M100 - how it began
In the area "About M100" you can find two films about the history of the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium: one about the inception phase in 2005 (including interviews with Jann Jakobs, Mathias Döpfner, Wolfram Weimer, Josef Joffe amongst others) and a portrait of Lord Weidenfeld.
All speeches of the 8. M100 Sanssouci Colloquium are now online available: The opening speech of the conference, hold by the austrian author Robert Menasse as well as the speeches of the M100 Award Ceremony, hold by the Lord Mayor of Potsdam, Jann Jakobs (Welcome), Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, Minister of Finance, Germany (Main Speech), Dr. Paul Achleitner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board Deutsche Bank AG, (Laudatio I), Luca di Montezemolo, President Ferrari S.p.A. (Laudatio II) and Mario Draghi, President European Central Bank (Acceptance Speech).
ECB-President Draghi coming to Potsdam
Schäuble to hold main speech, Achleitner and di Montezemolo to deliver laudatio
This Thursday, September 6, 2012, Mario Draghi will receive the M100 Media Award. The president of the European Central Bank will be coming to Potsdam from the highly anticipated ECB council meeting in Frankfurt. The M100 Media Award will be presented as part of the international M100 Sanssouci Colloquium media conference in the Raphael Hall in Potsdam on the same day. The M100 Advisory Board is awarding Draghi in recognition of his commitment to stabilize the Euro and stabilize the European house by all means.
Federal Finance Minister Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble will deliver the main speech at the presentation of the M100 Media Award. This is the second time – following 2007 – that Schäuble has been won as keynote speaker at the Colloquium.
The laudators for Mario Draghi are: Dr. Paul M. Achleitner, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Deutsche Bank AG since May 2012 and Luca di Montezemolo, president of Ferrari since 1991 and elected ”Europe’s manager of the year 2012” by the European Business Press Federation (EBP).
Robert Menasse to open the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium 2012
The Austrian Romancier and Essayist Robert Menasse will be opening the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium on September 6 in Potsdam. In his speech ”Countdown to Europe” he will address the current EU crisis and suggest a startling solution.
Robert Menasse, born 1954 in Vienna, studied Philosophy, German Philology and Political Science in Vienna, Salzburg and Messina. He worked as a professor at Sao Paulo University in Brazil from 1981 to 1988. Since his return to Europe in 1989 he has been a freelance writer working in Vienna and Brussels. Menasse is a member of P.E.N. Club and has received numerous awards such as the Marburg Literature Prize, the Austrian National Prize for Cultural Journalism (with its prize money Menasse sponsored the Jean-Améry-Prize for Essays), Doderer-Prize, Hölderlin-Prize, Fried-Prize, Grimmelshausen-Prize, Dutch Book Prize, and is Knight of the French fraternity ”Arts et Lettres”.
He is author of many books, essays, and theater plays. Coming soon: ”Der Europäische Landbote. Die Wut der Bürger und der Friede Europas” (Szolnay Publishing House).
Tweeting and blogging for Democracy
8th Youth Media Workshop in Potsdam comes to a successful end
The results of the 8th international M100 Youth Media Workshop were presented by 20 young journalists from 19 countries to Lord Mayor of Potsdam Jann Jakobs and further guests on August 23 at Medieninnovationszentrum Babelsberg (MIZ). The topic was “After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and more Democracy?“
“Today spending time abroad during university studies or even school is more rule than exception and thanks to social networks such as Facebook finding new friends and getting into contact worldwide has become incredibly easy”, says Lord Mayor Jakobs in his speech. “Nonetheless, I am sure that an opportunity such as the international Youth Media Workshop in Potsdam does not come very often. Here, during these four days, the participants may learn more from each other in direct conversations than if they theoretically read about a different culture.” And this is exactly the idea of the workshop, he continues: Giving the youth that decisively shapes public opinion as journalists a platform where they can look beyond their own cultural horizon and exchange their experience with colleagues their age.
