Gulbenkian Ideas

In addition to major studies and briefs, the Future Forum regularly publish Ideas from renowned personalities and authors in their fields. In short texts (from 5 to 10 pages) or testimonials on video, these personalities expose their position on a certain topic, clarifying and provoking the debate.



Series «Covid-19: What Next?»

In this special series from Gulbenkian Ideas, a set of testimonials about the changes that may occur in the world in the post-Covid-19 are presented.

The testimonies, by thinkers of recognized merit, national and foreign, and young people between 15 and 30 years old involved in projects supported by the Foundation, reflect ideas that range from Interpersonal Relations to Sustainability, the Digital World or the New Social Contract.



João Viegas – 15-25 Imagina Project
Sandra Varela – Designer
Ana Marta Estrada – Artistic and Cultural Mediator


Robert Post – Yale Law School (Part 1)
Robert Post – Yale Law School (Part 2)
Mónica Brito Vieira – University of York

Paul Collier – University of Oxford
Cátia Batista – Nova SBE
Luísa Pimenta – Student 11th grade


Francisco de Abreu Duarte – Doctoral student of Law at the European University Institute
Francisco Maciel – Software engineer and reading enthusiast
Lígia Fonseca Coelho – PhD Student in Bioengineering, Instituto Superior Técnico – MIT Portugal

Carolina Pereira – Human rights and media activist
Carlos Jorge Vaz – Student 12th grade


Carolina Tavares – Student 10th year
Manuel Leite – Student 12th grade
Marco Guedes – Student 12th grade

André Lopo – Student 11th Grade

New Social Contract

Daniel Innerarity – Director of the Institute for Democratic Governance in San Sebastian
Ruth Rubio Marin – School of Transnational Governance
Walter Russell Mead – Bard College

Carlos Moura Teixeira – Master in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Andoni Luiz Aduriz – Mugaritz Restaurant

Civic Participation

HansPeter Kriesi – Political Science Professor at the European University Institute in Florence
Marta Sousa Ramos – Master’s Student in Politics, NYU

International Policy

Joseph Weiler – Professor at NYU Law School and Senior Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard
Constantino Xavier – Brookings, India
Guilherme Penedo – Master student in Aerospace Engineering, Instituto Superior Técnico

Interpersonal Relations

João Marecos – Lawyer
Maria Inês Galvão – Clinical Psychologist
Bárbara Figueiredo – Finalist of the Medical Course, University of Minho

Beatriz Soares – Student 10th grade, Apprentice of the Transformers Movement


Simon Kuper – Financial Times Journalist
Luísa Schmidt – Sociologist and principal researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences at the University of Lisbon
Tiago Quaresma – COMUR, Canning Industry
João Kopke – Professional surfer and storyteller
Joana Ferreira – Student 9th grade
Inês Rico – Environmental Engineering Student, Instituto Superior Técnico

Conference “Rethinking Society for the 21st Century”

The conference “Rethinking Society for the 21st Century”, held on January 9, 2020, aimed to present and discuss the conclusions of the Report “A Manifesto for Social Progress – Ideas for a Better Society”, which main message is that the institutions of the market are necessary, but insufficient to constitute a base of a society that guarantees justice and human dignity, simultaneously with sustainability and robustness.


Social Progress

Olivier Bouin
Marc Fleurbaey