Revise, Rebuild, Reboot: Strategies for a Time of Distrust
Convenes March 8 – 10, 2018
Last year, GMF's Brussels Forum strengthened its focus on action-oriented convening. With the introduction of an innovative new conference format, a diverse set of participants engaged in three days of dynamic debate and dialogue, searching for solutions to the problems that affect transatlantic societies.
A year on, old issues remain and new ones have emerged. Many are complex and require urgent, resolute, and multilateral action. Yet across the Atlantic we face a decline in trust, both in domestic and international spheres. This basic lack of cooperation and communication severely threatens our ability to act.
Under the theme Revise, Rebuild, Reboot: Strategies for a Time of Distrust, GMF's Brussels Forum 2018 is designed to encourage policymakers and experts to work together to directly confront the challenging world we find ourselves in today. We aim to analyze the reasons for the breakdown of trust within and between societies and find new ways to build strong partnerships and networks that support our societies’ democratic ideals. How can we find effective solutions without trust as the foundation? And is there a way to rebuild the trust lost?
The German Marshall Fund's Brussels Forum last took place from March 23-25, 2017 under the theme of End of Complacency – Era of Action? Brussels Forum 2017 attracted a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss and propose concrete solutions to today’s challenges. In light of unfolding global events, this year’s program provided a unique platform for conversations on the rise of populist movements and the state of democracy. The new plenary session design, featuring a ‘theatre in the round’ format, encouraged speakers and the audience alike to share their unique ideas, alternative perspectives and conflicting viewpoints in a more participatory fashion.
We encourage you to continue our commitment to action through engaging with the ideas shared at last year's conference through exploring the links below.
Recent Session Videos
The Latest From Brussels Forum
GMF is proud to be joined by our founding partners, Daimler and the Federal Authorities of Belgium, as well as our strategic partner, Deloitte. We are also pleased to welcome Centrica, and the OCP Policy Center as forum partners. In addition, we would like to recognize our associate partner, AARP.