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The coming decade will decide the course of the world. Systemic crises demand new ways of thinking and acting. We need new ideas for our common future – and the courage to turn them into reality.

OUR MISSION

We are a mission driven Institute of Advance Study and a platform for change. Our mission is to develop visions for fundamentally reconfigured societies. We combine academic rigor and innovative practice to inspire, promote and implement societal change. We will close the gap between insight and action, by bringing together academics from different disciplines and practitioners like activists, politicians, journalists, artists, and entrepreneurs.

Our home is the Warburg Ensemble, which provides the conditions for the rethinking of conventional approaches and commonly held beliefs. We will host up to 35 fellows and build unlikely alliances.

Hamburg is our home.
The world is our habitat.
The future is our concern.

Care – we care for our planet to preserve the precious gift of life.

OUR VALUES

Care – we care for our planet to preserve the precious gift of life.

Courage – we cherish the new, willing to take risks and overcome resistance.

OUR VALUES

Courage – we cherish the new, willing to take risks and overcome resistance.

Creativity – we believe in the power of inspiration, imagination and knowledge to develop new ideas and design viable solutions.

OUR VALUES

Creativity – we believe in the power of inspiration, imagination and knowledge to develop new ideas and design viable solutions.

Commitment – we are led by trust, openness and respect in a collaborative spirit.

OUR VALUES

Commitment – we are led by trust, openness and respect in a collaborative spirit.

OUR MISSION
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PROGRAMMES

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

    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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