In each program 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.
Fellows live and work together in Hamburg at the Warburg Ensemble. Learn more about becoming a program chair, a fellow or a visitor.
Governing the Planetary Commons
How are the planetary commons to be governed in an ecologically responsible, just, democratic, and resilient way?
The program "Governing the Planetary Commons: a Focus on the Amazon" examines how to responsibly and sustainably govern crucial Earth systems, using the Amazon Rainforest as an example, and explores different governance models that could work in an ecologically sound, democratic, and resilient way.
Depolarizing Public Debates
How can we depolarize public debates on socio-ecological transformations?
The aim of the program „Depolarizing Public Debates“ is to develop tools for reducing polarization in public discussions about socio-ecological issues, engaging with practitioners from journalism, digital platforms, and civil society.
Conceptions of Human Flourishing
How does a non-materialist conception of human flourishing inform the reformulation of the SDGs in 2030?
The program „Conceptions of Human Flourishing” explores how different cultures conceive of human flourishing, how the current materialist approach may limit it, and how to redesign the SDGs with a broader, more inclusive view of what human flourishing means.
The Human Condition in the 21st Century
How can we create a sustainable value-system for the 21st century?
This foundational program asks what it means to be human in the 21st century and how to create a sustainable value system for our interconnected world. The program examines the relationships between humans and nature, freedom, morality, growth, animals, and technology, and seeks to turn insights from philosophy and social science into actionable projects.
The Future of Democracy
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.
The New Hanse Project
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.
University of Fine Arts, Hamburg
Janine von Wolfersdorff
Tax Consultant and Financial Expert
University of Athens
University of Delhi
University of Hamburg
Italian Innovation Fund
University of Florida
Freeszfe Society, Budapest
University of Duisburg-Essen
Justus Liebig University Giessen
PRAESA and University of the Western Cape, South Africa
University of Tokyo
Humboldt-University of Berlin
University of Cape Town
University of Würzburg
University of California, Berkeley; Pacifica Graduate Institute
Climate Analytics, Berlin
University of Cambridge
Political Thinker and Writer
London School of Economics and Political Science
University of Oxford
University of Amsterdam
PressLaunch of the Urban Data Challenge
Ideas and solution proposals for data-based improvement of cycling and micromobility wanted.
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and THE NEW INSTITUTE are jointly launching the Urban Data Challenge Hamburg. The goal is to gain new insights into cycling and micromobility flows in Hamburg in order to make the city more livable and sustainable. The best proposed solution will be awarded €40,000.
This hive connects research around the topics of measurement, wellbeing economics, prosperity, planetary boundaries, inequality, and the common good.
reportUrban Data Deal for Democracy
How The New Hanse tries to tackle the question of private-public-people partnership in the digital age. What is the role of data in the digital age? What are prominent ways of governing data? How can we best use data for our common good?
Discussion PaperThe Integrative Power of the Humanities
Out of crises comes the new: flood disasters, drought, heat waves, and forest fires, although accompanied by uncertainty, present an opportunity for sustainable change and necessitate the integration of the humanities to create new spaces for thought and action towards a more secure future.
Markus Gabriel | Christoph Horn | Anna Katsman | Corine Pelluchon | Ingo Venzke | Wilhelm Krull | Anna Luisa Lippold |
interviewWe Just Want The Honey
Ana Prvački on the Lessons of Nature for Societal Change
Carolyn Kirschner on Design for a Planet in Danger
Leading with courage, vision and passion
Our program director and jury member Francesca Bria on Vanessa Nakate
messageWhat will be your legacy, Chancellor Scholz?
Vanessa Nakate’s speech at the Helmut-Schmidt-Zukunftspreis 2022
PressA Partnership for the Digital Future
THE NEW INSTITUTE starts a collaboration with the Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg
interviewDebt and Destruction
Thea Riofrancos on the Global Economic Order
Beyond the War | Art |
interviewRespect What You Have
Kinga Kiełczyńska on Reincarnation and The Limits of Art Production
interviewThe Art of Change
Emma Enderby on Arts and Speculative Scenarios
interviewBeyond Good and Evil
Elisabeth Strowick on Stories, Scenarios and Climate Change
interviewCapitalism is the Main Problem
Kim Stanley Robinson on Climate Change and Science Fiction
essayOn Brown Goods
Karimah Ashadu Describes the Limbo Within Capitalism
Beyond The Limit
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.
editorialTime for Climate Action
Imagining possible futures – 50 years after “The Limits to Growth”
interviewThe Addiction to Growth
Dennis Meadows on The Need for a Mature World
Alevtina Kakhidze on the Art of Surviving
Beyond the War | Art |
PressThe Reason to Act
Vanessa Nakate receives the Helmut-Schmidt-Zukunftspreis 2022.