Topics ranging from the euro to faith without a church: The 2011 Davos Open Forum

For the ninth time, an Open Forum is being held in Davos to coincide with the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum from January 27-29, 2011. The general public is invited to participate in discussions with civil, political, and industrial leaders, including people such as Jean-Claude Trichet, Radoslaw Tomasz Sikorski, Huguette Labelle, and Oliver Kahn.

The Open Forum Davos is organized by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC) and the World Economic Forum, and focuses on critical approaches to globalization and its repercussions. Discussions are to be held there on the stability of the euro, the failure of the West in Afghanistan, and the reality of corruption in politics and sports. Questions will also be discussed as to whether faith requires religious institutions, and whether the “burnout” phenomenon is more than just the latest fashion.

This year, the panels will again include high-profile guests such as European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet, Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Tomasz Sikorski, Transparency International Chairperson Huguette Labell, and the former goalkeeper for the German national team, Oliver Kahn.

The events of the Open Forum Davos are public and free of charge. They take place in the auditorium of the Schweizerische Alpinen Mittelschule (Middle School), located at Guggerbachstrasse 3, Davos Platz. The discussions are held in German and English with simultaneous interpreting available. Following each round of discussions, the audience is encouraged to challenge the panelists with provocative positions and questions.

DRS, the Swiss television network, will broadcast individual Open Forum Davos sessions on its SF info channel, either live or in a summary report. Comprehensive information and reporting on the coming Open Forum Davos are also to be made available at the www.openforumdavos.ch and www.weforum.org websites, with the complete panels to be accessible as webcasts as well.