Workshops Symposium "The next state - Rethinking State"

"Work or income? Freedom or dependency?"


1 – A country without poverty?

Can existing social systems be reformed in a way that allows everyone to live in dignity?
Workshop leader: Dorothea Spannagel, Düsseldorf

2 – Basic income as an attitude to life

Workshop with Daniel Häni, entrepreneur and co-initiator of the popular initiative for an unconditional basic income in Switzerland, which was voted on in 2016 and triggered a worldwide media response. In this workshop, the cornerstone for a concrete introduction of the basic income as an attitude to life was worked out. They remembered the most important moments in their history and in their own lives and examined how they came about. In order to find out for themselves, they asked who should not receive an unconditional basic income. And last but not least, they looked into the question of what is missing when everything is there.
Workshop leader: Daniel Häni, Basel

3 – Unconditional consumers?

Who will finance the basic income and why? And who will have to pay the price?
Workshop leader: Prof. Bernhardt Neumärker, Freiburg im Breisgau

4 – Work is political

If the state guarantees all its citizens full employment then companies will have to change their strategies, because unemployment would no longer constitute an effective threat. Can guaranteed jobs save democracy?
Workshop leader: Prof. Pavlina Tcherneva, New York (USA)

5 – The end of the banks is the beginning of a fairer financial system

A financial system without banks is desirable and possible. At the same time, a world without banks provides an opportunity to put the basic income on a sound financial footing. A wild fantasy? This workshop was devoted to developing realistic models for this scenario.
Workshop leader: Jürg Müller, Wirtschaftsjournalist NZZ, Zürich

6 – Strike! – On the power of dependent employees

People employed via platforms are the “Ich-AGs" (Me plc) of the future. People like Uber drivers or digital warehouse employees are driving forward the restructuring of the labour market at the same time as they are victims of it. For them it is important to restructure representation and power. What might a digital trade union look like? Is there a “one size fits all” model?
Workshop leader: Cornelia Daheim, Köln & Leon Krenz, Berlin

7 – Special workshop: Yes we can!

How might you “sell” concepts of radical transformation to a post-industrial society? The participants in this workshop will initially split up into small groups for the various introductions to the workshop. Later each group will design a campaign for implementing their own employment and income model.
Workshop leader: Christian Unsinn, Berlin & Kathrin Jesse, Berlin

"The next state?"


8 - The United States of Europe?

Promise or threat? The participants developed strategies to remedy the democratic deficit of the EU. What mechanisms are needed, what constitution do we want to give Europe?
Workshop leader: Prof. Dr. Kai von Lewinski, Passau & Prof. Isabel Feichtner, Würzburg

9 – Government courtesy of Silicon Valley or: technology as a political dystopia

Google promises Portugal its European headquarters in return for a right of veto on the European Council. Will Google be our next government? Can we stop this happening and do we want to?
Workshop leader: Ana Teixeira Pinto, Berlin

10 – Venturing more democracy?

The Denkzentrum Demokratie no longer wants to leave the state to itself and the corporations.
Workshop leader: Tom Wohlfahrt, Berlin & Andreas Schiel, Düsseldorf

11 – Whom does the state protect?

Workshop with the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR). NGOs have been trying for decades to restructure the relationship between the state, citizens and transnational corporations. Which mechanisms, which laws and institutions are necessary to protect citizens worldwide against attacks?
Workshop leader: Miriam Saage Maaß & Christian Schliemann, Berlin

12 – Machines and power: state and participation (or politics) in a digital society

The assumption that social media would lead to more democracy has so far not proven to be true. There is so far no sign of “Democracy 4.0”. Instead, platform technologies are gaining an increasing influence over citizens, who are mutating into users. Who will programme the algorithms of the future and thus determine the constitutions and ethics of platforms? What if we were to appropriate these platforms, turn Uber into a cooperative and found a global parliament of cities?
Workshop leader: Prof. Dr. Dr. Ayad Al-Ani, Berlin & Wien

13 – Back to go

Full day workshop: The full day workshop worked not only theoretically but also practically on the new/next society. Whether on an island in international waters or in a future in which the system as we know it has collapsed: what if a new city, a new society starts from scratch? What do we want to take over, what do we want to do differently? What city do we need and does this city have a town hall, a prison, a tax office? In the large hall of the Kronprinzenpalais a new city is being built... 

Workshop leader: Dr. Rutger de Graaf-van Dinther, Rotterdam (NL), Dr. Ariella Helfgott, Oxford (GB), Dr. Philipp Misselwitz, Berlin,  Joe Quirk, San Francisco (US),

Digital Storytelling: Mirko Derpmann, Berlin