09:00 – 09:15

Opening words (hosted by Veronika Cifrová Ostrihoňová)

• Martina Kolesárová, co-CEO, Nadácia Pontis

09:15 – 10:00

Keynote Speaker: Global perspective on the recession of democracy in Central Europe (hosted by Michal Kovačič)

• Benjamin J. Rhodes, Advisor to President Barack Obama

10:00 – 10:15

Interview with the President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputová (hosted by Veronika Cifrová Ostrihoňová)

10:15 – 11:00

Panel discussion: State of democracy in Slovakia (hosted by Veronika Cifrová Ostrihoňová)

Discussion on democracy in Slovakia and ways to strengthen it. Assessment of the current state of affairs through the eyes of a sociologist, editor-in-chief and psychologist.

• Beata Balogová, Editor-in-Chief, daily SME

• Dušan Ondrušek, Psychologist and Senior coach, PDCS

• Martin Slosiarik, Sociologist and Director of FOCUS Agency

11:00 – 11:30


11:30 – 12:00

Impact Stories I.: Social innovations in Slovakia – Stories of Changemakers

Stories about how CSOs in Slovakia are contributing to reducing threats to democracy, helping to cultivate dialogue and educate young people.

• Michal Horský, Director, DemDis

• Martin Kováč, Old Catholic priest and human-rights activist, Old Catholics in Slovakia

• Martina Bolibruchová, Director, Zmudri

12:00 – 12:45

Panel Discussion: Democracy and Innovations in the Environment of Central European Local Governments (hosted by Nicole Wright Patrick)

In cooperation with National Democratic Institute

• Monika Chabior, Deputy Mayor of Gdansk

• Gábor Kerpel Fronius, Deputy Mayor of Budapest

• Lenka Plavuchová Antalová, Deputy Mayor of Bratislava

12:45 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:15

Fireside chat: Political innovations in Europe (hosted by Peter Guštafík)

• Johanna Mair, Professor, Hertie School of Governance and Stanford University

14:15 – 14:35

Presentation: Inspiring examples of leadership in public service from Europe

Presentation and discussion on the role of civil servants in co-creating democracy, examples from practice.

• Lisa Witter, CEO & Co-founder, Apolitical Foundation

14:35 – 15:05

Presentation: New role of civil society and the state in promoting democracy

• Sarah Durieux, Co-director, Multitudes Foundation

• Jeff Kwasi Klein, Co-director, Multitudes Foundation

15:05 – 15:25


15:25 – 16:10

Panel discussion: Cooperation between public, corporate and civil sector (hosted by Veronika Cifrová Ostrihoňová)

Discussion on the importance of collaboration in introducing and promoting social innovation.

• Michaela Kršková, first Chief Innovation Officer of the Slovak Republic

• Michal Hladký, Director, Creative Industry Košice

• Rastislav Blažej, Slovenská sporiteľňa

16:10 – 16:40

Impact Stories II.: Social innovations in Slovakia – Stories of Changemakers

Stories of how CSOs in Slovakia are training young professionals in government and public administration, evaluating the implementation of key climate policies and strengthening public scrutiny in the fight against corruption.

• Ľuboš Kostelanský, Analyst, Transparency International Slovensko

• Jakub Hrbáň, Executive director, Climate Needs You

• Michala Hrdinová, Program Lead, Public Leadership Academy

16:40 – 17:30


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