+++ 16 new thinkers join our think tank +++ 1 000 guests attend Innocracy 2018 and Berlin Summer Night +++ Food for thought +++

Newest intellectual contributors and our "Day of Progress"

Dear friends and colleagues,

Shaping progress – this is the overall aim of our work at Das Progressive Zentrum. Just before the summer break, we reached a significant milestone:

Firstly, we are delighted to announce that 16 thought leaders and practitioners have joined us as new Fellows and Members of our Scientific Council. They will add to the intellectual life within in our three key programme areas “International Relations”, “Future of Democracy” and “Structural Change”, as well as explore on new thematic threads such as “Digital Democracy”, “Corporate Citizenship” and “Democratic Debating Culture”. We will introduce our new members briefly below as well as extensively on our website.

On 28 June, my personal “Day of Progress” in the first half of this year was in the light of intelligent and progressive thinkers. To begin with, 150 selected guests from Germany and Europe followed our invitation to the Innocracy Conference. Under the title “The Next Democracy. Transforming Paradigms, Institutions and the Market” the question, we discussed how to renew our democratic structures, processes and institutions in various workshops, talks and debates. Selected sessions have been recorded for you, which you can find on our website. 

The conference was followed by the Berlin Summer Night. One of the highlights was the debate between the Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Franziska Giffey and Robert Habeck, Federal Chairman of Alliance 90/The Greens, as well as the journalist Elisabeth Niejahr. In addition to the governmental crisis that happened that day, they addressed the general question of how to promote social progress and solidarity in times of increasing collective uncertainty. 

I would like to thank all our partners and contributors, who made this grand and wonderful day possible! I wish you a relaxing summer break and a new energy boost for your upcoming work.

Dominic Schwickert
Managing Director, Das Progressive Zentrum

Meet our new thinkers: Fellows and Scientific Advisors

First row (left to right): Manuela Barišić Visiting Fellow for Structural Change · Daniela Blaschke Visiting Fellow for Structural Change · Maik Bohne Policy Fellow for Future of Democracy · Oliver Geden Member of the Scientific Council
Second row: Prof. Florian Grotz Member of the Scientific Council · Kübra Gümüşay Visiting Fellow for Future of Democracy · Johannes Hillje Policy Fellow for Future of Democracy · 
Prof. Tanja Klenk Member of the Scientific Council
Third rowLutz Mache Visiting Fellow for Future of Democracy · Isabelle Maras Visiting Fellow for International Relations · Prof. Rita Nikolai Member of the Scientific Council · 
Florian Ranft Policy Fellow for Structural Change
Fourth rowProf. Sabine Russ-Sattar Member of the Scientific Council · Alexander Schellinger Visiting Fellow for International Relations · Prof. Bernhard Weßels Member of the Scientific Council ·
Fiona D. Wollensack Visiting Fellow for International Relations

Read the detailed profiles of the 16 fellows and advisors on our website.

Day of Progress: 28 June 2018
Innocracy Conference and Berlin Summer Night

Innocracy 2018: The Next Democracy

  • More than 180 participants from 8 countries, including academics, activists, and politicians -amongst others Ulrike Guérot, Claus Leggewie, Patrizia Nanz, Ria Schröder, Jamila Schäfer und Marja-Liisa Völlers MP
  • 17 interactive formats focusing on Digital Democracy, Sustainable Democracy, Community and Belonging and Systemic Reform as well as a "Marketplace of Ideas" 
  • Keynote Speech by Franziska Giffey, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth 
Report: Highlights of Innocracy 2018, including the speech by Franziska Giffey. Find out more about the conference and its ideas, find videos, pictures and reading suggestions on the Innocracy website.

Berlin Summer Night

  • More than 1 000 guests from Berlin's and Europe's political scene
  • Panel discussion featuring Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth Franziska Giffey and Robert Habeck, Federal Chairman, Alliance 90/The Greens on the topic: "Where shall we lead progressive forces?", moderated by Elisabeth Niejahr, head reporter of WirtschaftsWoche
  • Celebrations in relaxed summer atmosphere until late
See what happened at Berlin Summer Night

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Food for thought: Recent publications and media analysis

Recent publications
Work in the Digital Age.
Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Max Neufeind, Florian Ranft,
Jacqueline O'Reilly (eds.), 2018.
Download PDF here.

Beyond (this) democracy.
Seven sketches toward a new democratic purpose.

Hanno Burmester, 2018.
Download PDF here.
Our experts comment on the coalition dispute, political framing,
and counter-AfD strategies
Sophie Pornschlegel (left) analyses the coalition dispute for BBC Business Report.

Johannes Hillje (above) writing for Süddeutsche Zeitung, interviewed on the news shows Tagesthemen and ZDF heute on the topic of political framing.
Fedor Ruhose (right) on how to counter far-right Alternative for Germany in the upcoming regional elections for Frankfurter Rundschau.

Robert Schütte (below) on the coalition dispute in La Razón.
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