The Cogito 2020 programme is a real celebration of ideas and knowledge, aiming towards the future. It is promoted by the Oeiras City Council, lasts five months and can be followed via social networks. Everyone is invited.
The Municipality of Oeiras has already began Cogito 2020, a knowledge dissemination programme designed for the future, in which various approaches are combined in projects dedicated to reflection and dialogue on transformative and disruptive ideas.
Ideas are at the heart of everything. The first approach, intended to “read the ideas of the world”, is embodied in the Jornal Cogito, a weekly publication with 18 editions planned, between the beginning of September and the end of January 2021. You can subscribe to it here.
Hearing ideas from those who have them
“Hearing good ideas”, 18 sessions of “creative conversations”, described as a “co-creative live process”, are held through interviews or weekly lectures, in which the speaker identifies problems and the audience contributes, interactively, with solutions. The various questions are asked, for example, by university professor Arlindo Oliveira, who challenges us to say how technology can change education; or health, as questioned by Artur Trindade Mimoso, a member of the board of directors of the shared services company of the Ministry of Health; or, also, how it can respond to the skills of the future, as asked by psychologist Pedro Cunha, director of the Gulbenkian Knowledge Programme.
It also includes the “Cogito dialogues” for “far-reaching ideas”. There are 10 sessions with “talks about transformative ideas, more outside-the-box subjects, which are topical and attractive to a young audience”. In this context, scientist Diana Barbosa asks “what are the best conspiracy theories”, while Pedro Kupensk, development manager, closes the cycle by asking “will the future really be better?”
The third approach is the masterclasses, which talk about a “group of key personalities of our times, in the fields of science, culture and thought”, such as the scientist Maria do Carmo Fonseca, the economist Augusto Mateus, the journalist Pedro Santos Guerreiro or the scientist Ana Paiva. There will be eight sessions, between September and November, on Thursdays at 9:30pm, live at Palácio Flor da Murta, in Paço de Arcos, for a very small audience, but they will be broadcasted on Facebook and can then be rewatched on the YouTube channel.
Finale with the stage open to the audience
“Learning how to have ideas”, the Cogito Academy comprises the Walks “awareness raising/learning initiatives in initiation to creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship”. Then, the project approach, which involves initiatives to support the development of creative projects and their communication of ideas, to be presented at speaker corner, which will close the event. Both are intended for the general public and secondary school students.
Finally, in the “presenting ideas” approach, at the Festival do Conhecimento on Saturday 30 January 2021, “the citizens and the school community are given the stage”, in a space in which they can present their “transformative ideas”, always connected with “the future of the city of Oeiras”.
All the information about the Cogito programme and the recordings of the events are available at www.cogito.pt.