Project News

2018_06_07_RMP_Festakt_0737_bear.jpg(© Kai Uwe Oesterhelweg)

Award: 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.

Staedte_und_Vielfalt_RMP18_180209js-350.jpg_ST-LW(© Jordis Antonia Schlösser)

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

Highly qualified bankers from the EU, "guest workers" from Turkey, refugees from Syria – 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 metropolises that benefit from the numerous cultures present there.

AdobeStock_141300088_KONZERN_ST-LW_Ret.jpg(© Rawpixel.com - stock.adobe.com)

Religion Monitor: 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, in which we investigated attitudes among the German population about successful coexistence in cultural diversity.

20180413-1341-veldemanphoto(© Phillipe Veldeman)

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 that have been identified as outstanding examples of good practices as part of the international research conducted for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2018.

mechelen_2018_achim_multhaupt_7164_ST-CC.jpg(© Achim Multhaupt)

Excerpt from change Magazine 1/2018: Home to 138 nations

Author: Torsten Meise

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.

German_Asian_Startup_event_Bielefeld_2018(© Veit Mette)

Study: Cultural diversity has a positive impact on innovation

Cultural diversity offers valuable opportunities – such as helping companies increase their innovative power. As the study we conducted for the 2018 Reinhard Mohn Prize shows: Businesses that hire people of diverse cultural backgrounds are better positioned to develop ideas for new products, services and processes. Companies, however, are not yet living cultural diversity to the same degree.

2017_05_03_Festakt_Jubilaeum_BST_1251.jpg(© Kai Uwe Oesterhelweg)

Award: Joachim Gauck receives 2018 Reinhard Mohn Prize

This year's Reinhard Mohn Prize on the topic of "Living Diversity - Shaping Society" goes to former German President Joachim Gauck. The Bertelsmann Stiftung recognizes Gauck as a bridge builder in a culturally diverse society. Gauck will receive the €200,000 award on June 7th in Gütersloh.

IMG_3384.JPG(© Kai Unzicker)

International Research: Diwali Leicester – Embracing Diversity

As part of this year’s Reinhard Mohn Prize and in the tradition of Reinhard Mohn's vision of learning from the world, we’re searching the globe for urban settings where living together in cultural diversity is a proven success. The United Kingdom has considerable experience with multiculturalism and a long tradition of embracing diversity. We went to visit one of the UK’s most diverse cities – Leicester in the English Midlands. With its Community Cohesion Strategy targeting a “community of communities,” the city has taken a pro-active approach to fostering good relations between the various cultural and religious communities that call Leicester home.

change_2_2017_ROK7349_ICv2_K3.jpg_STCC(© Yvonne Michailuk)

Excerpt from change Magazine 2/2017: Cities are “laboratories” of communal life

Author: Johannes von Dohnanyi

Germany has long been the country of immigration that it doesn’t yet officially want to be. An unbiased reality-check of one’s own personal environment as well as countless social-science studies provide ample proof of this. 

Grote_Markt.jpg(© Archiv Bertelsmann Stiftung)

International research: Living in cultural diversity: Samen Inburgeren

Our global search for good examples of institutions and people successfully navigating cultural diversity for this year’s Reinhard Mohn Prize led us to Mechelen, Belgium, home to the Samen Inburgeren project. The project advances the experience of living together in diversity by bringing together local long-term residents with newcomers with non-Belgian origins. The project works with an open concept of “newcomer” in which everyone, regardless of background, whether they’ve come to Belgium for work, as a refugee or Erasmus student, is welcome to participate in exchange and help build new friendships.