Solidarity between the Generations – Environmental and Financial Sustainability

Solidarity between the Generations – Environmental and Financial Sustainability


On Friday, 20 November at 15.00 CET, join us for the second in a series of on-line debates on ‘Re-thinking Solidarity.’  This time our special guests will look at environmental and economic perspectives within an inter-generational context. 

This event is being co-sponsored by: St. John Paul II Institute of Culture (Angelicum, Rome), St. Benet’s Institute (Oxford University), the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building (Belfast), Polish Cultural Institute (London), along with Poland’s Political Theology.

The online event on 20 November is entitled “Solidarity between the generations – environmental and financial sustainability.’

Participants include: 

➤ Sr. Helen Alford O.P., Vice-Rector of the Angelicum, Member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences 

➤ Kalypso Nicolaidis, University of Oxford 

➤ Carlos Fidalgo Gallardo, University of Seville 

➤ Marek A. Cichocki, Political Theology 

➤ Lord Alderdice – moderator

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Who are the participants?

Sr. Helen Alford, O.P. was born in 1964 in London. She is vice-rector of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas – the Angelicum in Rome. In September 2020, Pope Francis appointed her as a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. She is an expert in economics, ethics and the history of Christian social thought. She is the author of many publications on management theory, human-centred technology and corporate social responsibility, including Managing As If Faith Mattered (2001), Preaching Justice: Dominican Contributions to Social Ethics in the Twentieth Century (2007), Fondare la responsabilità sociale d’impresa (2008), Rich and Poor: Rebalancing the Economy (2010).

Kalypso Nicolaïdis was born in 1962 in Paris. Her scientific interests include international relations, global governance, post-colonialism, European integration and game theory. She teaches international relations and serves as director of the Centre for International Studies at Oxford University. In the past she was a professor at Harvard University. She is the author of many publications, including The Federal Vision: Legitimacy and Levels of Governance in the US and the EU (2001), European Stories: Intellectual Debates on Europe in National Contexts (2010), Echoes of Empire: The Present of Europe’s Colonial Pasts (2015) and Exodus, Reckoning, Sacrifice: Three Meanings of Brexit (2019).

Carlos Fidalgo Gallardo is a specialist in formal law. He lectures at the University of Seville and at the University of Navarre and Universidad Centroamericana (Nicaragua). He was an advisor to the chairman of the UNESCO Committee on Human Rights and Biosphere. He is a member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Law and Legislation. He is the author of numerous articles and books on the American rule of exclusion, human rights and international tribunals, among others.

Marek A. Cichocki was born in 1966 in Warsaw. He is a philosopher, Germanist, political scientist, expert on Polish-German relations. Co-founder and editor of “Political Theology”, programme director at the European Centre in Natolin and editor-in-chief of “New Europe” magazine. Professor at Collegium Civitas and in 1998-2015 lecturer at the University of Warsaw. He was a social advisor to the President of the Republic of Poland on the Constitutional Treaty and the future of the EU and a Polish negotiator of the EU Lisbon Treaty. He is author of the book: Continuity and Change. Can conservatism not be revolutionary? (1999), Kidnapping Europe (2004), Power and Memory. On the Political Function of History (2005), The Problem of Political Unity in Europe (2012) and North and South: Texts on Polish Culture and History (2018).

The debate will be moderated by Lord John Alderdice, a British politician and member of the Liberal Democratic Party. He is a psychiatrist by profession. As a leader of the Northern Ireland Alliance Party, he played a significant role in the negotiations of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. He gives lectures and classes at Oxford on conflict resolution and the understanding of fundamentalism, radicalisation and terrorism. Since 1996 he has served as a life member of the House of Lords. Currently he is Vice-Chairman of the House of Lords Committee.


The first debate, already behind us, was held on 23 October 2020 under the title: “Solidarity, Religion and Interfaith Dialogue.” Participants focused on the religious aspects of the idea of solidarity. Participants of the online webinar included: Dariusz Karłowicz (Political Theology), Nazila Ghanea (Oxford University), Daniel Greenberg (Jewish Law and Ethics), fr. Jarosław Kupczak OP (representing the St. John Paul II Institute of Culture at the Angelicum / Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow). The interview was moderated by Lord Alderdice. 

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Calendar of forthcoming debates in the ‘Re-thinking Solidarity’ series:

20 November 2020 – Solidarity between the Generations – Environmental and Financial Sustainability

18 December 2020 – Solidarity, Politics and Political Psychology

19 February 2021 – Solidarity, Equality and Social Justice.

All webinars start at 15:00.

The “Re-thinking Solidarity” series is an attempt to reflect on this key concept from a social perspective 40 years after the creation of the concept of Polish “Solidarity” – the first independent trade union in the Soviet bloc, a movement that played a major role in the collapse of communism and the peaceful transition to democracy in Central and Eastern Europe.

By gathering eminent thinkers, we hope the cycle of debates will contribute to rethinking what solidarity is and should be today. In light of the changes taking place, growing inequalities, unemployment, waves of migration, geopolitical tensions and the social and economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, the question of solidarity becomes particularly relevant.

The list of names of participants in the debates can be found at: