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Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (Brochure)2017

Speeches at the Award Ceremony Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

This year’s recipient, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, is recognized for his role as a pioneer and visionary of digital transformation in Europe. As President of Estonia, he decisively shaped his home country’s path to becoming a world-renowned “smart country” for more than ten years. However, awarding the Reinhard Mohn Prize to Toomas Hendrik Ilves is not merely a tribute to his past achievements, but marks as well a call for action to decision-makers in Germany and around the world: Let us learn from Estonians’ positive openmindedness towards digital technologies and treat the latter both as an opportunity and a challenge in shaping our social, political and economic systems. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (Softcover)2017

Diversity at a Glance

The Bertelsmann Stiftung is active in the areas of education, democracy, society, health, culture and the economy. It takes into consideration the four megatrends – globalization, digitization, demographic change and social inequality – that are impacting social, economic and political developments read more


Digitalization at the service of society

Until now the discourse on digitalization has often focused on the attendant dangers and technology, a situation the Bertelsmann Stiftung would like to change by contributing a new perspective, one that highlights societal aspects and opportunities for shaping digitalization and its impacts. To that end, we are using this paper to state overall positions shared by the programs at the foundation. read more


Prize winner booklet for the Reinhard Mohn Prize 2017

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

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

English Publications 2017/2018

The new flyer English Publications for 2017/2018 has been published now. Inside the small brochure you can read a description of each title and you find more details like the price and the publication date. To order the books please use our website In the US you can order the publications at Brookings Institution Press or e-mail at: read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

Challenging Chances

The topic of refugees is still omnipresent. We can do it! #refugeeswelcome. It is no longer an abstract phenomenon, now we realize that there are real people made out of flesh and blood, living among us in our neighbourhoods. We can now visualize these individuals who have escaped their countries to come to us, and see their destiny. The photo book show us their story right from the start of their escape to their arrival in Germany. The pictures are like looking into the windows of the life experiences these people have been through. Very enthusiastic and sensitive photographers have accompanied them in their search of a better life. The initial, often life-threatening escape being the main theme of the pictures. After the successful escape into safety begins a long challenging process in the host countries. In Germany, as in every other host country, we are confronted with a great challenge for the whole society: the integration of the refugees locally, their integration through education and work, and bearing in mind to keep the local communities united. Now, after the historical experiences of 2015, it is still necessary to carry on welcoming and accepting the immigrants as we have done before and will continue to do so in the future. Therefore, it is important to keep the issue high on the agenda and to inform about the situation of refugees to overcome prejudices against refugees. The photo agency laif from Cologne, together with The Bertelsmann Stiftung, have made this project possible. It is and will remain a challenge, hence the title of the project: “Challenging Chances – Escape in Pictures”. But it is also an opportunity that we can master together with mutual understanding. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (Annual Report)2017

Bertelsmann Stiftung – Facts and Figures 2016

Last year we invested €72.7 million in philanthropic projects. Since the foundation was first established, we have made a total of €1.35 billion available for the nonprofit activities we carry out to achieve our goals. In 2016, the Bertelsmann Stiftung spent €55.6 million directly on its programs, €1.8 million more than the year before. At the foundation, 367 employees are implementing some 60 projects designed to develop policy and social reforms. Feel free to click through our Facts and Figures 2016. It provides a look at the issues we've addressed and the successes we've achieved. If you would like more information on individual topics or projects, please do not hesitate to contact one of our experts. We look forward to hearing what you think! read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2017

About Bertelsmann Stiftung

Who is the Bertelsmann Stiftung? What are our goals? How do we carry out our work? This brochure is meant to provide clear, concise answers to those questions and others. After all, transparency is one of our core principles. We want to use our projects, studies and events to stimulate debate among the general public, thereby generating momentum for social change. In addition, we would like to encourage you to reflect on the issues we feel strongly about and join us in a constructive dialogue about them. Wer ist die Bertelsmann Stiftung? Was sind unsere Ziele? Wie arbeiten wir? Diese und andere Fragen wollen wir Ihnen im Folgenden kurz und knapp beantworten. Denn Transparenz ist eine unserer wichtigsten Leitlinien. Mit unseren Projekten, Studien und Veranstaltungen möchten wir in einer breiten Öffentlichkeit Debatten anregen und Impulse für gesellschaftliche Veränderungen geben. Wir möchten Sie ermuntern, sich mit den gesellschaftlichen Fragen, die uns als Bertelsmann Stiftung bewegen, auseinanderzusetzen und mit uns in einen konstruktiven Dialog einzutreten. read more

Bertelsmann Stiftung (Publisher) (PDF)2016

Improving Education

Children and young people have a right to a high-quality education and to grow an develop in a nurturing environment. After all, they are the most important resource for ensuring society's future! Moreover, a democracy will only be resilient if its citizens are well educates and willing to get involved. The key to social participation is therefore an educational system that is both equitable and effective, one that introduces young people to political processes as early as possible and encourages their engagement. The Bertelsmann Stiftung has log been committed to achieving this goal. This brochure provides a brief overview of our efforts in the area of youth and education: Through our projects and studies, we increase awareness among policy makers and the public regarding the need for reforms; in addition, we recommend feasible solutions for the challenges society faces. The projects presented here have mostly been developed in a German context but are suitable for application in other political environments as well. In many cases, they have been adapted for use by international partners. More detailed information is available on each project's website as well as through the relevant project manager. read more


Mission Statement

"Inspiring people. Shaping the future. Participating in an globalized world." This motto summarizes the work carried out by the Bertelsmann Stiftung. Effective participation in society requires both the ability to act and the opportunity to do so. The Bertelsmann Stiftung´s programs are designed to strengthen society by helping individuals realize their full potential, and to further develop the systems necessary to achieve this goal. read more


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