“I never would have thought I could learn so much“, says Corinna Vetter, 18, from Germany at the end of the workshop. And Anna Saraste, 22, from Finland underlines, “It was really exciting getting first-hand information from people that actually experienced the revolutions such as in Egypt or Tunisia.“
The participants (coming from Egypt, Algeria, Bulgaria, Germany, Finland, Georgia, Iraq, Yemen, Kosovo, Morocco, Syria and Tunisia) worked for four days under the auspices of renowned journalists and social media experts such as Jaafar Abdul Karim from Deutsche Welle TV, Moran Barkai from the European Journalism Centre in Maastricht and Dr. Asiem El Difraoui from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs SWP in Berlin. The produced a media campaign on water entitled “Not Just Drops – Water For All“ that they interconnected on many different channels to create a joint project – Facebook, Twitter, Blogs and YouTube.
In a further workshop under the auspices of Sophia Pfisterer and Letizia Gambini the participants produced videos and articles for the intercultural EMAJ magazine, focussing on the topic “prejudices“.
The four intensive days in Potsdam were a full success story. The young journalists worked on the possibilities social media offer as instruments for positive change both in theory and practice. At the same time they made excellent new contacts during the workshop from which they will benefit personally and professionally in the future. The discussions among the young journalists clearly showed that they are highly motivated to contribute to positive change in their countries through their work.
Mario Draghi receives 2012 M100 Media Award
ECB President Mario Draghi receives this year’s M100 Media Award. The M100 Media Award will be presented as part of the international M100 Sanssouci Colloquium media conference on the evening of 6 September in the Raffaelsaal in Potsdam.
Federal Finance Minister Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble will deliver the keynote address at the presentation of the M100 Media Award. This is the second time – following 2007 - that Schäuble has given the keynote address at the Colloquium.
Since assuming the post of President of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt/Main on 1 November 2011, Mr. Draghi has fought with all available means to preserve the euro and to stabilise the eurozone. He has stipulated that the primary task of the ECB is to maintain price stability and to protect the savings of Europeans.
Born on 3 September 1947 in Rome, Draghi was educated at the exclusive Jesuit Massimiliano Massimo Institute. After completing his leaving exams, he studied economics at the Sapienza University of Rome, graduating in 1970 with top marks. In 1971, he received a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he studied under Nobel Prize winners Franco Modigliani and Paul A. Samuelson as well as under Rudiger Dornbusch and Stanley Fischer. He received his Ph.D. in 1976. After holding positions at Florence University, the World Bank, Harvard University and Goldman Sachs in London, he became the Governor of the Bank of Italy in 2006. In May 2011, he was appointed by the Council of the European Union to succeed Jean-Claude Trichet at the ECB.
The M100 Advisory Board is conferring the award on Mr. Draghi in recognition of his commitment to working within his mandate at the European Central Bank to resolve the global economic and financial crisis and for his efforts to maintain price stability in the eurozone. The award also honours his efforts to preserve the independence of the ECB as well as his contributions to creating a more stable institutional framework for the Economic and Monetary Union in Europe.
Start M100 Youth Media Workshop
The eighth international M100 Youth Media Workshop taking place at the Medieninnovationszentrum Babelsberg (MIZ) in Potsdam will begin on August 20, 2012. This year for the first time there will be young journalists from Arab countries such as Egypt, Algeria, Iraq, Yemen, Morocco, Tunisia or Syria. In the workshop entitled “After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and more Democracy?”, they will work together with colleagues from Armenia, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Russia, Turkey, and Ukraine. For four days, the participants will develop ideas and concepts for social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and co. Many participants already have a lot of journalistic experience, are engaged in democracy, human rights and actively contribute to political life in their countries.
The results of the workshop will be presented at a closing ceremony with the Lord Mayor of Potsdam, Jann Jakobs at the Medieninnovationszentrum Babelsberg (MIZ) on Thursday, August 23rd at 7 p.m.
The workshop is an initiative of the City of Potsdam and Media International e.V., and supported by the Federal Foreign Office, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and the ZEIT Foundation; co-operation partners include the Medieninnovationszentrum Babelsberg (MIZ), DW-TV, the European Youth Press, and Intajour (International Academy of Journalism).
High-Ranking Keynote-Speakers at the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium 2012
Gordon Bajnai, Hungarian Prime Minister from 2009 to 2010, Dimitris Droutsas, former Greek Foreign Minister as well as his Bulgarian counterpart Dr. Solomon Passy are keynote-speakers of this year’s M100 Sanssouci Colloquiums. The speeches will be followed by an hour-long discussion with all participants of the conference.
“The Crisis of Crisis Management“
Gordon Bajnai (44) was Prime Minister in Hungary from April 2009 to May 2010.
