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Mixed Migration - How can we distinguish refugees from labor migrants?

A growing number of people from Africa and Asia have left for Europe, and the numbers of those migrating within the European continent are also growing. But it is often difficult to distinguish refugees from labor migrants. This "mixed migration" places a heavy burden on asylum procedures and the system as a whole. What can we do to ease the burdens of a strained system? read more

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Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 – Opening Film

Apart from likes, selfies etc., what do we get from digitalization? How does it help us in our everyday life? “Digital native” Lea from Düsseldorf, Germany, is going to ask these questions in our opening film for our Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017. read more

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Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 - Our award winner Toomas Hendrik Ilves

This year's Reinhard Mohn Prize "Smart Country: Connected. Intelligent. Digital." has been awarded to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former President of Estonia, on June 29, 2017 in Gütersloh, Germany, in honor of his pioneering work on the promotion of digitalization in government, education and public services. read more

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How Israel has become a start-up nation

Since its founding in 1948, Israel’s economic and technological development has been impressive. Despite having only 8.4 million inhabitants, the country has become a major high-tech player. When it comes to cyber security, Israel is home to more than 300 companies, making it a global leader in this area as well. And Tel Aviv and Silicon Wadi are considered one of the world’s most important and vibrant ecosystems for start-ups. read more

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Sweden on the way to the digital future

Sweden is one of the countries leading the way when it comes to digitalization. It has implemented a national digital strategy and is expanding its high-speed fiber-optic network. These efforts have given it a more than ten-year advantage over other countries – Germany, for example – when it comes to adopting digital technologies. Our video shows the success factors that have made Sweden a digital leader. read more

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Future-ready urban planning in Smart City Vienna

In many respects, Austria is setting the standards when it comes to digitization. Vienna, the capital, is considered one of Europe’s pioneers in this area. Its residents benefit from numerous digital solutions which are easily accessible and can be used by anyone. read more

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Smart Country – Estonia is the Country in the Cloud

Estonia is considered a pioneer in the area of digitization. People there benefit from a wide range of digital solutions – solutions that are easily accessible and can be used by anyone. We had a look at how things are done on site. Why has digitization in Estonia been so successful? read more

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Vision Europe Summit 2016

The video summarizes the aims and the innovative cooperation of the Vision Europe Summit consortium. It shows impressions from the second Vision Europe Summit conference in Lisbon. read more

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

Brigitte Mohn on the topic “Smart Country”

“We want more digitization in Germany - and we need it, too. We want to become faster.” Brigitte Mohn, member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Executive Board, invites you to accompany us on our way to the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 which focuses on the topic “Smart Country”. read more

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Sustainable Development Goals - Launch of the SDG Index in New York

World leaders are gathering in New York for the General Assembly at the United Nations in September 2016 – one year after committing to the historic Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDG Index by the Bertelsmann Stiftung and the SDSN measures progress towards the goals and shows best practices across countries. read more

Smart Country

Jörg Dräger: How Digital is Germany?

What does Smart Country mean? Does Germany already have a digital infrastructure? What needs to happen to make Germany more digital? Who needs to get involved for this to happen? Four questions we asked Jörg Dräger (a member of the board at the Bertelsmann Stiftung). read more

Smart Country

Smart Country addresses the challenges of the 21st Century. Intelligent technology will mean participation for everyone, ensuring equal living conditions in both cities and rural areas. read more

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Smart Country—Interview With Dr. Bernd Holtwick

Digital strategies help improve the day-to-day lives of people and secure social engagement. Dr. Bernd Holtwick, head of exhibitions at DASA (an exhibition center on the world of work based in Dortmund), discusses the topic of “Care”. In his opinion, there is no doubt that robots will play a part in the future of the care sector. They make the organization and design of care services easier. Robots can play a supportive role and yet they will never replace people. The Bertelsmann Stiftung “Smart Country” project researches how digital strategies can mean the megatrends digitization and demographic change ensure everyone is involved. read more

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Smart Country - Interview with Gregor Isenbort

Smart City and Smart Country are concepts that use intelligent technology and networks to tackle the challenges of the 21st century such as designing demographic change. Gregor Isenbort, the head of DASA in Dortmund (an exhibition center on the world of work), makes a brief statement on the function of robots. read more

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Digital Farming—Automatic Steering System

Agriculture is an integral part of productivity in rural areas. Digitization offers numerous opportunities to maintain and further develop the industry. One example of this is showcased here—an automatic steering system for tractors and harvesters. read more

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Vision Europe Summit 2015

The video summarizes the aims and the innovative cooperation of the Vision Europe Summit consortium. It shows impressions from the first Vision Europe Summit conference in Berlin. read more

Finale of NEUEN STIMMEN 2013

Recording of the entire finale of NEUE STIMMEN 2013 in the town hall Gütersloh. For the women sopranist Nicole Car from Australia and Nadine Sierra from the USA won. For the man the southkorean tenor Tyong-Hyun Lee read more

A fair deal on talent

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2015: Shaping a fair migration!

