Progressive Governance Digital Summit 2021

Momentum for change: Defining a decade of progress

The online summit hosted more than 30 sessions and focused on transformation, democracy, progressive leadership, and Europe’s role in a multilateral world from 09 to 11 June 2021. Justin Trudeau, Olaf Scholz, Margrethe Vestager, Nadia Calviño, Ardalan Shekarabi, Robert Habeck, Jagmeet Singh, Leonore Gewessler and up to 75 other speakers from Europe and North America participated in the grand event.

Rewatch the summit


Together with twenty-five organizations, we have invited the progressive community in Europe and North America to join the online summit and co-create a vision of solidarity, well-being, and new democratic legitimacy for the post-COVID-19 world. The Progressive Governance Summit 2021 aimed to create an empowering moment that will lay the foundation of a new culture of governance.

From 09 to 11 June around 75 speakers came together and discussed shared visions of what a post-pandemic world should look like. Among the confirmed are:

  • Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
  • Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Former Prime Minister of Denmark
  • Margrethe Vestager, Executive Vice President of the European Commission for A Europe Fit for the Digital Age
  • Nadia Calviño, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy of Spain
  • Ardalan Shekarabi, Federal Minister for Social Security of Sweden
  • Robert Habeck, Co-Chairman of The Greens in Germany
  • Jagmeet Singh, Leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada
  • Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology of Austria


Explore the full agenda


The 2021 Progressive Governance Digital Summit

As the political priorities shift from crisis management to the transition of societies and systems post-pandemic, progressives must lead a new political era defined by courage and action. This year’s summit is focusing on how to build forward-thinking political coalitions that can lay the foundations to make the 2020s a decade of progress.

And winning progressive majorities is more important than ever. After living in a pandemic for more than a year and experiencing a decade of inequality, planet degradation, and threats to liberal democracies by far-right actors, bold structural reform is needed to leave no person or community behind.

With leading public intellectuals and political leaders from across Europe and North America, we will explore political coalitions, current and possible economic systems, new forms of multilateralism, impactful progressive governance, and how we can address social and economic injustices while also saving our planet.

To address these issues, the Progressive Governance Digital Summit focused on these four themes:


 The Green New Deal

Implementing a European and transatlantic sustainable recovery & just transition
Growing coalitions around innovative, carbon-neutral, and just economies that promote welfare, social equity, and social mobility.


Winning the struggle for liberal democracy

Developing strategies and narratives to empower societies to stand up against the far-right and resist authoritarianism.


Building capacities for progressives to govern


Co-creating and sharing best-practices for winning the public argument and progressives to govern at all levels of government.


Value-based foreign policy and multilateralism
Strengthening the Partnership in leadership between Europe and North America to promote human rights, democratic principles, and international institutions on the global stage. 

Progressive Governance Legacy

Progressive Governance conferences and summits have been held worldwide since 1999: from Santiago to London, Oslo, Dublin, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, and Stockholm to Berlin. The cross-border dialogue series was founded by the British think tank “Policy Network”.

From the beginning, the purpose has been to gather leading as well as up-and-coming academics, activists and political decision-makers to initiate a conversation about next-generation thinking among center-left parties & movements.

The Progressive Governance series aims at offering an intellectual ferment and cross-fertilization for a renewal of the progressive governing philosophy and political agenda across the world.