Remake the case for freedom, rights & progress
Join us at the Open Future Festival in New York on September 15th to discuss the most urgent issues of our time & remake the case for liberal values.
Hear discussions & debates mediated by journalists from The Economist & talks by prominent figures from across the political spectrum, as well as innovators, entrepreneurs, critics & connoisseurs.
Come & share your ideas during a day of exciting discussion, debate & festivities.
Join us for:
Curated content & exhibitions, immersive experiences, debates, & networking with 200 festival attendees
Themes covering liberalism, capitalism, open borders, the politics of humour, #metoo, AI, innovation & more.
Intimate opportunities to learn from top innovators across a variety of topics, swag from our event partners, Economist Films screenings, connections with New York's young professionals, food stands & open bar.
Learn more about Open Future
Letter from the editor: Open Future explained
Read How to alleviate the refugee crisis', an Open Future essay by Angelina Jolie
Watch Economist Films: Should we tax the rich more?
Compete: Take part in the Open Future essay contest
Debate: Should people be free to choose the country in which they live? Read the online debate.
The Open Future initiative:
Open Ideas: This is the golden age of the argument This should also be a golden age of free speech. But somehow, the ubiquity of argument is convincing some people that we have too much of it. The West, with its roots in the Enlightenment, remains the freest place in the world for scepticism about established dogmas & ill-founded taboos. But the impulse to tell people what they can't say is strong too. The clash of expression
Open Borders: Whatever one's view of open borders, there is little doubt that existing migration policies are no longer fit for purpose Rich countries can & must do more to help those beset by war, persecution or economic duress. How they can do this without jeopardising their own democracies is one of the hardest questions facing liberals today. The case for immigration
Open Progress: For most of human history technology was mostly seen as a force for good Today a techlash is under way Nuclear bombs can destroy us. Facebook undermines our privacy. Artificial intelligence & robots can enslave us (or, worse, take our jobs). Synthetic biology & gene-editing have humans playing God. Technology & its discontents