In the new Hertie programme "Jugend entscheidet" (youth decides), communities are assisted in making a decision on a local political issue together with young people. Experienced process support is available to the municipal leadership, while the participating young people are supported in the decision-making process. The programme website and a video can be found here in German.
In a new podcast organised by the Hertie Foundation, people with political biographies provide insights into their everyday lives. Elisabeth Niejahr, Managing Director of the Democracy Department, interviews personalities from politics and media about what it is like to be a politician in the 21st century. In the first episode she discusses the bad reputation of the profession "politics".
Together with the Wirtschaftswoche, the Hertie Foundation has now awarded prizes for the best essays on the subject of democracy and economy. First place in the category "unpublished text" went to Kasyoka Salim Mutunga. The Kenyan lawyer convinced with her essay "Makers of Nations, Three Wise Men, and a Star from the East". The essay can be found here in english as well as further winners.
The Democracy Team of the Hertie Foundation is also actively engaged under @demokratieghst on Twitter. In weekly rotation, employees, from the management to the internship position, report on their everyday work at Hertie. We also provide information about our events and initiatives, discuss current socio-political issues and share ideas and recommendations in the field of democracy.
Ahmad Mansour, member of the board of 'Jugend Debattiert', addresses in an interview with the Hertie Foundation the importance of debates for our democracy. The psychologist and expert on Islamism wants to inspire young people to engage in debate culture. He also talks about his Anti-Semitism programme with the police and gives first details about a project supported by the Hertie Foundation.
The Hertie Interviews Podcast is a discussion with science and business experts. In the current one David Schraven, founder of the Bürgerakademie, answers the question: What is good journalism? The Bürgerakademie teaches journalistic skills to interested citizens, explains the role of social media and shows how misinformation can be recognized.
The Hertie Foundation informs about the support of Frankfurt institutions in Corona times with a total of € 300,000. This unbureaucratic, fast support serves Frankfurt's children and youth, people in need and cultural workers. Institutions that have fallen into acute distress as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic receive rapid assistance via commitment funds.
In "Fellows in Portrait" you will find new interviews with our coordinators of our networks and programmes. Here we introduce, among others, Andreas Schröder (Hertie Energy and Environment Network), who as coordinator of the network organizes workshops and group activities. He now works for the International Energy Agency in Paris, combining professional life and commitment as a Hertie Fellow.
In its podcast the Hertie Foundation talks to experts from the fields of science and economy. As Germanys EU council presidency begun on 1st July, the Hertie Foundation spoke to Damian Boeselager, Hertie School graduate and member of the european parliament. The interview is about Damian Boeselagers daily work in the parliament and his reason to found the party Volt Europe.
The Schwarzkopf Foundation in collaboration with the Hertie Foundation initiated an online talk with Juliane Schäuble, US correspondent of Tagesspiegel. Moderated by our colleague Anna Delius the talk analyses the relationship of US media and Donald Trump. Furthermore, the societal polarisation in the US and the corona crisis are discussed.