At a work­shop at ACADEMIA SUPERIOR twelve stu­dents from dif­fer­ent fields and from eight Aus­tri­an uni­ver­si­ties came togeth­er with Markus Hengstschläger to dis­cuss the future of free­dom. The aim was to devel­op fresh visions of how our free­dom could be pre­served in the face of numer­ous future threats.

Freedom, Responsibility and Tolerance

One of the results: Free­dom is a cor­ner­stone of our soci­ety. But it can only be obtained when it’s lived in accor­dance with respon­si­bil­i­ty and tol­er­ance (not to be under­stood as indif­fer­ence). Con­se­quent­ly, it was one of the rec­om­men­da­tions of the stu­dents for our pol­i­tics to empow­er more peo­ple to take respon­si­bil­i­ty for their own actions.

„Today, we are as free as nev­er before in his­to­ry. We can make more self-deter­mined deci­sions than ever”, said Markus Hengstschläger in the dis­cus­sion with the engaged young people.

The stu­dents will dis­cuss their visions of „free­dom” with the inter­na­tion­al experts at the 6th Sur­prise Fac­tors Sym­po­sium in Gmunden in March.

SURPRISE FACTORS SYMPOSIUM „Where does freedom begin, where does it end?”

Pub­lic event at the sym­po­sium on March 12 2016 at Toscana Con­gress Gmunden. With Lech Wale­sa, Wolf Won­dratschek, Markus Hengstschläger, Michael Strugl, Josef Pühringer