On 2 September 2021, the Berlin Regional Group of the DAAD-Freundeskreis organized a guided tour through the Futurium for a group of 10 scholarship holders and alumni. This institution, located direct in the middle of Berlin, next to the central station, offers a platform to discuss the possible futures for humans, nature, and science.

This is a wonderful addition to our talk series on the 17 UN Goals for Sustainable Development, that I’ve been organising together with Günter Kipfmüller since February 2021.

The Futurium is an interactive and a free-of-charge museum that enables its visitors to discuss the potential developments of our world. Some of those developments are already happening, others are happening, but we can still influence them to our advantage and yet others are not taking place, but we would be happy if they did.

Many of the topics overlap with those addressed in our talk series in the previous months. The central question is: to what degree are we able to influence our future by individual choices and to what degree do we need a change of the system?

Martin Konvička