At THE NEW INSTITUTE, we build on academic rigour and real impact. Our fellowship programs 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 program “The Foundation 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.
Which governance structures and forms of decision making enable systemic change for a sustainable future?
The program “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.
What is an economy that serves social well-being within planetary boundaries?
The program “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.
What role do behavioural changes play in socio-economic transformations?
The program “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.
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.