He is also a senior adviser to the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), the Washington based think thank and a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR). Currently Mr. Bajnai is an adjunct professor at Columbia University SIPA and a visiting fellow at John Hopkins University (SAIS). Mr. Bajnai will address in his keynote the crisis of the crisis management concerning the economic and social situation in the member states of the Eurozone.
The Greek politician and lawyer Dimitris Droutsas (44) was Greek Foreign Minister from September 2010 to June 2011. He is member of the socialist party PASOK and since June 2011 member of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament. Droutsas criticizes the political powers in Greece. Both the existing political system as well as the media system ought to be changed. He sees the crisis as a chance for fundamental change in Greece. He will be addressing the economic crisis with a special focus on Greece in his keynote.
Dr. Solomon Passy
“Nationalism, Populism and other drawbacks of Democracy: The Solution how to overcome them”
Solomon Passy (55) was Foreign Minister in Bulgaria from 2001 to 2005. Holding a Ph.D. in Mathematical Logic & Computer Science, he strongly promoted Bulgaria’s withdrawal from the Warsaw Pact and its membership to NATO. Inter alia, he was member of the EU Affairs Parliamentary Committee, as Chairman-in-Office of OSCE he launched an inter-faith dialogue between Christians, Muslims and Jews as well as a strategic program for reforms in OSCE leading to democratization. He is founder and president of the Bulgarian Atlantic Club and has participated in four Bulgarian Antarctic Expeditions. His speech will address the increasing nationalism, populism and other drawbacks of Democracy as a result of the European crisis.
Strong partners support the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium
This year once again, the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium has strong and sustainable partners besides the State Capital Potsdam with Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Bertelsmann AG, Google, and Audi. “M100 fits perfectly into the framework of MEDIENWOCHE@IFA”, says Elmar Giglinger, Director at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg: “The fact that the 100 most important European publicists meet here in Potsdam annually strengthens the role of the State Capital as an internationally renowned location of political, social and media-political debate”.
Werner Eggert, Director of the International Academy of Journalism founded by Bertelsmann says, “M100 Sanssouci Colloquium brings together journalists from many different countries for discussion. It promotes quality in the media worldwide. Bertelsmann is glad to contribute“.
Co-operation partners are Freedom House, Reporters without Borders, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e. V. (IASS), Axel Springer Academy, Human Rights Watch, Land Brandenburg, and Prussian Palaces and Gardens Foundation Berlin-Brandenburg.
Under the title "What kind of Europe? Learning from the Crisis" the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium will for the eighth time invite European editors-in-chief, commentators, and politicians to the Orangery of Sanssouci in Potsdam on September 6, 2012.
High level politicians and media representatives
on September 6 in Potsdam
At the 8th M100 Sanssouci Colloquium under the title "What kind of Europe? Learning from the Crisis" European editors-in-chief, commentators, and politicians will discuss causes, consequences and chances of the European crisis in the Orangerie of Sanssouci.
Among the participants to be expected are: Gordon Bajnai (fomer Minister President of Hungary), Agron Bajrami (Editor-in-Chief Koha Ditore, Kosovo), Rowan Barnett (Twitter Germany), Borja Bergareche (Correspondent ABC, Spain), Erik Bjerager (Editor in Chief Kristeligt Dagblatt, Danmark), Wolfgang Blau (Editor-in-Chief ZEIT-Online), Nikolaus Blome (deputy Editor-in-Chief BILD), Stephan-Andreas Casdorff (Editor-in-Chief Der Tagesspiegel), Sabine Christiansen (TV-Producer and Host), Mary Dejevsky (columnist The Independent, UK), Ulrich Deppendorf (Director ARD capital studio), Mathias Döpfner (CEO Axel Springer AG), Cord Dreyer (CEO and Editor-in-Chief dapd), Dimitrious Droutsas (former Foreign Minister Greece), Janis Emmanouilidis (European Policy Centre, Brussels), Knut Engelmann (Editor-in-Chief The Wall Street Journal Germany), Peter Frey (Editor-in-Chief ZDF), Anthony Gooch (OECD, Paris), Ralf Grosse-Bley (Editor-in-Chief Blick), Manfred Hart (Member of the Editorial Board Bild.de), Michael Hirz (Head of Phoenix), Roger Köppel (Editor-in-Chief Weltwoche), Xenia Kounalaki (Head of Foreign Desk Kathimerini, Greece), Solomon Passy (former Foreign Minister Bulgaria), Bertrand Pecquerie (CEO Global Editors Network), Jan-Eric Peters (Editor-in-Chief Die Welt), Ines Pohl (Editor-in-Chief taz), Agnieszka Romaszewska-Guzy (Director Belsat TV), Christoph Schwennicke (Editor-in-Chief Cicero), Wawrzyniec Smoczynski (Foreign Editor Polityka Weekly, Polen), Beate Wedekind (Beate Wedekind GmbH), N. Clemens Wortmann (CEO AFP) and many more.
