When Your Country Is Not Your Country Anymore

Our fellow Ece Temelkuran asks if she will ever be able to return home to Turkey – or worse, will there be a home to return to?

  • How does one fight for justice in the face of relentless state oppression?
  • Can a vote bring change in a system that has been largely rigged?
  • What comes after the breaking point?

At THE NEW INSTITUTE, we build on academic rigour and real impact. Our fellowship programmes 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 programme “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 programme “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 programme “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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  • Changing Mindsets – Changing Behaviour

    What role do behavioural changes play in socio-economic transformations?

    The programme “Changing Mindsets – Changing Behaviour” aims to forge novel interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral alliances, drawing together research from neuroscience, psychology, data science, sociology, philosophy and economics, among others.

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  • The New Hanse

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

    The programme “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 programme “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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The Spirit of this Century

Tobias Müller on Solidarity as Co-Liberation


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.


Achieving Democracy

Our fellow Vladimir Safatle on the revolutionary process of rewriting Chile’s dictatorship-era Constitution – and what it means for the rest of the world.

  • How can popular movements lead to fundamental transformation?
  • What does it mean to write a constitution that includes everybody?
  • Why is it crucial to combine changes at the micro and at the macro level?

The Cry of Protest

Chilean artist Sandra Vásquez de la Horra on traumatic experiences and healing rituals.

  • What is it like growing up in moments of normalcy, fear, shame, and persecution at the same time?
  • How can a traumatic past lead into a future of hope and promise?
  • How are the crises of our times changing the way we engage with humanity?


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