The Courage to Take Responsibility

20th Forum 2000 Conference

The Courage to Take Responsibility

20th Forum 2000 Conference
October 16–19, 2016, Prague and other Central European cities

The life and work of Václav Havel, an intellectual, an author, a political prisoner, a human rights defender and a president of a country, is an amazing example of democratic leadership and of taking personal responsibility for the state of public affairs and the world as a whole. Nevertheless, today´s democratic leadership seems to be in crisis, contending with a lack of vision, responsibility, and perhaps even courage to lead. Are the current democratic systems unable to generate true leaders? Is the growing authoritarianism in the world a result of the weakness of democratic leadership? Where are the Havels, Churchills, or Mandelas of today?

A selection of photographs from the 20th Forum 2000 Conference

More photographs can be found in the Photogallery

Forum 2000 Opening Ceremony
Jakub Klepal, Andrej Kiska, Annette Lu, Ivan M. Havel

Public Talk - Secular Ethics
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

More videos can be found in the Video section

Thematic Areas 

  1. Democratic Leadership Deficit
  2. Challenges to Democracy
  3. Havel
  4. 20 Years of Forum 2000: The World and Its Current Challenges
  5. Interfaith Dialogue

Social Networks

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Conference Partners

Main Partners
General Media Partner
Media Partners
Significant donors

Jürgen and Helena Hoffmeister | Jan Barta | Jiří Czaban | Marek Lehečka | Jan Žůrek


American Friends of the Czech Republic | Archa Theatre | Austrian Embassy in Prague | British Embassy Prague | Café NONA | Dial Telecom | Embassy of France in Prague | Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Prague | Goethe-Institut Prague | InterContinental Prague | Korean Embassy in Prague | Mánes Gallery | Norwegian Embassy in Prague | OP Tiger | papelote | People in Need | Pilsner Urquell | Scenografie | Uber | Václav Havel Library | Zátiší Group