Every year we hold G10 Festival in Amsterdam to discover new ideas of our time.
The aim of the G10 is to offer a parallel to the G8 (now G7) where important developments are identified and interpreted. G10 is a laboratory where new ideas with philosophical and economic implications will be at the center of interest.
Philosophers, artists, and economists sometimes have more in common than one thinks. We use the old meaning of economics 'Oikos,' meaning house or household. The economy is a household that is 'efficiently run.' Our house needs renovation, and before that, one has to understand where renovation is necessary, and in order to do this, one has to be imaginative to look into the future of the house.
The economists in the G10 speak less about taxes and interest rates but more about future forms of society. We use philosophy in the sense of interpreting underlying patterns based on hidden power structures or dismantling empty words and concepts.
This year, A.I will get special focus as we see a technological society developing where decisions will be made by machines and less by humans. The G10 usually tries to understand whole new phenomena instead of losing itself to random details. Our aim is to make the invisible visible: that means we make special connections between the themes talked about at the G10. For instance, Stephen Hawking speaks, in his last days, about 'Coming Home.' What did he mean? The world longs now for a good approach to the future since so many new powers within our society, like artificial intelligence, superlearning, wars, neuroscience, happiness, and knowledge are or will be at stake. The speakers invited are all chosen for their special insights and for their originality. You can enjoy yourself. Both days end with an analysis of our world, brilliantly commented on by Slavoj Žižek.
Why is the G10 so unique? In times of low and even lower budgets for analytic journalism, shrinking publishing houses, and even less reliable media in general, where technology seems to win over journalism, the G10 falls back on old-fashioned concepts: it organizes sturdy sessions where the focus is really on something to discover.
How do we choose our topics? The organization of the G10 has many ears and tries to listen carefully in all directions, from physics to history and from philosophy to avant-garde economics. The topics are chosen in a way that they anticipate the future in a 'poetic' way. Poetic in meaning, Novalis once gave the word 'poetization': clear thinking with an undogmatic mind.
We offer volunteer positions during the festival days. If you are interested or would like more information, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All volunteers can participate in the festival program, and will receive a signed book.
As a not-for-profit organisation, G10 enthusiastically welcomes people and companies to support future festivals and side projects. Our upcoming exhibition is called ''Masters of today - The Dissolution of Truth: Art Meets Science'. This public exhibition is focused on the person Stephen Hawking and the connection between art and modern physics. If you as a person or as a company want to connect with this great exhibition contact us on email@example.com.
We offer for all companies in Amsterdam who want to sponsor us a private vernissage and a guided tour of the exhibition.