The Young Bled Strategic Forum that took place between 1. and 3. September was built on premise from Vladimir Bartol’s novel Alamut: Nothing is true, everything is permitted and the put in context of the industrial revolution 4.0.

The fourth industrial revolution changes the way of life and at the same time blurs the line between physical, digital and biological spheres. It is impacting all disciplines, economies and industries, and even challenging ideas about what it means to be human. The countries of the Danube region are also suffering from the digital revolution as they still do not have enough competencies to cope with challenges that are brought by digital transformation.

The group of young prominent individuals from the Danube region countries: Montenegro, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova and Slovenia, presented their competitive business models on electronics, environment and economy in the fusion of virtual, digital and real.

The participants met Slovenian Prime Minister Miro Cerar who warned them of two aspects of science: it can lead to positive achievement or it can lead to various disasters. He stressed that digitalisation should be “digitalisation with a human face and purpose.”

Three days of intensive workshops with the design thinking method ended with nine policy proposals ranging from agriculture and public services as well as green urban planning to sustainable consumption, education, technological inclusiveness and cybersecurity, forming the manifesto. The manifesto will be presented to decision makers and other stakeholders on the Bled Strategic Forum.