Polis Europa 22-23.04.2016

Europe is crossing a complex period of its history.

The expectations created by the EU integration process are unforeseeably
facing several problems, from the migrants to the debt crises, from the
aging population to the decline of welfare models. The subsequent bad
mood is not only feeding the well-known euro-skepticism, but is pushing
many Europeans toward a clearly regressive thinking.
The revival of the spirit of Europe requires a radical change of perspective.
 The European identity cannot be represented by the simple sum of nation-
states, but should emerge as a superior system from a dynamic interaction
of its multiple components.
 This was the spirit of the ancient “polis”, and this is the idea in launching
the initiative of POLIS EUROPA.
The infinite connections interwoven along the European history have created
huge assets and common values, in contrast with the limited number
of political and economic issues of nowadays, built on reductionist models
and oriented essentially to an administrative, bureaucratic use.
 POLIS EUROPA deems to show that the cities and the regions of Europe
have the potential to regenerate the European identity and empower the
European society through more articulated and intense connections among
minds, cultures, assets, until creating a true European identity, and maybe
a new “European Dream”. Unity is not a sum of diversity, but is born from
diversity through mutual fertilization.
There are two starting points for the dialogue in Castle Tyrol: one is the
Cusanus’ spiritus conexionis, in which the diversity of specific cultures is
held together, made possible and founded in their individuality within a
larger connection. The name of this union, not spelt out but sketched by
Nicholas, is: Europe.
The second starting point is the example of the Euregio Tyrol: two states,
three languages, but a strong sentiment of unity and identity, made possible
by being a typical locus conexionis, crossed by physical and cultural


14.00 – Registration
14.30 – Welcome and Introduction to the Meeting
Mathias Fink (EUREGIO), Rainer Weissengruber (CLE UND DSY), Paolo Zanenga (DIOTIMA SOCIETY)
15.00/16.30 Session 1 – “European Space and Systemic Thinking”
Ermenegildo BIDESE, Unity and Diversity in Cusanus
Wilhelm GUGGENBERGER, Politics, Theology and Ideology
Marinella DE SIMONE, Europe as a Complex System
Franco FARINELLI, Crisis of the Modern Idea of Territory
Ervin LASZLO, Society and Complexity
Coffee Break
17.00/18.30 Special Session – “Visions and Programs”
Paolo ZANENGA, Connecting “Polis Europa”
Maurizio MORGANTINI, Next Generation City
Gerfried STOCKER, Technology and PostCity
Serena BACCAGLINI, The Power of Art in a Connecting Europe
Guenther RAUTZ, “Euregio” in a New Europe
Cocktail and Socialite

09.30 Opening
10.00/11.30 Session 3 – A Path Toward an Europe under the Sign of Regions and Cities
Jose PALMA ANDRES, Europe Toward Other World Regions
Sonja PUNTSCHER RIEKMANN, Forum Alpbach and a New Europe
Rainer WEISSENGRUBER, Euregio Atelier and a New Europe
Coffee Break
11.45/13.00 Roundtable (WRAP-UP & NEXT STEPS)
Chair: Mathias FINK
Giuseppe ZORZI
N.N. (Tyrol)
14:30 Workshop: AN “ATELIER” – Toward a New Education, Beyond Old Disciplines
Coordinated By Rainer WEISSENGRUBER
Con Giuseppe ZORZI, Paolo COLLINI, …

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