Progressive Governance Digital Summit 2020

Restart! A progressive agenda for a new normality in the post-pandemic world

The online summit will host more than 30 sessions and focus on transformation, democracy, progressive leadership and Europe’s role in a multilateral world. Olaf Scholz, Mariana Mazzucato, Frans Timmermans, Ska Keller, Hubertus Heil, Dani Rodrik, Katja Kipping, Jagmeet Singh and up to 100 other speakers from Europe and North America will participate in the event. It will take place from 15 to 19 June 2020.

Twenty-five organisations are inviting 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 2020 aims to create an empowering moment that will lay the foundation of a new culture of governance.

From 15 to 19 June up to 100 speakers will come together and discuss shared visions of what a post-pandemic world should look like. Among the confirmed are:

  • Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance and Vice-Chancellor of Germany
  • Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation and public value at the University College London
  • Dani Rodrik, Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University
  • Frans Timmermans, Executive Vice President responsible for the European Green Deal and European Commissioner for Climate Action 
  • Ska Keller, Co-President of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance in the European Parliament
  • Hubertus HeilFederal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of Germany
  • Katja Kipping, Chairwoman of DIE LINKE
  • Jagmeet SinghLeader of Canada’s New Democratic Party
  • Maja Göpel, Secretary-General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change


Top Speakers at the Progressive Governance Digital Summit 2020.



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The Themes of the Progressive Governance Digital Summit

There is currently great uncertainty about the social, economic and political consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic. A return to “normality” as we know it appears unlikely. It is clear that the dynamics of the crisis will create a different world with different futures for individuals, communities and places.

This crisis has revealed the structural weaknesses in our societies. As we move from crisis management to rebuilding the economy and society, momentum for change is growing. Until now, solutions to the crisis have been national instead of inter- or transnational, which has hindered much needed cooperation.

For progressives, this is the moment to come together and discuss shared visions of what a post-Covid-19 world should and could look like. The summit’s partners believe that it is imperative for progressives to promote international solidarity in times of crisis: how to achieve it will be the central objective of #PGS20.

Solidarity will also be the normative guideline for the breakout sessions, workshops and leader’s panels of #PGS20, in order to prioritise common solutions to the crisis. Further, the aim is to support the most weak and vulnerable and their communities at the local, national and global level.

To address these issues, each session of the Progressive Governance Digital Summit will focus on one of the four themes:

“Transformation”: Creating a sustainable recovery & just transition agenda
Renewing the parameters of innovative, carbon-neutral, digital and globalised economies that foster welfare, social equity and social mobility

“Democracy”: Winning the struggle for liberal democracy
Rebalancing the responsibilities between the state and society with the aim of empowering civil society, promoting social cohesion and innovating the democratic system

“Leadership”: Building capacities for progressives to govern
Imagining a narrative for an inclusive vision of the future, winning the public argument and developing strategies for progressives to govern

“Europe+”: Making a progressive case for Europe & new multilateralism
Keeping Europe and its friends close together, whilst shaping values and institutions in times of geopolitical shifts

Our goal is to send a signal to progressives worldwide that there is an energetic progressive response to the social and economic consequences of Covid-19 and an alternative to another populist backlash. – Dominic Schwickert, Managing Director 

Registration for the Progressive Governance Digital Summit

Registrations closed on Tuesday, June 16th: about 2,760 people had filled out the registration form. They come from more than 70 different countries and work in political parties, parliaments, ministries, academia, civil society and media. 

To offer participants a real summit experience, the event is cooperating with one of Germany’s leading providers of digital event platforms. After your registration has been checked and confirmed, you will be able to access the Progressive Governance Digital Summit event platform with your internet browser or a smartphone app.

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 centre-left parties & movements.

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


A graphic with logos of the partners of the Progressive Governance Digital Summit 2020.