Photos (from left to right): Silke Pfeiffer (©Hermann Bredehorst), Isa Krischke, Nathan Law (©Nathan Law), Dr. Siri Hummel (©Lisa Vlasenko), Jeffrey Adusei Opoku, Nadine Hadad (©Lilly Extra)

Perspectives and visions from around the world

Wanted! Strong civil societies

At this event, outstanding individuals from all over the world will be reporting on what they themselves have experienced and suffered in their struggles for open and fair societies. We’ll be shedding light on the role, task and state of civil society. And we’ll be gathering together ideas that offer inspiration on how every single one of us can actively fight for democracy.

A cooperation between Futurium and the charity Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World).



Further information:

  • Duration:1 hour and 30 minutes

Photos (from left to right): Silke Pfeiffer (©Hermann Bredehorst), Isa Krischke, Nathan Law (©Nathan Law), Dr. Siri Hummel (©Lisa Vlasenko), Jeffrey Adusei Opoku, Nadine Hadad (©Lilly Extra)

According to the latest Civil Society Atlas, only 14.5 per cent of the global population still live in countries where they’re more or less free to speak their minds, gather together freely and fight largely unhindered against injustice. A study by the Bertelsmann Foundation suggests that the number of authoritarian governments is constantly on the rise: merely 67 of the 137 countries investigated are still democracies. Open societies with civil liberties and opportunities for political participation and critical involvement can by no means be taken for granted.

This makes all the more important the role of civil society – that is, the activities of people who fight to ensure that human rights are upheld, minorities are protected and spaces for engagement are kept open. As part of a cooperative event organised by Futurium and Brot für die Welt on 6 December, our House of Futures will be offering a platform to such people. We’ve invited outstanding individuals from around the world who will join us either live on site or tune in from abroad.

Our guests are from Hong Kong, Ghana and Greece. Their perspectives will be complemented by experts from the academic world and from Brot für die Welt.


  • Isa Krischke is Field Coordinator of the Border Violence Monitoring Network.
  • Silke Pfeiffer is Head of the Human Rights and Peace Department at Brot für die Welt.
  • Dr. Siri Hummel is the Director of the Maecenata Institute for Philanthropy and Civil Society and is a political scientist and communications expert.
  • Nathan Law is a protest leader, political prisoner and former legislator of Hong Kong. Since 2020 he has been wanted under the National Security Law by the Hong Kong authority and exiled in the UK. He was recognized by TIME magazine as one of the most influential people of the year in 2020 and nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize multiple times.
  • Jeffrey Adusei Opoku is a Ghanaian sustainable development practitioner, recognized for co-founding Sustainability Week Accra. This initiative is designed to empower university students, cultivating them into effective sustainability advocates. Furthermore, he spearheads the "Education 4 Adaptation" program, demonstrating his commitment to incubating local schools in Ghana to become green schools.



  • Venue: Forum
  • The event is free of charge.
  • Event language: German and English (with interpretation)
  • The event addresses interested people of all ages.
  • A ticket is required. Remaining tickets will be available at the box office.


  • We are a wheelchair accessible venue.
  • An induction loop system is available.
  • Drinks and food are available for purchase.

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A joint event by Futurium and Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World).