Conference: Trying Times - Rethinking Social Cohesion

We live in challenging times for social cohesion. Globalization, digitalization and demographic change are transforming the way we live together all around the globe. The international “Trying Times – Rethinking Social Cohesion” conference will examine this issue in the context of tomorrow’s world. Leading figures in politics, business, academia, civil society and the cultural sector will convene in Berlin in September 2019 to discuss the future of social cohesion.

Publication: Trying Times - Rethinking Social Cohesion

The study provides an overview of the key changes and challenges affecting social cohesion in society that are driven by the megatrends of globalization, ...

Video: Trying Times Conference 2019 – Opening Film


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The profound changes in our global and digital reality are creating uncertainty for many. We need new strategies to shape cohesion for the future.
Aart De Geus, Chairman and CEO of the Bertelsmann Stiftung
As a result of globalization and digitalization, our world is presented with an unprecedented diversity of experiences, skills and cultures. Given this diversity, it is important that we take a pro-active approach to shaping cohesion in our society. Our Berlin conference should help in spreading knowledge, developing solutions and in learning from the world.
Liz Mohn, Vice-Chairwoman of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Executive Board