Reset! Towards digital, climate and regional justice

23/07/2020 - PES, S&D, FEPS and PvdA to host conference on progressive way forward

RESET conference

On Saturday 5 September, the PES, S&D, FEPS and PvdA will host a conference in Amsterdam and virtually

“Try turning it off and back on again” – how many times have we recommended this to fix our computers? With the Covid-19 outbreak, our economy was suddenly and dramatically turned off.

The virus is taking thousands of lives and jobs and is forcing us to live in isolation. Now it is time to restart! But what is it we want to fix in our post-corona economy?

On Saturday 5 September, high-level experts, leading academics, progressive politicians and progressives everywhere will come together, physically in Amsterdam and digitally on an exciting platform, to discuss these and other questions in a conference organised by the progressive family represented by the Party for European Socialists (PES), Socialists & Democrats Group in the European Parliament (S&D), the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA).

Read the full programme here.

Joining us on the mainstage and in breakout sessions are Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, PvdA party leader Lodewijk Asscher, Head of Cabinet for the European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans Diederik Samsom, economists Carlota Perez, Ann PettiforAndrés Rodríguez-Pose, Arjan Lejour and Arnoud Boot, author and journalist Martin Sandbu, OECD deputy director Grace Perez-Navarro, President of the Italian Innovation Fund Francesca Bria and former minister Fabrizio Barca, Andrea Renda, Club of Rome's Sandrine Dixson-Declève, founder of The Digital City Marleen Stikker, researcher Emilia Smeds, Jean Monnet Chairholder Massimo Florio and many more!

PES President Sergei Stanishev will open the event, alongside Maria João Rodrigues, President of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies. 

Register here.

We need a reset! We do not want to go back to an economy that puts our planet, public health and income at risk, and that leads to increasing inequalities.

We need a reset! So that we can construct a system where sustainability prevails over resource depletion; where economic opportunities and wealth are distributed across people and regions rather than concentrated in the hands of the few or big urban agglomerations; a system where finance does not mean speculation, but support for the real economy; an economy where data unleashes citizens’ and businesses' creativity, instead of undermining their autonomy.

If we want to come out of this crisis better than before, if we want to build a fair and sustainable post-corona economy, we need progressive leadership. We need a reset. And we are ready to take the lead.

You can register for the physical event venue Amsterdome (Amsterdam), or you can attend digitally on the platform 'Let's Get Digital'. Let's Get Digital lets you experience the conference as if you were standing in the conference hall, and allows you to meet and mingle with other online participants.

More information to follow. Physical attendance is limited due to Covid-19 protocols and the developing situation, and therefore it is not granted automatically.