At THE NEW INSTITUTE, we build on academic rigour and real impact. Our fellowship programs address the most urgent questions of our time at the intersection of ecology, economy, democracy and the human condition.

  • The Foundations of Value and Values

    What is a sustainable value system for the 21st century?

    The program “The Foundations of Value and Values” is motivated by a recognition that there are differing versions of how society and the economy function – and encourages a thorough thinking through of these various approaches to their logical conclusions.

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  • The Future of Democracy

    Which governance structures and forms of decision making enable systemic change for a sustainable future?

    The program “The Future of Democracy” explores how to make democratic decision-making processes and the respective institutions fit for the future – more responsive to contexts, more equitable, and more sustainable.

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  • Socio-Economic Transformation

    What is an economy that serves social well-being within planetary boundaries?

    The program “Socio-Economic Transformation” aims to find alternative ways to measure progress and develop rules of digital governance directed towards public interest and the common good.

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  • The New Hanse

    How can cities use data to become more democratic and sustainable?

    The program “The New Hanse” investigates the relationship between urban digital infrastructures, data justice, and sustainability, supporting the city of Hamburg’s transformation towards climate neutrality with tangible data-driven pilot projects.

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  • Voices from the Past – Lessons for the Future

    How do social movements lead to systemic change, when and why? What can we learn from past protest movements to help us build a better future from the present?

    The program “Voices from the Past – Lessons for the Future” is analyzing key-moments in Europe and beyond, treating change as a generational practice as well as an exercise in memory.

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We look at the war in Ukraine – intimately through art and testimonies, and in a wider context through the expertise of our fellows, and joined by other voices we find valuable. If we want to understand what is happening, we need to look beyond.


Debt and Destruction

Thea Riofrancos on the Global Economic Order



50 years after the report “Limits to Growth”: We know we are destroying our planet – why is it so difficult to act? Fellows, practitioners, artists try to find answers. Join us on our quest.


We Just Want The Honey

Ana Prvački on the Lessons of Nature for Societal Change

  • Why did honey, really, become such a luxury product?
  • How would institutions look like that follow the logic of the hive?
  • What is the role of play in adapting to climate change?

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