Future of Democracy Event

The Golden Autumn Night

The Golden Autumn night was this year’s political evening event of Das Progressive Zentrum.

Following the delight of our Berlin Summer Night, we were pleased to invite you to this year’s celebration: the Golden Autumn Night. The event was the ideal occasion to thank our many companions, partners, and friends for their continuous support of our work – and to bring inspiring people of different sectors and political backgrounds together in a relaxed atmosphere.

Around 700 people came to see:

  • a thought-provoking keynote by Sabrina Schulz, a policy fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum
  • a panel discussion with leading figures from politics, civil society, and the scientific community
  • a subsequent party with live music.


In the following, we have summarized the program of the evening for you:

A warm welcome by Dominic Schwickert and Paulina Fröhlich

Keynote Speech  

6.30pm – 7pm

Sabrina Schulz, Policy Fellow at Das Progressive Zentrum, opened the evening with a keynote speech


Panel Discussion  

7pm – 8.15pm

The panel was titled “… and now what?! How to master the socio-ecological transformation of democracy”, and addressed the question of what role states and markets should play to successfully handle the socio-ecological transformation of democracy. The panel was moderated by Anna Sauerbrey, Head of Department Opinion/Causa, Tagesspiegel, and features

  • Emma Fuchs, Climate Activist, Fridays for Future Berlin
  • Sven Giegold, Member of European Parliament, Greens/European Free Alliance
  • R. Andreas Kraemer, Founder, Ecologic Institute & Adjunct Professor, Duke University
  • Ophélie Omnes, Vice President, Young European Federalists
  • Ria Schröder, President, Young Liberals Germany


Party with Live Music & DJ

8.15pm – 12am

Following the debate, we began the informal part of the evening, consisting of drinks, a light dinner, live music and dancing, to celebrate autumn in full swing.


We would like to thank all participants and speakers, who made this evening possible and enriched us with their ideas and critical mindsets!


Dominic Schwickert

Event Date

10 October 2019


Kalkscheune, Johannisstraße 2, 10117 Berlin