#PGS20 Topics

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. We 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. Based on these conversations we intend to develop political concepts fostering:


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


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


strategies & 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


a progressive case for Europe & new multilateralism

Keeping Europe and its friends close together, whilst shaping values and institutions in times of geopolitical shifts

Speakers Include

We are thrilled to welcome 100 international speakers, who will be exchanging ideas and developing concepts for change in 30+ sessions at the Progressive Governance Digital Summit. Das Progressive Zentrum and its partners are bringing together the decision makers of today & tomorrow from governments and parliaments, political advisers and strategists, next-generation thought leaders from civil society, social movements, social partners and academia.

German Federal Minister of Finance and Vice-Chancellor
Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at the University College London
Executive Vice President responsible for the European Green Deal and European Commissioner for Climate Action
National Chairwoman of Alliance 90/ The Greens and Member of the German Parliament
German Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
President of the Center for American Progress
Professor of International Political Economy at Harvard University
Minister of the Economy and Business and Deputy Prime Minister of Spain
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany
Chairwoman of DIE LINKE
Secretary-General of the German Advisory Council on Global Change
Author of "The People vs Democracy", Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Member of the European Parliament
Author & Activist
Advisor to the French President Emmanuel Macron on Europe and G20
National Political and Organizing Director of the Democratic National Committee
Chief Executive of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
Co-President of the Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance in the European Parliament
Human rights activist and Leader of Canada's New Democratic Party
Journalist, Writer, Film-maker, and Public Speaker
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