Hertie-Interviews: Current podcast episode

The podcast of the Hertie Foundation presents interviews with experts from academia and business. In the current episode, our fellow and podcast host Kurt Woischytzky talks to Yasmin Celin Gannouchi and Joshua Kantara about racism and sexism in schools, youth participation in municipalities and media education. Both are working to make a difference in society.

"Jugend Entscheidet" starts

Ten municipalities entrust youths with political decision-making: Young people are passionate about politics, want to have their say and participate in decisions. But what do they have to say about local political issues? What do they think about issues that affect their lives right on their doorstep? The Hertie Foundation is now launching the project with ten municipalities. Find more information here.

Happy Holidays!

Dear Fellows, we wish you and your loved ones happy holidays and a great new year 2021. We hope that you will be able to spend the end of this turbulent year safely and with your friends and relatives. Next year we will welcome you again to our activities and events, first of all online. Stay healthy!

New Hertie programme

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. 

Profession "politics"

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".

Essay Award

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 First place in the category "unpublished text" went to Kasyoka Salim Mutunga.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.

Democracy on Twitter

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.

New Hertie Interview

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.

New Hertie Interviews Podcast

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.

Unbureaucratic fiancial support

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.

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