To Change the World and Know How Much Is Enough

By Liselotte Pelle

The Nexus Institute is well known for its lectures and conferences on a wide range of topics. It offers insights into contemporary questions, such as ‘How to change the world?’ or ‘How much is enough?’

The Nexus Institute, which started in 1991 with a magazine, Nexus, has a European humanist tradition. They study European heritage from different perspectives. Be it political, philosophical, or any other perspective, the goal is to offer an insight in current issues and hold discussions with experts in the field. The institute aims to accomplish this with essays in their magazine Nexus, published three times a year, and by organizing master classes, symposiums, and the aforementioned lectures and conferences.

A recent example is the ‘How to Change the World’ conference, which was held in the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam last December. Big names, such as political philosopher John Gray, Marxist philosopher Alain Badiou, writer and activist Margaret Atwood, and British MP Rory Stewart gathered in Amsterdam to debate on the necessity of changing the world, and how to go about that.

Their next symposium ‘How Much Is Enough?’ will be held on the 28th of March in Amsterdam. Historian, economist, and politician Lord Robert Skidelsky will share his perspective on what the ‘good life’ entails. Especially in this time of financial crisis, it might be good to ponder over a new definition of what the good life really comprises. Is it purely economic or does it involve a moral and societal aspect as well?

Following Skidelsky’s lecture, there will be a discussion between Skidelsky, economist and banker Wim van den Goorbergh, former Minister of Finance Hans Hoogervorst, financial expert Jeroen Kremers, and economist and former politician Rick van der Ploeg. The audience can ask questions and join the panel in their philosophizing.

For more information, see: You can also find some recommended reading, which offers an in-depth look into this subject.


Where: Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ in Amsterdam.

When: 28th of March from 10.00 onwards.

Price: €20 (for students).


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