Bridges Retreat 2015
We gathered at Cowley Manor from across Europe last week, in the immediate aftermath of the Greek elections and at a time of deep economic and political uncertainty. A moment defined by the growing gap of understanding between increasingly reluctant leaders on the one hand, and a public reluctant to be led in traditional ways on the other. The result is a dangerous breach that lets in the populist tide. Watch this space for retreat updates.
Through The Bridges Project, Counterpoint is bringing top researchers and intellectuals into a dialogue with receptive policy-makers, politicians and activists to work through some of the most sensitive and complex policy dilemmas facing open societies in Europe.
How can voters, politicians and policy-makers find new ways of trusting each other to address our societies’ most complex issues? What tools can help us craft a new political and social contract?
The Bridges project addresses policy issues related to transparency and accountability, xenophobia, lessons from the euro crisis, and long-term issues related to inequalities.
It sets out an optimistic vision of how policy-making can respond more effectively to the challenges that underlie the growth of populism and re-invigorate the functioning of democratic institutions.