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SDF2022 Rewriting Democracy

2022.11.03. Thu. Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul

2022 THEME

This year, we tackle a theme that urgently demands our attention.
The theme of SDF2022 is Rewriting Democracy.

Reforming our political system to overcome division and conflict

Today, the world is at a turning point. Our values are colliding and bringing usinto conflict. There are countless important decisions to be made in light of ourapproaching future. Can our current political system prepare us for a better future?In the first part of our program, we discuss what measures can be taken tosignificantly improve the quality of our democracies.

Democracy as a principle for life

What will it take for democracy to be more than a value or a system and actuallyshape our approach to life? In the second part of our program, we explore how wecan practice democracy as a principle for a happier life.


What makes SDF different?

SDF (SBS D Forum) is a knowledge-sharing project and major corporatesocial responsibility initiative of South Korean broadcaster SBS.The aim of SDF is to engage in and encourage inquiry and deliberationto help shape the public discourse and guide reflection on the valuesthat we need to guide us through changing times into the future.

조명 이미지 Wide-ranging exploration of social issues

Every year, a theme is chosen for SDF that reflects the most critical issues we face as a society.We explore solutions to such issues through the diverse lenses of politics,society, culture, and art and ask the questions that are necessary for change.

손모양 이미지 World-leading lineup of speakers

Leading local and international speakers take to the stage at SDFevery year to share their insights and engage with our audience.

트로피 이미지 Joint research project

An annual joint research project is conducted with experts in various fields.In addition to addressing issues being raised by civil society,we propose bold solutions for change in our existing systems and institutions on the back of in-depth research.


How do past speakers and participants describe SDF?

  • I was selective about where I chose to speak on each continent, and in Asia I decided to speak at the SBS D Forum. It was all held very professionally!

    Yuval Harari SDF2020 Yuval Harari
  • It was the first time I was invited to present for the closing session of such a big event like SBS D Forum. I hope to be able to share more of my thoughts on topics like technology finding solutions for disabilities in the future.

    Kim Cho-yeop SDF2021 Kim Cho-yeop
  • It was wonderful to be able to join such a diverse group of speakers for SBS D Forum, and it was a very interesting experience. I hope that more people will be influenced to change their lives and take part in creating a better world. Thank you very much.

    Peter Singer SDF2021 Peter Singer
  • I’m thankful to have been a part of a meaningful process of fostering public dialogue ahead of the presidential elections, at a time when more active debate about policies was especially needed I was lucky to be able to witness quality journalism from up close.

    Lee Seung-yoon SDF2021 Lee Seung-yoon
  • At an increasingly challenging and complex time, it is important to pool our collective wisdom, and SBS D Forum proved itself to be a promising platform for that purpose. I hope it will continue to play an important role.

    Yoo Hyunjoon SDF2020 Yoo Hyunjoon
  • I am very thankful for the platform you provided for me to make my voice heard during what was a difficult time. You can’t imagine how much that meant to me. The forum was so great, and you should be very proud. Thank you truly.

    Rose McGowan SDF2018 Rose McGowan
  • By being open to the imagination of artists, which isn’t always an easy thing to understand, you have contributed to saving the world. SDF perfectly embodies the spirit of engagement and cooperation. You have gone beyond introducing art through your program and actually made your program a work of art. If that’s not progress for human society, I don’t know what is.

    Choe Uzong SDF2020 Choe Uzong
  • I had a blast! What an interesting city and a very interesting conference, and I don't say that lightly. I go to lots of conferences. It was superb.

    Cathy O’Neil SDF2018 Cathy O’Neil
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Registration is open from October 7 to 27.
Don’t miss your chance. Register today!


See you here November 3!

Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), Seoul
Art Hall 1
Please use public transportation as parking is very limited.


We’re back! This year, SDF is returning to our in-person format.

We have prepared a variety of special offline-only events and hands-on programs, so don’t miss out!*SDF2022 complies with all COVID-19 protocols.
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