Tuesday, February 18, 2020
6 Degrees is the global forum for inclusion and a project of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Through annual gatherings in Toronto, Berlin, and Mexico City, 6 Degrees challenges our unsettled age, and works to counter growing divisions in society by providing forums for conversations and action on inclusion, diversity, and citizenship.
Questions of citizenship and inclusion continue to be at the forefront of a divided European political and social landscape. Building on the momentum and ideas of our inaugural edition of 6 Degrees Berlin in 2018, 6 Degrees Berlin 2020 will bring together leaders from all sectors – arts, civil society, academia, government, activism, and business – to break down barriers and build collective solutions to these challenges. In 2018, we showcased international best practices for diversity and inclusion, and for finding common ground in our communities. We continue this work in 2020, with the aim of empowering citizens to activate positive change in policy, workplaces, communities, and in public attitudes. As the European hub for the global forum for inclusion, Berlin is at the centre of that work, serving as the foundation for our on the ground learning, and connecting Germany to a global coalition advocating for inclusion.
6 Degrees Berlin 2020 is our 14th edition globally and our second in Berlin.
What you can expect at this year’s forum:
– Unique, transformative conversations in our signature 360 in-the-round sessions
– Tactical change-making opportunities in multidisciplinary small-group exchanges
– More than 15 featured speakers, including influential international voices and high-profile local leaders
– Ample opportunities to contribute and influence the conversation
– Coalition and capacity building with grassroots activists, artists, change-makers, and leaders from governments and businesses from around the world
– Cultural and artistic interventions and performances
– Real tools and action on the most pressing issues of our time
– Simultaneous German-English interpretation will be provided for sessions that take place on the main stage
09:00 – 09:30
09:30 – 11:00
360: Where We Stand
What does it mean to be a member of a community in Berlin, in Germany, in Europe, or elsewhere? We’re confronted – politically and socially – with movements that seek to narrow our identities, and undermine the strength of our diversity. What’s feeding xenophobia, the erosion of political alliances, and populist nationalism? How can each of us defend plurality, equality, and each other in the face of polarization?
11:00 – 11:30
11:30 – 12:45 – Exchanges
The engine of 6 Degrees is deep conversation. The Coffeehouse is where we take our dialogue as far as we can – exploring the ideas that bring us together, and the fault lines that divide us. For centuries, coffeehouses have been engines for innovation and gathering spaces where culture, politics, and current events are debated. Join this session for a deep dive into embracing diversity, socio-economic inclusion, and building resilient communities.
B. Art and Activism
Art, in its many forms, serves more than mere aesthetics. It represents identity and community, dreams and ideals, activism and protest. It captures the spirit and struggles of a time and place, and the fight for freedom of expression, common ground, and human rights. By sharing stories, raising questions, and bearing witness to life and its injustices, artists reflect the times they live in to bridge divides.
Join this interactive conversation with creators on the power of art to inspire, stimulate, and activate social change.
12:45 – 13:45
13:45 – 14:00
6 Degrees Presents
14:00 – 15:30
360: Where We Go
Many of our systems, structures, and policies weren’t built with social equality in mind, but there are opportunities for reinvention. Change happens with pressure from the outside, as well as important advocacy from the inside. What successes and failures – from government, the private sector, or civil society – can we learn from in rebuilding our institutions and policies? How can they be remade to create truly inclusive societies? What can the future look like when we make these changes?
15:30 – 16:00
16:00 – 17:00
360: What’s Next
How do conversations, and the ideas emerging from them, become concrete solutions and calls to action?
For our final 360, we leave the circle open and invite everyone in the space to work together to frame what we’ve learned, and what next steps should be.
About the Institute for Canadian Citizenship
Powered by a passionate national network, the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) encourages active citizenship and inclusion, creates opportunities for Canadians from different backgrounds to connect, and develops research and advocacy to move those goals forward. Our community-focused programming blends tech and arts and culture to deliver our Canoo app that gives new Canadian citizens free access to more than 1400 cultural sites during their first year of citizenship. 6 Degrees extends the reach of the ICC’s work through a global conversation on inclusion and citizenship in the 21st century. The ICC is a national charity co-founded by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson and John Ralston Saul.