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The Problem with Blockchain

Our programme director Francesca Bria talks to Evgeny Morozov about how digital technology can be democratized.

  • Blockchain, bitcoin and decentralization can be a promise – and a challenge to a more just and equitable internet.
  • The utopian thinking of Web3 is a reminder of the euphoria of the 90s – this might be very naive and even dangerous.
  • The discourse about Web3 will stay with us – it is relevant in the context of our programme The New Hanse.
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On the Barricades

Our fellow Philip Manow explores the relationship between hyperglobalization and the heterogeneity of global protest movements.

  • Manow’s paper “The Political Economy of Populism in Europe” addresses the challenges to liberal democracy.
  • The paper was written for Chatham House and fits into the agenda of our programme “The Future of Democracy”.
  • Populism is not a coherent phenomenon – globalization and immigration are key factors to understand the differences.
Interview

A New Enlightenment

Our fellow Corine Pelluchon talks about how ecology is more than thinking about the climate – it forms the basis for a fundamentally new form of politics.

  • Pelluchon explores this question in the book “Enlightenment at the Age of the Living” and in the programme “The Foundation of Value and Values”.
  • It is essential that we start to think about justice to future generations and animals.
  • Pelluchon’s ambition is to change politics and contribute foundational ideas to a new understanding of democracy.
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At THE NEW INSTITUTE, we build on academic rigour and real impact. Our fellowship programmes 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 programme “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.

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  • 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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