In five “lockdown lessons” during the peak of the Corona pandemic in Germany, polisphere, together with the Initiative Offene Gesellschaft and the German Foreign Office, created a digital discussion space to reflect together on the effects of the “run-down society”. Looking ahead was the central element of the series of events: What do we take out of the lockdown and into the newly started world? Which techniques have we forgotten in these weeks? Which ones have we strengthened? The innovative digital format was designed in the form of “thoughtprints” on personal experiences of isolation, the European public, science communication, climate change and social cohesion.

Lockdown Lesson #1

Personal takeaways from isolation

During this global crisis, social bridges have become longer and more flexible. Lockdown and physical distance did not stop social interactions but rather provides room for creative solutions, a renewed importance to relationships, and a deeper reflection on how we work and communicate with others.

But the real opportunity lies in whether we are capable of retaining what we learned once the lockdown has lifted; and maintain the awareness of how and for which purposes we use our voices.

Go Button
Beata Kròl
Navy Lieutenant Commander
@AWI_Media
Tim Heitland
Doctor and station manager | ``Neumayer Station III`` in the Antarctic
@LaVieVagabonde
Jasmin Schreiber
Author of ``Marianengraben``
@WZB_Berlin
Jutta Allmendinger
President | Berlin Social Science Center (WZB)
@robbyhunke
Robby Hunke
Sports commentator
I feel more raw, conversations are deeper
I feel more raw, conversations are deeper
Denksprint
Denksprint
Common cultural experiences create social ties
Common cultural experiences create social ties
Together in Isolation 1) act as a team 2) recognize own needs 3) communicate non-violently
Together in Isolation 1) act as a team 2) recognize own needs 3) communicate non-violently
I feel more raw, conversations are deeper
Denksprint
Common cultural experiences create social ties
Together in Isolation 1) act as a team 2) recognize own needs 3) communicate non-violently
Face to Face encounters are important for the European project
Face to Face encounters are important for the European project
Lockdown Lessons
Lockdown Lessons
I feel less interconnected in European contect
I feel less interconnected in European contect
Looking ahead with Dr. Karolina Wigura, Natalie Nougayrède and Dr. Andreas Görgen
Looking ahead with Dr. Karolina Wigura, Natalie Nougayrède and Dr. Andreas Görgen
Language creates Identity – If I speak French, I feel french
Language creates Identity – If I speak French, I feel french
How can we foster exchange across Europe?
How can we foster exchange across Europe?
Face to Face encounters are important for the European project
Lockdown Lessons
I feel less interconnected in European contect
Looking ahead with Dr. Karolina Wigura, Natalie Nougayrède and Dr. Andreas Görgen
Language creates Identity – If I speak French, I feel french
How can we foster exchange across Europe?

Lockdown Lesson #2

New opportunities for a European public space

We learn languages and form cultural ties through contact, and thus our sense of belonging is tied to our mobility. For the European Project to thrive, we must recognize differences and inequities in access to travel and invest in the public spaces for a common understanding to develop.

According to Natalie Nougayrède, one concrete way to shorten the distance is to create a pan-European, transnational media offer for young people so that they can interact, debate and learn from one another.

@MehnertSabine
Sabine Mehnert
Project lead, Diskutier mit mir e.V.
@martin_speer
Martin Speer
Initiator, FreeInterrail
@KarolinaWigura
Karolina Wigura
Sociologist, historian of ideas and journalist
Go Button
Andreas Gardt
Professor of German Linguistics and Language history, University of Kassel
@nnougayrede
Natalie Nougayrède
Journalist and editor, the Guardian
@Vincent_I_Herr
Vincent-Immanuel Herr
Initiator, FreeInterrail

Lockdown Lesson #3

Science communication: the comeback of facts

Science is a search for truth and necessarily comes with critical dialogue and variety. Its ways are oftentimes in contradiction with politics as a search for compromise and popular solutions – nevertheless, dialogue between them must be encouraged and strengthened, domestically and internationally, through stable institutional networks which function with or without a crisis. This is a possible pathway for science to act as a stabilizing core which maintains communication even between countries which diplomatic ties might be challenged or interrupted.

