Recent International COnference NOW

"SHAPING THE FUTURE – Social Cohesion in our Cities"

January 29 - 30 2017, Vienna

From January 29 – 30, 2018 the 5th International Mayors’ Conference NOW “Shaping the Future – Social Cohesion in our Cities”, under the auspices of the Austrian Federal President Dr. Alexander Van der Bellen, took place in Vienna.

Participants from various backgrounds – mayors, NGO-representatives, experts, local and new arrival children and youth – from Europe and the MENAT region discussed and promoted new political visions, public discourses and impactful policies to improve social cohesion from a human rights perspective.

The conference provided a platform for exchange on lived realities, existing challenges, promising and successful approaches on a municipal level with dedicated spaces to co-create, share and network. The 5th NOW Conference organized by Act.Now in cooperation with the Bruno Kreisky Forum for international Dialogue was curated by Dr. Viola Raheb, Ass. Professor, Faculty of Protestant Theology, Department of the Studies of Religions, University of Vienna.

New YouTube Series “Mensch”

Act.Now and Ferdinand Sarnitz launch the new series "Mensch". In interviews with outstanding people from various backgrounds and continents he asks a set of 16 questions in an effort to find out who they are, how they think, and what drives them to do what they do.

The series “Mensch” aims to inspire and motivate viewers by exploring why and how outstanding people with different backgrounds engage in the cohesion of our societies. The interviews have been shot in the course of recent NOW Conferences, NOW Working Groups and other events initiated by Act.Now.

Why we need to act NOW

“We are living at a turning point in history, which will leave no stone unturned. We need to learn to react to this situation in a prudent, circumspect and caring manner. [...] It makes no sense to bury our heads in the sand and hope that the storm will pass without affecting us personally.”
— André Heller