The Next 100 Symposium 2018

14.11. - 15.11  2018| Prague

The Next 100 is a symposium taking place in Prague, Czech Republic from November 14 to 15, 2018 to address how the social and computational sciences can come together to face our future’s greatest global and political challenges.


Recognising the vast potential for collaboration between the technical and social sciences, The Next 100 Symposium aims to provide a platform for transformative dialogue between those working with society’s most cutting-edge technology and those working in social scientific fields.

We Did ...

  • bring together the most progressive minds in the technological and computing fields with influential social scientists and thinkers to discuss rising challenges to the global order;

  • start a dialogue on all levels about how to use the most innovative computing capabilities to address challenges in the social scientific sphere;

  • draft a new perspective on global normative and institutional frameworks, which will result in reflections and recommendations for future debates and endeavours, and in impact-related strategies and policy recommendations.

2018 Speakers


Director of Technology



Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation


Swedish Ambassador to the Czech Republic



International Monetary Fund Europe


OF 2018...


Minister of Foreign Affairs

Czech Republic

Next 100 ReDefiners

The Next 100 ReDefiners program brings together selected students from diverse fields including humanities, social sciences, engineering, computing science, art and the natural sciences. The students form small international teams and identify one issue that they perceive to be the paramount global challenge for our future. Working collaboratively, teams incorporate innovative ideas from their respective fields and propose a way to address this challenge. Up to ten teams will be invited to Prague for a five day-long workshop, during which time they finalize their proposals. The top teams, as selected by a panel of experts, will be invited to present their ideas at the Next 100 Symposium.


On Wednesday, 3rd of October, GARI celebrated its official launch in Prague.


The event, held at Opero, was widely attended by high-profile people from various sectors including government, diplomatic, scientific, corporate, financial, academic, non-profit and the media.


An opening panel explored "Humanity and Tech-driven Futures: Responsible Globalization, Governance, and Innovation" with

Ales Chmelar, State Secretary for European Affairs, Office of Government, Czech Republic

Arzu Geybullayeva, Freelance Journalist, Former OTF Fellow at Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Josef Urban, Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics, Head of European Research Council project AI4Reason

moderated by GARI Founder
Michal Koran, Fulbright Alumni - WCFIA, Harvard University



On Tuesday, September 19th the Global Arena Research Institute organized an initial working meeting of the Strategic Grant of the International Visegrad Fund - V4 CARE-ARSEC (Computer Aided Reasoning in Assessing Regional Socio-economic Complexity). The internal working meeting took place in Wroclaw, in cooperation with the project partner - Politechnika Wroclaw

The meeting was joined by representatives of all the project partners (Masaryk University, Brno, Kopint-Tárki Institute, Budapest, Slovak Foreign Policy Association, Bratislava and Politechnika Wroclaw). 

The participants agreed on the schedule of internal and public events related to the project and discussed the conceptual, methodological and other research issues. Strong emphasis was put on preparing the innovative conjunction of Big and Complex data and Complex Network analysis and the research on international relations and economy. The next event will be a public forum, held in Prague in early December 2018.




On Monday June 4th, 2018, GARI's founder Michal Koran took part in a lively discussion organized by Asociace pro mezinárodní otázky/Association for International Affairs and Polish Institute in Prague. The debate revolved around interpretations of the Czech and Polish positions within and towards the European Union.


GARI's panel on May 16, 2018 at the European Economic Congress Katowice, Poland - European Start-up Days tackled the topic of "Technology versus humanity: To overcome the contradictions." Panelists discussed the growing societal fear of a technology-driven future. Although technology is increasingly blamed for destroying jobs and upending politics, the way to respond is not to turn the clock back on innovation. Three speakers drew on their unique backgrounds in order to share their views on how to translate the energy that is driving technological development into a positive societal impact. GARI was pleased to welcome distinguished speakers including Iwona Grochowska (Co-Founder, CEO, Nais), Marek Havrda (Strategy Adviser, Good AI), and Stefan Thurner (President, Complexity Science Hub Vienna) as panelists. The discussion was moderated by Michal Kořan (Founder, President, Global Arena Research Institute).


On Friday, November 24th, 2017, the Global Arena Research Institute presented its mission, future steps and debated the risks and opportunities of the Global Arena Research approach with the representatives of (among others) the European Commission - DG Research and Innovation, European Commission - European Political Strategy Centre, European Research Council, European External Action Service, United Nations Liaison Office in Brussels, European Central Bank in Brussels, Geostrategic Intelligence Group, London School of Economics/IDEAS, Mission of Finland to NATO, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Université Libre de Bruxelles.
The three energizing hours of debate extended ownership of the initiative to various stakeholders and allowed for critical feedback on our mission.


In October, the Global Arena Research Institute

co-sponsored the 9th International Symposium on

Czech Foreign Policy - "Responsibility in a

Leaderless World", where, among others speakers,

Joachim Bitterlich delivered the keynote speech and the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs opened the event.


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The world must establish a genuine dialogue between the most advanced technologies and artificial reasoning capabilities on the one hand, and the normative and critical capabilities of the social sciences on the other. We have reached the point where their mutual inspiration and cross-fertilization is a must.



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