Reasons to Attend

Reasons to Attend

#PGS20 is Making a Difference

The 2020 edition of PGS will give the next-generation thinkers and leaders a platform to rejuvenate the progressive spirit, gain momentum and create ideas for shaping the future. It aims at advancing transnational dialogue on crucial political and policy topics and relaunching multilateralism in times of unique challenges to our economy and society. Join us, if you want to:


a wave of solidarity among progressive thinkers and doers to address the significant challenges of the current pandemic and beyond.


the experiences, energy and innovation of the grassroots/ community level with best policy practices at the national and international level.


the progressive movement and rebuild the foundations of progressive politics.

Hear From

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 decision makers from governments and parliament, political advisers and campaigners, 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


Ten years after the global financial crisis, the coronavirus pandemic and its aftershocks will be one of the most serious challenges of our lifetime. It will be the greatest game changer for politicians, private sector leaders, public health systems as well as citizens nearly everywhere. In a short time, the measures taken by governments to contain the virus and prevent it from spreading further will affect almost all aspects of our social life and economic activities. It is as much a health crisis as it is a social and economic challenge for every political leader at all levels of government across the globe. To go forward, progressives need to learn from the lessons of these significant societal and economic shifts and the unforetold challenges that lie ahead of us, while contextualising them within the themes and values progressives hold dear. This is the #PGS20' mission.

The Legacy

From Santiago to London, Oslo, Dublin, Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Stockholm to Berlin – Progressive Governance conferences and summits have been held worldwide since 1999. The cross-border dialogue series was originally 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-fertilization for a renewal of the progressive governing philosophy and political agenda across the world.


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Robert Habeck at the 2019 Progressive Governance Symposium.
Magdalena Andersson attended Progressive Governance in 2015.
Bill Clinton attended the Progressive Governance Series in 2003.
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