On the basis of humanistic and scientific reflection on human becoming, 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 1-3 program chairs and 3-5 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, a fellow or a visitor.

  • 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.
    Fellowship calls are open for the program Reformulating Sustainable Development Goals.

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  • 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.

    Fellowship calls are open for the programs Governing the Planetary Commons and Depolarizing Public Debates.

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  • Socio-Economic Transformation

    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.

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In this hive, we connect research around the topics of measurement, wellbeing economics, prosperity, planetary boundaries, inequality, and the common good.


Beyond GDP

To capture societal thriving, new research includes solidarity, agency, and sustainability.

  • What does “recoupling” mean in practice?
  • Can we quantify the benefits of agency and solidarity during the pandemic?
  • How do we measure non-monetary values?
Discussion Paper

The Integrative Power of the Humanities

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.


Seed Phrase

Simon Denny talks with people from art, tech, and the worlds in between about their experiences and ideas around Web3.

  • What is a seed phrase?
  • What is the potential of Web3?
  • How can art influence its trajectory?


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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