Free Thinking

What is "Lunch with..."?

At the beginning of the year 2020, the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft established a series of lunch talk events. The lunch events commence with keynote speeches held by guest speakers, followed by a dialogue among the limited number of invited guests. Initially, the thematic focus will be on Alfred Herrhausen's themes and thoughts, which the speakers will take up, think through and transfer into future-oriented discourses. The leitmotif of this lunch talk events is free thinking, preferably controversial, and yet versatile. 

Why "Lunch with..."?

Our lunch talks take up discourses, open up new discussions and connect them with Alfred Herrhausen's theses and ideas. The small circle creates an equally open and intensive discussion situation according to Chatham House Rules for the participants. An ideal situation for critical reflection and interdisciplinary discussion which also allows opposing views to flow into a constructive dialogue. With the "Lunch with..." series we aim to develop and provide concrete and forward-looking impulses for politics, culture, economy and society as a whole. These are for example dedicated to shaping an economy for people, the question of whether power can function without responsibility, whether we hold democracy in our hands, what it means to be human, what the future of Europe or the education of the future may look like. 

How does "Lunch with..." function?

We cordially invite courageous forward and lateral thinkers to share their thoughts with us and our guests, to discuss them and think ahead together. Whether politician, expert or scientist, student or citizen representative - we look forward to a lively exchange. So far, we have been joined by:

  • Janka Oertel, Director Asia Programme & Senior Policy Fellow of the European Council on Foreign Relations ECFR (video clip on Facebook)
  • Henrik Enderlein, Professor of Political Economy and Director of the Jacques Delors Institute at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin (video clip on Facebook)
  • Ulrike Guérot, Professor and Head of the Department for European Politics and the Study of Democracy at the Danube University Krems. (video clip on Facebook)
  • Andreas Schleicher, Director of the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills (video clip on Facebook)

Are you interested and/or do you have a recommendation for these talks? Then please contact
Antonia Marx and Matthias Weber

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