Freedom and Responsibility
11th annual Forum 2000 Conference
October 7 - 9, 2007, Prague
The 11th annual Forum 2000 Conference was held under the auspices of Václav Havel in Prague on October 7 - 9, 2007. The overall theme of the Conference was Freedom and Responsibility. Different aspects of the main theme were discussed in four panels: Freedom and Responsibility in Politics, International Law, Media, and Business.
The conference took place over the course of three days. The opening ceremony took place on the evening of October 7 at Prague Crossroads, formerly St. Anne’s Church in Prague’s Old Town. The working program of the conference began the following day and took the format of a plenary session divided into four panels. This part of the conference took place at Žofin Palace. The overall theme of the Conference was Freedom and Responsibility. Different aspects of the main theme were discussed in four topical panels.
On Tuesday October 9, a roundtable discussion between distinguished philosophical and spiritual leaders took place in the framework of the Forum 2000 Interfaith Dialogue Project. The roundtable discussed freedom and responsibility from the interfaith perspective. The goal was to examine current problems and significant changes amongst contemporary religions through the academic perspective and through the eyes of those who dealt with the issue in practice - the representatives of the world's religions, religious thinkers and experienced politicians. How was the relationship between "religious" and "secular" in the public sphere changing? Was there a danger of a “cultural war” between religious radicalism and radical secularism? What shall be expected in the future?
The interfaith panels of the Forum 2000 conference were followed by the Interfaith Meditation, which took place in the academic church of St. Salvator in Prague.
Along with the plenary session, a series of parallel events – roundtables, seminars, workshops, and exhibitions – were also held, among them conference roundtables entitled Youth and Minority Radicalization in Global Cities and Securing Water Supplies in the Middle East – Policy and Funding Alternatives.