We are pleased to announce that the 2021 edition of Freedom Games is to be held on September 10-12 in the EC1, Lodz. The leading theme of this year’s forum is to be “The New Social Contract”.
Regardless of the pandemic-related situation, we plan to organize the event in a hybrid format – thus combining the traditional conference format with an open online TV format. This approach shall contribute to reaching wider audiences and reinforcing the impact of the forum.
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 “A 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, 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.
See you soon,
The Freedom Games 2021 Team
We are pleased to announce the first speakers of the 2021 Freedom Games, and they are (drum roll, please!) Yuval Noah Harari and Frans de Waal, who will take part in the discussion about empathy, the ecological crisis, and challenges for the future of humanity – this session is one that clearly cannot be missed!
Prof. Yuval Noah Harari is a historian and bestselling author who is now regarded as one of the most influential intellectuals in the world. His popular books – Sapiens: From Animals into Gods, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow and 21 Lessons for the 21st Century – have sold 27.5 million copies in sixty languages and have been recommended by, among others, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Chris Evans, Janelle Monáe, and many others.
The Guardian credited Sapiens with revolutionizing the non-fiction market. In the fall of 2020, Sapiens: A Graphic History – The Birth of Humankind was released – an adaptation of the original Sapiens for a comic book series, co-created with comic artists Daniel Vandermuelen and Daniel Casanave.
Harari was born in Israel. He obtained his PhD at the University of Oxford. After the tremendous success of his books, he had the chance to share the stage with world leaders such as Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, as well as with figures such as Natalie Portman and Mark Zuckerberg. He regularly publishes articles in newspapers, including The New York Times, Financial Times, and The Guardian, and speaks publicly at conferences (including Davos 2020). He has also given interviews about the global coronavirus crisis to major news channels, including CNN and BBC.
In 2019, Yuval and his husband (Itzik Yahav) co-founded Sapienship, a multidisciplinary social impact organization with projects in the fields of entertainment and education. The main goal of Sapienship is to focus public discussion on the most important global challenges facing the world today.
Yuval Noah Harari is a professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and his work deals with macrohistoric issues, focusing on the questions: What is the relationship between history and biology? What is the main difference between Homo sapiens and other animals? What ethical questions do science and technology pose in the 21st century?
Dr. Frans B. M. de Waal is a Dutch-American ethologist and biologist known for his work on the behavior and social intelligence of primates. His research papers have been published in journals such as Science, Nature, Scientific American, and publishing houses specializing in animal behavior. His books, translated into more than twenty languages, made him one of the most famous primatologists in the world.
In 1996–2000 he was the director of the MA studies at Emory University: Program in Population Biology, Ecology, and Evolution. Since 2013, he has also held the position of Universiteitshoogleraar (Distinguished Professor) at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. In 2007, he was selected by the Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
His latest books are Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (Norton, 2016) and Mama’s Last Hug (Norton, 2019).
The online broadcast from the 2021 Freedom Games will be available via the website www.igrzyskawolnosci.pl/en and social media – no fees or registration required.
This year’s edition of Freedom Games will take place in a hybrid format, which is why we have also prepared an offer for people who value personal participation in events, networking, and interaction with the speakers.
The pass provides the participant with:
The pass provides the participant with:
We have great news for all fans of podcasts! From now on, you can not only watch Freedom Games, but also listen to sessions online – in the car, on the way to work, or as part of the evening relaxation! Look for us on Soundcloud and Spotify. Check it out!
At the moment, all sessions are available in Polish.
The presented folder is a post-Freedom Games report on the world after the COVID-19 pandemic. It consists of a set of analyses and diagnoses, concerning, among others, climate, education, culture, or economy.
The reports were prepared by specialists in their fields: Weronika Michalak, Tomasz Kamiński, Olga Brzezińska, Daria Hejwosz-Gromkowska, Tomasz Kasprowicz, and Rafał Szymczak, whose speeches we had a chance to hear at the end of the 2020 Freedom Games.
We believe that this kind of a summary that brings together the struggles to date, but also points out the future challenges in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic may indicate specific ways of action, will allow us to see real threats, and shall give us hope that appears on the horizon of change.
We are pleased to present you the summary folder of Freedom Games 2020.
It was an unforgettable three days of debates, meetings, and panel discussions – this time for the first time online! This edition of Freedom Games posed a unique challenge for us, the organizers, which is why we would like to thank you very much for being with us in front of the screens and for the virtual support that motivates us every day and helps us believe that our work is meaningful – ultimately, the event gathered 798,026 viewers across all platforms!
Once again, we thank all the partners of the Freedom Games 2020 and everyone who was involved in their organization.
The Freedom Games 2020 program “A Post-Pandemic World” is now available on our website!
Get ready for two and a half days of talks with people of culture, business, and public life about democracy, economy, human rights, education, and environmental protection during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. We would like to remind you that this year, Freedom Games are moving to virtual arenas, and that participation in the forum is free and does not require registration.
Our website now also offers the “Make your program” function, thanks to which you can plan your own personalized path of Freedom Games, consisting only of the events that interest you! Instructions on how to do this may be found in the “PROGRAM” tab.
WHERE TO FIND STREAMING ONLINE? Links to individual sessions will be available on the Freedom Games website in the “PROGRAM” tab. They will appear in the description that you will see after clicking on the tile with the event you are interested in.
The event, held for the seventh time, is an interdisciplinary cultural and intellectual forum. Organized with the goal of offering a creative space for meetings of people of culture, business, and public life, it is an arena for discussing the most important challenges faced by Western societies in the 21st century.
Due to pandemic restrictions, this year, the forum will be held online. The organizer will make available on its website www.liberte.pl five channels on which it will be possible to follow live broadcasts, including two channels with simultaneous Polish/English translation. Selected streams will also be shared via social media.
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Freedom Games are an interdisciplinary forum of ideas organized with the goal of offering a creative space for meetings of people of culture, business, and public life. Since 2014, it has been an arena for discussing the most important challenges facing Western societies in the 21st century. Our guests are outstanding intellectuals and opinion leaders of the world class: leading politicians and representatives of non-governmental organizations, artists and activists, scientists, and business people.
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