Sym­po­sium: Dig­i­tal Agen­da for a Live­able Soci­ety

© BMFSFJ/Konstantin Gastmann

What makes a soci­ety live­able in the dig­i­tal age? How can it be pos­i­tive­ly shaped? What cur­rent chal­lenges do we face and what do the next steps look like? The spe­cial­ist con­fer­ence “Dig­i­tal Agen­da for a Live­able Soci­ety” which took place on 29 June 2017 in Berlin in the Café Moskau aimed to answer these ques­tions and more.

The par­tic­i­pants were able to take part in var­i­ous work­shops in order to learn more about the socio-polit­i­cal aspects of dig­i­tal­iza­tion. Experts from the fields of eco­nom­ics, soci­ety and pol­i­tics also went into depth on dif­fer­ent aspects, high­light­ed cur­rent chal­lenges and helped the par­tic­i­pants to devise con­cepts to tack­le these aspects.

A dis­cus­sion paper from the Ger­man Fed­er­al Min­istry for Fam­i­lies laid the basis for the debate. It includ­ed, amongst other things, a dig­i­tal agen­da for a live­able soci­ety in the form of a ten point plan. It con­tains dif­fer­ent mea­sures for a “smart soci­ety”: for exam­ple the Min­istry wants to fos­ter bet­ter access to infor­ma­tion; cre­ate a more acces­si­ble appli­ca­tion process for ser­vices for fam­i­lies; and use dig­i­tal devices to help older peo­ple live inde­pen­dent­ly in their own homes for longer.

The event was planned and organ­ised by the iRights.Lab on behalf of the Ger­man Fed­er­al Min­istry of Fam­i­ly Affairs, Senior Cit­i­zens, Women and Youth (BMFS­FJ).

Here is the video of the event!