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Bob Kartous at the English College in Prague
10:00 AM10:00

Bob Kartous at the English College in Prague

"Media's Influence on Politics and Society: starting with the youth"

Bohumil Kartous will deliver a lecture at Prague high school The English College in Prague.  

Bob Kartous is head of communications and analyst in think-tank EDUin. He has been publishing about education in many of Czech media and serves as regular media commentator of educational events. He has been teaching at University of Economics and Management in Prague, helps to launch start up Education Republic, in 2015 he participated on the content and realization of Forum 2000 in Prague, together with the Center of contemporary culture DOX created Map of social stereotypes, has been participating on the implementation of Philip Zimbardo’s Heroic Imaginations Project into the newly starting Silent memorial Bubny etc. He focus not only education, his next field of interest are media. He is editor of Czech critical internet daily Britské listy. He has graduated from Pedagogical Faculty and Faculty of Sports Studies MU in Brno and holds PhD from Media Institute at Faculty of Social Sciences UK in Prague.

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Scenario Exploration System Game Debut: Brussels
9:00 AM09:00

Scenario Exploration System Game Debut: Brussels

We are adapting a project by the the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre to use a board game that educates citizens on the function of media literacy in society, specifically in the Visegrad countries in the form of a simulation. The game is based on the JRC’s ‘Scenario Exploration System,’ or SES, which is a future simulation tool that allows people to gain insight into the roles of policy makers, NGOs, and civil society, in shaping the future. Go Think Initiative will incorporate this game into our workshops and events to further our goal of making media literacy a high-priority topic across Europe.

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9th International Symposium: Responsibility in Leaderless World
to Oct 5

9th International Symposium: Responsibility in Leaderless World

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The International Symposium "Czech Foreign Policy" is a conference focusing on different aspects of the Czech foreign policy from the point of view of different fields of research. It strives to bring together specialists, politicians, academicians, the public and the media to enable a broad exchange of ideas and experience. The intellectual interaction of academics and politicians is one of the core benefits of the event, which has, throughout the years, gained the respect of both the research community and other groups of interest. The Symposium as such is an evolving event that is open to new ideas, welcoming bright minds from around the world, although its main focus is on the Czech foreign policy and its neighbourhood. 

The theme of this year's symposium is "Responsibility in a Leaderless World." Its aim is to critically scrutinise the question: what does leadership mean in the ever more individualist and atomist and globalised world? Is the perceived lack of leadership but a false sentiment of the bygone eras? What are the pros and cons of strong leaders in an era of plural and open democratic systems? Has the notion of leadership changed over the past 30 years? Does the fact that we perceive the lack of leadership signify a more profound social changes, in other words - are we headed towards "leaderless" nature of politics? What is the relationship between leadership and foreign policy under the surrounding conditions?

Go Think Initiative's panel is titled: "Post-factual leaders and the Media"

How does the media affect people's perceptions of politics and politicians?  Are facts and truth still important in an arena of populism?  Can the context of today's relations between the leaders and the people be considered "post-factual"?  Is it simply accepted or do we consider the truth less important than context and implications?

Info and registration: http://bit.ly/2wbA4ur
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Wednesday, October 4th

  • 9:30 – 9:45 Symposium opening
  • 9:45 – 10:15 Opening Address and Discussion
  • 10:15 – 11:30 Germany after the elections/Czech Republic at the doorstep of the elections: Framework for future relationship
  • 11:30 – 11:45 Break
  • 11:45 – 13:15 Break out sessions:
  • 13:15 – 14:30 Buffet Lunch
  • 14:30 – 15:30 Plenary Session: Thinking Against the Present
    • It is a mantra of our time that the world is changing. But what alternatives to the ordering of global politics can be imagined without succumbing to availability bias and the limits imposed by our anchoring in time and space, and how possible are they? This panel will seek to provide a structured overview of some alternatives to the present that are based on scenarios of possible future transformations of the liberal order created as part of a scenario-building project carried out at the Institute of International Relations. In cooperation with the Deutsch Security Circle, Charles University and the Global Arena Research Initiative 
  • 15:30 – 15:45 Break
  • 15:45 – 18:00 Joint Workshop: Creative Global Futures
  • 19:30 Symposium Dinner (special invitation only)

Thursday, October 5th

  • 9:30 – 11:00 Responsibility in a Leaderless World
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Break
  • 11:30 – 13:00 Key Note Address and Discussion
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Lunch
  • 14:30 – 16:00 Political Context of the Czech Foreign Policy: three decades of vanity?
  • 16:00 – 16:15 Symposium Closing



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Propaganda, dezinformace, hoaxy - jak se v tom vyznat?
6:30 PM18:30

Propaganda, dezinformace, hoaxy - jak se v tom vyznat?

Propaganda, hoaxy, fake news…v posledních měsících jsou to hojně skloňované výrazy. Co to ale ve skutečnosti znamená? Jak poznáme falešnou zprávu? Jak vylovit z té záplavy informací na internetu ty opravdu relevantní? Na co si dávat pozor při čerpání informací z médií a jak mediální obsahy vlastně vznikají?

