Realistic hope

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Panel Discussion

Realistic hope – How transformation happens faster than one thinks

5 September, 11.15 – 12.45, Hotel Golf, Libertas Hall

We are polluting our water; robots will take our jobs; we are eating ourselves to an early death; the old-age pension and health systems are making governments bankrupt, and the immigration crisis is affecting the European integration project. A growing list of nightmares, perfect storms, and global catastrophes fuel fear of the future.

But there is another way of looking at the future. We do not have to be pessimistic or optimistic; we can simply have realistic hope, like future-oriented thinkers and doers who do not ignore reality, but take these challenges into account when exploring the possibility of making a better future for many more generations.


  • Ms Claudia Juech, Incoming Executive Director of the Cloudera Foundation, United States of America
  • Ms Alenka Smerkolj, Minister without portfolio responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion of the Republic of Slovenia
  • Dr Angela Wilkinson, Senior Director of the World Energy Council, United Kingdom

Keynote listener:

  • Hon. Vasantha Senanayake, State Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka

Moderator: Dr Betty Sue Flowers, Poet, Scenario Writer and Former Director LBJ Presidential Library, University of Texas at Austin (Emeritus), United States of America

To download the session backgrounder click here.