RSI digital book club

RSI digital book club

The Robert Schuman Institute, with the support of the Eduardo Frei Foundation organises the following series of online events for 15 young EFF/RSI alumni representatives from EaP, SEE and MENA regions.

RSI digital book club – 3 books, 3 experts, 3 follow-up discussions

Select one, two or three books to read and participate on the follow-up discussions! You’ll have 14 days for reading the selected book.

The main objective of the project is to use three books for stimulating discussion (60 min) among EFF/RSI alumni on current world challenges and future issues and provide a platform where these topics could be discussed with an experienced facilitator.

In the application form you can select which e-book(s) you would like to read and participate in the follow up discussion.  The books will be provided by RSI.


  1. Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (Daron Acemoglu, James A. Robinson)
    The book itself is based on more than 300 scientific works and introduces the examples for inclusive and extractive institutions in many countries from South America through Europe till Asia. Why Nations Fail answers the question that has challenged the experts for centuries: Why are some nations rich and others poor, divided by wealth and poverty, health and sickness, food and famine?
    Time: 05 May, 17h00 – expired
    Speaker: Aart van Bochove, The Netherlands

  2. The Square and the Tower. Networks and Power, From the Freemasons to Facebook (Niall Ferguson)
    The book includes analysis on the near past events for example Donald Trump’s rise or Brexit and concludes with a speculative look forward, pondering whether the current elite class can bring about a reformation of the democratic process, and whether new organizing principles. adapted to a digital world, can arise out of the present political turbulence.
    Time: 02 June, 17h00
    Speaker: Bart van Horck, The Netherlands


  3. Factfulness. Ten reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think (Hans Rosling)
    In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective―from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse).
    Time: 17 June, 17h00
    Speaker: Friso Douwstra, The Netherlands

The APPLICATION DEADLINE is 21 May (Friday) 2021
The exact time of the follow-up meetings and the name of the experts will be published soon.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the responsible project manager, Bence Labossa at

Please fill in the application form