Naše pozvání přijali: 
- Prof. Jan Jirák z Fakulty sociálních věd UK a vedoucí katedry mediálních studií na Metropolitní univerzitě v Praze
- Michal Zlatkovský z Českého Rozhlasu
- Jakub Bouček, autor pořadu Teorie spiknutí na Stream.cz
- Bob Kartous, odborník na vzdělávání z EDUinu
- Jakub Fišer a Josef Bernard, studenti z projektu Zvol si info
- Jiří Hoskovec, zástupce volebního manažera Pirátské strany.

Pořádá platforma Jsme to my ve spolupráci s Go Think Initiative a Sdružením pro integraci a migraci. 

Go Think Initiative hosted a panel held at Prague’s Skaut Institute. The panel, “Propaganda, Disinformation, and Hoaxes” brought together representatives from academia, the media, and leaders of the Czech Pirate Party. The panelists were Professor Jan Jirák of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University and Head of the Department of Media Studies at the Metropolitan University, Prague, Jakub Bouček, author of the Theory of Conspiracy on Stream.cz, Bob Kartous, from EDUin, Jakub Fišer and Josef Bernard, from the project Choose info, and Jiri Hoskovec, Deputy Election Manager for the Pirate Party. The panelists discussed the proliferation of disinformation and how to combat it, both in theory and in practice. The panel was followed by an open, moderated discussion with the audience.

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European Forum Alpbach 2017
to Sep 1

European Forum Alpbach 2017

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Go Think Initiative participated at the European Forum Alpbach, under the attendance of its director, Odessa Primus.


Theme 2017: Conflict and Cooperation

From August 16 to September 1, 2017, hundreds of people from the worlds of science, politics, business, culture and civil society gathered at the European Forum Alpbach to debate “Conflict & Cooperation” and the zone of tension between these two poles.

New approaches for strengthening democracy and science, the advent of artificial intelligence in all imaginable areas of society and social and ecological innovations were key thematic priorities of the 17-day programme.

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The Economist - Innovation Summit
8:00 AM08:00

The Economist - Innovation Summit

Vice-Chairman, Emilio Bellu and journalism intern, Hannah Brockway, attended The Economists' Innovation Summit in Berlin.  

About the summit:

Innovation. A word now embedded into all business vocabulary. Start-ups grab the headlines, but it’s often incumbents who spearhead new products, processes and trends. With customer loyalty, big data on hand, established brand and bigger budgets, these companies often have the power to influence and disrupt not just their own sector but the broader market too.

Businesses from every country and in every industry face disruption. From designing, making and marketing products and services, to recruiting and retaining the right talent, constant change is no longer the exception but is fundamental to growth. Innovation is now not just about the product but about the company as a whole.

The Economist Events' Innovation Summit will consider how businesses can leverage new technologies to improve their models and strategy.

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European Development Days
11:00 AM11:00

European Development Days

Odessa Primus, Director of Go Think Initiative was selected as this year’s Young Leader on Migration and Mobility by the European Commission for their European Development Days in Brussels on the 7th and 8th of June.

Odessa Primus speaking on her experience in Greece and Lebanon

Odessa spoke on the high level panel: ‘Root causes of migration: new narrative, new purpose and new targets for development funding?’ along Rainer Münz (Advisor on Migration and Demography, European Political Strategy Centre, European Commission), Gervais Appave (Special Advisor to Director-General, International Organization for Migration), and Muhumed Hussein (Country Director for Uganda, Norwegian Refugee Council).

The entire video recording of Odessa's panel on migration (min.: 18:28): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdabSHerTa4&t=3119s&list=PLls5Y9bWJPXdERZHXuyR4qaiELb680tSH&index=3

Her second panel on ’The role of religions and beliefs building sustainable communities' : https://eudevdays.eu/sessions/role-religions-and-beliefs-building-sustainable-communities

Odessa's interview with Gervais Appave, Senior Advisor to the Director General of IOM with United Nations SDG stand at EDD 2017: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oshuhy2uJsY&index=23&list=PLxqPwHD3yBpFq1QdSL0TBo3kQjn723q-c

Her interview with Cecile Riallant, Head of UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative, at the #SDGStudio at European Development Days, #EDD17 in Brussels on 8 June 2017: Role of Local Authorities in Implementing Migration-related elements of SDGs: Cecile Riallant, UN: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGag2uVC30o&index=24&list=PLxqPwHD3yBpFq1QdSL0TBo3kQjn723q-c

Young Leaders with Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, and SDG Advocate

Young Leaders with Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General, and SDG Advocate

With Jeffrey Sachs and Muhammad Yunus

With Jeffrey Sachs and Muhammad Yunus

Key points

  • Development does not reduce migration in low-income countries. On the contrary, migration is an inevitable consequence of development.
  • One root cause of refugee movements is conflict, which requires political solutions not development assistance.
  • Migration management may be at cross-purposes with development assistance, since development funding is being diverted to security-driven policies.
  • The crisis of 2015/16 in Europe was one of intra-EU solidarity, not of refugees.
  • Legal pathways are one approach to tackle the humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean.


The policy community dealing with development is quite separate from the one focusing on migration, yet development has migration effects and migration has a development dimension. The two communities need to talk to each other more and engage in joint planning.

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