Aspire Conference 2015

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12-15 November 2015 – Vienna, Austria

You want to get engaged in transforming society for the better?
You are interested in global happenings and want to share thoughts with other young people and experienced professionals?

The leading question of this year’s Conference is: “Young, Active, Aspiring ­ What’s next?” which will be explored in depth through lightening talks and workshops in 4 different tracks, which participants can choose from:

Inspiring Economy
Geostrategy & Peacebuilding – Exclusionary or Coherent?
Antisemitism & Islamophobia on the Rise in Europe
Education as a Multiplier for Other Rights

+++ Register now and have a chance to meet established leaders, organizations and NGOs committed to promoting human rights,
diversity and active citizenship ­in their own communities and around the world.  +++

Need more reasons to join? Here are some suggestions…
* Meet the people at the front-lines of social impact
* Connect with a diverse crowd of like-minded young people
* Challenge your worldview and form your own opinion building on a wide range of insights
* Learn from the experiences of successful change-makers and how to follow their footsteps
* Reflect on your personal development and the opportunities for your career goals

 

 

Topics & Speakers Content & Learning Registration FAQs


 

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The annual four day conference is divided into four working groups each tackling a major current societal issue. Raw and passionate insights by a wide range of experts enable participants to get an in-depth all-round understanding of the topics. Participants have to choose one of the four agenda tracks to participate in.

Inspiring Economy
Geostrategy & Peacebuilding – Exclusionary or Coherent?
Antisemitism & Islamophobia on the Rise in Europe
Education as a Multiplier for Other Rights

Inspiring EconomyPeacebuilding - Exclusionary or Coherent?Antisemitism & Islamophobia on the RiseEducation as a Multiplier for Rights

The last decade has put a lot of pressure on the current economic system, which is struggling to meet the needs of the majority. This gap allowed the rise of alternative institutions and organizations, whose interests are not the pure profit making. From alternatives for the current economic system, to civil society banks or the use of alternative currencies the possibilities for active participation in the shaping of the future local or global economy are endless.

Confirmed speakers & organizations:

Lightning Talks

Carla Weinzierl (Attac Austria) - In pursuit of the good life for all: promoting the social ecological transformation.
Katharina Kronsteiner (GWÖ – Gemeinwohlökonomie) - Are economic growth and gain of market share the magic answer to the problems we face today?
Brett Scott (Author and Journalist) - Adventures in Alternative Finance
Matthias Kubicki (Key To Office) - Sharing Economy - A Quick Overview

Workshops

Die Bank für Gemeinwohl
Max Tertinegg (Coinfinity)

 
Katharina Kronsteiner, GWÖ (Gemeinwohl Ökonomie)
 

The track aims to create an understanding of relationship between geostrategy and peace, deepen participants’ knowledge about current peacebuilding approaches and show ways to get involved with peacebuilding initiatives. Ukrainian crisis being an example of how geostrategic interests of some countries can destabilize a state and create a conflict, will be the main case study of “Peacebuilding and Geostrategic realities” track. The speakers will talk about how participants can get involved with peacebuilding initiatives, regardless of their educational background.

Confirmed speakers & organizations:

Lightning Talks

Blanka Bellak (ASPR – Austrian Study Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution) - Engagement for Peace and Conflict Resolution
Heinz Gartner (OIIP – Österreichisches Institut für internationale Politik)
Stefan Lehne (Carnegie Europe) - Can think-tanks shape foreign policy?
OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)

Workshops

Billy Batware (RAUN – Regional Academy on the United Nations) - Diagnosing International Conflicts
David Campion (OSCE – Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe)

 
Blanka Bellak, ASPR
Heinz Gartner, OIIP
Stefan Lehne, Carnegie Europe
Billy Batware, RAUN
 

What’s happening in Europe? Muslim women who are wearing headscarves are scared to go outside because of social harassment. Jews all over Europe are finding themselves in similar situations and shy away to go out on the street wearing a kippa. Can we find a parallel here? How can we analyze the rising hatred towards religious minorities? How are young people engaged in these communities actually dealing with this enmity? Will we have a constructive future together?

Confirmed speakers & organizations:

Lightning Talks

Farid Hafez (University of Salzburg) - Differences and common grounds of Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism
Fabio Wolkenstein (LSE - London School of Economics and Political Science) - The populist imagination and the purity of groups
Zsuszi Flohr (Artist) - Our Holocaust / The Jewish Renaissance Boxing Club Vienna
Benedikt Erb (NIR – Network against Islamophobia and Racism - Leipzig) - Islamophobia in Europe

Workshop

Moussa Al-Hassan Diaw (EUISA-network) - Prevention and Intervention in Europe. Violent Extremism and and the Ideology of Jihadism

Panel – equates Workshop II

Rami Ali (AEOEJ – Egyptian Austrian Youth)
Inbar Fruchsad (Limmud)
Amani Abu-Zahra (IGGIÖ - Islamic Society in Austria)
Ilja Sichrovsky (Muslim Jewish Conference)
Asma Aiad (MJÖ - Muslim Youth Austria)

 
Ilja Sichrovsky, Muslim Jewish Conference
 

The need of education has changed for today’s youth. Education today has become like a norm but does not meet the youth needs. Is it still about being part of something or more about being independent? What is the role of a teacher nowadays to influence our generation? What does a teacher need to cover? How will the youth revolutionize the educational system?

Confirmed speakers & organizations:

Lightning Talks

Adib Reyhani (Teach For Austria)
Billy Batware (RAUN – Regional Academy on the United Nations) - RAUN / The Youth Education Ambassadors
Margarita Schiemer (University of Vienna) - A recent Sutdy: Children with disabilities in Schools in Addis Ababa
PROSA - Project School For All

Workshops

Nadine Mittempergher (Paulo Freire Center)
Delphine Dorsi (Right to Education Project)

 
Delphine Dorsi, Right to Education
Billy Batware, RAUN
 

 


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The conference is designed to connect established experts, relevant organizations and NGOs with students and young professionals. The aim is to enable direct interaction between speakers and participants during hands-on workshops and talks in a small, intimate setting.

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Day 1: Opening Ceremony with get-to-know activities, keynote speeches and a panel on the leading question of the conference. [evening]
Day 2: Series of Lightening Talks for an all-round understanding of the topics; Aspire Talks event at the United Nations Vienna. [full-day]
Day 3: Workshops to fully immerse in the core of the issues at hand; Reflection session [full-day]
Day 4: Track wrap-up; Skill trainings; Closing keynote talks [morning & afternoon]

 

Check out the agenda & locations below!

 


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Registration

Please find below the ticket purchase and registration module for Aspire 2015. You can order a ticket by using a credit card or through bank wire (Bank-/Sofort-Überweisung).
Cancellations: No refund will be provided in the 10 days prior to the congress.

If you have any questions or issues, feel free to drop us a line at info@aspire.co.at or by tweeting to @AspireMoc

If you would like to join the Aspire Conference 2015 but are facing financial difficulties, get in touch with us, we’ll find a solution for this.
Please use this option wisely, thank you!

We look forward to welcoming you at Aspire 2015!

 


 

LATEST SPEAKER ANNOUNCEMENTS

 
Heinz Gartner, OIIP
Katharina Kronsteiner, GWÖ (Gemeinwohl Ökonomie)
Blanka Bellak, ASPR
Billy Batware, RAUN
Ilja Sichrovsky, Muslim Jewish Conference
Delphine Dorsi, Right to Education
 

 


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Frequently Asked Questions

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