The 11th Annual Bergen Educational Conversation – Education and the Good for Humankind: Living Well in a World Worth Living in

Litteraturhuset in Bergen (The Literature House)
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When:31. October   09:00
Last until: 01. November 16:00
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This year’s conversation makes a case for the importance of education responding to human-made threats of existence, such as climate change, decline of the natural world, nuclear terrorism, pandemic disease, inequality and more. Existential threats, which has the potential to cause damage of different degrees to the well-being of humankind, cannot solely be solved politically, they should also be solved educationally.

Education should enlighten (not frighten) pupils and students of the existential threats that humankind is facing whilst focusing on how these threats can be addressed in the best possible way.

The conversation gathers up top scientists around ten existential threats. Each presenter is an expert in a particular existential threat discussed within the conversation. It is the first educational happening to provide a comprehensive and systematically analysis and review of what is known about different sorts of existential threats with educational implications and suggestions (based on the latest research) of what humankind as such needs to do in order to reduce and (if possible) prevent the existential threats.

Is there a cause for concern? How serious are the threats? Can the threats be reduced and/or prevented? What needs to be done? These questions are part of an educational enlightenment and a step towards an education perceived as protecting humankind from self-destruction.


  • Introduction: Education as Protecting Humankind from Self-Destruction
  • Addressing the Existential Threats of Climate Change
  • Decline of the Natural World
  • Overpopulation
  • Infectious Disease
  • Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats
  • Egoism
  • The Threats of Ideologies
  • Truth, Truthfulness, and Truth-Telling
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Inequality
  • Epilogue: Education’s Most Urgent Question