Fear of the Future

People walking in unbearably hot climates, in search of the last few jobs that have not yet been taken by robots owned by the super-rich… This is the image of the future you get from listening to current discussions and the media.

With this publication we want to remind people about how much better the world has become over the past few decades. It is often said that we should learn from our mistakes. This may be true, but it is at least as important to learn from the progress that has already been made. This publication uses a discussion of current problems as its starting point and offers solutions that could contribute to a better future—as well as give us fewer reasons to be worried about it.

Questions that were asked during the event: Why are people so pessimistic despite all the progress we have seen? What are the liberal solutions on climate change and is inequality something to be worried about?

Link to the publication: https://archive.liberalforum.eu/publications/fear-of-the-future-why-the-world-is-going-to-turn-out-better-than-we-think/

Date: 28 January 2020 | Time: 8.30 – 10.15 | Venue: Radisson RED Brussels, Rue d’Idalie 35, 1050 Brussels


Fredrick Federley, Member of the European Parliament.

Dominik Kirchdorfer, founder of the European Future Forum (EFF) and one of the authors of the publication.

Dragoș Pîslaru, Member of the European Parliament.

Mathias Sundin, co-founder and executive chairman of the Warp Institute Foundation and one of the authors of the publication.

Moderator: Lauren Mason, project officer at the European Liberal Forum.


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