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Brian Griffiths at the Symposium 2017

Lord Brian Griffiths of Fforestfach – Political Control

The feeling that politics has everything under control - that is what people want, explains the British politician and vice-director of Goldman Sachs International. The interview edited by Alan Webber. Disruption in economic life in...
Andrea Bruce, Documentary photographer, USA, at the Symposium 2017

Andrea Bruce – Going into Chaos

In crisis regions, normality is in short supply. Nevertheless, people learn to live with it, the US-American war photographer tells. The interview edited by Alan Webber. I’ve been a photographer for the past 20 years...
Kai Diekmann, Journalist and former publisher and editor-in-chief of the newspaper Bild, at the Symposium 2017

Kai Diekmann – Media out of control?

The media sector is in the midst of enormous upheavals - and it sleeps through it, warns the former editor-in-chief of the German Bild newspaper. The interview edited by Alan Webber. The media have been...
Markus Hengstschläger at the Symposium 2017

Uncontrolled spaces with opportunities and risks

Great Britain leaving the European Union, the election of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States of America or terror attacks in the heart of Europe – these are decisive examples...
Picture 2 - ACADEMIA-SUPERIOR-President Landesrat Dr. Michael Strugl

Control is good, Trust is better

Control is a necessity of our time We live in a time when it sometimes feels like the world is falling apart. Terrorist attacks in the middle of Europe, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom...
Alan Webber, ACADEMIA SUPERIOR Board Member and Moderator of the Symposium

Change, Disruption, and the Importance of Pessimism

By now it should be clear that the over-arching theme of the SURPRISE FACTORS SYMPOSIUM doesn’t deviate from year-to-year. The through-line that connects each year is change. How do we anticipate change? How do...
The Young Academia of the Symposiums 2017

People have to get in touch with themselves again

At the beginning of the year, ACADEMIA SUPERIOR hosted a full-day workshop for students on the topic of the symposium. Many applicants from different fields of study discussed the question with Markus Hengstschläger whether...
Discussions at Sunday

Plea for a better discussion culture

Members of the academic advisory board of ACADEMIA SUPERIOR were also involved in the discussions. They particularly elaborated on the level of control over the new technologies, university education and the development of the...
Report 2017


Is "Everything out of control?" was asked at the SURPRISE FACTORS SYMPOSIUM 2017. The answers of the experts are available in the REPORT. Control or no control? Despite all our efforts and rules, perfect security and...
Discussions at Sunday

The Illusion of Control

Is the world out of control? Unexpected political decisions, the weakening of the European Union by Brexit, the apparent insolvability of religious and world-political conflicts, terrorist threats and a populist heated crisis of confidence in...
30.09.2021 14:00 - 17:30
Academia Superior – Gesellschaft für Zukunftsforschung