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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.


Digitale Landkarte vor Baustelle

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

Smart Country

Smart Country addresses the challenges of the 21st century. Intelligent technology and connectivity can help everyone participate and can ensure equal standards of living in urban and rural areas. read more

V.l.n.r.: Liz Mohn, Toomas Hendrik Ilves with the 2017 Reinhard Mohn Prize and Brigitte Mohn.


Toomas Hendrik Ilves receives Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

Today, the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 on the topic “Smart Country – Connected. Intelligent. Digital.” has been awarded to Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the former president of Estonia. Ilves was honored for his pioneering work in promoting digitalization in government, education and public services. read more

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Tel Aviv, Israel

Research Trip

Start-up nation Israel

Since its founding in 1948, Israel’s economic and technological development has been impressive. 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

Building at Skansen, the open-air museum in Stockholm, Sweden

Research Trip

Sweden: On the way to a digital future

Sweden is one of the countries leading the way when it comes to digitization. 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 when it comes to adopting digital technologies. read more

Panorama von Estlands Hauptstadt Tallinn


Digital laboratory e-Estonia: A success story

Digitization is a key issue for politics and society. Many people are therefore looking to Estonia, which has been home to technological innovations, digital pioneers and best practices for years. Thinking and acting digitally pays off – which is why Estonia has become a digital success story. read more

Ein Smartphone liegt auf Tagungsunterlagen auf einem Tagungstisch. Eine Hand hält beides fest.


How is Germany going more digital?

Experts discuss Germany’s digital future at the second expert commission round. Their goal: to illustrate the opportunities digitalization offers and to develop positive associations and attitudes to pave the way to fostering an active approach towards digital transformation. read more

The old towm of Tallinn, Estonia


Estonia: Analyses from our program Shaping Sustainable Economies

Our colleagues from the Bertelsmann Stiftung program Shaping Sustainable Economies analyse Estonia focusing on the country’s economy. read more

Detailed view of a printed circuit board.

Working paper

How algorithmic processes impact social discourse

More and more internet users use search engines and social networks among other media to keep up with current events. We have examined how this shift affects social discourse. read more

Detailed view of a printed circuit board.

Working paper

How algorithms can promote participation

Algorithms influence our lives not only on Facebook, but in many other areas of life as well. We introduce a method which can be used to evaluate algorithmic decision-making processes to see to what degree they can affect social participation. read more

Detailed view of a printed circuit board.

Working paper

When machines judge people

Predictive policing, credit assessments, job recruitment – algorithmic systems are impacting many areas of life today. If machine-based decisions are to serve people and their needs, society must shape how those decisions are made. read more

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Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017 - The award ceremony (abridged version)

Excerpts from the events at the Reinhard Mohn Prize award ceremony for Estonia’s former president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, held on 29 June 2017 in the Gütersloh theater are below. read more


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Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

“Smart Country – Connected. Intelligent. Digital.” – this was the forward-looking topic of this year’s Reinhard Mohn Prize. Please find here some impressions of the award ceremony held in Gütersloh on June 29. read more


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


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

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 and the Reinhard Mohn Prize can be found here. read more

Liz Mohn and Klaus Schwab look into the camera, Klaus Schwab holds the prize trophy in his hand.


Prof. Klaus Schwab receives Reinhard Mohn Prize 2016

Prof. Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, was honoured as a thought leader in the field of responsible entrepreneurship. read more


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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

Reinhard Mohn Prize 2013

Winning Strategies for a Sustainable Future

Today, we know that sustainability is the great challenge of the 21st century. The guiding principle of sustainable development implies taking economic, social and environmental concerns into account. read more