On the basis of humanistic and scientific reflection on human being and becoming in the 21st century, THE NEW INSTITUTE develops concrete visions of future socio-economic and political realities.
We gather thinkers and practitioners with interdisciplinary and intercultural backgrounds in academia, politics, business, media, the arts, and technology around concrete projects that effect positive social change.
Each program is structured around 1-2 program chairs and 7 fellows. Program chairs, together with the academic directors, shape concrete topics and projects within programs as well as assemble fellow groups. Fellows live and work together in Hamburg at the Warburg Ensemble. Learn more about becoming a program chair or a fellow.
The Human Condition in the 21st Century
How can we create a sustainable value-system for the 21st century?
The foundational program tackles the problem of how to think of the human condition in the 21st century.
How can we transition to an ecologically responsible and democratically resilient future?
The program “The Future of Democracy” places its main focus on the prospects for comprehensive ecological democratization. The guiding rationale is that social transformations require a collective imaginary of a future worth striving for.
How can the economy serve social well-being within planetary boundaries?
Our economy must serve our social needs and respect planetary boundaries. But this is currently not the case: we are on an unsustainable path. Our economic activities have contributed to societies growing more unequal across various dimensions, depriving some of meeting their basic human needs and putting political systems under stress.
Out of crises comes the new: flood disasters, drought, heat waves, forest fires and other extreme events are accompanied by great uncertainty - the systemic connection of these crises and the consequences for our future thinking and actions are all too clear. What we need are proposals for sustainable change and new spaces for thinking and action. What we need is increased involvement of the humanities and their integrative power.