What a Party!

Thank you all for the unforgettable evening

More than 800 progressives joined us to celebrate our new vision and our fifteenth birthday.

There was more than one cause for celebration: Das Progressive Zentrum turned fifteen this summer! Fifteen years of vigorous research, constructive debates, and forward-thinking takes on progressive politics. In order to keep up our efforts in a fast-changing world, we decided it was time for a change of our own. Across four newly defined areas of work, we want to strive to renew the promise of progress. Our goal: making the just transformation a reality. Our website got a makeover and so did we – complete with fresh colors and a new logo. On June 23rd, we could finally share all of this with you for the first time.

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  • Astrid Seville gave a keynote address spanning from soccer metaphors in politics (the spectators on the sidelines) to the value of being bold when working towards a just transformation. The transcript and recording can be found here (in German).
  • The general secretary of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD), Kevin Kühnert, Green Party Chair Ricarda Lang and Deputy Chair of the Free Democratic Party’s (FDP) parliamentary group, Carina Konrad, led a lively discussion on whether the German Greens are indeed all idealogues in the eyes of the FDP and the coalition’s cooperation in times of crisis and war, moderated by Zeit journalist Robert Pausch.

For all of you who weren’t able to join: The evening’s entire program (in German) was recorded and can be found here.

We will remember this spectacular celebration fondly. A huge thank you to all of our guests and supporters for making this night unforgettable.

Authors

Judith Siller

Second Chair
Judith Siller is the Second Chair of Das Progressive Zentrum. She studied economics at the University of Potsdam. Judith Siller lived in England, Chile and France. For many years, she has been working on the topics European Union as well as Monetary, Economic and Social Union. She serves as an editor for the magazine "polar".
Michael Miebach is the Chair and Co-Founder of Das Progressive Zentrum. He studied political science at the universities of Göttingen and Berlin, as well as European Social Policy at the London School of Economics. Until 2017, he served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the magazine "Berliner Republik". He works as a policy advisor at the German national parliament "Bundestag".

Dominic Schwickert

Executive Director of Das Progressive Zentrum
Dominic Schwickert has been Executive Director of Das Progressive Zentrum since 2012. He has proven expertise in the field of political and strategic consulting. Dominic worked i.a. for Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Bertelsmann Stiftung, IFOK GmbH, Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, German Bundestag as well as for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Paulina Fröhlich

Head of Resilient Democracy
Paulina Fröhlich leads our Resilient Democracy team. She directs innovative dialogue projects, such as "Europa Hört", designs and curates Innocracy, a conference on democratic transformation, and co-authors discussion papers, such as "Glotzt nicht so romantisch" and the study "Die Talkshow-Gesellschaft".

Florian Ranft

Head of Green New Deal
Florian Ranft is Head of Programme Economic and Social Transformation and focuses on inclusive growth and the future of work. In previous capacities, he was Head of Policy and International at Policy Network, and a former Senior Research Analyst at the Centre for Progressive Policy, both think tanks based in London.
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