Bucerius Summer School at IPU Berlin

The IPU Berlin recently hosted the Bucerius Summer School at Stromstraße in Berlin-Moabit. Erich Fromm Professor Thomas Kühn discussed global challenges in a shifting world order with students and young professionals from many countries as well as Jonathan Keir from the Karl Schlecht Foundation, Lisa Schmalzried from the Wittenberg Centre for Global Ethics and sociologist Klaus M. Leisinger.

The event provided insights from distinguished speakers across politics, business, academia and NGOs. The Summer School aims to cultivate leadership qualities among young professionals by involving them in an international discourse on pertinent political, economic, social and judicial matters. This year's program, titled "A Shifting World Order: Challenges for Rebuilding Global Governance," covered subjects like the war in Ukraine and China's global ambitions. At IPU Berlin, President Jan-Hendrik Olbertz and Thomas Kühn welcomed the international guests.

Kühn presented a talk on "Transformative Leadership and Identity Work" and discussed the connection between psychology and leadership. He concludes about the successful event: “It was a very inspiring event for us as well, showing how important political psychology is for understanding issues around leadership and good governance. In particular, the connection with considerations of humanistic ethics is very promising, as we have recently discussed in detail at the IPU in the context of the conference on 'Humanistic Transformation.' I think it is very important that we at the IPU continue to actively participate in the discussions of key societal issues with our psychodynamically based knowledge. I am very pleased that, starting in the winter semester, the new multidisciplinary master's program 'Psychology focusing on Organisation. Transformation Processes in Work, Society and Environment' will provide further scope for this.”

The 22nd annual Bucerius Summer School on Global Governance is organized by the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius, the Observer Research Foundation and the Karl Schlecht Stiftung in collaboration with IPU Berlin.

13 September 2023