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The forum "Learning to become: change-oriented education in a world in transformation" is dedicated to the challenges adult education is facing in the context of complex changes in the world: The impact of digitalization and climate change, shifts in global architecture with new emerging powers, and widening social and economic gaps within societies and between regions are creating new realities. Europe is facing a growing number of migrants in a situation where democratic rules are being challenged in many countries and demographic change towards an aging society is gaining momentum. Many people are frightened, feel lost and react by following populist movements that promise easy solutions.
This forms the background of a global debate on the redefinition of education, which is expected to equip citizens with skills that enable them to actively participate in the process of change. What new concepts are being put forward here? How can adult education ensure that social cohesion is strengthened and that no one is left behind? How can values of solidarity be communicated locally, on the European and global level?
Constanze Abratzky is a journalist, media coach and moderator. As a parliamentary correspondent, she has followed politicians and the policy-making process. As a media trainer at DW Akademie, she advocates for the right of all people to free access to information. Her main areas of work there are consulting and leadership training, strategy development and communications consulting. She works with public and private clients in Europe, Africa and Asia. She is also a main presenter of the daily news programme PHOENIX-tv. As a moderator of panel discussions, she loves to explore topics in depth.
Lene Rachel Andersen
Lene Rachel Andersen is an economist, author, futurist, Bildung activist, and a full member of the Club of Rome. After studying business economy for three years, she worked as a temp teacher before she studied theology. During her studies, she wrote entertainment for Danish television until she decided to quit theology, become a fulltime writer and focus on technological development, big history and the future of humanity. Since 2005, Andersen has written 20 books and she has received two Danish democracy awards. Among her books are The Nordic Secret (2017), Metamodernity (2019), Bildung: Keep Growing! (2020), and What is Bildung? (2021).