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Philipp Blom at the Symposium 2018

Thoughts on our discussions

Three distinct personalities, three very different experiences, three perspectives on courage. During our conversations it emerged that courage can mean different things to different people. What struck me most about speaking to Manal al-Sharif is...
Markus Hengstschläger at the Symposium 2018

The decision for more courage lies with us

In which situations do we prove courageous today? How much courage do we need for our future? And what does it actually mean to be courageous? In two intense days of work we explored...
Stefan Ruzowitzky at the Symposium 2018

Stefan Ruzowitzky: Let’s leave our comfort zone!

I always felt that as an Austrian and as grandson of grandparents, some of whom were party members and passionate Nazis, at some point in your life as a storyteller you should do something...
Manal al-Sharif at the Symposium 2018

Manal al-Sharif: When you see injustice, speak up!

My story really is simple. I found myself in a challenge. I was a Saudi woman, living in Saudi Arabia. I was a single mom, I was working as an engineer paying my rent,...
Aeham Ahmad at the Symposium 2018

Aeham Ahmad: Make your own decisions!

I was born a refugee in Syria and then I had to flee again – a refugee twice over. I grew up in Yarmouk camp as a Palestinian in Syria. My father, who is...


The SURPRISE FACTORS SYMPOSIUM 2018 was all about courage. In conversation with impressive personalities we asked ourselves what it is that encourages people, how courageous deeds can advance a society and why courage does...
09.02.2021 09:00 - 10:30
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