The global competition for skilled employees is on its way. Alongside the migration of people offers possibilities for countries of origin, countries of immigration and immigrants - if migration is shaped in a fair way. The movie deals with the chances and challenges of migration. read more

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Interview with Aart De Geus on the occasion of the Brussels Think Tank Dialogue 2015

Bertelsmann Stiftung Chairman and CEO Aart De Geus talks about the 2015 edition of the Brussels Think Tank Dialogue. Under the theme "A New Departure For The EU" the ten think tank partners have identified three challenges and opportunities that the EU’s new leadership should address in order to foster stability, economic growth and employment: energy security, labour mobility and migration. read more

Geographic Scope of the Neighbourhood Policy

At the verge of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Neighbourhood Conference in Berlin in November 2014, Dimitrios Triantaphyllou, Professor of International Politics, suggests rethinking the geographic scope of the European neighbourhood policy and the relations with the neighbouring countries. read more

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Poland's role in EU's relations with Russia

At the verge of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's neighbourhood conference in Berlin in November 2014 Agnieszka Łada, Head of the European Programme at the Institute of Public Affairs, emphasizes Poland's role in the future relations between the EU and Russia. read more

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Priorities of the eastern neighbourhood policy

At the verge of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's neighbourhood conference in Berlin in November 2014, Elena Korosteleva, Professor of International Politics, explains the priorities of the European neighbourhood policy in the east. read more

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Priorities of the southern neighbourhood policy

At the verge of the Bertelsmann Stiftung's neighbourhood conference in Berlin in November 2014, Moncef Cheikh-Rouhou, member of the Tunisian constitutional assembly, points out three necessary components of the future neighbourhood policy in the south. read more

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Aart de Geus about BTI 2014

Aart de Geus (Chairman and CEO Bertelsmann Stiftung) about countries in transition towards democracy and socially inclusive market economy. read more

BTI 2014

Secrets of Transformation

Global developments are creating winners and losers. Deutsche Welle's Internet series "Secrets of Transformation," based on data from the Bertelsmann Stiftung's Transformation Index (BTI), shows how people in developing and transition countries are experiencing global change. read more

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Aart De Geus about Sustaineo 2030

In this video message, Aart de Geus, Chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, introduces the new publication "Sustaineo 2030" to the participants of the United Nations Sustainable Development Transition Forum in Incheon, South Korea. read more

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Speech by Aart De Geus on TTIP negotiations

Opening address by Bertelsmann Stiftung Chairman and CEO Aart De Geus at the event "The TTIP Project: Economic Possibilities, Political Realities and Public Perception" that was organised in Brussels on 27 January 2014. read more

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Community Guide

Bertelsmann Stiftung has put together a community guide for all municipalities with over 5,000 inhabitants. This guide offers inhabitants a broad-ranging information system of data. Read more read more

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Aart De Geus about Sustaineo 2030

In this video message, Aart de Geus, Chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung, introduces the new publication "Sustaineo 2030" to the participants of the United Nations Sustainable Development Transition Forum in Incheon, South Korea. read more

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i4j Munich International Summit

Welche Auswirkungen haben Innovation und neue Technologien auf den Arbeitsmarkt? Wo entstehen die Arbeitsplätze der Zukunft? Und welche Qualifikationen brauchen die Arbeitskräfte von morgen? read more

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Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 – Trailer

With the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize, the Bertelsmann Stiftung wants to bring new momentum to the debate on how democratic systems can be made "future ready" by helping them respond to current and future challenges. We therefore carried out an international search to identify innovative, exemplary approaches to strengthening democracy through citizen engagement. read more

Vitalising democracy through participation

Finalists for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 – British Columbia Citizens' Assembly on Electoral Reform

In British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada, a citizens' assembly was created out of the dissatisfaction of citizens with the electoral system in 2004. It was not affiliated to any party and members were put together at random. Its purpose was to put forward recommendations for reforms which then were voted on by the entire population through a referendum. read more

Vitalising democracy through participation

Finalists for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 – Geraldton 2029 and Beyond

The West Coast of Australia: Here lies the town of Geraldton (40.000 inhabitants). Its participatory initiatives have made it clear that sustainable development and sustainable growth can only be achieved by joint co-operation between citizens, the economy, the civil society and the administration. read more

Vitalising democracy through participation

Finalists for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 – Portsmouth Listens

The seaport town of Portsmouth in the U.S. state of New Hampshire listens to its inhabitants: Under the name of "Portsmouth listens", citizens and municipal authorities have met since 1999 to discuss ongoing problems (ranging from the prevention of violence to the design of a town center) and develop solutions to these in so-called "study circles". read more

Vitalising democracy through participation

Finalists for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 – Co-Governance in Belo Horizonte

In order to do something about the great structural inequality, the municipal authorities of the Brazilian metropolis Belo Horizonte (5 million inhabitants) resolved a special course of action: The citizens themselves should be allowed to decide where the money goes. Since the introduction of the participatory budget more the 1.000 measures have been carried out. A process which has permanently changed the lives of people in the city. read more

Vitalising democracy through participation

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2011 – What is that?

With the 2011 Reinhard Mohn Prize, the Bertelsmann Stiftung wants to bring new momentum to the debate on how democratic systems can be made "future ready" by helping them respond to current and future challenges. read more

Integration through Education

Carl Bertelsmann Prize 2008 – The Nominees

The project team of the Bertelsmann Stiftung identified outstanding programs for "integration through education" in the ten countries. The Search Committee thoroughly discussed these candidates and finally nominated four best practice examples for the Carl Bertelsmann Prize. read more