M100 Youth Media Workshop 2012
The participants of this years Youth Media Workshop have been chosen!
Hard choice of the participants of this year's Youth Media Workshops from August 19 to 24 in Potsdam. We had 20 places for 130 applicants, due to the high quality we could have taken 40 or 50. Many were engaged actively in the uprisings in the Arabian countries, even more deal intensely with the subject "social networks, politics and democracy" and have great projects in their countries. The decision was extremely difficult, but now we are looking forward to participants from Algeria, Armenia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Finland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary Iraq, Italy, Kosovo, Morocco, Russia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the Ukraine and Yemen!
M100 Youth Media Workshop 2012
Record Number of Applicants for the international M100 Youth Media Workshop!
Almost 130 young journalists between 18 and 26 years from 34 countries have applied for this year’s M100 Youth Media Workshop (August 19 to 24, 2012, Potsdam/Germany)! The workshop is entitled “After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and more Democracy?”
The applications came from Egypt, Algeria, Armenia, Bulgaria, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Iraq, Italy, Yemen, Kosovo, Libya, Lithuania, Morocco, Macedonia, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Hungary, Belarus and Germany. Interested journalists were invited to draft a brief essay on the topic “The Web Revolution – what influence do Facebook, Twitter etc. have on society, politics and journalism in my country?” Until mid July about 20 participants will be chosen and invited to Potsdam in August.
The workshop is an initiative of the City of Potsdam and Media International e.V., and supported by the Federal Foreign Office, and the ZEIT Foundation; co-operation partners include the Medienkompetenz- und Innovationszentrum Babelsberg (MIZ), DW-TV, the European Youth Press, and Intajour (International Academy of Journalism.
M100 Sanssouci Colloquium 2012
“What kind of Europe? Learning from the Crisis”
Potsdam, 6 September 2012
Europe is in the midst of one of its most serious crises, in a financial, political and social way. In this crisis, politicians seem to be preoccupied with extinguishing one financial and political fire after another, without however explaining what they are doing. Meanwhile, two things have long since been proven illusory: not only faith in the integrative power of markets, but also the idea that the purpose of the EU is self-evident.
M100 YOUTH MEDIA WORKSHOP 2012: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!
“After the Web 2.0 Revolutions: New Media as an Instrument for Change and more Democracy?”
19 to 24 August, Potsdam/Germany
In 2011, regime change was for the first time initiated by social networks. Beginning in Tunisia, bloggers and activists called for demonstrations against their authoritarian ruling regime on Facebook and Twitter etc. Then in 2010/2011, thousands and thousands of people in several countries in North Africa and the Middle East took to the streets and – as in Tunisia und Egypt – brought about the overthrow of their rulers. In other Arab countries too, such as Libya, Syria and Bahrain, they have played and are playing a major role in rebellion and political change. All over the world young people are becoming politically active on the Internet and in social networks, twittering, posting and blogging opinions, reports and news out into the world, directly and without delay.
The Arab Spring has changed our view of social and new media. The possibility of using the Internet to change society has led to more emphasis being placed on the political component and the term “Facebook Revolution” was quickly coined. Although revolutions and political change are still brought about by people, the Web 2.0 technical revolution and the so-called “cross-media” interaction of new and conventional media like print and television that it allows for has played a crucial role and will probably remain vitally important. In retrospect, the Web 2.0 revolution may go down in history as just as important as the invention of the printing press or of audiovisual mass media and its digitalisation.
M100 receives Potsdamer Kongress Award
Last night (Tuesday, 8 November 2011), the M100 Sanssouci Colloquium was presented with the Potsdamer Kongress Award in the category ‘Recurring events’ (award from the ERFA Group) in recognition of the 2010 conference ‘The Freedom of the Press in Europe’.