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As part of a series of events marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Dr Andreas Poltermann held a lecture entitled "Protestantism - or: Modernization of the World", on June 13th 2017 in Belgrade.

Democracy

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The first Belgrade Crowdfunding Convention was held on 7 June 2017.

“If Nikola Tesla had stayed here, we wouldn’t have been able today to enjoy what he created. Today’s Nikola Teslas can choose – whether to leave for the USA, or to stay here and opt for crowdfunding. This means that we could have our own Tesla here with us today”.

Marko Gregović, Brodoto

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Almost every museum in Cape Town which in some way covers the period of apartheid includes among its exhibits a wooden bench with a variant of the sign “Whites Only” on it. This is no surprise, because these benches are a very vivid reminder of the brutal racial segregation which lasted in South Africa up to the mid-1990s. However, I was somewhat amazed that, in Cape Town today, there are almost no public benches, so that, if you want to sit down somewhere and have a rest in the city centre, you have to buy a coffee, a juice or a sandwich.

Education & Open Culture

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To what extent should the private sphere limit the public one and vice versa – that was a subject of debate since the beginning of modern civil society in the 18th century, one that came to very much differing answers, historically speaking.

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Due to computerization and automatization, knowledge-based capitalism creates societal wealth with less work. Two fundamental questions arise from this: if the society is producing more wealth with less work, how can it then render every individual’s income dependent of the workload delivered by that individual? And further, how the economic problem, namely that, under the given circumstances, exclusion of labor leads to the decrease of the means of payment brought in circulation (salaries) and thus to the decrease of solvent demands.

reading
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It is said that knowledge, besides capital, will become an increasingly significant production factor of the modern society.

Ecology & Economy

In cooperation with the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Vreme Weekly publishes a series  of articles entitled Political Climate dedicated to the issue of climate change in Serbia. The series attempts to examin Serbia's cilmate policies in the light of EU integration and the Paris Agreement.  

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Compared to COP21 where the EU had a decisive bridge-building role between developed and developing countries in leading a strong climate coalition, in Marrakesh Europe appeared silent and divided. Despite the urgency for concrete and immediate actions to bend the curve and win the race against the clock, the negotiations in Marrakesh seemed to be moving in a parallel universe.

Europe

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The Kosovo Special Court will be operational on January 1. If it indicts all the persons mentioned as suspects in the Marty Report, this would represent a tsunami of sorts, one that could cause tectonic shifts.

Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world, even in supposedly democratic countries above reproach. Especially activists and organisations who advocate for democracy, human rights, and social and environmental justice are under pressure.

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Speech given at the farewell reception organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, October 27th

Publications

Housing in Serbia is in crisis. Over the last 25 years, housing has been transferred from collective to private ownership, which has shifted responsibility for the provision of housing to the private sector. Smarter Building was initiated in 2012 by the platform Ko Gradi Grad (“Who Builds the City”) to challenge this model.
 

Women’s bodies have regularly been – and still are – the central target of conservative and fundamentalist ideology and praxis. Although the individual right to self-determination has always been shaped by social and cultural norms and legal frameworks, it is currently being determined more than ever by reproductive technologies and medical issues.

This essay provides analytical background information for critical and controversial debates, continues the politicisation of seemingly personal issues, aims to open space for the clarification of positions and provide motivation to explore political intervention.

 

Coalition 27 Shadow Report on Chapter 27 in the EU accession negotiations (environment and climate change).

Reporting period: September 2015-October 2016.

Moving out of poverty

This brochure presents an overview of the project Sustainable Mobility and Collectors of Secondary Raw Materials conducted in Belgrade during 2014 and 2015.

 

Heinrich Böll Stiftung – Representation Belgrade

Welcome to the website of the Heinrich Böll Foundation's Office in Belgrade. We are responsible for the Foundation’s work in Serbia, Kosovo and Montenegro. In our topics sections (Democracy, Education & Culture, Ecology & Economy and Europe) we provide information about events that we organize independently or in cooperation with other organizations. We also provide information from various publications related to these issues that we consider important. The site contains information in Serbian and English. We hope that here you will find interesting material and useful information about important political and social issues.

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