@Mi_Muentefering
Michelle Müntefering
Minister of State, German Foreign Office
@JoergStoye
Jörg Stoye
Professor of Microeconomics, Cornell University
@WellenJudith
Judith Wellen
Head of Strategy, Strategy and external relations, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
@IlsemannMareike
Mareike Ilsemann
Deputy Director of Press, Communication and Marketing, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
@StollmeyerEU
Alice Stollmeyer
Founder and Executive Director, Defend Democracy
@AuswaertigesAmt
Vito Cecere
Commissioner for Science, Education and Research Policy, Federal Foreign Office
@DAAD_Germany
Joybrato Mukherjee
President, German Academic Exchange Service
Looking ahead with Joybrato Mukherjee and Vito Cecere
Looking ahead with Joybrato Mukherjee and Vito Cecere
We need scientific freedom and open discourse
We need scientific freedom and open discourse
We need a good Error Culture in science and politics
We need a good Error Culture in science and politics
Short Interview with Michelle Müntefering
Short Interview with Michelle Müntefering
Short introduction of Alice Stollmeyer
Short introduction of Alice Stollmeyer
We need more networks and to exchange knowledge
We need more networks and to exchange knowledge
Looking ahead with Joybrato Mukherjee and Vito Cecere
We need scientific freedom and open discourse
We need a good Error Culture in science and politics
Short Interview with Michelle Müntefering
Short introduction of Alice Stollmeyer
We need more networks and to exchange knowledge
Oil, Gas & Coal form the Basis of our civilization
Oil, Gas & Coal form the Basis of our civilization
Short Interview with Stéphane Dion; Canadian ambassador to Germany and former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Short Interview with Stéphane Dion; Canadian ambassador to Germany and former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Corona pause button is not enough to bring about a positive climate change
Corona pause button is not enough to bring about a positive climate change
Looking ahead with Prof. Eva Horn and Dr. Andreas Görgen
Looking ahead with Prof. Eva Horn and Dr. Andreas Görgen
To situate our life, we must learn the rhythm of nature and climate
To situate our life, we must learn the rhythm of nature and climate
Across the Globe the pandemic has a uniting effect
Across the Globe the pandemic has a uniting effect
Oil, Gas & Coal form the Basis of our civilization
Short Interview with Stéphane Dion; Canadian ambassador to Germany and former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Corona pause button is not enough to bring about a positive climate change
Looking ahead with Prof. Eva Horn and Dr. Andreas Görgen
To situate our life, we must learn the rhythm of nature and climate
Across the Globe the pandemic has a uniting effect

Lockdown Lesson #4

Flattening global warming: Humanity in the Anthropocene

“A signature of modernity is to say that everything will be better”, according to cultural scientist Prof. Eva Horn – a narrative that she considers to be misleading.  Solutions for acute climate problems already exist, but they must be combined, discussed in a diverse and representative manner and implemented. We cannot create hierarchies between the Covid-19 and the climate crises: both require immediate and resolute action. Politicians and citizens alike have demonstrated their willingness to adhere to the science in a crisis, the opportunity now lies in carrying forward their solidarity in global efforts against climate change.

@AmbStephaneDion
Stéphane Dion
Canadian Ambassador to Germany
@wozukunft
Gregor Hagedorn
Scientist, Museum of Natural History Berlin
@FrediOtto
Friederike Otto
Climatologist and Global Climate Science professor, Oxford University
@sternenberg
Mona Hille
Cilmate activist and mangager fundraising and campaigning, German Zero
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Eva Horn
Culture and literature scientist, University of Vienna

Lockdown Lesson #5

Social cohesion despite (still) closed borders

Sustainable change can only occur if everyone is sitting at the table. As individuals and as a society, we must learn to overcome one’s own subjectivity, recognize one’s own privileges, gain new perspectives, and pool together initiatives. It is only through these efforts that we will be able to create resilient networks which better respond to the complex global challenges we are facing.

@GrimmeMerle
Merle Grimme
Director and board member, Connected Differences
@LCzollek
Lea Czollek
Head of the Institute for Social Justice and Diversity
karimfathi.de
Karim Fathi
Resilience researcher, consultant and author
@kuebra
Kübra Gümüşay
Journalist, author and speaker
We must learn to juggle more crises at the same time
We must learn to juggle more crises at the same time
Looking ahead with Kübra Gümüşay and Dr. Andreas Görgen
Looking ahead with Kübra Gümüşay and Dr. Andreas Görgen
Intersectionality: various personalities & perspectives united in one person
Intersectionality: various personalities & perspectives united in one person
Moderation with Vanessa Berthold and Andreas Meinlschmidt
Moderation with Vanessa Berthold and Andreas Meinlschmidt
Privileges are also resources which can be shared
Privileges are also resources which can be shared
Final thank you round with the Lockdown Lessons Team
Final thank you round with the Lockdown Lessons Team
We must learn to juggle more crises at the same time
Looking ahead with Kübra Gümüşay and Dr. Andreas Görgen
Intersectionality: various personalities & perspectives united in one person
Moderation with Vanessa Berthold and Andreas Meinlschmidt
Privileges are also resources which can be shared
Final thank you round with the Lockdown Lessons Team
@shenani_guns
Melika Gewehr
Project Management, Concept & Moderation | polisphere
@spuhner_
Florian Löffler
Web Development & Design | polisphere
@va_berthold
Vanessa Berthold
Project Assistance & Moderation | polisphere
@pmaxbohm
Max Bohm
Conceptual Consulting & Moderation | Initiative Offene Gesellschaft
@hannahlogia
Hannah Göppert
Conceptual Consulting & Moderation | Initiative Offene Gesellschaft
@konstant_welker
Konstantin Welker
Moderation | Initiative Offene Gesellschaft
@yannishaug
Yannis Haug-Jurgan
Moderation | Initiative Offene Gesellschaft
@InitiativeOG
Andreas Meinlschmidt
Moderation | Initiative Offene Gesellschaft
@AlexUndJacob
Alexander Paul Probst
Livestream & Production | snice
@AlexUndJacob
Per Jacob Blut
Livestream & Production | snice

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