election, reviving the Polish politics after deep conflict, Eurozone, EU investments – are still of vital importance and require attention. Therefore, when talking about the New Social Contract, a complex and wide-encompassing approach must be adopted.
Once again, Freedom Games shall become an intellectually stimulating cultural event with an educational value. Participants will have a unique opportunity to meet in Lodz and online leading intellectuals, representatives of culture, academia, and public life from around the globe. An ambitious program is to be combined with openness and availability to each and every participant.
This year’s edition of the forum is planned for October 14-16, 2021, in the city of Lodz and online. However, the geographic focus of the event is still worldwide. During the seven previous editions of the event, Fundacja Liberte! hosted speakers from India to Afghanistan, from the United States to China, from France to Ukraine, from Russia to Greece, from Germany to Sweden, from the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom.