Symi Symposium

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15th Annual Symi Symposium

14-18 July, 2014
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The 2014 Symi Symposium "Re-imagining Democracy" will take place from July 14-18 on the island of Spetses.

This year, we gather to exchange views on how to address the crisis of representative democracy leading to citizens disengagement from political institutions and to a significant rise of populism. From austerity-weary Europe to the hyper-partisan United States to an Arab spring-turned-winter, citizens feel disempowered and unrepresented in the political process. Such sentiments have fueled widespread societal angst and, in some cases, extremism.
Increasingly, our national democracies are proving ineffective at solving cross border challenges. At the same time, the absence of balanced and effective global governance structures and regulations has exacerbated many of our common challenges, such as climate change, financial regulation and tax evasion.

14th Annual Symi Symposium

15-18 July 2012
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The 2012 Symi Symposium "A Progressive’s Toolbox in Times of Crisis: Staying Relevant while Leading Change" took place from July 15-18 on the island of Samos.

13th Annual Symi Symposium

12-15 July 2010
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The 2010 Symi Symposium "Fast Forward: Progressive ideas for Greece, Europe and the World" took place from July 12‐15 on the island of Poros.

With global attention fixed on the fiscal crisis in Greece and global economic recovery still uncertain, discussions  explored the opportunities that arise for improved governance and economic diversification. Taking the national, regional, and global dimensions into account, morning sessions were devoted to past experiences of political renewal and economic recovery abroad, while afternoons expored ways to apply and adapt the lessons learned to Greece.

Symi focused on how Greece can build new economic and social foundations through a combination of policies designed to restructure and revitalize democratic governnance, streamline the public sector, and incentivize a new kind of green growth that will increase productivity, enhance job creation and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon development model.

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