Utopian Summer 2021

Prosperity in the 21st century. The utopian momentum?

August 24th - 25th 2021

How about letting utopias grow this summer?

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Maja Göpel and Richard David Precht are inviting to the 2nd Leuphana Utopia Conference. In times of the pandemic, we have to think of new ways to get together for the utopian summer from August 24th to August 25th. More than 120 good places - from up in the north at the sea to down south as far as the alps - will open their doors for every interested member of our civil society. Alongside those local utopia camps we will host a base camp at the campus of Leuphana University. Together we will search for answers to one importan question: how can we ensure prosperity and an all over good future not just for us but for our grandchildren and their offspring?

What's behind the utopian summer?

The utopian summer is about exchanging ideas. Our goal is to connect the base camp in Lüneburg with more than 120 local utopia camps all over Germany and beyond. The local camps are small get-togethers in which people may discuss freely how they think the future could be and should be. Every camp is to explore how it's possible to ensure the prosperity of tomorrow. The foundation may lay in an already existing project, in a visionary idea or maybe in an inspiring question.


Guests of the Utopia Conference 2021

Maja Göpel and Richard David Precht are live onsite at the Utopia Conference 2021 in our utopian studio in Lüneburg. There they will welcome exiting guests such as the sociologist Hartmut Rosa, the political consultant Diana Kinnert, the former Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser, the President of the EKD Anna-Nicole Heinrich, the science journalist Eckart von Hirschhausen and many more.

AWI-Direktorin Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius ©Alfred-Wegener-Institut / Kerstin Rolfes
Antje Boetius, marine biologist and professor at the University of Bremen
Porträt von Eckhart von Hirschhausen ©Dominik Butzmann
Eckhart von Hirschausen, physician and science journalist
Porträt von Orry Mittenmayer ©Orry Mittenmayer
Orry Mittenmayer, founder of @Liefernamlimit
Porträt von Ferda Ataman ©Sarah Eick
Ferda Ataman, journalist and chairwoman of "Neue deutsche Medienmacher*innen"
Porträt von Ralph Ruthe ©Ralph Ruthe
Ralph Rute, cartoonist and author
Porträt von Christoph Burkhardt ©Christoph Burkhardt
Christoph Burkhardt, founder of the thinktank TinyBox
Porträt von Katrin Elsemann ©Katrin Elsemann
Katrin Elsemann, executive director of "Social Entrepreneurship Netzwerk Deutschland"
Porträt von Carola Rackete ©Carola Rackete
Carola Rackete, captain and activist
Porträt von Claudia Emmert ©Paul Tittel
Claudia Emmert, director of the Zeppelin Museum
Porträt von Van Bo Le-Mentzel ©Van Bo Le-Mentzel
Van Bo Le-Mentzel, architect and founder to the Tiny Foundation
Hartmut Rosa ©Anne Günther
Hartmut Rosa, sociologist and professor at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Porträt Eva von Redecker ©Sophie Brand
Eva von Redecker, philosopher
Porträt von Lanna Idriss ©Lanna Idriss
Lanna Idriss, managing director Amnesty International Germany
Porträt von Harald Welzer ©Harald Welzer
Harald Welzer, social psychologist, publicist and cofounder of FUTURZWEI
Porträt von Diana Kinnert ©Benjamin Zibner
Diana Kinnert, politician, publicist and entrepeneur
Porträt von Anna-Nicole Heinrich ©Peter Bongard
Anna-Nicole Heinrich, praeses of the synod of the Evangelical Church in Germany
Porträt von Joe Kaeser ©Joe Kaeser
Joe Kaeser, manager and former CEO of Siemens
Michael Braungart ©Brinkhoff-Moegenburg/Leuphana
Michael Braungart, scientific CEO of EPEA and Cradle-to-Cradle pioneer

What the future holds - the Utopia Conference 2022

The utopian summer 2021 is just the beginning. We will return next year with a big festival from August 30th to September 2nd 2022 in Lüneburg. So, stay tuned. Hosts of the Utopia Conference 2022 will be once more Maja Göpel and Richard David Precht.


Sven Prien-Ribcke
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Universitätsallee 1, 21335 Lüneburg