Jacek Kołtan, PhD, philosopher and political scientist, Deputy Director for Research at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk (Poland). He studied at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (Poland), Humboldt-Universität and Freie Universität in Berlin (Germany). He has been a fellow of the KAAD scholarship fund in Berlin (2001–2007) and a visiting scholar of the CUA in Washington DC (2012). His research interests cover social and political theory, history of solidarity idea, new social movements, hermeneutics as well as social design and anthropology. He is author of Solidarity and the Crisis of Trust (ed., 2016), Anthology. European Solidarity Centre Permanent Exhibition (ed., 2015), Obywatele ACTA (ed., 2014), Solidarność. A Peaceful Revolution (ed., 2009), Der Mitmensch. Zur Identitätsproblematik des sozialen Selbst ausgehend von der Frühphilosophie Martin Heideggers und Karl Löwiths (2012). He teaches social design theory at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk.