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Reinhard Mohn Prize

The Reinhard Mohn Prize allows the Bertelsmann Stiftung to recognize innovative approaches and effective solutions to sociopolitical problems. To award the prize it carries out a global search for exemplary programs and initiatives.


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Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018

Living Diversity – Shaping Society

Cultural diversity has long since become the norm in Germany. Several different religions, traditions and languages have long been an integral part of our country. In order to ensure mutual benefits in the exchange of different perspectives while making diversity a source of societal strength, we must pro-actively shape the conditions in which diversity is experienced. read more

Liz Mohn, Vice Chairman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board, presents the Reinhard Mohn Prize to former German President Joachim Gauck on the stage of the Gütersloh Theatre.


2018 Reinhard Mohn Prize awarded to Joachim Gauck

On June 7 the 2018 Reinhard Mohn Prize on the topic "Living Diversity – Shaping Society" was awarded to former German President Joachim Gauck at Gütersloh Theater. In bestowing the award, we honored Gauck for his role as a bridgebuilder in a culturally diverse society. read more

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Bart Somers mit World Mayor Prize 2016, Liz Mohn und Henning Schulz im Ratssaal von Mechelen

International Research

Learning from the World: Liz Mohn in the good practice city of Mechelen

The Belgian city of Mechelen is showing the way forward in efforts to live well together in diversity. While visiting the city, Liz Mohn was introduced to its diversity strategies. read more

Menschen aus unterschiedlichen Kulturen legen ihre Hände übereinander


How do Germans deal with cultural diversity?

Half of Germans would like immigrants to adapt to mainstream society. One third would prefer a merging of cultures – and among younger people, this is even the majority view. These are the findings of a special analysis of our Religion Monitor. read more

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International Research

Diwali Leicester – Embracing Diversity

Leicester’s strategy for learning to live together in diversity is based on the idea of building acceptance for all cultural identities as they are practiced. A variety of discussion forums helps develop good relations across the spectrum of local cultural and religious communities. read more

The streets of El Raval, Barcelona

International Research

Tot Raval – We are all Raval!

Barcelona’s Raval district is one of Europe’s most densely populated neighborhoods. Nearly 50,000 residents from more than 40 countries live here in a space of around one square kilometer. The Tot Raval Foundation works to promote harmonious coexistence within this local diversity. read more

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Cultural diversity has a positive impact on innovation

Cultural diversity offers valuable opportunities – such as helping companies increase their innovative power. As our recent study shows: Businesses that hire people of diverse cultural backgrounds are better positioned to develop ideas for new products, services and processes. read more

Der Boxclub Royal Gym in Mechelen.

Excerpt from change Magazine 1/2018

Home to 138 nations

European cities of the twentieth century must embrace cultural and ethnic diversity. A visit to the Belgium city of Mechelen shows just how this works – thanks to its exceptional mayor and a series of initiatives that have paved the way forward. read more

A man, a woman and a child walk through the historical city of Berlin Spandau.


Germany's cities and cultural diversity: from inexperienced to dynamic

Germany's cities are experiencing cultural diversity in a variety of ways, and their responses are equally distinct. The communities range from mostly homogenous small and midsized cities to mega-diverse metropolise. read more

The participante of the expert workshop for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018

Event: 04 July 2017

Expert workshop in Berlin for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018

How can living together in cultural diversity be made to succeed? What can Germany learn from the world? Where is cultural diversity already handled in ways exemplary for others? read more

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Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018

"Living Diversity – Shaping Society" – this was the inspiring topic of this year’s Reinhard Mohn Prize. See for yourself: We have collected some impressions of the award ceremony held at Gütersloh Theater on June 7. read more


Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018 - Our award winner Joachim Gauck

A life dedicated to a free society, a united Germany and a life of peaceful coexistence in solidarity. A fight against collective forgetfulness and for a vibrant interaction. Joachim Gauck – brigde-builder in a culturally diverse society. A portrait. read more


Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018 – Opening Film

Cultural diversity? Challenging, full of opportunities, surprising, interesting, threatening – sometimes, normal, enriching, common, inspirational, exhausting – but also fun, always there – always different. Our opening film of the award ceremony for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018 provides a variety of ideas and views. read more

Art in an Immigration Society


Art in an Immigration Society

Immigration and diversity are changing society. Artistic approaches can help foster living together in diversity. Together with the German UNESCO Commission, the Bertelsmann Stiftung has identified 12 case studies in Germany that demonstrate the role of the arts in living in diversity. read more


Doug Saunders on “Arrival Cities” in Germany

So-called arrival districts can become a stepping stone or a trap for migrants. In this video, Canadian journalist Doug Saunders describes the arrival districts in Germany and explains how cities can shape them successfully. read more


Eva Voß on strategies for cultural diversity in German companies

Diversity management is known and established in companies all over the world today - but what is the reality of dealing with diversity in German businesses? Eva Voß from Ernst & Young describes her views on the situation in Germany and points out possible courses of action for companies. read more


Bart Somers discusses his strategy for navigating cultural diversity

Mechelen mayor Bart Somers was awarded the World Mayor Prize 2016 for his successfully meeting the challenges inherent to cultural diversity in urban environments. In this video, 2016’s best mayor in the world talks about his strategy. read more


Riem Spielhaus on cultural diversity in schoolbooks

Cultural diversity is a reality in Germany. But is this fact also reflected in German schoolbooks? Professor Riem Spielhaus of the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig comments on how diversity is being dealt with in German classrooms today. read more

A Look Back

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Reinhard Mohn hands out the Carl Bertelsmann Prize 1997 to Lodewijk de Waal and Hans Blankert.


From the Carl Bertelsmann Prize to the present

All prizewinners for the Carl Bertelsmann Prize (awarded from 1988 to 2008) and the Reinhard Mohn Prize (from 2011 on) can be found here. read more

Toomas Hendrik Ilves with the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017, Liz Mohn and Brigitte Mohn

Reinhard Mohn Prize

The Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 – The award year in review

Better quality of life, opportunities for development, and local participation through digitalization – the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 addressed the challenges of the 21st century. Intelligent technology and networks should foster social inclusion, while ensuring living conditions in rural regions equivalent to those in cities. read more


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Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018

Living Diversity – Shaping Society

Religious, cultural and linguistic diversity has always been a reality in Germany. Yet determining what constitutes success in terms of dealing with diversity on a day-to-day basis is a matter often subject to debate. read more

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

Smart Country – Connected. Intelligent. Digital.

As the digital divide between urban and rural regions grows, not everyone everywhere benefits from the opportunities of digital transformation. read more

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2016

Responsible Entrepreneurship

Meeting the societal effects of demographic change, globalization, digitization and growing social inequality requires collective action on the part of government, civil society and the private sector. read more

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2015

A Fair Deal on Talent – Fostering Just Migration Governance

If well managed, migration generates benefits for migrants, their countries of origin and the countries they settle in. read more